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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.