Today we’d like to introduce you to Ayanna McBride.
Hi Ayanna, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
This business started with a question presented to our children to think of a business they would like to start. We ourselves are business owners of Event planning, Travel Agency, Dj Service and wanted to teach the kids about business from start to finish. They came up with the idea of Milkshakes. The idea started in January 2020, but Covid hit soon after we started planning and purchasing items for the business. Fast forward to 2021. We came out ready as soon as we could, or at least we thought. We learned that the cart we purchased was not able to be licensed for Ice Cream with an event for Juneteenth a week away. We rented a trailer from a local company so that the kids who had prepared for this day from naming the business to creating milkshakes to practicing presentations to making samples to family members, could finally present their milkshakes to the public only to find out that the trailer we rented was not fully licensed. We were still able to sell that day but had to make major adjustments. We vowed that that would be the last time we would rent a trailer.
The following Monday, we purchased our very own trailer had it equipped with all the items needed for inspection, and they are currently fully licensed Milkshake Food Trailer. They are currently doing events and setting up at different locations. They have even volunteered at a Back to School Event at Cyrus Greene and gave free Italian Ice to kids attending event. We wanted our kids to learn from beginning to end the good and bad of business—the hardworking, dedication and reward from owning a business and how Blessed we are as a Family. What’s Shakin Gourmet Milkshakes, Slushies, and more locations can be found on our website WWW.WHATSSHAKINFL.COM. Currently on Facebook and Instagram. We are available for catering and Events.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The most challenging obstacle along the way was having to depend on someone else. When we had to rent the trailer for the event to find out it was not fully inspected was disappointing for the children and we never want anyone to make them feel that way—nothing like having your own.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Our children are the owners and employees of What’s Shakin Gourmet Milkshakes, and they are 1st cousins. They set up the trailer, serve the customers and break the trailer on their own. They also run their social media pages. We teach them to work together, help each other and definitely that they are Family.
- Milkshakes $6
- Boiled Peanuts $10
- Italian Ice from $3-$6
- Email: Whatsshakin813@gmail.com
- Website: www.whatsshakinfl.com
- Instagram: @whatsshakinfl
- Facebook: @whatsshakin813