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A Day in LA Supporting Black Owned Businesses

Los Angeles is one of the best cities in the world for discovering hidden gem experiences since the culture is based around constantly trying the "next best thing". In the trendy seaside neighborhood of Venice Beach you can find a couple amazing Black owned businesses but just around the corner in Inglewood and Culver City there are hundreds more to discover too. Pao intern Taylor Hanson set off to find some of these Black owned businesses in both areas last week and boy oh boy do we love what she found! Scroll down to check out the perfect day in LA supporting Black owned businesses.

Brunch

Neighbor

Venice

“Lived here for years and never knew this was here! The food is amazing and the atmosphere even better. There is an indoor and outdoor section and you could definitely come for the whole day with friends just to hang/eat/drink. You have to try the berry pancakes because they were truly out of this world. And we honestly drooled over everything else on the breakfast menu. Love it. Make a reservation!”

Coffee

Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen View Park

Inglewood

“Hidden coffee shop, black owned, with the coolest atmosphere and such great coffee. I recommend the chai tea latte with espresso but they’ve also got a lavender latte which sounded fantastic. The decor is super fun and inspirational and the food list was an A+”

Shop

Body Butter Lady

Inglewood

“Amazing Black owned skin care store! They make most everything in house and have products from body butters to bath bombs to essential oils. The smells are amazing and the products we purchased we absolutely love (especially the body butter and lip scrub)🤩”

Snack

Super Domestic Coffee

Culver City

“Cute little coffee shop where they sell biking gear in addition to amazing coffee and food. The avocado toast was insane (as you can see) and their coffee was just as delicious. They even name their cacti decorations with different puns such as Spike Lee and Squidward’s Nose. 100% coming back to try all the food.”

Dinner

Chulita

Venice

“AMAZING black owned Mexican restaurant in Venice! Such a fun ambiance and a lot of great stuff to buy as well. The barbacoa burrito and chicken tacos were 100% some of their best items on the menu and their drink list is 🔥. Outdoor seating for the time being but even their patio is adorable!”


Meet Taylor!

Pao Username: @taylor

Bio: I’m a USC student from Santa Monica, CA who is spending the summer in LA and enjoying every moment of it!

Fun Fact: I performed on Broadway when I was 12!

Her fav part of Pao: I love the community! It’s great to see how passionate and into exploring/traveling everyone is. Seeing all the Pao spots inspire me to explore even more myself!

Add Taylor on Pao to see her local Los Angeles finds and her spots from traveling to places like Jamaica, Denmark and more!

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Anna Zervos

CEO

Anna graduated from UCLA in 2017 where she studied psychology and cognitive science. Her passion for travel, design, and psychology fuel her passion for Pao. On the Pao team she is in charge of feature development, business strategy, UI/UX, and big picture marketing strategies. Anna has been to over 40 countries and plans to keep that number growing. She hopes to inspire people to get outside their comfort zones and eventually give back to people who aren’t able to.

Favorite food

Tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas

Favorite band

The 1975

Favorite movie genre

Psychological horror/thriller

Favorite hobby

Singing and playing guitar

Favorite place in the world

Antipaxos, Greece

Sara Zervos

CFO

Sara is has a PhD in Economics and spent 22 years in the finance industry managing teams and over $20bn in assets. She is Pao’s CFO and CTO, and also spearheads business development and AI initiatives. She has traveled to over 57 countries, adores animals and the outdoors. Sara loves to connect with people and help them learn and strive to be their best selves.

Favorite food

Peanut Butter

Favorite band

P!nk

Favorite movie genre

Sci Fi

Favorite hobby

Salsa Dancing

Favorite place in the world

Kauai & New Zealand are tied