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

Hi Nyla, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I was offered an existing business that wasn’t successful, but I felt with consistent food quality, upgrading and regular cleaning/maintenance of location, and constant presences on social media, business could improve.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I jumped in to the hospitality/restaurant business almst by accident. I worked office jobs for over 20 years, then from home co-producing on on-line magazine geared towards motorcycle enthusiasts for 13 years. Friends bought a restaurant and out of boredon, I worked a few nights a week just to do something different. I had a knack, a love of the entire process of a restaurant and after three years, I owned the restaurant.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Long Beachs’ museums and restaurants. We would definitely tour the Queen Mary and have dinner at one of the restaurants and drinks in the historical Observation Lounge. At least two leisure days at beaches; Huntington or Seal Beach. Lots of great shops and restaurants. Palm Springs by the pool is a great way to waste a couple of days shopping, eating and relaxing. And lastly a day trip to Catalina for hiking, eating and island tours.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My friends, Zack and Suzie that pushed me to try. Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business course really helped me to understand the business aspects, and of course, my teammates that make it all worth it effort.

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Nyla Olsen

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