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East Somerville Main Streets stands with black communities and communities of color and all those fighting to end racism in overt and covert forms. We strive to make East Somerville a welcoming and inclusive community.   We are committed to devoting the time, energy, and resources to examine our implicit biases, and to support racial justice and social equity. We commit ourselves to broadening our audience through continued outreach in East Somerville, to developing programming in partnership with marginalized communities. We welcome your input and voice to work with us towards these goals.


Support Black-owned Businesses in East Somerville:


Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant – Mr. Befekadu Defar


Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant has been in East Somerville for over 17 years and is beloved staple of the community.  Owner Befekadu (sometimes affectionately referred to as Mr. B) has a true passion for the rich, flavorful dishes served at Fasika. Nothing makes him happier than sharing his Ethiopian roots with his community through good food and good company.

Mr. B is operating out of Fasika Cafe in Roxbury so the East Somerville location is temporarily closed for the moment. Sad for us, but glad they are still operating!



Owner Smiley opened HAIR-GINEER January of 2019.  He quickly turned his barbershop into an eye-catching storefront with a relaxing atmosphere.  It is quick and easy to make appointments.  Smiley takes his time to do your hair right, with appreciable attention to detail.  He is open for business – schedule an appointment with him today at (617) 718-0830!

HAIR-GINEER is located at 4 Lincoln St.

Smiley has appeared on Somerville Media Center with East Somerville Main Streets and was also offering free trims during CARNAVAL last year!

Fadil African Hair Braiding - Illi and Anita


Owners Iliassou and Anita Fassassi moved their Cambridge based business to East Somerville in the winter of 2018 after a fire displaced them from their Cambridge location.

“We do natural hair braiding, we do Single Braids for all ages, we do braids, twists, cronrows for all ages, locs, weave, and Crochet.”

Fadil African Hair Braiding is located at 8 Broadway in East Somerville.


The Curl Bar – Toriah Mimms


The Curl Bar is a salon experience like no other. You will never have to worry or wonder again if
someone has experience with your hair type. At this safe and judgement free curl space, all
textures are welcomed and celebrated!

We specialize in providing dry curly cuts that cater to your hair and lifestyle while also
maximizing hair hydration. Using nothing but the best quality products, you will leave feeling
empowered, educated, and ready to continue your natural hair journey outside of the salon.

The Curl Bar is located at 76 Cross Street. Visit

Instant Shoe Repair - Sammy


Owner Sammy opened the business 17 years ago at its location at 20 Broadway in East Somerville.  Sammy does all kind of repairs on shoes, handbags and luggage.  Contact him at 781-658-0240 to schedule a repair today! 


Marlon's Barbers - Marlon C. Peters


Marlon’s Barbers will come into the community and provide a high level of barber skills for every person, and make sure all clients get the utmost respect, appreciation, and gratitude. We also will have a barbershop that is very clean, sanitized, and outstanding greeting process. All barbers will be licensed, very kind to all customers and always present themselves with respect, dignity, and honor to everybody that comes into the barbershop.

Marlon's Barbers is located at 160 Broadway.


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