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E145: Mama & Baba Approved: From The Farmers Market To A Brick & Mortar & Wholesale Op W/ Danny D.

Updated: Mar 9, 2022



With COVID time’s we’ve talked over a lot of the expediting of digital business but we don’t always get to talk about the physical and brick and mortar. Today we speak to Co-Founder of Z & Z Middle-Eastern Food Co. out of D.C. Starting as a farmers market booth and working a day job in NYC while starting up in D.C. Danny and I have a great conversation about being the son in a first generation immigrant family, parent and family expectations and intention behind career and business choices, always having a “hustle”, family business, and starting a brick and mortar in 2021. Great story for those pursuing any type of business but added information about those setting up physical products and working for the side hustle in.

In This Episode We Cover

  • Nostalgia in your countries foods and flavors

  • Living and studying in other countries and the difference in cultures

  • Getting outside your comfort zone

  • Figuring out a new country from scratch

  • Not being afraid of losing your job anymore

  • Growing up in a first generation immigrant family

  • Always having a hustle growing up

  • Getting 4 strikes at work

  • Prepare for the worst


“ I landed in an airport in a country I didn’t speak a single word of the language in a country I didn’t know a single person and what’s the worst thing that’s going to happen? I’ll figure it out.” - Danny Dubbaneh

“I actually have no fear of being fired, it would be really crappy and it would stall me with what I’m up to in capital but it wouldn’t ruin my life.” - Host Dave Swillum

“Everyone say’s it’s not going to happen to us, it always takes twice as long, costs twice as much, it’s going to happen to you so just plan for the worst and hope for the best.” - Danny Dubbaneh

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