Episode 51: Alan Donovan of Oat Shop
Today I’m speaking with Alan Donovan of Oat Shop in Somerville, MA. I’ve been frequenting the shop since I had my baby, in fact I had my 36th birthday breakfast there; nursing Sylvie in the sunny front window while enjoying a delicious, hot oat bowl. It was lovely. Oat Shop is a beautiful space. It’s clean, cozy and welcoming and the food is delicious and nourishing. I’ve long admired the shop from a business perspective too because I love when places niche. the. hell. down. Oat Shop is based all around the mighty oat and features both savory and sweet oat bowl options. They also sell coffee and a few in-house created baked goods. It’s a tiny menu, full of well thought out options made from local ingredients.
Alan started his career in finance and worked in D.C after college. It was there that he realized that busy people needed real food options. After deciding he wanted to move back home to Massachusetts, Alan started laying the bricks for Oat Shop.
Alan and I talk about the start up process and what crossovers were helpful to him from the finance world when opening a small brick and mortar. We chat about being a sole founder and proprietor, and why it’s so important for us all to truly accept that we’re always going to be on call as business owners. Alan shares his experiences with making changes with customer’s suggestions and also why being stubborn around our business vision can save us tons of time, money and energy. I can’t wait for you to hear this all for yourself. Enjoy the show.
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