We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark & Jordan LaValle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark & Jordan, can you talk us a bit about why you love what you do?
We love to entertain, We get inspired by conceptualizing a space and concept, and then bringing that space and concept to life. With Hatch we have been able to bring an extension of ourselves into the overall atmosphere and invite our guests into a space that feels so personal as if you were walking into our home. From the decor, to music, the food and even down to the staffs personalities it is truly everything that we love about hospitality. The customers comforting smile and gratitude about what we have created is the ultimate reward.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Hatch Cafe and Market is something that has been in the back of our minds for a long time. The ability to create a space that is an extension of who we are means the world to us. To bring food, decor, music and customers together seamlessly is not an easy task but when it works, it is one of the most rewarding feelings. Hard work, and understanding of your communities needs and drive to keep delivering a consistent package, that is the key to success. Within the first year of business, my wife and partner Jordy became very ill and had to have major surgery. Then within weeks after she healed we got pregnant and literally the day after we found out our community had one of the worst fires in California history and Woolsey had not only a major impact on our business but our neighborhood. Once we overcame all that, our son was born then both Jordy’s parents passed within 5 weeks of Wolfe’s (our sons) birth. As we are just coming up for air we are now faced with a pandemic and once again have to adjust our business accordingly… so no it was not and is not easy. Nothing is ever easy, so work hard, be dedicated to your dreams, you find perseverance and of course you must have patience and remember everything happens when and how it is supposed to. Our community rallied around us, then and now and we just had to keep our eye on the prize and keep chugging along.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
As we live in Agoura Hills our list might be slightly different than if we lived on the West side. Old Place for a meal Hit the Little Zuma in Malibu Moody Rooster for dinner Ojai for several days (maybe Ojai Valley inn and Resort) Montecito for some ice cream at McConnells.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people to thank, from our teachers growing up, to our first bosses when we started working, and of course our parents for their endless dedication to raising us and allowing us to make mistakes and learn from them. But most recently it is the community and people we are surrounded by that inspire us to do what we do everyday.
Yelp: HATCH CAFE AND MARKET
Other: ALL THESE SHOULD BE VERIFIED. :)_