Friends, family, and customers help
celebrate the opening of Heart and Soul Cafe at Saturday ribbon cut
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[December 21, 2018]
Saturday afternoon a large crowd gathered around Sherese and Shay
Johnson as they prepared to snip the ribbon at a ribbon-cutting
ceremony for Sherese's new eatery Heart and Soul Cafe.
Among the many in the crowd were several customers
and a number of family members including some who had traveled all
the way from Chicago to assist Sherese in her celebration.
Also on hand were Lincoln Mayor Seth Goodman, Alderman Rick Hoefle,
former Chamber Ambassador Marcia Cook, and Roy Logan and Nila Smith
with the LDN Ribbon Cut crew.
Smith led the cut and opened talking about how it had been a
pleasure to meet Sherese and get to know her, and how that she
enjoyed hearing Sherese's story. Smith noted to the crowd that one
of her favorite parts was when Sherese said she was not from
Lincoln. "Sherese chose to come to Lincoln. She chose to raise her
family here, to work here, to get her education here, and now she
has chosen to start her business here."
Smith went on to say that it is important to our community that we
attract new people and when people choose to come here and make
Lincoln and Logan County their home, we should welcome them and
On this day, Rick Hoefle spoke briefly as not only a
Lincoln alderman but also as a Heart and Soul customer. He said that
everything he has taken out of the carry-out cafe' has been really
good. He talked about the first time he went into the cafe' and the
recommendation he received from four other customers inside that he
should definitely take Sherese's Mild Sauce for his chicken. He said
it was a great recommendation and now he always has the mild sauce.
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Mayor Goodman also spoke directly to Sherese,
welcoming her and thanking her for choosing to open her new business
in Lincoln. He wished her all the best in the future.
Sherese also spoke, starting out a bit emotional, but
working through it, she thanked a large number of family and friends
who had supported her and encouraged her to work toward fulfilling
this dream she has had for many years.
After a few posed pictures, Sherese with help from
her daughter Shay snipped the ribbon. Shay works in the cafe with
her mom, and Sherese refers to the business as a "two-man-band"
though she also says she has a number of friends who are more than
happy to step in and help out when she has a lot going on.
During the cut Sherese also acknowledged her other children and
expressed appreciation to them for their support.
After the snipping of the ribbon, everyone was invited to enjoy
refreshments, and also to sign the red ribbon that Sherese was given
as a memento of the cut.