Strathisla Café is a chip shop which is located on Regent St in Keith and has been owned by the current owners since 1994. It is open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm and Sun 1pm-10pm. I very much enjoyed my interviews with Kaysha and Sally from Strathisla Café in Keith because they were very enthusiastic, confident and insightful about the food industry.
Sally has worked as the Manageress of the chip shop for over seven years now; her job means that she has to oversee the day to day running of the shop. When Sally’s not working, she believes the best thing to do is meet up with her family or go out for a nice meal. If Sally could do any job in the world, she said that she would like to be a Children’s Nurse otherwise known as paediatric nurses because she likes the idea of helping children of all ages to get better.
Kaysha has been a Part-time Fryer for over six years; her job includes anything from frying to looking after younger members of staff to cleaning. Kaysha has always known that she wanted to be an architect. When she’s not working at the chippy, she goes to university twice a week to study Architectural Technology as well as having a part-time job at the bakers and being in charge of their Facebook page.
After speaking to Sally and Kaysha about the personal sides of things I asked them a few questions about the café. They said that the most popular things they sell in the shop and café are probably the fish, fillets and most importantly the chips. Sally and Kaysha both believe that the food industry plays an important part in Moray because everyone has such busy lifestyles, it’s good for meeting people and most people eat out nowadays.
The busiest times are probably at weekends, Fri-Sun around six-ish because that’s usually around about the time most people finish work or are out as a family. It is good that local businesses employ local people because it means that people are more likely to stay in the local area instead of moving away. It also allows teenagers that are in school to get a real-life experience of what it’s like to have a job and earn money for their self’s even if it just part time.