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SEP-OCT 2017

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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18 R E A D U S O N L I N E A T W W W . C I T Y S O C I A L . C O M If you told Bradley Sanchez five years ago that he'd be living in Baton Rouge, owning two restaurants, he'd have told you "you're crazy!" Sanchez grew up with entrepreneurial parents in the national franchise industry, but always had a passion for working in the arts. He pursued that passion through his arts administration degree at LSU and, ultimately, landed his dream job in New York City in the marketing department for a major theatre company – marketing more than 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions in three years. Circumstances led Bradley back to Baton Rouge where he spent a year working for a national gaming company before he made the jump to full-fledged entrepreneur with the opening of The Salad Shop on Perkins Road in late 2013. He used his upbringing in the franchise industry to develop operational processes, marketing experience to cultivate a true brand and experience and his desire for healthy dining in a quick, casual setting to build the concept. "I wasn't sure if Baton Rouge was ready for a concept solely focused on salads and healthy options. However, I could not have been more surprised when we opened the doors and received a tremendous reception to our concept. Our restaurant is unique in that we have a very specific focus. Yes, we offer wraps, pasta and grains, but the focus is, and will always be, delivering the best salad possible." Because of a high demand for its products, The Salad Shop opened a second location on Coursey Boulevard in late 2015. Two years after opening the second location, Sanchez has been able to extend his reach by working in varying capacities with organizations such as City Year Baton Rouge, LSU Theatre, Swine Palace, LSU Museum of Art and the business technology firm, ShareVista. "I love Baton Rouge and I love the ability to really make an impact. Here, I have the opportunities I may not have were I still living in New York City." As for what's next for Sanchez: "I'm interested in a diverse portfolio of experiences. I have a few developments in the works, including expansion of The Salad Shop." Leadership Profile: Bradley Sanchez Photos by Collin Richie

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