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Macon business gives vendors start-up space to create goods

Chefspring in Macon’s historic Ingleside Village aims to give back to the community by selling healthy products from local vendors

MACON, Ga. — One Macon business in Historic Ingleside Village is giving entrepreneurs a space to create and sell their goods in hopes that they'll one day open up their own storefront.

The idea for Chefspring came from software engineer Lauren Hightower, who wanted to create a place where people could grow their business while keeping their day job.

“Chefspring is a platform for people who want to get started in the culinary industry," said owner Cara Velasco.

A 24-hour kitchen within the store is communally shared among licensed vendors who use it to make their own food products.

The space is used to make things like cupcakes, macarons and chicken salad. The storefront displays merchandise from vendors with non-food products as well. 

By partnering with local businesses, Velasco hopes to encourage the community to buy local.

“It’s all about following local businesses and to have their stuff be in your face as much as possible,” said Velasco.

A lunch program that would prepare simple and healthy school lunches for kids is in the works for the fall. Chefspring would provide customizable lunches tailored to the wants and needs of the child.

Chefspring is located at 2310 Ingleside Ave. and hours of operations are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also click here to go to their Facebook page.


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