We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick & Anthony Payne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick & Anthony, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks is an essential part of being successful in life. And with taking risks, comes the fear of failure. This is something we experienced firsthand after we graduated from college. Our whole lives we worked to make our dream to play in the NFL become a reality. We started playing football at the age of 5, got recruited in high school, and both earned full-ride scholarships to play at Sacramento State. After our college careers, we worked our butts off for an opportunity to play at the next level in the NFL, and when that opportunity never came we hit rock bottom. We didn’t know what life had in store for us next or what career to take on because football was our life for so long. The idea to start our own food service business was something we always had an interest in but we were nervous and fearful of what others would think, or if they would laugh at the idea. After realizing that it’s not about what others think, it’s about our own dream and confidence, we decided to take that risk and start Buff Chick. We had no experience in business, learned everything as we went, and a year later here we are.
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?
Buff Chick is a food service we started in April 2020 during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The idea to start the business came to us after we received constant positive feedback about our buffalo chicken dip from coworkers, friends, and family. We both work at a digital marketing company called Smashtech in San Diego, CA. During certain work socials, potlucks, and parties we would bring our dip and it would be gone before anything else on the table. This happened countless times and finally, the lightbulb turned on for us to start the business and sell the dip.
Neither of us had any business experience but we were ready to accept the challenge. Initially, it was not easy. We faced many challenges, but we stuck together, learned from them, and overcame each challenge that came our way. One lesson that we learned along the way is to not be afraid to fail. That negative and fearful mindset will hold you back in the long run. We learned that it’s okay to be wrong sometimes, but as long as your learning from each challenge and experience, it will help your business be successful.
We want the world to know that we are a family-oriented business that puts nothing but love and care into our food and that we truly care about our customers. We are small, and in the beginning stages but we have a lot of plans for our future and we will be working hard to achieve them. Look out for a Buff Chick food truck and restaurant in the future!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If we had a best friend visiting we would first take them to one of our favorite places to eat, Dirty Birds. In our opinion, the best wings in town. We would also head to Pacific Beach to have a fun day/night at some of the best bars in town. Next, you cant visit San Diego and not go to the San Diego Zoo or Sea World so we would definitely spend a day or two seeing both. We would cap off the trip by relaxing at some of the best beaches in the entire country. Our favorite is La Jolla Shores, but there are numerous beautiful beaches in San Diego such as; Pacific Beach, Carlsbad, and Sunset Cliffs!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We would like to dedicate our shout-out to our family and friends. With us being in the early stages of our business we do not have paid employees yet, so we turned to our family and friends for that help. They sacrifice their own time on the weekends to come to help make our pop-ups run successfully. We truly would not be able to get to where we are without them! Also want to give a special shout-out to our mother. She was the one that taught us how to make our patented buffalo chicken dip when we were younger, and she inspired us to start our Buff Chick business!