Here is a directory of the Black-Owned businesses we love in Central Square.

Shop Black Matters

Founded by two CRLS Alum, Black Matters is a lifestyle brand selling apparel, clothing, and home goods. You can find them at the Popportunity Pop-Up Shops in Starlight Square.


House of Art and Craft

House of Art and Craft is a women-owned business selling handcrafted, environmentally-friendly home scented products such as candles, incense and other aromatherapy products. Visit their website or stop by their shop at the Popportunity Pop-Up Shops in Starlight Square a weekend this winter.


Coast Cafe

233 River Street

The Coast Cafe is home to the best fried chicken in the square. Take a walk down River St and find out why it's been a Coast staple since 1997.

Currently, Coast Cafe is only open for take-out & delivery. Their hours are Wednesday - Friday 3PM - 8PM and Saturday 1PM - 5PM. Give them a call at (617) 354-7644

Menu - Website - Facebook

Mahogany Expressions

Mahogany Expression sells art , custom clothing, hair care, and artwork all catered to your senses. Visit their etsy shop to see their full offering, or visit them at the Popportunity Pop-Up Shops in Starlight Square.

Etsy Shop

Ms. Bonafide Creations

Ms. Bonafide Creations crafts handmade jewelry, accessories, and candles. She also offers group classes and private instruction in healing Vinyasa Yoga, meditation, and Pranayama (breath work).

Website - Facebook - Instagram - E-Mail

Full Moon Botanica

Founded by CRLS Alum, Full Moon Botanica offers a full suite of spiritual and metaphysical products to help keep you aligned at all times.


ButtaH Beauty

ButtaH Beauty offers small-batch, plant-based skincare products mindfully crafted with self-care in mind. You can shop their products on their website or stop by the Popportunity Pop-Up Shops in Starlight Square.


Nu Image Barbershop

98 River St

Nu Image Barbershop has been in Central for over 40 years. They're a staple of the Square, and we look forward to seeing them open back up soon!

Message from Nu Image Barbershop about Re-Opening
Dear valued customers: After careful consideration, Nu Image will not be reopening until June 16th due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 and the utmost safety of our customers. We will be praying for more positive medical data and will update you on June 15th. We apologize for any inconveniences, please stay healthy and safe! Thank you, Nu Image Barbershop

Website - Book an Appointment

iLove Fly Girl Couture

A boutique selling everything from totes and facemasks, to apparel and accessories. You are guaranteed to look FLY in iLove Fly Girl Couture. Visit the Popportunity Pop-Up Shops in Starlight Square to shop.


Simply Erinn's Unisex Hair Salon

268 Brookline St

Simply Erinn’s Unisex Hair Salon offers a wide range of services to keep you looking good long after you're in the chair.

Services include:
Creative Hair Designs
Children's Hair Care
Customized Creative Coloring
Cuts & Trims
Salon-to-Home Hair Care
Hair & Scalp Rebuilders
Multi-Textured Natural Hair
Natural Styling
And more...

Give them a call at (617) 547-8098

Website - Facebook - Instagram

The Pull-Up LLC

The Pull-Up LLC is latin soul food on the go. This food truck is a favorite of Central Square and can be typically found at 1 Oxford Street. Be sure to follow on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates to where they're pullin' up next!

Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Sly's Barbershop

321 Western Ave

Sly's Barbershop has the best prices in the city. The dynamic duo of Sly and his assistant Michael have been cutting hair for over 20 years combined. Give them a call at (617) 491-3940 to make an appointment, or just stop by the shop.


Tokens of Light

Tokens of Light sells clothing for kids and those of us who are young at heart! They promote positive body image & alternative sizing at a price for any budget. You can find their apparel on their website and at the Popportunity Pop-Up Shops at Starlight Square.


La Fabrica

450 Mass Ave

La Fábrica Central Restaurant is inspired by Caribbean cuisine. They serve Chef Giovanna Huyke's interpretation of the best dishes of Puerto Rico, Cuba and Dominican Republic. Always great vibes at La Fabrica.

Website - Facebook - Instagram

Great Eastern Trading Co

49 River St

From Great Eastern Trading Co
Great Eastern Trading Co specializes in vintage and unique clothing and costumes for men, women, and non-binary identifying people. The store was founded in 1969 and has remained a fashion institution in the Cambridge area. They carry what they love: cowboy boots, 70's shirts, Hawaiian shirts, belly dance costumes and accessories, 80's party dresses, sequined clothing of every description, ethnic pieces, scarves, vintage and new jewelry, 50's party dresses, pirate costumes, flapper dresses, wigs, and more!

Facebook - Instagram

The Kush Groove Shop

541 Mass Ave

The Kush Groove Shop is a high-end one-stop shop for stoner street wear and cannabis accessories in Central Square. Started by Rindge alum, Kush Groove has shops in Cambridge and Boston. In addition to blunts, e-juice, glass pipes, bongs, rolling papers, and more, they carry their own line of Kush Groove apparel, designed by their team.

Website - Facebook - Instagram


739 Mass Ave

Asmara Restaurant named after the Capital city of Eritrea has been a square staple since 1986. With their specialty Injera bread, they invite guests to eat with their hands and experience true Eritrean culture.

Currently, Asmara is offering take-out only and they're open from 5pm-8pm. To place an order, please call (617) 864-7447

Website - Menu

Denise Simmons: Allstate Insurance

195 Brookline St

Denise Simmons helps local families find the right insurance plans for them. They offer insurance plans on auto, home, condo, renters, motorcycle, business, life, and atv.