Tiffany’s has their blue box, but in Youngstown it’s all about the Purple Box from Komara Jewelers. And for the guys, how about enjoying a beer to help calm the nerves while you pick out the perfect piece of jewelry. Co-Owner Robby Komara swung by the studio to join Lisa and talk about how they’ve handled the COVID pandemic, the family’s history in the business, they’re commitment to our community, why purple, and a whole host of other random topics.
What makes a small city a great place to live, work and play? That’s the question Canfield City Manager Wade Calhoun seeks to tackle every day. Since taking the job in 2018, the Ellsworth native and Youngstown State graduate, has been at the center of some exciting developments and happenings in the Canfield area. Wade joined Lisa on this week’s podcast to talk about how the city is thinking outside the box to realize the potential of the Canfield Green area, continue to attract business and residents (and perhaps a brewery?), and make Canfield synonymous with the small-town charm. And of course, listen all the way through to catch the exciting announcement that will benefit all residents of the City of Canfield!
Beautiful scenery, delicious wine, a relaxing atmosphere – it must be Napa. Nope, save your money on the airfare and head down the road to the Vineyard at Pine Lake in Columbiana. Part owner Joe Glista joined the podcast to talk about his family’s journey to becoming wine producers, a little history of Ohio wine and their newest venture into craft brewing. Joe is a wealth of knowledge with an incredible vision for what wine in our area can be. Hearing the care and thought he puts into each wine and beer makes you excited to try each one. The Vineyards at Pine Lake is truly a local gem that has a tremendous future.
Where can you go for one of the country’s top beer selections? Columbus? Cleveland? Pittsburgh? Nope, right here in Boardman at Vintage Estate Wine and Beer. If you want it, chances are they have it. And for all you moms celebrating the end of home schooling (like me), the wine selection is top notch too! Owner Jeff McDevitt swung by the studio to talk all about VE’s history, how they grew their selections and the amazing brewer community in our area. Take a listen and be sure to visit them at 7317 South Ave. in Boardman!
It takes a visionary to see the true possibilities of a blank canvass, and that’s exactly what Nate Wilson is doing with Woodland Cellars in Hubbard. From the original concept of the winery, to his plans for its expansion and restoration of the historic property on Logan Way, Woodland Cellars is delivering. Podcast sponsor Ellie Platt of Platt Insurance joins Nate and Lisa to talk about Woodland’s history and future, our community and life in general. And we even got to try out some of his new wine!
Homes and Hops is about our community – looking at all aspects of our amazing area to help build it up and make it what it can truly be. It’s in that spirit, as we are all reflecting and making our own sense of the events of the last few weeks, that I sat down with community leader and founder of the Youngstown Flea, Derrick McDowell, for an open, honest, and sometimes uncomfortable conversation about race, racism, history and starting a real dialogue in our city. Progress for our area isn’t just about bringing in new businesses, growing new industries, sitting back and expecting change. It’s about having difficult conversations about the past and working hard in order to build our future together. I hope you’ll listen. Thank you.
Nice weather and social distancing guidelines = moving our studio outside. And the first guest to join Lisa on the deck is John Rudy, owner of Magic Tree Pub in Boardman. Not only does John have one of best selections of craft beer, but he’s got a fantastic creative menu, and a great atmosphere – all combined to create a loyal following for The Magic Tree. As our area begins to reopen John is in the midst of planning what The Magic Tree will look like and making sure not to lose the atmosphere that everyone loves. Hear all about his plans, what life in the restaurant businesses is really like, and the crazy connection where we crossed paths in a younger lives!
It’s my first podcast in my new Homes and Hops Studio, and to break it in is my husband Andy, Dir. of Communications and Public Affairs for America Makes – the Dept of Defense’s national institute for 3D printing right here in Youngstown. We’re talking about their response to the COVID crisis, the 3D printing industry’s impact on our region, and we even take a detour into the quarantine life in the Resnick house.
Think a global pandemic is going to stop a guy like Larry Wilson from producing the quality beer that Biker Brewhouse in Austintown is known for? Think again. They’ve been going nonstop over the last two months, and are now even bottling for pick-up. Lisa sat down with Larry to talk about Biker Brewhouse’s plans for patio re-opening, new logo, and like all of us, the ever growing at home to-do list.
Birdfish Brewing Co. definitely have not stopped creating. Creating new beers and new ways to get those flavors to us at home. They prove time and time again how significant they are to their community through their service and determination. Lisa Resnick chats with Greg Snyder about the changes they made, and how things may change once their doors can open again.