The Simple Greek is a fast-growing company that’s leveraging technology to grow its brand even further.

By Kat Zeman, Knighthouse Media

Combining quality ingredients, open kitchens and Mediterranean food in a fast-casual setting, The Simple Greek is taking the country by storm and redefining the traditional concept of a Greek restaurant.

A fast-growing restaurant concept, the Blue Bell, Pa.-based chain started with one restaurant in 2016. Today, it has 33 locations and another 17 set to open in the next 6 months throughout the United States.


The Barre Code helps its clients improve their fitness as well as their self-acceptance.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

In nearly 10 years, The Barre Code has grown to 60 women’s fitness studios in 18 states while staying true to its mission of personal growth and self-acceptance. “We’ve created our vision, which is to have a positive impact on the people we touch,” co-founder and co-CEO Jillian Lorenz says.

Lorenz started the Chicago-based company in 2010 with co-founder and co-CEO Ariana Chernin in 2010. “I grew up with a love for dance,” Lorenz recalls, adding that she pursued a career as a mechanical engineer but stayed tied to her passion through side activities such as summer dance camps.


Sun Holdings grows quickly thanks to its diversity, solid brands and smart acquisitions.

By Mark Lawton, Knighthouse Media

On July 10, CEO Guillermo Perales helped cut the ribbon on a new Popeye’s restaurant in Dallas, the 1,000th store of Sun Holdings, the Dallas-based company Perales founded.

That is a significant milestone, driven by Sun Holdings’ recent fast rate of growth. Only five years ago, the enterprise was limited to 550 stores. In the last three years, the company has built more than 200 stores and remodeled another 200. Most of the growth was organic though some came from purchasing stores.


Caring Senior Service reduces the burden on its franchisees with its back-office services and software.

By Mark Lawton, Knighthouse Media

Business is good at Caring Senior Service (CSS), which helps senior clients with at-home nonmedical care and continues to see year-over-year growth. CSS added new locations in 2018 and has already seen growth at each of them. “That’s been going on for 28 years,” founder and CEO Jeff Salter says. “Any statistic you look at, when individuals get to an advanced age, they want to live at home. There has been an increase in nursing homes but people prefer to live at home.”


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