Thursday, May 30th, 2019 A few months ago, we opened a can of worms. We brought attention to the fact that the restaurant industry is not currently set up to benefit all restaurant workers. At Short Stack, we have taken steps to move towards a structure that is more fair and equitable to our employees. For example, we don’t pay our Front of House employees a typical servers wage (2.33/hour + tips). Our starting wage for every employee is above […]

Tell me about the mission and vision of Wheels for Winners.   Wheels has been in the Madison community for 27 years as an organization to get bikes into the community and to get people on those bikes. Over the years, we have become increasingly mindful of our obligation to the community and our role within it. Providing bikes to people is important, but only if the people earning the bikes think it important. We have been making an effort […]

Back in February, Madison voted in the Wisconsin Spring Primary election. Now it’s time to seal the deal with the Spring Election! There’s a lot of confusing information around voting, so we’ve compiled this list of resources to help you ensure your voice is heard! Here’s what will be on the ballot for those of us living in Downtown Madison: Justice of the Supreme Court Court of Appeals Judge District 4 Dane County Circuit Court Judge Branch 16 Madison Mayor […]

By now, it seems that most people have gotten the memo that recycling is a small, seemingly simple waste-reducing favor we can do for our Earth. Unfortunately, there are misunderstandings and difficulties abound in the world of recycling. The best of intentions can be futile if you don’t adhere to under-publicized requirements of recycling. We compiled some helpful information for you to reference to help you recycle as effectively as possible! Each city handles recycling a little bit differently, so […]

Today isn’t just any old Tuesday… It’s the SPRING PRIMARY! We’re all about civic engagement here at Short Stack, and we want to encourage everyone to get out there and exercise your right to vote. Now, primaries tend to not get as much buzz or turn out as other elections. Your voice matters NOW — don’t wait to show up and make your voice heard, you have a great opportunity to do so this Tuesday. Here’s what will be on […]

The youth of today are our leaders tomorrow. At Short Stack, we firmly believe that it is absolutely critical to empower youth with the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to be a force for good in their world. That’s why we love GSAFE so much — they do just that for LGBTQA+ youth in Wisconsin. Andrea, our Director of Sustainability, had the opportunity to chat with Brain J. from GSAFE about their mission and impact on the greater Wisconsin school […]

For the third year in a row, we are so proud to support, partner with, and learn from Sustain Dane. We’re amazed by their huge amount and array of programming and stand by their community-first approach to sustainability. I got to catch up with Jessie Lerner of Sustain Dane to learn the ins and outs of what Sustain Dane has going on right now — read below to find out! Tell me about the history and mission of Sustain Dane? […]

Crazy Al here. I am an owner of Short Stack. Couldn’t sit this conversation out. So here are my thoughts on this fine Saturday morning. Exactly what we wanted to happen is happening. People are talking about this. People are pissed, confused, and simply tired of the pay inequity bullshit that exists in our country. But nonetheless, people are talking. This is step one of lots and lots of steps towards action. I welcome the online (or in person-hit me […]

Working in the restaurant industry often means working long hours, smiling through sometimes negative customer encounters, and providing excellent service in hopes that customers decide to tip appropriately or even generously. Many servers in traditional restaurants make as low as $2.33 per hour from their employer — and the rest is expected to be made up in tips. Serving is far from an easy job, and compensation is dependent on customers who might not be aware of just how crucial […]

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