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Obama Foundation Puts Spotlight On Ain't She Sweet Cafe

By Howard Ludwig | August 16, 2017 10:30am | Updated on August 18, 2017 11:50am

BEVERLY — The mother-daughter team behind Ain't She Sweet Cafe is featured in a short video from the Obama Foundation.

Margo and Ayisha Strotter's cafes are known for their fresh wraps and smoothies in Beverly and Bronzeville. The Chicago-based foundation posted a video profiling the business Aug. 9.

"There wasn't a place to eat a healthy meal in their neighborhood, so this mother and daughter stepped in," the foundation's Tweet read.

The video showcases the Strotters' efforts to bring fresh meals to the communities they serve, specifically highlighting the lack of such options near its cafe at 526 E. 43rd St.

Margo Strotter also uses the video to talk about the importance of hiring area residents and how her success has encouraged others to make investments in the community.

The Tweet from the Obama Foundation highlighting the South Side cafes also asks others to "tell us about someone making a positive difference in your community that we should meet." It includes a link to the foundation's "Your Voice" portion of its website.

"Thank you to the Obama Foundation for highlighting us! We are so honored!" Ain't She Sweet said on Twitter in response to being featured.

Ain't She Sweet opened its Beverly location March 6 at 9920 S. Western Ave., just south of Janson's Drive-In. Ayisha Strotter, a Beverly resident and graduate of Kellogg Elementary School and Morgan Park Academy, oversees the operation there.

Her mother remains in charge of the cafe in Bronzeville, which opened in August 2006. The pair are also planning to open a restaurant in Woodlawn. This building is under the Cottage Grove Green Line stop and will open next year.