Nancy Pilla was only 12 years old when she stood on a wooden Coke box and learned how to cut and prepare meats as taught by her father, the late John Risteter.
"I had to stand on the box to reach the meats," she said.
The Risteter family owned John and Bob's Friendly Market in Lansford for 20 years. Nancy went on to work at Drigan's Market, Nesquehoning, and Agosti's IGA in Hometown.
Due to her extensive background in fresh cut meats, Pilla developed special skills in working with whole beef hanging on a hook. She knows how to break it down from into various cuts.