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LIFeSTYLE - Living Italian Food e Style

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Location
108 East Pitt Street
Bedford, PA
County
Bedford
Description
Business Expansion
Total Project Cost
$95,000

We celebrated our agreement over a bottle of wine and some cheese in our home a couple of weeks later.

- Stefano Ferrari, co- owner – LIFeSTYLE – Living Italian Food e Style

People

Small town woman goes to Italy, finds love, and brings him – and a taste for the Old Country – back to live the American dream. The villain in this plot? Tight credit. After Sarah and Stefano Ferrari left Milan for her hometown of Bedford, they began importing top-quality Italian food to, in her words, “share what we learned over there, and share some of that culture with the community.” When they sought financing, bankers “were like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s a nice idea, good luck.’”

Progress

In walked repeat customer David Kahley, who mentioned that he was President and CEO of The Progress Fund, a lender that specializes in small-town development. “We celebrated our agreement over a bottle of wine and some cheese in our home a couple of weeks later,” says Stefano. The Progress Fund loaned $45,000 for a new in store kitchen and dining area to show off their foods. When LIFeSTYLE wanted to expand again, The Progress Fund loaned $50,000.

Impact

LIFeSTYLE is becoming the place for a very special meal – the reservations-only, three-hour, make-new-friends-for-life kind. Even as they add another amenity to Bedford, they’re aiming to become an attraction in their own right, through their new website. “I want people to see our store, like our store,” says Stefano, “and then come to Bedford.” A happy ending, indeed.

 

 

News about LIFeSTYLE - Living Italian Food e Style

Bedford businessmen get press back home in Italy

LIFeSTYLE of Bedford, PA was recently featured in “Corriere Della Sera”, the most widely read newspaper in Italy. LIFeSTYLE stands for Living Italian Food e Style. The foodie shop imports and sells the best artisanal food products from Italy. After retail hours and on weekends, it transforms into a classic Italian trattoria restaurant. The business, owned and managed by two … Continue reading Read the full post »