“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.)

Authentic Flavors, Family, and Achieving the American Dream

By Karen Hendricks – Did you know that Mexican restaurants are the third most popular type of restaurant in the U.S.? According to figures from 2014, there are 54,000 Mexican restaurants across the country. Interestingly, a huge market share–74 percent–are independently-owned.*

One fine example can be found in Gettysburg, PA: At Tania’s Mexican Restaurant, it’s all about authentic flavors, family, and achieving the American dream.

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Whether you’re interviewing people professionally, talking with clients during a business meeting, or simply making casual conversation with people… isn’t it amazing how certain people stand out thanks to their passion?

It’s that kind of passion, zest for life, and energy devoted to a cause or goal that helps us–especially journalists, marketers, public relations professionals–hone in on a message that tells their story.

Some of the most giving, caring people I had the privilege to meet recently, volunteer for an organization called The Fresh Air Fund. The children who benefit from this organization were A JOY to meet and interview as well. My heart is full, changed, inspired, after researching and writing this story… Continue reading