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Five Black-Owned Businesses to Visit in National Landing

By Luke Fichter

Black History Month has been celebrated since 1926, thanks to enormous efforts by Carter G. Woodson — a scholar and educator who believed that education, social, and professional exposure of Black culture could help reduce racism. Through his commitment to honoring the Black community, Woodson said,

"If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."

Why February? February coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglas (February 14), who were two paramount figures in the history of Black America.

Join us in celebrating our Black-owned businesses in National Landing

Enjera Restaurant

Located at 549 23rd Street South in Crystal City, Enjera specializes in delicious and reasonable priced Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. The menu offers a variety of traditional dishes along with cocktails, draft beer, and hookah. Enjera has a welcoming and relaxing setting that you and the family are sure to enjoy — with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings!

Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique

Opened in May 2022, this cozy wine bar, bistro and boutique is located at 576 23rd Street South, Arlington, VA 22202. The co-owners, Zena Polin and Gregg Thompson, share a love of wine, sweets, and both have a history in the hospitality industry. The boutique is available for private events and bookings include a wine concierge who can assist in planning!


With over 14 locations in the DMV, Matchbox has become a local hit. Established in 2003 and specializing in pizza, their Pentagon City location, at 1100 South Hayes Street, has become a community favorite. Aside from their wood-oven pizzas, Matchbox offers vast brunch options, and a great list of appetizers, soups, and salads. While you're there try their handcrafted, unique cocktails!

Puppet Heaven

Puppet Heaven has been operating at 1750 Crystal Drive in Crystal City since 1996. The owner, Lucien Alban Odoulamy, emigrated from Benin where he trained as a puppet master. Odoulamy is inviting to all skill levels and is happy to explain the basics of puppeteering for those looking to get their start. Be sure to ask Odoulamy to tell you one of his exciting life stories. He is chock full of them! 

Shuck Shack

This Florida-based corn stand is located in Pentagon City Mall. The stand specializes in various types of street corns, topped with butter and a variety of seasonings. Owner Vincent Johnson opened the Pentagon City Mall location in October of 2019 and has since expanded the brand with the addition of a food truck. With a unique preparation and large array of toppings, it's an experience you don't want to miss!