We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorena Richie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lorena, how do you think about risk?
My husband, Chris, and I are definitely comfortable with taking risks. In our personal lives, it started with us getting married at the ages of 18 and 20, and continued when we left everything we knew together by moving from my hometown in Alaska and creating a new life in Texas. Once we felt established in Texas, we knew it was time to take professional risks. We started an IT company many years ago, which fueled us to continue that trajectory, this leading to our first coffee shop in Waxahachie.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’d like to think I got to where I am by sheer determination, learning when to ask for help, and keeping focused on my 1/5/etc year plans. One of the biggest challenges was simply getting through the covid pandemic. However, thankfully, we’ve been blessed with supportive friends, family, and communities, as well as an amazing TRCC team.
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?
Since we moved here from Alaska, we’ve had our fair share of visitors coming to the area. Our first food recommendation is usually Straight from Philly, off the Waxahachie Square. We often browse the downtown shops, specifically the antique stores, and stop by Jordan E’s Popcorn for a neat treat.
If someone is looking for something fun to do, the Arcade is the place to go! It’s in the basement of famous Roger’s Hotel, complete with classic games, and the owners are so sweet!
For something to do in the afternoon or evenings, check out Railport Brewing Company. They have awesome beer, the building is neat, and their outdoor space is fun. They often have live music, and it is just a great place to end the day.
Thankfully, the Waxahachie Community is so supportive of small businesses, so there is no shortage of amazing places to check out and support!
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?
My husband is a major inspiration in my life. He has an enthusiastic energy that pushes out the most creative and determined version of myself. Plus there are my kids. They are very encouraging and supportive of the life we are building. They continuously inspire me to be strong and seek self improvement.
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