The things that we are passionate about and what we decide to spend our time on are often influenced by how we grew up.

Today’s Across the Table guest says her experience in and out of homelessness has shaped her own work in Diversity, equity and inclusion.

Natasha Smith is a Mexican American whose first home in South Dakota was Children’s Inn. She recently sat down with Ashley Thompson at JJ’s Axes and Ales to tell her how her lens on the world inspires her to try to make the world a better place for everyone.

Behind the scenes with Natasha Smith and Ashley Thompson
Behind the scenes with Natasha Smith and Ashley Thompson

At JJ’s they like to say they provide “an enhanced adult beverage experience” and we think that’s just perfect to sum up the great food and drink and the great people you’ll run into at JJ’s Wine, Spirits and Cigars.

They’re located at 3000 west 57th Street in Sioux Falls. you can find out more about their specials and events, by checking out their website at

If you need a fun activity that you and all your friends will love! Book a game night with JJ’s Axes & Ales! Spots fill up fast so make your plans now!

JJ’s Axes and Ales Axeperts will not only teach you how to throw an axe, but also how to play some fun and competitive games as well! Unleash your inner Viking or lumberjack at 3016 West 57th Street in Sioux Falls. You can find out more on their website

Get to know other interesting people from around KELOLAND by checking out some of our other Across the Table segments!

Across the Table with Tom Slattery

Across the Table with Ivy Oland

Across the Table with Nancy and Bruce Halverson

Across the table with Lindsay Harris

Across the Table with Jon Thum