For John and Emily Smith, the husband-and-wife owners of the successful EmJ’s Café in Berwyn, losing their previous jobs around the same time turned out to be a blessing in disguise, writes Ray Hoffman for Main Line Media News.
Following John’s layoff after more than two decades with Toll Brothers, and the winding down of Emily’s role as director of children’s programs and camps at the Kaiserman JCC, the two found themselves at a crossroads.
With five children, they realized they wanted to start their own business to spend more time with their family.
That is when they heard about a café for sale in the heart of Berwyn.
“We didn’t know anything about the restaurant business,” said Emily, “but we both love food, and we thought that it was worth looking at.”
After a meeting with the owner, they decided to go for it.
The risk has paid off. Today, the café employs 15 people and is open seven days a week. John manages the “back of the house,” while Emily manages the front, dealing with customers.
Read more about EmJ’s Cafe from Main Line Media News here.