Shelby grew up in Renton, Washington after his family moved here from New Orleans when he was two years old. From the time he was a youth Shelby has enjoyed creating joyful and memorable experiences for others. During the past 20 years a dream of Shelby’s has been to open a restaurant and share his love of hospitality with the public.
Ice cream has always put a smile on Shelby’s face. Shelby remembers his frequent childhood walks to the neighborhood Big Scoop Ice Cream Parlour and trying to decide which flavor ice cream would suit his craving. He recalls celebrating his early birthdays at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour and the drums and sirens that regularly sounded when oversized ice cream sundaes were delivered. As an adult, Shelby still makes sure to get a hot fudge sundae when he visits the ice cream shop on Main Street at Disneyland. Needless to say, ice cream is near and dear to Shelby’s heart.
Shelby, SPHR, MBA has prepared for this moment by working in the hospitality industry for twenty years and in the human resources profession for over fourteen years. Shelby worked at Schwartz Brothers Restaurants and Cucina! Cucina! Italian Café in various restaurant, catering and corporate positions, including opening restaurants. In addition, he was previously the Director of Restaurants and Catering at the Alexis Hotel, Director of Human Resources for Mackay Restaurants and worked for Starbucks human resources. Shelby has also attended all of the Disney Institute’s professional development programs at Walt Disney World.
Shelby is thrilled to open Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery in the West Seattle Junction. He is grateful for the support of his friends and family who helped make his dream become a reality. Imagine, believe, achieve… dreams do come true!