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Last Update: Thursday July 29, 2021

As we enter the final shopping days before Christmas...

The power of three-as-one is unstoppable.


Miami, Florida: In this episode, we open with pictures from 1961 just before Castro forced his ways into the homes and business of this family. And though he took over everything, he could not take over their spirit.

This family left behind all their worldly possessions but came to the USA with their greatest possessions -- their integrity, their love of family and friends, their creativity, their love of Cuban espresso coffee, and the knowledge needed to rebuild their family business from scratch.

Meet the Souto family, owners of Rowland Coffee Roasters in Miami.  They started with a coffee delivery business, bought Rowland, then Cafe Pilon, then Cafe Bustelo,  Medaglia D'Oro Espresso, Java Cabana and more.

The miracle of the USA is her Bill of Rights and Constitution; that unique focus is on both freedoms and responsibilities of citizens. In that light, there is no better story for us to tell than of those who come here with almost nothing yet today redefine wealth because their products and services have forever changed the face of this nation and our world.

Learn how the sons continue down the path their father forged. By investing in technology and buying their competitors they are now the largest roasters of Cuban espresso in the world.

Go to all the key ideas and video of this episode...

Small Business School's Cafe Pilon on the New York Times...

In memory of José Angel ''Pepe'' Souto, the Patriarch of the family who died at the age of 91 on November 18, 2007.

The Tip of the Day

Click here if you don't have too much time.  Watch at least one clip each day.  Every day a new clip will play.  Each is randomly selected. Note, this selection opens within a pop-up window!

A few ideas... from a few $ to many $$$$ from people we love.

Compared to how we grew up as children in the '50s, most of us live with abundance.  Back then, we knew we weren't wealthy, but we were happy.  We often heard how our parents had grown up during the Great Depression. We've come so far, so fast; we all need to stop and be thankful.

Our simple Christmas gift to you is a very basic message about the meaning of the day.

Yet, over the years we have purchased gifts for family and friends from the owners who have been profiled on the show. We'll share a few and hope you enjoy the ideas! - Bruce & Hattie


Where would we be without children?

Christmas is all about children, innocence, and love.

Teresa "Zubi" Zubizarreta has given us a wonderful precedent of giving gifts to children's groups and foundations in lieu of gifts to her clients.
How about Toys for Tots? (pop-up their website)


Where would we be without food?

A story about fresh chocolates (pop-up their website)

Today's stories from our many episodes:
1. Beverages: A story about coffee (pop-up opens)
2. Restaurant gift store: French Laundry (pop-up)
3. Jellies, syrups, etc.: Trailblazer Foods (pop-up)
4. Gift baskets and more: Joseph's Cookies (pop-up)
5. Specialty foods: Maine Oysters (pop-up)


... or our diversity of clothing?

Flap Happy Sun Hats for children (pop-up)

Stories each day from our episodes:
1. Nicole Miller Fashions (pop-up their website)
2. Sundance country-western clothing (pop-up)
3. Accessories like jewelry (pop-up)
4. Done Wearable art (pop-up)

Much more to come throughout the week!


...or shelter? ...our homes?!?

Including a new home, the ultimate shelter! (pop-up)

1. Books (Duncan) for the mind (pop-up)
2. Artwork (Blue Dome) for the heart (pop-up)
3. Accessories (Orange Tree) and more: (pop-up)
4. An automobile (Rodgers) for our garage (pop-up)

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We all have a special sliver of genius.

In the earliest days of the broadcasts of this show (back in 1994-1995), there was a special segment called "the Sliver of Genius." Then we began to realize virtually every successful business is built on that special focus.