At Intentionalist, we’re lucky to have folks joining our movement to #SpendLikeItMatters from all over the country. In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to celebrate some spectacular Black-owned businesses in one of our favorite cities that’s only a Bolt Bus away from our home in Seattle. The one and only “City of Roses,” Portland, Oregon! 

EAT

Po’Shines Cafe De La Soul – Portland locals flock to Po’Shines to feed their stomachs and fill their hearts. The catfish is crispy and the community is unrivaled at pastor E.D. Mondainé’s beloved restaurant. 

NE Creperie – Your cravings for both savory and sweet have not just been answered, they’ve been mastered. Crepe experts Philip Wafula and Marlene Holiday have stayed busy at their crepe stand since they opened in 2013. 

Aberus Restaurant – This Portland favorite is regarded as some of the best Ethiopian fare in the city. Owned by sisters Alemnesh Woldeyes and Tenaye Woldeyes, you’ll be welcomed like one of the family. 

Fat Cupcake – No day is complete without dessert! Pick up a salted caramel ‘Suit & Tie’ cupcake at Portland’s beloved bakery. Owner Anjelica Hayes also loves to cater for weddings and events! 

Cason’s Fine Meats – If you’re a connoisseur of the finer things in life, you ought to be visiting a butcher for your meat. Theotis Cason has been a master of the trade for 35 years. You can also stop in to eat a plate of his special barbecue meat and Southern sides any weekday! 

DRINK

Assembly Brewing – If beer is your ‘cup of tea,’ you’ll find $5 craft brews at this local hangout. Owners George Johnson and Adam Dixon are also likely to encourage you to try your first Detroit-style pizza, if you’re a newbie. 

Abbey Creek Winery – Ready to ‘wine’ down? Bertony Faustin is Oregon’s first black winemaker. His winery and tasting room attract crowds of wine lovers from all around the country. 

Deadstock Coffee – Caffeine, anyone? Nike shoe designer Ian Williams has combined his passions at this hip neighborhood spot. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out the ‘Lebronald Palmer,’ a mix of coffee, sweet tea, and lemonade! 

ENJOY 

Greenhaus Gallery Boutique – Whether you’re in the mood to peruse a beautifully curated gallery or purchase handcrafted goods, you’ll find yourself entranced by the selection at this Portland boutique. Owners Dayna and Cole Reed love to feature a variety of artists including photographers, painters, sculptors, jewelers, furniture designers, and more!

Budding Culture – This black-owned Portland dispensary is one of few in the city. Owners Damien and Charlie Rand have created a welcoming space and positive environment for all of their customers. Shop their high-quality pre-rolls, edibles, and dabs for any of your cannabis needs. 


Are we missing your favorite Black-owned brick + mortar business in Portland? Suggest it here, and we’ll get it added!


Thanks for all that you do to #SpendLikeItMatters – shop small, buy local, and #BeIntentional! Discover awesome brick + mortar small businesses in your community, suggest your favorites, and be sure that you’re following us on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter).

Intentionalist is your local guide to small businesses and the diverse people behind them. We believe that where you spend your money matters, and we’re sure glad you do too! Whether you identify as a localist, activist, or just a good neighbor, we make it easy for you to connect with, learn about, and support small businesses in your community through everyday decisions about where you eat, drink, and shop.

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