Shop Talk team Virginia Bridges and Jessaca Giglio asked area owners to reveal their biggest reward for running their business. Here’s what they said:
• “Providing peace of mind to families whose lives have been thrown into chaos when a loved one is facing the challenges of declining health,” Cheryl Hawkins Theriault, president of Aging Family Services, a Raleigh geriatric care management and elder care consultant company.
• “In one word, creativity,” said Teri Saylor, who is an N&O correspondent and owner of Open Water Communications in Raleigh. “There is nothing more energizing and rewarding than having the opportunity to develop new ideas and projects to delight and benefit people. And the opportunity to stretch boundaries and to be creative makes it fun for me, too.”
• “The best thing is working with my wife and four kids in the restaurant,” said Corbett Shope, owner of Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar in Cary.
• “Being able to help my community by feeding them delicious, fresh food, and donating to many great charities in the area,” said Will Pettis, owner and operator of Will & Pop’s food truck.
• “Seeing my clients achieve their fitness goals,” said Jackson Williams, owner and coach at Raleigh Barbell, a training gym in downtown Raleigh.
• “The opportunity to create a concept from scratch and knowing that one has added a new layer of innovation to the marketplace, where there previously was none,” said Ray Malouf, chief operating officer at Nüvonivo, a children’s clothing store in downtown Raleigh.
• “This restaurant is the story of my father migrating from Mexico to North Carolina, living the American dream, and now putting his legacy in the hands of his Southern-raised children,” said Charlie Ibarra, creative director at Jose and Sons Mexican restaurant in Raleigh. “I get the opportunity to tell his story to the world while still including my own point of view. This allows me to feel passionate and fortunate about our business every day.”