I have always loved to cook (my mother taught herself to cook watching Julia Child and then taught me starting at about 5). When I was in my early twenties, I dreamed of owning my own restaurant, so I went to culinary school to become a chef and study restaurant management. When I got out and started to work in the industry, I realized how hard the life of a chef is, especially a chef-restauranteur. Working 18 hours a day, 6 days a week (or more) – and, as the restaurant owner, everything is on your shoulders. Fairly quickly I set that dream aside and pursued other goals. But I have always recognized that it takes a special kind of person to own and run a small business. Megan and Adam Duckett are two of them.
Throughout this blog, there are bits and pieces of the company’s history (both from Megan and from myself), but I realize that many readers may not realize that the owners are actually a married couple. While Megan started the company on her kitchen table, her husband Adam (also a former roadie) later joined the company. In terms of roles, Megan is President and focuses primarily on marketing and sales, while Adam serves as Chief Financial Officer with a focus on production and operations.
I have so much admiration for the two of them, that they have built this company to its current level, and that they continue to strive for growth and improvement. Running a small business takes a lot of hard work and dedication – and sometimes it means being here late into the night or throughout the weekend. Anyone who can manage to maintain that level of dedication throughout the years and still be excited and inspired for growth definitely deserves accolades.
Add marriage and parenthood to the mix, and in my mind, it is even more impressive. Most couples spend their days apart, and then come together at home in the evening and on weekends. Megan and Adam are, for the most part, together 24/7, between work and personal time (oh – not literally – but you get the picture). That can be stressful for a couple – but somehow they manage to make it work.
Maybe someday I’ll be ready to own my own business (don’t ask me what kind of business – definitely not a restaurant!), maybe I never will. But if I do, I hope I do half as good a job as Megan and Adam have done (and continue to do) here at Sew What?
Note: There was a terrific story about them published in the “Palos Verdes Peninsula News” a few years ago – check it out in the Sew What? News Archive – I think you’ll find it an inspiring story.