Flavors Food Truck
Soul food on wheels! After the closure of their 20-year brick-and-mortar Flavors Soul Food Restaurant took their menu to the streets of Arlington by establishing Flavors Food Truck in 2018. This on-the-go eatery offers its services at several locations across Arlington, including Rosslyn, Ballston, and Pentagon City. Their menu offers mouthwatering soul food classics: Buttermilk Chicken, Fried Pork Chops, Jumbo Fried Shrimp, Pulled Pork BBQ and more. Aside from rolling through Arlington with its incredible food offerings, Flavors Food Truck also provides catering services for large events.
Black Creators in Arlington
Crystal Ellis – B.Birdwatcher Spiritual Stones
An Arlington local for 23 years, Crystal Ellis is the owner and operator of B.Birdwatcher Spiritual Stones, an online jewelry store focused on creating custom-made stone bracelets. Although Ellis has a career in pharmaceutical sales, seven years ago she was inspired to start creating her own bracelets after attending an Oprah “The Life You Want” seminar. Ellis began by creating jewelry and gifting it to her loved ones as presents. This soon created interest in her products as her co-workers began asking if the pieces she was gifting were also available for purchase. After selling a few, Ellis decided to seize the opportunity and open a virtual shop, which she named B. Birdwatcher Spiritual Stones after her childhood nickname.
Her website launch was greatly successful, which led Ellis to begin selling her jewelry at local Arlington makers’ markets and festivals. However, COVID-19 has caused her to shift her focus back to online sales and create engaging online content to promote her products. Ellis considers being able to share her art and appreciation of healing stones one of her biggest accomplishments. She shared that one of her greatest joys is meeting people who have purchased her jewelry and wear it daily. Providing a personalized purchasing experience for her customers is her top priority and something Ellis prides herself in.
When asked what’s next for B.Birdwatcher, Ellis shared that she will be rebranding her website soon and has recently started a podcast named GVO (Good Vibes Only) Podcast, where she’ll be sharing more about her passion for spiritual stones.