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Indie Innovators

Indie Innovators

MICHAEL LAWSON

“Evaluate your menu and ask: What are the weakest items? Use ingredients that can be applied to multiple menu items, such as tomatoes for sauces/salsa, burgers and sausage. Our chili is homemade, and ...

Indie Innovators

RAHIM BUDHWANI

“With local networking, establish a strong and ongoing line of communication with county and local people (elected and law  enforcement). I make sure that city mayors (in the counties they ...

“Perishable products—fruits and vegetables—are a destination category. We allocate 150 square feet to 100% locally grown organics, with 30 different fruits and vegetables in all. We ...

"The ongoing challenge of keeping an organic soda fountain program maintained is actually rectified with YouTube videos, where you can fix anything. We started off not knowing anything about the machi...

“We get many one-time visitors passing through. Recognizing where each comes from and welcoming them makes customers feel special. All employees try to learn a simple phrase or word in multiple langua...

“When we opened our first location in 2009, we received a consensus that what we were doing would only fly in Los Angeles. At that time, investing in certified organic and natural ingredients wh...

As a child, Rachel Krupa loved going to convenience stores for candy and popsicles. As she grew up and her tastes evolved along healthier lines, she could never find the products that met her needs. R...

Paul Allen, founder and general manager of the Farm 2 Counter convenience store in Springfield, Mo., is not a typical c-store operator. He’s not really a c-store operator at all. He’s a ya...

Rafael Ilishayev and Yakir Gola were mere college students at Drexel University in Philadelphia when they noticed the flaws in everyday c-stores.“[The stores] left a lot to be desired,” Il...

Each generation attempts to improve upon the accomplishments of those that preceded it. For Kelli Jackson, this meant taking the corner store that her father ran for 25 years and evolving it to meet t...

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