Brothers Nick and Steven Gekas started Best Dressed Associates Inc. in 1989 after the salad dressing their father created at the family’s Gazebo Room Restaurant in Harrisburg became so popular that patrons started purchasing it to take home. The business has grown steadily over the years, with annual revenues now in the millions, but it’s still mostly a two-man shop. The brothers say Central Pennsylvania and the fans of Gazebo Room products in particular have been essential to their success.
West Shore Window & Door Inc. is rocking the Central Pennsylvania world of window and door installation, growing from just one person six years ago to more than 120 employees at three locations in the Mid-Atlantic. The Cumberland County company is one of the fastest-growing small businesses in the midstate.
Susquehanna Township graduate Melissa Miller parlayed her graphic design skills into a flourishing business that specializes in custom wedding stationery and related materials. Made to Keep, based in Harrisburg, also creates one-of-a-kind products for other special events and corporate clients. Miller hopes her company’s continued growth will lead to a retail store within the next few years.
About 40 alpacas graze at Painted Spring Farm in York County, which is owned and operated by Beth Lutz and her husband, Neal. Alpacas are shorn once a year in the spring. It’s a group effort — and a lot of work.
David and Rynn Caputo launched Caputo Brothers Creamery in York County about two years ago, and among its offerings is a way for restaurants and other customers to serve a mozzarella cheese that is about as fresh as can be — without the customers having to make it completely from scratch themselves. Rynn Caputo talks about the background of the company and demonstrates the process of turning one of Caputo Brothers Creamery’s products into finished mozzarella.