Monterey County is made up of a large community of diverse, family-owned businesses including a variety of Black-owned businesses. If you are committed to supporting Black-owned businesses, we’ve rounded up a few awesome ways to #BuyBlack when visiting Monterey County. 


Deja Blue

Deja Blue restaurant and bar is a live music venue showcasing some of the best talent around. Enjoy a great cocktail, jazz music and amazing soul food including everything from baby back ribs to shrimp and grits. 

One More Bite

One More Bite creates plant-based desserts using 100% natural ingredients. Their goal is to make plant based desserts more accessible for the community and change the stigma associated with a plant based diet. Visit them at one of their pop-ups or request a custom order online!

Evonne's Cheesecake

Evonne's Cheesecake crafts handmade premium quality cheesecakes in weekly featured flavors like apple pie cheesecake, peach cobbler and strawberry shortcake! Visit them at the Salinas Farmer's Market on Saturdays or pre-order online.

Eddison & Melrose Tea and Retreats

Eddison & Melrose offers casual English charm created by English Chef Karen Anne Murray. This 'living room style' tea room specializes in teatime creations such as scones, tea sandwiches, and a tea collection that includes their unique Royal Blends and hard to find flavors.

Post No Bills

Post No Bills is a unique craft beer lounge featuring an ever changing diverse collection of beers made locally and internationally. Select from over 200 beers on draft, or buy by the bottle or can. They also serve a small selection of wine and craft soda. Bring your own food, or grab something from the taco truck outside. Visit their location in Sand City or at The Barnyard in Carmel-by-the-Sea! 

Randy Seamoss

Randy Seamoss is a family-owned business that provides solutions to a healthier lifestyle. They specialize in sea moss gel, which is known to have many healthy benefits such as boosting the immune system, enhancing cognitive ability, providing energy and more. Randy seamoss also features fresh pressed juice! Visit them at one of the local farmer's markets or online. 


Old Capitol Books

Old Capitol Books is your local, friendly bookstore. They have used books from fiction to poetry, kids’ books, non-fiction, and more. 

Blessed Ventures Bounce Houses

Blessed Ventures Bounce Houses is a bounce house and essential party equipment rental company serving the Monterey County areas. 


Johnny Wicks Candles 

Johnny Wicks Candles features a selection of candles with mesmerizing scents, beautiful designs, and quality ingredients. Every candle is hand poured and hand crafted by owner, Johnny. These candles are also unique in that after the life-cycle of the candle, all of the vessels can be repurposed for other uses. Sign up for one of the workshops to make your own candle! 

Romeasha & Co.

Along with offering skincare services, Romeasha & Co. is a handmade skincare line that includes products such as exfoliants, serums, moisturizers and toners, using a selection  of herbs/plants, essential oils and high quality oils. Owner Romeasha Smith prides herself on her extensive knowledge of ingredients and treatments, along with her holistic approach in skin therapy. 

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