Diner Burger, fries and rootbeer float by Sylvia Sky

Diner Burger, fries and rootbeer float by Sylvia Sky

This winter if we’re sitting in the same place that we were a year ago, doing the same things, holding the same opinions, and making the same mistakes, then we have missed countless opportunities to grow, adapt, and evolve into the person we are destined to be. Fortunately, today is a new day and we can still seize any moment to try a new approach.When we make a conscious effort every day the change eventually becomes a part of our normal routine. We’ll look back and wonder how its was possible that we ever excepted that state of existence. This story can be told for a local business that claims Athens, Ohio as its home.

The Union Street Diner has undergone great change in the last three years specifically but also throughout it’s total existence. The original owner found herself in over her head and sold the diner three years ago to the current owners, Jay Shapiro and Tim Carmen. Jay had frequented the diner as a patron previous to buying it. He found it under staffed, dirty, and lacking in all areas necessary to be successful. It was in that moment that he took initiative to make a change.

Since then the diner has been growing and thriving. The Union Street Diner has become a staple of Athens, Ohio. Known as the “good diner”, many people frequent it regularly and can testify to the many improvements. The Union Street Diner is currently open 24 hours every day of the year serving up delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day. Its located close enough to campus that many OU employees stop in on their lunch break, and students gather in the evening to study or socialize.

On Saturdays and Sundays people line up out the door waiting for a table. It’s an understatement to say the owners of the Union street Diner totally transformed their business in the last three years.

It’s a new year and with it comes a new beginning to recognize the areas that are lacking in our lives. Once we recognize an area in need of change, we can start to make a conscious effort to alter our approach. Jay saw a sinking business that needed a new approach. He had grown another business local to Ithaca, New York that he brought to Athens previous to buying the diner. Utilizing their talents, Jay and Tim brought wonderful change to the Union Street Diner. We can do the same. Every day there are countless opportunites for us to grow, adapt, and evolve into the people that we are destined to be. Stay warm this winter by feeding the fire of your passions and talents.

We can do the same. Every day there are countless opportunities for us to grow, adapt, and evolve into the people that we are destined to be. Stay warm this winter by feeding the fire of your passions and talents.

We’d love to hear your stories of resolutions kept and the big changes you made, or how you turned your business around. You can comment¬†below or contact us if you’d like us to tell your story!