We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Kanes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jamie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
A few years ago, I made holiday gifts for friends and family, as I do every year. One of the gifts I made was a hot sauce. I had found a couple recipes that I liked, combined them, tweaked them to my liking, bottled them and sent them out. I started receiving requests for refills. I also received requests from friends of friends/family who had tried the sauce and wanted some of their own. With these requests came offers to pay me for my sauce.
So, with some encouragement, I started the process of taking SAUS to market.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My “day job” is graphic design. I’ve been involved in a creative field since I was in high school. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some awesome creative people that have been truly inspiring. I’ve designed magazines, catalogs, snow/skateboard graphics, on-product graphics, products, packaging, logos and more. I do a lot of photoshop work for companies with their product images, as well. The advantage/drawback to being “creative” is that I do all my own packaging design. I wanted something unique—which, of course, is more expensive. I didn’t want to compromise on my ingredients or packaging.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a sucker for the outdoors. I grew up in Encinitas and absolutely love the beach. I would definitely make time to make it to the beach once or twice, even if it’s just for a walk.
A day in Balboa Park would be on the to-do list, as well. SDMA and the gardens there are great.
Walking around downtown is a must. I don’t make it down there as much as I like, so that would be fun for me and my guest.
We have so many good farmer’s markets, as well. We’d visit one or two of those (Vista’s is great and maybe Little Italy?) to pick up fresh produce and see some local artisans.
We would definitely hit up one of my favorite restaurants, Umami, in San Marcos, for dinner. The food and people are great!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have some great stores that have really encouraged me to keep going, even when there are obstacles. West Coast BBQ, Bates Nut Farm, The Butchery, Cardiff Seaside Market, Carlsbad Ranch Market, Farm Stand West, Iowa Meat Farms, Major Market, The Nursery Outlet & Farm Stand, SD Grills Pros, Siesel’s Meats, WeOlive and Windmill Farms were all willing to take a chance with me. They have been extremely supportive and I am thankful for the relationships I have gained professionally and personally.

Website: https://www.getsaused.com/

Instagram: @getsaused

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamie-kanes-14877a3b/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/getSAUSed/

Other: http://www.jamiekanes.com/

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