Updated: May 2
May marks the beginning of Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month — a time to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander heritage across North America. More than 2 million businesses in the U.S. are owned by members of this community, and AAPI women are one of the fastest-growing demographics of entrepreneurs.
Keeping scrolling to discover AAPI-owned businesses that are ECDI clients and members of the Food Fort in Columbus, Ohio:
August and Arlo the Salon
Hair salon specialized in women’s hair, color and extensions. Gabby was inspired by her dad who came from Vietnam in the 70s and did nails her whole life in Vietnamese-owned nail salons.
Bringing a taste of Seoul to Columbus, Ajumama serves Korean street food without the 7000 mile road trip. Always fresh and sassy, sometimes sweet or hot, a lot of traditional with a little rock and roll, but way more than just BBQ or kimchi. This is unlike anything else you will find in Central Ohio.
For every purchase of their grab-and-go sushi, a meal will be provided to an orphaned child. It’s a simple way to help that’s simply delicious
Satori Ramen Bar
Authentic ramen shop located inside of historic North Market Downtown. They are open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in service.
Sweet & Shiny
Celebrating someone or something special? Get a specialty designed cake just as memorable. Sweet & Shiny is a couture cake studio located in Columbus, Ohio.
The Mochi Shop
You need to try these delicious mochi donuts! The bakery is run by two Japanese American moms, bringing mochi donuts made from scratch locally to Columbus, Ohio. They are also a member of the ECDI Food Fort!
Neighborhood cocktail bar with full kitchen that focuses on a constantly rotating list of seasonal cocktails and fare.
Self Love Club
Self Love Club aims to collectively overcome the stigma of mental illness. Their mission is to empower those with mental illness, their families and the community through self-love.
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