18 Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Downtown Phoenix

by Lauren Potter and Elizabeth Montgomery
Bars & Nightlife Business Development Food, Restaurants & Dining Lauren Potter and Elizabeth Montgomery February 25, 2022

Downtown Phoenix is home to an array of Black-owned businesses, many of which are institutions in Phoenix’s cultural fabric. Here are 18 you can support:

Straw and Wool

Ali Nervis (left) and Henry Dickerson (right) are co-owners of Straw and Wool hat store in Downtown Phoenix.

Hats off to these awesome Phoenicians. Straw and Wool brings a sense of style, confidence and pride to Downtown Phoenix and beyond. Established in 2020, when you step inside Straw & Wool you gain confidence that only a classic hat can provide. Instagram: @straw_and_wool

Details: 610 E. Roosevelt St., Ste 144.  Phone: 602-888-4761

The Diaspora Collective & Latha Restaurant and Bar

The Diaspora Collection and Latha restaurant owner Evelia Davis at Arizona Center during Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s Shop Like A Local popup event. (Photo: Taylor Costello)

The Diaspora Collective is a place for the collective to celebrate, connect, discover, experience, and honor the food, art, culture, music, and people of Africa and the African diaspora. The reason why is simple: to empower people to be passionate ambassadors for Africa and African diaspora so that we shape the narrative. Instagram: @the_diasporacollective

Latha is a restaurant and bar opening soon that celebrates the rich and diverse flavors of Africa and the African diaspora. The menu is rooted in the food traditions of Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and the Southern US. Ingredients are carefully sourced from local farms, responsible purveyors and fair trade sources, as well as offering a selection of wine, beer, and spirits made, owned or developed by Black artisans.

Details: Heritage Square, Silva House, 628 E. Adams St.

Black Theatre Troupe

A performance at Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, home of the Black Theatre Troupe. (Photo: Black Theatre Troupe)

Celebrating more than 50 years in the Eastlake Park neighborhood, the origins of the Black Theatre Troupe date back to ‘70s, when the Valley’s Black community needed a creative and artistic space during times of racial tension. Fun fact: During the ‘80s it became the first real artistic anchor of the Roosevelt Row Arts District. You can purchase tickets or make a donation online. IG: blacktheatretroupe
Details: 1333 E. Washington St.

Stardust & Sage

Stardust & Sage crystal shop is located in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. (Photo: Facebook)

This crystal shop located in the Roosevelt Row Arts District offers oracle readings, divination, guided meditation, sound baths, herbal baths, remedies and more. Owned by Havana, the store also carries a variety of crystals, candles, smoke cleansing sticks and spiritual colognes. Instagram: stardustandsageco
Details: 610 E Roosevelt St # 136. Phone: 602-314-4409

Grassrootz Books and Juice Bar

Ali Nervis of Grassrootz Bookstore. (Photo: Grassootz Bookstore)

Ali Nervis and Tremikus Muhammad opened Grassrootz Books and Juice Bar in the Eastlake Park Neighborhood in 2019. Since then the store has received national attention including a nod on Oprah Daily. Filled with shelves and shelves of books by Black authors and on the Black experience, it’s also home to a juice bar and coworking space where community members can host meetings and events. The store always has new titles and has recently added a selection of comic books. Instagram: @grassrootzbookstore 
Details: 1145 E. Washington St.

Buy Black Marketplace

The Buy Black Marketplace hosted by Archwood Exchange happens the first Saturday of every month. (Photo: Archwood Exchange / QuickFlicks Photography)

Since 2016, the local collective Archwood Exchange has hosted the bi-weekly Buy Black Marketplace to support Phoenix-based Black businesses. Founded by the owners of Grassrootz Bookstore and Straw & Wool, the marketplace takes place on the first and third Saturday of every month in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. The Marketplace features many products from Black-owned businesses in Phoenix, including art, jewelry, clothing, beauty products, food and more. Learn more about Archwood Exchange.

Hustle PHX

Oye and Crys Waddell of Hustle PHX. (Photo: Hustle PHX)

Founded by husband and wife team, Oye and Crys Waddell in 2013, Hustle Phoenix describes itself as a “faith-inspired nonprofit focused on counseling and promoting Phoenix entrepreneurs who may be outside the mainstream lines of support that many others rely on in launching their businesses.” It’s funded mainly through charitable donations, support from foundations, a small fee-based income for some of their services, churches, banks and city partnerships. Learn more about Hustle PHX.

The Larder + The Delta

The Larder + The Delta chef and owner Stephen Jones. (Photo: David Wallace)

Frequently lauded as one of the best restaurants in Phoenix, The Larder + The Delta is a spot you shouldn’t miss. Chef Stephen Jones, the whiz behind the biz, grew up on Southern cooking and puts his signature sophisticated twist on dishes like fried chicken, Hoppin’ John, crispy pigs ears, fish and chips, and more. If you’re a locavore, you’ll love that most of his ingredients are sourced from local producers and purveyors. Jones was recently named a finalist of the James Beard Awards — they’re like the Oscars of the dining industry. View a stunning visual of the restaurant as part of our DTPHX In/Flux video series.

