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  • Photos by Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Wayne Shive named his sauce company, Best Boy and Co., after his dog James, that he says is his best boy. Shive creates and sells his own sauces, donating all profits to charity.

  • Among the various original sauces sold by Best Boy & Co. are Shive’s Original BBQ, Carolina BBQ and Adobo BBQ. The sauces may be purchased at www.bestboyandco.com.

  • Best Boy & Co.’s Sriracha Mustard took home gold in the 2014 Worldwide Mustard Competition hosted by the National Mustard Museum.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Adobo BBQ sauce is one of several varieties of sauces Wayne Shive makes from his own recipes and sells through his company Best Boy and Co. Shive donates all proceeds from sales to charity.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Wayne Shive uses his own receipes to make various artisan sauces, including hot sauces, BBQ, mustard, spice blends and dessert sauces, and sells them through his company, Best Boy and Co., then donates all proceeds from sales to charity.

  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette James, Wayne Shive's dog and his best boy, sits on Shive's lap inside the Crestwood Frame Gallery in Roanoke on Friday. Shive, who named his sauce company, Best Boy and Co., after James, uses his own receipes to make various artisan sauces, including BBQ, mustard, spice blends and dessert sauces then sells them and donates all proceeds from sales to charity.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 10:09 pm

One-man company

Lynn Altevogt | For The Journal Gazette

It is pretty unusual for someone to start a new career after retiring from a successful business that they started years earlier. It is even less likely to start, yet another, successful business after said retirement.

But what Wayne Shive has done, and is doing, is almost unheard of. Not only did he come out of retirement to start Best Boy & Co., a Roanoke-based company that makes gourmet sauces, he donates 100 percent of the profits to charities.

"Retirement wasn’t for me after all," says Shive, 66. "I needed a challenge and wanted to give back for the good life I have had."

Food has always been a hobby for Shive. He loved experimenting in his kitchen and sharing the results, he says. Eventually, the hobby blossomed into him founding Best Boy & Co. in 2007. The company offers 18 sauces, including six dessert, three mustards, three barbecue, three hot sauces and three spice blends.

Shive’s Deli-Style Mustard won the International Gold Medal for stone ground mustards and the Best Boy & Co. line has earned itself an "Indiana Artisan" distinction. He is also a member of Indiana Grown, a statewide program promoting Indiana-produced agricultural products.

But Shive isn’t in the business for awards or money, he wants to use his talents to help others.

"I have been fairly successful and wanted to do something with the rest of my active days that would help others," he says. "Best Boy & Co. gives me the chance to exercise my serial entrepreneur tendencies while leaving something good behind."

The name, as well as the company’s logo, was inspired by Shive’s dog, a Boykin spaniel named James, who is affectionately known as "Best Boy."

Like any new business, it took Best Boy & Co. a little bit of time to get to the point of profitability. But now he has donated more than $12,000 to different nonprofits across Indiana that support children and families. Some of the recipients include SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect), March of Dimes, Brightpoint and Erin’s House for Grieving Children. 

Shive’s entire line of sauces and spice blends are made solely by him; he is Best Boy & Co.’s only employee. He tries to run the business as efficiently as possible so that he has more money he can then donate to charity. 

Quality, however, is never sacrificed, he says. All of Shive’s products are craft-made in small batches and he uses local and regional ingredients whenever possible. Once the sauces are made, they are shipped out to stores in states including Indiana, Illinois and Georgia.

Shive’s entire operation can be summed up by the company’s motto: "Great taste for a greater good."