Shop talk series: Three Pendleton business owners dicuss what it takes to succeed

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Pendleton - In part three of this four-part series focusing on the state of business in South Madison County, the Times-Post set out to talk to the new guys on the block, the businesses that took opportunity by the horns and decided 2012 was the year to open doors and then walk through them.

All three – owners of a restaurant, a work-out facility and a photography studio – said they chose to pursue their passion when it was right for them, and are the better off for it. The trio said making it in any economic climate takes a little cash, a lot of perseverance and a true entrepreneurial spirit.

“Honestly, I would say find your passion and stick with it,” Puzzles Restaurant owner and head Chef Trent Parker said. “It’s all about passion over reason.”

Parker said it was that passion in the pit of his stomach kept him going through collage and even when the naysayers told him that in the current economy a restaurant would be a bad idea.

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