We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanny Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanny, how do you think about risk?
J. Prince said,” There are 2 things you get everyday, a chance and a choice.”” The chance he gets after making his choice, that’s on him he have to live with that.” I’m an extremist, I’m either all in or all out in the decisions I make in Life. Some call it Tunnel Vision, I say it’s “Destiny”–My Child!! The biggest risk was making the decision to put my money into an idea and water and nurture it into something physical and is now another stream of income as well as an asset I can pass down/duplicate 10x over.
What should our readers know about your business?
Sho’ Stoppa Party Bus was coined because I had saved over 30k accidentally and didn’t know what to do with it. I’ve been a natural hair stylist for more than half my life and though I’m self employed I know that if I don’t make the money than I won’t get paid. I thought of a party bus because I hate to pay to park, pay to get in events, pay to drink etc especially when it’s several of us going to the same destination and I’ve been on several party buses/limos myself so the concept was great. I bought a used shuttle bus, got the under the hood done ✔, got the interior and exterior done ✔ ,music-leds whole Shabang!! Did my research and realized Texas have their own regulations for transportation companies and by then funds were low. Making daily money by doing hair, bought me time to pay for the credentials needed while the party bus was under construction. The uncertainty of starting a business was cool and scary at the same time because of the risk of dealing with the public but it created resilience to see a goal through. This party bus thing had to work because my hair styling, staying on my feet and twisting my hands for hours on end money was on the line. Side note let your 9-5 invest in your 5-9. Also a nugget:: if I knew about credit beforehand I could’ve let my credit pay for the party bus and work done for the business and leveraging my cash to pay for other stuff like LLC, licensed etc for the business. Credit is King!! The process of jumping off the porch with Faith wasn’t easy but many lessons of self worth, discipline and triumphant came to surface. Overall, I’m the First Black-Woman Owner of a Party Bus business in Houston going on 6 years strong currently. Under the Sho’ Stoppa Brand we have:: Sho’ Stoppa Stitches a crotchet clothing line, creating wearable art one loop at a time. Sho’ Stoppa Transportation cross country hauling, Sho’ Stoppa Golf carts for courtesy rides at venues, and Sho’ Stoppa Rentals with vehicles and a slingshot for daily/weekly rental. This year we had our 1st Small Business and Entrepreneur vendor show where we showcaser local businesses and their products that we plan on continuing quarterly throughout the year so stay tuned!!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Black Book Houston is a Black owned business directory for Houston businesses so the Beauty in that is, it’s a 1 stop shop for my plan…hmm. My friends are foodies and party goers…got it! Jump start our Saturday with going to Five Central for brunch, Delicious, everything on their menu is finger licking good, great staff and served in a timely manner. Five central is named that because other than the restaurant they have 4 other venues of entertainment under 1 roof. After brunch we would walk into the red room where the dj will be playing some 90’s R&B where drinks and hookahs are available as well as the option to go upstairs to the cigar lounge. Chat and chill. From there rent some electric bikes/scooters for a hour or 2 just to sight see the city and take pictures at the graffiti wall ((local artists murals)). From there relax a bit and prepare for the night life. Midtown/Washington Ave. has a bar district that we can walk and bar hop for entertainment. To conclude the night we definitely need some good food,so Breakfast Klub serves food on the weekend until 2am or there’s always pleasure in 3rd Ward on Emancipation St. for the food trucks. Houston have so much to offer, so limited time in a day.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I give The Most High the praise for allowing me to step into my Blessing of being Tanny Sho’ Stoppa Williams. Life isn’t Hard it’s Mental:: it’s the acknowledgement of discernment and trusting that decision. My upbringing taught me about surviving with very minimal resources, not complain/show physical weakness amongst others and work/make your own money to do “You” at all cost. Discovering the Self-Help section in the bookstore opened me up for a World of the Unknown. Of course Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich book was the turning point in my thinking. I grew up around what some call the Common Folk and in college FGLI (First generation, low income) was the term used. I listened and talked to everyone just for knowledge of life lessons. I continue to converse with all types of people in that manner and very appreciative of those whom have opened up to me with nuggets that have helped in my Life/Career. I know that those conversations played apart in creating Sho’ Stoppa Party Bus and the Brand as a whole. Sho’ Stoppa by definition is a performance/item receiving prolonged applause from the audience; an obstacle to further progress. You get only 1 first Impression!
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