Details: 200 W. Portland St., Ste. 101. Phone: 480-409-8520

Brownstone Spa

Brownstone Spas is owned by licensed esthetician, Stacy Best-Nervis. (Photo: Facebook)

In need for some self-care? Brownstone Spa is the spot to escape your everyday stresses and emerge with rejuvenated skin. Owned by licensed esthetician, Stacy Best-Nervis, Brownstone Spa focuses on customized skincare services for the face and body including hyperpigmentation, chemical peels, micro & hydro dermabrasion, and customized facials. Instagram: @brownstonespa_az

Details: 610 E. Roosevelt Rd Unit 136 Second Floor.

Andy’s Shoe Shine

Andy and Grace (pictured) have been serving the Downtown Phoenix community for more than 13 years. (Photo: Lauren Potter)

Located on the ground floor of the Orpheum Lofts, Andy’s Shoe Shine has been in operation in Downtown Phoenix for over 15 years. Whether you need your shoes shined, a stiletto repaired, or your shoes re-soled, Andy and Grace can help you out, and they always do it with a smile.

Details: 114 W. Adams St. Phone: 602-264-6592

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles. (Photo: Lauren Potter)

Fried chicken and fluffy waffles. What’s not to love? Lo-Lo’s has been a staple in the Phoenix food scene for more than 25 years. Named after Lo-Lo (Larry) White, grandson of the same Mrs. White with the Golden Rule Cafe. Take a seat inside the original location of the down-home restaurant, and drink Kool-Aid from a jar as you satiate yourself with some good old-fashioned soul food. Instagram: @loloschickenandwaffles

Details: 1220 S. Central Ave. Phone: 602-340-1304

Monroe’s Hot Chicken

Larry “Lo-Lo” White of Monroe’s Hot Chicken. (Photo: Fara Illich)

Downtown Phoenix may be 1,635 miles away from Nashville, but you don’t have to travel far to sink your teeth into Music City’s signature spicy dish. Monroe’s Hot Chicken — the latest concept by Larry “Lo-Lo” White (of Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles) — spiced up the Downtown Phoenix food scene with his Nashville-style hot chicken when it opened in February 2019. Located on the ground floor of the Luhrs building, Monroe’s is the brainchild of Larry “Lo-Lo” White, the namesake and owner behind the famous Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles. View a stunning visual of the restaurant as part of our DTPHX In/Flux video series. Instagram: @monroeshotchicken 

Details: 45 W. Jefferson St. Phone: 602-872-7100

Trapp Haus BBQ

Phil “The Grill” Johnson of Trapp Haus BBQ in Roosevelt Row. (Photo: Lauren Potter)

If you’re looking for fall-off-the-bone ribs, we’ve got your spot. Trapp Haus, the brainchild of Phil “The Grill” Johnson, is the first barbecue spot to open in Downtown Phoenix. Frequently lauded for its killer traditional American BBQ meats and savory sides, Trapp Haus is located just east of Fifth Street on Roosevelt. Stop into this cozy, rustic hangout for amazing ribs, Philly ‘crack’ wings, hickory smoked brisket, hand pulled pork, cured pastrami and more. Instagram: @trapphausbbq

Details: 511 E. Roosevelt St. Phone: 602-466-5462

Tru Ultra Lounge & Track Club

Whether it’s time for a workout or a cocktail, head to the DeSoto Building at Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street. The 12,000-square-foot building houses Tru Ultra Lounge bar and the gym, Track Club co-owned by Pasquale “Pat” Brocco and Que Quinn. Brocco opened Track Club after losing more than 300 pounds and sharing his fitness journey with “Ellen,” “Good Morning America” and other media outlets. Instagram: @trackclubfitness
Details: 915 N Central Ave.

Alterations and Creations

TinaMarie Eaves, owner and operator of Alterations and Creations in the Roosevelt neighborhood. (Photo: Lauren Potter)

Whether you need a dress altered, a suit dry cleaned or some custom tailoring, TinaMarie has you covered. She has been at the helm of this Downtown Phoenix business since opening in 2001. The space also serves as a small retail boutique with clothing, accessories and stunning African wrap skirts designed by TinaMarie herself. 

Details: 214 W. Roosevelt St. Phone: 602-277-9952

Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe 

Known for its Southern comfort food staples, Mrs. White’s Golden Rule has been a downtown dining staple since 1964. (Photo: Lauren Potter)

Feed your soul with some of the best Southern comfort food this side of the Mississippi. A low-key Phoenix institution, Mrs. White’s has served down-home classics since 1964. Fried catfish, fried chicken, smothered pork chops, and savory sides like black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens are just some of the items on the menu. While the space is modest, it has plenty of character with the handwritten notes from its guests on the walls, numerous newspaper clippings and the menu, written on an old-school chalkboard.

Details: 808 E. Jefferson St. Phone: 602-262-9256

Weight Room is a personal training facility in Downtown Phoenix that provides 1 on 1, small group, and online training. (Photo: Instagram).

Weight Room

“A place of unmatched potential and grace.” This private personal training facility in Downtown Phoenix provides 1 on 1, small group, and online training. Owners also offer nutrition coaching, bodybuilding, and powerlifting prep. Walk-ins are welcome with $10 day passes.

Details: 620 W. Adams St.

Iced Up

Located in the Desert Sun Plaza, Iced Up is a boutique convenience store offering ice cream, authentic Philadelphia water ice, snacks and an assortment of candy.
Details: 1344 W McKinley St Suite 109.