RECIPE is opening January 2017 at 1831 S. Ewing Ave with a fresh juice bar and market!
Happy New Year! Susu Incubator launches its first property development project January 2017! Our labor for 2016 has extended our knowledge of all things construction permits, zoning, property tax, and City of Dallas inspections. We look forward to sharing this knowledge with you in addition to our continued conversation and practice of Susu Economics, Cultural Business Incubation and our New Year’s baby #RECIPEoakcliff!
RECIPE OAK CLIFF is a delicious food security business in South Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas offering plant-based drinks and eats on a rotating menu of cultural dishes and featured chefs. Check out the website for upcoming tastings, opening events, classes, vending opportunities and more!
Spring is almost here and Susu has BIG NEWS blooming for this season! A great start in the neighborhood thus far!
Susu has been working with so many great community partners this year and the fruits of the labor have been beautifully rewarding! Here’s a look back at a short list of the partnerships we are thankful for:
Flashback 1: This time last year Susu Incubator completed a season of PopUp Markets with a host of incredible local creative and cultural businesses. We activated vacant spaces throughout Oak Cliff with our unique market style of hand crafted and brand vendors in cultural retail, education and literacy, health/wellness and vegan foods. This popup market model was an effort to prove the economic viability of our ‘low income’ neighborhood.
2015 marked the beginning of partnerships that pushed us forward toward the goal of property ownership and developing a healthy neighborhood business hub. In January 2015, Susu joined the Small Scale Developers group led by Dallas developer Monte Anderson. March 2015, Susu vendors gave a presentation to the developers group and answered the question: What would you do with 1000 SF?
The small business owners shared with the developers group their storefront dreams to house jewelry, apparel, home decor and culinary goods. The vendors talked about the value of space to sell and to teach their craft to others, especially the youth.
Flashback 2: In late 2014, Susu participated in the event Dallas Faces Race (DFR), sponsored in part by the Embrey Family Foundation (EFF) as a forum to address racial equity. This monumental event introduced Susu to the value of a business coach exemplified through a series of workshops led by Rha Goddess of Move of The Crowd . And, most importantly, the DFR sparked a dialogue between Susu and the Embrey Family Foundation about developing space in Susu’s target area of South Oak Cliff to launch a healthy business hub with an initial project focused on food and food security.
This partnership with the Embrey Family Foundation provided Susu with financial support and technical assistance partnerships with The Real Estate Council Community Fund to access alternate means to traditional loans and capital to fund the initial development project.
(BIG OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT IN APRIL 2016!!!)
Spring Forward: One of Susu’s key partnerships is working with our neighborhood association,’Vermont Village’, named by one of the residents and shared dreamer Mathis Perkins. We have joined the forces of several of the neighborhood associations to form a ‘super neighborhood association’ called Cedar Haven to work in Vermont Village. So far, we have planned a 4-part series of neighborhood events for the last Saturday of each month. We started in January 2016 with a tree planting project in which close to 30 oak trees went in the ground down Vermont Avenue. (Big shout out to Ryan Behring of Grow South Vista, the neighborhood leaders Mathis Perkins, Lester Houston, Jeff and Audrie Mills, Jan Taylor, Tisha Crear and Wana Smith)
Our second event in February brought over 100 volunteers and the Mayor to the neighborhood for a clean-up and to start the mural project.
We are on the move! Join us this Saturday March 26 for more neighborhood clean-up and Part 2 of the mural. And, stay tuned for our big spring market and resource event on April 30, 2016!
Susu is infinitely thankful to the local vendors that we have had the pleasure to popup market with! Susu is thankful to the neighborhood and community partners for the working collaborations that are building our community stronger! Thank you EFF and TREC Community Fund!
It takes a village.
