“It’s a bad month to be a grandmother.”
–J.B. Blau, referring to all his restaurant employees who use the excuse “My grandmother died” when they want to leave their jobs in early August
“Deciding to take the plunge and become a self-employed metalworker has worked out pretty well here on the Vineyard. I don’t know that I’ve gotten rich at it, but I’m certainly kept busy, and I enjoy the work. I’m seldom doing the same thing twice.”
—Whit Hanschka, metalsmith, in business on Martha’s Vineyard for 20 years, from an article in July 13’s The Local, “The Artisans” (bit.ly/MVArtisans).
“Our dad was renowned as a worker and a man that loved to talk to our customers. He was a one-man band until he could afford to hire us … Our reputation of being loyal to local businesses and customers keeps us viable, by impressing upon our customers that we care.”
—Dennis daRosa, of daRosa’s in Oak Bluffs, in business on Circuit Avenue since 1935
“Back in the ’60s, Jeanne and I were asked by Clarissa Allen’s mother to open the Chilmark Store, which hadn’t been open for almost 15 years. It had been run by her uncle. People were asking us all the time, “Where can we stay up-Island?” And there weren’t many places to stay. So we thought it might be a fun idea to have an inn up here.”
—Jeanne and Hugh Taylor, proprietors of the Outermost Inn for 27 years.