Profile

Delaware is a small state, which makes it easy for people to build reputations — good or bad.

Govatos Chocolates, based in Wilmington,  has a great reputation. Founded in 1894 by a Greek immigrant, the store — which includes a luncheonette — has operated in the same location for more than 100 years.

$10.00

They call the Kentucky Derby “The Run for the Roses,” but the winner gets more than a rose garland and a sizable check at the end of the famous horse race. The owner of the winning horse receives a nearly 2-foot-tall gold trophy.

The trophy was first awarded in 1924, the 50th anniversary of the race. Since that time, just a handful of people have worked on its creation. For 43 years, a single family has been entrusted with making it.

$10.00

Cranberries are a staple of the holiday season — jellied in a can, strung with popcorn, juiced into a sparkling punch.
For the Haines family, the fruit is their bread and butter. The family’s 128-year-old New Jersey farm produces more than 30 million pounds of cranberries annually.

Fourth-generation member Bill Haines Jr., 65, is CEO of Pine Island Cranberry Co. Three of his five children also work in the business.

$10.00

Salt water taffy and caramel popcorn are timeless treats to enjoy on a classic U.S. beach vacation. For more than 100 years, Dolle’s on the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk has been providing these tasty souvenirs and more for tourists and locals.

Rudolph Dolle Sr. and his young son, Rudolph Jr., sought a seaside location for their hand-carved carousel in 1906. They fell in love with Ocean City, and the father bought a property on the boardwalk.

$10.00

Sure, you’ve heard of making lemonade out of lemons. How about making skincare products out of plums?

The Taylor family in California is doing just that. Fourth-generation sisters Jacqueline, Allison and Elaine Taylor wanted to join plum grower Taylor Brothers Farms, but their interests stretched beyond marketing the produce itself.

$10.00

The building at the corner of Caroline and Meigs streets in Rochester, N.Y., has been home to a number of establishments bearing the name “Dicky’s”: Dicky’s Restaurant, Dicky’s Bar and, now, Dicky’s Corner Pub.

Richard “Dicky” Savaggio, the namesake, first opened a restaurant on the first floor in 1949. But the building’s history is far longer.

$10.00

 

Founded 120 years ago, Anthony’s is the oldest business in West Palm Beach, Fla. The retailer, now specializing in women’s apparel, owes its origins to advances in transportation.

A.P. “Gus” Anthony rode James Flagler’s new railroad to its end in Titusville, Fla. There he started a small jewelry counter in 1894. The next year Flagler extended the rails to West Palm Beach. Gus was close behind.

$10.00

At Santa’s Village in Jefferson, N.H., heart takes precedence over facial hair.

$10.00
Print / Download

Right after Stratton and Mary Leopold got married in 1995, they flew to Savannah, Ga., and headed to the Citizens & Southern National Bank.

There, Stratton unlocked a safe deposit box and showed Mary his father's recipe for the ice cream produced at the family business, Leopold's Ice Cream in Savannah.

$10.00
Print / Download

With jobs at Kraft Heinz Co. and Keurig Green Mountain, Chris Droney was carving out a corporate career in supply-chain operations. He hadn't thought about joining his parents at Mt. Lebanon Office Furniture and Interiors in Pittsburgh.

But then he and his wife, Karla, wanted to start a family.

"My work was fulfilling and challenging, but not hitting a chord with balance," says Chris, now 31.

$10.00
Print / Download