From the first time I met Lynette Black I saw her love for her family, cooking and her drive to make a difference in her community. Rather it’s cooking for hundreds of people at her restaurant or giving back to the community. It was obvious to me that she has great passion for everything she does. Lynette shows a labor of love for Changes N Time and the community. It is my pleasure to introduce to you, Lynette Black, the face behind Changes N Time.
Missouri Magazine: Faces of Missouri, meet Lynette Black.
Lynette Black: My name is Lynette Black, I am the youngest of 8 children, born and raised in Stover, MO. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 21 years and we have three beautiful red headed children. Kaylan, age 18 and twins, Jayna and Jimmy, age 13. My husband is a police officer and works for the Federal Marshal Service in Jefferson City, Missouri and I am the owner of Changes N Time in Stover, Missouri.
My professional story is an example that change happens at a time in your life when it is least expected, hence the name Changes N Time. During high school, I worked for a local physician’s office and developed a passion for healthcare. I worked for various healthcare clinics for 20 years with the most recent being in management and development of new healthcare clinics. I received my college degree and a few years later I received my board certification in practice management.
About three years after achieving this goal, the healthcare system took a dramatic turn and I realized that the system that I had once developed a passion for was no longer what I wanted to do. I left the healthcare system in 2015 without a backup plan or another career. I became a stay at home mom, babysat my great nephew and baked and decorated special occasion cakes for family and friends for about a year until my kitchen and dining room was taken over by cakes, icing and all the tools needed to make the perfect special occasion cake.
In May of 2016 I got a “wild hair” to open a store front and sell my baked goods along with some morning pastries and biscuits and gravy. This quickly evolved into a full-service restaurant now “Home of The Jimmy Burger and Fish Friday”.
I enjoy every day at Changes N Time, meeting new customers, learning of their story and reminiscing with old family friends and I feel forever blessed to be given the opportunity to be a business owner in my hometown.
Missouri Magazine: What do you love most about living in Missouri?
Lynette Black: I love the beautiful countryside, sunsets and colors of Autumn in Missouri.
Missouri Magazine: How long have you worked or lived in Missouri?
Lynette Black: I have lived in Missouri for 40 years. I was born in Sedalia, Missouri and raised in Stover, Missouri.
Missouri Magazine: What is your favorite restaurant?
Lynette Black: Aside from my own, I have several favorite restaurants, Bees Knees, Hickman’s Smokehouse and Gilberts are my top three.
Missouri Magazine: What is something on your bucket list?
Lynette Black: I would love to go to another country and work on a mission’s team.
Missouri Magazine: What are your family’s favorite activities?
Lynette Black: Our favorite activities are traveling to Branson and attending sporting events.
Missouri Magazine: Do you have a favorite local charity?
Lynette Black: My favorite local charity is the Stover Police Department Shop With A Cop Christmas Program.
Missouri Magazine: What are some of your local favorite places?
Lynette Black: Dale Hallow Winery
Missouri Magazine: What is your favorite quote?
Lynette Black: I don’t have a favorite quote; I have a favorite Bible verse that I refer to often. “For I know the plans that I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Missouri Magazine: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
Lynette Black: I am the youngest of 8 children.
Missouri Magazine: What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Lynette Black: I actually have two! Both of achievements came at different times in my life but are equally important in my professional careers. My most recent professional achievement is opening and running a successful restaurant in my hometown and winning Missouri’s Best two years in a row. Prior to opening Changes N Time, I worked in healthcare management and during that time frame I received my board certification in medical practice management.
Missouri Magazine: Where can someone find you when you are not at work?
Lynette Black: Home or at one of my children’s ballgames.
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