We had the good fortune of connecting with Shyretha and Michael Sheats and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shyretha and Michael, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
Exposure. We’ve made it a mission to involve Luna in our day to day happenings, trips, meetings- whatever it is, she’s usually there. Having her experience things that we didn’t as a child is important to us. Sharing our entrepreneurial journey with her will help mold her social and professional life. We hope that we are showing her that she can create the life that she wants and that she doesn’t have to believe in just one way. There is a whole spectrum to consider.

We’re proud of how we allow Luna to express herself first and to figure things out when she’s challenged. We give her space to allow her intuition to guide her. There are boundaries obviously. She’s a really cool kid that’s going to do some amazing things because of her broad perspective and experiences.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.

The Plate Sale was founded because of our love of food, drinks, and entertaining others. From there, we have evolved into an organization with a mission to create experiences that tell our story. Our story is about the food ways, people, and culture of the South, with a focus on the Piedmont region of Georgia. We share our stories with our guests through our food, events at our heirloom farm site, and special curated projects.

We are most excited to transition TPS from the pop up world, and focus on executing the steps to open our first restaurant concept. The farm regenerative project is currently focused on soil health, land clearing, and preservation of the buildings on site. This is an ongoing project and will work simultaneously with our other concepts and host a commercial kitchen, supply food for our neighborhood, and host events and retreats.

How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?

Mentors and support from family and friends is the reason we are able to be entrepreneurs today. Being a husband and wife team, we are always both in it so having the support from those closest to us is major. We’ve been fortunate as well to have a circle of professionals, some we can call friends, to give us insight and challenge us throughout this process.

What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?

The biggest lesson we’ve learned as a business is to align each decision we make with our values. If they don’t match, then it’s not the best fit and sometimes this means starting all the way over. In the long run, stopping to  reevaluate or making best decisions based on your purpose, mission, and values will save you from the sweat and tears endured when having to correct those decisions.  Oh and let’s not forget, it takes a village! It is not sustainable to take it all on by yourself.

What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?

That this is not just about us. Our purpose is to share our brand and story with others, and touch them in a way that is everlasting. The purpose of everything The Plate Sale does is to create a opportunity to build generational wealth for our family and community. We’ve only scratched the surface of what we envision for TPS as a creative collective. Stay tuned!

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?
Our list goes like this right now!

Eat and Drink

…sopa de pollo, choriqueso, and an aguachile tostada and was down with a honeydew melon
agua fresca.

… regionally-ingredient focused Thai dishes and fun cocktails at Talat Market.

…JJC Jerk. You won’t want any other jerk again.

…an iced tea from Just Add Honey for a pitstop on the Beltline.

…a cortado to jump start your morning from Chrome Yellow.

… a Peanut Punch and wrap from Tassili’s Raw.

… any beverage of choice from 8ARM Bar because the have a dope list.

…on Staplehouse’s hidden backyard patio with a bottle of natural wine and charcuterie

Hang Out

…in Castleberry Hills 2nd Friday Art Stroll for eye-catching pieces and people watching.

…with a walk along Auburn Ave for history and more. Some of our favorite stops are the Sweet Auburn Curb Market & Auburn Ave Research Library.

…at a festival with a cooler and friends. We love festival season in ATL!

…at The High Museum to enjoy works across many genres of art.

…at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood for live music outdoors. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Where we are at this point is due to the lovely people in our lives that support us. The list spans from family and friends, business owners and organizations providing resources, donations, farm work day help, and ordering with us at our dinners and popups. This communal spirit that we uphold, is a testament to who we are due to the fact that so many people have rallied with us throughout our journey.

A special shoutout from Shyretha:

My shoutout is dedicated to my husband and business partner, Michael Sheats. He’s the reason I push daily because he goes so hard. He is the REAL MVP. I am appreciative for his love, his drive, and passion. Mike has made so many sacrifices throughout his life and career for the sake of putting those he cares for first. He pushes me to be my best and for that I’m grateful. I want to recognize his amazing culinary talents, business saviness, and intuition. Mike’s passion to create and push boundaries, is the reason The Plate Sale is alive. His vision and hard work helped mold TPS into what it is today. More than a great business partner, he is an exemplarily dad. We love you!

Website: www.theplatesale.com

Instagram: theplatesale

Facebook: theplatesale

Image Credits
Family photo/Farm Dinner with Love is Love/spread of food/group picture of farm work day volunteers – Alexa Rivera Michael Sheats in chef mode and TPS team photo – Nikki Sims

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