We had the good fortune of connecting with Eulaisha Mannings and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eulaisha, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
During the start of the pandemic, many people were not able to go to the movies. That’s when the idea came to me, why not bring the movies to them. I then decided to gather like minded people to embark on this journey. I was fortunate enough to formulate a team where people had different but specific set of skills to launch the business. We didn’t want to stop at just a movie, we wanted to incorporate an entire movie experience. For that reason we provide a concession stand which consists of: fresh popcorn, hot dogs, assorted box candy, all to be enjoyed in our comfortable lounge chairs.
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets us apart from other companies is that we not only provide our equipment, but we enhance the experience with decorations. We also have unique ways to enjoy a movie, our clients have the ability to request our 5 meter bell tent. The air conditioned bell tent consists of comfortable seating areas and dining area for hanging out or the tent can fit 6 beds for a sleepover. In addition to those things, we offer individual teepees, jumbo yard games, or our picnic table for dinner and a movie. I am proud of my partners for embracing my vision for the business. I am excited at the thought of the enjoyment we will be bringing to our clients. Our goal is to bring smiles to your home now and in the future. I got to where I am today by combining action with the vision. I’ve had many ideas in the past, which remained ideas because fear stopped me. It was easy because I have a team that was able to support my idea financially and emotionally. Everyone has an equal stake in the business and has the desire for us to succeed. The lessons we’ve learned along the way is that working for yourself is hard work but it is satisfying. We are McMann Outdoor Movies, we are a family owned business. The name of our company McMann was generated by joining the last names of two families, McSwain and Mannings. For years our families have discussed creating a legacy for our children. This legacy begins with McMann Outdoor Movies.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friends came to visit Houston, I would first take them for good turkey legs, drinks, and overall ambiance at the Turkey Leg Hut. We would go shopping at the Galleria Mall, then head out for a night out at lounges. We will go check out a comedy show at the Improv and attend a concert. Since we love to eat, we cant forget about The Breakfast Klub for breakfast, The Reggae Hut for lunch, and Phil and Derek’s for dinner.
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?
I would like to thank all of my business partners (Mekal Mannings- Media Coordinator, Hanan McSwain- Creative Coordinator, Vontrell McSwain- Media Manager, Isimeme Emafor- Finance Manager) for embracing my idea.
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