It's My Job: Vegan Restauranteurs

By Misty Volaski

Without Ojai residents Nancy Samuels and Rick Gentsil, there might not have been a Whole Foods in Sonoma County. "Rick and I opened up a natural foods market in 1989, I think it was," recalled Samuels, who owns Hip Vegan Cafe on East Ojai Avenue. "It eventually was bought by Whole Foods, and the people who bought the store from us made about $25 million for the three stores they opened up before selling to Whole Foods." But Samuels and husband Gentsil didn't begin their careers in the healthy foods industry. "I

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