Every month we are going to Spotlight a small business here in Lenawee County. To make it even MORE fun, we're giving away a $100 Visa gift card. All you have to do is go to our Facebook page, read this months Spotlight article either here or on Facebook, like it and share it. Your name will be put in a box for the drawing on March 29, 2019. Good luck everybody!
Spotlight On Len County
So, if you’re like me and have driven by the Gizzard Shack at 440 E. Beecher and thought, I don’t like gizzards, you’re not alone. But wait! it’s so much more than that.
Owner Brenda Seegert’s passion for food started when she was little, when she used to help her mom in the kitchen feeding their 7 family members. At age 14, she got her first job as a waitress and worked her way into the kitchen. After a short time, she knew that cooking great food for other people had become her passion. Throughout much of her adult life, she worked as the manager of several restaurants in Florida and Michigan as well as doing a stint in Marketing. She owned a food truck where truck drivers would call in their order over the CB radio, and she’d have their scrumptious delights ready when they arrived. She quickly became known as “Biscuit Babes” for the tender, hot and hardy sausage gravy and buttermilk biscuits her customers would order; all made from scratch!
Twelve years this July, Brenda had an opportunity to buy the building she is now in and decided to open her own place at the corner of E. Beecher and Center St.. Gizzards aren’t the only thing she specializes in; although she goes through 40 to 60 lbs per week. She has breakfast burritos, sloppy joes, Juicy Bubba Cheeseburgers, taco salad, soup, enchilada dinners, chicken tenders and loaded nachos supreme, to name a few. She makes homemade desserts such as pies, cookies and pineapple upside down cake that are to die for! Her salsa, which is her secret recipe, is the best I have ever had in my life; hands down, with just a hint of heat. She makes homemade chips and sells her salsa by the jar and her chips by the gallon bag. She says, “trial and error” is how she perfected all of her recipes.
I asked her what she would tell new entrepreneurs just starting out and she explained, “you’ll make a lot of mistakes along the way, but don’t ever give up”. I asked her if there were any beliefs she lived by and she replied, “being a good person to everyone I meet and the returns are 10-fold. Karma takes care of the others”. She’s hoping to take her food on the road this summer with the purchase of a new food truck.
Although Brenda works tirelessly throughout the week so that our pallets may be satisfied, she always has this aura of warmth and positive energy that surrounds her at all times. When I asked her what her biggest enjoyment is, she replied, “when I hear how much my customers love my food”. She aims to please and she does it well. Gizzard Shack is open 6 days a week, has a drive-thru window in the back, and they also do catering.