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Meet the first Black woman to own a restaurant at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland

Tiwanna Scott-Williams is the woman behind Pearl's Kitchen.

CLEVELAND — We all know the saying -- "everything in life happens for a reason" -- but for Tiwanna Scott-Williams she never thought health care would lead her to her dream job.

“As a registered nurse and just a creative, I kind of knew how to cook and I know how I like things to look. But I didn’t know what a balance sheet was, I didn't know what a profit law statement was and I didn't know what an LLC was," Scott-Williams said.

Pearl's Flower Catering and Kitchen is a strong brand that truly speaks for itself. That’s because it was cultivated with her two grandmothers in mind.

“My grandmother, Pearlene, and my grandmother, Delores Flowers, they had such an inspiration on me. The love for cooking and the desire to dive into this entrepreneurial thing."

Juggling motherhood and running a full-time business, Scott-Williams said the road hasn't always been easy.

"Literally every time I hit that rock bottom as an entrepreneur where I'm like, 'I don't want to do this anymore. It's too hard. It's too much time away from my family. It's too much of a sacrifice.' Something will happen -- a sign to let me know -- no, not yet. Keep going. There's more."

Scott-Williams was diagnosed with Chron’s disease her senior year of college, so she understands what it means to apply real pressure because she went through months of intravenous feeding.

“When I look back on it, I'm like, 'I could have died.'"

But during that low moment, she learned compassion.

"As a nurse, I look back at that experience of being in the hospital for nearly a month and that made me a better nurse."

A nurse who now has a gift to serve others inside Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse through comfort food.


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