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How a church trip led one mom to start a vegan bakery business 

In 2018, Celeste Sassine’s then 15-year-old daughter Cheyenne ran over to her after youth service at their church in Brooklyn and said she wanted to go to Texas to help rebuild homes after Hurricane Harvey. The church was organizing a trip. The problem: it was not a free trip.  In the church elevator, Sassine said…

Century-old Schmidt’s Candy keeps Woodhaven sweet

Margie Schmidt spends her days hand-dipping chocolate in her little shop by the Woodhaven J train stop in Queens. She’s been doing this since she was 8 or 9 years old. Despite having arthritis, Schmidt is determined to continue the nearly 100-year-old family legacy of Schmidt’s Candy. Schmidt has barely recovered from the Valentine’s Day…

A Jamaican mother-daughter duo fills fashion’s empty niche

When Lolita Malone was growing up with three younger sisters and their baby brother in rural Jamaica, she and her siblings shared clothes, shoes, and pretty much everything. They had a tiny allowance but big fashion dreams, so they would hit up thrift shops and cut and upcycle clothes. “We were making things beautiful that…

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