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This $100 Million Business Started With a Series of Happy Accidents

Customers screamed at them when they started, but they kept buying.

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Jon King and Jim Stott founded Stonewall Kitchen, which is an almost $100 million business. But 25 years ago, the business (and life) partners began their company with a series of happy accidents.

Stonewall Kitchen
Stonewall Kitchen

How'd you guys get started?
Jon King: For the holidays one year, Jim and I wanted to make homemade jam and sauces. I was working part-time at a greenhouse and brought our leftovers in. A woman suggested that I sell it at the local farmers' market. I had huge student debt, so a few extra hundred dollars on a Saturday? Totally game.

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