February marks Black History Month, and what better way to celebrate than adding a few black-owned businesses to your rotation. Find your new favorite coffee shop across town or explore a boutique in your own backyard. Set a goal specifically seek out and support minority and black-owned businesses in Denver. Small business reigns supreme in Colorado, so get to know the entrepreneurial folks that make up the lifeblood of the community. Spoiler: there are literally hundreds of shops and restaurants to choose from – and after you see how amazing they are, you just may become a regular.
If you’re craving the bold flavors of New Orleans, Nola Voodoo is a taste of Cajun in the Mile High. With Creole favorites like rich Gumbos and etouffee to muffulettas and po’boys, the scratch-made recipes are straight from his southern momma and grandma’s kitchen that’s been a favorite of the Clayton Street neighborhood for years. The Louisiana natives infuse their southern “lagniappe” into all the dishes so expect a party in your mouth.
A Black-owned clothing store featuring adult leisurewear, kids’ attire, and home décor, you’ll find everything from fun and funky scented candles with empowering names like “You Got One Mo’Time” to cropped hoodies. Local artists design spunky sweats and button-ups with fabrics sourced from around the world whose message intends to make a statement and be part of a movement.
A neighborhood wellness center and non-profit gym, Urban Sanctuary prides itself on combining energy work with healing, yoga, and fitness and fosters a sense of community through movement, bonding, and meditation. Founded by Ali Duncan, different rooms represent different elements of nature and teach you to live with intention. Offerings include energy work, acupressure, massage, estheticians, Ayurveda, yoga, tantra, reiki, and more through a blend of coaching, counseling, and classes. It’s an uplifting must-visit spot for finding some inner peace in 2021.
A premier dog groomer meets animal healer for your pawsome partner in crime, head to Doggy Downtime. Lather your pup with love through cuts and washes, doggy dental care, nail trimmings, and a reiki session (which is included in the cost of your service). The unique technique uses energy healing to naturally rehab your best friend.
Denver’s only African espresso bar features coffee, beer, and wine from all over the continent. This cozy cafe is the perfect place to hole up with a good book and beverage — if you can snag a spot. The atmosphere is empowering and delightful, and they own their nickname, “the activists’ coffee shop.” On a mission to improve social justice for their community, they offer educational seminars and contribute to a justice fund. For a special treat, come at 2 pm on Saturday’s for a traditional Ethiopian Coffee ceremony as they roast and brew in clay pot “jebenas.”
Note: in-person dining currently isn’t allowed, but they do have outdoor seating and to-go options.