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Support Black-Owned Businesses in Dutchess

Publish Date: 2021-02-26

In February we celebrate Black History Month, but let’s go beyond just one month and continue to honor and support Black businesses, Black culture and Black community. Find a list of Black-owned tourism-related businesses in Dutchess below!
Essie’s Restaurant, Poughkeepsie

Essie’s Restaurant is run by Executive Chef and Owner, Chef Brandon Walker, who’s modern American menu is inspired by global flavors and his family roots – the Caribbean and American south. Essie’s not only showcases Walker’s flavorful cuisine but also pays homage to his grandmother and the women in his family who ignited his interest in the culinary arts. The elegant yet casual restaurant located in the heart of Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy is named after his grandmother and is a great choice for dinner or for brunch on weekends. Exciting news: Walker was in a recent episode of “Chopped” on The Food Network!

Miz Hattie’s Southern BBQ, Beacon

Located in the Hudson Valley Food Hall, Miz Hattie’s Southern BBQ is serving up comforting southern BBQ classics, soups, salad, sweet tea and delicious baked goods. A North Carolina native that resides in Beacon, Miz Hattie is bringing the flavors of her childhood to Main Street. 
Twisted Soul Food Concepts, Poughkeepsie

Experience bold flavors and diverse dishes at Twisted Soul Food Concepts! Chef Ira Lee and his wife Brenda Black are cooking up house-prepared dumplings, Columbian-style arepas, Argentinean empanadas, noodle bowls, steamed buns, cupcakes, bubbles teas and so much more! With vegetarian and vegan options, the menu has something for everyone to enjoy!
Megabrain Comics & Arcade, Rhinebeck

Opened in 2017 by, now co- owner, Jean David Michel and his wife Alexandra , Megabrain Comics serves the community as the go-to comic book shop in Rhinebeck. Connecting with like-minded comic fans and arcade enthusiasts, the shop has comics and collectibles for adults, kids, teens, BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community and so much more. A fun place to hang out, have fun and get lost in a good comic!

Lady K’s Southern Comfort Food, Hyde Park

This “family-run, country kitchen offers the best comfort foods prepared and served with love!” For owner, Khalliah ‘Lady K’ Murphy, cooking up home-style southern cuisine for others is a passion, and it shows. Try classics like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, rice pilaf and collard greens. Share the love at your next family gathering or event, as Lady K’s offers catering too!

Darryl’s Boutique, Rhinebeck and Beacon

Providing clients with a wide selection of contemporary clothing and accessories, owner Darryl Gamble has been servicing and styling women at his Rhinebeck boutique since 2005. Whether it’s for a special event, business, or casual wear, the friendly and talented staff is sure to assist you in finding the perfect pieces for any occasion.
PURE, Poughkeepsie

If you’re looking for a place to experience Poughkeepsie nightlife, enjoy great food and embrace African-American culture, PURE is just the spot. Owner Ty Johnson grew up in the city of Poughkeepsie and is committed to being part of the positive change. A place for people to gather and have fun, while indulging in soul food inspired dishes.
Sylvia’s Jamaican Restaurant, Poughkeepsie 

Taste authentic and unique Caribbean cuisine in the heart of Poughkeepsie’s downtown historic waterfront district. The family-owned and operated restaurant prides themselves on great tasting food that “tastes just like mom used to make”. There’s truly nothing like home-style cooking in a welcoming atmosphere.

Sea Side Takeout, Poughkeepsie

Mouth-water, fresh seafood in the heart of Poughkeepsie! Sea Side Takeout specializes in freshly caught seafood, including crab legs, fried lobster tail, and calamari. Locally owned, this seafood restaurant aims to please with top-notch service, daily specials, in-season and high quality ingredients.

The Seafood Joint, Poughkeepsie

There’s more than one option for seafood in Poughkeepsie, and we recommend you try them all! Head to The Seafood Joint for shrimp and crab boils, shrimp kabobs with mango habanero sauce, curry crab legs, and seafood soup. Classic and unique flavors set this spot apart from the rest

Hudson Valley Concierge Service

Make life a little easier with this locally-owned and operated professional, reliable concierge service. Whether it be picking up groceries, delivering lunch for a company whose employees are engaged in an all-day meeting or providing airport transportation, Hudson Valley Concierge is that extra set of hands during a busy time. You name the chore, they'll will handle it with quick, convenient and friendly service!

Zhane's Palette Studio

Enjoy an evening filled with art and wine! Zhanés Palette Studio is adding more fun and vibrancy to the world of sip & paint entertainment, one good vibe at a time. Schedule an event with family and friends or just take an art class! Quarantine and paint at home with their new virtual offerings. 

Are you a Black-owned tourism-related business that we missed? Let us know! Reach out to kacie@dutchesstourism.com.





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