Whether looking for a memorable selfie experience or a sweet treat, Williamson County residents can be treated to two businesses that were welcomed by Williamson, Inc. on Friday during separate ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
The two companies, Nashville Selfies and Eastleigh Desserts, showcased their products at Williamson, Inc.’s headquarters.
Current Williamson, Inc. chamber members Tony Hunnicutt and Grant Burnside formed their company Nashville Selfies after meeting through other chamber events.
“We met solely through the chamber,” Hunnicutt said.
Business partner Lindsay Sexton is also involved in the venture.
In addition to Nashville Selfies, Hunnicutt also owns Holes to Go Mini Golf Rentals. For him, it was natural to expand into the photo booth space.
“It just made so much sense, because it’s a very similar niche,” he said.
Hunnicutt had been to plenty of corporate events where had seen similar photo booths.
“There’s so much positive synergy that goes along with this, because I saw photo booths at events I had participated in over the years,” he said.
Burnside currently works as director of community relations at The Hearth at Franklin in addition to the new venture.
“Our goal is to be the premier red carpet experience for anything photo booth,” Burnside said. “Any sort of social event, we want to enhance your experience.”
Burnside and Sexton, who are also dating, could not believe that Nashville Selfies as a business name was available.
“There’s no way. I’m sure that name is taken,” Burnside said. “We looked it up and couldn’t believe the name was not taken.”
The photo booth is brought to wherever the event is, and a staff member assists in operating the equipment, Burnside explained.
“It doesn’t matter what the crowd is, we’ll make them feel like there the only ones in the room,” he said. “Everyone leaves with something memorable to them, a picture of you and a picture of your friends.”
For more information, go to http://www.nashvilleselfies.com.
Eastleigh Desserts Executive Baker Leigh Smith has fond memories learning the ins and outs of baking and cooking in her Grandma Irene’s kitchen growing up. Smith also admits she owns a few too many cookbooks.
“I think I own more cookbooks than anything in my house,” she said. “I get lost in it and it inspires me to try new things and different combinations and what works and what doesn’t.”
From her popular molten red velvet cakes to cake pops, Smith focuses on catering desserts for special events such as weddings, birthdays and corporate events. A dessert tray with a variety of sweet treats is what Smith recommends for the bigger events.
“When I bake things, I really put my heart and soul into it,” she said.
Although, Smith does not have a physical location, she will come bake fresh, warm desserts right at home for what she calls a “Girls’ Night In” experience.
Smith spends two hours at a home baking two types of gourmet desserts for guests paired with wines from Belle Meade Winery.
“With me, it’s more than just baked goods, it’s about the experience,” Smith said. “ I really focus on building relationships.”
Smith looks forward to opening up a physical location one day, potentially in Williamson County.
For more information, go to https://eastleighdesserts.com.