Here at the YES Bar we’re embracing the idea of “YES” as an attitude---a state of mind. This week, we’re starting a spotlight series, featuring companies and individuals who are inspiring us by saying and living, “YES.”
Today, we chatted with one of our favorite customers, Greg Galliano, owner of Hood River Mountain Bike Adventures. Greg guides mountain bikers through some of the most picturesque terrain in Oregon and Washington State. Yes...that is his JOB. Most of the trails in the area are unmarked, so to avoid having to drop breadcrumbs, it’s important to have a knowledgable navigator at the helm. As a bonus, Greg is also a professional photographer, so he’s able to capture those YES moments---sending his riders home with mind-blowing shots from their adventures.
In a previous life Greg was an Art Director for Mountain Bike and Bicycling magazines. After he and his wife, Melanie Strong, purchased a home in Hood River, she proposed the idea of him turning his passion into a business. After all, he had been leading tours for his family and friends for years. He said, “My first “real” tour gave me $100...and bacon. I ate the bacon, but I’ve kept that $100 on the wall as a reminder that you can get paid to do something you love.”
Today, Greg’s company continues to grow and evolve, and we’re so thrilled The YES Bar is along for the ride! Greg currently offers YES Bars to his riders to help fuel their journeys up and down the mountain. Greg said, “The YES Bar was approved by my wife’s naturopath, so we know it’s clean, but I just like that it keeps me going and it tastes great.”
The YES Bar: Any final thoughts, Greg?
Greg Galliano: Neither one of my parents were happy in their jobs. They told me, “Make sure you like what you do everyday. Then you’ll never work a day in your life.”