Tell me about how it all started 30 years ago. Where were you living, what made you decide to do it, etc.? Here’s a story about Chuy’s:
A fateful day indeed! Life is filled with surprises; you just never know. A friend of a friend worked at Chuy’s Restaurant in Houston, when she left for College, they gave her a $40.00 gift Certificate. She asked if we wanted to go, we all piled in the car and headed to Austin. After eating I noticed a small sign by the cash register. “Looking For Artists” Six-week art show. I talked with the guy at the register, it was Jay Bunda the original Manager at the Chuys #1 on Barton Springs. He explained that “they were booked up for 3 months…Come back at the 1st of the year”. I went back and started making as many pieces as I could. The studio at school began to fill with Fish With Attitude. Jan 1st 1992 I had my appointment the weather was bad, calling for rain all day. I called around to my friends that had a car. No luck, I would have to make the trip on my Honda XL600. The feeder was closed for construction so I would have to ride down the freeway. It rained the whole way! When I arrived, I had to wring out my shirt to head inside. Jay was there and he loved the fish. I was on!! I came back that Sunday night at closing 10 pm and hung up my first 150 fish. In the main dining area, the walls are pink, with big Classic Car fenders placed around for decoration. He called me the next week and anxiously said “You gotta get down here”! I asked What Happened he said “Every Fish Sold!!” I started selling the fish at 5,10,15.00. for Small, Medium, and Large. Eventually over 30 years the prices now avg. 50.00 –& up to 1,200 Each. It was my big break! It led to the rest of my success! I did work for Whole Foods, and eventually Deck The Walls and also ZZTop. Through Trade Shows in Atlanta, Dallas, and New Orleans we grew to supply over 150 Stores Nationwide and hired over 20 people.