Continuing its tradition, the Original Oyster House restaurants & Geez Louise Boutique closed the Sunday after Labor Day on September 11, 2016, for its 29th Annual Employee Appreciation Picnic. Employees of the Original Oyster House and Geez Louise Boutique and their immediate families were treated to a family day at Waterville USA in Gulf Shores, Ala.

This year’s picnic was full of surprises. Along with door prizes donated by Buffalo Rock, Carmike Cinemas, Wild Native, Alabama Paddlesports, Waterville, the Factory, Geez Louise Boutique, Colonial Life and Zebra Marketing, there were (five) $500 drawings for perfect-attendance, a delicious lunch, Waterville USA adventure and a team-building Human Foosball Tournament. 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 the $500 drawing of employees with perfect attendance for four months consecutively or greater. The winners of $500 are Karen Payton of Geez Louise Boutique, Gulf Shores, Lindsey McNeil and Michael Huskey of the Original Oyster House, Gulf Shores and Roderick Marks and Gaynell Ducote of the Original Oyster House, Mobile.

The inaugural Gulf Shores versus Mobile Causeway Human Foosball Tournament included 14 teams, coached by corresponding managers, who competed for the finals in single elimination games. Tom Brady of the Mobile Causeway, coached by John Braswell, claimed the Olympic gold oyster medal, while Breaking Glass and Taking Names, coached by April Glass, also of the Mobile Causeway took silver. The Gulf Shores Bud-n-hammers, coached by Bud Morris, came up short in the finals but managed a bronze oyster medal.

“We have the best employees in the world because we attract and retain great people who align with our core values. From the managers to the back of the house employees, our staff live and exemplify the company core values: Family Friendly; Integrity; Spiritual; Honest; Helping (F.I.S.H.H.). Our employee appreciation day is 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 2016 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.

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Sheila Hare, David Dekle, Gaynell Ducote, Joe & Mary Lou Rozskowski

Gaynell Ducote won $500 for perfect attendance at the Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway. She also won the 2015 employee of the year this past December. Missing – Roderick Marks & Karen Payton.

Hr Manager, Lindsey McNeil, Joe Roszkowski, David Dekle, Michael Huskey.

Pictured winning $500 at employee appreciation day at Waterville USA are from left are Sheila Hare, human resources manager, winner Lindsey McNeil, Joe Roszkowski and David Dekle, co-owners of the Original Oyster House and winner Michael Huskey.

Winners Kelly Risk, Josh Roszkowski, Conner Moore, Michael Wenzel, Philip Bego, John Braswell and Robert Munger.

Kelly Risk, the tournament organizer with the winning team who proudly wear their Olympic gold oyster medals Josh Roszkowski, Conner Moore, Michael Wenzel, Philip Bego, John Braswell and Robert Munger.