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12 Black-owned Businesses to Support in Midtown Sacramento

Uplifting Black business owners while finding new favorite spots to eat and shop? We’re here for it. Supporting and shopping at Black-owned businesses in Midtown is one of the easiest (and by the looks of our list below, the hippest) ways to elevate and support entrepreneurs in our small business community.

Our list of more than ten Black-owned (and co-owned) businesses in Midtown will help you shop local and build economic vitality and diversity in Midtown. Whether you are looking for a beer to watch your favorite football game or want to connect with your community while sippin’ coffee, there is something for everyone on our list. Keep scrolling to find incredible businesses to check out on your next visit to Midtown! 

Streets Pub & Grub | @streetspubandgrub
1804 J St

A classic English sports pub on J street near the entertainment district of Midtown, Streets Pub & Grub has trivia, karaoke, and a casual all-encompassing menu. This is a fun patio to people-watch later in the evening as the entertainment in Lavender Heights heats up.

Midtown Bakery | @midtownbakery
2301 J Street

A desserterie tucked into the most adorable Victorian home on J Street, Midtown Bakery has cakes, cookies, brownies, and pies. Make this a stop before or after the Midtown Farmers Market on Saturdays for fresh morning pastries.

Pressed Record Cafe | @pressed916
1725 L Street

Pressed Record Cafe offers a sanctuary for audiophiles to enjoy yummy food (including their famous presses, their twist on a panini sandwich) and drinks paired with the greatest music that was ever pressed to vinyl. Enjoy their beautiful patio or lose track of time digging through their bins of records.

Drip Espresso | @dripespresso
1004 24th Street

A Black-, woman-, and sister-owned coffee shop on 24th Street, Drip Espresso is on a mission to center espresso, community and culture. Come connect, learn and engage with your friends and community while enjoying delicious drinks and pastries with ingredients sourced locally from BIPOC, women, or LGBTIA+ vendors. 

D20 Dental | @d2odental
1816 L Street

Sacramento’s first dental spa, D20 Dental, is a green dentist practice committed to minimizing their environmental footprint while offering their patients a spa-like tranquil setting including relaxing aromatherapy products, noise cancellation headsets and five star service. Book an appointment today to optimize your dental health in the most relaxing setting possible. 

Locs2Lashes Hair | @locs2lashes
1812 J Street,  Suite 2

A salon on J Street, Locs2Lashes specializes in natural hair care, locs and braids including butterfly locs, soft locs, knotless braids, box braids and more. Elevate your hair and experience great service from a Sacramento braider and licensed cosmetologist. 

Studio 64 Photography | @studiio64
805 16th Street

A fully equipped photography and rental studio, Studio 64 offers artists the tools and properties to help photographers and videographers achieve their dreams. The uplifting studio is a judgment-free zone that allows members to build their skills and portfolio without breaking the bank. 

Bloom Photography | @bloomphotographyca
1812 J Street, Suite 22

Live out your dream photoshoot with Danielle, founder of Bloom Photography, a California wedding and portrait photographer who is passionate about documenting and capturing love during every phase of life behind her lens. 

The Flamingo House | @flamingosac
2315 K Street

One of Sacramento’s most vibey bars, Flamingo House located on K street, renovated an old Victorian home painted pink into a fun social club/bar. Dance the night away with friends sippin’ on delicious cocktails in their lounge area or enjoy their spacious back patio and flamingo-inspired decorations. 

Brandon’s Barbershop | @brandonsbarbershop3
916 21st Street

With nothing but stellar reviews, Brandon’s Barbershop located on 21st offers professional grooming for men, women and children. The barber shop is known for its precise cuts and shaves, excellent customer service and friendly atmosphere. 

Waxing Crescent | @thewaxingcrescentsac
1009 22nd Street, Suite 100

If you’re anxious about body waxing, Waxing Crescent on 22nd Street specializes in thorough, non-rushed, minimal pain body waxing. Jazmin Davis, owner of Waxing Crescent, greets every client with open arms and loves to work individually with clients to clear up issues about their skin. 

Soul Shine Bodywork | @soulshine_bodywork
2528 I Street

If you’ve been feeling stressed out lately, relax and ease your tension at Soul Shine Bodywork, where they offer massage therapy and Reiki healing. Combining massage therapy with energy healing is sure to make your soul shine! 

