Name: Doris Tyler
Name of Business: Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts and More
Years in Business: 19
Hometown: Born and grew up in Baltimore, MD
Where Do you Live in Reston: I moved to Herndon in 1981 and have lived here ever since. I live just south of the Reston line and have enjoyed the Herndon/Reston proximity. I’ve had opportunities to enjoy Fritzbie’s and Il Cigno, to see the two lanes of Reston Avenue grow to Reston Parkway, and to cheer for my guys playing Reston Youth Basketball. Now, I enjoy Thursday night concerts on Lake Anne, the Reston Chorale at the Community Center, and taking a walk through the Walker Nature Center.
1. Why did you decide to open your business in Lake Anne vs another location? What made you get into this line of work of owning/running a small business/restaurant?
Linda from Lake Anne Florist was relocating and invited me to join her on Lake Anne…flowers and chocolates, a great combination! My sister operates a wonderful chocolate shop in Massachusetts and employs people with special needs. With a background in special education, I aspired to replicate her business model, a goal I’m still working to achieve.
2. Tell us one thing most don’t know about you or would be a surprise?
I’ve been an Oriole fan since my Dad signed his kids as Junior Orioles. He drove anyone who wanted to go to games in the Rambler station wagon. I’ve been to 25 consecutive Opening Days, sat through snow storms at Memorial Park, dated my husband in the bleachers and named my oldest son after the two famous Robinsons who played for the Orioles.
3. What would be your baseball walk-up song?
“All These Things That I’ve Done” by the Killers…refrain is “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier”.
4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
First, a hippie with flowers in my hair, then a teacher for kids with special needs (that, I achieved)
5. If you had only one word to describe owning a business, what would you say and why?
The highlights and challenges of owning a small business are unending. It offered me the flexibility to be with my children as they grew up, the ability to shape my business, and to be part of the community. It has also brought on the challenges of tight deadlines, balancing budgets and time, and dealing with the occasional broken wrist at the busiest time of the year.
6. What are three things on your bucket list?
Watching a hurricane at a beach (maybe just a Category 1)
Sipping wines in cafes around the world.
Owning a business that provides community based employment for people with special needs