Shop Black-Owned in DC Stores: Your Guide to DMV Whole Foods, Target, and Other Markets

Updated: Aug 16, 2020

While I spend much of my time and energy ordering from, photographing, and writing about restaurants, that is not an accurate portrayal of the entirety of my food life or the lives of many of us. Grocery shopping remains an essential part of our routines. And to make the movement for Black lives a true movement rather than a moment it's essential to incorporate support for Black-owned businesses into those routines. Thankfully, for those of us in the DC region, it's relatively easy to "shop Black." Find below Black-owned foods and home goods you can grab on your next grocery or supply run -- many of them local!

An assortment of prepared foods on a white table including granola, mac and cheese, and lentil dip.
Local Black-owned food brands available in stores in the DMV!

Black-owned Products Available in Stores Throughout the DC Region

Whole Foods

8 Myles Gourmet Mac N' Cheese and Sauces: These local mac and cheese products and sauces are good. Personally, I'm a big fan of the Buffalo Mac N'Cheese though any of their macs are sure to satisfy your comfort food cravings. Find them in the Whole Foods freezer aisle and also at a variety of other local markets including: Yes! Organic Market, Glen's Garden Market, and Union Kitchen Grocery.

Tsiona Gourmet Ethiopian Foods: Find these local, small-batch Ethiopian dips at Whole Foods next to the hummus. If you're lucky you'll also snag some of their Injera Crisps, a coveted treat. If you like Ethiopian flavors and want something easy and flavorful to snack on, I highly recommend these dips.

Mondiale Dressing: Mondiale creates small-batch, globally-inspired dressings right here in DC. Find these local, Black and women-owned dressings at Whole Foods and find great, creative recipes on their site!

Oh-Mazing Food Granola Snacks: Another local option, Oh-Mazing granolas come in a variety of flavors like Original, Oatmeal Raisin, Cranberry Orange, Lemon Bar, and Caribbean Delight. Find them with other granolas and cereals.

GoOats Oatmeal Bites: Next time you're perusing the freezer aisle, grab some of these local oatmeal bites. My favorite is the blueberry flavor, made with fresh blueberries and steel-cut oats.

A Dozen Cousins: These "soulfully seasoned beans" inspired by Creole, Caribbean, and Latin American recipes don't require refrigeration, heat up quickly, and are an easy way to add vegetarian protein to a meal. You can purchase them on Amazon or find them in Whole Foods, which is where I picked some up recently. *Disclosure: While I've purchased A Dozen Cousins myself, I was also sent some flavors to try at no cost by the company.

Pipcorn: For the snack addicts, grab some of these heirloom corn snacks. Pipcorn makes everything from truffle corn dippers to cheddar crackers, all tasty snacks to keep on hand at home. Find them in the chip aisle at Whole Foods. *Disclosure: The first time I tried Pipcorn I was sent some for free, though we have continued to purchase them for our home because we truly enjoy them.

Me & the Bees Lemonades: This bottled lemonade company founded by a young female entrepreneur (I believe the founder is 15 years old now) has grown to a multimillion-dollar business. Their lemonades, sweetened with honey, are delicious and the company supports initiatives to protect bee populations.

Honey Pot: This Black-owned, plant-based feminine care company is available at both Whole Foods and Target. Pro tip: their sensitive cleansing wipes are great for hot summer picnics, hikes, etc. -- they're gentle enough for the face and easy to pack.


Capital City Mambo Sauce: DC's favorite sauce is available at Target. Grab this local company's mild or sweet hot flavors right next to the salsas, sauces, and marinades. Capital City Mambo is also found in a variety of other stores and you can order online.

BLK and Bold Specialty Coffee and Tea: Find this Black-owned coffee and tea company at Targets throughout the DMV. BLK and Bold offers micro-roasted coffees and loose-leaf teas and also donates 5% of their profits to programming that supports at-risk youth.

Partake Foods: This company's gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly cookies are a hit! I particularly like their birthday cake flavor, but they're cookies...they're all good.

Honey Pot: This Black-owned, plant-based feminine care company is available at both Whole Foods and Target. Pro tip: their sensitive cleansing wipes are great for hot summer picnics, hikes, etc. -- they're gentle enough for the face and easy to pack.


I have to add Thamee, a local restaurant and now pantry/wine store, to this list as they make it EASY. Their BIPOC Pantry is shoppable online and every one of those items are from Black and brown makers. Thamee also offers CSA shares that support Black farmers and recently launched WOW! Tiny Wine Shop, a womxn-operated and BIPOC-focused wine shop, where you can shop for yourself or gift wines to local Black food folks who are doing great work in the DC scene. *Disclosure: I was selected as one of those listed Black food folks who you can send wine to, though I had no part in planning the initiative.

Other Black-Owned Local Goods to Watch Out For

Sankofa Beer: "Raised in West Africa, brewed in D.C.," Sankofa can be found at a variety of retailers throughout the area.

Dodah's Kitchen: Dodah's vegan treats are a local fave. Find them at various markets and cafes throughout the DMV region.

Hudson Sauce: Find these BBQ sauces and marinades made with local ingredients throughout the DMV or order online.

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