If A Guy Named Gary Can, Why Not Us?

30 Aug
by Deanne

On the last day of restaurant operations one person asked us to help her create healthy concessions for the local school’s activities.  The first item requested was a healthy cookie or bar.  We wondered, “Is it really possible to create  a healthy cookie?   So we thought a granola or energy bar might be a place to start.  There are times, when you are way from home and need a little energy to keep going.  We don’t see ourselves competing with all the many healthy and organic bars out there, we just want to create one that is just for our community and learn a little about product creation in the process.

Photo of our first batch of granola bars

This led us to the story of the guy who created the Clif Bar, a product we had seen in the market one day.  Here’s what we learned about Gary from  his company website:  One day he was eating an energy bar while taking your average 175 mile day long bike ride.  He told his friend, “I can do better than this.”  Two years later after countless attempts he landed on his original Clif bar and named it after his dad, Clifford. 

Image of the Clif logo

Everything about his company is ultra cool.  The outdoorsy image, the stories of hiking, biking and the active Northern California lifestyle. It almost makes us question our ability to come up with a new business when we are clearly not cool and we live in a small town in southwest Minnesota where there are no high Sierra trails to hike.  Ah but we do have beautiful sunsets and a vast prairie to ponder at the end of a busy day.

The reality is, all businesses, start with an inspired idea and are followed by an immense amount of determination and hard work.  We’ve always sought out stories like Gary’s because they bring out our ability to dream and consider, “If a guy who lived in a garage and had to develop products in his mom’s kitchen can grow a successful business, why not us?”

Our journey has just begun and it may have many detours but it is fun to share it with you.  We had our first taste test yesterday with former restaurant customers who are following our progress on facebook.  Today we met with our graphic designer and discussed packaging and logo design.

We hope by sharing our ups and downs you will find inspiration to do something you have been longing to do.

What are you dreaming about?  Do you want to lose weight, start a new business, get a new job, or travel?

4 Responses to “If A Guy Named Gary Can, Why Not Us?”

  1. Corrine August 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    YUP! We believe in making a Dream come true too!!
    All it takes is a Dream and determination and a willingness to learn and grow along the way. We are excited for you.
    Your new bars sound yummy too.

  2. lifeoutofthebox October 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Very inspirational article. I wanna make some good looking energy bars too. My dream is to start a business that gives back to the world. I want to live my ideal life while making a difference in others. Thank you very much for the article. Can’t wait to hear how the bars develop.

    • realocalcooking October 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

      Thanks. Your blog looks inspiring, we look forward to following your business progress. You are great example going for it rather than just punch a time clock day to day.

      • lifeoutofthebox November 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

        Thanks so much :) We truly believe that everyone can live the dream life they’ve always wanted!

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