Marcus develops a growth strategy for Goth candle-maker Wick’ed.
The Burbank-based company was launched five years ago by spouses Mark and Sam(antha) Biren who own it 50/50. The company has never made a profit.
Marcus is met with resistance when he informs Mark and Sam that despite the company being five years old it’s still a startup due to its weak financial position. Sales have been declining, it’s losing money, it owes money to a credit card company and an investor, and there’s no working capital. Sam’s day job is the only thing keeping them afloat.
In this latest episode Marcus revisits Standard Burgers from the second season. As you may recall, it’s the Staten Island burger joint owned and operated by a dozen or so very hot-tempered guys. The company won first prize at the Best Burger in New York event.
You can read my original write up about Standard Burger here.
This week Marcus gave us a two-fer. In the episode he opened with Chicago’s Da Lobsta and then moved onto Betty’s Pie Whole. The result was a rather amusing episode but with next to nothing in terms of business lessons.
Marcus Develops a Growth Strategy for Kensington Garden Rooms
Kensington Garden Rooms (“KGR”) is a Hilmar, CA based business owned and operated by two Brits who moved to the USA in 2012, Damion Merry and Simon Johnston. It sells high priced luxury gazebos which serve as entertainment centers.
Marcus develops a growth strategy for a chain of blue jean retailers.
It’s nice to see Marcus on the best coast for a change. This was an odd episode which I attribute to the editing team leaving important scenes on the cutting room floor.
The owner of Blues Jean Bar, Lady Fuller (“Lady” is her actual first name), founded the chain of blue jean stores. At one point there were thirteen stores stretching from the Bay Area to Boston but a lack of profitability forced her to shutter ten of them. Now only three remain in San Francisco, Dallas, and Chicago.