Black History Month Spotlight: Thought-provoking T-Shirts and Outrageous Shakes
Nothing in simple or small at Z’s Donut Bar and Bakery, watch the Chicago’s Best video.
Ayanna Smith has started a new t-shirt line designed to spark thoughtful and fun conversations around important issues that divide us as well as other random topics. “One of the goals is to get people to put their phones down and actually talk to one another,” she says.
She calls the company #AskMe Tees. The t-shirts cover a range of topics from the obviously controversial politics (As Me Why I Vote) to the fun (Ask Me About My Crazy Dogs). The shirt “Ask me why you can’t touch my hair,” is one that I know one of my nieces would love. “That one is a favorite,” says Smith.
Z’s Donut Bar and Bakery is billed as “Chicago’s Best Outrageous Eats,” by Chicago’s Best TV show. However, you won’t find the eatery in Chicago’s Loop (downtown), but 45 minutes away in Gary’s historically Black Midtown. “My biggest supporters come from Chicago,” says Lashun Taylor, who opened the business in 2015.
Z’s bakery is just blocks off the Broadway North exit of the heavily traveled Interstate 80/94 and minutes from the Jackson Five home. It is not unusual for out-of-towners to make a pit-stop to see and eat Z’s eatable attractions.
“I was on my way back to Rockford, Illinois and decided to stop after seeing the Facebook shares of this place,” wrote Erica Simms. Simms Facebook posting is one of the more than 300 reviews on Z’s Facebook page, which has garnered more than 26,000 Likes, including Port Of Harlem’s.
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