Esther Mabry, also known as “Mama Nip”, is regarded throughout West Oakland as one of the few successful female entrepreneurs on 7th Street.
Esther came to West Oakland from Texas in 1942. Two years later she was working as a cook and waitress at Slim Jenkins’ Place. Though she had a good relationship with her boss, Slim Jenkins, Esther always wanted to go into business for herself. Jenkins encouraged her to go for it. In 1950, when Mabry had saved enough money to open her own place, Esther’s Breakfast Club opened right across the street from Slim’s. Continue reading “Esther Mabry”