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About Us

We're Dave and Val… business owners, hockey fans and tequila enthusiasts. We live in beautiful North Carolina and spend our free time enjoying life with each other, our family and friends.

Everyone Has A Story. Here's ours…

You know how some couples meet and it's love at first site, almost too good to be true? It's that amazing romantic fairy tale and happily ever after that we all dream of! You just feel like you can't live without one another from the moment you meet, and you simply KNOW that he (or she) is "the ONE" for you, the one you are going to spend the rest of your life with!

Well... that wasn't how it was for us at all. Here's our story...

Dave always says that everything happens for a reason and you’re always where you are supposed to be. Once upon a time Dave was a landscaper and Val was a photographer. One rainy summer day, Val realized that the weeds and landscaping in her yard were beyond her own capabilities (and interests). As she was driving to the gym to work out, she drove by Dave and his landscaping crew working in her neighborhood. It's the randomness of life that is beautiful! With much excitement over the prospect of having someone else do the dirty work, she stopped, and in all her infinite wisdom asked, "Do you take care of lawns?" Dave, soaking wet with rain, covered with wet grass, and with a weed trimmer in hand said, "No, I'm sorry, ma'am, but we don’t do lawns." For a moment, Val said nothing. And then Dave broke out into one of his great big smiles... and that was the start of an amazing friendship.

Yes, Friendship. The connection was instantaneous, the friendship easy-going. We were able to talk about anything and everything... work, family, friends, life, hockey, dreams, food, and tequila! Well, friendship turned into working with and for one another, and then dreaming of new business ideas together. Soon we were BFFs... the Real kind... where you simply know that your best friend Always has your best interests at heart, is Always just a phone call away and that you can Always count on one another just as much as you can count on the sun rising each morning. And then, as you can imagine, suddenly one day it just hits you! You look at this amazing person sitting next to you and say, "You are THE ONE. I don't want to go through life without you by my side."

And here we are! Could there be anything better?

"Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life." - Richard Bach.

Tequila Dale's Story

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." - John Lennon

Have you ever met those people who talk about all they're going to do, and go on and on about their dreams?

"One day, I'm going to finish school..."
"Someday I'd like to change careers and do something I love..."
"I'd love to..."
"I've always dreamt of opening my own business..."

We are dreamers. No doubt about it! But, there are some people that just talk about their dreams and others that actually do something about it. That's us. We're the type that work extremely hard to do something about it. We are truly Livin' The Dream! We also believe that in addition to hard work, by sharing your dream with others and with the universe (sometimes just saying it out loud over and over), you will better define your dreams, gain a better understanding of yourself, and open yourself up to all the possibilities that are out there.

Early in their relationship Dave shared his dream of opening a restaurant. While this had never been Val's dream, she fully supported Dave's goals and ambitions. As time went on, they began to talk more and more about it, and formulate new ideas together, such as adding apparel, offering stand-alone food products and further developing the restaurant concept together. They even came up with a name... Tequila Dale's (Dale's being a combination of Dave and Val's names). And together they embraced this dream! They began to share their dream with others, both by talking about it, and by cooking some of the food they'd serve at the restaurant for friends and at events. People were impressed! Many would take a taste of Dave's wings, for example, and say, "You should bottle that sauce..." Hmmm... that's not a bad idea!

Part of Livin' The Dream is figuring out how to get from dreaming to reality. With the economy struggling in 2009/2010, we weren’t interested in taking out a big loan to open a restaurant, so we decided to start Tequila Dale's slowly, first by introducing our food products, then by adding some apparel, and eventually working our way into the restaurant concept. Naturally, the first product we decided to share with the world was Dave's amazing and unique wing sauce, which had been so well-received by all who tried it! For more about all Tequila Dale's products and the Tequila Dale's restaurant concept, please visit the Products page.

We genuinely believe that by opening ourselves up and sharing our dreams, maybe we'll inspire others to follow their own dreams... whatever they are. Or perhaps along the way we'll meet someone else who is interested in our dream. You just never know where life will take you once you open yourself up to all the possibilities.

To be continued...