New York-based Turco’s offers its customers what its competitors can’t.

By Kat Zeman

With a vast array of specialty departments, Turco’s is more than a full-service grocery store. Specializing in prepared foods, the Yorktown Heights, N.Y. food market has worked its way into the hearts and stomachs of locals far and wide.

Turco’s makes its own sausage, smokes its own salmon, bakes its own bread, makes its own pasta and sauces and offers homemade soup – to name only a few delightful deeds. “Not everyone can do what we do,” says Preston Turcos, president and founder. “You want good food, you go to Turco’s. There’s a big difference between outsourcing your products and making then fresh every day.”


After more than 75 years in business, Lewis Stores remains competitive with a strong team,

ties to its communities and a large offering of products.

By Staci Davidson, Knighthouse Media

The e-commerce behemoths offer the market convenience. Consumers go online, place an order with their retailer of choice, and a day or so later, a package arrives. We all know, however, it’s not always that simple, and issues can be difficult to resolve. Lewis Stores also offers convenience, but with its 59 brick-and-mortar locations in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, the local retailer offers a lot more than its online counterparts, which is why the company has adopted “your first stop” as its tagline.


Fast-growing Shoe Sensation is opening new stores and strengthening its community ties.

By Kat Zeman, Knighthouse Media

A regional chain of family shoe stores selling quality name-brand shoes, Shoe Sensation is a rapidly growing company with strong ties to its communities. With roughly 200 shoe stores throughout the Midwest, the Jeffersonville, Ind.-based shoe retailer continues to add new stores.

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The Original Pancake House expands its brand throughout the world while maintaining its authenticity

and the same attention to detail it was founded upon.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Knighthouse Media

In 1953, Les Highet and his wife, Doris, combined his passion for culinary arts with her expertise in science to create the best pancake Portland, Ore., had ever tasted. It was then that The Original Pancake House was born and diners have been enjoying the couple’s authentic pancake recipe ever since.

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Iavarone Bros. is opening its second Italian restaurant in New York.

By Kat Zeman, Knighthouse Media

Famous for its Neapolitan-style sausage and pizza, Iavarone Bros. is expanding its culinary kingdom. The family-owned and operated company – which owns four European-style gourmet food markets in New York – is opening a new restaurant this summer in Plainview, N.Y.

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Furnitureland inspires theme park-like delight for home décor enthusiasts.

By Angela Forsyth

Anyone who wants to experience the theme park version of a furniture store needs to drive to Jamestown, N.C., to visit Furnitureland South. It is a home décor-lover’s paradise. Home to the world’s largest piece of furniture – an 85-foot highboy that stands enormously tall in front of one of the showrooms – Furnitureland South is the largest furniture store on the planet.


AllCare Pharmacy invests in people to build business and for the good of its communities.

By Mark Lawton, Knighthouse Media

Many executives have an open door policy for employees but W. Percy Malone has extended his to his cellphone. “They all have my cellphone number,” Malone says of the 650 employees at AllCare Pharmacy, which he owns.

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