We had the good fortune of connecting with Lynda Hunkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lynda, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I am definitely a glass is (more than) 1/2 full kind of person and have as far back as I can remember been a risk taker. So . to Trey and balance that mindset with reality, whenever I have a major life decision to make I ask myself one question …., “what’s the worst thing that can happen if I do this?” I find that this is a good way to test how much I want to do the thing in question and also a good dose of reality on what the risks are. My mantra is that we far more often regret the things we don’t do than those that we do.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Hmmm where do I start … so I think I can be tenacious, to a fault at times, but I learned very early in life that tenacity and grit are necessities to get ahead. and now know that they are crucial skills as an entrepreneur. Opening a business in the middle of a pandemic was certainly not in my business plan and have tested and continue to test this tenacity and allow me to flex my grit “muscle” regularly. as it has not been easy. I think this together with being flexible and pivoting to adjust to things outside of my control have also been crucial to our survival . I set out with the vision of Active Passion being a coffee shop with a difference… We want our customers to feel as comfortable in their sweaty workout wear as they do in their work wear. We are genuinely becoming part of our community, by fueling our customers appetites with delicious locally roasted coffee, custom designed mocktails , and fresh electrolytes made in-house, and, a custom chef curated, healthy and delicious menu while at the same time fueling their passion, for music, cycling, running, pet adoption, yoga, Pilates, art and coffee education with events that are designed to bring a community together, with coffee as the catalyst.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So not that I’m biased but … I’d definitely start our trip by joining the Active Passion mural bike ride to explore the city and some of the bayou trails by bike and then heading back to Active Passion for a delicious, and well earned oat milk flat white and brunch sandwich to fuel us while we plan the rest of the week. This plan would include a Day 2 visit to the current art installation at discovery green, a visit to Houston museum of fine arts and then stopping in at The Post for a biscoff butter ice cream on the rooftop garden with views of the city skyline. Day 3 would start with a run or walk at Memorial park, ending with stretching at the eastern glades while watching the birds on the pond. Of course we’d have to swing by Active Passion for our daily fix of coffee and a bite to eat. Then we’d head downtown to the theatre district to enjoy a play. Day 4 we’d swing by Active Passion and grab coffee to go and head to Galveston for the day to walk on the beach and take in the sea air. Day 5 yup you guessed it coffee at my favorite coffee shop then on to the museum of natural science followed by a walk in the shade of the magnificent trees that line the perimeter of Rice university. Day 6 ok not to be redundant but yes coffee at Active Passion and then a well deserved Spa day at Milk and Honey in upper Kirby and then off to the Houston symphony and a late dinner at Caracoal for the best wood fire roasted oysters you’ve ever had. Day 7 it’s time head to Pilates at the breathing room, then swing by Revolucion to pick up the best açaí bowl ever and head to Memorial park for a mini picnic, yes it’s worth visiting twice. Then yup you guessed it again grab a delicious coffee at Active Passion and sip it while enjoying a walk along the nearby white oak bayou. That should be enough for a fun filled week
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow, great question! Being a sole entrepreneur is overwhelming at times as the buck stops here for everything, from the financial responsibility, and setting the vision and direction of the business down to what todays social media post should be and the color of the napkins lol. However I would not be able to do this without a great team supporting me and that team is my staff. I am fortunate to have one member of staff who’s been with me since I opened and the rest of the core team joined within 6 months of opening. They genuinely care about me and one another and we have created a healthy environment where we all know we have one another’s backs. And although that may sound cliché it is the culture of the business and our customers have even commented on our great team dynamic. And then last but by no means least my Mom and Dad, for instilling in me ridiculously good work ethic, sometimes this is a curse, and I’ve told them that lol and nurturing my sense of adventure and independence.
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