Long story or short version? Okay, short version. Here it is, more or less. Derek was a math teacher/administrator from 1988 through 2000. Ten years of which were spent locally at The Porter-Gaud School. Meanwhile, his brother-in-law, Brian, was living outside of Philly installing sprinkler sys-
tems and dealing with traffic. So for a change of pace, Derek quit the education business in 2000. After a couple of years cooking and bartending in many bars along the east coast, he opened the first d.d. Pekcers’ in Charlotte in 2002. Missing Charleston, he moved back in hopes of finding the per-fect location for d.d. Peckers’ part 2. However, the only way he was going to do it was with Brian on board. Well, Brian and his wife, Denise (Derek’s sister), absolutely loved Charleston, but to leave their hometowns and well paying jobs would be tough. Oh, and by-the-way, Denise was 8 months pregnant. The planets happened to align and in January 2006, d.d. Peckers’ part 2 was opened. And the sequel proved to be a major improvement.
Derek and Brian are very grateful to have been able to completely change careers successfully into something they both enjoy immensely. And 98% of the enjoyment comes from YOU. So, make sure you stop Derek and Brian to share your story. Where’d the name come from? That’s for another day.
Thanks for hanging with us.