Woman Went From Homeless To The Best Server In Town

USATODAY_HumankindPublished: January 17, 2018
Published: January 17, 2018

Stacey Spiehler wasn’t always successful. In fact, she had been surfing couches with friends and stayed at a shelter for three months in 2015. When she was in desperate need of a job, it was the restaurant industry that welcomed her with open arms and she has been thriving ever since.

In the first week on January 2018, the 37-year-old, who works at Fine & Dandy, received a surprise she is still trying to compute. The Jackson metro area has voted her the best server in the Clarion Ledger’s recent online poll.

"For us to have the best server in Jackson is quite the accolade for us, and we're happy for Stacey," says Marisa Marino, Fine & Dandy's director of hospitality. "We're a fresh company here in Jackson, and we are trying to take service to a new level. Stacey winning only helps people understand the kind of servers we have here.”

Marisa says that Stacey works on building relationships, so that everyone feels like they know her after she has served them. And that is not easy for a server. “We want people to feel like they are guests in our home. Stacey makes sure we do that." she adds.

Stacey has been waiting tables since she was 16 in her hometown of Newburgh, Indiana. She remembers her first major mishap at work, dropping a tub of ranch dressing and ruining a woman’s dress. Good thing the lady had a good humor about it.

But the years went on a serving became difficult for Stacey. She struggled with addiction, which brought an end to her marriage and she had to leave her home and her son Ace, who suffers from cerebral palsy and autism.

After getting clean from addiction, Stacey had what she likes to call a “God moment”, when she served Marissa and her bar manager at the locale she worked before. Stacey stunned the two customers with her service and ease to talk to. She has been with the Fine and Dandy before its opening on December 11 and she is grateful for being brought to the restaurant that turned her life for the better.

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