Judy Wicks signing at the Stockton Market

09/15/2013 9:00 am
09/15/2013 12:01 pm
America/New York

Judy Wicks will be at the Stockton Market signing copies of her book Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer.


An international leader and speaker in the local-living-economies
movement, Judy Wicks is former owner of the White Dog Cafe, acclaimed
for its socially and environmentally responsible business practices. She
is also cofounder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living
Economies (BALLE), as well as founder of the Sustainable Business
Network of Greater Philadelphia and Fair Food -- both incubated at the
White Dog Cafe Foundation and supported by the restaurant's profits. In
her retail career, Judy was founder and owner of Black Cat, which
featured locally made and fair-trade gifts for twenty years. In 1970,
Judy cofounded the original Free People's Store, now well known as Urban
Outfitters. Her work has earned numerous awards, including the James
Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, the International
Association of Culinary Professionals Humanitarian Award and the Women
Chefs and Restaurateurs Lifetime Achievement Award.She lives in
Philadelphia. Continuing her work to build a new economy, Judy mentors
the next generation of entrepreneurs and consults for beautiful
businesses. She can be reached at www.judywicks.com. 

ISBN-13: 9781933392240
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 3/2013

It's not often that someone stumbles into entrepreneurship and ends up reviving a community and starting a national economic-reform movement. But that's what happened when, in 1983, Judy Wicks founded the White Dog Cafe on the first floor of her house on a row of Victorian brownstones in West Philadelphia. After helping to save her block from demolition, Judy grew what began as a tiny muffin shop into a 200-seat restaurant-one of the first to feature local, organic, and humane food. The restaurant blossomed into a regional hub for community, and a national powerhouse for modeling socially responsible business.

Good Morning, Beautiful Business is a memoir about the evolution of an entrepreneur who would not only change her neighborhood, but would also change her world-helping communities far and wide create local living economies that value people and place as much as commerce and that make communities not just interesting and diverse and prosperous, but also resilient.

Wicks recounts a girlhood coming of age in the sixties, a stint working in an Alaska Eskimo village in the seventies, her experience cofounding the first Free People store, her accidental entry into the world of restauranteering, the emergence of the celebrated White Dog Cafe, and her eventual role as an international leader and speaker in the local-living-economies movement.

Her memoir traces the roots of her career - exploring what it takes to marry social change and commerce, and do business differently. Passionate, fun, and inspirational, Good Morning, Beautiful Business explores the way women, and men, can follow both mind and heart, do what's right, and do well by doing good.

ISBN-13: 9781603585057
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 4/2013

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