If bob jumps off a bridge, are you going to?

This morning on the way to drop my son off at school – we were talking about only worrying about ourselves and doing our best. I think all adults would agree this is a good thing to practice as a kid. He’s in 2nd grade and like many kids his age – he’s noticing that…

"We never once thought of doing what everybody else is doing"

Kimberly Shingledecker started Pies & Pints along with partner David Bailey in Fayetteville, WV in 2003 in the basement of a house. By 2005 they had two-hour waits and needed to buy a building with more space. The growth hasn’t slowed down much since, and today they have nine locations. When I interviewed her for…

"Necessity is where creativity thrives"

Angela Salamanca came to the U.S. from Colombia, South America in 1993 as a 17-year-old rent high school graduate. She went to work for her uncle, who owned a popular Mexican restaurant in Raleigh, N.C. By 2007, she was planning the opening of a new restaurant with that same uncle, when he suddenly left the…

Why we don’t hope our videos will "go viral"

Recently a friend paid a nice complement to our “people of indie restaurants” video series. He told me the videos are fantastic, and asked why we don’t have a YouTube channel for them. “Wil, I could just see tens of thousands of people watching those videos. They could go viral!” The funny thing is, that’s…

"Our goal wasn’t to be wealthy"

We’re working on our second book, and one of the interviews is with Van Nolintha, owner of Bida Manda, a Laotian restaurant in Raleigh, N.C. Here’s an exchange that has stuck with me since he and I spoke last May… It’s well-known in Raleigh that the level of hospitality at Bida Manda is phenomenal. What…