A Chat with the Queen of Corned Beef

As much a Los Angeles institution as her famous comfort food, Phyllis Magee has a few tips about building a business for the long haul

When Blanche Magee started selling ham sandwiches to the truck farmers at Fairfax and Third in Los Angeles in the 1930s, the business world was still very much male-dominated. Nearly 70 years later, about 30% of the small operations at the historic Farmer's Market are women-owned. But even today, the business world is not "soft" -- and female entrepreneurs can't afford to be perceived that way, says Magee's daughter-in-law, Phyllis.

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