We had the good fortune of connecting with Vivian Creasor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vivian, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process began with the dream of owning a Multi-Cultural Family Restaurant with an influence of Southern Comfort Food with an Cajun Twist and a Asian flare. Being a multi-cultural family we were able to combine our cooking styles into something truly unique. My husband and I enjoyed cooking and preparing food not only for our household but for family and friends. We lived on a military base, and spouses would deploy a way from their families and we would love to cook for our neighbors, while their spouses were deployed. We enjoyed remarked on the overwhelming feedback we would receive, and thought perhaps we have something here.
In 2016 we were at a standstill in our careers and decided to embark upon his dream of Opening a Restaurant. To have started this business in 2016 and sustain through the pandemic is truly by the grace of God. The success of our Restaurant is evident through prayer, and a continued relationship with God.
My Husband, being a Chef and my background in Business and Marketing we were blessed in achieving local recognition for our Restaurant “Catfish Hox”. Our first local goal was when we were awarded Taste Of Marietta Best Seafood dish 2 years in a row. AJC dish of the week, and featured in Southern Living Magazine as One of the Best Catfish Joints in the South. Working as marketing, human resources and payroll manager in addition to the alcohol licensee for the business, I wear many hats, but this is honestly the absolute happiest we have been in our entire working careers.
As our brand grew, my husband who trained with Japanese Chef’s at the age of 14 through his adult life would create this amazing “art on a plate” and I would enjoy capturing those images for the world to see.
Our skills, and love for the Restaurant Business was a perfect match. He creates the Culinary Art, I enjoy creating the media for the world to see, keeping up with social media, and the Business paperwork.
My husband is defiantly the dreamer in the relationship and I am more the realist, but it works. The “yang” and the “yang” of our relationship makes for a perfect match for our business partnership. We are both workaholics, but it’s not really work when you love what you do!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Owner of Catfish Hox, my duties include marketing, website management, payroll, human resources, recruiting, maintaining business licenses/records. I really enjoy the PR/Marketing aspect of my work. Owing a Restaurant is truly challenging especially in these times. Our work is very consuming, meaning in order to survive the Restaurant Business, it becomes your life. That’s not a bad thing for us because we love the lifestyle, and it gives us the freedom to bring life to our creativity. Our Brand is our baby brought to life, and proves to us that dreams can become reality and your creativity can help you to truly become anything you want to be.
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?
My favorite spot to visit would be the Marietta Square, it contains so much history, combined with Restaurants, and Shops. You have the option of sitting in the park, shopping and during the Festivals you get the option to get a bite size taste of the diversity located in our city. As a graduate of Marietta High School, the square was a place we would frequent quite often. I was a cheerleader, and active drama student at Marietta High School, and there are so many memories of various student functions, including looking for costumes for our yearly plays. Marietta Square holds alot of special memories, and a must see for all those that come to visit.
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?
My Husband Chef Phil, My Business Partner, My Mother for being an upstanding role model, demonstrating how women can have a family, education and a successful career, My father for being present, and consistent in my life, and ultimately GOD for his grace, favor, and discernment that guides the continued success of our Restaurant.