As we pause to celebrate Juneteenth on June 19th, there’s no better time to show support for Black-owned businesses now and always. We have outlined ways to celebrate this important day including where to stay, where to eat, where to celebrate and where to shop!
Where to Eat
Juneteenth Juke Joint at the Arsht Center
Presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center, Juneteenth Juke Joint, is a community celebration of Black freedom and culture. Inspired by the vibe created by the backwoods, roadside establishments run and patronized by Black Americans in the years after slavery ended, the Juneteenth Juke Joint will transform the Arsht Center’s Peacock Foundation Studio into a one-night-only hotspot for dancing, live music, cocktails and celebrating with neighbors and friends. Guests are invited to enjoy pan-African beats, soulful sounds and a curated menu by the team at Constellation Culinary Group. For $15, guests are invited to enjoy southern style bites that will include a protein, a side dish, cornbread, and a dessert. Main dishes include Catfish Nuggets, Beef Burnt Ends, or Fried Chicken Wings accompanied with a side dish of guests’ choice such as Mac n Cheese, Sweet Potato Fritters, Black-Eyed Pea Salad, or Cream Corn Casserole. For those with a sweet tooth, guests can indulge in a Red Velvet Shooter or Banana Pudding Shooter. There will also be a vegetarian/vegan option that includes a fried green tomato sandwich with a pimiento spread. Tickets may be purchased at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org.
Rosie’s, a Southern-American, NY-style café that has progressed from a simple to-go concept to a full-service restaurant, will reopen in Little River this June. Serving elevated soul food with subtle European nuances and classic techniques, Rosies serves XXXX. Owned and operated by hospitality power couple, Jamila and Akino West, Rosie’s has been featured Vogue Magazine, The New York Times and Travel + Leisure magazine.
Café des Fleurs
Café des Fleurs is a boutique bakery located at The Lincoln Eatery food hall in Miami. Founded by Black female entrepreneur Nahomie Jean Louis, Café des Fleurs draws on inspiration from European cafes and flower shops. Café des Fleurs is designed to bring the delectable taste, quality and luxury synonymous with French bakeries to sunny South Florida. Nahomie uses French suppliers to source the freshest and most authentic ingredients such as French olive oil, jams and Herbes de Provence, and uses old-fashioned techniques to ensure the highest quality product. Café des Fleurs offers only the most delicious and beautifully created treats, including croissants mille feuille, macaroons, french baguettes, jams and more. Outside of Café des Fleurs, Nahomie is the co-founder of French Delice Collections LLC, an upscale French bakery where luxury meets taste. She is also the manager of operations and a lawyer for the Law Office of Eran Ben Ezra.
SIMPLYGOODPIZZA, the pizza concept at The Lincoln Eatery food hall in Miami Beach focuses on creating a sense of community in Miami Beach by sourcing fresh ingredients from local farmers and purveyors while giving back to those in need. Helmed by Miami entrepreneur Max Pierre, the hospitality veteran has worked within Miami’s culinary field extensively. He is also known for being a cultural leader and innovator dedicated to creating meaningful brands and brand experiences. In the creation of the hybrid pop up pizza concept, Max’s goal was to merge hospitality, advo-cacy and community. SIMILYGOODPIZZA is a concept and a business that’s dedicated to pizza lovers as well as those that truly appreciate the importance of community and giving back. SIMPLYGOODPIZZA’s overall goal is to positively impact social and environmental issues within the community through the businesses by simply “Doing The Right Thing.”
Where to Stay
The Gabriel Miami and The Gabriel South Beach
The Gabriel Miami in Downtown Miami and The Gabriel South Beach on Ocean Drive were founded by Raoul Thomas. Raoul Thomas is the Founder and CEO of CGI Merchant Group, a global investment management firm focusing on real estate and private equity. His Miami-based company formed a $650 million hospitality fund – with investors such as former MLB star Alex Rodriguez and world-renowned professional boxer and businessman Floyd Mayweather – to purchase hotels under the Hilton Brand such as The Gabriel Miami and The Gabriel South Beach, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. In 2019, Raoul was honored with the ‘Hospitality Deal of the Year’ award for his part in the successful opening of The Gabriel Miami. Raoul has combined an extensive career in global investment banking and management with a unique personal history of having lived all over the world to launch CGI in 2006. He has pioneered CGI’s remarkable growth over the last 15 years.
Where to Shop/Celebrate
Body Complete Rx
Samia Gore is centering health for women. Gore is the first Black female founder to break significant ground in the nutritional supplement industry. The author and healthy lifestyle advocate founded Body Complete Rx in 2017 following her own documented weight loss and mommy makeover journey. Samia has been regarded as a pioneer and leader in the health & wellness space. To date, Body Complete Rx has been credited in changing the lives of thousands of women and men worldwide. In 2021 Gore was named by Inc. in the 100 Female Entrepreneurs of the year for developing supplements with people of color in mind. Today Body Complete RX can be found in all Vitamin Shoppe stores nationwide as the very first Black woman owned and formulated product on their shelves making history.
Rif Care (Regenerative International Female Inc.) is a female-owned and -operated feminine care brand that offers all-natural, biodegradable menstrual care products made of hemp fiber. Founded by Childhood best friends Val Emanuel, the entrepreneur behind ethical talent agency Role Models Management, and Rebecca Caputo, a scientist and biologist at NeoGenomics Laboratories, Rif Inc., was created due to a shared passion for making an impact. Rif Care being created by women from all backgrounds, provides reliable products that are good for all bodies and the planet. Everything the company makes is shaped by this commitment. Rif Care is holistic by design, from the soil to your skin. Consider Rif Care your monthly carbon offset.
Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique
In 2012, cosmetic dentist Dr. Patty opened her private practice and the first dental spa in Florida, Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique & Spa, an award-winning destination for cosmetic dentistry and luxurious experiences in South Florida. Over the past decade, her office has changed the perception of going to the dentist and redefined it as a tranquil experience through Dr. Patty’s untraditional business concept. Due to her growing success, Dr. Patty opened her second concept this year, Dr. Patty Miami, Magic City’s first upscale cosmetic dental practice combined with a cosmetic medical surgical facility.