Black History Month was first celebrated at Kent State University in 1970. From there, this cultural celebration spread across educational institutions until it was first nationally recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976. Now it is observed on a yearly basis across the country celebrating the people and events in the African-American community. 

One of the best ways to commemorate Black History Month is to patronize Black-owned businesses throughout Utah. Here are just a few of the many local Black-owned establishments you should go and visit.

  • Taste of Louisiana 

Come get great flavorful Southern food with Taste of Louisiana. This Salt Lake City food truck is run by U.S. Army Retiree Jerrell Carter, serving up signature Louisiana food such as fried fish, chicken, shrimp, and baked cheese grits.

  • Lovee’s Cakes

In South Ogden, Debbie Glanton started selling her famous Lovee’s cakes nine years ago, and quickly established a loyal following across Utah. From her Potato Chip Cookies to her Pineapple Bars, come enjoy all the tasty treats at Lovee’s Cakes. 

  • Fit Factory Inc.

In Draper, Shayne Scruggs’ passion for health and fitness became a reality when he opened Fit Factory Inc. Learn from Shayne and his associates about how to obtain a more active lifestyle, lose weight, or a way to boost your mental and emotional health. 

  • Joe’s Cafe

Right off State Street in Orem, Joe’s Cafe has been serving brunch food with a Southern flare. Joe Hicks opened Joe’s Cafe in 2009 after traveling and cooking as a chef all his life. From their biscuits and gravy to their ½ pound burgers, all their meals are served unique and personable for the best customer experience.