With the Tiverton Casino now opened, and more restaurants too, Fall River was primed for a bartending school.
A recent class of ten students at Primo Hospitality Solution was halfway through their 5 days of intensive sessions. When NBC 10 stopped by the students were learning the art of the perfect martini.
The drinks poured in class have no alcohol, that keeps down the learning curve costs.
Shannon Raposo and her fiance, both with 10 years each of hospitality experience, decided to forge out together.
“I realized that life, you can't take it for granted. And it's about people,” said Raposo.
A life-changing event while managing two restaurants four years ago for Shannon was the catalyst. She was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I took two months out when I had a double mastectomy,” recalls Raposo. “And it was my staff, and it was all the guests of the restaurant that kept me through and made me strong.”
James Primo, her fiancé, said “This is all her idea. I have to give her credit. She's the brains behind the operation. We had thrown around a lot of different ideas, what we wanted to do.”
For Shannon, Primo Hospitality Solutions is more than just a business. It's a calling.
She has been, and will continue to be, a mentor, particularly to those in high school.
"We're going to set up tables for busser training, get them in, teach them the proper way. And then we're going to try to get them all their first jobs,” that can lead to management positions, Raposo said with a spark in here eyes.
Primo Hospitality Solutions will expand to include consulting, and going undercover for hire, as “secret dinner guests”.
Week-long day or night time classes are filling up, and intensive weekend sessions too. For those who graduate, the tuition includes certification and internships. For Shannon, it gives her journey even more meaning.
“There's a time limit on life, but there shouldn't be limitations on what you give back to the world,” said Raposo.