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How a Married Couple Makes Hospitality Their Full-Time Business

Cindy Reinhart makes a dream job work on the California Coast

"Running a B&B is hard work, but we can mold it around our lives."

My husband, Charles, and I recently celebrated running our own bed and breakfast, the Joshua Grindle Inn, in Mendocino, California, for just over 10 years.

Running a B&B is hard work. The average tenure of an innkeeper tends to be about five years. After five years they burn out and move on because they hadn’t realized that it is very hard work. We are a little different because we didn’t flee other careers like most people.  

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molly | March 08, 2012 | Entrepreneurs, Hospitality, Small business, Women, Working Mother | 3

How a 70-something Finds Purpose in a Post-Retirement Job

Bellman Jack Edwards ushers in all types of people to his New Jersey hotel

"At my age (I’m 77), it feels better than staying in the house doing nothing, and you meet a lot of interesting peoples.”

It’s a rainy night in Georgia

I’ve been working as a bellman at this same hotel in New Jersey since 1982. I started part-time; it was an after-hours job in addition to my regular daytime manufacturing jobs as a painter, material handler, belt splitter, jobs like that. When I officially retired in 1990, I started full-time. To me, it’s kind of fun working at the hotel. At my age (I’m 77), it feels better than staying in the house doing nothing, and you meet a lot of interesting peoples.

When a big sports star or someone famous comes to the hotel, everyone tries to rush in to see them. I don’t really go for all of that. But if they come in and they’re by themselves, I speak to them and everything. Over the years, I’ve met some interesting people—James Brown, Bill Cosby, Shirley Caesar (the “First Lady of Gospel”), and Billy Dee Williams. I even got Billy to take a picture with my grandson. Another time, Ray Charles was here . . .

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molly | May 31, 2011 | Hospitality | 0

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