Black-Owned Businesses in the Greater Sacramento Area
February is Black History Month, paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who have helped shape our nation. Though it wasn’t officially designated until 1976, the distinction began in the 1920s as a week-long celebration of African American history.
Lyon Real Estate is proud to celebrate African-American heritage by showcasing the many black-owned businesses throughout the greater Sacramento area. The following list was made possible, in part, by Sac Black Biz, a new searchable database designed to connect consumers to these business owners and entrepreneurs in order to bring attention to their role in a thriving economy. The site features every type of business imaginable, from tax services to carpentry to videography, as well as shops and restaurants.
Following are just a handful of black-owned (and co-owned!) businesses throughout the greater Sacramento area. For more, visit Sac Black Biz.
Underground Books | Oak Park
Underground Books in Oak Park is much more than just a bookshop. Sure, they carry new and classic works by African American writers, but they also serve as a community hub, hosting lectures, book signings, poetry readings and story times. They also have an onsite market with snacks, gifts and clothing.
The Pop-Up Shop at Arden | Arden Arcade
Located in Arden Fair Mall, the Pop-Up Shop at Arden houses fashion, accessories and other products from local entrepreneurs, many of them African American. Items range from on-trend clothing and shoes to eyewear and body care products. They also have a selection of goods imported from Africa.
Sac City Stems | East Sacramento
Are you a plant lover? If so, check out Sac City Stems in East Sacramento. They have houseplants galore, including philodendron, pothos, hoya and monstera. You can visit their storefront or order your plants online to have them shipped to your doorstep.
Want to add a vintage vibe to your look? Check out 1 Up Retro Clothing in Oak Park. They carry carefully curated clothing from the 80s and 90s for men and women, as well as new garments. They also host special events, such as pop-ups featuring local artists, vendors and food.
Coffee & Tea
Tiferet Coffee House | East Sacramento
Locally roasted beans are the name of the game at Tiferet Coffee House, located inside Mercy Medical Plaza in East Sacramento. Owned by two sisters, this shop is known for its personalized service. In addition to drip coffee, espresso drinks and tea, they also serve baked goods from Estelle’s Patisserie.
Maestro Coffee House | Natomas
Skip the chains and instead get your caffeine fix from this quaint coffee shop in Natomas. In addition to the typical espresso drinks, they also serve tea, smoothies, pastries and desserts. Double bonus: they sell cakes (think German chocolate & lemon cake) from another black-owned business, Terri Does Desserts.
Classy Hippie Tea Co. | Oak Park
Earl grey or English breakfast? Jasmine or matcha? Or perhaps you prefer milky oolong or Moroccan mint. Whatever your tea preference, they have it all at the Classy Hippie Tea Co. They also have tea-infused body care products. You can order online or find their products at Broadway Coffee in Oak Park.
Savvy House Coffee Bar | Elk Grove
Located in Elk Grove, Savvy House Coffee Bar serves up much more than just coffee drinks. They have a full menu for breakfast and lunch, with options such as avocado toast, quiche and a selection of creative waffles. They also have salads and sandwiches for lunch.
Q1227 Restaurant | Roseville
Hungry for some upscale comfort food with a Southern influence? Head to Q1227 Restaurant in Roseville, where you can indulge in dishes like chicken-fried lobster bites, crispy shrimp & grits, and jambalaya. The menu also features dishes with a global touch, like grilled Spanish octopus, curry mussels and beef Wellington.
Queen Sheba | Sacramento
Authentic Ethiopian food is on the menu at Queen Sheba, a family-run restaurant on the Broadway corridor in Sacramento. If you’re not familiar, Ethiopian food comprises hearty (often spicy) meat- and veggie-based stews, which are served atop injera, a tangy, spongy flatbread. Also popular are fried, savory pastries known as sambusa, and tej, a honey wine.
Daddy O’s Smokehouse | Rancho Cordova
North Texas tradition is alive and well at Daddy O’s Smokehouse in Rancho Cordova. They serve ribs, pulled pork and brisket that have been slow-smoked using methods passed down through generations. Traditional sides like beans, collard greens and mac & cheese are also available, as are bottles of house-made barbecue sauce.
Café Connection | Downtown
One of the few eateries in Sacramento that specializes in Caribbean cuisine, Café Connection dishes up jerk chicken, pholourie pea fritters and oxtail stew. Located across from the State Capitol in Downtown Sacramento, it’s a casual spot that offers lunch plates as well as sandwiches and wraps to go.
Nash & Proper | Downtown
This hip downtown hotspot specializes in Nashville-style hot chicken — breaded, fried chicken doused with hot sauce. Plates are served with white bread and pickles, as per custom, and you can also add sides like slaw or greens. You can also choose your level of heat, from mild to “cluckin’ hot.”
Beer & Wine
Baker Family Wines | West Sacramento
Baseball fan? You probably know Dusty Baker as a former pro baseball player and manager. These days, he spends his time as co-owner of Baker Family Wines in West Sacramento, which turns out varietals and blends from Northern California grapes.
Pangea Bier Café | Curtis Park
This friendly, neighborhood stop in Curtis Park offers more than 29 beers on tap on any given day, as well as more than 100 bottled beers from their onsite bottle shop. Although beer is the main draw, they’re also known for their food, especially their burger, which has been named the city’s best multiple times.
Urban Roots | Midtown
Lagers, pilsners and IPAs are just a few of the brews you’ll find at Urban Roots, a craft brewery and smokehouse close to Midtown Sacramento. In addition to beer, they have a robust menu featuring smoked meats, burgers, sandwiches and a few salads for good measure. They also have a lovely outdoor patio.
Bump City Wine Co. | Clarksburg
With a primo spot in the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, Bump City Wine Co. produces wine from five varietals, including chardonnay and zinfandel. It was co-founded by Roger Smith, keyboardist of the soul & funk band Tower of Power, so it’s no surprise that the tasting room often features live music.