Black entrepreneurs and best friends Chanée and Devon serve up scrumptious Southern delicacies with the bigger goal of elevating their community.
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What does a successful entrepreneur look like? According to AI, there’s a singular definition with narrow parameters. Of course, across Canada business owners are as varied as their products. For Chanée Dowdie, founder of Honey Soul Food in Mississauga, that product is mouth-watering Southern cuisine including Cajun-battered chicken and 24-hour marinated brisket smothered in smoky BBQ sauce.
The 29-year-old jack-of-all trades manages all aspects of her thriving business, from hiring, payroll and locking up after a long day of feeding customers inside the Dixie Road location. Recently, Chanée and her business partner/best friend Devon Martelly-McLean opened Cornbread Café inside Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport, dishing up pastries along with their famous cornbread, a customer-favourite recipe that took 60+ attempts to perfect.
Though she loves sharing home cooking with the community, Chanée’s larger goal is to truly make a difference in the Black community. Even as a successful entrepreneur, many patrons are surprised to learn the young professional is indeed the business’s owner. She hopes to change perspectives by launching Honey Soul Food franchises and proudly pays for staff’s daily commutes into the restaurant along with higher wages.
With big plans for the future, the duo are continuing to change lives, one bite at a time.