Many thanks so Jeff Rogoff, owner of Sazza Restaurant for helping us to spread YAY! Check out their newest location in the Stanley Marketplace in Denver!
What do you do in your store to nurture your community culture?
In our new location we actually built a separate space, appropriately named, The Community Room. The vision is to use the Community Room to engage and educate our community about the simple ways we all can live a more earth friendly lifestyle. We will offer a free library, workshops on food justice, speakers, classes on everything from preserving, honey spinning to local wool boiling and many more based around sustainability. Ultimately, the space is built for educational purposes, but when not in use for a class or workshop, it is a place to eat Sazza’s food!
Beyond the community room, we are also building a half-acre farm along the west side of the Stanley Marketplace. This will also be a place of education for our community. We want to share the importance having a garden, raising bees (they are already happily working on the premises), raising chickens. We want to show people that they can do all of these things in their own backyard and we’ll share why this is a good thing for all of us!
Being part of our community is in our mission statement, as people support Sazza, we want to return the favor and support our community.
What trend do you see in your indie business that you’re excited about?
There are a few exciting trends that I see in Sazza’s mission. The idea of eating organic is no longer just for people with large disposable income, people are realizing the importance of eating clean food. We are seeing the destructive nature of herbicides, pesticides, monoculture farming, agribusiness, injecting our food with hormones, antibiotics and processed foods, to just name a few. Subsequently, we’ve seen a rapid decline in our health and a surge in health care costs that is unprecedented in modern society. I think people are adjusting their monthly spending habits and placing more of an emphasis on healthy food, that is exciting for me to see. The trend to eat locally and support local business are another couple important trends that will make our communities healthier, and economically stronger. We’re also happy to see that people still like to eat pizza : )
What’s the best advice you can share that will apply to everyone?
Do what you love and love what you do!
What’s something you feel people should do more of?
Laugh, smile, play, hug your children, and make love more often.
What’s a success you’d love to see someone close to you achieve?
I’d love to see Jenni’s (my ex-wife and still 50/50 partner at the original Sazza) new vision come to fruition. While I can’t say much about her new ideas, I know they will be exciting, and offer a lot to the community she decides to be a part of. Jenni will always be the embodiment of what Sazza is all about and as she embarks on new adventures I am excited to see what she creates.
I can’t leave without mentioning the two most important people in my life, my two boys, Izaak and Sam. While I wish they would forever stay young and free (and continue to live with me). I am excited to see what path they decide to take. They will have success and whatever they decide to do in life and I’m excited to see them achieve their goals and dreams.
Yay! Izaak! Sam! Sazza! Organic! Bees! Chickens! Gardens! Fun! Smiles! Laughing! Baseball! Nice People! Love! Friends! Teachers! Wise People! Travel! Roads that lead nowhere! The less traveled path! Colorado! Mountains! Green Initiatives! Caring! Empathy! Yoga! Kissing! Hugging! Self-deprecating humor! Good Food! Food Justice! I could go on and on, but I think I’ll stop here
Thanks Yay!Life! for letting me share some of my thoughts and thank you for being an amazing local business that has a positive impact on our communities. I say YAY! LiFE! All my best,
All my best,