Seth Hendershot is probably most widely known for running the neighborhood coffee shop, bar, and music venue, Hendershot’s. However, this multi-tasking, super-positive fellow also lends his talents to the Athens community in other ways – hosting various music, art, open mike, and benefit shows at Hendershot’s; playing with bands such as The Fuzzy Sprouts, Randall Bramblett, and Ike Stubblefield; and, most importantly, being the father of a super cool family, who you can often see chilling out or working with him down at Hendershot’s.
Originally from Champlain, New York, Mary’s hometown was just ½ mile from Canada and 3 Miles from Vermont. Her desire to be a marine biologist led to a transfer from Plattsburgh State (SUNY) to Sacramento State University. However, she followed family to Georgia in 1986 and has been here ever since. Mary likes the enthusiasm of being in a college town and the students coming into the shop with all the latest news. She plans on staying here because…this is where family is.
Young Ae arrived in Athens just a few days ago from Seoul, Korea. She started her service career in 1984 at a Seoul Pizza Inn. Although she didn’t expect to be a chef at the time, Young Ae still loves to cook after 25 years in a commercial kitchen. She will be in town all month learning the DePalma recipe cookbook. Once her training session with DePalma Chefs Lauren Stripling and Ben Tibbitts is complete, she’ll return to open the first international DePalma’s location in Seoul, Korea.
Job: Head Chef of DePalma’s, Seoul
Business: Taste of India
Title: Chef/ Owner
Born: Punjab, India
In one sentence…why should customers choose you: Customers should choose our restaurant because we have an affordable menu with a wide variety to choose from and still offer the finest quality.
Why risk independence: Risking independence is taking a chance. If you go into opening your own business, you have to overlook the small challenges and focus on the bigger picture which is the success of your business.
“When I came out of law school, my goal was to get a job in legal services, poverty law. I’d worked at a prison in North Carolina and a jail in Atlanta. All through college I was really interested in issues like the death penalty and legal aid. But the year I got out of law school happened to be the year that Ronald Reagan had just been elected, and all the budgets were very much in jeopardy, nobody was hiring. Companies were laying people off, there were hiring freezes.”