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I first heard of Little Choc Apothecary from searching out vegan start ups to support on KickStarter. The brain-child of model and entrepreneur Julia Kravets; her idea of a healthy vegan creperie and tea apothecary sounded delightful. The fundraising video was a fun experience to watch with it’s hip retro vibe, featuring scenes of delectable desserts, tea parties, a beautiful cat, and even sky diving! It was pretty ambitious, to say the least. I began following Julia because I was inspired and impressed by her apparent determination to succeed, and I also loved her sense of style and creativity. When her attempt at raising funding failed, I felt such disappointment. Luckily for New York vegans, that didn’t stop Julia from opening Little Choc Apothecary! A month or two later, she was posting pictures of her renovated space, soon to be open to the public. Since Little Choc Apothecary has opened in February of this year, it’s garnered rave reviews and lots of local media and blogger attention. It’s not surprising with it’s adorable store front and inviting, cozy atmosphere. The food takes center stage with it’s healthy and pure ingredients like house made nut and coconut milks, made with only two to four ingredients. Sweets get their sweetness from maple syrup or organic coconut sugar; you’ll also find no sugary syrups in their house-blended drinks. Crepes and many other items are gluten-free, too! Julia helps support local companies like Barry’s Tempeh, and also supports local artists by featuring their art work frequently on the walls of the cafe. What more could you ask for? I absolutely plan on visiting NYC and swinging by Little Choc Apothecary in the (hopefully) near future, but until then I really wanted share Julia’s amazing story with you all! She was so gracious to take time out and answer a few questions about how she got started with Little Choc, and how she overcame the boundaries that stood in her way….