Chocolate covered strawberries. A smooth as velvet frozen daiquiri. Honey wine. Is your mouth watering yet? Eat (and shop!) your way through Overland Park’s black-owned businesses! We pulled together a guide to shop today (and every day).

 

Taste of Africa

8,600 miles is very far from Overland Park. But its food, East African food, is not far at all. Taste of Africa is located off 135th and Quivira in Overland Park. Stop by to try healthy, and colorful dishes such as Chicken Stew, Beef Stir Fry, or Goat Pilau. There are also many vegetarian, gluten and lactose-free options as well. Everything is made by scratch and recipes are passed down several generations. If you’ve never been to Africa before, treat your tastebuds to Taste of Africa.

Elsa’s Ethiopian Restaurant

Family-owned Elsa’s Ethiopian Restaurant is in Downtown Overland Park. For vegetarians -- or fans of delicious food that happens to be prepared without meat – this is a must for dinner. Bring the kids! Elsa’s combo plate or any of the Wot dishes are eaten with your hands! Need the meat? Don’t worry! There are plenty of options for carnivores, too. And everything on the menu pairs well with the Ethiopian honey wine.

Sugah Rush Berries

The food that's almost too pretty to eat. We said almost.

Of course, you can eat it! And don’t feel guilty. There are many combinations in food that go well together and one of those is strawberries and chocolate. Sugah Rush Berries specializes in custom chocolate covered strawberries and other sweet treats. Their mission is to make sure everything looks good and tastes good. Sugah Rush Berries uses the highest quality fruit, chocolate, and candies. They have traveled nationally to serve corporate events. Rush over to Sugah Rush Berries, located inside Oak Park Mall and The Country Club Plaza.

Bistreaux

Turn up the jazz! It's New Orleans right in the middle of Overland Park! This creole-cuisine restaurant is owned by Kansas City’s KC Daiquiri Shop. So yes, those perfectly smooth, fruity daiquiris in Kansas City can also be found here. Bistreaux menu offers one-of-a-kind creole plates – from a ‘po boy to a bowl of gumbo. Bistreaux incorporates all the flare of the NOLA French Quarter plus the homegrown, Midwest touch that fuses the best of both worlds.

The Powder Room Makeup & Skincare Studio

The Powder Room specializes in makeup, skincare, waxing, and lash applications.

Reese, the owner of The Powder Room, began her career in 2008 as a self-taught makeup artist and became sought after by designers for the 18th Street Fashion Show and Kansas City Fashion Week. 

Reese received formal training from the Academy of Aesthetic Arts in Shawnee, KS and became a Licensed Esthetician in 2015.  She perfected her skills over the years and has created bold and beautiful looks for hundreds of clients.

Creativity by Julia

Head to the Painted Tree Boutiques to shop Creativity by Julia. Julia got inspired to start making jewelry by a note her kindergarten teacher wrote to her parents that left a lasting impression. The knack for art has always been in Julia. She participated in craft shows while raising her children. Once her son started college, she started her small business full-time. Her most popular item is the Reiki-Charged Gemstone jewelry, but she also specializes in crystals, wreaths, quilts, cloth dolls, and embroidery. 

Yogurtini

This self serve frozen yogurt bar hits the spot year-round. Create your custom frozen yogurt with 10 to 16 frozen yogurt flavors and over 65 toppings! Want something truly custom? They're always take suggestions on topping flavors. Enjoy the regular dairy stuff or chose from gluten-free, dairy-free, and no-sugar options. Yogurt is packed with live and active probiotic cultures so it promotes a healthy immune system and digestive tract. It's just good for the soul.

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