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Ashley made having her own restaurant her life’s goal. From her childhood on up, she and her family would talk over where the restaurant should be, how it should be decorated and what should be on the menu. She graduated from the Johnson and Wales University culinary school with a bachelor’s degree in baking, pastry arts and food service management and a minor in entrepreneurship. After college, Ashley worked her way up the kitchen career ladder in other restaurants to get more hands-on experience. 

Then the owners of the former Warm Springs Diner in Berkeley Springs decided to sell, building and all. 

Ashley teamed with two business partners with commitment and essential skills. Treasurer John Mason, her father, is an accountant who accrued more than 30 years of professional experience before retiring. Secretary Kim Mason, her mother, has a background in marketing. Ashley serves as company president. 

Check out the entire story here from West Virginia Small Business Development Center