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Woman launches first Black-owned grocery store in Compton
June 1, 2017
Kia Patterson is making history in Compton, California, and opening up the first Black-owned grocery store there.
Patterson is the owner/operator of “The Grocery Outlet,” and she hopes that her outlet will provide a way to bring organic food options to people at more affordable prices.
She is no stranger to the industry, either. For years, Patterson worked at Smart & Final, and then she decided that she wanted to pursue her own dreams and make her own grocery outlet.
If you’re in the area, stop by and support her at “The Grocery Outlet” at 2175 W. Rosecrans Ave Compton, Ca. 90220.
Inside the Lunch Rush at Bertha’s Kitchen, a Soul Food Institution
The Charleston restaurant has been passed down from mother to daughters, and their buzzing energy fills the room with love.
June 6, 2018
By Chase Quinn
There’s an empty chair in the center of the action at Bertha’s Kitchen, the Charleston soul food institution that’s been serving hot plates of collard greens, fried chicken, and lima beans since it opened in 1981. The chair, humble and threadbare black leather, was where matriarch Albertha Grant watched over and instructed her children as they prepared for the lunchtime rush. What began as a home-cooked operation on one stove in a motel became a neighborhood restaurant fueled by unconditional love (and plenty of fry oil), winning the James Beard Award for America’s Classic in 2017. Grant passed away in 2007, and now her children own the place. But Bertha’s spirit fills the bright blue dining room where her portrait hangs on the wall in a gilt frame. One steamy May afternoon, not even the clap of storm clouds could keep the faithful away. As trays of barbecued pig’s feet, oxtail, yams, and smothered pork chops passed us by, we stuck around for an afternoon.
“The first time I met the special friend in my life was at Bertha’s,” says Cynthia Sweeney, Charleston native, retired teacher (pictured far right). “We are both seniors and we weren’t looking for anybody in our lives. He had just gotten off from work. I saw him get out of his vehicle in a rush. Just playfully I said, ‘I see you trying to rush and get in front of me’ because I know the line gets long sometimes. He said, ‘Actually, I’m rushing so I can open the door for you.’ That was three years ago. We’ve been with each other ever since.”
Whissette and LaTonta Wright are visiting from Charlotte and don’t have time to waste on mediocre food: “We were led to Bertha’s out of frustration. Every time we come [to Charleston], we always end up at some of the more touristy, froufrou kinds of places. We order the fried chicken, collard greens, butter beans, and rice, and it actually tastes like my grandmama made it. Everything is like it was when I was growing up. We can’t duplicate that kind of cooking now. We’re two generations removed from my grandmama, and this just tastes like home.”
And, for those who are overseas in England…man, I would sign up this…
We have an entire year to go see the exhibit.