We always knew Stacy Wray was a special lady, but it took a little poking and prodding to learn that she’s really a Renaissance Woman!
As one our Puckett’s Boat House managers, we can always count on Stacy to light up a room. She’s the one in the middle of all the PBH Corn Hole Tournament action, rootin’ on the underdogs one minute, then chatting up our on-stage musician the next. She’s also the one you can thank for coming up with Ladies Day every Wednesday!
Turns out, Stacy’s full of good ideas. Another one of our favorites ideas she’s had is to relocate to Franklin, Tenn. from Colorado about three years ago, with her husband and two boys. Her second spark of genius was to begin waitressing at Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant.
She worked for Puckett’s in downtown Franklin for nearly two years, and you can bet she made some friends there! After gaining some experience managing another family-owned eatery in Cool Springs, Stacy joined our family again this past February—this time helping run Puckett’s Boat House!
Below, we get to know Stacy a little bit better so that YOU can get to love her a little bit more—and show you just why we consider her our “Renaissance Woman.”
Why do you like living in Franklin? There’s no question that this is truly one of the friendliest places I’ve ever lived (and I’ve lived in Oregon, Montana and California!) or visited. It must be the hospitality—I don’t think I’ve ever known strangers to go out of their way like they do for you here. We’ve (my family) been able to make really good friends, and quickly.
What did you do before moving to Franklin? My husband and I owned double-sided coffee shops in Colorado.
What do you like about the Puckett’s family of restaurants? What I really love about Puckett’s is that they have a family environment at every one of their restaurants. It’s a real community. You get to know the customers as friends, and I love that about Franklin specifically.
What about the Boat House specifically? I love the heart behind this particular business, and the heart in the community involvement. It’s a very comfortable place to be. My hope is that our friends feel a connection with us here, and that they began to feel that it’s an extension of their own kitchen.
I also am proud of the food. It’s a lot of real, made from scratch cooking. It’s very rooted in the South, and authentic to this part of America.
Do you like to cook? I love to cook. I was going to go to culinary school way back when—I was accepted and everything!—and I’ve always been in love with cooking. I’m genuinely inspired when I come to work because of that.
What’s your favorite dish to make for your family? An oriental-stuffed flank stank, with a Parmesan-parsley rice. My family knows I want to spoil you if I cook that!
What’s your favorite dish at the Boat House? The Sanibel Salmon, for sure.
What do you do in your free time? I’m a writer. I just finished writing my first book! It’s about how the Lord has healed my heart. It’s written to have a companion journal in hopes the reader will discover what God has in store for their hearts. I hope it’s a springboard for others to write about their journey. I’m looking into self-publishing now!
I also write music, I really love doing that. I co-wrote a song, and I just learned that NSAI is taking it to their monthly publisher lunch! It’s called “You Buzz Me.” It’s a really fun song.
Wow! Anything else? Well, I paint and play the piano too. I’m also really passionate about gardening.
…..see what we mean? Next time you’re in Puckett’s Boat House, make sure to give Stacy a shout. She’s sure to inspire you!