Still Family-Owned After Three Decades, Aquarama Grapples With Its Future

In the beginning, Bob Shearer built vinyl liner pools. The vinyl liner pool was to the pool industry what the Volkswagen was to the auto industry: It created an affordable, easy-to-build pool for the middle class.

Still Family-Owned After Three Decades, Aquarama Grapples With Its Future

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After Many Ups—and a Lot of Downs—This Atlanta-Based, Family-Run Company Shows What It Takes to Succeed in Business

Family run businesses require a lot of work, but Aquarama Pools is a story that swims against the tide. The water hasn’t always been calm, but a second and upcoming third generation of Shearer family progeny have managed to weather the effects of stormy seas.

After Many Ups—and a Lot of Downs—This Atlanta-Based, Family-Run Company Shows What It Takes to Succeed in Business

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Detroit’s One True Pop: Faygo and the Future of Fizz

Faygo has been making soft drinks in Detroit since 1907, when, Ben and Perry Feigenson, Russian immigrant brothers and bakers by trade, founded Feigenson Brothers Bottling Works with a handful of drinks based on frosting flavors they’d created. From the esoteric—Cotton Candy, Moon Mist, Jazzin’ Bluesberry—to beloved flagship flavors—Rock n’ Rye, Root beer, Orange, Grape—Faygo is renowned throughout not only Michigan, but also the rest of the Upper Midwest.

Detroit’s One True Pop: Faygo and the Future of Fizz

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Ritani Forges a Trailblazing Path in the “Clicks and Bricks” Space

Expanding your business model isn’t a simple decision. So when Ritani decided to do just that, they turned to Brian Watkins, a retail executive with more than a decade of experience under his belt.

Ritani Forges a Trailblazing Path in the “Clicks and Bricks” Space

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A Thriving Diamond Industry, Hiding in Plain Sight in Midtown Manhattan

With its crowded sidewalks, halal food carts, maze of skyscrapers, and sea of yellow taxicabs, Midtown, Manhattan is a dream setting for anyone looking to be, well, overlooked. But if you look a little closer, you’d be surprised what’s hiding in plain sight.

A Thriving Diamond Industry, Hiding in Plain Sight in Midtown Manhattan

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Working With Bookstores, Sidewalk Lets College Students Rent Textbooks

When Alan Martin was in college, he struggled each semester to pay exceedingly high prices for his textbooks. So he did something about it.

Working With Bookstores, Sidewalk Lets College Students Rent Textbooks

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The Cream of the (Local) Crop: Founding Farmers Brings Local Food to Washington, D.C. Eaters

Each January, the National Restaurant Association releases its predictions on up-and-coming food trends for the year ahead. Based on a survey of 1,300 top chefs, this year’s list cited the use of locally-sourced meats and seafood as the top food trend to look out for, with locally-sourced produce and sustainability rounding out the top three. Serving fresh, local food in a sustainable way is certainly having its moment in the foodie zeitgeist. Yet it’s not a new concept for Farmers Restaurant Group, which made a splash when it opened Founding Farmers, its first restaurant in Washington, D.C. Indeed, sourcing regional fresh foods and promoting sustainability have been top priorities of the restaurant since it opened—and that was nearly six years ago. With the rest of the dining industry just now catching on, the Farmers Restaurant Group has already perfected its formula for quality and consistency. For Founding Farmers, these trends […]

The Cream of the (Local) Crop: Founding Farmers Brings Local Food to Washington, D.C. Eaters

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Pittsburgh International Airport Bets on Fracking to Help Reverse Years of Declining Revenue

In yet another display of Pennsylvania's all-encompassing approach to creating jobs, officials at Pittsburgh International Airport recently announced that they plan on reversing years of declining revenue by opening fracking wells on airport-owned land.

Pittsburgh International Airport Bets on Fracking to Help Reverse Years of Declining Revenue

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