James River Distillery could have started out making vodka, like many other boutique distilleries, but where’s the fun in that? “With vodka, the whole point is to strip out as much flavor as possible,” says Dwight Chew, head distiller for JRD. “We wanted to make something more dynamic.” --Edible Richmond
How is an elementary school that serves an economically challenged population managing to get kids to love vegetables? At a time when school lunches are still receiving failing grades for both nutrition and flavor, St. Andrew’s students (and teachers) enthusiastically clean their plates at daily breakfast and lunch. The successful program is serving as a model for Richmond City Schools, which is piloting a similar program this fall. In fact, St. Andrews’ success could spice up school lunches nationwide. -- Edible Richmond, cover
In the hospitality business there is service - and then there is the heavenly coddling, unflappable professionalism, and you're-so-special attention to detail that make customers feel completely spoiled (and forever yours).
In 1905 the Wright brothers enjoyed a complete monopoly on heavier-than-air aviation. They had the world’s only working airplane, were the only two pilots able to fly it, and had applied for a formidable patent that would cover any plane with three-axis control. Yet within five years they would regularly be surpassed by competitors at home and abroad, and before what was remembered as the Golden Age of Aviation arrived in the 1920s, they would be out of the aircraft business entirely. What happened?
--Forbes Invention & Technology, cover
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