The town of Severna Park is full of local businesses that provide great services for the community.
In order to get a better sense of the owners and managers behind the businesses, Patch is introducing a new column. Severna Park Patch will talk with local business owners about life in Severna Park and how they got their start.
This week Patch spoke with The Breakfast Shoppe owner Kyle Algaze.
Kyle Algaze has owned The Breakfast Shoppe with his business partner
Jeff Fitchett for 20 years. The restaurant moved to its current location in Park Plaza in June of 2010.
Severna Park Patch: What is your favorite part about running a business in Severna Park?
Kyle Algaze: It’s a tight-knit community. I like to think that we have put an iron cage around most of our customers, and they are so gracious to tell other people about it. Word of mouth travels really well in this community especially if you are doing something good—you can put it out there and people will tell other people about it.
Severna Park Patch: What’s the biggest challenge The Breakfast Shoppe has overcome?
Algaze: Dramatic growth has been the hardest thing to deal with whether it is employees, finding the right help or making sure our vendors are on the same page. We have doubled business from the old location in a fast amount of time. That’s really been the most difficult thing—handling growth at such a quick pace. I'm not complaining at all—it's just a different set of circumstances.
Severna Park Patch: How did your business get started, and where did the idea come from?
Algaze: I have a partner Jeff Fitchett so it was his and mine brainchild to expand and he was gracious enough to allow me to kind of run with some ideas. He was fantastic in that aspect. He said come up with some fantastic things and ideas no one is doing and we’ll see where they are going to go. Over the last six months we have had a really heavy push in marketing, which we have never done before. It has taken off to television and newspaper and I have seen such a great feedback from people from all over that were like ‘I have to go try that place.’ It was neat to see.
Severna Park Patch: What’s unique about your business? Why should customers come?
Algaze: We really take everything we do seriously. Whether it is customer service especially with the food. I go out to eat at other places to see what they are doing and check them out. I am always impressed with the way we work here and how hard we work and I hope it relays itself to some of our customers.
Severna Park Patch: What’s a typical day like for you?
Algaze: The day starts at 4:30 in the morning and we get in before everyone else is even up. Everyone else is going to bed when we are waking up and it is non-stop between production, catering, customers and employees. It is about as busy as a person can be. Then, I go home to two young children.
Severna Park Patch: What other local business do you like to frequent?
Algaze: I went to Mother’s for the first time. I went there on Saturday and met the owner and we are probably going to hold our Christmas party there. They are a business I was really happy came to the area. Split Ends has been a great fan of ours and always helps us with things we are doing.
- Chatting with Mutt & Joe Manager Heather Jones
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