NAACP Arlington Branch
Economic Development & Labor Committee

Small Business Spotlight

NAACP Arlington Branch is highlighting Arlington businesses owned or founded by people of color. Business owners can contact the Economic Development & Labor Committee to ask to be featured, or you can nominate your favorite Arlington business to suggest them for the spotlight.


BBQ At It’s Best

3800 S Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206

Local food truck serving home smoked and prepared barbecue and sides, including ribs, brisket, chicken and sausage. When not traveling to catering events, it can be found Saturdays and Sundays on Four Mile Run Drive.

Antone Jacobs is a lifelong resident of the Green Valley neighborhood where he now operates his business. He attributes his success to the care that he takes preparing his food, strong community support, and popularity among local residents and passerbys.


Black Heritage Museum of Arlington

3045 B Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington was founded in 1998 and celebrates the African American Journey to Freedom, providing a focal point exhibit on Arlington’s Freedman’s Village and contributions made by its residents and their descendants to local and national history.

Scott Taylor, the President of the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington since 2016, was born and raised in the Halls Hill neighborhood of Arlington.


Café Sazón

4704 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

Basic, relaxed outpost offering South & Central American staples such as meats, rice and beans.

Claudia Salazar has operated and owned Cafe Sazon since 2011, offering at first just coffee and pastries, eventually expanding the menu to include South & Central American cuisine.


Dama Restaurant and Dama Pastry & Cafe

1505 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

Dama is a well-known family owned and operated Ethiopian bakery and restaurant located in Arlington since 1999. Dama offers baked goods and Ethiopian and American cuisine at its location on Columbia Pike.

Founders Kelem, Almaz and Hailu Dama, and Amsale Saife-Selassie have over 20 years experience in the restaurant industry in the Washington DC area and have received high praise from their patrons throughout the years for their excellent food, including wide variety of pastries, provided in a friendly, casual atmosphere.


Idido Coffee and Social House

1107 South Walter Reed Drive
Arlington VA 22204

Idido is a popular neighborhood coffee house just south of Columbia Pike. Its mission is to consistently provide quality coffee, pastries, and healthy light meals with excellent, always friendly customer service. Offerings include a variety of coffee and other drinks, paired with both sweet and savory baked items.

Sofonias Gebretsadick is the manager and business partner at Idido. He has worked in the coffee shop and service industry in the DC area for over 10 years.


Mike Garcia, State Farm Insurance

927 South Walter Reed Drive, Suite 8
Arlington, VA 22204  

Buckle up with State Farm, and get auto insurance in Arlington, VA that fits your needs. You’ve got plenty of options — from collision and comprehensive to rental and rideshare.

Mike Garcia, better known as Mike on the Pike, has been a State Farm Agent since 1987. He is a member and past Director of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He holds a BFA from Catholic University and is a lifelong Arlington resident.


NOVA Optique + Eyecare

672 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

NOVA Optique + Eyecare in Ballston combines medical support and fashion to meet all customers' eye care needs. Services include comprehensive eye exams, specialty contact lens exams, dry eye treatment, diabetic eye exams, glaucoma treatment, macular degeneration testing, ocular emergency care, and LASIK and cataract co-management. With the latest medical technology and a commitment to individualized customer service, the team at NOVA Optique + Eyecare delivers results to improve vision health for every patient. After examinations, check out their unique selection of independent frame lines.

Dr. Sara Varghai founded and leads NOVA Optique + Eyecare. She's committed to helping her patients see and feel their best by providing thorough eye exams, and making sure each patient is educated on the health of their eyes including how to best prevent ocular diseases. As a female founder, Dr. Varghai is passionate about equal pay in medical practice. 


Pentagon MMA

1041 South Edgewood Street
Arlington, VA 22204

Pentagon MMA was founded in 2012 by a husband and wife team with a dream of changing lives through Mixed Martial Arts. Today, we are a strong community of fun-loving, adventurous folks of all ages and walks of life who have a passion for Muay Thai (also known as Kickboxing or Thai Boxing), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), and mixed martial arts, and a deep appreciation for the benefits it brings to our lives. We are here to help you achieve your goals.

Whether you are looking for a more effective, exciting workout, learning self defense, or training with the best and competing at the amateur or professional level, Pentagon MMA in Arlington, Virginia is your home away from home!


Puppy Luv

400 Army Navy Drive #712
Arlington, VA 22202

Puppy Luv is a pet service company that caters to urban professionals that are on the go or home. As a pet services provider, property communities will have in-house dog walking, dog grooming, obedience training, and pet sitting services at their fingertips. Their goal as an in-demand pet service provider is to cater to you and your pets’ specific needs.

Lindsey established Puppy Luv from her love of dogs. She started with one client and built the company to multiple luxury apartment contracts. With the help of her team, Lindsey strives to give consistent quality service to all animals.


YM Byrd Art

Yvette Byrd is an Arlington-based artist specializing in event and headshot photography and mixed media art. Her art journey began 13 years ago as an Associate Church Photographer capturing guest speakers, baptisms and special events for over 8 years. Since starting YM Byrd Art, she's been photographing concerts, church events, weddings, headshots and landscapes. Three years ago she incorporated her love of photography, textiles and paints into mixed media artwork as well. You can reach YM Byrd Art at [email protected] or 602-740-5529.