And the Lord answered me, and said, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV)
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DALLAS — As far as the above Biblical passage goes, Shaneathia Stout didn’t just write down her latest entrepreneurial vision.
She essentially cooked her way into it.
“I love to cook,” Stout, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said, explaining what fueled her desire to start a catering service along with her dear friend, Precellia Waddell. “I was practically raised in the kitchen, mostly inspired by my grandmother and dad. At a very young age, I was cooking. It amazed me how chicken could be cooked so many different ways and so many different flavors. The art of creating is what captured me the most. The kitchen is my happy place…outside of shoes, of course.”
Where’s the lie?
That’s because besides overseeing the day-to-day operations of Elite Soles By Shunta, her rising Bluff City-based women’s shoe boutique, Stout is mastermind behind Blessed Hands Catering, a newly-erected business endeavor she co-founded with Waddell.
A Memphis-based venture, Blessed Hands Catering is already making its presence felt, given Stout and Waddell — a graduate of Memphis Trezevant High — have catered baby showers, birthday parties, church functions, girls’ nights, and brunches, among other events.
“We cater to (for all occasions),” Stout said. “Although we don’t cook together all the time, we are still a team. (Precellia and I) started cooking together a few years ago and hadn’t stopped since. She is amazing. There is no stopping us when we get together.”
An up-and-coming business that is in its infancy stages, Stout and Waddell are devising ways to expand what they hope will emerge as one of the Mid-South’s finest catering services.
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“This venture is fairly new in regard to being publicize,” Stout, a graduate of Bolton High School, said. “(We’re) hoping to change that. I’m a firm believer people should do things they love. It makes it easy…no pressure. Our mission is to bring people together and have positive impacts on customers’ lives one appetite at a time, while providing quality delicious foods with great customer service.”
Interestingly enough, Stout has created a fervent buzz across various message boards and social media platforms largely because of her assortment of homemade eggrolls, which have become arguably her most popular food item of late.
“Check out the famous buffalo chicken eggrolls,” Stout says without hesitation. “They have been the talk of the town.”
Given the immediate success of Blessed Hands Catering, the possibility exist that this rising food service venture could ultimately become “the talk” of the Mid-South, much sooner than later.
“I have been cooking since I was old enough to boil water,” Stout said. “I started at a very young age. Listen, we can sit around and let life pass us by or we can jump in feet first and make the best of this life while we are still here on earth.”
As for some notable advice to aspiring business owners, Stout said: “Be the best version of you, whatever that is. The biggest weapon God gave us was a choice. So, choose to open that business, run with that business idea. I saw a quote (by an author unknown) the other day that said, ‘The same God that gave you the business idea will give you the clients.’
“This is true statement because the only way we fail is by not trying,” Stout continued. “Mark 11:24 says, ‘Whatsoever things you ask for, when you pray, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.’”
Where’s the lie?
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For more information about Mid-South Businesswomen Shaneathia Stout and Precellia Waddell of Blessed Hands Catering, or to inquire about their services, call 901-356-5469 or connect with them via social at: https://www.facebook.com/shaneathia.hill or https://www.facebook.com/precellia.
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