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Pittsburgh Sweetheart Entrepreneurs 2012
J. André Weisbrod of Staar Financial and Shonda Lynnette Weisbrod of Etouffee Catering
Lindsay and Adrian Hensley, Cozy Cafe
Vince and Manon La Monica, Celebrity Limousine
Relationships are wonderful and amazing and when you are in love you really want to spend time being together as much as possible. But what happens when that "togetherness" involves business? Listen in as our sweetheart entrepreneurs talk about how they met and the fun they are having as business owners.
|Shonda Lynnette Weisbrod|
Shonda is originally from Louisiana and when Hurricane Katrina hit, she listened to God and he pointed her North. She made the move to Ohio without a clear plan of what the future would hold. After casually going on MySpace when she was bored, she began talking to André and soon he was driving to Ohio to meet Shonda in person. They instantly connected and now five years later, they are coming up on their first wedding anniversary.
|J. André Weisbrod|
Shonda has recently started Etouffee Catering and is bringing a taste of the South right here to Pittsburgh. She focuses on Cajun food specialties, such as Crawfish Etouffee: a Cajun dish typically served with shellfish over rice and Delectable Jambalaya: a favorite that found its way into Creole cookery in the late 1700's. It is a Cajun/Creole dish made from a mixture of meats, rice and seasonings blended to produce a delicious dish. True comfort food!
These two unique minds blend their complimentary interests together and share ideas for business growth. André helps consult with Shonda on her business plans, but stays away from the actual cooking! And this is a whole family affair. Shonda’s children are a large part of her business, and they too have already been bit with the entrepreneurial bug.
You can contact Shonda at email@example.com or call her at 412-992-0652.
***The Cozy Cafe
Just a few months later they found themselves on their way to Charlotte, North Carolina working for Outback Steakhouse, and that eventually led them full circle back to Pittsburgh, when Adrian accepted a job as manager of the Outback Steakhouse at PNC Park.
***The Pittsburgh Tour Company and Celebrity Limousines LLC
In 2006 they took a ride in a rented limousine and couldn’t believe how horrible the experience had been. They knew with their devotion they could make it a lot better and they started Celebrity Limousines. They wanted their customers to be top of mind and they bought beautiful sedans, limos, and buses to serve a variety of clientele.
The couple agrees on most aspects of the business, and it’s easy when the main goal has always been to provide luxurious professional service with continued customer satisfaction. With six years under their belt, they are still growing and expanding, providing services for personal and corporate events. There are still spots open for Valentine’s Day!
In 2009, the couple took on a new venture. They felt that every city needed a great tour, especially one on a classic Double Decker Bus. They started The Pittsburgh Tour Company and purchased an antique Double Decker Bus from London. They purchased it in Canada and made the long trek back to Pittsburgh, naming the giant, Martha.
Since that time, three other buses with open tops have been purchased, fondly named Louise, Greta and Esther. The Pittsburgh Tour Company operates Hop On Hop Off tours seven days a week. The tickets are good “all day” and guests can explore the city at various stops and get right back on the bus when they want to move on.
On April 1st of this year, the tour will expand to include new areas such as Oakland, Point State Park and Market Square. The length of the tour has also increased and there are 20 amazing stops to enjoy, no joke! Whether you are a Pittsburgh native, or an out-of-towner, the tours are sure to offer a fun day of sightseeing and shopping in our beautiful city.
You can contact Celebrity Limousines at 412-466-4646 or http://www.celebritylimospittsburgh.com/
You can contact The Pittsburgh Tour Company at 412-381-TOUR or http://www.pghtours.com/
This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2012 All rights reserved.
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