What is your Background?
1). Amy- My very first job was bussing tables at the age of 14 in a restaurant. I worked my way through all positions in a restaurant (Including cook) all the way to owning one when my daughter was a toddler. Unfortunately my marriage didn’t withstand those stresses and I quickly realized that working inside restaurants would take too much time away from my daughter so I shifted my career to the accounting side of hospitality. I have spent the past 15 years as a controller for many different venues that were operated by the large hospitality group in West Hollywood that owned locations globally. Prior to this venture Heather was a stay at home Mom for the past 10 years so this has definitely been quite the adventure for her.
What was the ultimate decision that led to you pursuing to open your Shop?
2) Amy- We went out for Heathers birthday and decided to stop at a cheese shop on the way to wine tasting. We never left. We had such a great time and after quite a few drinks heather stated “Fullerton needs one too these” and just like that, we were off and running. I didn’t really give heather much of a choice but secretly I knew she was excited at the opportunity to go in this adventure.
What is your favorite thing about what you do?
4) This is a tough one. I’d say the first time sharing OG Kristal (a cheese) With many of our customers. To see their faces light up when they start chewing and tasting all the amazing flavors and textures that come through. Or when one of our most frequent loyal customer FINALLY won something at one of our events. She was so excited to win some Let It Brie gear
How did your love and appreciation of cheese evolve from Cheese aficionado to a Business Owner?
5) Heathers answer to this one was “Amy”. Just like we had stated before it was me who drug Heather to jump off this cliff. We have been friends since kindergarten and our relationship often includes Amy convincing Heather she HAS to go on these crazy adventures. Heather keeps me grounded or I’d be jumping off cliffs into new ideas all the time. But the idea of going on this adventure with my best friend was a no brained. And then of course it took a lot of classes, training, touring and of course TASTING. The best part.
Are their comparisons to raising a family and running a Business?
6) They are both juggling acts which require balance. If you don’t have your family on your team it’s going to be tough. Heathers kids were older and not so reliant on her but it’s still tough to find that balance especially when a business is new and requires so much of your attention.
What words of advice would you share with other women who have been thinking of taking a step towards becoming Entrepreneurs?
7). If you have a passion for what you want to attempt then your family will see that in you and hopefully support you. And then at that point you need to just take that leap and jump. Fear holds us back often but without taking chances or leaping off cliffs towards what you want, you’ll never get the chance to soar.
Wine Talk: Ladies, we have teamed up with Scout and Cellar! We thought Amy and Heather’s shop was a delicious complement to the clean crafted wine.
For Wine Novice Drinkers who love cheeseWhat are the Best Cheeses for White Wine 101and Red Wine 101?