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Name: Stacie Shapiro (Stacie’s Cottage Cafe)

Posted By Joe Hamilton

The best part of Stacie's Cottage Cafe? Stacie! Her energy is big, positive and contagious. Whenever we pop in for lunch, we always feel a little happier just walking through the door. Working our way around the huge selection brings us down to earth a little - it's hard work choosing from so many delicious options. But once a choice is made - the fun begins again with great food, served with a smile. Hustles like Stacie's Cottage Cafe are the building blocks of a great city. They generate culture every day and we're going to celebrate that by heading there again tomorrow.

Years in Tampa Bay

3 years

Hustle (job)

Owner/operator

What do you do?  

We serve breakfast and lunch, New York style! We are not just another courthouse cafe (because that is where we are located). We make egg sandwiches, omelets, fresh salads, hot pressed sandwiches, quich, and much more.

Why do you do it?

I feel that there is a lack of customer service and attention to detail in the restaurant industry. I feel if I can make people smile by filling their bellies with yummy food, I have done my job.

What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)

I grew up in my parents’ bagel store in Long Island. Worked for my family for 10 years and then opened my own family bagel store. After working seven days a week, 365 days a year for 25 years … I wanted a different lifestyle. Came to St Pete and this cafe was calling my name. No weekends, no holidays … no brainer.

What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?

My job continues well after we close for the day. Restocking, food prep, clean up, paperwork, social media … just to name a few.

What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?

Bringing in new customers.

What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?

Work smart and love what you do!

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