"No one from the government was there when we were sweating it, when we were building this business."
The Village Corner Deli was built without the help of government.
Although all small businesses benefit from government, when we started the Village Corner Deli, we decided to take a more rugged path. Fiercely independent, we vowed to go it alone without the usual benefits commonly available to all small businesses.
Most restaurants and delicatessens have their ingredients and supplies delivered by trucks on public roads and highways. Not the Village Corner Deli! When we were just starting out, we would walk from supplier to supplier, filling our large backpacks and bags with goods until we couldn't carry any more. Today, we use a team of horses to traverse the rough countryside as we procure the finest ingredients.
One of our early challenges was finding a way around food safety testing. Finding meat and produce that had not been inspected for safety by the government wasn't easy. We had to develop a network of small "off-the-grid" farmers who were not subject to food safety inspections. Finding processed deli meats from uninspected facilities proved especially difficult. However, when there's a will, there's a way. Just don't ask us what's going on in the supply shed out back.
While it may be desirable to keep meat refrigerated, our deli case was always carefully maintained at room temperature. Refrigeration would require a reliable source of electricity that could only be provided by government oversight. Since we're against funding alternative energy like solar, we found it was better to just let the meat warm in the case.
Back in those days, we didn't have a phone, because that would be taking advantage of the fair access to the phone network as enabled by the government. To this day, we don't accept phone orders at the Village Corner Delicatessen, and we never will!
We get our water straight from the Mississippi River!
When we found out that the government was responsible for the municipal water system, we decided to just say "NO!" to fresh, sanitized drinking water for our soups and beverages. We felt we didn't need the "help" that comes along with fresh drinking water. We used to wake up early and take buckets down to the Mississipi River for each days soup and signature lemonades. In our early days, we only needed 8 buckets a day. Now, we use over 36 buckets of Mississippi river water each day!