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The Underground Cafe sits under Lightview at 742 Columbus Ave. The owner, Nia Grace, founded the cafe in 2021 as her second restaurant, the first being Darryls Corner Kitchen and Bar located further down Tremont Street.

The Underground Cafe brings vibrant twist to typical coffee shop

Christina McCabe, news staff March 31, 2023

The Underground Cafe + Lounge, a relaxed and inviting coffee and pastry shop with an emphasis on community, has started to grow in popularity and make its mark in the bustling city. Nia Grace, the founder...

A customer walks into Ula Café, located at 284 Amory St. in Jamaica Plain. Customers have been drawn into the cafe for its locally-sourced ingredients and commitment to social responsibility.

Ula Café in Jamaica Plain emphasizes community, sustainability

Sundararaman Rengarajan, news correspondent March 13, 2023

Jamaica Plain's Ula Café, an all-in-one spot for coffee, pastries and sandwiches, has continued to thrive under new owners post-pandemic and evolve with new initiatives and community outreach programs.  Founded...

Boston women of color are becoming key players in the small business industry, looking to expand

Boston women of color are becoming key players in the small business industry, looking to expand

Rachel Erwin, editor-in-chief December 20, 2022

Boston is home to an ever-growing network of small businesses, whose consumership often picks up during the holiday season. Three women of color, Imani McFarlane, Zeena Brown and Angela Hofmann, lead...

Despite COVID-19 restrictions hindering business owners, Sola Ajao opened Destiny African Market in Randolph in November 2021. Photo courtesy of Adebukola Ajao.

Destiny African Market provides cuisine from all over Africa to local community

Alleyna Pitaso, news correspondent March 13, 2022

Destiny African Market in Randolph, is a family-run store owned by Sola Ajao. One of the only markets of its kind in the area, it sells authentic Afro-Caribbean cuisine to customers from all over Massachusetts....

As Boston’s only Black-owned bookshop, Frugal Bookstore’s motto, “Changing Minds One Book At A Time,” reflects the bookstore’s commitment to offering books at lower prices to promote literacy for people in the community. Photo credit to Harriet Rovniak.

Frugal Bookstore emphasizes community, access to literacy

Sharon Chen, news correspondent February 16, 2022

Located in the heart of Nubian Square, Frugal Bookstore is Boston’s only Black-owned bookshop. Its motto, “Changing Minds One Book At A Time,” reflects the bookstore’s commitment to offering books...

Pink and Pretty Nail Salon

Pink and Pretty Nail Salon offers relaxed environment, affordable prices

Alleyna Pitaso, news correspondent November 22, 2021

In the Savin Hill section of Dorchester lies the Pink and Pretty Nail Salon, a business that offers a warm and welcoming environment — each client is greeted by the owner, 23-year-old Dana Bonner, who...

Collin Knight founded Live Like a Local Tours in 2019.

Live Like a Local Tours helps to familiarize Bostonians with the city

Kenneal Patterson, news staff October 10, 2020

Colin Knight doesn’t want Bostonians to be tourists in their own city. The Boston native launched Live Like a Local Tours in 2019 as a way for residents to get involved in the community around them.      Knight...

Genevieve Angelique, the founder of The Other Boston.

The Other Boston works to connect Boston’s Black community

Bela Omoeva, news correspondent October 5, 2020

Genevieve Angelique aims to connect and inform Boston’s Black community through her website and events list, The Other Boston.  Originally known as Boston Come Through, the site updates weekly with...

Ralph Sanon (left) and Aaron Higginbottom (right) are co-founders of The Creative Studio Sportswear.

The Creative Studio carves future for Black-owned companies

Rachel Erwin, news staff October 5, 2020

At The Creative Studio Sportswear, receiving one-of-a-kind apparel is a guarantee.  Aaron Higginbottom and Ralph Sanon, co-founders of the TCS brand, aim to provide schools with quality and affordable...

Douglass Williams started MIDA in 2016 and is known as a pasta wizard.

Restaurant MIDA built on love for pasta, generosity

Kenneal Patterson, news staff September 27, 2020

One of Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs in America operates a restaurant only 10 minutes from the heart of Northeastern’s campus. Douglass Williams, also known as a “pasta wizard,” has survived...

Build for Black Lives uses tech skills for social change

Build for Black Lives uses tech skills for social change

Jayden Khatib, deputy city editor September 8, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic and a national reckoning regarding racial discrimination, a group of students started Build for Black Lives, an organization that connects students willing to work pro bono with...

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