Tamales Elena Y Antojitos

Maria Elena Lorenzo and her family decided to take their culinary stylings from a Watts food truck to their new Bell Park brick-and-mortar, Tamales Elena Y Antojitos. Tamales, crispy tacos, and heavenly pozole are the result.

Strings Of Life

An impressive new addition to West Hollywood, the open-air cafe Strings Of Life, opened up this past June. There is a potato cake on the menu that will knock your socks off.

ThirdLove

Shopping at ThirdLove means getting bras designed by women for women from the comfort of your own home — and supporting the next wave of Black, female entrepreneurs in the process.

Sum Of Us Festival

Madison Eker created Sum Of Us Festival as the first wellness event oriented toward the queer community. And after the pandemic hit, she and her team pivoted to a virtual setting.

Tacos Delta

The first meal I ate as a new Los Angeles resident quickly turned into a weekend ritual. But local businesses like Tacos Delta need even more support to stay afloat after the impact of a pandemic.

BLK Temple

BLK Temple’s founders Malliha Ahmad and Essence Wall are reclaiming wellness and healing for the BIPOC community, even as their programming has necessarily shifted to the digital realm during the pandemic.

Eightfold Coffee

Getting a growler of cold brew at Eightfold Coffee is one way to help support this local, woman-owned coffee shop. Learning more about their place in the neighborhood doesn’t hurt, either.

David’s Tea

Initially, I just went to David’s Tea website to order tea on the recommendation of a friend. But after spending some time perusing their Explore page, I learned more about loose leaf than I even knew there was to know.

Magpies Softserve

Rose and Warren Schwartz founded Magpies Softserve in June 2016, and in what must’ve been kismet, I moved a block away just a few months later. Their homemade-from-scratch soft serve ice cream is an old favorite, and is helping keep me sane during this terrible summer.

All Time

Los Feliz restaurant All Time has pivoted to takeout and groceries during the pandemic, offering essentials and indulgences to the community in an effort to keep their business afloat.