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Standing on Their Own

After years of dreaming, this couple decides to go it alone with their own Woody's Hot Dogs kiosk.

This story appears in the July 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

"We're both pretty independent. we never enjoyed punching the time clock or answering to other people," says Chris Lycan, a Woody's Hot Dogs franchisee. Since 2001, Chris, 40, and husband David, 41, haven't had to do either. That's how long they've been operating their hot dog kiosk at the Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"We'd been thinking about [starting a business] for years," says Chris, a former grocery merchandiser. "We just didn't know for sure what to do." A look through the want ads brought Woody's to their attention. Says Chris, "I thought it sounded like fun."

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