Memphis has become a hub for women entrepreneurs in recent years, and many business women have been inspired by events in their lives to build their own company.  Owner of Araba’s Sweet Spot, Yolanda Manning found herself in need of motivation to begin her weight loss journey. It was through a wholesome vegan lifestyle that she lost 90 lbs, and that process inspired her to use her baking talents to help others.

Araba’s Sweet Spot is a vegan sweets and eats company.  Offering only vegan options, she uses organic ingredients to make healthier alternatives of our favorite sweet snacks.  Her mission?  To share her personal experiences of self-healing through plant-based foods.

In addition to her company, she is the general manager of radical., a new locally sourced salad service that will soon be stationed in the South Main Market/409 Food Hall downtown. Her salad offerings will include, vegan, vegetarian and proteins that are intentionally sourced within a 275-mile radius from local farms. The menu offerings will be ever changing with the seasons to ensure optimal eating. She also teaches community health workshops related to nutrition, eating locally and plant-based living through local community organizations and programs in south and north Memphis. Educating the community about sustainability and health will need to become a more pressing conversation in the years to come, so why don’t we start it now?

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