From on the air at WFMJ anchoring your morning news with Christa Amendola to joining Lisa Resnick in the podcast studio, Steve Vesey loves a good microphone and reason to talk the Valley. He has a unique perspective, growing up in Vienna, going to Ohio University, and starting his reporting career out of state before returning here five years ago. They talk about what’s changed since they were growing up, all our area has to offer, and where we’re going. And of course, some opinions about our local craft beer scene and some cool stories from his time covering the Buffalo Bills. Enjoyed over some cold ones from Noble Creature and Modern Methods.
What do you get when you mix an entrepreneur, marketing extraordinaire, sneaker enthusiast, and a heavy dose of positivity and genuineness? Jeff Ryznar – valley native and advocate, Ursuline grad, and founder of 898 Marketing. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss. Jeff and Lisa talk about his approach to his business, advice for being your best self and to entrepreneurs, what Youngstown means to him, and where he sees it going. Sprinkle in some fond memories of the Boulevard, and you’ve got it all. Beverage of choice for this conversation: Noble Creature.
Did you ever wonder what goes into running a minor league baseball team, what kind of beers they have on tap at their stadiums, their impact on the local community or what the heck is going on with the possible contraction? Well Youngstown native, Cardinal Mooney and YSU alumn, and General Manager of the AAA Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles affiliate) Joe Gregory has you covered. He joined Lisa in the studio to talk all this and more, over a some of our local brew. And naturally, the conversion moved to the great craft brew scene in Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, centered by O’Connor Brewing Co, Smartmouth and more. Definitely worth the trip!
Brian Gabbert, General Manager of the Southern Park Mall, is proof that it’s not just Youngstown natives that love our area. After moving to the Valley to manage the mall two years ago, he loved Youngstown and its people so much he signed on to stay longer. Now, in a time when malls across America are closing doors, the mall’s owner Washington Prime Group is doubling down on Youngstown and investing heavily in our local entrepreneurs to create DeBartolo Commons and make it true town center. Find out what the latest is at the Southern Park Mall site, how this project is setting the national trend for retail development, what the ins and outs are to managing a mall and what they look for in retail space, and how Washington Prime Group has engaged the local community on a vision they have for the future of our area. They’re here to stay and the impacts could be huge.
Defend Youngstown – As Valley natives, we’ve all felt the need to do it at some point to counter some wise-crack. But defending Youngstown doesn’t have to be negative, it can be so much more – and that’s what Phil Kidd is all about. The YSU alum, community activist, organizer, and founder of Defend Youngstown swung the by the studio to dive a little deeper into that notion. Over some beverages from Modern Methods, Phil and Lisa tackle a lot – the importance of civic engagement, economic development, and some YSU stories. But most of all, they talk about what it really means to defend Youngstown – getting engaged, seeing opportunity, and changing the narrative. This is a conversation for the forward thinking, so grab a beer, enjoy and go get involved!
We know, you’ve probably wondered “why hasn’t Paladin been on yet? Well, the wait is over and it’s just in time to celebrate their 5 year anniversary this weekend! Founders John and Abby Chandler swung by the studio to talk about their roots, how they grew the business (and some of the bumps along the way) the name Paladin, and more. This is truly a community gem in Austintown and the Valley and it was an honor to have them on while sipping on Abby’s favorite Dreamsickle, hearing everything they have going on and how they plan on sticking around for the long run.
If you’re wondering how to take advantage of the hot real estate market right now, this episode is for you. Erik Cromer of Union Home Mortgage and Lisa enjoyed a nice crisp Birdfish and Modern Methods Darlene to chat about the importance of having the right team on your side. The market is crazy right now, and making sure you have people with the right kind of energy and expertise will help you reach your goals is extremely important.
Looking to brew your own beer right from home but don’t know where to begin? Make sure to go to The Pumphouse Home-brew Shop in Struthers. Greg Wormley, owner, not only has all your supply needs but he will take the time to walk through the process. He may even brew your first beer with you. Lisa had a great time chatting with Greg and learning how The PumpHouse is an intricate part of our brewing community and beyond. Hear how Greg came to be a shop owner, and how over the past twenty plus years he’s seen the consumer expand their palates and how they are more willing to spend a bit more for a great tasting craft beer.
Ever wonder how Rt. 224 in Canfield became what it is today? Well you’re in good hands with the man who started it all, Mike Naffah of Naffah Hospitality Group. There is so much to unpack in this conversation – from his beginnings on the family farm to the sports park to Ironwood Commons and more. If you’re a resident, learn some cool Canfield history. If you’re a developer, hear about what it takes to break in and what to look for to have successful tenants. Mike is a true advocate and visionary for Canfield and the Valley who has been at the center of seeing are transform to what it is today. It was an honor to have him on the podcast.
Homebrewing with a turkey fryer … in your basement? Today we learned there can be hazards to home brewing, but for Jason “Jugs” Jugenheimer of the Flight Crew, he’s got Greg Snyder and Birdfish Brewing to set him straight. This dynamic duo took their show on the road and swung by the studio to talk, well, homebrewing, and also Birdfish’s new 30-gallon tanks producing their Bohemian Pilsner (which if you listen closely, apparently makes the perfect sound when you open it), some exciting news for the brewery, their great relationship with Columbiana and the COVID comeback tour for the Flight Crew. Enjoy!