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This Young Black Businesswoman is Making Vegan Eating More Affordable

By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

Photo credits: Sol Sips/Instagram

A black woman from New York  City who is around the age of your average American college student is already running circles around her mediocre peers.

Not only that, 22-year-old Francesca Chaney (pictured) has made the life-giving essential of clean and healthy eating the staple of her entrepreneurial spirit. Chaney is the owner and operator of Sol Sips, a Brooklyn-based eatery, which caters to patrons who are vegan dieters.

Sol Sips originally functioned as a roaming business model with Chaney running pop-up shops in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. In April 2018, Chaney opened up a permanent location for her cafe and dining business in the 718 at 203 Wilson Avenue.

Chaney developed her affinity for clean eating by watching her mother, who went vegan at 18-years-old. All of the food and beverages on the menu at Sol Sips are plant-based. The eggs even come from chickpeas and the bacon is tempeh, not pork. Also, the cheese sold at Sol Sips is non-dairy.

Another great thing about this food service business is that it economically caters to the community’s underserved people who generally believe that healthy food is out of their reach because of its high cost. Chaney has a sliding-scale pricing model that only charges patrons what they can pay.

“We started that initiative because we wanted to make sure that everyone that lives here can get more foods that help us to get our nutrients in,” Chaney said as a guest on the Rachel Ray Show.

In addition to nationwide daytime television, Chaney’s story of success, perseverance, and trailblazing has been profiled by prominent magazines that cater to women, as well as notable business publications like Black Enterprise

Follow Chaney on Instagram to find out more about her growing clean eatery empire here.

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