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Meet Kevyn Lee-Wellington

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevyn Lee-Wellington.

Hi Kevyn, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Fluffy’s Sno-Balls was a 16-year-old dream of mine. In 2005, I moved to California because of Hurricane Katrina. My family was fragmented across the south; my paternal grandmother was missing, and my maternal grandfather was missing.

I drove to California non-stop heading straight to the American Red Cross and told them, “My name is Kevyn Lee and I need food, shelter and clothing.” The ARC provided me with a $1000.00 gift card, and I purchased myself a suit, shirt and shoes so that I could have clothing to interview for jobs.

Depressed and alone, I would walk Venice Beach that extremely hot summer. I wanted something cool to eat, but my only options were ice cream and frozen yogurt. I then said to myself, “this place needs New Orleans sno-balls.” I thought to myself I will bring sno-balls to California.

As the years passed I focused on climbing the corporate ladder yet still desiring to open my own company; but the timing just wasn’t ever right.

I eventually ascended to the role of Vice President of Operations for a multi-billion-dollar corporation US Foods, I then did it again with a cannabis company. A year into my tenure with the cannabis company Covid-19 rocked the world. I told my fiancé, “The time is now! I’m tired of working for other people I am going to start my sno-ball company.”

Fluffy’s Sno-balls was created out of a strong passion and desire to no longer let my dream be differed and tap into what could truly be life-changing and mentally healthy for myself.

I created this company to bring authentic New Orleans taste, style, music, and culture to California. I desired to create a place where no one is invisible.

As a result, I created a community built on a love of great-tasting sno-balls and a strong commitment to the service of the community. Throughout 2021, in the midst of the global pandemic, Fluffy’s Sno-Balls came to fruition, thus bringing family, friends and community together.

Fluffy’s Sno-Balls hires only high school kids and provide 120-hour paid internships, we have donated a Macbook computer to a local high schooler in need. Understanding that our location is in a distressed community. We offered for the entire year of 2021, free small-size sno-balls to kids at the local high school as long as they presented their school ID. Fluffy’s Sno-Balls hosted its 1st free community Pumpkin Carving and Halloween costume contest giving out $250 in prizes; Fluffy’s Sno-Balls also hosted a community Christmas Tree Trimming with some members of the local Long Beach City Council coming by to trim the tree.

Fluffy’s Sno-Balls is built on tenacity, perseverance, and service to all. We have done all of this with all monies earned from sales and re-invested into our company. We will continue to provide great-tasting sno-balls that bring people together and allow them to experience some of New Orleans without leaving California.

Fluffy’s Sno-Balls will always be a place that no one is invisible. We have the largest flavor selection in California including non-dairy and sugar-free, energy sno-balls and specialty sno-balls. We also import from New Orleans “King Cakes.”

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Building Fluffy’s Sno-Balls have been a labor of love for my husband and I. We have been very strategic and intentional while building our company. One of the biggest challenges for us is educating our customers and potential customers on what is the difference between a “Sno-Ball” and a “snocone.”

As with most black-owned small businesses access to capital is always a challenge. We are at a phase of scaling our business and having access to financial resources would make the process a lot less stressful.

The final challenge is marketing. I know that we’ve only been established for a little over a year; so the focus is visibility, engagement and growth.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a graduate of the illustrious Tuskegee University degree in History and English. I also received my MBA with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Since the age of 17 years old, I have only worked in management. My first job was with UPS in high school where I became a part-time supervisor. I worked with UPS all throughout undergrad.

Post grad I work in a variety of industries such as Non-Profit, Air Cargo Operations, Fulfillment Operations, Food Manufacturing and Nutraceuticals, Food Distribution and Cannabis. I possess over 15 years of high-level management experience ascending to the role of Vice President of Operations with US Foods. I am Six-Sigma and Green Belt certified.

I wholly believe what sets me apart from others is that I do not adopt the mentality that I must work hard to achieve success. I am of the opinion that “I must work smart, focused, and strategic consistently, which I believe will bring me success.” I am forever a student and have a yearning for knowledge.

One of my most proudest accomplishments is creating Fluffy’s Sno-Balls. I once believed that owning my very own authentic New Orleans Sno-Balls company was just going to be a dream deferred. However, as I always say, “God had a bigger dream for me” and what I once believed was a dream deferred has been turned into a dream fulfilled.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory is of my grandmother. My grandmother who raised me and who I often times say, “the best in me I owe to her.” My grandmother would take my cousins and I to the New Orleans Museum of Art and we would eat sno-balls and crawfish.

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