Stories&Work: Chad Grubbs
Give us your full name.
Share the kind of work you do.
I’m the owner of Okay Yeah Co., a coffee and eatery joint located inside the Plant Shoppe.
What’s the biggest thing you had to overcome to find success in your work?
Honestly, being such a new company I can’t really say much about success. I think adding coffee and eats was the best step for providing an added service for those who are already familiar with the Plant Shoppe. I don’t know that I can take credit for overcoming anything. I’m sure my other half, Jen Semmler, had to overcome not hating me...hahaha. She stepped up and kept our family in the balance while developing Okay Yeah.
Honestly, relationships are everything for our business to even exist. We’ve only been able to create the things we love and enjoy because of our family and friends and their help and support.
What is the risk in pursuing doing the work you love?
The risk in owning a small business is that your odds for success aren’t very good at all. We’ve been small business owners in some form or fashion for over five years now.
The Okay Yeah Co. is the newest adventure for our family. In my opinion, the biggest risk for this adventure is executing the daily operation exactly how we intend. We want the space to be full of energy and yet relaxing at the same time. We want it to breathe passion and inspiration. We want you to know how important you are as a customer.
What’s the biggest way your business has changed since you started it?
Being a new company I can tell you a lot has changed in a little time. We have a small staff but as we understand each other’s strength and weaknesses we have become more and more valuable to each other. We’re our own little family.