This month we recognize a very prominent member of the community, Alli Jarrett. Alli renovated the former clothing store, “Harold’s in the Heights” on 19th street which now serves the community with a Southern Creole restaurant known as Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace and Alli’s Pizzaria. The original Harold’s store was an institution in the Heights.
A native South Carolinian, Alli grew up in Kingstree, SC which was 60 miles north of Charleston. She is a graduate of Williamsburg Academy, attended the University of South Carolina on a golf scholarship and received her degree in Physical Education, Sports Medicine.
Beginning her business career in the family business, Alli remembers sweeping the floors, stamping playing cards and running the cash register in Jarrett’s Specialty Company showroom. Later she would become sales manager for an orthopedic manufacturer and spend 15 years with the United States Golf Association (USGA). Remember that golf scholarship?
Accepting a position as Director of Regional Affairs for the USGA, Alli chose Houston and the Heights as her base from which she managed 7 states and Mexico. Houston’s airport system also allowed her to return to her roots in Kingstree in only 2 hours. Joining the Chamber was a natural because her family had long embraced its value and benefits for small businesses.
Actively involved in many organizations including church, golf and restaurants, Alli also enjoys scuba diving, cooking, and things that bring people together. This successful business woman is passionate about her restaurants and takes pride in the fact that in its two years, the restaurant was named on Alison Cook’s “Houston Chronicle Top 100 list” in 2014 and 2015. Thank you Alli for your support and for your promise to keep the Harold’s name alive for many years.