With Valentine’s Day a few days away many of us are making plans, reservations, and buying gifts. Before you spend any money or make that dinner reservation, consider incorporating these Black-owned businesses into your plans:
Dinner reservations at Harold & Belle’s: A Los Angeles staple since 1969, Harold & Belle’s will give you the best bang for your buck when it comes to Creole and Cajun cuisine. An upscale establishment, you won’t find a spot in the city with better tasting food and portions large enough to be shared. If you’ve never tried them before, a romantic dinner is a good place to start.
Buy a gorgeous piece of jewelry at Jendayi Collection or Sika: Both Sika in Leimert Park and Jendayi in BHCP offer customized jewelry and unique pieces for that special someone in your life. No need in wasting money at Kay or Jared Jewelers – purchase a one-of-a-kind piece at one of these establishments.
Find a unique gift for the person who has everything at Zambezi Bazaar: Zambezi is Leimert is literally stocked with everything – rare books, gifts for the home,, calendars, accessories, you name it. For that hard to shop for somebody, you’re guaranteed to find something in Zambezi.
Treat your loved one to a facial at Skin Essence or a massage at Krystal Spa: Nothing makes a person feel more special than a day of pampering and both Skin Essence and Krystal Spa are equipped to do just that. Book an appointment for your special someone today for a weekend of relaxation.
Treat her/him to a mani/pedi at The Paint Shop: This posh nail salon, located in Beverly Hills, is the spot for a premiere manicure and pedicure. Your man will even be impressed by this place if he needs a pedicure.
Take in a show at the Ebony Repetory Theatre: One of the only Black-owned theatre groups in the nation, ERT is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing artists of color the opportunity to present artistic programs that reflect the significant canon of African-American literary, artistic and cultural achievements. Join them this month for A Celebration of Black History: A Journey in Four Parts and celebrate Black History Month as well as Valentine’s Day.
Plan a date night to the Pan African Film & Arts Festival: Dinner and a movie is always a winner for a date night – but see something special at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival instead of your usual local movie theatre. Take a look at this year’s film guide and see what feature films, short and documentaries from around the diaspora might entertain you and your sweetie.