SHAN­NON ALLEN: The Health Hun­tress

Ocean Drive - - Shot On Site Photography By Manny Hernandez - Adair jacket ($375) and barla skirt ($350), Alice + Olivia. Miami De­sign Dis­trict, 106 NE 40th St., 305-375-6056; al­ice­an­do­livia.com. phoes and jew­elry, Allen’s own

After her son was di­ag­nosed with Type 1 di­a­betes, Shan­non Allen strug­gled to find fast but healthy food op­tions, so she took mat­ters into her own hands. En­ter Grown, an all-or­ganic and al­lergy-friendly restau­rant at the fore­front of the health-con­scious move­ment. When was the mo­ment you de­cided to cre­ate Grown?

I’m a doer. I don’t be­lieve in the words “no” or “im­pos­si­ble.” When my son Walker was di­ag­nosed [with di­a­betes] and there were no healthy fast-food op­tions when I needed them, I felt frus­trated and de­feated. I re­mem­ber look­ing in the mir­ror and think­ing, Shan­non, no­body is go­ing to come save you. I called my hus­band, [Miami Heat leg­end] Ray [Allen], and said, “If no­body’s got big enough balls to rein­vent fast food, I’m go­ing to do it.” That’s the mo­ment Grown was born.

What does the fu­ture of Grown look like?

We’re grow­ing! We have two lo­ca­tions at Hard Rock Sta­dium, and they are the only USDA or­ganic-cer­ti­fied fast-food con­cepts in an NFL arena. We’re open­ing in Or­lando in Lake Nona in­side of a Wal­mart. My dream is for ev­ery fam­ily, re­gard­less of in­come or zip code, to be able to have ac­cess to or­ganic fast food. With Grown liv­ing in­side Wal­mart, a huge be­he­moth of a com­pany that re­ally cares, it truly makes us ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

How do you bal­ance busi­ness, mar­riage, and moth­er­hood?

I find bal­ance in my fam­ily. They are my source of joy, and spend­ing time with them is how I recharge my bat­ter­ies. Ray and I try to steal our mo­ments. We’ve been to­gether al­most 21 years, and it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber why we fell in love and to stay con­nected. And it’s cru­cial for our five chil­dren to know that they are the most im­por­tant thing in our lives. Grown, 8211 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami, 305-663-4769; grown.org

PHI­LAN­THROPY PHI­LOS­O­PHY: You can make an im­pact on some­one’s life by shar­ing your time. It’s the small mo­ments that re­ally touch peo­ple.

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