Stauffer’s Café & Pie Shoppe (staufferscafe.com), located off of 48th and Highway 2, serves delicious, home-made meals. Sydney Stauffer is the front of house manager at Stauffer’s Café & Pie Shoppe.
Tell us a little about your business.
Stauffer’s Café was started in 1996 by my dad, Thad Stauffer, and my grandma, Claridy Stauffer. Using grandma’s recipes, they created the now famous Hot Beef Sandwich and over 50 different kinds of pies. Since then, more family has joined the business, including my uncle, my sisters, my cousin, and my hardworking grandpa. It is a true family-run establishment. For those who have not experienced the charm of Stauffer’s, I invite you to dine with us or order curb-side delivery/carry-out.
How did you get started in the business?
I was three when my dad started Stauffer’s Café and I don’t remember my life without it. I started bussing tables at 14, hosting at 15 and waiting tables at 16. Now at 28, I’m managing the front of house operations.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Dealing with the changes that came with COVID has been tough, but our staff has adjusted to the new protocols seamlessly.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Being able to work with my family has been incredibly rewarding. It’s challenging, but I think it has made us learn to communicate better professionally and personally.
Tell us a little about your family.
Both of my parents are entrepreneurs. They are incredible role models. They taught me about love, kindness, saying what you mean, and the importance of keeping your word.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
My boyfriend and I are big board game players. As long as the dog is in my lap and I have cards in my hands, I’m happy.
Who inspires you?
My sister and my grandpa. They are the hardest working people I’ve ever met.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” – Wendy Mass
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Armor” by Sara Bareilles.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I would multiply myself so that I could handle a variety of tasks at once.
What is your favorite movie?
There are so many good ones to choose from, but I’d say a movie I’m always down to watch is Two Weeks Notice. Around Christmas time, it’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey.
What is your favorite TV show?
It’s tied between Psych and Scrubs.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Well, I obviously love Stauffer’s, but my second favorite is Ramos Pizza.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?