08.24.15 | Hissho Named "2015 Top Business"

Hissho Sushi has learned that the Company has been named as “2015 Top Business” by Diversity Business.com. 

A winner in 4 categories:

Top 50 Diversity Owned Businesses in North Carolina – 2015 # 4
Top 50 Privately-held Businesses in North Carolina – 2015 # 7
Top 100 Asian Pacific American Owned Businesses in the United States – 2015 # 19
Top 500 Diversity Owned Businesses in the United States – 2015 # 276
Hissho is very humbled by this recognition as the Company continues to “Achieve the Impossible” as our #11 Core Value states.

In a letter to Philip Maung, Hissho’s President & CEO, Kenton Clarke, President & CEO of Diversity Business.com says; “Over 1.3 million businesses in the United States participated in our 15th annual business survey and you were among the select few chosen based on both your annual gross revenue and the business profile you presented to us.”

The DiversityBusiness.com website states:  “The ‘Top Businesses in America’ program was established in 1999 by DiversityBusiness.com as part of its ongoing commitment to remain at the forefront in championing the entrepreneurial spirit.  The program recognizes and honors individuals who have established themselves as a world class community of entrepreneurs that continue to transform the way we live and advance our economy forward.”

August 17, 2015 by admin 0 Comments

08.17.15 | Back to School with Hissho!

To our Hissho friends that attend university, we will have either sushi or hot bar (or both!) in the following locations this fall:

  • Babson College | Babson Park, Massachusetts
  • Belmont University | Nashville, Tennessee
  • Bentley University | Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Binghamton University (SUNY) | Binghamton, New York
  • Creighton University | Omaha, Nebraska
  • Colorado School of Mines | Golden, Colorado
  • Fordham University | Bronx, New York, New York
  • DePaul University | Chicago, Illinois
  • Gardner Webb University | Boiling Springs, North Carolina
  • Georgia Regents University | Phoenix, Arizona
  • Howard University | Washington, D.C.
  • IUPUI | Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Kennesaw State University | Kennesaw, Georgia
  • Lehigh University | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Loyola Marymount University | Los Angeles, California
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato | Mankato, Minnesota
  • Montgomery College | Rockville, Maryland
  • NC A&T | Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Plymouth State University | Plymouth, New Hampshire
  • Ramapo College | Mahwah, New Jersey
  • Radford University | Radford, Virginia
  • Rochester Institute of Technology | Rochester, New York
  • South Carolina State University | Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • St. Cloud State University | St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Suffolk University | Boston, Massachusetts
  • Troy University | Troy, Alabama
  • University of Idaho | Moscow, Idaho
  • University of Louisville | Louisville, Kentucky
  • University of North Alabama | Florence, Alabama
  • University of North Carolina-Greensboro | Greensboro, North Carolina
  • University of South Carolina | Columbia, South Carolina
  • University of Tennessee-Martin | Martin, Tennessee
  • University of Texas-El Paso | El Paso, Texas
  • University of Texas-Pan American | Edinburg, Texas
  • Virginia Commonwealth University | Richmond, Virginia
  • Wake Forest University | Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • William Paterson University | Wayne, New Jersey

Stay in touch for Hissho’s next openings in our non-grocery locations!

08.13.15 | Hissho Named to 2015 Inc. 5000

It’s Official!  Hissho has earned a space in the 2015 Inc. 5000 list.  For the 5th time in 6 years Hissho is named as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, and has earned the position of #4028.
Hissho was ranked #124 in the Food & Beverage Industry, #119 in the state of North Carolina and #44 in the city of Charlotte.
The President and Editor in Chief of Inc. 500l5000, Eric Schurenberg, stated that, “Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.”
Congratulations to CEO Philip Maung and all of the Hissho employees who have worked hard to earn this honor.  For more information see:  http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2015/ & http://www.inc.com/profile/hissho-sushi

June 19, 2015 by admin 0 Comments

06.19.15 | Hissho Served It Up Hot in Hot-lanta!!

The Hissho Team had an amazing time at this year’s IDDBA Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo in Atlanta, Ga.
For those not in the know, IDDBA is the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association – an essential resource for dairy, deli and bakery professionals. Originally founded in 1964 as the Wisconsin Cheese Seminar, it has evolved over the years to reflect the changing needs of professionals in the dairy, deli, bakery and related industries.
Each year, IDDBA conducts an annual seminar and expo, “Dairy-Deli-Bake,” that features the finest in dairy, deli and bakery: new products, new suppliers, new contacts, new (and old) buyers and new ideas. For the past several years, Hissho has been honored to be an exhibitor at this exciting show.
The Hissho crew arrived on Friday to unload our goodies and check out our booth space. (We were super stoked about being neighbors with Stacy’s Pita Chips and Sabra – can we say, “Nomz?!”)
On Saturday, we jumped into action early, setting up our booth and prepping food for our sampling. This year’s show was extra special for us as we were debuting our hot foods program, Asian to Go, to new prospects. So with a double duty of sampling both hot food and sushi, the team had a lot of veggies to chop!
The show runs three days, typically Sunday through Tuesday, and our chefs banged out some fantastically colorful displays for each day.
All in all, we had a great show! We were able to meet tons of new people, see some familiar faces and sample some wickedly awesome food. We hope to see everyone again in 2016!

May 26, 2015 by admin 0 Comments

05.26.15 | Hisshonians Win Silver!

