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In 2003, Paul and Carol Huntsberger purchased Quality Seafood Market from Same Eaves.Under Paul and Carol, the restaurant blossomed from a fried food kitchen into a place where families could gather to enjoy fresh seafood. 

In 2010 Carol become the sole proprietor of Quality Seafood Market. Under the Leadership of Carol Huntsberger, Quality Seafood Market has continued expanded it's walls, added private dining room, oyster grill, food truck and has grown it's off site catering department.

Show notes…

Favorite success quote or mantra:

"What you think about is what you bring about."

In this episode with Carol Huntsberger, we discuss: 

  • We're never given more than we can handle. You're prepared. Get after it. 
  • A brief history of Quality Seafood and how Huntsberger became it's owner. 
  • How Huntsberger's success was built on relationships and listening to the people she had surrounded herself with. 
  • How when Carol broke into this industry she was brutally honest and real with herself and her clients. This only helped to garner more respect. 
  • The first step to taking over a failing business. Stop the bleeding!  
  • The role education plays in turning around a business. Not only educating yourself, but educating your clients and guests. 
  • Tips on building an email list and using it to drive traffic.  
  • Sharing your story with your clients and guest. People want to know whats going on behind the scene.   
  • The importance of being flexible and having a back up plan.  
  • How staying open and optimistic creates opportunities.  
  • Instead of buying ad space, donate your product to a good cause or at least a gift card. 

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Positivity.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Overthinking.
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Read their body language.
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Traffic. It is putting a dent in their dinner business. 
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Treat people the way you want to be treated. 
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Greet people with a smile.
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What's the one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Recenter with the purpose it all. 
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your four walls restaurant and how has it influence operations?
    1. Google Docs
  10. If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be?
    1. Keep caring.
    2. Be honest.
    3. Make other people feel special. 

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Huge thanks to Carol Huntsberger for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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