In the spirit of Fathers’s Day this month we want to celebrate all the dads that make our downtown a special place to work and play.
We applaud and recognize those dads & daughters and dads & sons that work together in business everyday.
Craig & Faith (Emma’s Back Porch)
- How long have you been working together?
Faith: I was in grade nine – I wasn’t bartending in grade nine though!
Craig: Are you going to tell Jaclyn the back story? Go on … tell her the story!
Faith: My mom worked here as a bartender when they opened. Almost all my cousins work here too.
Craig: It’s a family business and an extended family business as we’ve got kids of past servers and bartenders all working here. I know that I have the right people, and good people working here that really care. They care about the Customers, and they care about Emma’s. I choose people from good families … like Faith! haha
- Why did you decide to work together/open a business together/come on-board?
Craig: <laughs> Someone wanted to have things, so someone needed a job to pay for those things!
Faith: Haha, he’s right. It just seemed like a good place to work. Actually, I can’t think of a better place to work.
- How do you balance work-life with your personal-relationship?
Last year, Faith made sure she worked nights because I worked days haha! Faith has always lived with her mom, up until this year. We’re all really close, so it’s never been a big deal. But this summer, Faith decided to come and live with Lori and I, so we’re learning how to live together AND work together. Truthfully though, we like talking about work and what went on. Especially since I’m not typically here at night, and she is.
About six years ago, my business partner passed, and I had to start running the business, instead of just running the shifts. We’ve gone through renovations, and reinventing the menu in order to stay current. So that’s why I tend to be here more during the day. We do have cross-over shifts, which is when we get the most time together here.
Like working with any other employee, you have to figure out what works best for them. How they work. And then, how to manage them to get the best out of them I’ve had to do that with Faith too.
- What’s the best thing about working with your daughter?
Just getting to spend time with her. And getting to watch her grow.
- What’s the best thing about working with your dad?
Same thing really. Getting to spend time with him. And since I started working here, on the mornings that I’m working we’ve gone over to Tamp for a coffee.
- Do you have any Father’s Day plans (ie lunch/dinner out, golfing, special trip planned)?
Faith: That’s the Sound of Music weekend, we’re hoping to be busy. We’ll both be here.
Craig: We’re booked for brunch and hoping for a busy patio all weekend!
- What was the best Father’s Day gift you ever received?
Probably a handmade card, or something like that. I don’t need much. I’ve never needed much. But I appreciate the time Faith puts into doing things like that.
- What was the worst?
HAHA – like the new Canadian Tire commercial where the Dads are all sittin’ around talking about the things they got instead of what they really wanted! Honestly, I can’t think of anything.
- Is there anything special you want to say about your dad?
I wouldn’t want to work for anyone else. Every day that I get to work with him is a privilege.
- Is there anything special you want to say about your daughter?
Communication and consideration – take it for the rest of your life. It is fun and awesome to spend time with her.
Full restaurant details at emmasbackporch.ca