Black-Owned Businesses in St. Pete/Clearwater

From coffee roasters to legacy restaurants, seek out these amazing entrepreneurs in St. Pete/Clearwater.

hands hold up freshly roasted coffee beans from Hogg Batch Coffee

Duane and David Hogg at Hogg Batch Coffee roast coffee beans soaked in bourbon, rum, gin and other spirits.


Chief's Creole Cafe

The Brayboys, owners of Chef's Creole Cafe, sit in front of their restaurant, which has a mural of Louis Armstrong on its outer wall

The Brayboys are the husband-and-wife duo behind legendary Chief's Creole Cafe in St. Pete's Deuces Live District.

Husband-and-wife team Carolyn and Elihu Brayboy are the movers and shakers behind the beloved Louisiana-inspired eatery Chief's Creole Café in the historic Deuces Live District of St. Pete, where the restaurant has thrived for nearly a decade. Specialties include spicy jambalaya, Creole gumbo and Creole shrimp-and-cheddar grits. A vivid mural of Louis Armstrong adorns the side of the coral-colored building.

Creole Delights

Cosmic Donuts

Two people hold up elaborate, colorful donuts

Couple Jason and Brielle Dudley opened Cosmic Donuts in the Gateway area of St. Pete.

Originally from Colorado, Jason and Brielle Dudley always dreamed of opening up their own restaurant/donut shop here in sunny St. Pete. The couple took a leap of faith and bought Cosmic Donuts – and haven't looked back. Cosmic Donuts is a cozy little donut and coffee shop in north St. Pete near the Gandy Bridge (there's also a location in Palm Harbor on U.S. Hwy. 19) that serves up delicious specialty donuts, locally roasted coffee and savory treats, such as Jason’s homemade biscuits & gravy.

Delicious Donuts

cultured books

A woman holds up a book from the book store she owns.

Lorielle Hollaway, owner of cultured books, A multicultural children’s pop-up bookstore, loves to bring books to life with their literary programming.

Meet Lorielle Hollaway, owner (aka “Head Book Pusher”) of cultured books, a pop-up children's bookstore that aims to foster positivity and a broader worldview among young readers, particularly young people of color. The shop is a resource for parents looking for books that spark discovery of different cultures, lands, people and art forms - and for children who are eager to see characters who look like them represented in literature. You can find cultured books on Sundays (1 - 4 p.m.) at The Well, 833 22nd St. S. in the Deuces Live District of St. Pete (other times are available by appointment, or find them at a local event).

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Cups and Cakes by Latoya

Two women hold up an elaborately decorate cake in front of a bright pink mural

Latoya McCormick and Aunt Algie Brown are the masterful duo behind Cups and Cakes by Latoya, which specializes in delicious baked goods made from scratch, with fresh ingredients and one-of-a-kind designs. 

If you're looking for a gorgeous cake that's almost too beautiful to eat (key word: almost), Cups and Cakes by Latoya, which operates out of south St. Pete, is your go-to. Celebrated baker Latoya Brown creates delicious baked goods completely from scratch, with fresh ingredients and one-of-a-kind designs. Aunt Algie Brown handles sales, marketing and creative design. 

Eat More Cake

Green Bench Brewing Co.

A group of friends enjoying drinks at Green Bench Brewery in St. Pete

Situated just a few blocks from Tropicana Field, Green Bench Brewery exudes cheer inside and out in the Edge District.

A pillar in the local craft beer scene (or, as we like to call it, the "Gulp Coast"), Green Bench Brewing Co. became the amazing community hub it is in large part because of Khris Johnson, the co-owner and head brewer behind the stellar line-up of unique beers, ciders and meads. St. Pete’s first microbrewery, the brewery opened in St. Pete's EDGE District in 2013 and has been a local institution ever since.

Craft Beer Here

Grillin' N Chillin' St. Pete Beach

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Jay Bowery is owner and master chef at Grillin n Chillin’ BBQ  – home to the best BBQ on St. Pete Beach.

You won't find many BBQ joints out on the beach. If you're craving classic BBQ items, Jay Bowery, owner and master chef at Grillin' n Chillin’ BBQ, has you covered. There, you can savor his famous mouth-watering pulled-pork, beef brisket, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs and more! 

Grill and Chill

Hogg Batch Coffee

hands hold up freshly roasted coffee beans from Hogg Batch Coffee

Duane and David Hogg at Hogg Batch Coffee roast coffee beans soaked in bourbon, rum, gin and other spirits.

David and Duane Hogg, twin brothers and founders of Hogg Batch Coffee in St. Pete, share of a love of both coffee and spirits. They have set out to disrupt the routine craft coffee-drinking experience by providing a very unique, barrel-aged coffee-tasting experience you’ll find nowhere else in St. Pete/Clearwater. Sample their delicious varieties in the Grand Central District.

Calling Coffee Lovers

Mermosa Wines

A young woman holds up a bottle of sparkling wine with downtown St. Pete as her background

Desiree Noisette is a local wine guru and founder of Mermosa Wines.

Desiree Noisette is a local winemaker and founder of Mermosa Wines, a mermaid-inspired sparkling winery born right here in St. Pete. As owner and founder of Mermosa Winery & Boutique, she passed samples of her wine to customers while they shopped – but has now turned her attention to the wine business full-time. You can find her wines in boutiques and wine bars throughout the area.


Pop Goes the Waffle

A woman holds up two waffles covered with fruit, whipped cream and other toppings

Sara Fludd is the master-chef behind the Pop Goes The Waffle food truck, a sweet staple of the St. Pete/Clearwater food-truck scene.

Meet Sara Fludd, the chef behind the Pop Goes The Waffle food truck. Founded in 2017, Sara's mobile eatery has been rocking St. Pete/Clearwater's food truck scene, serving up some of the most amazingly delicious, handcrafted liège waffles outside of Belgium. Order online for nationwide shipping, or visit her in St. Pete/Clearwater (her website lists where the truck will be).


Saturday Morning Shoppe

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A local market founded by Renee Edwards, Saturday Morning Shoppe aims to create economic development opportunities for emerging local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Held on the first Saturday of each month at Tropicana Field, the Saturday Morning Shoppe aims to foster up-and-coming entrepreneurs, helping to create economic development within the surrounding community. The goal of founder Renee Edwards is to create prosperity for emerging small businesses.


Three Generations Food Truck

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Melissa Gardner, aka Chef Melly, is the chef behind the Three Generations Food Truck, a local food truck in St. Pete that serves up soulful Cajun food.

Melissa Gardner, is the masterful chef who serves up soulful Cajun food to the delight of foodies via the Three Generations Food Truck, which operates in St. Pete. Her specialty dishes include fried lobster and Cajun grits, but everything she creates is deliciously decadent.

Cajun Delights

Explore Deuces Live

With its enduring legacy as a hub for the city's Black community, St. Petersburg's Deuces Live district brims with history and culture. Here's a taste of the excitement that awaits you.

Learn about Black History in St. Pete

The African-American Heritage Trail is a self-guided experience that begins at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and winds through a historically Black neighborhood in St. Pete. Discover the rich history and heritage of this area, as well as the challenges the community has faced over time.