We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Garmon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Samantha, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from a town called Royal Leamington Spa, which is in the centre of England, about 10 miles from William Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon. It is a very beautiful town, with links to King George VI and Queen Victoria. I grew up with 3 brothers and 1 sister, so family is very important to me. The house was always busy with people, with friends coming and going, so that’s where I get my social side from, interacting and loving being around people.

Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
A dream, startup businesses always seem to start with a dream, well for me, having left the corporate world working for a flooring company, I was either going to retire and come a stay-at-home wife (that lasted about a month!) or find something else. Its one of those silly things, I always wanted to be a checkout girl at the grocery store, ask me why? “No Idea” would be the answer but it is something that has always stuck with me, growing up, the job always seemed important and glamorous and the sound of the beeping was mesmerizing, hence a focus was born! Being a Brit in the USA, apart from missing friends and family back “home” I also missed the food and banter, not being the best cook in the world, opening a British Store seemed the next best thing, although other Brit store’s exist, I wanted to offer somewhere where you didn’t just go and shop for the goodies, you had an experience of home and that’s what The Queen’s Pantry offers, from the banter, to the cups of tea and a chat, to the community feel of being back home. There have been many challenges along the way, having never owned a retail business, getting an understanding of margins, rent, tax charges, deliveries, import regulations and a multiple of other things, if nothing else, it has been a huge learning curve, and one that keeps going!

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?
If only in Atlanta for 24 hours, you must check out The King Center, is an awesome! If your going to eat, maybe try The Varsity (most Presidents have visited it!), advice though – wait for the famous “what will you have, what will you have” and make sure order the FO to line your stomach! Mission & Market by Lenox Mall has amazing food created by fellow Brit Chef Ian. A great range of food, and don’t forget to leave room for dessert! Take a hike up Stone Mountain, head to the World of Coke, walk around Piedmont Park, take in a tour of the CNN studio, head over to some of the Marta Transit Stations and check out the “Station Soccer Fields” what could be better than watching soccer at a transit station! So much to see in Atlanta, but more than anything, just take a walk and see what a great state the Peach State is!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Having an idea for a business and implementing it, I really couldn’t have done it without the support & understanding of my husband and son, who have in multiple ways supported me emotionally and physically

Website: www.thequeenspantry.com
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/queenspantry1
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