Big Challenges and Changes at TJ's
As founder of T.J. Scallywaggle's, I felt a certain contentment in early 2008 as managerial power evolved out of my hands and into those of a young and enthusiastic collective led by four core team members. Over the past year, though, I've become disappointed that the shop has not maintained the high standards of cleanliness, service, and consistent food quality that our customers have come to expect. In this regard, I offer apologies to those customers who have also been disappointed.
T.J. Scallywaggle's Vegan House of Pizza & Subs was founded in 2006 as a bold experiment grounded in the ideals of veganism, activism, and collectivism. For us 2007 was a banner year (Best of Boston 2007, awarded by Boston Magazine), but this past year, 2008, was very uneven. After much soul-searching, it has been decided that dramatic changes are in order. We have devised a threefold plan: by summer 2009, we will effect either a Change of Ownership, a Change of Style, or a Change of Staff.
(1) Change of Ownership: We are now open to offers to buy T.J. Scallywaggle's. We will consider selling to an individual or group with noble vision, keen business skills, and a strong sense of managerial discipline. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) Change of Style: Concurrently with the sale option, we're conducting a four-month retraining program of our current team under the guidance of the pre-2006 shop owner. Recognizing the present collective's strengths (egalitarianism & workplace democracy), we hope to foster a new sense of professionalism (accountability & personal discipline). Our goal here is to clean up our act, and to revitalize TJ's original mission to faithfully serve the broad vegetarian and social-activist communities.
(3) Change of Staff: If neither of the above measures produce sufficient results by the summer of 2009, then we will effect a radical change in the staffing of the store.
We ask your help. Please give us a few weeks, then scrutinize us. Are we making progress? Is the shop cleaner? more customer-friendly? Is our food more consistently high-quality? Your comments from now to summer 2009 will help determine the future of T.J. Scallywaggle's. Thank you. Sincerely, Steve Karian, founder.