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ATL it’s time to turn up! Celebrate with us as we shine the spotlight on a few of our favorite Black-owned businesses, artists, and restaurants this weekend! Join host Johnathan Craig as we hit the streets of Atlanta for a virtual celebration of entrepreneurship and community on August 28th at 8pm. Vibe to tunes from DJ ECLAZZ while discovering local shops. Presented by Verizon and supported by Procter & Gamble and Coke Zero Sugar.

Featured Businesses

With the limitless talent and opportunity that A-Town offers, it’s no surprise that Georgia’s capital city is home to a wealth of thriving Black-owned businesses across all industries. From can’t-miss restaurants and stylish gear to a chic workspace for making power moves, check out a few of our favorites.

The Village Market ATL

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
www.thevillagemarketatl.com
IG: @thevillagemarketatl

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by Jessika Ward

Located within the Ponce City Market in Atlanta’s midtown district, the online shopping hub, networking site and hipster marketplace serves as an economic vehicle for Black-owned businesses and the local community. The hub’s freestanding shop can be found on the second floor of the Central Food Hall adjacent to the Root Baking Co. and features a range of healthy food options and socially-conscious merch, art and apparel—all made by Black entrepreneurs and artists. Some of our faves, include Abeille Creations, Hairbrella, Just Add Honey Tea Company and the Muted Home.  

Founded by Dr. Lakeysha “Key” Hallmon in 2016, the cultural enterprise serves as a direct pipeline for Black businesses, connecting them in 38 states and 4 countries to engaged consumers, impactful resources, and dedicated community partners. Village Market helps tackle the racial wealth gap by directing our hard-earned dollars towards African American-owned brands, while fostering Black entrepreneurship and cooperative economics. So far, it has driven over 4.2 million dollars to Black-owned businesses and has seen small-time market table vendors grow into owners of brick-and-mortar shops.

The Village Market has a rigorous process of selecting prospective vendors. Dr. Hallmon and her team generally seek and contact businesses that they are interested in working with. However, there is an online application for keen entrepreneurs and referrals from the public are welcome.

My Fair Sweets

110 North Avondale Rd
myfairsweets.com
IG: @myfairsweets

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by Jessika Ward

Take a peek at the IG of this Avondale Estates Area bakery and cake supply shop and be prepared to be blown away by the elaborate custom creations created by owner Kandace Marie Haywood. You’ll find fanciful confections fashioned to resemble realistic-looking logoed Louis Vuitton Speedy bags, designer luggage tower bombs, retro boom boxes, and floral fantasies. No wonder the pastry shop is a favorite of local Atlanta celebs, such as Usher and Nene Leakes.

Founded in 2011, Haywood, a self-taught baker, had formerly worked in the construction industry until one day she conceived the idea to open a pastry shop that sold the delicious desserts offered at fairs (hence, the shop’s name). She later went on to win an episode on the Cooking Channel’s Cake Hunters,  and has been featured on the network’s popular Food Paradise series.

Her patisserie carries a yummy assortment of cakes, cupcakes, milkshakes, macaroons, candy, and other delectable bonbons to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

“We treat you like family. Everybody is our cousin and best friend in our head,” said Haywood. “We treat you like we would want to be treated and we prepare your food the same way.”

 

Power in Black

Stone Mountain
powerinblack.com
IG: @powerinblacktees

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by Jessika Ward

In 2011, Regina and Dwight Jackson started Power in Black, an apparel site that sells T-shirts, hats, hoodies, and bags with emboldened and empowering messaging that celebrates and honors Black pride. The couple want African Americans to celebrate their genius by spreading the word about Black strength through fashion.

Our business is special because we are empowering our community one T-shirt at a time,” said Jackson.

From confident cultural slogans, such as “Black, Proud, and Educated,” to hilarious diatribes like“ Half Hood, Half Holy: That Means Pray With Me, But Don’t Play With Me,” the Jackson’s merch shop has offerings that highlight all types of swagger.

And best of all, the entire product line is screen-printed locally in the Stone Mountain area, just outside of Atlanta.

“We have a vision to empower our community and celebrate our beautiful culture” adds Jackson. 

The Gathering Spot

384 Northyards Blvd NW
thegatheringspot.club
IG: @thegatheringspots

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by Jessika Ward

The Gathering Spot (TGS) is a private membership club rooted in community and culture. Founders Ryan Wilson and TK Petersen, former Georgetown University roomies, conceived the concept of their members-only club when they realized that Black professionals and creatives didn’t really have many places where they could network comfortably and hang out. The first outpost was launched in Atlanta—the mecca for Black folks—then D.C. and Los Angeles soon followed.

It’s a place where creative thinkers of color in all industries and from all backgrounds can gather to discuss bold ideas, grow their business and expand personal relationships. Since its inception, the club has hosted over 3,000 events with major brands such as Netflix, Google, Spotify, and Coca-Cola. 

“The Gathering Spot was created to be a central hub for Black people to connect,” said Wilson. “We are truly in the community business and all of our success is rooted in the people that call the club home.”

Each club has a full-service restaurant and bar, daily complimentary breakfast, a 24/7 workspace, culture talks, live musical performances, and dinner experiences.

Breakfast at Barney's

349 Decatur Street SE
breakfastatbarneys.com
IG: @breakfastatbarneys

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by Jessika Ward

This downtown breakfast and brunch institution is known for its delicious comfort food, welcoming vibes and banging beats. The 78-seat space features plush booths, a bar, and sleek outdoor seating—which give it an air of a chic daytime social club. 

The family-run business, founded by “Barney” Lee Berry Jr. and Dr. Rashad Sanford, promotes an all-day breakfast menu ranging from classics like bacon and eggs to fanciful eats such as fluffy pancakes topped off with edible 24k gold. Brunch options include fried catfish and spicy spaghetti; lobster mac and greens; and Queen City shrimp and grits. Vegans will enjoy the pineapple açaí bowl; vegan meatloaf made with Impossible meat; or Beyond Meat spicy sausage.

The popular dining spot is open 7 days a week, from 7am to 8pm. Reservations are not accepted, and parking is free on weekdays.

Atlanta Breakfast Club

49 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard
atlantabreakfastclub.com
IG: @_atlantabreakfastclub

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by Jessika Ward

When it comes to chicken and waffles, it’s said that Atlanta Breakfast Club has the best in the game, thanks to their popular Georgia Peach chicken and waffles. This spot also has several other breakfast/lunch options, and provides a great atmosphere with stellar customer service. Located in downtown Atlanta, Anthony Sanders—a chef with over 20 years of experience in the restaurant world— opened the eatery in 2016. It quickly gained a following as locals and tourists from nearby hotels began stopping in to try popular dishes like the build-your-own biscuits, peach cobbler French toast, and breakfast tacos.

The restaurant is a Yelp favorite ,so on any given day you’ll find line filled with hungry customers—sometimes around the corner—eagerly awaiting the chance to enjoy a delicious meal. Because the restaurant is located in downtown Atlanta across from the Georgia Aquarium, parking can be tough. However, there is a full (paid) parking deck right across the street. For more information visit ABC’s website or Instagram.

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