BETHANY—Prominent Wayne County entrepreneur Monique Greenwood and her local bed and breakfast The Mansion at Noble Lane – one of four hospitality establishments operated by Greenwood's New York based Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns – will be featured in OWN's new docu-series “Checked Inn,” premiering tonight at 10 p.m.
Following the premiere, the show will run regularly on Saturdays at 10 p.m., starting November 25.
The show follows the interactions between Greenwood, her family, staff and the guests at the Mansion, focusing on the work it takes to present an up-scale, high-class get-away for the B&B's patrons.
According to Greenwood, Oprah Winfrey has described The Mansion at Noble Lane as a “modern day Fantasy Island.”
Serving a large number of couples at the bed and breakfast, Greenwood stated “we will go all-out for the guests who are staying with us.”
Show-viewers will get a chance to watch the businesswoman in action as she invests her time in not only attending to her customers' needs for room and board, but also getting to know them on a personal level to really enhance their experience.
“It's more than just a place to stay,” said Greenwood, explaining that shes often helps guests plan special events in the area to make their stay as memorable as possible.
Some celebrity guests to the Mansion at Noble Lane include “two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Peabo Bryson, black hair care entrepreneur Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter and Pastor John Gray and his wife Aventer,” states a release.
Viewers will also get the chance to see Greenwood take her daughter, Glynn, under her wing, grooming the younger Greenwood to follow in her mother's footsteps in the hopes of one day running the family-owned business.
“We were hesitant at first,” explained Greenwood, unsure at the prospect of shooting a reality show.
Uncertainty quickly abated, however, as “the crew became almost like family,” she stated.
Ultimately, Greenwood described the experience as “terrific,” noting she was especially fond of the network's choice to shoot in the Wayne County location.
“It showcases our community,” said Greenwood, noting it not only shed light on other local businesses and attractions in the area, but also bolstered them with increased patronage from the influx of crew members.
According to a press release, Greenwood began her career in hospitality in 1995 with the purchase of her first B&B in Brooklyn, New York.
At the time, she was also working as a magazine editor.
Greenwood ran the two careers in tandem for a number of years, achieving an editorship at Essence Magazine in 2000. She rose to the publication's Editor-in-Chief shortly thereafter.
After a number of years continues as such, Greenwood eventually left the editing business to focus on developing Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns.
Since Akwaaba's inception 22 years ago, Greenwood has grown the company to include four locations, one each in New York, Washington D.C., New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Upon glimpsing a photograph of the Mansion at Noble Lane property when seeking its purchase, Greenwood said her first thought was “Oh my God, I love that place!”
Since then, she has found development within the county to be a positive experience.
“It warms my heart that the Wayne County community has been so receptive and that other business owners are helpful and supportive,” said Greenwood. “That's what's important.”
Sharing the experience
Despite the long hours running four B&Bs can be, Greenwood stated, “It doesn't feel like working seven days a week.”
Finding it exciting to always be meeting and hearing stories from new people, she said, “I feel extremely privileged and blessed to do what I love.”
Greenwood stated she is thrilled to share those experiences with viewers of “Checked Inn,” premiering tonight on OWN at 10 p.m.
“It's a great show – the kind of show you haven't seen on TV in a long time, if ever,” she said.
“Checked Inn” is executive produced by Dave Caplan (“Monica the Medium,” “Holy Foley”) from Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television. The series is also executive produced by Rahel Tennione with Co-Executive Producer, Becca Guillon.