We had the good fortune of connecting with Conner Gildenblatt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Conner, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Haha.. as if there is such a thing. I’m not sure if business owners truly get that luxury. When living life out of the business I’m always looking for ideas and thinking of new ways to help the business. Whether it’s inspiration from a conversation or seeing something as I’m driving by.. anything can spark an idea and I get right to work. We even talked about work at my grandfather’s funeral and I’m pretty positive he wouldn’t have had it any other way. We’re a family business so even at family dinners we talk shop.. it’s what we love to do.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Everything is easy. That’s how I like to look at it. Walking was once hard, riding a bike, tying our shoes.. it was all difficult in the beginning but once we learned how to do those things.. it became easy.. forever. If we start to look at everything as if it’s easy, then it will be. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had to go through shit, but when I do, I just remind myself it’s part of the process. I taught myself how to make pizza on Youtube and, you can ask my wife, I literally cried.. not kidding.. actual tears were coming down my face because I thought I was going to be amazing and make a perfect pizza my first try.. but it came out atrocious. In that moment I could have given up but I decided to make another, and another and another and eventually I found my stride.. or I guess I found my pie. See, I come from advertising so I knew I could sell it, but nothing kills a company faster than great advertising and a horrible product. I’ll never forget watching that first pizza leave our doors. I was so nervous. But luckily our team did a great job and it was off to the races.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Grapevine Main St. Friday night, we’d grab drinks on the balcony at Piaf, then bar hop til we got to Hotel Vin and we’d finish the night off at Chill. Nice local night out. On Tuesday we’d hit up Open Mic Comedy at Hat Tricks then on Wednesday we’d get some wings or something. Thursday we’d go to 1845 for music on the patio in Flower Mound and get brunch at Chez Fabian on Saturday. Oh and through all that we’d have to get coffee from Re-defined in Grapevine.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family. 100% my family; My father, my grandparents, my mother, my wife, my brother and sisters.. we truly are a family business and everyone has played a role in making this dream a reality. I try to meet others in the industry and have learned a ton from other local business owners. I’m on the younger side of my fellow business owners and they really have had a helping hand in “showing me the ropes”. but lets face it.. we do like to put our own spin on things!
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