Construction Worker Puts Down Hammer And Picks Up Tongs

After the construction business took a tumble, one business owner decided to open his own hot dog stand for extra income



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Mark Scott doles out hot dogs weekdays in front of Ace Hardware.

When Mark Scott’s construction business hit the skids along with the economy, he did what any business person would do — he opened a hot dog stand.

Now Monday through Friday you can find Scott dolling out the dogs and sauerkraut in front of Ace Hardware at M&B’s Hot Dog stand.

Before hot dogs, Scott owned and operated Moose Capital Woodworks for 17 years in northern Colorado.

He relocated the business to Payson last summer and saw business plummet, thanks in part to the recession.

Realizing he needed to make money another way, Scott looked into starting a home-based business.

After researching several options, Scott settled on the idea of a hot dog stand.

“It was easy to get into, but I won’t necessarily get rich off it,” he said.

Scott’s timing to enter the hot dog business was perfect.

A woman who had operated a similar cart in front of Ace had left several months earlier, selling the business off to a couple. Then the couple threw in the towel on the cart in the spring and moved on.

This left Scott with the perfect opportunity to make his move. He bought a cart, got a state food handlers license and set up shop with hot dogs, brats, polish sausages and Cajun sausages.

Scott said he enjoys the work and people are starting to come back as they get used to him.

For toppings, Scott offers chili, onion, jalapeno, sauerkraut and condiments and he serves the dogs on fresh buns from Bashas’.

When not at the stand, Scott does construction jobs. For more information about Moose Capital Woodworks, call Scott at (928) 951-4658.


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