We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Weekley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyssa, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting my own business had never actually been on my radar until I met my husband. Clint is the one who brings the entrepreneurial spirit to our team and it has rubbed off on me in the ten years we’ve been together. When we were dating and didn’t have a ton of money while in high school and college, we would try and find fun little dates that were inexpensive. Finding local shaved ice trailers or shacks was one of our favorites. We grew up in Manvel, Texas our whole lives and it didn’t have anything like that close by. If we loved shaved ice so much, we new children and families would too. Manvel is a growing community and we wanted to be a part of it with this idea.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have done so many different jobs in my short time as a “career woman”. Like most high schoolers and college kids, I started in the restaurant industry and learned so many great skills which I use to this day as a small restaurant owner myself. For a short time, I built and designed websites, created paintings and other small diy projects that I would sell online, and worked for a local Interior Design firm doing home staging and design projects. My degree is in Interior Design and I love the creative outlet that it gave me. I still help friends and families with their homes and small projects here and there, but I think my biggest success would be designing and building our business from the ground up.
There are many different guidelines to follow when building a restaurant, event one as small as 400 square feet. We needed to make sure we met all of the criteria for the city building codes, health department as well as make the building compliant with ADA standards.
I absolutely loved the construction process and learning the steps we needed to take to build our dream, literally. But I also learned that sticking to a strict timeline can be so stressful and near impossible. Finding a good team and making those connections with others in your industry will be such a great tool and key to future success.
I now work at our location and I love that I still get to release some of the creativity inside through fun shaved ice creations and new flavors! Social media has been a great way for me to display Weekley’s “works of art” and connect with our customers. We love getting their input on what we should try next!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Manvel is a great little town, and is central to so many great local restaurants and activities! Besides bringing my bestie to Weekley’s for some shaved ice, we would probably head over towards Alvin for coffee. Besides brunch, coffee, if it counts, is my favorite meal of the day. Lately, 1820 Coffee House has been my go-to and is a gem. The atmosphere is so incredibly friendly and relaxing. It’s a great place to catch up with an old friend while planning the day!
A regular spot for me and the fam is Gordon Street Tavern. They have a great selection of craft beers and the food is amazing! They have a nice big covered patio as well, right in the middle of downtown Alvin. Right behind them is the new Grace Pizza & Shakes!
Froberg’s Farm is just outside of Manvel and has different activities for different seasons. Strawberry picking is always a good time and they have so many things to keep the kids entertained.
Hermann Park in Houston is always a great visit. There are a ton a trails and the Museum Natural Science is right next door with a massive butterfly exhibit!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Weekley’s Shaved Ice + Snacks was built with the love and encouragement of so many people. Our friends, some of those who helped from laying tile to taking orders. Our family helped us clean up the property before we opened and have been huge supporters even to this day. Our local churches and children organizations have been so wonderful by hosting bible studies, kickball tournaments, meetings and more at our location and we are so grateful for them! But what keeps us functioning and successful is our team of employees. We have such an amazing group of girls that work with us and put so much energy into helping us produce a good experience and product for the community.