We started back in 1947 in Detroit, MI. My grandfather Andrew Gaffka built the first Gaff's Quality Meat with his own hands along with some help from his family. He was the father of five children who throughout the years all got involved with the family business one way or another. He eventually migrated to Taylor, MI and then eventually all the way down to Florida.
I (his grandson) had the privilege to work along side our founder at our Port Orange store which is being ran by my father Bruce and my uncle Steve. Between the two of them I learned my way around the business. I learned how to cut meat, manage a staff and run a store no doubt things they learned of my grandfather. I can recall times where I was just a kid doing homework back in the office while my father worked, he asked me if I wanted to make some money. Like all young children I jumped at the opportunity to make some extra money. I'd get tasks like go organize the shelfs or clean some dishes and I'd be paid a little bit. As I grew so did the task and I remember a pivotal moment growing up when It was time to be trained to actually work. The days of half doing things as a child does were over. My father said to me "Brian, I can pay you per task or I can pay you per hour." I recall a remark along the lines of I was being paid per task until it was cheaper for him to pay me per hour. from that time on I learned how to not just clock in and burn a clock but how to work. From my uncle Steve I can say I learned how to present the steaks I cut and how to make sausage. I can think of many times throughout the years him calling me to the side to inform me our standards or more directly how I failed to meet them as we all do when learning. To those I am teaching, you can blame him for me being so hard on you. To the customers enjoying, you can thank him for teaching that level of excellence.
In 2019 Allyson, Craig, Candice, Steve, Shiloh and I ventured off to Deland to start our own chapter in this ever growing story of the butcher shop we call Gaff's Meat. Just like before, we went and build it with our own hands. This has merely been a snippet of the story but you can ask any of us and we all have stories about the butcher shop as do all of my predecessors. So stop by say hi and treat yourself to the best butcher shop around.
P.S. sorry I couldn't find a photo with all of us Candice, Steve and Uncle Steve.
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