We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Harman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor in my success is definitely my staff. I have the most amazing managers and team members. They all work so hard and truly care about growing the business. I took over Phillys after my aunt retired in 2019. It was one of the scariest times. If I failed, I ruin everything she built. There was(is) alot of pressure. And I was pregnant at the time, knowing I’d be taking maternity leave half way through the year was also really nerve wracking.
My entire staff rallied around me, and got through the summer without me so I could be home with both of my kids. And they even managed to increase sales! Then I returned and a couple months later Covid happened. And still my crew stuck it out during those really, really difficult times with me. I am just so fortunate to have each and every one of them. To not have to worry about staffing issues and to know I can trust them and they have my back is the biggest blessing ever. I’d be nowhere without them.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We are a small restaurant that sells Philly cheesesteaks and burgers. We get our bread from Philadelphia and try to be as authentic as we can. We make our burgers and our fries fresh every morning. I am very excited for the future. I have some exciting plans in the works now and can’t wait to see my company grow.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We love to be outside so we would spend alot of time fishing and hiking the reservoir. Coors Tavern, Sacred Bean, Puff Puffette Pass would be must stops. We’d take a trip to the Royal Gorge, take a helicopter ride with Royal Gorge Helitours. If it’s Chili season a visit to the farms for green chili would be a must, we love going to Musso’s. A stop at the the fire playce to paint pottery is always great and a visit to Taffy’s for dessert.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My aunt, Celia Duarte. She started Feelin a Little Philly in 2007. She built it up and taught me everything. I was so lucky to get to work beside her for most of those years. She worked so hard everyday, all day for years to build a successful business and I got a front row seat and an awesome example of what to be. Not only in business but in life as well. She is really one of the most remarkable and selfless people I know and I am so lucky to have her. She is still a huge part of the restaurant as well as there aren’t many decisions I make without seeking her input.
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