I come from a small family and so I never really thought that I had a family business to go into. But as I sit and write, I realize that I have taken the skills of my poet father and turned them into a career unwittingly.
I came into my career by happenstance and providence. For so many in this issue, fol- lowing in the family footsteps was a deliberate choice as well as a source of pride.
Cascone’s 50 plus years of service are the perfect example. Looking at their roots, some may not be surprised—Italian culture is known for their dedication to tradition and family. What the Cascone’s do is different. They have taken their family traditions and spread them not only to new generations of their own family, but to other families in the Northland. As generations gather around tables at Cascone’s, Tommy’s or any of their other locations, the warmth of family can be felt on each plate.
Here at Northland Lifestyle, we love to support locally owned businesses, and in doing so, we support family owned businesses as well. Every time that we choose a business that is run by a neighbor, we support their family and by extension, our community. What’s better than feeding our dollars back into our friends?
So get out and explore the locally owned, family run businesses. There are many in the Northland, much more than what are included in our few pages. Behind these busi- nesses are the people that build our community, day by day. Let’s celebrate them!
Here’s to new beginnings and building on the past!
Rachel Murphy, Associate Editor