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'Your' Pizza Shop Delivers Awesome Wings to Largo

Trials of business ownership ultimately bring great rewards for Mark Weber, the owner of "Your" Pizza Shop on Pinecrest Golf Course.

In 2001, Mark Weber, owner of “Your” Pizza Shop, heard what he thought was good news.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Store was interested in taking over an abandoned Kash n’ Karry building adjacent to his pizza shop on Ulmerton and Ridge Road. This should bring more customers to him, he assumed.

Weber was correct, but what he hadn’t anticipated was the ensuing turmoil and the years that would pass before things improved. First, he would have to lose his business location and the $25,000 he had just invested in renovations, because Lowe’s wanted Kash n’ Karry and the adjoining building that he was located in.  

Weber was frustrated and angry. He spent six months looking for a new place. It was happenstance that brought him to Pinecrest Golf Course, where he inquired about the space above the Pro Shop. Serendipitously, the golf course was looking for someone to run its 19th hole.  Even though Weber was begrudgingly moving, the location was perfect, with rolling vistas out the back window and views of the water at Taylor Park.

In the decade since, “Your” Pizza Shop has thrived, and Weber can admit that the move ultimately put him in a better spot. “We would have never survived without our customers,” he said. “They have been loyal to us for years and have kept us going.”

“Your” Pizza Shop has great pizza but is known for its wings and was nominated by Patch readers for best wings in Largo. The business, which is a small Ohio franchise, will have its 20-year anniversary in December.

In addition to Weber’s hard work, the franchise connection was invaluable in making the business successful. Weber had no restaurant experience before he opened “Your” Pizza Shop in 1992. The franchise mentored him along the way and supported his ideas, like developing amazing wings using their pressure fried chicken process.

Weber, a former scuba instructor, never imagined he would be two decades into being a restaurant owner.

But life has a way of always surprising you, just like how moving against your will may end up positive, or how an Ohio pizza shop can become one of Largo’s best wing spots.

If You Go

1200 8th Ave SW

727-581-1101, www.​yourpizzashop.​com

Sun - Thu; 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat; 11am - 11pm

Or order online for Delivery, or Take-out. at http://www.yourpizzashop.com/order.

What do you recommend at "Your" Pizza Shop? Post a comment below, or write a review on their Patch directory listing.

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Gregg Halkuff October 10, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Nice Article. It made me hungry.
Gregg Halkuff October 10, 2012 at 05:15 PM
It's now more than a pizza place, but a story of perseverance.
Raider Bill October 10, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Great pizza, wings and, cold beer. Been eating there for years! Mark is a true Gentleman, hard working, witty and always takes care of his Customers. I'm Barrack Obama and I approve this message.
Molly October 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I love learnIng about a new spot to eat!!
Joe October 11, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Golf, wings and beer, I'm in!
Jason Bartolone October 11, 2012 at 01:33 PM
So what's better there, the pizza or the wings?
jessica November 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I have lived in the Largo/Clearwater area for about 5 years now and have never found better delivery! The food is outstanding! They have the BEST GREEK SALAD I have ever tasted. It was so delicious, I accidentally tried to eat the fork!! The pizza here is amazing!! I am a New York style kinda girl -- their's is the best I've had in all of Florida! Their customer service is friendly and prompt. Out of all the companies I have had deliver to my home, none have been kinder, more attentive, or helpful. I was a little confused using their online ordering (their system is very clear and easy to use, I just couldn't find an item I was searching for), and when I called to ask a few questions, they took the time right away -- never put me on hold -- to make sure I understood what I was doing and ordering the correct food products. The only thing I regret is that I can't remember the man's name who helped me. I would like to personally thank him for the service and food he provides.
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