Lexington Market. Photo by Randy Caldwell/Flickr.

Two local, Black-owned spots are the latest new vendors set to open in the new Lexington Market, the city-owned market announced Tuesday.

Blacksmiths, owned by local chef Heather Smith, is known for southern brunch pop-ups across the city. Smith’s stall at Lexington Market will be the vendor’s first brick and mortar location. The stall will dish out everything from quick breakfast sandwiches to weekend brunch spreads with brioche french toast and slow cooked greens and grits.

“I’m from Baltimore, raised here, and remember going to the market with my mom and dad for lunch after shopping in the city. Our stall will have a 10-seat bar and lots of seating around, and we’ll have options for both quick weekday breakfast needs and lazy weekend brunches,” Smith said in a statement.

Platinum Amala – owned by mother-son duo Khadijat Abiola and Basith Salami – serves West African cuisine at its location on Edmondson Avenue and food truck on Liberty Road in Randallstown.

“I started making the food of my childhood [in Nigeria] for people out of my home; pretty soon, they were asking when I was going to have a restaurant so they could bring their friends to try it,” Abiola said on Instagram, “We’re excited to serve a broader audience at Lexington Market and introduce more people to West African food.” 

Platinum Amala’s stall at Lexington Market will serve up the dishes they are known for – jollof rice, fufu, suyas, and stews – and more. 

The two local spots will join longtime Baltimore staples such as Trinacria and Faidley’s Seafood at Lexington Market, bringing the total number of announced vendors up to 28.