In this month's Case Study, Alex Salkever tells the story of Terry Wyman-Picurro, who co-owned a Tucson-based pizzeria chain with her ex-husband, Peter. When news broke that Peter had been accused of soliciting sex with a minor, the community shunned the restaurants and Wyman-Picurro had to make some of the toughest decisions of her career. Salkever found Wyman-Picurro honest and open. "I imagine Terry's ability to face questions like mine also helped her turn around the company," he says. The Honolulu-based writer, pictured left at the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, has also written for Travel + Leisure, Outside, and The Washington Post.
Indoor soccer? Got it. Jacuzzi? Yup. Livia Corona spent three days at Aquascape Designs, photographing the company's headquarters-cum-playground. "My assistant and I were ready to hand in our applications," says Corona. "It's an incredible place. Everyone has a glow." The Brooklyn-based photographer has also shot for architecture magazines Dwell and Domus.
The brothers who fought for control of Sam's Wines were surprisingly willing to talk to senior writer Stephanie Clifford--at least at first. Eventually, Darryl Rosen limited his involvement with Clifford's story about the power struggle that ended when he sold his stake in the family business to a private equity firm. He and his brother, Brian, are no longer on speaking terms. It's an all-too-common story that may hold lessons for other entrepreneurs. "I can't help but think there was a way the family could have avoided this fate," says Clifford.
Artist Ron Barrett says he has seen the "madness and fun" drain out of offices where he's worked. That inspired his comic strip (PDF), which depicts a company that loses its edge as it grows. Barrett, who worked at National Lampoon in its heyday, also writes children's books with his wife, Judi, including Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. He lives in New York City.