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Community Highlights: Meet Deborah Jones of Jones Bar B Q

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deborah Jones.

Hi Deborah, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Originally I was taught how to barbeque by my father as a life lesson. The lesson was that life has varying storms, and because of this, you have to be prepared in multiple ways to stay dry. In layman terms, life doesn’t always look exactly how you envisioned. I’ve been barbequing for 39-40+ years, depending on whose telling the story. I’ve faced many challenges. Many of my first restaurants were failures. Either not profitable, unsustainable with a family, and being underestimated all contributed to my story. I wouldn’t be here today without all of them.

I opened my last and final restaurant in 2014 or 2015 to put my daughter through college as a nurse. At first, no one knew much about us, and we had returning customers through the years, but I’m unfortunately not the savviest technological wiz, unlike today’s generation, so advertising was nonexistent until being featured on Queer Eye. I will forever be indebted to those gentlemen for helping to shine a light on my barbeque restaurant. After the feature, there have still been challenges in growth and expanding. This was my last chance, and while I’m still standing, I want to give it everything I got. This is truly my definition of “find something you love and let it kill you.”

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Majority of the time, it hasn’t always been a smooth road. Within those 30+ years, I was a mother and worked a full-time job in addition to chasing my barbeque dream. I would have to say, if memory serves correctly I’ve had approximately 4-5 restaurant/barbeque stand failures before I had one success, and this is all over the course of a lifetime. One of the biggest struggles was self-reflection, examining the qualities it takes to have a successful business. Also money management and having the financial means to sustain a restaurant. Such as what is going on much now within our world now with the impact of Covid-19, business survival is a desire but is it possible financially when confronted with adversity.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Jones Bar B Q?
If there was one thing to know about Jones Bar B Q, it’s we are a female organization. Many times women are underestimated, allowed to compete, but never actually allowed to reach the top. This is a craft that is dominated by mostly men, but what would anything be without a woman to heat it up. Jones Bar B Q specializes in a homemade sausage with a spicy kick and our top-secret barbeque sauce. We are most proud of our barbeque sauce; it’s sauce done right that no one can compare to another. This brand is a representation of hope and dreams. To the average person whose working hard to live the American dream. To show dreams can be achieved at any age, moment in life, and it’s never to late.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Similarly, it’s more important now than ever to understand financial literacy. To have an emergency fund because anything can happen. Unfortunately, we all probably plan for sunny days, but when it rains, it pours. I would recommend always putting money away, even if it’s just a dollar.


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