We had the good fortune of connecting with Dennis Boyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dennis, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe that risks are a necessary evil when it comes to making it to the next level, in just about any aspect of life. Nothing wrong with playing it safe, there’s a level of comfort and predictability going that route, but that leaves space for a lot of ‘what ifs’. Not knowing what could have been because I was afraid to find out and possibly fail is not something that I’m comfortable with.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Being a small neighborhood convenience store we had to find a way to stand out from the more known establishments. One way we do that is to offer certain snacks and drinks that are not distributed to the west coast. Whether it’s a particular brand of potato chips only sold in the Midwest, or peach soda only sold in the south. We have slowly become known for having those types of items. From time to time the store also doubles as a movie set for production companies to rent when there is a convenience store scene. Which has also led to the other restaurants in the plaza gaining a surge of business during the film days to feed the cast and crew. I wouldn’t call any of it easy, it’s more like a matter of doing it, whatever ‘it’ may be.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Los Angeles there’s no limit when it comes to interesting things to do or see. I like to show people the contrasts that the city has to offer. I would take them to the beach, the desert, the mountains, the hills, and the hood. And throughout that experience they would get a pretty good sense of what this place has to offer.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to send a special shout out to my wife and life partner Valere Boyd for all of her words of encouragement and being with me every step of the way. I also want to shout out my mother Karen Boyd, without her stepping and helping out this entire thing would fall apart.

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