Louis Barson has been involved in the family food business of delicatessens and catering for more than 30 years. Louis attended Lower Merion schools graduating from Harriton High School in 1984. He was a finance major at New York University and then transferred back home to start work in the family business, graduating in 1989 from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.
In 1990, Louis purchased Hymie’s Deli from his father and his partner, determining to grow the business by establishing a different business model. Since then, sales have increased over 300% due in part to Louis’s deep involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business from the front of the house to purchasing and staffing. Louis also recognized the need to provide office buildings and workers in locations not close to restaurants with access to good and reasonably priced food so he pioneered the concept of starting office building “cafes.” Since 1993, he has designed and built over 35 cafe operations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. At present, Louis owns and operates 9 cafes in office buildings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Louis Barson employs more than 100 people in his different businesses and is proud of the loyalty he has received from his employees because of his commitment to treating all of them in a fair and respectful manner.
Louis Barson’s many interests extend to his deep passion for scuba diving. Louis has been an avid scuba diver and instructor, cave diver, rebreather diver and deep wreck diver. From 2005 to 2011, Louis and friends ran a local dive shop, teaching diving courses there but also helping people understand how scuba diving affects one’s understanding of nature by instilling a lifelong respect for the sea. Louis considers himself a committed environmentalist and, along with his family, wife Danielle and two daughters, hikes, skis and camps.
Louis is also very involved with his community, both with various charities and with civic issues. He and his wife have been honored for their work at the Ronald McDonald House and are supporters of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Foundation, Public Citizens For Children & Youth (PCCY), the Narberth Community Theater, the National Kidney Foundation, the Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail and many other organizations. He also supports his local civic associations and received “Neighbor of the Year” award in 2013.