We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Makinney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think that risk is everything. There’s a saying that goes if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived. Same goes for risk. If you never take any risk in life, you may miss the opportunity of a lifetime. In my own life risk has taken me to far away places, it has given me life long friends, it has made me into the person I am today.
In my career, risk has given me the opportunity to grow and mature in the industry.
What should our readers know about your business?
The thing that sets The Whistle Stop apart from other restaurants is the ability for us to make a personal connection with each of our guest. From the moment you walk in the door, to the moment you walk out your treated like family. We are genuinely interested in knowing how you heard about us, where your from, how was your experience and how can we make it better if things didn’t go right. We want to see you back!
Business-wise, we’ve always been open to new menu ideas and keeping our look fresh and up to date with the times. We recently made renovations to our main dining room and we are excited to announce that it’s nearly completed!
It’s definitely not easy, there’s risk involved. Money is a key factor, making sure we are within our budget, making sure our guests are satisfied and comfortable with the changes. We serve a very wide age range and it’s very important to us that our business can represent them all. I’m happy to say we have always weighed our options before making key decisions to ensure they are in the best interest of the restaurant.
If there’s anything I’ve learned in the last couple of years in the restaurant/hospitality industry, it’s that you can’t take anything for granted. Any and every little detail of a business has to be dealt with the upmost of care. Everyday is a new day and a new opportunity to make things better then the day before.
I want the world to know that there is a place for you here at the whistle stop. Of course we will sell you a pie or a soup and sandwich combo if you ask for it. We are restaurant, that’s what we do. And I don’t mean to toot my own whistle but this is the Whistle stop and we do have some of the best food and dessert around town! But we are more than that. Wether you need a meal/dessert for yourself, family or friends. Wether you just need a place to get away from all the craziness life brings. Or you simply need a friend and someone to confide in. We are here for you!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Whistle Stop of course! That would be our first stop for lunch and dessert in Tomball. Then we would head on out to all the local shops in our center (The relics by the railroad). Anything and everything you could need for a birthday, anniversary, or celebration gift can be found there. I always enjoy a visit to the Burlap Ranch and Turquoise Door for specialty clothing and accessories. Bonfire Grill and Re: Bar for drinks. If your getting married or know someone that is my friend Candice has a beautiful bridal boutique called Evangeline Bridal. The one thing that sets Tomball apart from other towns and cities is the ability for us to gather and converse on ideas to help us grow together as a community. We all recommend each other’s businesses to our customers because we all have something unique and different from the next. Not everyone is going to want or need this or that so many times in a day or week. Our city holds some pretty exciting events and festivals that are worth checking out. The Tomball farmers market is held every Saturday. The German heritage festival is one of my favorites and it’s held twice a year. In Houston, I enjoy visiting the zoo and butterfly house. My favorite pizza place is Star pizza. We always go to Galveston for good seafood and beach time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom (co owner), our hard working staff members and of course our loyal guests. My mom is the life and spirit of our establishment. Her ability to bring people from all walks of life together is beyond me. Throughout my entire life, her love, support, and mentorship has helped prepared me to step forward and take my place in our family business. Our staff members are the foundation of our business and our guests are the frame. Combined, they hold us together through thick and thin. We are who we are because of them.
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