Continuing its tradition, the Original Oyster House restaurants & Geez Louise Boutique closed the Sunday after Labor Day on September 13, 2015, for its 28th Annual Employee Appreciation Picnic. Employees of the Original Oyster House and Geez Louise Boutique and their immediate families were treated to perfect weather and a family day at Waterville USA in Gulf Shores, Ala.

This year’s picnic provided some fun surprises including the opportunity to dunk management, a great lunch and lots of door prizes donated by Buffalo Rock, Academy Sports, Craft Farms, Backcountry Trails, Compass Media, Delta Safaris, Alabama Paddlesports, Zebra Marketing, BCBS of AL, Waterville USA and Geez Louise Boutique. But the big moment wasn’t a surprise for the employees as Sheila Hare, Superb Foods/Original Oyster House human resource manager, implemented a reward incentive for employees who strove for perfect attendance. After one month of perfect attendance, staff would receive lunch. As the months increased, the incentives grew bigger until they culminated in a $500 drawing for those with perfect attendance for four months consecutively or greater. Management drew five individual winners of $500 each from the perfect attendance pool that included Karen Taubel, Billy Bivens, Anthony Salvo, Jayne Brooks and Chasity Denney.

“We have the best employees in the world because we attract and retain great people who align with our core values. From the owners to the new employee washing dishes or bussing tables, our employees live and exemplify the company core values: Family Friendly; Integrity; Spiritual; Honest; Helping (F.I.S.H.H.). Our employee appreciation day was a great opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work, to celebrate team spirit and reward staff members who strive to exceed our guests’ expectations every day and go above and beyond,” stated Hare.

The Original Oyster House has become the “must-go-to” place for great fresh Gulf seafood, service and southern hospitality and for its panoramic waterfront sunsets. A top-spot for hand-shucked and fire-grilled oysters, the Original Oyster House has also become legendary for its homemade gumbo, cheesy grits with blackened shrimp, as well as handcrafted desserts including its famous Peanut Butter Pie. Patrons, employees and children are welcomed as family. Known as an employer of choice, The Original Oyster House has long-time, loyal employees who value family, integrity and great service. Consistently earning high marks in customer satisfaction, the Original Oyster House’s mission is to exceed customer’s expectations and received the 2015 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.

The Original Oyster House (OOH) has two locations, Mobile: 3733 Battleship Parkway, on the Causeway and Gulf Shores: 701 Hwy 59 on the Original Oyster House Boardwalk. Both locations offer spectacular waterfront views and have been celebrated as the area’s finest family restaurants for the past 30 years. The Original Oyster House is managed by Superb Foods, a management company of Geez Louise Boutique, OOH Trading Company and Joe & Dave’s Sauces and Seasonings. For more information about the Original Oyster House, visit or call 251-928-2620.

Billy Bivens

Billy Bivens was one of the winners of $500 for his perfect attendance at the Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway. Pictured from left are Sheila Hare, Winner Billy Bivens and Norm Abrams.

Pictured at employee appreciation day

Pictured at employee appreciation day at Waterville USA are from left are David Dekle, Winner Anthony Salvo, Allen Hastings and Joe Roskowski.

Jane Brooks

Winner Jane Brooks (center) is pictured with Allen Hastings and Sheila Hare at this year’s Employee Picnic