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 15 awesome ways to #BuyBlack when visiting Monterey County. 

FOOD + DRINK 

Eddison & Melrose in Pacific Grove offers casual English charm created by English Chef Karen Anne Murray who has been in the business for over 35 years. This 'living room style' tea room specializes in teatime creations such as scones, tea sandwiches, and of course a tea collection that includes their unique Royal Blends and hard to find flavors. Come by for afternoon high-tea for two.

For those looking for entertainment, Deja Blue hits the spot. The restaurant and bar is a live music venue showcasing some of the best local, regional, and national talent around. Located in downtown Seaside, visit Deja Blue to enjoy a great cocktail, jazz music and amazing soul food including everything from baby back ribs to shrimp and grits. 

Michelle’s Soul Food Kitchen in Seaside serves up Southern style family recipes made ready-to-order so it always comes out fresh and hot! A must-try is their local-favorite catfish. Pair it with mac and cheese, hush puppies, rice and beans, and sweet potato pie for dessert. 

Post No Bills in Sand City is Monterey Peninsula’s 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.

Swamp Snacks is bringing a new deep fried twist to some of your favorite desserts. Located in Seaside, try all your favorite treats deep fried, from KitKats to Reese’s cookie dough, oreos and more! And while the business doesn’t have a storefront, orders can be picked-up or delivered to everywhere from Carmel to Salinas. 

Wine Bank in Carmel is an upscale bar that features spectacular wines that are limited and handmade. Pair your wine with exquisite bites to savor. The food menu includes a cheese platter, charcuterie plate, and even caviar bites.Take advantage of its beautiful outdoor seating areas and courtyard, and in the evenings stop by for live piano music. 

At the Hem Nutrition in Seaside you’ll find a diverse selection of shakes served with complimentary tea. Here you’ll find great drinks mixed with a great ambiance. They even write inspiring quotes on every cup! 

Ord Market in Marina is a great local market with all of your favorite products, as well as a deli with fresh-cut cheeses, meats, and more. The market is also part of Shell gas station, so you can get food, fuel, U-Haul services, and more all in one place.

CLOTHING + GOODS

 

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

Generation Ave, a Monterey Bay Consignment Shop located in Seaside, establishes a new standard of second-hand shopping by offering curated collections, popular brands, and a welcoming environment. 

Check out All on Money Gear, a clothing brand in Seaside! They have a great selection of hoodies, tees and more. 

Bosses Form Futures is a clothing company that features outerwear, accessories, dresses, tops, sets, and swim wear. 

WELLNESS + BEAUTY 

Johnny Wicks Candles in Monterey 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 the Candle of the Month Club and be on the lookout for special edition collector candles. 

Along with offering skincare services, Romeasha & Co. in Pacific Grove 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. 

The goal of Look Feel Be Good Beauty is for clients to leave feeling beautiful, nurtured, and relaxed. Owner, LaShouna, uses clinical and pharmaceutical products that deliver results in the treatment room. Book an appointment or visit the skincare store. 

If you know of other Black-owned businesses in Monterey County that should be on the list, please share their details with us via info@seemonterey.com.