We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqueline Plano and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jacqueline, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was definitely scared, so I went for it! I had always dreamed of having my own business. One of the scariest things I ever done but such an amazing experience in life. Working for something that’s yours is life changing and fulfilling.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When the virus hit I was putting my whole business plan together to open a quick service cafe. I got skeptical and scared and decided to put it off for the moment. I didn’t wanted to spend the money I had saved and not work out, but then a few days later I said to myself, no! This virus is not going to stop me! I was in the quarantine noticing how every time I would order food it would take about 2 hours due to the demand of orders, and I said to myself “I should do this, I need to do this”. That night I was thinking there should be a warehouse where I could cook out of. Maybe there’s gotta be something where I can rent a space. And the next morning I look it up and cloud kitchens came up. I decided to pay them a visit, and 2 months later I was opening my first kitchen. It started with 3 tickets the first day, with my mom, to then be doing over 100 tickets out of the 200sqf kitchen with 4-5 people, 6 months later we were able to move out of there to our first walk in location in the corner of Warner and McClintock, dreams come true if you work hard for them. They key is to be present and show up everyday.

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.
I love checking out restaurants around town. Specially other breakfast spots like ours. I love supporting businesses

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?
My family definitely supported me. My 72 year old mother helped me cook for two months with no days off. The day of her birthday she worked for 15 hours along with me,,My father cut meat for me (still does for the whole restaurant) my brother works with us to help out and also has a full time job. My best friend for taking a chance in life and helping us out, My boyfriend for being there for me always and encouraging me to do this.

Website: www.slimthickcafe.com

Instagram: www.Instagram,com/slimthickcafe

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