A big thanks to Womanars for selecting Susu Cultural Business Incubator as part of their “Real Women, Real Stories, Real Inspiration” video interview series. To find out more about them and to sign up for their newsletter visit www.Womanars.com.”
published July 2015
Did you read about the Susu collaboration with TransLation to provide chef training and launch cultural culinary business within the diverse and rich immigrant/ refugee community of Vickery Meadows? Check out the DMN article on the TransLation Chef debut HERE . If you missed it, come out to the Oak Cliff Cultural Center on Saturday November 21 to the Fair Trade Market 1p -7p to sample the chefs’ treats.
photos by Carol Zou
(the last photo is a stock photo)
Susu Cultural Business Incubator has a yummy partnership with the TransLation Vickery Meadows Project in North Dallas! We have been conducting Chef Training workshops with the goal to launch a collective of cultural culinary businesses. This partnership, led by Trans.lation Project Manager Carol Zou and Susu lead Tisha Crear, is a tasty tale in building bridges and/or just jumping in and swimming across.
First, do you know about the Trans.lation Vickery Meadows Community in North Dallas off of Park Lane and I-75?
Just behind the Park Lane Whole Foods and North Park Mall, right there by Half Price Books, is a community in which nearly 30 languages can be heard from the over 25,000 people living in the less than 5-square mile area. The Trans.lation project storefront is a resource center that serves the largely immigrant and refugee community. Trans.Lation Vickery Meadows was founded by Rick Lowe and the Nasher Project in 2013 to unite the super diverse and truly multi-cultural, multi-lingual and transient community through arts, education and community activities.
Drop by any given day and you will find the dynamic Project Manager Carol Zou navigating resources and co-creating with any combination of Trans.lation community members engaging in a multitude of activities from Aztec dance to sign language to printmaking to Arabic lessons. Take a look at the Trans.lation calendar that hangs on the wall among the paintings and you can feel the depth of the nature of the work.
Did I mention there is a blooming community garden in the back?
As you may know, Susu ‘s work is focused on the ‘southern sector’ of Dallas, in particular, key Oak Cliff neighborhoods poised for major transition in this era of the ‘Grow South Initiative‘. Susu pop-markets intentionally highlight local good food and a big part of our mission is entrepreneurship around issues of food security.
We have been excited and honored to take the drive up 75 north to work with five chefs from the Trans.lation community on building their culturally unique food businesses.
Here’s what we’ve done together so far:
In September 2015, we began the Chef Training series with study sessions to attain the Food Managers Certification. After more than 16 hours of study, the chefs took their exams and are now all certified Food Managers / Food Handlers!
Who are the five chefs?
The Trans.lation Chefs bring cuisine from Iraq, The Dominican, Mexico, and Eritrea. The chefs each bring a wealth of experience and rich tradition in the culinary arts.
More on each chefs’ unique style to come….
In the meantime….If you want a sample, come out to the Trans.lation Dia de Los Muertos celebration on November 1, 2015 from 4pm – 7pm. Several of the Trans.lation Chefs will share a taste of their culinary offerings.
Stay tuned for a formal introduction to the good eats from each of the new businesses.
Have you checked the map of Susu’s work lately? We are thankful to work in our beautiful community of South Oak Cliff. Why do we PopUp? We are working to launch better business in our neighborhood. We pop-up to test our business model and to create access for our community to quality goods and services. Our goal is to contribute to a healthy business hub model for low-to-mid income neighborhoods.
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We love to hear from you! susuVendor@gmail.com
South Oak Cliff Business
Pics from the Friday night PopUp Juice Bar in Oak Cliff. Sweet Beets & Sassafras at The Institute for Ancestral Braiding. Soundtrack: Feel Better, World – Ms. Badu
Highlights: Kombucha Mane stopped by and gave samples of his homebrew! It was collard green and mint! Perfect! Indigenous Remedies brought Kava by the gallon. We adorned ourselves with Henna by Jaquai and shined up our new gemstones from Soulistic Wellness. Akwete of Pan African Connection came by and had an N’Dambi Sweet Juice w extra ginger. We took a late night bike ride after the juice bar closed. Shout out to the beautiful Uber riders that make the juice bar one of their Friday night Uber stops! ❤
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