According to Adam, the biggest growing pain along the way for them was “realizing just how capital intensive the beverage industry is.” And, if he had to give advice to the just-starting-out Peloton owners from the present-day Peloton owners, he’d tell them this: “Be patient, and raise money early.”
Ryan’s Pub The Ryan family are a bar-business dynasty. For more than a century, dating back to 1908 when Joseph Ryan opened JP Ryan’s in Philadelphia, there has been a Ryan at the helm of a bar. Today the family oversees four establishments in the region, including the locally famous Ryan’s Pub on Gay Street. Joseph’s son Paul was the first to expand the business when he opened Smokey Joe’s on the University of Pennsylvania campus back in 1952. His sons Pat and Paul Jr. took over there in the 1970s and subsequently opened the West Chester location, followed by two more in Phoenixville and Manayunk. Like many good leaders, Pat Ryan deflects the praise to those who work for him. “The number one reason why we are successful, is that we have a great staff. Many have been here since day one,” he says. “They take pride in making Ryan’s a
comfortable pub for all.” While they’re implementing the kind of industry changes that keep an establishment relevant—like rotating craft beers on tap and maintaining an inventive menu to rival gastro pubs—some things have always been the same at all Ryan’s bars. “It’s important to consistently offer good service and quality offerings at fair prices day after day, month after month, and year after year,” says Pat. With a fourth generation poised to takeover in the coming years—Joseph’s great-grandchildren Sean, Mike, Paul III and Tommy already serve as general managers at Ryan’s businesses—the JP Ryan’s legacy will continue to prosper within the bounds of this borough and beyond.
Treehouse World Daniel Wright launched his first business, Treetop Builders, in 2003. His tools and inventory were stored in the garage, and the website was launched from the living room. It was an incredible concept. “I saw an opportunity to serve a niche market with few competitors,” remembers Dan, “I started building tree houses.” Beautiful, high-quality, custom treehouses.
DARE Auto have gone from one bay and one tech, to eight bays, and auto dealership and a detailing company
As the business took off, customers and DIY aficionados started inquiring about purchasing the custom hardware Dan used on construction projects. So, in 2009 he decided to open a second business called Treehouse Supplies. Both companies continued to flourish, requiring more space to grow, so the company moved into a 2,000 square foot commercial warehouse. “I had a desire to be creative and strategic, rather than to allow others to control my future,” Dan says, and that drive was almost insatiable: only two years after moving operations into that warehouse, the company purchased 14 acres in West Chester. The property provided enough capacity to cover both businesses and room for a third: Treehouse World. In 2015 the treehouse theme park and activity center opened, and it’s continued to grow ever since. If there’s a recurring theme this month it’s that these successful business owners know it’s not all about them. “I’ve needed help from good business partners and talented employees along the way,” Dan says. “There is no way I could have come this far alone.”
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Voice of the Borough