Abundance Café is here to help you feel great in your body, mind, and soul! The idea for my business came to me about 15 years ago when I was raising my 3 children and fortunate to stay home to care for them. I fed them nutritious food all week and we usually went out to eat once a week so I could take a break from cooking. After noticing how drained we all felt after eating at most restaurants, I knew I needed to make a difference. Many years later, in 2017, I started renting a commercial kitchen at Allen Neighborhood Center and made soup to sell at their farmers market. I registered my LLC and acquired my ServSafe certification and insurance. I soon added more farmers markets as I continued working as a supervisor at a café to gain managing experience. I received some valuable guidance from SBDC (Small Business Development Center) in Lansing to help me grow Abundance. I changed kitchens a few times, as I saw fit. I got a job as a cook/pastry chef at Morton’s Fine Catering and was able to rent their kitchen to prepare my food. This was a great experience cooking in large quantities as well as working with a close team of exceptional people to serve our customers. I am forever grateful to John and Beth Morton for their guidance in my growth. In 2019 and 2020 I did a few café pop ups and learned a lot. In November 2020 I was holding regular popups in the Old Town Marquee in Lansing’s Old Town when the government shut down dining areas throughout the state. At this time, I started posting a weekly menu and taking orders for food to be delivered or picked up once a week. Now, in 2023, I continue these weekly food orders and have recently added an online ordering platform to my website for everyone’s convenience.
This has been an awesome adventure and I have made many friends and wonderful customers (who I think of as friends) along the way. I have learned much about health, cooking, and running a business. I am excited to announce that I plan to start looking for a brick and mortar restaurant space very soon. I don’t have a time line. The pandemic taught me that it’s better to just go with the flow. But I am driven to open Abundance Café this year. We shall see what the Universe delivers! Thank you all for your support, interest, curiosity, and love! You are the reason I am doing this. I care about you and want to see you thrive and have an abundance of energy, peace, love and joy in your life!