Today we’d like to introduce you to Chyna Pace.
Chyna, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’ve always loved to cook and entertain my company at a young age but never thought about making a career from it. Back in 2011-2012, my daughter was about two years old, I was working for Dr. Sebi and at the time, I had been working there for about a year or so. One day I came into the office and there was about three girls including myself that had got laid off. At the time, I was about 26 & wasn’t big on saving my money so I literally had enough money to get me through one month exactly. Rent, car notes, bills, etc. I started to apply online for different jobs but nothing was coming through fast enough. This is when A little taste of Chyna was born. My mom actually gave me the idea. At the time, she had a clothing store and she use to work in a beauty shop. She told me how most small businesses have hard times leaving for lunch; they have to fit it in whenever they can. She said I would be a convenience to small business owners that had trouble leaving for lunch. I thought about it went it full force. When I started my business, I actually had no intentions on it become a real business. It was supposed to be a hustle to help me make money until I got another job but with the power of God, social media and my love and passion for cooking, I took off pretty fast and decided to make it a legit business. I’m never looking back now! I honestly can’t see myself doing anything else but building my brand more and expanding.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
In the beginning, things were so smooth. I was so shocked how my business took off and the amount of money I was making on my own. As time went on, I started to see it wasn’t always gonna be an easy road. You literally have to hustle everyday. One thing about entrepreneurs is that we don’t work a 9-5; we work all day around the clock trying to stay innovative and stand out. With that being said, your gonna have really good days and some slow days so one of my struggles was learning how to money manage and prioritize my time with my daughter because I was becoming more and more busy. There was also so many things I didn’t know about business that I had to educate myself and that can be a struggle and bring on a lot of anxiety on because with me being young and black, I already have a lot of odds against me. There’s a stereotype that young black business owners don’t handle their business, so I made it a point to not fall in that category. Overall no matter how far I go with my business, I’m going to always have struggles down the road but how I learn from them and make better choices and decisions is the real question!!!
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I don’t have a certain type of food I specialize in, I honestly enjoying cooking so many different things and learning new things to get better daily. I started off selling plates and doing daily healthy meal preps. I then graduated to catering & creating my own products like my signature garlic butter and detox water & now I’m really big into the private chef events and I absolutely love it. There is nothing better than showcasing your talent on site and getting that feedback. Keeping smiles on your clients faces and making their night that much more special. As far as what makes me stand out from others, I would have to say so many things but for the most part, the fact that I can inspire others. Not too many people can say they inspire others to do better. It brings so much joy to me. Being a single mother running a business is a task in itself and can get very challenging especially in this pandemic. Playing mom, teacher, daughter, business owner, friend and sister is so much when so many depend on you but I make it look easy. My strength and patients is out of this world.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Outside of my daughter & family, traveling makes me the happiest. I love to travel, meet new people, eat new things, just see the world and all that God has created.
- Catering: starting at $15 & up per person
- Private chef: $500 plus food cost starting at $65 per person
- Garlic butters& cajun butters: $20 each
- Detox waters: $20 each or 2 for $40
- Cooking classes: starting at $150
- Email: Alittletasteofchyna@gmail.com
- Website: Alittletasteofchyna.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/818276116/united-states/inglewood-california/a-little-taste-of-chyna/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Alittletasteofchyna/
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UChSzCMZTs7Y6ZqxNk392C-Q
- Other: https://youtu.be/d7-n8b35Y30