We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcy Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marcy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Starting your own business is no doubt risky. Becoming a first time entrepreneur – downright scary.
Before I opened my sandwich shops, I would buy a coffee for anyone and everyone willing to sit down and talk with me about starting a business. The first part of the conversation was always “do you know how risky this is and how many restaurants fail?” Of course I did. My answer was always the same: I would rather pursue my dream and fail then look back on my life wishing I had the guts to give it a try.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Organic Sandwich Company is LOCAL. We are a farm-to-table, fast casual restaurant offering sandwiches that are delicious, made-to-order, gourmet, AND organic. We’re locally-owned and we’re committed to supporting the local economy. This means fresher and more nutritious ingredients for everyone.
We really are ORGANIC. More than 95% of everything you find in our store is organic. When organic ingredients are not available, all natural, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, rBST-free, non-GMO products will always be our alternative.
We believe in the INTEGRITY of the food system. We’re committed to knowing where our food comes from, how it is grown, and how fresh it is. Our customers are conscious consumers who believe taste is just as important as the quality and source of their food. We couldn’t agree more.
We value COMMUNITY. We offer darn good sandwiches for everyone. We’re carnivore-, omnivore-, vegan-, vegetarian-, gluten-free-, paleo-, and kid-friendly. We sold our first sandwich at the BOULDER FARMERS MARKET. We met amazing folks who provided advice, encouragement, and honest feedback which helped us launch our first shop in downtown Boulder and our second shop in Louisville, CO.
We are committed to ZERO WASTE. Over 95% of the items served to guests are compostable, recyclable or reusable. We understand restaurants can create a great deal of waste and we do everything we can to minimize this from the kitchen to the dining room to our everyday practices and training.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are so very lucky to live in such a beautiful state! In the summertime, we would be sure to do the following with our friends:
Red Rocks – this is truly an amazing one of a kind place to see a show or even to go hiking.
Camping – an overnight adventure in the mountains is such a great way to hit reset. Rocky Mountain National Park is a beautiful place to visit if you have never been there, but there are plenty of off the beaten path places to go camping as well.
Mountain Biking – a loop or two at Betasso is always a fun adventure.
Hiking – Sanitas is a good way to see the town from above – or Royal Arch in Chautauqua is amazing.
Boulder County Farmers Market is always on our weekend agenda
Pearl Street in Boulder is a must – there is a great little sandwich shop at the corner of Pearl and 16th 🙂
Drinks and food on the rooftop at Rosetta Hall is a treat
Farm Dinners – there are plenty of these available throughout the summer but tickets sell fast!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom was always my biggest cheerleader. From taking a year off of college to starting a business – she was always supportive and enthusiastic. She also taught me the importance of eating good, healthy food. She was an amazing, self-taught home chef and she taught both my sister and me how to cook up a meal to please the masses. My love for food and adventure comes from my mom. I miss her everyday.
Cliff Grassmark – image of Marcy making sandwiches