My Maple Street story starts out as a broke college kid looking for a job in between semesters but was lucky enough to have a friend that gave me a life changing opportunity!
In the fall of 2012 I attended Georgia Southern University for my freshman semester. Through my time there I was fortunate enough to have a few great friends including Lindsey Smith, the soon to be Community Leader of the Parsons Alley store in Duluth Georgia.
Fast forward to the summer of 2017. I was looking for a job in between school semesters after recently moving to the area and heard that my old friend Lindsey was opening up a new restaurant just 20 MINUTES away from where I lived! So a few days after moving to Alpharetta I sent Lindsey a message asking if she had any open positions that I might be able to fill. Now I had never worked in the food business, or even heard of a Maple Street Biscuit Company for that matter, and Lindsey knew both of those statements were very true, but she decided to give me a chance anyway!
After accepting a position on the team, it was very apparent that I would need some training on how to work in a Maple Street store. At the time the closest store to our area was the City Center store located in Chattanooga Tennessee. Over the course of my life I have worked in plenty of jobs with plenty of different styles of training new employees, but the week I spent in Chattanooga was the only training experience I had where I felt welcomed. I was there to learn as many positions as I could, and every single person was willing and able to take on the responsibility of training me AND fulfill their daily responsibilities to the letter. I knew at the end of that week that Maple Street Biscuit Company was on to something special.
Now September 27th in 2017 was a very special day for the town of Duluth. Not only was our store opening on that day, but the annual fall festival was on that day as well. Over 100,000 people attend this fall festival every year! So saying our opening day was one for the books would be an understatement for sure!
After this whirlwind of training, learning, and memories, I was drawn to Maple Street because of the support we received from other team members that worked at multiple locations, and the fact that our Family Support Team was in the kitchen working right beside us to let us know they wouldn’t let us fail.
There isn’t a single company that would have their Head Legal Counsel chopping peppers in the kitchen, their Chief Financial Officer putting hundreds of pastries into bags, or even their People Ambassador (Human Resources Officer) taking orders and talking to guests like they were just another team member. September 27th of 2017 is special to me because that is the day I remember falling in love with our mission, our principles, and Maple Street Biscuit Company.
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