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The culinary trail from India to Greenville, SC

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

After obtaining a college degree in hospitality in India, our next guest struggled to find the job she wanted so she headed to the US and enrolled as a graduate student at the renowned culinary school, Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI which also employed her for the next 22 years. Since then, she and her husband decided to open an Oil and Vinegar franchise in the Upstate where she promotes healthy eating, education, and community involvement. Mike Switzer interviews Chef Veera Gaul in Greenville, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.