We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Wheeler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
One of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make was deciding to walk out on faith & becoming a Full-time Entrepreneur. In May 2020 I was furloughed from my job due to Covid. During the time of me working I was still yet working my business Grandma’s Apron on the side. A lot of entrepreneurs make it seem easy to be, but honestly it was a scary feeling especially when you don’t know when your next “sale” will come in. When you are working a job you have a sense of security, because you know no matter whether you do a good or horrible job, at the end of the day your getting a paycheck. With entrepreneurship there are no guarantees, its strictly hard work & a lot of faith for me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My name is Jasmine Wheeler, I am the Founder & CEO of Grandma’s Apron in Orlando, Florida. What sets my brand apart from others is Grandma’s Apron has true purpose & I am breaking generational curses through better eating habits within my city. A lot of people can just “cook” but not a lot of people are willing to do the necessary research to help their clients avoid health diseases. In 2018 when my Grandmother passed away from heart failure I knew that I wanted to help others in the area of their health. My business didn’t start off as a “business”, I started by creating free cooking videos. These videos were dedicated to showing & educating people on healtheir food alternatives. Today I currently have the #1 Meal Prep service is Orlando, Fl – serving keto, high calorie & pescatarian meals. I also have the pleasure of serving the City of Orlando, educating students on the importance of nutrition. Building this brand has been far from easy, its a lot of hard work, sacrifice & dedication. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned I have learned on this journey is ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Good things come to those who are committed to their “why”. My “WHY” is doing everything necessary to ensure my clients lifespan is long & a beautiful journey. This entrepreneurship journey has made me into a strong women. It’s taught me that I can build something extraordinary by just a thought or idea.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting I would take her to Disney Springs & City Walk for shopping & tourist site seeing for the day time. At night we would visit International Drive where we can choose from any food restaurant possible. Its hard to be to be picky on International Drive where they have absolutely everything you can think of from (Italian, Mexican, America, Brazilian ect.). Then because I thoroughly enjoy hookah we would go to Gemini Hookah Lounge for some R&B music to end the night.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to my parents & my sisters (Gary, Samantha, Janet & Jessica Wheeler). Growing up as a preachers kid I must say one of the greatest gifts my parents has given me was teaching me “How to Walk by Faith”. Faith is the foundation of where I am today. My parents has taught me how to have a business mindset as a little girl. My sisters support me like no other. What a lot of people may not know is my sister Jessica is actually the one who gave me the name Grandma’s Apron. I’m truly thankful for my family, because without a great support system things would truly be extremely hard.