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Meet Devon Williams of Sahndrah’s South Central

Today we’d like to introduce you to Devon Williams.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Devon. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started Sahndrah’s the business out of curiosity. One day I brought a smoothie bowl from DTLA and it had a whole bunch of goodies and toppings in it. I brought some to my mentor who has a small tailor shop off Crenshaw Blvd. He immediately fell in love with it, and it made me think of how many other folks from the community never had food such as this. I then began to do research and wondered why was good healthy food not accessible to folks. I’ve had prior knowledge from High School about the food dessert in South LA but when I really looked at the geographic positioning of fast food joints, it awakened me to pioneer something new and for the community by the community.

Thus spawned Sahndrah’s South Central. As for how I got to where I am today, I consider it luck and a bunch of patience. I’ve been robbed at gunpoint, shot at, shot back, and hit on my bicycle but still managed. The help of great mentors and good friends helped me get through the hardships. I’ve achieved my Double Bachelors in Sociology and Africana Studies. Now I’m pursuing my Masters in social work at University of Southern California.

Has it been a smooth road?
Challenges I faced along the way was the lack of guidance in the business field. So many pioneers In the game but not one of them would tell me how to start a business, how to write a business plan, financials and all that. The survival of the fittest mindset has really made it a struggle to network and create partnerships.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Sahndrah’s South Central LLC – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Sahndrah’s is a Black family own and operated food business. We specialize in Acai, Pitaya and Smoothie Bowls. We’re venturing out into teas and a juices but for now, we will see. We are most proud of our fans and followers who venture out from the valley just for our bowls. Love y’all for real. But yeah, that and our devotion to our community, we never fold or bend when it comes to helping folks out and supplying delicious food at an affordable cost. We’re all from South Central and not no foreigners coming into new lands trynna make it big. We been here, been through it all and actually community-oriented.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The thing I like about our city is the different cultures and people that reside here. You go a couple of miles in each direction you bound to find someone of a different. I truly believe we’re in a city of lost angels. The thing I least like about our city is the blindness to important issues. We need to be blind to the bulls**t and be compassionate to the less fortunate and those who are homeless.

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