 

In addition to the businesses listed here, there are more than fifteen Black-owned microbusinesses that are vendors at the Midtown Farmers Market and Wednesdays at Winn Night Market. Highlights include Black Lily Naturals with incredible candles and body butters, Sankofa Center with accessories and wraps benefiting AIDS/HIV awareness, Yummy Honey featuring local honey, Black Coffee Roastery, Ink Black Cat Apothecary and AstroloTea Herbal Blends both with tea, and Yisreal Family Farm

When you support Midtown businesses, you are part of celebrating our diverse culture, creativity and vibrancy of Midtown. Don’t forget to follow these businesses on social media and check out their websites. Share your photos on Instagram and tag us @ExploreMidtown for a chance to be featured!

Make the Most of Your Visit to the Midtown Farmers Market

Is it just us, or does food taste better when it’s from the farmers market? More than 160 vendors line the streets of Midtown every Saturday morning for the Midtown Farmers Market. Home to fresh produce, artisan goods, and prepared food, the Midtown Farmers Market hosts the largest variety of vendors in Sacramento and consistently earns recognition as one of the best farmers markets in Sacramento and California. Located in the heart of Midtown’s Lavender Heights historic district, this area is filled with bar and club goers until 2:00 a.m. and starting the next morning at sunrise. It is also home to the ultimate Sacramento Farm-to-Fork experience.

During your next stroll through the market, make the most of your visit by experiencing all that the market has to offer.

All your grocery shopping (and then some!)

 Whatever your grocery list calls for on Saturday morning, you’re sure to find it at the market:

  • Fruits and veggies: From tomatoes and peaches to potatoes and squash, the market has your favorite seasonal and locally sourced produce year-round.
  • Meat, seafood, milk, and eggs: Skip the grocery store and pick up your meat cuts where they’re freshest and local.
  • Baked goods: Whether you’re bringing a pie to the potluck or are in need of a sweet treat, the market hosts over 10 vendors who specialize in baked goods.
  • Flowers: Brighten up your home or surprise a loved one with premade bouquets and individual bunches, picked locally. Many vendors even let you make a bouquet on site!
  • Handmade goods: Artisan vendors make the market special by offering handmade items like art, jewelry, soap, pottery, and more.

Come hungry!

 The rule of thumb when shopping for groceries — never shop on an empty stomach. Luckily, the market hosts a variety of food trucks with delectable bites like stroopwafels from Dutchman’s Stroopwafels, tacos from Gondo Fusion and La Minerva, and more. Come hungry, leave with a full stomach and a full grocery bag.

Bring your furry friends along

Don’t leave your dog (or cat) behind; we love meeting your pets out at the market each weekend and we’re pretty sure they love meeting each other too. Pet treats are for sale on site and, trust us, your pup will find their way to get free samples from these spots. (Dogs are prohibited from inside certified producer tent spaces.)

Make a day out of your visit

The market is located at the intersection of 20th and K streets in Midtown, which puts you within walking distance from hundreds of Midtown’s local businesses. Here are some ideas to help you plan a whole day around your market visit:

Shop confidently with EBT

The market prioritizes food accessibility by partnering with a local non-profit organization, Alchemist CDC and sponsor Sutter Health, which provides residents access to EBT benefits for use on locally grown produce and grocery items. Alchemist CDC also offers a Market Match program, an incentive, and bonus to EBT recipients to double their market dollars up to $10 every week.

Strike a pose with the iconic Midtown Farmers Market sign

Did you really go to the Midtown Farmers Market if you didn’t take a picture with the iconic market sign? Snap a photo with the market sign and tag @MidtownFarmersMarket on Instagram or use the hashtag #MidtownFarmersMarket for a chance to be featured.

Listen to local music while you shop

Enjoy being serenaded during your market stroll in the market square with live music from local artists, thanks to SMUD!

Get around like a local 

Transportation and parking options can seem overwhelming, but there are endless options to make your visit to Midtown easy and help you get around like a local:

  • Sacramento Regional Transit: SacRT is now offering SmaRT Ride, a shuttle service that comes to you.
  • Bike & Scooter Share: Get around quick and easy with Lime. Pay as little as $1 to get to your destination on two wheels.
  • GIG Carshare: Open the GIG app, reserve the nearest GIG car, and get to your next destination.
  • Driving & Parking: Reserve a parking spot in advance, find the closest parking garage, pay for parking online, and more through the City of Sacramento’s parking services.
  • Rideshare: Get dropped off directly at the market with Uber or Lyft.

Grab your grocery list, reusable bag, and furry friends, and we’ll see you on Saturday! For more Midtown Farmers Market information, click here or follow along on Instagram: @MidtownFarmersMarket