The global pandemic erupted with a surge of panic and has considerably changed the way we view normalcy.
It’s clear that our government could have been better prepared to tackle the issue, however, we’re still fighting every day to make the best of it. 14-year-old Mason Wright from Dekalb, Georgia is a clear example of the fighting spirit through these tough times. Nothing could stop this young man from achieving his dream of becoming his very own restaurant owner.
The grand opening of his Snapfinger Road restaurant, Mason’s Super Dogs, occurred on October 17th. “This is what I wanted but it hasn’t been easy at all,” said the young boy. This incredible feat was met with a wave of opponents from Dekalb County and state officials who thought it a ridiculous notion that Mason was listed as a business partner (along with his 22-year old sister) and owner.
“They kept trying to take my name off the building because they kept saying, ‘how can a 14-year-old own all of this?’ But it worked. We got the place renovated, repainted, got the kitchen ready and I got an ‘A’on my inspection.” Mason stated. He was ecstatic for opening day and his smile clearly showed it.
This was nothing new to Mason as he had been acquiring support and saving up ever since he began his journey.
He would have a mobile cart that commuted between Morehouse college and smaller companies so that he could sell his staple hot dogs.
With the help of his family, the young business owner was able to set up his restaurant in a shopping plaza near Flat Shoals Parkway in August after the collapse of a previous business.
“So this place is really important to me because I could stack as many hot dogs as I want and go for hours and hours and hours. With the cart when I ran out of hot dogs I had to shut it down and that’s not good for business.” Said the young entrepreneur.
Mason indeed was grateful to the Morehouse business students as well as WOAK radio personality Rashad Richey and Russel Center for their strong influence on his business-like mindset and character. Without their help, Mason may not likely be where he is today.
“I can tell you the feeling of pride that washed over me when he sent me a picture of that perfect score on his inspection with a text that said, ‘I did it, Mr. Jay.’ I started my first business when I was 12 and so now to be able to go over and support him right down the street from where I grew up special.” Said RCIE president and CEO Jay Bailey who took Mason under his wing two years ago.
Jay, along with the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, made sure to provide Mason with the appropriate resources and guidance necessary to accomplish his dream into a reality.
Not even the global pandemic can slow this brilliant young boy down. His passion and drive have taken him to heights many people thought could not be reached. He certainly is an inspiration to us all.
“Do something you love. If you love doing your hobby you’ll love doing your work because my motto is if you love doing what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” said Mason said gleefully as he checked his stocks.
Mason demonstrated that anything is truly possible if you set your heart and mind to it. Super Dogs restaurant is open for business daily. The sky is the limit and the future is looking very bright for this young shining star!
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