REAP Women's Business
Experience from Arizona Business translates to Success
family relationships allow this family to work, learn, and enjoy
each other as they build their “Potato Hut” business.
Jacki Williams of Valentine, Nebraska
opened The Potato Hut on April 12, 2002. She and husband Dustin
planned this dream for over 2 years. It is patterned on a
similar business that Jacki owned and managed when they lived in
REAP Panhandle Business Specialist Jerry
Terwilliger helped Jacki put together a business plan and a
REAP Direct loan. Originally the couple planned to remodel an
older bus and use it as a kitchen and mobile sales unit, but
they decided that they could better run their business from
their new home.
They checked with the city and found the
property was zoned for commercial/residential. With REAP’s
help, the couple redesigned their business plan to include
remodeling the garage instead of the bus.
Jacki credits REAP for bringing her dream to
a reality. REAP continues to provide technical assistance with
business questions and working with her on her bookkeeping
Jacki’s family is very close, and she has
always had a job where her two girls could be around. Daughters Marla,
age 14, and TomiLeci, age 11 are home schooled and work
in the family business. Dustin is in the heating and air
conditioning business and helps with remodeling, catering, and
keeping the equipment running.
The Potato Hut’s menu revolves around
specialty baked potato toppings and potato ingredients. Jacki
makes potato bread about twice a week and freezes it for use
later. She uses the bread in deli sandwiches.
Her “Hardy Deli Club” is a favorite and
her family often refers to it as their “Canoers Sandwich,”
popular with the canoers coming through the area. Her Philly
Steak & Cheese and her Southwestern Taco Potato are the most
popular baked potato menu items.
The Potato Hut also features regular and
sugar free ice cream with Jacki’s special ingredients to top
it off. The favorite is the “Timber Twister” served with
homemade brownies, hot fudge, caramel, and walnut; hungry
anybody? Jacki also caters to groups of 30 to 50 people each
week for weddings, family, and school reunions.
Jacki and her family extend a special
invitation to any REAP members to stop in and enjoy one of their
special meals or treats when they are in Valentine. The Potato
Hut is located on the West side of Valentine at 102 South Sally
Street, about 4-blocks north of Highway 20. Just look for the
Potato Hut sign on the roof of the house.