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Our family has owned a home in Corolla for 23 years. For a long time, we rented
out to vacationers. However, we made the decision to stop renting when our six
children were old enough to work here in the summers.
Our kids were already working down here in the summers, and my husband and I
weren’t quite ready to retire just yet, so we began to explore new business
opportunities in the area. Both my husband and I grew up in Pennsylvania, and
everyone in our family is a die-hard Eagles fan, so when we saw that Philly Steak
Subs was for sale, we jumped on the opportunity to buy!
Owning and operating a business in Corolla has enabled our family to work in a
location we love—the beach! Having a seasonal business allows us to work
extremely hard for 6 or 7 months and then spend the rest of the year at our home
in Northern Virginia.
Since buying Philly Steak Subs, we’ve have gotten to know local business owners, and we’ve developed lasting friendships with many of our neighbors in Corolla. We also get the chance to meet customers from all around the US!
Training new employees each year takes a lot of energy. We have been very
fortunate to have some great workers return to us for two and three years in a
If you are looking to start a seasonal business, make sure you hire enough
employees in preparation for the busier months. It may seem slow at first, in the
Spring especially, but things will ramp-up fast, so you need to make sure you have
enough employees to account for the exponential increase in tourism-related-
business that Corolla experiences during the summer months.
As most fellow Corolla business owners know, finding practical and affordable
housing for seasonal workers and international students can also be very
challenging. Therefore, I would advise new business owners to finalize employee
housing arrangements well before the start of the season.
Since our family took over the business in April of 2016, we’ve tried hard to make
the customer experience even more enjoyable. Although we’re called Philly Steak
Subs, we sell a whole lot more than just cheesesteaks and hoagies. We’ve
broadened the menu options to include dishes like cheesesteak eggrolls, pasta
salad, potato salad, and kettle-cooked chips.
Our dining and bar area has also been renovated; we’ve brightened up the
seating-area, added fun arcade-style games for the kids, and doubled our craft
beer selection. More recently, we’ve updated our website and added an online
ordering feature with the aim of making take-out even easier for those looking to
grab a quick bite to eat.
Our menu items can be prepared to go if folks are in a hurry, or served with plates
for those who would like to enjoy their food in our spacious dining area. We’re a
popular lunch and dinner spot for both locals and tourists, and we love it when
people come to watch sports at the bar (preferably a Philly team, GO EAGLES!!).
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