"Small businesses provide the feeling that a real person is behind it all, someone who cares more about giving us a quality product or service, over just taking our hard-earned dollars." Annia Bukhman
I'm asked by strangers who is Pat? There really is a person (me) behind Pat's Granola. Sometimes folks seem genuinely surprised. Why would a business be named eponymously, after all?
Heres answers to some FAQs about Pat:
How’d you come up with the name of your business?
I initially didn’t want to call the business Pat’s Granola. Thought long and hard about coming up with something clever or catchy. Vetted hundreds of names and ultimately decided that my granola should be named after me. The more I worked at finding the “right” name, the more Pat’s Granola felt right.
You’re not from the Midwest, are you? You've got a funny accent.
I was born and raised in New York. And yes, my “accent” as it’s been referred to “sounds like you’re from New York.”
How do you like Cleveland? After all, its not New York.
Other than college, I’ve not lived outside of New York. The prospect of moving to a new city intrigued and scared me. However, once a decision was made, I leaned right in and haven’t looked back. I’ve traveled to many places in Ohio and am open to exploring enjoying the contrast of life in the city as well as small towns and villages. I’ve managed to strike up conversations with some unlikely people and learn so much about other human beings. I bloom where planted.
Was it hard to start a business, at your age?
At my age…I just smile. Read more: So Why Did Pat Start a Food Business
Do you know how to cook? Can you make foods other than granola?
Yes, I really do know how to cook and bake. And, I am a scratch made cook, which is the way I was taught.
Pat Bennett is the founder and President of Pat's Granola, a Cleveland food and lifestyle company.
Pat's Granola is sold online at www.patsgranola.com and is also available at several Northeast Ohio businesses including:
Troubadour Coffee Roasters www.troubadourcoffeeroasters.com
Sports and Spine Physical Therapy www.sportspine.com
Local Flavors Shoppe www.localflavors.net
Rittman Orchards and Farm Market www.rittmanorchards.com
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport www.clevelandairport.com
Locle Box www.loclebox.com
Made Cleveland www.madecleveland.com
Mister Brisket www.misterbrisket.com
Nature's Oasis Lakewood www.naturesoasis.com
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Hear Pat's story on Food Founders Podcast.
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