Maggie's Empowerment Lifestyle Tip #3
Seek and Support Black Owned Dry Cleaners!
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For 10 years, out of love for her community and country, Maggie has given her life to the Economic Justice and Empowerment Movement. As creator of The Empowerment Experiment, her family's historic and highly publicized stand and study only supporting Black owned businesses for an entire year, she is the leading authority on Buying Black, conscious consumerism, self-help economics, business diversity. Maggie not only talks the talk, she walks the walk, using her speeches, lectures, interviews, book, research, her inimitable inspirational story (and her own money!) to drive support to great Black owned businesses, create more economic unity, and empower struggling communities.
I’m Hungry like Harriett! When Harriett got hungry she ate at beautiful Black owned restaurants, lounges, B&Bs… So when I am on the road teaching, preaching, speaking and signing books… OR when I vacation, hook up with girlfriends, have date night with John or brunch with the family, have a meeting with business owners or community leaders, I make sure I go to and have these events at Black owned restaurants, hotels, B&Bs.
In this pic, I am smiling because I am about to get my full grub on AND because I’m Buying Black and Fighting Back with the money I spent. I was giving a speech at Occidental College in Los Angeles. The next day I wined and dined at Brownstone LA, an upscale destination for Californian-Caribbean fusion fare. It’s on 5047 W Pico. It is so AWESOME!!! So here’s Maggie’s Empowerment Lifestyle Tip #4 – Eat and/or host events at Black owned restaurants and B&Bs! I have a list of other wonderful Black owned restaurants and B&Bs I’ve eaten at, spoken at, and had events at below.
That’s one of the perks of devoting my life to the economic justice and empowerment is I get to speak at, eat at, drink at, and drive support to some of the best Black owned restaurants in the country! Just because I’m doing good don’t mean I can’t eat and drink good! Right? Even Harriett Tubman had to stop and eat! Love and solidarity, Maggie
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Maggie's Empowerment Lifestyle Tip #4 Seek and Support My Fav Black Owned Restaurants!
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I've eaten at or been hosted by these Black owned restaurants...
Paschal’s (hosted event in my honor, right after my book was released in 2012)
The Petit Market
Sweet Auburn Seafood
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint (Owners hosted by book launch party. Upscale, heart of downtown.)
Brown Sugar Kitchen (as seen on CBS News, Food & Wine magazine)
Darryl’s Conner Bar (my favorite spot in Boston. Best wings! Seriously.)
CHICAGO – Maggie’s hometown
Batter & Berries (BEST for brunch!)
The Bureau Bar & Lounge
C’est Si Bon Catering & Events (Consistent winner at Taste of Chicago!)
Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles (Anderson Family hangout!)
C & W Market and Ice Cream Parlor
Good to Go Jamaican Restaurant
Just Turkey Restaurants
Mikkey’s Retro Grill
Norman’s Bistro (awesome wine bar and patio!)
Petterino’s (upscale dining downtown)
Sip and Savor (like Starbucks)
Surf’s Up Chicken and Fish
Taste 222 (upscale restaurant, owned by Don Thompson, first/ only Black CEO of McDonald’s)
Virtue Bar & Lounge
YoFresh Café (froyo and ice cream in Evanston)
DETROIT/ GRAND RAPIDS (MI)
Bakers Keyboard Lounge (Amazing live entertainment, upscale yet authentic vibe!)
Floods Bar & Grille (A Detroit landmark. Quality, nice people, good food and music. My spot to kick it when I come to town.)
KANSAS CITY, MO
Post & Beam Restaurant (very cool, hipster menu)
Sweet Chick (owned by rapper/ activist Nas, upscale soul food and lounge)
Southern Girl Desserts (best fancy cupcakes)
MIAMI/ FT LAUDERDALE
Buena Vista Bistro and Buena Vista Deli (Fusion French, inc gourmet chocolate and wine shoppe, intentionally located in heart of Black neighborhood, upscale, just beautiful! Love the owners.)
Ginger Bay Café (Downtown Fort Lauderdale, great DJ and live entertainment, food and owners are authentic!)
MLK Restaurant (right where I grew up, nice southern home-cooking, breakfast and brunch, heart of the community, owner is a community steward and activist, hires Black!)
Zest Miami (Downtown Miami, gorgeous patio, upscale)
Harold & Belles (fine dining and bar)
The Coco Hut
Dooky Chase Restaurant
The Praline Connection
Chocolat Restaurant and Lounge (upscale, gourmet fare, hip scene, love this place)
Cove Lounge (upscale Caribbean cuisine and lounge)
Negril Village (my favorite NYC restaurant!)
Red Rooster (owned by Chef Marcus Samuelsson)
Evolution Nightclub (Awesome vibe, love the owners, fantastic food too!)
Ben’s Chili Bowl (iconic diner)
Ben’s Next Door (upscale bar and lounge)
G&K Sweets (desserts & pies)
The Caged Bird (upscale Southern cuisine)
Milk & Honey Café (THE BEST BRUNCH)
PBS Newshour spent a couple days with my family to see how we made our yearlong stand an actual lifestyle after "Our Black Year" was over. Here is the link:
That's me, in the screenshot, Maggie Anderson, walking into my Black owned dry cleaners on the West Side of Chicago. Please watch. You'll meet one of my favorite business owners, a dry cleaner, and he will tell you why 'Buying Black' is so important and why Black owners are too! More...
Ever since The Empowerment Experiment/ "Our Black Year" I've made sure to only use Black owned dry cleaners. You have to do this! This is important because 1) you support a local, usually family-owned business, 2) typically the owner works in the store, so our children, who so desperately need local role models, get to actually see a Black owner running a business, 3) dry cleaners are businesses you support on a regular basis, and your money is therefore reliable, and you start building relationships with our entrepreneurs.
Here are some dry cleaners I found across the country.
I'm sure there are dozens more. If you know of one, support it! Then send the info to me, so I can add the business to my list. (Please be sure to right 'Dry Cleaner' in the Subject Line.)
Atlanta, Bronx, Charlotte, Contra Costa County (CA), Essex County (NJ), Hampton, Los Angeles, Miami, Philly, Prince George County (MD) - click here
Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, DC, Kansas City, Miami, Orange City (FL), Portland, San Antonio, Silver Spring (MD), Tucker (GA) - click here
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Chicago - click hereand for more, clickhere
Jacksonville - click here