Introducing RECIPEoakcliff

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!


recipeoc-banner1-2RECIPE 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!



May 7 Market and Resource Fair


Vermont Village Neighborhood Festival, May 7th 2016, 10 AM – 3 PM

Special Guests: Michelle Gibson and the Kickin Brass Band at 12 noon 

Saturday May 7, add to the ‘to-do’ list a stop at 903 Vermont and Ewing Ave in Oak Cliff, TX. You are invited to check out the new mural, shop for a special Mother’s Day gift, pick up neighborhood resource materials, jump in the bouncy house and celebrate community.  If you plan your schedule right, you will arrive before noon and catch the phenomenal Michelle Gibson‘s ‘pop up performance’ with Kickin Brass Band.  ❤

Vendors: Black Vegetarian Society of Texas providing resources and tools for sustaining a plant based diet.; Zolie Zi Anti-Bullying Books and Dolls; Sacred Instruments hand crafted jewelry; Habesha Naturals and Qi Elements Spa with natural skin and hair products; decorative baskets; shea butter balm with Bodywork by Patrick AND MORE!




Pics: Susu Village at Starlight

Click on the pics below and step into the Susu Village at Starlight Bethel.  Special thanks to Benny Walker for erecting a village space requested by Starlight Bethel for their ‘Youth In Praise’ Concert.  The village area is made from recycled materials and local bamboo and is ready to ‘pop up’ at your location.  If you want to know more about the quality local vendors in the Susu Village Market, check the links to some of the best locally crafted goods in the land!

Special THANK YOU to all that visited the market, the excellent vendors and the Starlight Bethel team.

Now imagine if this field was a business hub serving this community daily… if only the city would lift the evasive ‘flood plain’ restrictions and allow the community owners to build and develop. 

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Susu Village Vendors 7/11 @ Starlight Bethel

Susu bannerCheck out some of the great local vendors in the Susu Village Saturday July 11, 3 pm – 9pm at the Starlight Bethel’s Annual Youth In Praise Concert 3163 Cedar Crest Blvd. Dallas, Tx 75203!

Local Artisan Hand Crafted Goods

Game Truck, Vendors, Bounce House and more! Bring a lawn chair.

***Ride Your Bike and receive a special gift from Susu!***


Strong Business = Strong Community

Why Pop-Up?

We ‘pop-up’ Susu markets and shops as a community building tool and an exercise in economic development and exchange.  The ‘POP-UP’ is a temporary space that illuminates the potential for the location and of local business to serve and thrive in its surrounding community. We ‘pop-up’ in our neighborhoods, these areas that are considered ‘blight’ and promoted as unsafe; The areas of the Grow South Initiative here in Dallas, Texas (and reflected in so many neighborhoods around the country and world).  My neighbor calls it ‘The Take Over Spirit’.  Some call it ‘Genny’, short for gentrification. You know the story: urban area lacking resources and slated for urban renewal.

 In this familiar narrative of displacement, Susu work is to strengthen local business that builds the economic exchange of the community members as a tool to secure a place in this wave of new urbanization.   

Susu vendors spent spring and summer 2014 popping up in empty lots in Oak Cliff and South Dallas. Susu completed a grant in Tenth Street with a pop-up market at (click the links for more info) Greater El Bethel Baptist Church, Benny’s Island in the Hood and on Historic Show Hill.  Susu pop-up market continued in the summer with a partnership with Top Dollar Tax Service and Starlight Bethel for the beginnings of The Bridge Market located on Cedar Crest at the bridge between South Dallas and Oak Cliff. We look forward to developing the Bridge Market into a Farmers Market in 2015!  Susu also partnered with Soul Rep Theatre Company to provide a market with the New Plays Festival at the Margo Jones in Fair Park.

As winter changes the outside dynamic and we shift to activating indoor vacant spaces, We want to thank our partners, supporters, and community for the commitment to developing good business and strong community.  And doing it with style! 

Meet the vendors from the POPUP Shop at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center on Nov. 29, 2014  

UrbanPoetryLogoUrban Poetry – UPcycled, Handmade, Eco Friendly Fashion

10644625_10205559743692278_2398059474386522097_nAnukah Accessories 



10750350_10152825510688895_8239538730510164407_oTrue Artist Brand Pop Urban & Luxury Streetwear


Sacred Instruments – Custom Hand-made Jewelry and Repair

LNS Designs – Fine Art Ceramics and Prints

Demarcus Jones and the Solar Calendar –  Black History Learning Series: audio books, video learning, and mini-workbooks

The Adventures of Zolie ZiAnti-Bullying Children’s Book Series


Qi Elements Spa – Anja Natural Skin Care Products and Services

Crafts Wombman – natural candles, body scrubs and more.

Honey Child Beadwork


Southern Girl Granola s.Girl Granola

Guest Vendor Femi 









Photos by: Angelique Westerfield, Anukah, True Artist Brand, Anja SkinCare Community and Tonya Crear

Special Thank you to Karla Arte for creating signage, Rafael Tamayo and Gerardo Robles of the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.

Let’s Build! Contact: Tisha Crear

Saturday Market and Theatre in Fair Park

Susu / Soul Rep Market 8/2Susu is partnering with Soul Rep Theatre Company’s New Play Festival Saturday Aug 2, SoulRepLogo2014 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, Sunny South Dallas, Texas.  The 8th Annual New Play Festival is an opportunity to experience the veteran theatre artists embodying their mission: Soul Rep Theatre Company exists to provide quality transformative Black theatre that enlightens the imagination, the spirit and the soul. 


There are two showtimes on Saturday to catch the festival’s four dynamic short plays at 2pm and 7:30 pm.  Purchase tickets to the festival >>HERE<<

Susu Vendors will market outside the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park with hand crafted clothing, jewelry, natural foods and live music from 12noon to 8pm.  The Market is free and open to the public with activities throughout the day.  Show your ticket to the New Play Festival and receive special market giveaways and samples!   Tell the parking guard that you are going to the Magnolia Lounge and parking is FREE!

Raw Food Demo 1pm and 4:30 pm – learn how to transform nuts, seeds, veggies and fruits into delicious real food that your family will recognize and enjoy. rsvp to:

Kickin Brass Band performance at 6pm – Free. Live. Brass Band Music. Summer Sky.  NEED I SAY MORE!  

Susu / Soul Rep Market 8/2Thank you for supporting local creative and cultural business!

questions/comments/want to vend?:

Susu Pop Up Market Video 4/26/2014

Check out the Market Day video from the Tenth Street Vendor Certification first MARKET, April 2014, Oak Cliff, TX. Guest Vendor, Kombucha Mane, Michael Benjamin, submitted this sweet bit of footage from the mini-market pop-up behind Greater El Bethel Baptist Church on that sunny Saturday afternoon.  The market took place around bcWorkshop’s Activating Vacancy instillation, “The Ark on Noah Street’ by Christopher Blay during Rebuilding America’s massive neighborhood renovation event.  Vendor Certification class members and guest vendors displayed hand crafted items with the DJ providing the soundtrack to a great day in the neighborhood.

( click >>HERE<< to read my notes on the experience )

Thank you Kombucha Mane for sharing this market day video! Looking forward to drinking Kombucha at this Saturday May 31st Pop-Up at Benny’s Island In the Hood 2.

Congratulations to the Susu Cultural Business Incubator VENDOR CERTIFICATION First Class.
Enjoy the video!