Elisha Nolan has been on quite a journey, one with many hurdles and road blocks, yet a force within her never lets her give up.
“I have great faith and a lot of fight that continues to grow every day,” said the co-owner of the Alter House in Clarks Summit.
In her role as owner of Alter House, she, along with her husband, Patrick, is committed to supporting the community actively by working with 20 local farms and artisans to source the finest produce and protein North East Pennsylvania has to offer to provide patrons at Alter House with fine, quality healthy dishes.
As an above-the-knee amputee, Nolan had to learn to navigate a whole new reality often very much on her own.
“It is not something that any of my close friends or family have had experience with, so I know the struggles first hand,” she explained.
This then led her to want to aid others so their journey would not be quite as difficult. As a patient advocate in the local medical community, she has spent years as a motivational speaker and aiding in the fight for equal rights in the workforce. That is something that will always be close to her heart.
“Even though there is much to do, I can still be found on many of my early mornings spent at local hospitals and in patient rehabilitation clinics mentoring new amputees, and because of that passion, it was important to see Alter House built to be 100 percent handicap accessible,” she noted.
Nolan also oversees all social media and marketing platforms, handles human resources and administration duties and assists in day-to-day operational management at the Alter House.
Nolan notes that success, in her opinion, personally, occurs each and every day in her life because she chooses to greet each day with optimism and gratitude because of the many opportunities she is provided.
As far as her business is concerned, she believes it is and will continue to be successful because of the many talented, passionate and dedicated people who make up the Alter House family.
With too many mentors to name, Nolan believes that you should always surround yourself with people smarter than you.
“If you find you are always the smartest person in the room, you should find a different room,” she says, laughing.
The businesswoman has received great support from her mother, stepfather, husband and son.
“Honestly my entire family has always been amazing,” she said. “I’m very blessed in that regard. Now, at this point in my life, I want to show my son what can be done with perseverance and dedication. He is now my inspiration.”
The Alter House received 2018 Best New Restaurant award.