Diverse-Owned Businesses in The Palm Beaches

June 14, 2021

The Palm Beaches offer not only dazzling, sandy beaches but an array of diverse-owned businesses.

The Palm Beaches have no shortage of incredible beaches and activities for an ideal vacation, but there’s also a range of diversely owned restaurants, boutiques, museums, event venues, art galleries and so much more. Check out some of the best spots in The Palm Beaches with owners from the BIPOC community.

Hangouts & Culture

Sugar Plum & the Grumbling Growler
In downtown Lake Worth Beach, husband and wife Tanya & Nicholas Yalley opened Sugar Plum & the Grumbling Growler. This venue, located west of the railroad tracks on Lucerne Avenue, serves as a hangout spot for local artists and creatives. The couple has fostered an environment of inclusion and belonging and encourages all guests to explore their creative side. You can catch a live musical performance by a local musician or participate in a live painting class. Recently, the destination is offering yoga classes along with dance classes in heels and Afro beats sessions. There is also space for local writers to meet up and share their work.

Outside Sugar Plum & the Grumbling Growler
Outside Sugar Plum & the Grumbling Growler; photo by Alisha L. (@heyalishahey)

SPGG Book Shop & Gamer Lounge
Tanya and Nicholas also own and operate the SPGG Book Shop, home to hundreds of books available to purchase on-site or shipped nationwide. This Black-owned gem, also in Lake Worth Beach, hosts book readings from both local and nationally recognized authors. Cozy and warm, the SPGG Book Shop encourages community and hosts a book club on Saturday afternoons. If you’re looking for a place to play a quick Nintendo game or test your trivia knowledge while enjoying a craft beer, the SPGG Game Lounge is next door.
 
Rohi’s Readery
Rohi’s Readery is a social justice-driven children's bookstore dedicated to critical literacy that promotes inclusivity and diversity. Founded in 2021, the bookstore in West Palm Beach’s Rosemary Square serves as a place for all to gather to educate children on marginalized communities and highlight the literary work of Black and Brown people. Rohi’s Readery founder, Pranoo, has committed to open its doors to all and promises to give back to the community.

Story time at Rohi's Readery, West Palm Beach
Storytime with Rohi's Readery at Rosemary Square; photo courtesy of Rohi's Readery

Spady Cultural Heritage Museum
The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum is a famous and essential landmark for the Black community in the Palm Beaches. The Delray Beach destination is a Black history museum and cultural center highlighting the contributions of people of African descent, including the Afro-Caribbean culture. Located in the heart of Delray Beach, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum is committed to sharing, discovering and collecting the history of Black history and culture in Palm Beach County. Offering more than just walkthroughs and picture exhibits, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum also hosts events with musicians, poets, historians and artists.

Exterior of the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum
Exterior of the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum; photo by Alisha L. (@heyalishahey)

Beauty

P31 Studios
Nestled in the heart of Lake Park is P31 Studios. This Black-owned, wellness-driven salon and spa is the go-to destination for pampering, hair and nail care, and rejuvenation. The spa also offers facials, foot detoxes and treatments for other beauty concerns. What’s excellent about P31 Studios is their custom line of hair care products that are fantastic for girls with natural curls and coils. This year, they will be one of the Palm Beach County Curl Friends vendors, a natural hair convention in West Palm Beach.
 
Karline’s Salon
If you’re looking for a place where you can get pampered with a facial treatment, hair care, mani or pedi, Karline’s Salon in West Palm Beach is your one-stop shop. CEO and Master Stylist Karline has more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, working with some of the top brands in the hair and beauty industry. This high-end salon has been a staple in West Palm Beach and is recognized as Palm Beach County’s first ethnic Paul Mitchell Signature Salon. Karline’s Salon also offers barber styling and grooming, as well as natural hair products and services.

Lobby at Karline's Salon
The Karline's Salon lobby; photo by Alisha L. (@heyalishahey)

Boutiques

Eminent by Buera
While there are a number of online boutiques in The Palm Beaches, Eminent by Buera offers a brick-and-mortar showroom for clients to have a one-of-a-kind piece created just for them. Located in the heart of West Palm Beach, Buera designs for women of all shapes and sizes. In addition to fantastic designer pieces, Eminent is housed in Eminent Beauty Lab, which also offers braiding, glam and nail services.
 
Chic Empire Boutique
Starting off as an aspiring model, Gloria Mortimer channeled her love for fashion and beauty into North Palm Beach’s Chic Empire Boutique. Since 2018, this boutique has offered guests affordable access to the latest fashion trends, including dresses, jumpsuits, swimwear and accessories. In addition, Gloria has committed to providing stylish outfits for curvy and fashion-forward clients.

Sweet Treats & Coffee

MO&MA Cookies and Pies
Originally from El Salvador, mother and daughter duo Monica and Maritz Portillo opened up MO&MA Cookies and Pies in Boca Raton in December 2019. Monica owned bakeries in El Salvador and decided to try her hand at a bakery in the United States as well. MO&MA receives rave reviews from locals and offers yummy treats, including signature tres leches cookie and hand pies.

Desserts at MO&MA
Some of the tempting treats from MO&MA; photo by Alisha L. (@heyalishahey)

Salento Coffee Shop
Located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, Salento Coffee Shop is home to some of the best Colombian coffee in town. This coffee lover’s dream boasts some of the tastiest coffee with beans straight from Colombia. The owners pride themselves on catering to the American palate but not losing sight of their authenticity as Latino business owners.

Exterior of Salento Coffee Shop
Salento's West Palm Beach storefront; photo by Alisha L. (@heyalishahey)

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Alisha L. (@heyalishahey)
Alisha is an award-winning lifestyle blogger and podcast host from Miami, Florida. Growing up in the melting pot of South Florida, Alisha has a strong connection with the culture, food, music and art of diverse groups. She runs a lifestyle blog and online apparel shop called Hey Alisha. Her mission is to inspire others to choose joy and be their authentic selves. In 2020, Alisha started a podcast called “Chit Chat Connoisseur” where she discusses lifestyle and culture with special guests. With roots in the Caribbean, Alisha enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and a relaxing day at the beach.