As you may have heard on this podcast, Columbiana is on fire and Mayor Bryan Blakeman is a big part of why. Vision, a willingness to take chances, transparency and collaboration are driving the city forward resulting in one of the hottest areas in the region. A great conversation enjoyed with some Modern Methods.
Andrew DiPaolo, WFMJ, Sundog Cellars founder Nicole Ice, a whole lot of laughter, a little debauchery, and calling DiPaolo out on the forecast. There’s not really much else to say. Enjoy.
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.
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.