Grit, guts, and giving a sh*t
“Behind our favorite local businesses are people taking risks, overcoming challenges, and staying true to themselves in the process. Their stories need to be told.”
Meet the business owners
Fuzzy Goat is a knitting boutique based in Thomasville, Georgia, where it sells artisan yarns from women makers around the world. For owner and former academic Cadence Kidwell, it’s a third act. She took a leap of faith and left all her comforts behind to build her own small business in a new small town — and in doing so, she’s built up an entire community.
Ashley and Rick Ortiz,
A long-time favorite among Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bridgeport neighborhoods, Antique Taco serves up fresh tacos and margaritas made from locally sourced ingredients — along with a curated vintage vibe. With Antique Taco, Ashley and Rick are bringing together their family, their work, and their two greatest passions. Not to mention, a damn good taco.
Based in Rupert, Idaho, Omega Roofing runs on the motto: Treat every house like it’s your parent’s house. Co-owner Zachary Sayles learned the trade from his father and uncles. As a new dad and first-time entrepreneur, he has big plans to grow Omega into Idaho’s biggest roofing business — and one day pass it on to his daughter.
Christine Ha and John Suh, The Blind Goat
The Blind Goat and Xin Chao specialize in Vietnamese street food with a Texas flare. The child of Vietnamese refugees, Ha is best-known for being the blind winner of MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay in 2012. Never ones to back away from a challenge, Christine and John opened Xin Chao in the middle of the COVID pandemic — all while adapting to keep The Blind Goat open and thriving at the same time.
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