In 1987, Andy and Rachel Berliner experienced two life changing events: the births of their daughter… and their company. They named them Amy and Amy's Kitchen, respectively. Today, Amy's kitchen employs nearly 1,600 people and sells about 140 vegetarian products, as well as Kosher, gluten-free and other special diet products.
"The Soft Sell" — E.S. Kluft & Co
After a successful career in the bedding industry, third generation mattress maker Earl Kluft founded E.S. Kluft & Co in 2004. It is the only U.S. company that manufactures handcrafted, luxury mattresses made from silk, cashmere, cotton, horsehair, flax, wool and other materials.
"The Bag Lady" — Bag Makers, Inc
Looking for a way to support herself and her children, in 1980 Maribeth Sandford decided to use her experience in graphic arts to begin printing logos and designs on shopping bags. Slowly, her business began to grow. Now a grandmother, Sandford runs a company that has topped $40 million in sales two years in a row.
"Millions in the Making?" — Brooklyn Flea
Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler thought that Brooklyn, NY needed a flea market. Four months after they started working on the idea, they opened Brooklyn Flea, and 20 thousand people showed up. They now run one of the trendiest scenes in New York's trendiest borough – two flea markets, and a food market called Smorgasburg.