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Imagine you own this chain of coffee shops in the UK and you sell it to Starbucks. What do you do next? Retire? In real life, the husband & wife team who actually did that didn't sit on their (newly rich) behinds. They created a fast-casual pizza chain in 2008, well before they were a thing in the US; since then, they've opened over 300 stores. The customizability of their pies is one way they differentiate themselves, giving pizza-hungry mobs the choice of 30 toppings, including an array of cheese (Gorgonzola, dairy-free), veggies (kale, artichokes, Greek olives), and meat (salami, spicy Italian sausage). Even the pizza dough can be tailored to your taste: while the 11-inch personal pie is the standard, a newish Mega Dough 11-inch thick crust is also available, in case you want your pie a little more Chicago. And while you might think that after you're done selecting a dough and toppings that your work is done, informed Mod lovers know that finishing the pizza with one of their nine sauces adds a ton more flavor to the proceedings, whether it's a fig balsamic glaze or Mike's Hot Honey. Bonus: When you buy their pie, you're helping a company which actively hires those who have been formerly incarcerated and people with disabilities.