Monthly Archives: April 2019

How restaurants old and new make money – LOB 068

The restaurant business isn’t easy. 90% of new ones fail. But that also means some succeed. Here are a few success stories as The Language of Business looks at restaurant profitability.

Host Greg Stoller interviews three different restaurateurs: Rafael Barbosa, CEO for Fire+Ice Interactive Grill & Bar in Boston’s Back Bay; John Akar and Greg Sessler, Co-owners of Cava Tapas and Wine Bar in Portsmouth, NH; Andrew Weiner, Owner of Catering by Andrew in Brookline, MA.

Cold open “Olympia Deli” clip courtesy of NBC Saturday Night Live (1975).


The movie You’ve Got Mail…reversed – LOB 067

A reversal of the movie “You’ve Got Mail.” The little bookstore around the corner fought a challenge from a big box store…and won. She went from a one-woman brokerage to managing 700 million dollars in investments. Actually getting the keys to a candy store – your own.

The Language of Business looks at small businesses that made it. Host Greg Stoller interviews Dana Brigham, retired Co-Owner of Brookline Booksmith; Debra Brede, CEO of DK Brede Investment Management; Linda Gilman, owner of Indulge!

Fashion and more from young women entrepreneurs – LOB 066

The Language of Business looks at fashion and more…designed by young women entrepreneurs.

Host Greg Stoller talks with Ambika Singh, CEO of Armoire-fashion for the boss lady; Melanie Berger, CEO of Mariwear Braless Comfort; Kate Aiken and Devin McMahon, Co-Founders of Lilli Pads, the new organic menstrual pad technology.

Greg Stoller

Ambika Singh

Melanie Berger

Kate Aiken

Devin McMahon


Made in the USA – LOB 065

How a shirtmaker can afford to pay $12 an hour when workers in China are making $2.50 a day. How much sun do you need? Here’s an app that can let you know. A manufacturer who has made suits for every POTUS since Lincoln…with so many immigrant workers they speak 15 languages in the factory. The Language of Business looks at products Made in the USA. Host Greg Stoller talks with Bob Kidder, President of New England Shirt Company; ar; Ed Likovitch, CEO of Goodlux Technology, makers of Sunsprite; John Martynec, CEO of Southwick, makers of Brooks Brothers suits.


To the left, to the left – LOB 064

Business pivots. When the technology you’re using is no longer the best out there…how do you fix that?

The Language of Business looks at a craft brewery named for an island in South Boston that isn’t really an island, and the beer isn’t brewed there anyway. But it has a great name. And how do you choose a memorable name for your company? Pick one that’s fun to say.

Host Greg Stoller talks with Adam Romanow, President of Castle Island Brewing Company; David Teplow, CEO of Integra Technology; Scott Hunter, CEO of Vedavoo Better American Gear<//a>.