After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be nice to take a brain break before diving into the planning and goal-setting we need to do for the year ahead. Sometimes, a little motivation and inspiration can be helpful, too! 

Personally, I enjoy watching TV shows to give myself a brain break and get inspired for the next 12 months. Today, I’m sharing three TV shows that are motivating and inspiring my entrepreneurial side right now.

The Bear

Fiction, available on Hulu

The Bear is based on the story of a chef who inherited his brother’s restaurant business after his brother passed away. 

A restaurant isn’t exactly retail, but it is a brick and mortar business—which makes many parts of this story so relatable. The main character has to manage the business’s finances, determine what their customers love and don’t love, hire and manage a team, deal with the stress of running a business, and try to pay vendors or rent when cash flow crunches occur. 

If you’re in Master Shopkeepers, you often hear me talk about “big paper” or big paper sessions, where I use oversized sticky note pads to get “big” thoughts or ideas out of my head and into action. 

Big paper sessions are incredibly helpful to entrepreneurs because we store so much in our brains. It’s valuable to get these thoughts and ideas OUT of our heads and onto paper so we can see them laid out. I always have aha moments and some big realizations when I do big paper sessions!

Well, this isn’t a revolutionary practice or idea from me. In 2 of the 3 shows I’m sharing about today, I witnessed versions of “big paper” sessions, and The Bear was one. 

The main character, Carmen, and one of the other lead characters did a big paper session at a pivotal point for the restaurant. I don’t want to ruin anything about the storyline for you, so I won’t share what happens next!

One disclaimer about this show: it can be emotionally triggering. One episode in particular can feel manic and incredibly stressful. You might want to watch some of the episodes in chunks rather than all at once—I know I had to! But in my opinion, this series is still worth watching. It’s so good and the acting is incredible.

Another interesting bit from The Bear is one of the soundtrack songs, which really stood out to me. The song is New Noise by the Swedish punk rock band Refused. The song is a powerful anthem that “delves into themes of rebellion, resistance, and the pursuit of change.”

This probably isn’t a song you’d think of as my style. It’s punk—hardcore punk! And I LOVE it. This is the kind of song that fuels me if I’m on a mission, especially if I’m running or working out and want to sweat my butt off. Years ago, when my husband learned I liked this kind of music, he was shocked. I bet you’ll be shocked, too, if you give it a listen

The Lost Kitchen

Docuseries, available on Prime Video, Max, Apple TV+, and  Magnolia Network

Erin French is the owner of The Lost Kitchen, a historic mill turned restaurant in the 722-person town of Freedom, Maine.

Erin’s magic lies in her restaurant’s branding and the exclusive nature of her reservation system. 

Every year, hundreds of visitors from around the world make reservations. But you can’t make a reservation by calling, emailing, or using an app—you have to send a postcard. You can only attend dinner at her restaurant if your postcard is pulled and you’re contacted by her team.

The Lost Kitchen has an all-woman team. I appreciated how one season of the show focused on Erin stepping into her role as a leader. It was clear she had to build this muscle, make improvements, and allow herself to become the “boss.” It’s so relatable for retail store owners!

In the most recent season, Erin opened a retail store in the same mill, making the show even more relevant for indie retailers. Of course, the shop compliments the restaurant. Everything is curated and incredibly on-brand. You’ll know what I mean when you watch the series. 

Every decision Erin and her team make around the brand is very intentional. Nothing seems off-brand at all. She’s not focusing on what other people or her competition is doing—instead, she’s staying true to her style, her brand, her business, and the overall experience for her visitors. It’s very cohesive. I think this is what initially drew me into the series. 

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Growing Floret

Docuseries, available on Discovery+, Max, Magnolia Network, and Prime Video

Growing Floret chronicles Floret, a family-run flower farm in the Skagit River Valley of Washington State. 

The founders are a wife and husband team, Erin and Chris Benzakein.

This is another show where a big paper session spoke to my planning heart. In one episode, Erin mapped out the biggest plan and vision for a project on a massive wall. To see how her brain worked around her business was inspiring. While watching, I thought to myself, “One day, I’ll do a big paper session WALL size!”

In season 2 episode 2, Erin said, “I love problems. Tell me what you hate, tell me what’s not working, what’s broken. I love the puzzle of it, the challenge—allow me to get in there and understand it, wrestle with it, solve it.”

What attracted me to the two Erins in The Lost Kitchen and Growing Floret is their diversification. 

They’re not afraid to add multiple revenue streams under their umbrella brand. They’re stellar examples of scaling retail businesses

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All three of these shows were enjoyable to me, even the one based on fiction. While I don’t face the exact same weight or hardships of the business owners in the stories, each one was relatable to me as someone in the retail industry.

Plus, it’s always insightful to see HOW other people manage entrepreneurship—the good, the bad, and sometimes the ugly. That’s part of being a business owner. It doesn’t always mean a stream of feel-good moments, but I’m okay with that because I learn and grow from it ALL.



  • [02:22] The Bear
  • [07:21] The Lost Kitchen
  • [09:52] Growing Floret

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