Shannon was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Since Shannon was a small child, she has loved anything and everything involving the water. Growing up on the Gulf Coast she spent weekends lounging on her favorite beach (Pass-A-Grille), jumping off the dock at the Gruber home, and hanging with her dad at the Tierra Verde Boat Club. It’s no wonder that after graduating cum laude from Andrew College in Georgia she would be eager to return to the “Sunshine City”. After her return she began her career which would evolve to over 20-years’ experience in the hospitality industry.
Her journey started as a hostess, then server, then bartender, and eventually becoming part owner of a restaurant and later the owner and manager of a private club. Shannon knew she wanted to stay in the hospitality industry but wanted to combine her mermaid soul, love of food, and desire to delight people. One day, while talking about her love of cooking with her friend Captain Larry, the idea of Toasted would be born - A place where other lovers of the ocean can go to get everything they need to maximize their enjoyment on the water.
Shannon currently resides in South Pasadena with her daughter Gemma and their dog Cindy.