From barbecue to bakeries to brews, these outlets offer a variety of fun, food and even Faygo.
The drinks and snacks at the Corner Stop in Salt Lake City have names and flavors you won’t find in large grocery and convenience stores — sodas like Faygo, usually found in the Midwest, and munchies like hot chili squid potato chips popular in Asia.
“We import items from all over — Japan, Canada the Czech Republic,” said Cordero Curtis, who owns the convenience store specializing in “exotics” and “smokes” on the corner of 200 East and Hampton Avenue (about 1100 South).
The Corner Stop is one of dozens of Black-owned restaurants, food trucks, markets, caterers and producers in Utah.
“The best way to celebrate Black History Month is to support Black-owned businesses year-round,” she said. “Lift them up with your dining dollars.”
For Utahns who would like to revive or redouble their efforts in February — for Black History Month — and throughout the year, here is a hefty helping of Black-owned food enterprises:
Corner Stop • Owner Cordero Curtis sells “exotics” and “smokes” in this tiny Salt Lake City convenience store. The corner building was a market decades ago and Curtis said he and his friends “used to come in as kids.” Those fond memories are one of the reasons he leased the building at 203 E. Hampton Ave two years ago. This spring, he plans to open a second, larger Corner Stop at 122 N. 900 West, in Salt Lake City’s Rose Park neighborhood. Details 385-528-0781.
Mama Africa Pili-Pili Hot Sauce • Cathy Tshilombo-Lokemba — better known as “Mama Africa” — was a fashion and interior designer turned restaurant owner. There, she began bottles of her spicy, African hot sauce. It is available at Caputo’s Market and Deli, in Salt Lake City.