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.
When we came to the Vineyard, we expected to spend six months and head back to Vermont with a pocket full of money. A year later the house was built, the money was all gone (imagine that), but someone else had asked us to build another house, so we stayed. And that continued.
– John Abrams, founder and CEO of South Mountain, in business for 40 years
The work environment isn’t much different than any other boss/employee relationship. What’s challenging from time to time is keeping the store at the store and not bringing it home. We try not to talk about the store outside of work.
– Eddie Pacheco, son of Bob and Donna Pacheco. Eddie is the third generation of Pachecos to operate Reliable Market, on Circuit Ave., in Oak Bluffs.
I grew up working with my father. It was great. Working with my son is awesome. I’m glad he’s here. You feel like you’re teaching somebody. He definitely has more patience than I do. When it’s your own child, you’re proud that he takes an interest in your job.
— Louie Larsen, The Net Result, in business for 31 years.