Erinn Diaz: Entrepreneur, Performer, Author, Optimist
Lisa Jaroscak is our business partner and one pretty amazing individual.
We met in North Carolina when Lisa was attending the School of the Arts for opera, and worked for a brief amount of time as a vocal teacher for my non-profit organization, Spring Theatre. Lisa’s mind is wired for business, and her determination and attitude have made us very close over the past few years. Two years ago, we brought Lisa in as a full partner in First in Flight Entertainment, and we couldn’t imagine our business life without her.
One of my favorite quotes is from Audrey Hepburn, and goes, “Nothing is impossible, why the word itself says I’m-possible”! Truer words could not be spoken. Lisa had the idea for the Shore Club two years ago, and every single day since that idea, her perseverance has been tested time and time again. Shore Club Chicago is a design that came out of Lisa’s head because she is so passionate about great food experiences and wanted our company to bring a classy upscale dining adventure to folks on the Gold Coast of Chicago. Every detail of the place came out of her head, onto paper, and was built and made a reality. We had been told “no”, and “it can’t be done” dozens of times. There were literally hundreds of meetings she attended with our incredible partner Robbie with ChiIL Productions, and our manager and partner Nick to get hundreds of approvals that seemed “impossible”. But thanks to a team of amazing individuals that have joined the team along the way, last night we stood in the Shore Club with over 400 of our closest friends from Chicago and beyond in the space and celebrated.
Shore Club Chicago is an experience that I am so proud to be a part of. The experience rivals those on the best beaches around the world. We offer truly World class food with our partners Inspired Catering who designed a truly amazing menu with food such as grilled baby octopus, tuna poke in an ice bowl, jackfruit sliders, the famous Shore Club sandwich and the best gelato for dessert that I’ve ever experienced. It’s truly a destination that I hope people will travel across the world to be a part of. We’ll be open May 1- November 1. This week we’re already offering special brunches, yoga classes, the best view of the Air & Water Show you can imagine and other special events! Next year we hope to have many special events such as weddings, corporate parties, brand activations, networking events and other lifetime moments.
Last night at the grand opening gala, I was looking around the room at the smiling faces, laughs, beautiful displays, amazing food and special comradery that was happening in every corner and my breath was taken away. Don’t ever let anyone tell you “no”, because yet again I have seen the beauty of what this world has to offer if you open your mind and work your butt off. Being a daily part of this journey and watching the struggles, the ups-and-downs and the roller coaster that entrepreneurship is has made me love and respect Lisa even more than I did before (and that’s a lot)! Go make YOUR dreams come true TODAY. Don’t put it off because life is too short and there is no better feeling than living your full potential.