"The whole family has a tremendous amount of sweat
equity in that business," says Gracik. "They have a unique
product and they're very proud of the fact that the product bears
their family name. They don't cut corners."
Lynne and Sandra Louise Hubbard Edwards, '77, two of
the sisters who Dot Hubbard hauled around in the family car for her
peanut deliveries, believe their mother's independence helped them
carry on the now multi-million dollar business successfully. "I
think my mother knew what she wanted out of life and she knew how
to go about it," says Sandra. "She's a tenacious businesswoman.
She had a natural talent for knowing what she needed to do. She trusted
Dot Hubbard says, with some amusement, "I didn't
start it thinking I was starting a business. Ruefully, she adds,
"It could have grown faster if I had.
At home in Sedley after a stint teaching in Roanoke and
busy with three babies delivered in 18 months thanks to a set
of twins, Sandra and Terry Dot was looking for some way to
pick up a little money.
Dot recalled her mother mailing peanuts to her at Longwood
a treat that was always popular with her friends. Since Southampton
County is the world's leader in peanut production, cooking peanuts
was a family tradition.