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Inspiring Conversations with Jo Glorioso of Java Plus Cafe & Catering Company

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jo Glorioso. 

Hi Jo, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I started working in the industry at 17, worked my way up from a hostess and prep cook to a cafe owner. I have always loved cooking. I helped my grandmother and parents in the kitchen as early as I can remember. Moving to St. Louis turned out to be a great decision. I started managing a restaurant where I met my now-retired business partner. A lot of hard work and long days in between. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
For the most part, it has been smooth. The biggest struggle was just trying to find the balance to make all the moving parts fit. Like I said before, it took a good amount of hard work. Once I realized what my goal was as a businesswoman, things fell into place. 

We’ve been impressed with Java Plus Cafe & Catering Company, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a local full-service cafe and catering company with way more than just coffee. We do breakfast and lunch mainly. We have a monthly special menu where we can have some fun. Fresh Grilled Veggie Panini to my hometown goodness, Red Beans and Rice. We have a nice variety, so you won’t leave empty-handed. We also do Breakfast all day which turned out to be a huge hit with our customer. We try and source majority of our food and products from local vendors. We small businesses have to help support each other. 

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
The covid-19 crisis just helped us as a company reevaluate ourselves. Finding what was most important to our employees and our customers. No real lessons learned…just survival was a must. 

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