Over 70% of small businesses had to shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. While there are already struggles to owning a new business, the pandemic created even more hardship for entrepreneurs. Black-owned small businesses were especially hit by these hard times.

Here at the Advocate, we aim to uplift small businesses that make the Lake Highlands neighborhood a great place to live. In light of recent events, we want to highlight Black-owned businesses, we want to do better to represent the Black community.

Here are just a few to start, but if you would like to be added, please email malvarado@advocatemag.com.

Try vegan cuisine

The new TLC “Taste Like Chicken” vegan ghost kitchen opened up to serve the Lake Highlands area. Owner and chef Troy Gardner studied at the Sabor Vegan Academy in Spain. You can call (469) 562-4001 to pick up at 520 Shepherd Drive, Suite 10.

Drink a milkshake and burgers

Photo by Kathy Tran.

Co-owners James Richardson and Dudley Dort are cousins from Brooklyn, but it hasn’t taken long for them to embrace Lake Highlands’ neighborhood feel. They run BrickHouse Burgers & Shakes, a local burger joint with decadent milkshakes. They’re located at 9090 Skillman St., Suite 174A.

Grab a cocktail to go

Nikia Woods Bartending services provide quintessential cocktails to go! Of course, you have to be 21 years old to order pouches of mojito, rum punch and margaritas. You can order online here.

Buy flowers for a loved one

LHHS alumni Renarldo Parker owns Lake Highlands Flowers. You can order different arrangements of roses, lilies and seasonal flowers or subscribe to flower subscriptions. The shop is located at 9661 Audelia Road, Suite 118. Check out prices here.