10 Inspiring Success Stories

Oren Bloostein of Oren’s Daily Roast Coffee and Tea
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Oren Bloostein of Oren’s Daily Roast Coffee and Tea

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Oren Bloostein—a Long Island, New York, native—moved to New York City and found a job at Saks Fifth Avenue, working in corporate retail. It was 1979, Bloostein was 23, and he was completely miserable. "I wanted to be somewhere where I didn't have to report to 15 people," he says. So he quit his job in 1984 and founded Oren's Daily Roast in 1986. With a $50,000 gift from his parents, $30,000 in personal savings, and a loan of $25,000, Bloostein opened his first location in a 400-square-foot shop at 1574 First Avenue on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Twenty-five years later, Oren's Daily Roast is a near-$10 million business.