For over half a decade, Short Stack Eatery (SSE) has been committed to not only life-changing breakfast, but real and relevant social change within the community and beyond. Since opening its doors in Madison in 2014, SSE has critically examined what it means to be sustainable–from fighting racial injustices in Dane County to creating and achieving local purchasing goals that focus on sourcing products from businesses owned by women and people of color.
As a public-facing company that serves over 3,000 customers weekly, SSE recognizes the social responsibility and power to create inclusive spaces, participate in difficult dialogues and step up to calls of action that most other companies ignore. SSE supports 12 to 15 local nonprofits annually with financial donations, sponsorship and event partnerships, cultivating a safe space for the community to dine, gather, organize and thrive.
Assistant General Manager, Taylor Kaspar tells us a little more about Short Stack and its dedication to inclusion:
Why did you decide to join the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber?
We decided to join the LGBT Chamber because we are always looking for next steps towards being more inclusive as a business and community leader. For our LGBTQ customers and community specifically, we recognized we could do more in increase involvement and awareness. Our efforts to be an inclusive and safe place for all members of our community requires ongoing evolution and growth. The award-winning Chamber is a fantastic resource for allies and business to get involved intentionally and connect with others with similar values. We’ve pledged to be sustainable allies for equality, recognition and justice for members of this community and the LGBT Chamber helps us to do this.
How would you like people to remember your company?
We want people to remember us as a restaurant that cares about more than just the delicious food we serve. We want people to remember how they *feel* when they are here—that regardless of who they are in every form of identity, they are welcome, safe, and appreciated here. We hope people feel at home at SSE and know that we are here to serve amazing breakfast *and* serve our community. We want people to remember that by choosing to dine with us, they are simultaneously participating in sustainable social change because a portion of their dollars go to support the organizations that we support.
What do you enjoy most about being a Chamber member?
The best part is connecting with people and putting our brains together about the work we do and can do more of. In the past we hosted Coffee Connections, a networking event for the Chamber. We love having the opportunity to provide a space for people to gather for a common purpose and this allows us to do that. We love that by doing things like being a member of the Chamber and hanging the Philadelphia Pride and Trans flags in our windows we are able to provoke important conversations that get people talking about things that matter.