Guit-A-Grip podcast #6 is now out! (And the links should be working now!!)
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Guit-A-Grip Episode #6 – Show Notes
Stewart’s is a family owned company that has convenience stores in upstate NY and Vermont. The Drake brothers started by making ice cream at their farm in 1921. In 1935 they start Saratoga Dairy out of their barn. That same year pasteurization of milk is required by the state and many local farmers use Saratoga Dairy for this service. 1938 they expand into producing other milk and milk based by-products such as cheese, powdered whey and casein.
Stewart’s has come a long ways. Their Wikipedia page sites 324 stores and 1.4 billion (!!) in sales of Stewart’s branded products such as coffee, soda, milk, chips and ice cream. You can find out more about them here.
In contrast, Wemple and Edick’s is a small ice cream shop on the outer edge of Johnstown NY. Run from an old-fashioned general store that’s been there since 1826, they make hard ice cream, and baked goods. They’re only open seasonally. They don’t have a web page – but you can find their Facebook page here.
Stewart’s makes a lot of money. They do a lot of things. Wemple and Edick’s basically does one thing, but even though they’re only open seasonally they make enough money to keep the doors open doing what they want to do.
In typical Guit-A-Grip fashion relating aspects of each of their merits to what you do as an artist/entrepreneur is at best a gross over simplification, but you might be able to get something out of the contrasts that are presented. (Also, that part of the podcast apes the Seth Godin Start Up School presentation style in manner that was unintentional when I did it, but eye rolling on play back.)
If you travel anywhere in upstate NY – you’ll find a Stewart’s – but you have to seek out Wemple and Edick’s (and many’s a time I went and was crushed to find out that they weren’t open).
While on the surface this is a music business post, at its core the topic relates to both the how and the why of whatever it is you’re doing and I hope it helps in some way.
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More posts and podcasts are on their way.