Our talented group of Hisshonians put their Core Value #6 – Work Hard, Play Hard – to the test on Saturday, May 16th, bringing home the Silver Medal in this year’s Charlotte Dragon Boat Races!
For those not familiar, dragon boats are long, paddle boats that feature a standard crew of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steerer. Dragon boat racing is believed to have originated in China more than 2,500 years ago, during the same period that the ancient Greek games were being established at Olympia.
Dragon boat racing has been practiced continuously since then, incorporating competitive, ceremonial, ritualistic and religious traditions, as well as serving as a basis for annual water rituals and festivals. Dragon boat racing emerged as an international watersport in the late 1970’s.
Hissho started the day early, clocking in at 0:55.70 for our first qualifying heat. After a few hours of rest, the team readied for the second qualifier. Coming in at a slightly better time of 0:55.39, Hisshonians were able to secure a spot in the B Division Championship Final.
(To put things into perspective for you, around 50 teams entered the competition and Hissho was seeded 12th after the qualifying rounds! The top eight teams, comprised of mainly club-level teams, compete for the top division.)
With a few hours of rest and plenty of food to fuel our efforts, HIsshonians took to the water for the final race. Despite an amazing, tireless effort, we fell just four-tenths of a second short of the Gold Medal, with a finishing time of 0:53.59.
However, nothing but smiles could be seen on everyone’s faces as they returned to base camp. With little experience and practice, the team really pulled together to achieve the impossible!
Watch out for us next year! We’re coming for the GOLD! GO HISSHO!

April 30, 2015 by admin 0 Comments

04.30.15 | Hissho Birthday Contest Winner!

Congratulations to James Engle for winning our Hissho Birthday Contest!
James created several new rolls for us…don’t they sound delicious?! Which would you choose?

  • A breakfast roll with egg, ham, cheese and rice!
  • Rice, egg whites, salmon, and tuna roll!
  • A spicy cucumber, celery, and salmon roll!
  • Yellowtail, crab, salmon roll!
  • Rice, salmon, tuna, and shrimp roll!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

April 3, 2015 by admin 0 Comments

04.03.15 | Hissho Birthday Contest!

About the Contest:

  • For Hissho’s 17th Birthday, we’re asking our fans to create a unique roll for us via Facebook!
  • Throughout the month of April, we will post prompts asking fans to comment with their own sushi creation. Fans are free to use any ingredients, but keep in mind what is readily available in your local supermarket.
  • As the month progresses, we’ll narrow down the 5 most popular creations and fans will vote for their favorite.
  • The fan with the winning name will receive a Hissho Prize Pack, featuring a t-shirt, retail sauces and other goodies. The 4 runners-up will receive a t-shirt.

How to Enter:

  • Check Hissho’s Facebook Page for our Create Your Own Roll Posts throughout the month of April.
  • On each post, comment with your creation’s ingredients, + a name for the roll, to be entered.
  • On April 20th, we will determine the top 5 creations based on popularity and an internal vote.
  • On April 20th, 24th and 30th, we will post the top 5 creations and ask fans to comment/vote for their favorite.
  • On May 1st, we will announce the winner.

Other Rules of Engagement:

  • The contest officially begins on April 3, 2015, and ends on April 30, 2015, at 11:59pm EDT.
  • The winner will be announced on May 1, 2015.
  • Prizes can be awarded to U.S. residents only.
  • Grand Prize is considered an exchange for all rights to use the winning creation’s ingredients and/or name.
  • Winners must be fans of Hissho on Facebook.
  • In the event that 2 creation entries are the same, we will award the creation to the fan that posted first.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
  • No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
  • Any entry that is deemed inappropriate will be removed.


  • The fan with the winning creation will receive a Hissho Prize Pack featuring a t-shirt, retail sauces and other goodies.
  • The 4 runners-up will receive a t-shirt.
  • All prizes must be claimed within one month of the close of the contest. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded.
  • Please allow up to 2 weeks for shipping and handling.


  • Winners will be notified via Facebook.
  • Entrants must agree to allow Hissho Sushi to publish their name on the Hissho Facebook Page, website and other social media.
  • A list of winners will be published and viewable on the Winners/Notes Tab of the Hissho Facebook Page.

March 27, 2015 by admin 0 Comments

03.27.15 | Bringing a little luck to those who need it – Part 2!

Our awesome volunteers at Hissho brought a lot of smiles today!
Through donations raised by our Hisshonians, we purchased sandwiches, chips, fruit, cookies and water, and assembled “brown-bag” lunches and distributed them at Crisis Assistance Ministry here in Charlotte, N.C. (Check them out here! http://www.crisisassistance.org/)
The gratefulness and appreciation shown by the recipients was significant and heartwarming. Thank you to all of our Hisshonians for your support and dedication in giving back to the community!

March 13, 2015 by admin 0 Comments

03.13.15 | Bringing a little luck to those who need it!

It seems a leprechaun left a huge pot of gold at Hissho this month! But, this pot of gold is EXTRA special!
Those shamrocks you see are actually donations from our humble Hisshonians! For the past two weeks, we’ve asked our Hisshonians to donate however much they’d like to go towards buying lunch for those in need.
We’ll purchase sandwiches, chips, fruit and water, and our awesome volunteers will assemble “brown-bag” lunches and distribute them at Crisis Assistance Ministry here in Charlotte, N.C. (By the way, if you’re local and want to see how you can volunteer with this great organization, click here: http://www.crisisassistance.org/)
Stay tuned for more on this project!! And we want to know: how are YOU bringing a little luck to someone?!