We had the good fortune of connecting with Canisha Barnes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Canisha, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Next to wanting to work for myself the other most important decision that contributed to my business were my kids . Well I had only one at the time when I first started. And my ultimate goal was to be able to give him whatever he needed without a struggle . My dad is a business Owner himself and that’s where I got a lot of my entrepreneurial skill from. As kids we didn’t want for anything.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My story is unmatched . I fell like my creativity set me apart from a lot of people. My desires my wants and my priorities also set me apart from others. I’m excited that I have an influence on other people to make them want to start offering healthy food as well. I’m most proud of myself because I’m running my own race im not looking at the person ahead of me, I’m not intimidated because I know everybody’s process and timing is different . I’m allowing myself to move at my own pace because I know I can only go higher and get better. I am here today because I didn’t fold during hard times.I continued to push through no matter what. Through the process I’ve learned that people are going to come and go. Especially in the restaurant business. But also more so on the personal side as well. I want to shoutout to the world that. The energy at my place of business is unmatched. And that you’ll get the best experience ever.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ok so if my friend came in town. We’re definitely hitting up victory lounge for brunch, Ok so for breakfast we’re stopping by Starbucks becaause who doesn’t like some hot tea in the morning . Next brunch at victory and we may top the night off at a local bar/club. But no seriously some of my favorite exciting places are , Starbucks, & Walmart
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I can’t tell my story without mentioning a friend to our family (I call her my big Cusin ) because family isn’t always blood. Her name is Kizzy and the name of her business is Kizzy toss express. She really taught me everything I know about this business with a little of my own expertises. But I can honestly say she trained me in the food making process and without her I’d probably be in the beauty industry doing hair. Like I did in the past .
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Food photos took by @philliphgold