My experience with my partners building Blue River Sports and Mountain Wave Snowboards as owner operated small businesses in Breckenridge Colorado left a big soft spot for similar businesses. It helped that we were successful, at least successful enough for me to boat the Great Loop. Even after I sold out to them to work on my bucket list, we have remained close friends after 32 years in business. Most marriages don't last that long, much less after the divorce.
Ess-Kay Yards in Brewerton, NY falls smack into the middle of that soft spot. I spent almost two weeks there building this website. I flipped burgers at their 4th of July party and enjoyed the local fireworks with numerous other boaters. There's a story here about working through both the good and bad, but I don't think I could tell it any better than they do on a poster board in their well stocked marine store.