- A Northwood Retail Podcast -

Backstory Beginnings

Short Business Origin Stories, Big Takeaways

Listen and be inspired by the incredible stories of homegrown creators, movers, and shakers, who are making their mark with meaningful missions, fresh fashions, and next-level sips and bites. Snag pearls of wisdom from visionary founders and leaders.

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Founder Jeni Britton Bauer shares the start of her ice cream shops, the intersection of art and entrepreneurship, consistency, and creating a Lord of the Rings fellowship.

Founder and CEO Paul Hedrick talks about building his boot brand after being rejected from business school, making big bets, and moving fast, all while being nice person.

Brilliant Earth Co-Founder Beth Gerstein shares her responsibly sourced business approach that charted a new course in fine jewelry, along with the importance of waking up excited.

CEO Ryan Kent talks the start of the performance fabric menswear brand, being laughed out of tradeshows, being a first mover, a veteran, a hard worker, and the right hirer.

Co-Founder Kerry Docherty shares the start of the family-run clothing company in a story of joy, comfort, pride, sustainability.

Sandbox VR Founder Steve Zhao talks about his immersive VR experiences, building games since being a boy, moving to Hong Kong, what to worry about in business, and great ideas with decent execution.

Palmer’s Hot Chicken Founder Palmer Fortune speaks about the origin of his restaurant group, his inspiring path to sobriety, and the key experience that taught him people are what make a business.

Founder and CEO Chris Molnar talks about his fashion experience starting his clothing brand, risk and entrepreneurial spirit, and fueling growth and sustainability.

Founder Brittany Grignon talks about expanding her reformer Pilates studios, having the nerve to take risks, and understanding the “why.”

CEO Joseph Ciolli talks about lessons learned while bringing NY-style pizza across the country and the importance of honesty, integrity, and community.

Founder Daniel James talks the start of his beachwear shops, surfing in Spain, surviving near bankruptcy, having a positive attitude, and being slow to hire but quick to fire.

Founder Elizabeth Lindberg shares how she started up after a divorce, trailblazed bringing The Lagree Method Pilates to Texas, and how she advocates being brave not perfect.

Founder Dan Saklad talks about starting his culinary cookware store with his wife after 10 corporate moves, finding peace, and doubling-down after hearing “no” 450 times.

Founder Jason Carrier talks about opening the bar, creating a space to connect and let loose, showing everybody a great time, and serving the community.

Scott Hudson speaks about his French, Low Country Bistro, the importance of camaraderie and community to make more than a career, and the need to be fluid like water.

Co-Owner Carlos Rodriguez talks about his family-run, Mexican-Columbian restaurant, taking care of people, growing with the community, and creating opportunities.

Founders Rebecca Walter and Jeromy Hauser discuss their natural candle business, creating a judgement-free environment, and persevering to do what you set out to do.

Founder Loren Beadle describes starting his wine bars in retirement after an IPO, his passion for collecting, and his transition from sporting goods stores to footwear and more.

Manager Chase Bilbrey talks about the toy shop’s start, being a time machine, nostalgia and childhood memories, having fun, and being a good person.

Founder Greg Grovey talks about believing in your own vision, grinding toward your goals, and making memories for community members.