BHM Business Edition

In collaboration with Mercatus and the duo behind SneakerWeekPDX we curated a list of black-owned Portland businesses in the BIKETOWN service area.

We collected the businesses that we selected into a Scout Book that we are sharing with the businesses. Take a minute to flip through the Mercatus Directory and check out My People's Market events. Then, ask owners and vendors where their favorite businesses are.

We looked to these same partners when we were planning the launch of the BHM bike. Between the Mercatus Directory and recommendations we put together a solid event in a great space in Old Town (Pensole Academy) with wonderful food from Early Morning Catering and wine from Abbey Creek. Photography was done by Jason Hill and Better Marketing helped connect all the dots. Invitations were sent to the Black Employee Network & Friends from Nike and the City African American Network as well as business owners and community leaders. The evening was capped off with a panel, moderated by Karol Collymore, discussing the future transportation, entrepreneurship and design in Portland with speakers Irene Marion (PBOT), Stephen Green (PitchBlack) and Marcellus Johnson (Nike).

Pregame - Ciara Pressler - 926 NW 13th Ave

Pregame is reinventing business coaching for the real world. Get real with unprecedented clarity, authenticity, and an extraordinary team to support you all the way.

Ori Gallery - Leila Hale & Maya Vivas - 4038 N Mississippi Ave

Ori Gallery is the brain child of the creative duo Maya Vivas & Leila Haile. Together they seek to reclaim and redefine "the white cube" through amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.

Akadi PDX - Fatou Ouattara & George Faux - 3601 NE MLK Blvd

When I was seven years old, my mother taught me to cook Ivorian traditional food, like Okra stew, Lafri, Attieke and many more West African Delicacies. My Passion for cooking comes not only from creating recipes, but executing recipes that were passed down to me from my elders.

openHAÜS - Cole & Dayna Reed - 5020 NE MLK Blvd

openHAUS is a POC, woman-owned and operated business, and seeks to create space for all people to achieve their most inspired, industrious work. Our members don’t just rent a desk, they have a place to land, a community to tap into and resources ready to deploy in order to work better. We believe that we rise by lifting others, and by using our unique privileges for the betterment of our community and HAUSmates, we will benefit when we lift one another up.

Geneva's Shear Perfection Salon - Paul Knauls - 5601 NE MLK Blvd

Geneva's specializes in color, braids, extensions and cuts for women, men and young people.

Kee's #Loaded Kitchen - Kee Nelson - 4709 NE MLK Blvd

Kee's food truck serves #Loaded plates of BBQ, brisket, sides and cake when she's not catering. She usually sells out. Come for the food, stay for the banter.

Dwell Realty - Chris Guinn & Tracey Hicks - 5265 NE MLK Blvd

Real estate agency specializing in residential, commercial and property management.

The Influential Grooming Lounge - Arthur Williams II - 3262 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Here at The Influential Grooming Lounge we are committed to influencing our community not just with a haircut or service but with actions of involvement. We will influence beyond the chair. We will establish ourselves as a staple in our community. A place where one can come to be encouraged to go and be impactful and influential in their homes, workplace, schools, etc.

Palette 42 - Bobbie Stewart - Lloyd Center Mall (Opening Soon!)

Palette42 is a collective of multi-cultural brands and we know there’s strength in numbers. We’ve created an environment for startups to increase growth and visibility by offering exposure in a boutique setting. We strive to improve the quality of being an entrepreneur by offering more than shelf space. As entrepreneurs we paint a greater picture together.

MeRae's on 42nd - Marie Larkins - 5852 NE 42nd Ave

MeRae’s is a multicultural salon with over 30 years of experience. At MeRae’s you will find a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere where you can retreat to be pampered and refreshed. Our knowledgeable and skilled team is committed to providing superior customer service and delivering exceptional results. MeRae’s offers a friendly and supportive environment, dedicated to meeting your beauty needs.

greenHAÜS Gallery + Boutique - Cole & Dayna Reed - 18 NE Killingsworth St

greenHAUS gallery + boutique showcases a different artist each month drawing from Oregon talent as well as from across the United States. In addition to the art, greenHAUS is a boutique offering one of a kind furniture creations by Cole Reed, artisan crafts, vintage items, jewelry and accessories.

N'Kossi Boutique - Jean Pierre 130 SW Harvey Milk St

La Boutique Africaine: Art objects, decor, fabrics, wearable art & fine fashion from West Africa. Also offering tailoring & alterations.

Black Pearl Acupuncture - Sita Symonette 505 NW 9th Ave

At Black Pearl Acupuncture we are dedicated to helping you live life to your fullest potential. To live life fully one must have good health. Through empowerment and creating strong positive relationships, patients thrive as they meet their health goals. By using the natural healing modalities of Acupuncture, herbal and nutritional treatments, we are dedicated to creating a healing environment to help you live life in optimal health and well being.

Thea's Vintage Living - Thea Villasenor - 1204 NW Glisan St

Thea’s Vintage Living brings the world of one-of-a-kind vintage and antique finds, new local artisans, and regional gifts to you by hand selecting items with beauty, attention to detail, and purpose.

Deadstock Coffee - Ian Williams - 408 NW Couch St

Everybody wants to know what's on the menu, right? Well, we don't have one :) Honestly, most people already know what they want. But, for those who don't it spurs conversation between that customer, the people hanging out and our team.

Reo's Ribs - Reo “Uncle Reo” Varnado & Myra Girod - 4211 NE Sandy Blvd

The smoker is hot, the ribs are ready and the laughs are plenty - We’re still cooking up the Mississippi goodness you love, so whether you followed us to Powell, Macadam or go way back to our days in Aloha we invite you to have your favorite ribs at our new home.

Po'shines Cafe de la Soul - 8139 N Denver Ave (Not in the BIKETOWN service area but people still regularly ride out there for the wings and sides.)

Po' Shines is a minority owned contemporary soul food Restaurant with a Cajun flair. We provide quality dining, concessions sales and catering services. Po’ Shines provides high quality food to individuals and businesses in Portland, Oregon and abroad, while providing career development opportunities through our non-profit workforce training program, Teach Me To Fish. (“TMTF”).



The Influential Grooming Lounge

Akadi PDX

openHAÜS Co-working

Deadstock Coffee