Jamaican immigrant opens as food vendor at Worcester Public Market

WORCESTER — City resident Venice Fouchar, owner of One Love Ma Maebelle’s Café at Worcester Public Market, immigrated to the U.S. in 1975 from Jamaica when she was 14.

Foucher came to the U.S. with the help of her mother, who arrived first in the early 1960s to prepare for American life before welcoming her daughter here.

Fouchar lived in New York, where she went to school, started a fashion design business, and later got married and gave birth to a daughter.

In 2001, Fouchar moved to Worcester after coming to visit one of her sisters who lived in the city. She said she immediately fell in love with the “peace and quiet” of the city after living in New York for so long. But she said when she was walking around Worcester, it lacked a “cultural clique.” 

Katheleen Knopf

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