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Sunday Spotlight: Toni Kaminski Czeczok- Mickey’s Pizza & Subs

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Happy Sunday everyone! Time for another Sunday Spotlight! I love doing this feature, and it continues to get great views and reviews from our readers. I think people like reading about other people, especially people in their own community. Do you know of a local lady in business that could benefit from some great local promotion? Please send her our way and she just might be our next Sunday Spotlight gal!

This week it is my pleasure to introduce you to Toni Czeczok from Mickey’s Pizza & Subs in Brainerd. She is the 2nd generation owner of Mickey’s Pizza & Subs. You know a restaurant has great food when it’s been open for over 30 years!  Have you stopped by their website to see what the Pizza of the Month is? They offer delicious soups, subs, and pizza. Mickey’s has also been involved in community fundraiser’s and events.


Tell us about your business. When did you start and how long you’ve been in business too.
Mickey’s Pizza & Subs was started by my parents Mickey and Pat Kaminski 1/15/82.  My three younger sisters and I worked in the business on and off while we were in high school and college.  After I got married, my husband Jim stopped in one day to pick something up and my dad put him to work since someone called in sick.  That was in 1985.   Jim has been there ever since.  We bought my mom and dad out in June 2006 so they could retire and that is when I quit my job and started running the business full-time with Jim.

Share what attracted you to this business, and what you like most about it. 

When my mom and dad opened this business, we always knew that one of us would be buying them out and taking it over.  The original plan was for Jim and myself along with one of my sisters and her husband to do that but things changed for them.  What I like most about this business is that I get a good mix of customer/people interaction along with my share of more challenging tasks like the food costing, labor costing, looking at our financial reports etc.  People coming in to get something to eat are pretty much always in a good mood so it’s nice to see smiling faces most of the day.

 What has been your biggest business challenge with your business thus far?

CompetitionWithin the past three years four national competitors have opened up within five miles of us.  We don’t have the money to run TV ad campaigns or anything fancy so we rely on our quality food, great customer service and commitment to the community to do the talking for us.

Which one your products (or services) are you favorite and why?

I love our Beer Cheese soup, Taco Pizza with nacho cheese, Doritos and lettuce on it along with a chicken wrap with our homemade southwest ranch dressing on it.

Tell us about your family.

Jim and I have been married 29 year and we have a son, Jack who is married and lives in Eagen, MN and also have a 16 year daughter Grace who keeps us busy and feeling young!  We have two grandchildren, Carter and Emmy and three dogs.  A Black Lab named Coconut, a Jack Russell named Eddie and a Pug named Mr. Big

What advice do you want to share for moms/women in business?

Follow your intuitionNobody knows your business better than you do so follow your intuition and don’t be afraid to take a risk.  I have had many successes and failures in my working career but so far I haven’t had the regret of not trying something and then wondering what could have been.
Name a personal quirk you wish you didn’t have (interrupting, eye rolling, etc.)

I’m a huge multi-tasker at work.  I’m always listening with one ear, looking with one eye and while doing two or three other things.  I love the rush of getting a ton of things done but it’s not necessarily the best way to approach work.

What do you or your family do for fun and recreation.

I like to golf, ride my bike and am on a curling league in the Winter.  Lounging in a lake with family and friends is always fun too!  I love to travel and have taken several “Mystery Trips” along with a lot of other fun, adventurous trips with family and friends.
If you could do anything for a living, and money was no object, what would you do?

I would love to be a meeting planner/travel scout.  Travel to all sorts of different destinations worldwide for a large corporation and plan their outings and meetings.

 If you could “bust out” and do ONE crazy thing in your lifetime (with no consequences) what would that be?

Take two years off of work and travel the USA in an RV and visit every state.


Thank you Toni!

Here’s Toni’s Contact info:

Mickey’s Pizza & Subs
417 South 5th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401