19-Year-Old Howard University Student Opens Vegan Bakery In Washington D.C.
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19-Year-Old Howard University Student Opens Vegan Bakery In Washington D.C.

A new vegan bakery is headed to Washington, D.C. this weekend!

Chanice McClover-Lee launched Baked by Chanice at farmer’s markets in her hometown of South Florida in response to the pandemic. Now the 19-year-old Howard University student is taking her business talents to a food hall and commercial kitchen in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood, VegOut reports.

“What started as a quarantine hobby last March quickly, and unintentionally transformed into a successful business,” McClover-Lee shared with AfroTech. “I began having bake sales on the weekends where people would place orders to be picked up from my house and I would sell out of hundreds of cookies at farmer’s markets. I originally said I wasn’t trying to start a business or do anything large scale, but that didn’t happen as we can see.”

She further explains that the expansion happened so quickly that eventually, she had to move from baking at home to operating out of a commercial kitchen where D.C. residents could pick up their sweet treats.

Along with pick-up, McClover-Lee offers nationwide shipping and has created over a dozen unique flavors which include birthday cake, red velvet cheesecake, s’mores, and more! Customers can also order custom cakes and cupcakes available in carrot, chocolate, coconut varieties, cookies & cream, funfetti, red velvet, and vanilla.

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McClover-Lee told us that “each cookie is handcrafted with love,” and her overall goal with Baked by Chanice is to transform the meaning and people’s outlook on what vegan eats can taste like for all customers.

In addition to the flagship shop located inside of Tastemakers in Washington, D.C., Baked by Chanice will offer both cookies and cakes at the SW DC Farmers Market on Saturdays starting on May 29.

Sweet treats are also available for nationwide shipping via the company’s website.

For more on Baked by Chanice and to order online, click here.