We had the good fortune of connecting with Eunice Love and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eunice, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Originally it started out with my grandmother and other family members in mind who are no longer alive, in a way to keep them close. To do something in honor of what they did extremely well. COOK! Growing up raised by my grandmother, I was always in the kitchen with her. She was an amazing cook! She fed her neighbors and their families at times, and other times she sold plates of food weekly (what they used to call “suppers”) to make an honest living for herself and her household (which were occupied by 10 people, myself included). My grandmother couldn’t read or write, but she knew how to connect with people through food. Now as an adult, my grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease, BUT whenever she’s around me, one way I can get her memory back is by cooking it up in the kitchen. She remembers my name, and she starts telling stories of how I used to love being in the kitchen with her. It’s my connection to her as she used to be before her disease. Cooking is also something I am very passionate about, so it keeps me enthusiastic about the work. In honor of her, I’m going to feed as many people as I possibly can, whether it’s the homeless, or people who are hungry (smiles). Whether it’s through business, or outreach. It makes me happy to share meals with others on a weekly basis. Born and raised in New Orleans, great hospitality, food, music, and fun is something happening on a daily basis, and to now be a resident of Houston, Texas sharing my upbringing is exciting. I’m looking forward to meeting more people here to share one of the things I’m passionate about.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In 2015 I published my first book, the second in 2017. Both books were written to positively impact people by sharing personal struggles I faced, yet overcame. To remind people that challenges will come in our lives, and hard times will stare us in the eye too, but try not let those things consume us in ways that we lose ourselves by becoming our pain like I did on my journey.
“Poetic Hearts” & “Today I Will” are the books I have available as of now, and they’re both about the self-love journey.
My past struggles motivated me to write them. Coming from a past of being molestated in a household where I was supposed to feel safe as a child, later on running away for safety and into getting raped as an adolescent, I lived in darkness and self-hate and a lot of blame. Eventually getting into drugs & overdosing in 2010. After facing those traumatizing situations, and as an adult later on losing my life, I realized I was here for more. Discovering more about myself, and finding healthier ways to cope with my struggles, I started learning how to love me. As I learned more about self-love, I began to share my story, my triumphs and my heart with others…whether it was speaking to groups of people, young girls or women, writing my books, outreach, feeding homeless, or just sharing some sort of hope with random strangers, the message continues.
I’m the owner of Love’s Cafe’
@loves_cafe_ @loveyaskinn @lysapparelstore @lovesbeautiquestore
Author of: Poetic Hearts & Today I Will
Founder of: L.Y.S. Love Campaign nonprofit Organization Inc
What I want the world to know about me, is that I’m just another human being, who knows pain and struggle, but decides everyday to improve and help others do the same.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My kitchen would be the first (smiles)
Turkey Leg Hut is bomb! I love the vibe they’ve created there. Love the food and drinks. The boil SEAFOOD IS A BONUS!
The Roof for nice live music & dining!
The Flat for a nice bar experience!
Other places I’d have to checkout myself when I have the chance
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’d like to shoutout my son Javail Wallace (JV), who’d always compliment every dish I made and created, to turn cooking into a business so that others can witness what he, my family, & friends would always have the pleasure to enjoy.
I’d also like to shoutout Bishop T.D. Jakes for teaching that we as people don’t have to only do one thing in life, that we can write books, movies, cook, act, educate, and influence too. For teaching that there’s more to us, and that sharing who we are, and were created to be on this earth should never be limited to just one thing once we discover more.
These people inspire me…
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Credit: Nelson Cosey (Cosey Photography) @coseyphoto