We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I am a strong believer in self care. I think the only way we can be our best selves, is by taking care of our bodies. I place a high premium on getting a good night sleep every night, working out every day, and putting clean food in my body. These habits have helped me to stay mentally and physically strong.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Palmer’s Restaurant is a place where people walk in and feel good. It is more than a restaurant. It is a community gathering spot, where the staff knows your name, your kids names, and what you like to eat. We personalize it, and do all we can to make each guest feel special. I think this has really set us apart. Everyones’ lives are so stressful today, and most people feel overworked and under-appreciated. Palmer’s is a place where the community goes to unwind, de-stress, and enjoy being with friends and family. Establishing what we have at Palmer’s has certainly not been easy. My partner and I have worked 60-70 hours a week since we opened 5 years ago. We are continually working to cultivate an incredible staff who understands and embraces the art of true hospitality. There are a lot of moving parts in a restaurant, and we have learned that, as an owner, you can never sit back and be complacent. You always need to be seeking ways to improve your staff, your operations, and your facility. There is no coasting in the restaurant business!
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?
When I have friends in town, I love to take them to the belt line. I get such pleasure out of riding bikes through Piedmont Park, then riding on the belt line all the way to Muchacho for some Avocado Toast and an espresso. I love to stop at Ponce City Market, and ride up to the window at King of Pops for a Chocolate Sea Salt popsicle. The belt line has really changed the feel of Atlanta, and I love for out of town guests to experience that!
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?
I am so very grateful to have a strong tribe of girlfriends who build me up, support me, and talk me through life’s challenges. Without them, I could never be who I am today. They help me believe in myself when I am feeling afraid. I think we all experience feelings of self doubt, and having people to lift you out of that is essential!