“Recipes” for Success: Women Defying Their Ages

Diane Krulac, owner, Brittle Bark and Cocoa Creek Chocolates, Mechanicsburg, PA

By Karen Hendricks

I recently met two female business owners who seem to defy their ages.

Diane Krulac, 68, is enjoying her third career as a chocolatier. She launched Brittle Bark, Mechanicsburg, PA in 2008 and recently expanded the candy shop’s lineup to include two new chocolate brands, Cocoa Creek Chocolates and Luther’s Bars.

“You’re never too old to continue your dream,” says Krulac. “As I tell people, there is nothing I’d rather do in retirement than what I’m doing now, so why would I retire?”

Meantime, nearby in Gettysburg, PA, Cheri Ann Freeman, 72, recently opened Chez Cheri Café, a culmination of her restaurant and catering expertise which began in 1973.

It’s especially noteworthy that both of these women work in one of the most demanding fields, the restaurant/food industry. Maybe their “recipes for success” stem from their recipes in the kitchen, combined with their strong work ethics?

Enjoy their inspiring stories, in the May issues of the following magazines:

Mechanicsburg’s Sweet Spot: Cocoa Creek Chocolates launches unique lineSusquehanna Style, May 2019

Worldly Flavors, Friendly Faces: Chez Cheri CafeCelebrate Gettysburg, May/June 2019

And here’s a behind-the-scenes look at both businesses, during my time visiting and interviewing both women, to learn the stories behind their success: (Click any photo to launch the gallery.)

Make a List!

By Karen Hendricks

Want to write a catchy blog post? An article with high readership? A press release that gets picked up? Write it in list format!

That’s right–write it in list format and be sure to include a number in the headline. It’s one of the most successful formats today because the number helps to grab our attention. Who doesn’t have time to take in 5 tips, 10 strategies, 7 ideas?

It’s important that the “tips” be written in a succinct style for easy readability, with the information sumarized in a handful of sentences. It’s the perfect style of writing for today’s quick-paced lifestyle and our short attention spans. Continue reading

Instagram for Artists

Social media is intertwined with our daily lives, personally and professionally. For freelancers or those of us who are self-employed, social media is a fantastic way to share the stories behind our work, to network with others, and promote our work to a wider audience.

The rise of Instagram and its beautiful, visual platform, presents the perfect opportunity for artists of all types to promote their works. It’s visual storytelling at its best. That’s why I’ve created a two-part class “Instagram for Artists” offered through the Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg, PA.

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Formula for Success? Treating People Like Family

Photo Credit: Donovan Roberts Witmer for Susquehanna Style

Photo Credit: Donovan Roberts Witmer for Susquehanna Style

By Karen Hendricks

Vision, talent, creativity, perseverance, and passion are five traits I believe every business owner possesses. But there’s one more common thread woven into every business’ story of success–the belief that people should be treated like family. Whether those people are employees, colleagues, clients, or customers, time and time again, I heard this message from business leaders across Central PA. I believe it’s the most important factor contributing to their success.

I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing 21 business leaders throughout the region for Susquehanna Style magazine’s “Faces of the Susquehanna Valley,” appearing in the current May 2016 issue. Their inspirational stories fill 25 pages of the magazine, and it was my joy to attempt to capture each business’ unique spirit, ingenuity, love of people, and story of success: Continue reading

Women Run the World?

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It was one of the most inspirational events I’ve ever experienced—the More/Shape Women’s Half-Marathon through New York City’s Central Park on April 17, 2016.

The sheer size of the event was overwhelming—nearly 10,000 women circling Central Park twice to equal 13.1 miles. I started the race in the middle of the pack, and it took me nearly 10 minutes, walking shoulder-to-shoulder with other women, just to reach the starting line. It’s billed as one of the largest all-female half-marathons in the country.

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Photo Credit: The More/Shape Women’s Half-Marathon

But the most significant takeaway: the camaraderie, the empowerment, the overwhelming vibe of “girl power.” Continue reading

Footnotes from Fidler & Co

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Photography by Donovan Roberts Witmer

Go behind-the-scenes with me, to one of Central PA’s most talked-about restaurants, Fidler & Co. Craft Kitchen. Located off the beaten path in Biglerville, Adams County, it’s the perfect destination for a day trip combined with a visit to nearby apple orchards, farm markets, or the Gettysburg Battlefield. Continue reading

The Heart of the Holidays

The Heart of the Holidays

By Karen Hendricks

Our hometowns hold a special place in our hearts–especially during the holiday season. Historic Gettysburg, PA was my hometown for 22+ years and honestly, I think it’s the most charming, picturesque downtown I’ve ever experienced in my travels during Christmastime.

IMG_2392So, it was my absolute pleasure to write The Heart of the Holidays: There are No Better Sights and Sounds than on Lincoln Square at Christmastime for Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, the cover story for the Nov/Dec 2015 issue. Continue reading