Boston Common Coffee Co. is the definition of a "family business" with me and my partner, Tony Massari, needing the assistance from both of our families to fund the opening of our first cafe. I know it was a huge risk for our parents but they believed in us and 0ur concept which has always been a source of motivation for us since day one. But for me this business has become so much more to me and my family. My wife was 8 months pregnant with our first child working long days in the kitchen developing recipes that we still use today 11 years later. She has always been there to support me from the beginning regardless of how outrages and risky some of my ideas may be.
My children grew up in the business and have known some of my staff all of their lives and treat them as extensions of their family. It was one of the reasons for starting my own business having my kids be a part of experiencing it with me. The good and the bad.
I love that my children enjoy coming to work and they do just that, come to work!. Not because I "make" them work but because they truly enjoy working alongside the staff. I also want them to understand that things are not given to you but you have to work hard for the things you want in life. When they come to work they do not work for free, I pay them a very favorable wage from my own pocket and they get to split it how they choose into 3 different banks my wife set up for them: Savings, Spending & Charity. I'm not sure they fully understand the values they are learning now but they know if they want something that we feel is a "foolish purchase" they get to use their own money! That's when they see the value of the work they are putting in.
One of other other great pleasures throughout this process is the special time I get to spend with my father. My parents have always been there to support me and I will always be grateful for that. My father was the best man at my wedding and one of the hardest workers I know. The best feeling for me is how much the staff LOVE him!!! He is like a father to some a wise ass to most but respected by all. He does whatever is needed of him to help me make my business successful. He got up early to drive into Boston and bake for us when needed, he does deliveries, trips to restaurant depot and now works in post production at our roasting facility...along side his son.
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