Celebrate Black History Month
in the Tri-Cities

February marks Black History Month, a time to honor the remarkable achievements, contributions, and enduring sacrifices of African Americans.

In this blog, we're highlighting Black-owned businesses in the Tri-Cities. It's important to support these local businesses all year round. We'll also talk about a new business opening soon and a fundraising event for a good cause.

Black-owned Businesses in the Tri-Cities


Ann’s Best Creole & Soul Food Truck serves a healthy helping of hospitality along with Southern and Creole-inspired dishes such as po’boys, jambalaya, gumbo, buttermilk biscuits, and more.

Catfish Alley Southern Style Cooking, located in Red Mountain Kitchen in Downtown Kennewick, offers a great variety from their famous catfish to tasty smash burgers. Don’t forget a side of hush puppies—you won’t regret it.

HoneyBaked Ham Café not only offers a delicious menu of handcrafted sandwiches and salads, the take-home ham dinners and side dishes are delectable as well.

Sweet Treats

Aub’s Bananza Bread makes gourmet banana bread In 20+ flavors! With a weekly rotating menu, you can currently find them in Downtown Pasco.

Head to Cupcake’s Bakery and Deli in Kennewick for Southern dishes, and stay for the one-of-a-kind cupcakes, pies, and other desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Outdoor Recreation

OATIS Outdoor Adventure Rentals is conveniently located at the edge of the Columbia River offering rentals for the whole family. They even will provide tips and tricks before hitting the water. OATIS Outdoor Adventure Rentals was the recipient of the 2023 Excellence In Service Award. They were one of 239 nominees who were recognized by the community for exceptional hospitality!

Wine Tasting

Frichette Winery on the renowned Red Mountain in Benton City offers award-winning wine from a picturesque tasting room set among the vineyards.

Kim Fetrow Photography

A list of other Black-owned businesses in the Tri-Cities is available here.

Mark Your Calendar for a Grand Unveiling!

Opening soon in March is Aub's Lounge: Gourmet Banana Bread & Poetry, a new chapter for Aub's Bananza Bread.

This establishment is dedicated to providing a welcoming communal space with a lounge-like ambiance, steering away from the typical alcohol-centric environments. Anticipate comfortable seating arrangements, a dedicated reading nook, and a stage for poetry readings and other entertainment. The goal is to cultivate meaningful conversations that spark positive change within our community.

Prepare to indulge your taste buds with exceptional comfort foods elevated to new levels. Aub's will unveil a limited lunch and dinner menu for special occasions, featuring delectable soups, beloved comfort classics, and Aubrey's BBQ!

Check Out This Event

“A Night On The Runway With Our Kings!” Fashion Show

February 24th, 2024
Saturday @ 6:00 PM

Riverfront Hotel
50 Comstock, St.
Richland, WA

Join the Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Program for their 3rd Annual Fundraiser Fashion Show. $50 per person or $500 for a reserved table (table seats 8 and includes special gift and recognition.) For more information call (509) 546-1573.

What is the Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Program? Miss Juneteenth is a scholarship program for African American girls in grades 10-12 who want to earn college scholarships and serve the Tri-Cities community. Interested in registering for the Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Program? Registration is now open until February 29, 2024. To register, click here.

If you're interested in learning more about Black history in the Tri-Cities, you can take a driving tour offered by the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. This tour shares stories about Black workers and their families during and after the Manhattan Project. You can also check out resources like the Tri-Cities Juneteenth Community Council, the Washington African American Chamber of Commerce, and the Tri-Cities Diversity and Inclusion Council for more information.