Autumn 2006

Dear Neighbors, It has been a good while since we’ve sent one of these communiqués. It’s not that we don’t love you; it’s just that we haven’t had much news. In this letter you’ll get an update on the Proximity Hotel and her restaurant. You’ll also learn about some special holiday happenings and about the lengths to which our team… Continue Reading Autumn 2006

Autumn 2005

Dear Neighbors, Proximity is near. The Holidays are around the corner. The Kitchazoic Era is dawning. And better beef est arrivé! Cryptic enough? Cheers! Dennis Quaintance & Nancy King Quaintance We are hoping you will help us make some important decisions by completing a questionnaire at As something like a bribe, we’ll give the 50 most helpful responses a complimentary… Continue Reading Autumn 2005

Summer 2005

Dear Neighbors, If this outfit were a mammal, it would be an elephant. We’d be an elephant because of its twenty-two month gestation period. We’re pretty good at getting things started but…some things just take a while. Case in point: our Proximity Hotel project. It’s coming along nicely, but, because it’s our intent that this first hotel become a model… Continue Reading Summer 2005

Winter 2004

Dear Neighbors, Come June 5th our first-born (Lucky 32 Restaurant) will be fifteen years old. We are not dealing with pimples or braces, but we have decided that this would be a good time to give her (and her latter-born sisters) some loving attention. This attention started with an honest look-see using our “Oklahoma Eyes.” (That is what we call… Continue Reading Winter 2004

Autumn 2004

Dear Neighbors, We’re expecting! — And, again, it’s twins! We are always excited to add to our little family of “purpose centered” businesses, and we are anxious to share the news. If the powers greater than ourselves are willing and the creeks don’t rise, the hospitality stork will deliver a spanking new hotel with its loving sister restaurant to Greensboro… Continue Reading Autumn 2004

Winter 2003

Dear Neighbors, No matter how hard one might try, “you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” A lot of the food that’s available in these parts makes us think of that old sow’s ear. That’s not to say that we’re embarrassed by our food, we just know there is no substitute for starting with the best… Continue Reading Winter 2003

Autumn 2003

Dear Neighbors, I think I have had my 15 minutes of fame. In early September I flew to Boston to pick up one of the first 26 new London Taxis imported to the U.S., and the first one to be put into service for an American hotel. I was a pretty famous hombre driving this nifty rig down the New… Continue Reading Autumn 2003

Summer 2003

Dear Neighbors, We had incredible experiences on our adventure that are worth mentioning here because they impacted us professionally. We believe that, over time, organizations tend to become “internally focused.” In other words, there is a tendency for a team to focus more on its own experience than the experience of those it serves. We know this tendency, we fight… Continue Reading Summer 2003

Winter 2002

Dear Neighbors, We’ve opened (or at least we will have opened, if the opening gods have smiled upon us) our new-new-old-old Lucky 32 restaurant in Cary. The culinary gods were indeed smiling upon us in November when deservedly famous cookbook author Patricia Wells visited, wined and dined with our guests and us. In this letter we’ll tell you all about… Continue Reading Winter 2002

Autumn 2002

Dear Neighbors, Our most fond summer memories are of crossing this continent on Amtrak with our 4-year-old twins, Kathleen and new Dennis. We spent two days in Washington, two in Chicago, then three in San Francisco. Seeing this beautiful country from the window of a train, letting 4-year-olds spend three nights sleeping on the top bunk of our wobbly pullman… Continue Reading Autumn 2002