When The Baskits opened in 1999, it was hardly expected to leave a dent in the Birmingham restaurant scene. Soon after father-son duo Fred and Paul Shunnarah opened the restaurant, however, they began to do just that.
Tricia McCain remembers working in her family’s toy store since she was 14 years old. After graduating from high school, McCain left Birmingham to attend Auburn University.
Val Kikkert says she never expected to be living in inner-city Birmingham after college graduation, teaching soccer skills to elementary school kids one night per week.