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Mayville Deli Going Strong Despite Economy

October 22, 2009
By S. Alexander Gerould

MAYVILLE – The phone rings and the voice sounds very familiar to Dave Einink.

“Dave, this is Mike,” the caller says. “Put me in a sandwich.”

That’s one of the best parts of Einink’s job. The owner of May’s Deli in Mayville, Einink said he’s gotten to know people well enough and has formed strong relationships to know exactly what type of sub, salad or wrap his customers want.

“We’ve had a pretty good year. It’s been real good,” Einink said while taking a break. “No complaints. Summers are good as always and local business has been really strong.”

Owning a deli wasn’t something Einink saw himself doing. Three years ago, he was working elsewhere when tragedy struck – he lost his job.

“Almost three years ago … I had lost my job and decided that I would try something new, and it was good time to do it,” Einink said. “So, we started it (the deli) and here we are almost three years later.”

With the help of his wife during her lunch breaks and the children during the summer, May’s Deli serves a variety of salads, pizzas, subs and wraps. The business also features a full deli with an assortment of deli meats and cheeses, as well as t-shirts, sweatshirts, local jewelry, souvenirs and other knick-knacks. The deli is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“You’re not here just 10 to 7,” Einink said. “I’m here at 7 every morning. Whatever needs to be done, I’ve got to do it. That’s the big thing. There’s nobody else to rely on.”

And even with a faulty economy, Einink believes he has the right business plan to be successful.

“We’re ahead of pace from last year,” he said. “Everybody’s got to eat, and they want to eat cheap and good. That’s our target.”

May’s Deli, located at 69 S. Erie St., Mayville, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. A full deli, the shop also features a variety of subs, sandwiches, salads, wraps and pizzas, as well as souvenirs from the region. The business can be reached by calling 753-2600.

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Dave Einink, owner of May’s Deli in Mayville, stands behind the deli counter at his business. The deli features a variety of sandwichs, salads, pizzas and other items.



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