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In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Assembly Food Hall salutes the creative women behind some of the hall’s most delicious and iconic food offerings. 

Assembly Food Hall is so proud to work along side such amazing women. From eatery owners, to bar tenders, and managers, women play a huge role in the success of Assembly Food Hall.

In addition to March 8, the whole month of March is Women’s History Month and celebrates women and highlights their contributions to events in history and contemporary society.

Assembly Food Hall has five eateries owned and ran by women. To spotlight these boss ladies, we had the chance to learn more about them and their business. Read those interviews below.

  • Thai Esane: Nina Singto
  • No Baked: Megan Feeman
  • Donut Distillery: Shauna McCoy
  • Prince's Hot Chicken: Andre' E. Prince
  • Hattie Jane's Creamery: Claire Crowell

Nina Singto - Thai Esane

What is your stall?: Thai Esane

My concept for the stall was to sell our top seven items from our brick and mortar stores.

How long have you had this business?: I’ve been in business for 8 years

What inspired you to start a business?: My passion was always in culinary, and my hustle growing up was to be an entrepreneur.

What’s your favorite item on the menu?: Drunken noodles has to be my favorite item.

What is your big dream/goal for Thai Esane?: My dream and goal is that I want to grow my business and live out the American dream. Hopefully one day I can franchise my business.

Any advice to women business owners and entrepreneurs starting in their career?: My advice to women is to believe in yourself, trust your instinct, and go for it.

Megan Feeman - NoBaked

What is your stall?: NoBaked

NoBaked is gourmet, safe to eat cookie dough sold by the scoop, in jars, milkshakes, and sundaes.

Where are you from?: Louisville, Kentucky

How long have you had this business?: Five years this month

What inspired you to start a business?: I was working a full time job in the music industry and absolutely hated what I was doing. I felt like I had no control over my day to day life or the advancement of my career. I wanted to start my own business so that my success would be in my hands and nobody elses. I also had created our chocolate chip recipe and felt confident that I wasn’t the only one who loved eating raw cookie dough. Those two things combined caused me to make the decision to start NoBaked.

What’s your favorite thing on the menu?: The half-baked sundae! Choose chocolate chip as your cookie dough, one scoop of vanilla and one scoop of chocolate chip ice cream, and top it with chocolate syrup. This is also listed on our menu as “Megan’s Favorite” so it’s very easy to find 😉

What is your big dream/goal for NoBaked?: My big goal for NoBaked is for it to be in major grocery stores across the country, accessible to most consumers!

Any advice to women business owners and entrepreneurs starting in their career?: Just do it. Don’t overthink things or wait until you’re ready because you never will be. The valuable lessons come along the journey!

Shauna McCoy - Donut Distillery

What is your stall?: Donut Distillery. Donut Distillery serves donuts, alcohol, coffee, spiked shakes, and immaculate vibes.

Where are you from?: Albuquerque, New Mexico

How long have you had this business?: We started in a food truck for two years and we’ve had our brick and mortar for three years.

What inspired you to start a business?: I was tired of working for corporate America and my family was so supportive of my dream from the start, which definitely helps! My donut inspiration came from my dad’s love of the mini donuts we would get from the International Balloon Fiesta.

What’s your favorite item on the menu?: Our Tennessee coffee and Strawberry Lemonade donut.

What is your big dream/goal for Donut Distillery?: We just started franchising and are hoping to have Donut Distilleries across the world!

Any advice to women business owners and entrepreneurs starting in their career?: Marry rich. Kidding! My best advice is to just do it. There is never going to be a good time to start. So, you might as well start today!

 

Andre' E. Prince - Prince's Hot Chicken

What is your stall?: Prince’s Hot Chicken

Where are you from?: Nashville, Tennessee

How long have you had this business?: Forty one years

What inspired you to start a business?: I took over the family business in August 1980. I renamed it in honor of the family name Prince. It was formerly called the Bar-B-Que Chicken Shack. My Great Uncle Thorton Prince is the originator. My inspiration was to keep something in the family.

What’s your favorite item on the menu?: Everything!

What is your big dream/goal for Prince’s?: My dream for Prince’s Hot Chicken has already come true. My next adventure is yet to come.

Any advice to women business owners and entrepreneurs starting in their career?: My advice to women business owners and entrepreneurs starting in their career would be to pray over it. Step out on faith and ask God what is your purpose for your life. Being sincere, patient sometimes, but always getting back up and keep pushing forward. Do not fear criticism, accept it and keep moving. Remember the Golden Rule. Be grateful, rejoice, and always stay humble.

Claire Crowell - Hattie Jane's Creamery

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What is your stall?: Hattie Jane’s Creamery

Where are you from?: Nashville, Tennessee

How long have you had this business?: Eight years

What inspired you to start a business?: My daughter and my family

What’s your favorite item on the menu?: I always love the fun and funky flavors we do, but I’m a sucker for Burnt Salted Caramel.

What is your big dream/goal for Hattie Jane’s Creamery?: We want to be the number one craft ice cream brand of the South.

Any advice to women business owners and entrepreneurs starting in their career?: Your biggest asset is your resourcefulness. If you don’t know how to do it, Google it and figure it out. You can do this!

We are so proud of each and every woman on our team. Make sure to stop by their eateries this month to celebrate Women’s History Month!

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