Woman Owned Business Thrives In Despite Economy

Castle Pines, CO-September 6, 2011– Lisa Towne, owner and chef of Mama Lisa’s Little Italy is sharing her secret to success.

 

In 2008, Lisa was determined to not become another fallen business owner due to hard economic times. “I believe Little Italy has succeeded by being forward in our thinking and diversifying our business with minimal capital investment,” says Lisa Towne.

Her love and passion for Italian cooking gave her the idea to bring her home-style food to lunchrooms all across Douglas County.

 

For the past three years, Lisa has teamed up with the Douglas County School District Nutrition Services and the American Academy PTO to provide healthy, wholesome Italian lunches for school children. “The majority of our products are made in house, cutting down on preservatives and excess sodium and fat. Fruits and vegetables are prepared fresh daily along with the bread and dough,” explains Lisa.

Little Italy started out with only offering pizza and sandwiches two days a week. But the popularity of the food and partnership has now turned into a five-day a week opportunity for the family-owned business.

 

This year, there will be a lot more on the menu. Children can now enjoy Lisa’s homemade macaroni and cheese, Sloppy Joe’s, baked chicken tenders, along with other products from her restaurant. American Academy Charter School is currently the only school with the weeklong menu. However, students atDCS Montessori, Renaissance Charter, and Challenge to Excellence Charter School will be enjoying her famous pizza every Thursday.

 

Lisa’s vision to expand her business opportunities outside the walls of Mama Lisa’s Little Italy hasdoubled their weekly sales. This has allowed her to relocate her restaurant to a larger space a block from the current location and provide her customers with an extended menu, homemade products and baked goods. Little Italy’s new location will open this October in Castle Pines. They will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.