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Meet Courtney and Eric Payton of Munch N Sip Vending Services in Sherman Oaks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney and Eric Payton.

Courtney and Eric, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
We’re a young married couple who met five years ago on Instagram. We dated briefly, fell in love, got engaged and married within a three years span. Not the average millennials, we knew what we wanted and the life we aspired to build together. We both have similar upbringings but different stories and that’s what makes us unique. Myself, (Courtney) comes from a young mother who had me at the age of 16. My mom managed to raise my little sisters and I while also acquiring her Master’s degree. She always emphasized the importance of education and made sure that it was the forefront of our home. Eric was also raised by a young mother from the age of three and on after his father was murdered in 1998 due to police brutality. We both grew up watching our mothers sacrifice and build the best life they could for us as single parents.

As young adults, we are both self-taught individuals who studied how to build our credit, build wealth, save and manage our finances with financial independence being the ultimate goal. Breaking generational curses is what we wanted to do for not only ourselves but for our future family. Teen pregnancy, divorce, poverty and single parent households is not the lifestyle we want our children to experience. With God as the foundation of our marriage and home, we managed to overcome a few of these curses. We’ve made a vow to each other to provide our future children with more than what we had growing up. With this mindset is how we launched Munch N Sip Vending Services to create another stream of income. This is the reason why we grind so hard so that we never have to go without. We are starving our now to feed our future.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Life has definitely not always been a smooth road. We are human beings and nowhere near perfect. We struggle daily with trying to build wealth and make wise decisions. Not having our fathers in the picture to help us navigate through life is a bittersweet feeling. With my father being deceased, I have to navigate life as a man and husband and one day becoming a father without him. Growing up in a single-parent household full of women, I had to figure out fast how to become my own man as well as living life and enjoying my childhood. I had to pick and choose certain advice given to me from men in my family and some of my friend’s fathers because not all advice is good advice. I really want to take a moment to acknowledge one man in particular, named Trevor Graham. He really showed me the true definition of what a man is and taught me how to make my own money.

Getting married young has been a challenge because it’s not normalized in our generation. Marriage is a commitment and we work hard to become better everyday. An obstacle that I, Courtney, currently face is trying to finish my pre-requisites to apply to dental hygiene school. As a new wife, balancing a full-time school schedule, working as a part-time Registered dental assistant, managing a business and running an entire household can be extremely overwhelming at times. With the support of my husband Eric, he provides me with the financial, emotional and physical support that allows me to accomplish my personal goals. He’s always in my corner to help me with anything that I need. He pushes me to become a better woman and for that, I’m determined we will build the best life possible.

Munch N Sip Vending Services – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Munch N Sip Vending Services is the newest vending company in Los Angeles county. As a black-owned vending service provider in the San Fernando Valley Area, we can take care of all your vending needs. Munch N Sip Vending Services provides the highest quality of vending machines and vending services that your company deserves. We provide drink and snack machines to the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. We offer a superior variety of your favorite brand name products, many of which will appeal to health-conscious consumers, at no cost to the establishment. Our machines are always well-stocked, clean and fully operational. Our goal is to provide our clients with quality and affordable vending solutions. We give your employees and customers the vending choices they want while saving money, increasing production and keeping everyone happy.

We service community workspaces, employee break rooms and public areas within private offices, hospitality facilities, beauty salons, dealerships, apartment complexes, laundromats, educational institutions, small/large warehouses and more. Customer service is our number one priority and we strive to develop a customized service to our clients. The thing that sets Munch N Sip Vending Services apart from others is that we offer an exclusive referral program where you can earn money. Yes, you read that right! Anyone who refers us to a friend or business is eligible to receive a $100 referral check. Just refer us to a friend/business, if your referral results in a new MNS vending location, you will receive a $100 check courtesy of MNS Vending Services. All we need is a contact name, email address or phone number and we’ll do the rest. Same company referrals do not apply. We also offer a free consultation to showcase our business proposal to your company. We like to build personal relationships with our clients.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to us means to be free from worry, sorrow, poverty and pain. Creating generational wealth for our family so that no one has to suffer through any struggle or hardship. Being able to make a difference in our community by giving back, which can potentially change the world. Success is achieving the goals and plans that are set ahead of us.

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Kristopher Livingston @krislivingstonphotos

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