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Conversations with the Inspiring Lisa Beattie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Beattie.

Lisa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The Stones Common House & Kitchen started as a conversation between friends at a party. Just a few, short years later, we turned our dream into a reality. With all of the owners local to Stoneham, we thought it was the best home for our first venture into the world of restaurant ownership. My husband, James and myself take care of the front of the house operations, while our partner and talented chef, Patrick Campbell is responsible for all of the magic that happens in the kitchen. We have been open since April of 2018, and we are so happy with the way business has been going so far.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As a wife, mother of three, and business owner, it would be a lie to say it was a walk in the park. Opening this place up was extremely time-consuming. I knew it was coming when we decided open this new chapter of our lives, but it hit me a little harder than I thought it would. Being away from my kids and seeing the impact that it had on them, certainly came along with some guilt. I would just remind myself that all of this was for them in the long run and that helps me get through it. The first couple of months were a little tough, but now our schedules have lightened up and I feel like the mom I want to be again.

What should we know about The Stones Common House & Kitchen? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
For the most part, my husband and I take care of all of the behind the scenes business that goes on in the restaurant. From printing menus and dosing schedules to banking and placing orders. The daily to-do list is pretty lengthy, but we have a great team of employees here and that makes it much easier to get through. I think that in the restaurant industry, in particular, some people forget that it’s not just about the food you’re selling, it about the overall experience. As a manager, I make it a point to recognize regulars, say hello and smile at everyone who walks through the door and to engage people in conversation every chance I get. These may seem like obvious things, but people let them they far by the wayside by.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
There are so many opportunities for women nowadays! As wives, mothers, and often full-time workers, we are natural leaders and organizers, with an amazing eye for detail. We have no choice but to be good at wearing many hats at the same time. This is a hugely undervalued skill in my opinion.

These are the exact skills that are needed to be successful in business! I wish more women would take a leap of faith into leadership roles. I think they’d surprise themselves! I know I did.

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