There are two things that 36-year-old Kay Stuart believes dearly about “K & D Healthy Start,” located in One Accord Plaza, Warrens.
First, she believes that it is an enterprise started and maintained by God. Second, she views it as a family business.
She says that her husband (the ‘D’ in the business name represents her spouse, David) and their two children, Kayana 16, and seven-year-old Kaden, play an integral role in the day-to-day affairs of the business.
The venture actually got started in April 2012, but the idea had been floating around in Kay’s head for a long time before then.
And even though there was a lot of fear about launching out as an entrepreneur, she consistently told herself that one day she would have to try it anyway!
And she did.
When she resigned from her job at the deli at Super Centre, Holetown, Kay had a serious talk with God, and she knew that her time of hesitation, doubt, and what-ifs, was over.
She was able to access a small loan to help her get started with the purchase of equipment and supplies.
The business name tells customers what Kay and her family are all about – providing healthy, nourishing and savoury food items for the palate.
Of course, this philosophy goes hand in hand with the Seventh Day Adventist Church’s emphasis on holistic evangelism and ministry.
Kay and her family are members of the Rock Dundo church of the SDA. She relates with much joy and satisfaction that she and David were baptized together on Valentine’s Day, 2008.
Indeed, a similar excitement radiates from her when she talks about how they will be celebrating 13 years of marriage in July this year!
As for “K & D Health Start,” it is now in its sixth year of operation and has been able to garner a steady stream of repeat customers.
They never seem to tire of Kay’s patties (lentil, salt-fish, and gran burger), wedges, fishcakes, muffins, fried plantain, lentil burgers, vegetable samosas, tuna subs, frank-dogs (a name the Stuarts have coined), frank burgers, and frank subs.
The subs were introduced by her husband back in 2014 and have been doing really well!
And to wash this all down there are a variety of drinks, especially natural drinks – as long as the fruit is in season, Kay emphasizes: golden apple, Bajan cherry, guava, passion fruit, lemonade, cucumber and ginger. Then there are the fruit and box juices, along with Plus and malts.
Kay thanks God for her husband, David, and their daughter Kayana, both of whom help her early in the morning with preparations and putting forward the day’s work. They know that Kay is going to be on her feet the whole day serving customers. And, not forgetting little Kaden, he does his part by taking manageable supplies and items out to the vehicle.
Kay is on location daily from 8:30 a.m. when the deli opens until closing time at 3:30 p.m.
She readily admits that running your own business can be very taxing at times, but the satisfaction of customers more than compensates for the challenges.
And this is evident in the fact that each day all her items are usually sold out! So customers beware: if there is a particular food item you like, be sure to get to Kay before noon!
She thanks God for this, and continues to give Him the praise for what she has accomplished so far.
When she looks back, she is grateful for the 12 years she spent at Super Centre.
“I always tell people that I thank God for the years in the deli at Super Centre,” she says. “There were a lot of courses and training in food preparation and handling which I benefitted from.”
She says she would advise anyone who wants to venture into the food service business that they should fight hard to overcome their fear and step out in faith.
“First, you have to have a good attitude, for your attitude determines your altitude. Second, you should treat your customers with the same courtesies every day, and get to know them on a first name basis.”
And where does Kay hope to take the business in the future?
Well, she looks forward to the day when God will enable her to open other branches of “K & D Healthy Start.”
(Pastor Flloyd Hall)