So now you understand that we’re opening a greenhouse to better fulfill our mission, but…why a greenhouse in the first place?
We’re going to let you in on a little secret. When we started Hugs Cafe, we weren’t exactly experts in the restaurant business either! But what we did have was a highly successful team in place with expertise in all fields of business. By utilizing them and their networks were able to find the right partners to help fill in the gaps we needed to open a successful restaurant. This is really no different.
Last year we added some new members to our team that not only serve as the inspiration for Hugs Greenhouse but will also be the operational and executional experts we need to run it in the future. Introducing Bill Crump and David & Kari Shelton.
To many of you, this name may sound very familiar. Bill is the fifth generation of Crump to be involved in the greenhouse business and he has two green thumbs to prove it. Crump’s Garden and Nursery is a McKinney institution, tracing its roots back to the Crump Family Farm which was founded in 1939. Bill is not only a licensed pesticide applicator and certified horticulturalist, but he has a passion for service and for adults with special needs. With Bill serving as our general manager, we’re going to be in great hands.
David & Kari Shelton
To say that we are thankful that David and Kari came into our lives would be a disservice to the word thankful. Armed with decades of experience in a number of industries, a passion for adults with special needs, and a lifetime’s worth of built up elbow grease under their fingernails, David and Kari will serve as the hosts of Hugs Greenhouse and assistant manager. Not only did they offer a piece of their land to serve as the future home of Hugs Cafe, David and Kari thoughtfully devised our business plan and will serve as careful stewards of the property for years to come.
With this team in place, we’re going to be able to employ and train dozens of individuals who have the skills to work, but may not be the right fit for a restaurant. Their expertise and passion are the perfect combination for Hugs Greenhouse, making them the ideal choice to lead this latest venture.