These days, one need only scroll through Instagram to know that organic, whole and healthy food is having a moment: From mason jars spilling over with vibrant colored smoothies to grain bowls boasting every color of the rainbow, eating well is not just good for you, it’s a good—and often expensive—business. That means healthy food can often feel classist, exclusionary and something that only belongs to the elite.
Enter 21-year-old Francesca “Sol” Chaney, a female entrepreneur with a mission to make eating healthy, vegan food accessible and affordable for everyone in her Brooklyn, New York neighborhood—not just the elite. Living and working (three jobs) in New York taught Sol that while fast food was abundant and affordable, healthy food options with inflated prices made eating well a challenge. She knew this didn’t have to be the case.
As a student, Sol discovered a vegan diet, and noticed the improvement in her health. She started sharing her smoothies with friends, and three years later, she founded Sol Sips, a vegan cafe in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With a vegan lunch menu that hovers right around $10 and a weekend brunch menu that features a sliding scale—meaning, you pay what you can afford—Sol is bringing change to her neighborhood and the wellness industry at large—and we can’t wait to watch her soar.