In Honor of Small Business: Riverside Sweets Interview

In honor of Small Business Saturday, November 28th, 2015, Liz Watkins Media & Designs has interviewed 18 business owners.  These interviews will be featured on Liz Watkins Media & Designs' blog.  The goal is to shine a light on small businesses. Continuing with the Small Business Interview series is Riverside Sweets. This is the 4th interview.

Riverside Sweets

Owners: Jim and Kathy Brown

Interviewed: Angela Wiechens, Manager

 416 South Main Street, Saint Charles, MO 63301

 

What does the business do?

Riverside Sweets is a family owned business that sells ice cream, handmade candies, and gift items.

When did the business start?

17 years ago (1998)

Pictured(right to left) Angela Wiechens & co-worker getting ready to be filmed for Great Day St. Louis, airing on KMOV channel 4 in early December.

Pictured(right to left) Angela Wiechens & co-worker getting ready to be filmed for Great Day St. Louis, airing on KMOV channel 4 in early December.

What did it take to get the business started?

The owners bought the business from an existing owner so it didn't take to much to get started. They had to learn how to make all the products and how to buy the other stuff that they needed to run the business.

How long did it take to make profits and why?

About a year, because they had to make up for the money they had invested into the business to start it up.

What is your favorite part about working for a small business?

My favorite thing about working for a small business is it feels like you are apart of a family. There are not too many employees so we are all very close to each other.

What are your responsibilities?

I am the manager, which means I'm in charge of managing the employees and being in charge when the owners aren't there.


What are some of the problems/risks you're faced with?

Riverside Sweet's favorite "regulars"! (By their own admission, they visit about 6 out of 7 days a week) They sure love our Chocolate Rainforest ice cream. Photo Credit: Riverside Sweet Facebook

Riverside Sweet's favorite "regulars"! (By their own admission, they visit about 6 out of 7 days a week) They sure love our Chocolate Rainforest ice cream.
Photo Credit: Riverside Sweet Facebook

One of the risks could be that their is competition out there that could make us loss business. A problem could be that we have an older building so there are chances that something could go wrong with it.

What are some of the benefits of working at Riverside Sweets?

Some of the benefits of working at Riverside Sweets are I get to try all of the yummy stuff that we make. Another benefit is seeing regular customers come in often and watch them leave happy.

Do you enjoy what you do?

Yes! Because it is a fun working environment and a very friendly place.

Do you also support other small businesses?

Yes, because I understand how important it is to make sure small business stay in business. They work very hard with less employees.

 

 

 

by: Liz Watkins

Novemeber 20th, 2015


From the Author: Riverside Sweets has been one of my favorite shops on Main Street since I was in grade school.    As a child my mom would take my brother and I for a treat every now and then.  I was a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream.  It has been wonderful to learn more about one of my favorite small businesses that I still shop at to this day. 
 

Liz Watkins Media & Designs thanks Angela Wiechens of Riverside Sweets for taking the time to interview.
This is the fourth interview in honor of Small Business Saturday.