For over 10 years, Jim and I have lived and worked out of a home office. Our last place was a 100-year old Victorian in Eureka, CA, with two separate flats; one for home, one for work. We were like old timey shopkeepers, living above the business. Now we live and work out of our 200 sq. ft. trailer. People often asked us, “Don’t you guys drive each other nuts? How do you stand it?”
That was easy. The perks of never having to get a real job and doing a freeway commute every day, always outweighed the challenge of putting up with each other’s idiosyncrasies on a daily basis.
While in Troy, New York, we met another married business couple. Only they have a really, really long history together. And a special secret to getting along…
The couple owns DeFazio’s Imports Grocery Store, and DeFazio’s Wood Fired Pizza Restaurant. This amazing couple has been married 67 years! They met in the 1940’s, when they lived across the street from one another. In 1955, they opened an Italian Market downstairs from their residence, and about 10 years ago, they opened the restaurant, right next door.
All these years later, the couple still lives upstairs, overseeing all of the cooking and management of their store, while their family takes care of daily operations. DeFazio’s serves up kick butt pizza, made with the best organic whole wheat crust we’ve ever tried.
One morning, we stopped by to talk to Mrs. DeFazio. I wanted to learn more about their secrets to running a successful business, while staying happily married.
“Only look at your husband . . . and keep your mouth shut,” she said. If you fight, forget about it and move on.
Her secret to running a great business: “Always do your best.”
Mrs. DeFazio asked us why we wanted to take a picture of an old lady like her. We couldn’t resist; her sage wisdom is priceless.
It’s a challenge to hear her voice on this clip, because she has a soft voice, and the refrigeration unit in the store was really loud. But it’s worth staying tuned in through the static, so pay attention!