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About our Founder

Nika King, the founder of Rose of Sharon, is an actor and mental health advocate. After speaking on the 2021 MTV Entertainment Better Together Mental Health Summit, King saw the importance of using her platform to promote overall wellness not only for herself and family, but also for her community. 

When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer again, Nika felt helpless. Seeing her mother go through so much pain, she was afraid that she was going to lose her mother. Not wanting to wait, King decided to give her flowers to her mother while she was alive. 


Upon discovering that Rose of Sharon was a biblical term that symbolized fertile land, she knew The Most High was calling her to something bigger. Her obedience to follow God led to her true purpose of sharing her own  journey of healing herself from pre-diabetes and chronic inflammation in her body. Nika is now spreading her knowledge and experiences to black and brown communities throughout South Florida and Los Angeles. 

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Chef Sharon and Nika are using their restaurant Blue Tree Cafe to provide affordable, plant based food to the  surrounding area of the Sistrunk community located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Their passion is to restore health and wellness not just for our family, but for neighborhoods that are experiencing systemic racial discrimination and  food insecurity. They believe everyone should have access to healthy eating, regardless of income. Blue Tree cafe is more than a vegan soul food restaurant —it's a movement to transform our community's relationship with food and build a healthier, more sustainable future. 

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