We had the good fortune of connecting with Kitty Shannon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kitty, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born in California to British parents but I grew up in Texas. I lived in the Netherlands for a year as child and was lucky enough to travel all over Europe camping with my family. I was exposed to different cultures and wonderful museums and it gave me a love of history and antiques.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always been artistically inclined. I went to the Art Institute of Houston and I was a painter. Then I discovered cooking and baking and I graduated from the Los Angeles Culinary Institute and embarked on a career as a chef and baker working for the Patina group and Campanile/La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles. I worked in that field for about 10 years before I gave birth to my daughter. After she got more independent, I started spending time going to estate sales and collecting vintage and antiques. I had so much fun doing it that I decided to start selling and that is how my shop began.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, we would have to have Tex-Mex food. Our local place just outside of Greatwood in Sugar Land is called El Vaquero and we go there at least once a week. There are amazing Wagyu burgers at a restaurant The Flying Cow in Richmond, TX. Bob’s Tacos in Rosenberg has great breakfast tacos. The Jay Cafe in Needville has the best chicken friend steak and pie. We love to hike at Brazos Bend State Park but watch for alligators! They are everywhere. In the summer, we love to go to the Hill Country and visit Hamilton Pool and Pedernales Falls. We have family in Nacogdoches and we hang out on the lake and fish and kayak.
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 say that I owe my success to both my parents for instilling a love of the past in me and my husband and daughter for supporting my dream.