ll archives: The Fast Food Dude's Brea Cooper
When hunger calls, call Brea Cooper. The ladypreneur behind Atlanta food delivery service, The Fast Food Dude sat down with us to chat business ownership as a newlywed, a student and how women entrepreneurs must lead from the front.
Current location: Atlanta, Georgia
Where are you from? Sparta/Warthen, Georgia
Education: I’m pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Georgia State U
Business & Formal Title: The Fast Food Dude, Chief of Operations
What is The Fast Food Dude? The Fast Food Dude is a restaurant delivery service, offering unmatched service to Atlanta. We deliver from most fast food restaurants and many local favorites.
What did you do before? Before starting TFFD I was a restaurant manager. I was in that position for 4 years. When I first began my college career, I was a server for 3 years before I became a restaurant manager.
What did you think you’d be doing now whenever you were 10? As a child, I would spend summers with my aunt in Marietta. One summer she gave me a dictionary or an encyclopedia (I don’t remember) and told me to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. I looked for all of the words ending in -ology. Finally, I decided that I wanted to be a dermatologist. I think I may have chosen that profession because I spent a significant amount of time in the dermatologist’s office when I was a small child.
Is The Fast Food Dude your dream job? If not, what else is in the works? I really love my job at The Fast Food Dude. I’ve never really had a ‘dream job’ but if I had to choose today, my job at The Fast Food Dude would be very close to a dream job. I love the freedom (not by way of time but freedom to be creative, to make decisions et cetera). I love the experience and just having the opportunity to meet and interact with such cool people! Ultimately, I see myself as a Cultural Anthropologist.
Are you involved in any side hustles, ladypreneur collabs or baby projects? Tell us about them. Unfortunately, I am not involved in any. I would love to coach a sport of some sort. My job is very demanding and time/energy consuming. I briefly coached high school cheerleading. I’d like to do that again.
What does your daily routine consist of? I
usually sometimes maybe wake up around 7 a.m. I shower, grab the largest cup of coffee and head to the office. Depending on the day of the week, I knock off tasks on my “Priority To-Do List”, usually sending emails, refunds, coupons, updating inventory and/or restaurant menus and occasionally pulling my hair out! Twice a week I go to class on my “lunch break” (yeah) and indulge in a little learning on the subject of Anthropology.
A day in the office of Brea Cooper is like? Sticky notes everywhere, work, social media break, work, work, snack, work some more. I eventually go home at the end of the night and do a little more work before turning my phone off and closing my computer.
How do you balance work and life and is that actually even possible? My husband and I are newly married, therefore there must be a balance. The easiest thing for me is to make dates with my husband. Though we work together, we share some jobs but not most. Most times we’re working side by side and often in the same room but we still have to be sure to nurture our new marriage and find time to laugh and be silly off the clock.
You have to do it and you hate it – what is your least favorite task to do at The Fast Food Dude? Training. Every detail counts and sometimes I leave out an important detail, which means things can potentially fall apart! How I train a driver translates to how well he/she can execute tasks and effectively do his/her job and subsequently how we are perceived by customers.
Top 5 favorite cities? Atlanta, Florence, Chichen Ista, Barcelona, Washington DC, in this order, today.
Red, White or Sparkling? Red. And by “Red” I mean Jack Daniels. And also Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tell us the best place to eat in your city. If it’s your kitchen, share your favorite/best recipe. At home in Sandersville: The Dairy Lane. I can’t possibly choose the best place to eat in Atlanta, so I’ll share with you my secret recipe for grits. Since I’m Southern, grits were often on the table growing up.
Creamy Southern Style Grits
What you’ll need: ½ cup of grits 2 cups of water ½ cup of milk or cream Butter or margarine Salt, optional
What to do: In a pot, bring water to a boil. Stir in grits and salt, whisking briskly to avoid lumping Reduce heat to medium and cook until water is absorbed. Stir occasionally. Add milk, stir and cover. Cook for an additional minute Stir in butter and serve.
Words to live by . . . Fall down, get up and try again.
In 5 years you’ll be . . . a wife, mother, patent owner, large business owner, homeowner, traveling and smiling a lot
On being a woman entrepreneur . . . Lead from the front.