Owner, H.J. Wings & Things, Sharpsburg
60 Seconds with Russ Lowery
What do you feel is the most unique aspect your business offers its patrons?
We are your local family restaurant that has a very unique atmosphere unlike other restaurants you may find in the Coweta area. We are proud to say on July 17, 2014, we were awarded a "100 A" on our health inspection from the Georgia Department of Public Health. We are told daily that our wings and menu items are the best they've had anywhere, and that our customers are always looking forward to their next visit.
Since Sept. 19, 2013, we have had the pleasure of owning the H.J. Wings & Things "Sharpsburg Location." We have been able to increase not only our customer base but our five-page menu that allow our customers to have a large of variety of choice.
We have multiple large screen TV's, as well as a 60" x 120" screen that our customers love to watch their favorite sporting events, while enjoying "The Best Wings Third Rock From The Sun." We are a large supporter of our local schools and their athletic departments, as well as local charities for the needy.
We are able to accommodate large events and just a good ol’ one-on-one customer service; and we strive to run our restaurant with integrity, which has allowed us to build a wonderful relationship with our customers and employees.
What is one of the most valuable lessons you have learned as a business owner?
We have been self-employed since 1979 with our first company "Sign Express." The most valuable lessons we have learned as business owners are to adjust and adapt.
Every day is a learning experience in business and life itself. As we go through our business aspect we want to do our best to take our fellow man’s best interest to heart – and when doing so, it always comes back to us in a very rewarding way.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself just starting out?
As far as going back in time to give our self-advice on what we could have done differently, there are so many moving parts in running a successful business we can't think of any one thing that comes to mind.
What you have to understand is that self-employment is a daily job with decisions not to be made quickly. You need to slow down and look at the whole picture to make the right decisions in order to forgive mistakes made by others and yourself, and to move forward into the future.