Black-owned vegan ice-cream Company wins free rent in Baltimore

Yvonne O'Halloran

Cajou Creamery, a Black-owned vegan ice-cream brand, recently won a competition that has earned them free rent for a year in Baltimore, MD. This victory will allow the plant-based ice cream makers to open their first brick-and-mortar location, giving them the opportunity to serve more vegan goodness to their community.

The competition was sponsored by Market Center Merchants Association and property developers Poverni Sheikh and Charles Street Development Corp. Entering the competition was simple: small businesses applied in the hopes of receiving free rent in one of three spaces. Cajou Creamery was selected as one of two winners, and they have opted for their first storefront to be on Howard Row.

Their vegan ice cream is not new to the Baltimore area. Founded by husband-and-wife duo Dwight and Nicole Foster, Cajou Creamery is proud to be #ChurnedInCharmCity, referring to the city’s nickname. Their 100% plant-based ice cream came to fruition when the couple learned that their children were lactose-intolerant. This prompted the Fosters to create their own dairy-free version using real foods. Cajou Creamery, whose almond- and cashew-based ice cream includes flavors such as horchata, cheesecake, and baklava, features vegan desserts that are always made from scratch.

In addition to their recent competition victory, Cajou Creamery is also raising money via Kickstarter. Supporters can donate money to the small business to ensure their first brick-and-mortar location is up and running as soon as possible. Donations will go towards purchasing a new large-batch freezer and expanding into more markets with regional and national shipping. Cajou Creamery is hoping to raise $30,000 by July 30, and they’re already more than halfway there.

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States

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