We are currently in the thick of staying-at-home and focusing on social distancing. This is a very challenging time for so many people and so many small businesses. We love supporting local and wanted to do our part in showcasing some fantastic small businesses every week.
This week we are interviewing Suzanne Fielden, co-owner of Rocky Mountain Flatbread. Rocky Mountain Flatbread is doing their part to encourage social distancing by offering contactless online ordering, pickup and delivery at their Kitsilano and Main Street locations. Starting April 2nd, they are offering online ordering from their full menu of pizzas, pastas and salads are available for takeout and delivery. They are offering emergency service front line workers a 25% discount off all regular priced items and free delivery for orders over $100. Rocky Mountain Flatbread also offers a $60 Family Meal takeout option and family pizza making kits.
What is unique about your business or What made you choose this type of business?
My husband and I created Rocky Mountain Flatbread as a family organic restaurant over 15 years ago. We chose this business because we had a young family ourselves and at that time there was no where to go and eat with the kids which served good for you meals with local and organic ingredients. Dominic’s grandparents were hoteliers too so there was always a calling to get into the hospitality.
What is your favourite small business (aside from your own)?
Oooo – there are so many. On Main St I love The Fish Counter – Rob & Mike are passionate about our coast lines and sustainable fishing practises. Dominic goes every week to pick up the freshest sustainably caught fish to feed the family.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Never give up – to stay in business you need a great idea, passion, lots of luck and hard hard work.
What are your long term business goals?
At the moment to be honest – it is to stay in business as a restaurant group. It is really really tough for all small business owners right now and without the government stepping in – to give us rent relief and cash too many of us will be closing our doors – which is heart breaking. At the moment I would just love the privilege to be able to keep opening our doors, hiring back our team (I miss them so much), welcoming guests to eat at our restaurants again (I miss the buzz) & continuing doing our community work with teaching kids to grow their own food.
What is your funniest/weirdest/most memorable experience with a customer or client?
The most memorable moments are when families come and dine with us with their kids all grown up! I remember them from when they were little toddlers pizza making with me and now they are all grown up off to university!
Thank you to Suzanne for participating in this week’s Small Business Sunday.