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Offline waltertore

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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #475 on: June 15, 2016, 02:20:45 AM »
I can't even get myself down to 50 hours a week and you've managed to do that and change lives  ;). Congratulations on the great work. If only there were more people like you making the same effort.

Thanks.  We are not out to get rich, franchise, compete on the pizza contest circuit to enter into the pizza royalty.  Our main goal is to help people with disabilities find a meaningful life. Pizza is the draw but never will surpass the cause. We priced our products so production can be very  low and still make the $ we need to prosper.  Rent is pretty cheap here in Reno (dirt cheap compared to NYC or where I grew up in NJ), and we are sticking to the old school NJ/NYC pizzeria concept I grew up in 60-70's in  that it  is pretty simple in menu and furnishing.  We got into the shop for cheap as it was already set up as a pizzeria, had much of the stuff with us on our rental truck we drove out, and bought used for cheap locally.  It never would have happened if we had to build the space to pizza specs or compete with the high end pizza concepts.   As the Blues Brothers said in the movie "we are on a mission from god" sure enough because we just pulled the plugs on our steady/secure jobs and jumped in blind and fairly ignorant to business stuff with both feet :).  Walter
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #476 on: June 15, 2016, 10:30:56 AM »
Walter,

Really great stuff!

I read this thread with/to my 6 and 9 year-old boys; great example you are setting!

Thanks...Adam

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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #477 on: June 15, 2016, 11:01:34 AM »
Walter,

Really great stuff!

I read this thread with/to my 6 and 9 year-old boys; great example you are setting!

Thanks...Adam

Thanks Adam for sharing our journey with your children.  I applaud you for teaching the youth that others are not born as fortunate as most of us are.  Walter
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #478 on: June 15, 2016, 06:20:59 PM »
The universe is shinning on us today.  Our lunch shift was full with dine in customers - THANKS!  It provided much social interaction training and work for our employees vs. take out.  Second, a package arrived and we had no idea what it was as we had not ordered anything.  Upon opening it we found thousands of Smiling with Hope Pizza wristbands and a lovely note from my NJ cousin Karen.  She sent us these and the instructions as to how to use them to raise $ for our cause.  It brought Judy and me to tears and I had focusing on making pizzas the rest of lunch.  We are speechless with  no words to express our heartfelt thanks to Karen and all the people that have reached out and helped us make this endeavor a success.  Finally here is a shot of one of regular older customers who said she hasn't had pizza like ours since she left the Philly area 40 years ago.  There is so much good mojo here I can't hardly keep my feet from floating into the clouds :)  walter/judy
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #479 on: June 16, 2016, 06:14:39 PM »
Today NPR aired a story on us and a video.  Here are the links.  Walter

http://kunr.org/post/reno-pizzeria-gives-hope-people-disabilities#stream/0

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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #480 on: Today at 07:30:51 PM »
Good things continue for us.  Last week a fire station came in and that spread to 25 police officers coming in for lunch today.  A leading car dealership in Reno selected us for a gift of 1k for our work with the community.  Judy and I had to go to their public relations provider and be interviewed and our story taken down.  We go to a check presentation/press release party in a week or so to accept the gift.  Our lunch today was packed and the people we met with today couldn't believe we have only been open 6 months.  The cause is blessed :)  Walter
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Re: The Long Wait is Growing Short
« Reply #481 on: Today at 10:32:36 PM »
Tonight we had a busy one including Chef Joe and his crew in for a meal before their car show.  Tyson, one of our employees got to sit in the 62 convertible.  Walter
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