Southside Market is a micro-grocery and cafe franchise (launching 2023) increasing nutritious food access while prioritizing local sourcing, hiring, and collective ownership for Greater Chatham, communities on the South side of Chicago, and beyond. Our fresh market offers everyday-affordable fresh produce and grocery basics, our cafe nook serves as a gathering space, and our rotating menu showcases local or BIPOC entrepreneurs and chefs.
Our key differentiators in our efforts to combat food apartheid are size and flexibility; we are not another big-box grocery store. Our 1300-1700 sq. ft., lean-operating stores can uniquely meet the needs of South side residential communities. We also plan to offer produce delivery to key locations such as nearby senior centers and places of worship. Equally important, our model builds local wealth through collective ownership.
We are excited to share that we are launching our first store in Chatham. In 2021, we held two pilot pop-up markets - engaging with 100+ residents and selling over 1K units of produce. With the help of the American Heart Association’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund, Southside Market is preparing to launch our first location, hosting monthly community events, and providing produce boxes to strategic partner organizations. Please use the ‘Contact Us’ form if you are interested in becoming a partner.
As we launch our venture, customer engagement and input will continue to drive every decision. Please join us in increasing food access and business ownership on the South side of Chicago by signing up for our mailing list or joining our Community Council. Visit our 'Engage' page to learn more about the different ways you can get involved.
KEY PROGRESS TO DATE
We have also been busy building the SSM team. We are thrilled to have Jimmy Prude, Grant Nishioka, Christine Saffold, and Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark bringing their experience in food entrepreneurship, education, grocery procurement & logistics, and community development within Greater Chatham to the Southside Market Advisory Council.
Southside Market hired two high school interns over the summer of 2022. And we are also fortunate to partner with the Chicago Shapers via the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers program for the second year in a row.
For more info: Global Shapers Chicago
Southside Market's (SSM) first win in 2021 was in late February, when our team was accepted into University of Chicago's Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) 2021 Cohort. After countless hours of research and preparation leading up to the SNVC Finals, SSM was one of the three finalists awarded a total of $150,000 in June 2021.
Our success through the SNVC program was a stepping stone to additional funding from the American Heart Association's Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund, and our cofounder, Mabel Shiu receiving the Tarrson Social Venture Fellowship enabling her to work full time on SSM.
For more info: AHA Press Release & 2021 Tarrson Fellows
Along with funding, we celebrate the invaluable support from the Greater Chatham community. In partnership with St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, SSM co-hosted a pop-up market in April 2021. The SSM team and dozens of volunteers engaged with 60+ residents and moved 700+ units of produce despite a cold and rainy weekend. Our second pop-up market, in partnership with the Greater Chatham Initiative, took place in late August on the 75th Street Boardwalk.
In 2022, Southside Market continues to host monthly community events focused on nutrition education, live food demos, produce distribution, and collectively ownership.
For more info: Southside Market FB Page & Harris Article
MEET OUR TEAM
Entrepreneur and Former Greater Chatham Initiative Ambassador
Former Director of Procurement and Logistics at Daily Table
Food Entrepreneur and former Community Organizer in Auburn-Gresham
Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark
Physician, Educator, and Founder of the “The Food Is Power Program” in Englewood
G. Sequane Lawrence
President and CEO of Revolution Institute, Experienced CED Practitioner
Original SNVC Team Includes:
Jahnvi Vaidya is a 2Y MBA student at Booth, also pursuing a Certificate in Energy & Environmental Policy from Harris. Before Booth, Jahnvi was a pre-launch team member of a seed-stage social enterprise in the financial inclusion space and worked in economic consulting at Analysis Group. She is passionate about environmental sustainability, food and agriculture.
Jason Winik is a 2Y Master of Public Policy candidate at Harris passionate about climate resilience and adaptation for communities that are most susceptible to harmful climate change impacts, including a lack of access to healthy and affordable food.