The descendant of free blacks who lived in the Kings Grant section pre-Civil War, this Chris has a business degree, is a pastor in an outreach program called “Ministry in the Marketplace,” and with his wife Kim, an exercise science and nutrition expert, owns Smoothie Stop (smoothiestopcafe.com), featuring healthy drinks with no sugar added. Today there are two locations in Virginia Beach and two in Hampton with another coming in Newport News.
And all boast WINDSday stickers. “A new industry like this will create more opportunity for our young people and build our local economy, so I’m happy to raise awareness,” says Chris Taylor, who is eyeing a run for local political office to add to an already busy schedule that includes father of two, businessman and spiritual leader. And like the Dodger Chris Taylor, civic leader Chris Taylor has energy to spare.