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The Sausageman Story

    When I was a child I never could have guessed that I would be selling sausage for a living, much less loving every minute of it. I was an athlete my whole life, playing soccer at Mount Rainier High School before playing collegiate soccer at two different universities. My love of the game took me to Ecuador, Peru, and Germany to play on international teams before a back injury at age 26 cut my soccer career short.

    Without the sport I loved, I needed to find something else that could challenge and fulfill me. Learning to sail was my next big passion, which allowed me to test my limits by sailing from Europe to Barbados as part of my journey home to Seattle.

Selling sausage, like many great things, began out of necessity; when I arrived back in my hometown I needed a job. A friend had sold sausage as a temporary job and gave me his connections so I could get started. I began by selling summer sausage door-to-door, entering barbershops, gas stations, really anywhere with a door. I loved the challenge of making connections that led into sales, but something in my pitch wasn’t working. One afternoon, I decided to try something a little different: I walked in the door and proudly declared “Hi, I’m Dan the Sausageman!” People laughed and wanted to know more, so Dan the Sausageman was born!

    For the first several years I was told, “You can’t sell sausage for your entire life!” I knew I likely got this response because I was doing it all out of the back of my ’73 Dodge Dart, but I was doing what I loved so instead of giving up I decided to grow.

    I opened up a small storefront in Seahurst, WA to offer more gourmet delicacies to my customers as well as gift boxes for their milestones. My mother Chirlee helped run the shop for the 8 years it was in Seahurst, and continued to help after we moved to the Tin Building in Burien, WA.

    Over my 34 years in business I have been challenged, inspired, and surprised by just how much growing there is to do. My business has weathered the rise of online shopping, recessions, a pandemic, and I’m sure there are many challenges yet to come. But family, drive, and my competitive spirit have always helped me navigate the rough waters.

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2018 Small Business Person of the Year
for Washington State
Seattle Refined Highlight
Key Bank Grant Winner

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