Shop Columbia Heights’ and Mount Pleasant’s Black-Owned Businesses

Last updated: Aug. 13, 2021

Have you been following the popular list of DMV area Black-owned restaurants that are open during COVID-19? We’ve compiled a list of Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant Black-owned businesses you can support during this time as well. Read on below for more info.

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Letena (3100 14th St NW #121)

Hailing from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Letena’s owner Yamrot Ezinet has resided in Columbia Heights for over a decade. Her background in Chemical Engineering and her work on the restaurant circuit in the UK have both lent themselves to her health-conscious approach to Ethiopian cuisine.

As she prepared to open Letena in 2016, she traveled back to her native Addis Ababa and trained under renowned Ethiopian chefs. Some of the methods she learned on her trip were the same cooking techniques used in the Royal Palace’s kitchen during Emperor Haile Selassie’s reign.

 Since 2016, Letena has provided Columbia Heights with quality Ethiopian food and has received glowing reviews from such publications as Washingtonian, Eater DC, Zagat, and Georgetown University’s The Hoya.

Karibbean Kitchen (1400 Meridian Pl NW)

Established in 2016, Karibbean Kitchen is a popular spot for brunch, karaoke, events exploring the African diaspora, and (of course) authentic Jamaican food! With overwhelmingly positive reviews on Yelp & Google, it’s no surprise this Columbia Heights eatery is a fan favorite.

Karibbean Kitchen is open for delivery through GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash, and Seamless.


Dance Institute of Washington (3400 14th Street NW)

Dance Institute of Washington’s founder, the late Fabian Barnes, had a clear vision when he opened the academy in 1987: he wanted to empower DC youth through dance.

 After 15 years as a member of the Dance Theater of Harlem, Barnes settled in Washington, DC, and devoted himself full-time to his new school, the Dance Institute of Washington.

In 2008, Barnes was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Washingtonians of the Year for his work with youth not only in dance but in social justice as well. His efforts still remain a top priority at the institute and have continued to be exemplified through powerful performances by its students.

Currently, the academy has shifted its classes entirely online amid COVID-19. Their website is complete with a wishlist where donors can provide 1 semester’s tuition assistance for two students, dance shoes and attire for four students, or year-round pre-professional training for one dancer. You can also donate any amount here.


Continue your support of Columbia Heights’ and Mount Pleasant’s Black-Owned Businesses, and check out the following:

AddisParis Cafe (3103 Mt Pleasant St NW)

AddisParis Cafe is a French and Ethiopian Cafe and Bar located in Mt Pleasant! Stop by for coffee, wine, or desserts!

Addis Park Market (3400 13th St NW)

Located right off the 11th street corridor, this corner store is a great stop for wine, craft beer, and snacks.

The Artemis (3605 14th St NW)

They are your Columbia Heights sports bar showing all sports! Let them know which game you want to watch!

Avanti Real Estate (3421 14th St NW)

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, looking to sell, and/or invest in property – you can count on Avanti Real Estate Services to help you on your journey to creating wealth via property ownership.

Black Lion Market (3500 14th St NW A)

Black Lion Market is a neighborhood market specializing in international food & drink. Shop Egyptian, Ethiopian, and American goods, as well as hookah supplies and more.

Cavalier Liquor Shop (3515 14th St NW)

You can’t miss Cavalier’s classic neon sign while walking down 14th street! This decades-old shop serves up beer, wine, and liquor.

Creole on 14th (3345 14th St NW)

Creole on 14th is a Louisiana Creole restaurant creating unique dishes and craft cocktails inspired by the diverse cultures and creole cookery of New Orleans. 

Columbia Heights Tobacco & Vape (3459 14th St NW)

One of the newer businesses on our list, Columbia Heights Tobacco & Vape which opened in 2018 is fully stocked with smoking accessories and more.

Miss Hair Braiding Gallery (3443 14th St NW #2)

Let your personality shine with a trendy style from one of the trained stylists at Miss Hair Braiding Gallery. This salon accommodates walk-in appointments from all of its clients.

New Dodge Market (3620 14th St NW)

Shop wine, beer, snacks, and more at New Dodge Market, located just one block south of 14th street’s stretch of bars and taquerias between Quincy and Spring.

Raven Grill (3125 Mt Pleasant St NW #101)

This no-nonsense bar has been serving drinks since 1935 in a snug room with vintage booths. It is a great place to grab drinks with friends or colleagues!