We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Morgan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alicia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was driven by the success of 2 smaller businesses I owned that did really well. In addition, I wanted something that I could not only leave to my kids, but to make them a part of. My mother owned her own restaurant/store, looking back I saw the things that impacted her downfall that contributed to her failure that could have been avoided. I’ve made it my business to ensure that I avoid making those same mistakes.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My self-motivation sets me apart from others. I am not easily discouraged even when others feel I should give up. I work hard towards what I want. Anything I put my mind to, I achieve. I am mostly proud of my ability to not only stay focused, but achieve what I set my mind to. I am excited about watching my business grow, expand and develop, while watching how things change and approaches, practices and processes generate bigger revenues.
As a single mother, I worked hard to ensure my kids respect the value of a dollar. Instill the value of working hard for what you want. This drive pushed me to attain multiple degrees in a variety of specialties to ensure that I tap into different areas of business. In business, I’m always open to suggestions, constructive criticism and opportunities to not only be a better person but to ensure that my hard work also allows me to expand in knowledge and experience. Achieving what I have in the last 30 years did not come easy. It came with a lot of tears, long tireless days and focus. Over the years my ability to utilize my time wisely and balance my time allowed me to get where i am today and overcome challenges that served more of a distraction. I have earned along the way that no one will want more for you or work harder for you more than you would for yourself.
My brand is built on great food, the feeling of family, respect and support to the community. I’ve worked hard to get where I am today and will keep focusing on building my brand, the community around me and fellow businesses. Together we can all win.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Most of the time, you and your friends share different interests. For that reason a week-long trip will take some creativity, but since it’s your best friend, you know what she likes. Depending on the time of year, we would start out with a girls spa day out at Helena’s in the Galleria, then lunch at Grand Lux Cafe. As the week goes by, we would visit Discovery Green, Alley Theater, and The Museum of Fine Arts. By the end of the week, she would have visited Galveston to have lunch at Mosquito Cafe, ending her week with a huge party at Tropical Breeze Lounge & Grill.
I’m into the arts, so Ballet, museums and piano bars are some of the places I enjoy in my spare time.
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 shoutout goes to my kids who believed, supported and pushed me to open my own restaurant. Two of my 4 kids are Chefs. They are inspired to also open a restaurant of their own. My kids believe in anything i put my mind to, they not only support me, but give me strength to continue when i am tempted to give up.
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