On Sunday, June 7 a Candlelight Vigil was held in front of the East Somerville Library in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others killed by police brutality and racist violence.  This vigil was organized by Just Us Somerville. You can watch a video of the vigil here.


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.



Bonita Hair Salon – Nailah Montalvo


Black-owned business of the day is Bonita Hair Salon.  Nailah Montalvo opened BONITA Hair Salon and BlowDry Bar after 23 years of working in Boston’s most prestigious Newbury Street salons. Nailah, fluent in both English and Spanish, has experience with all hair textures and extensive makeup looks. Learning from the best hair stylists and makeup artists in Boston, Nailah, and all of the stylists at both the Salon and BlowDry Bar, have all gone through vigorous training before working on the stylist floor. BONITA welcomes ALL hair types and can handle any client’s needs with ease.  BONITA will be open beginning Wednesday June 10th, people interested in making appointments can call (617) 746-0008 to schedule.  BONITA is located at 2 Broadway.

Instant Shoe Repair - Sammy


Black-owned East Somerville business of the day is Instant Shoe Repair!  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!