Ep.74 – Chris Davis, Co-Owner of West 34 Downtown Youngstown

The Homes and Hops podcast has a new home Youngstown Studio. And today we have it a test run. Thank you to our first guest, Chris Davis, co-owner of West 34, a new destination on the corner of West Federal and Phelps Street
Downtown. And what an awesome surprise for Aspasia and Richie to stop by the studio to help quench our thirst with some of their Penguin City Beer.
 

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Ep.73 – Phil Kidd, Community Development Officer and Projects Manager

Community activist Phil Kidd never. slows. down. He’s back for round 2 on the podcast and as expected it’s worth the listen – his new CLE neighborhoods initiative (and documentary), a healthy debate on Western Reserve expansion, the history of urban planning in the Valley, its impacts and how to plan for the future. An added bonus – Phil provided some quality CLE beverages to sample.
 

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Ep.72 – Joe and Stacey Rzonsa of Blue Wolf Tavern

A restaurant that’s a Valley staple, a thriving catering business, and a dedication to making our area better. That’s the result of the passion Joe and Stacey Rzonsa, owners of Blue Wolf Tavern and Blue Wolf Events, bring everyday. They joined the podcast to talk about their history, overcoming the adversity of COVID and where they’re headed. Enjoyed with some Birdfish, Modern Methods, and … Orange Avocado
 

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Ep.71 – Sharon Woodberry, Youngstown City Director of Economic Development

New restaurants, new businesses, a growing nightlife and cultural scene, and even a thriving tech sector, Youngstown is coming out of the pandemic strong. And one of the women driving the vision is Sharon Woodberry, the Director of the Division of Economic Development, who joined me to spill some details on the city’s vision and plans to keep the growth going! 
 

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Ep.57- Mayor Duffet and the City of Canfield

Canfield may be a small city, but it’s thinking big about the future and Mayor Richard Duffet is leading the charge. The Mayor joined the podcast this week to talk about his vision for Canfield, plans for the Canfield Green, new developments, and some fun stories about growing up in the city and organizing the annual Canfield TILL Golf Outing. Enjoyed with some June’s Lemonade from Birdfish. 

 

 

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Ep.56- Greg Burbick of Burbick Farms

Foodie alert! If you like locally sourced meats, this Episode’s for you. Mentioned before as a local gem by Homes and Hops guests, G Burbick Farms has been in business since 1905, with retail since 1995. Owner Greg Burbick joins Lisa and guest co-host Ellie Platt for everything you wanted to know and more about farm raised beef, our local farm scene, and some good tips on where to get the best locally sourced food. Enjoyed over some Noble Creature and Birdfish.

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Ep.55- United Way and Women United

The United Way may be a national organization, but their impact locally in the Valley cannot be understated.   Stacia Erdos of Mahoning Valley United Way & Sue Filipovich of Women United talk about the nuts and bolts of the United Way, their fundraising, barriers they’ve face this year, and where they’re head as they continue to do amazing things for our area. 

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Ep.54- Sharon Letson, Youngstown CityScape

Maybe you’ve gone downtown and noticed new landscaping along the street. Or there’s a feeling that downtown has a nice fresh look to it. Maybe you  found out something about the area you never knew before. Chances are Youngstown CityScape was behind it. This remarkable organization is led by Executive Director Sharon Letson, who swung by the studio to talk about their history, their initiatives, and a few of her favorite things about the Valley. 

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Ep.53- Renee Fuller, Mahoning Valley Second Harvest Food Bank

It may not be in plain sight, but every day thousands of families around the Valley struggle to put food on the table. Thankfully there are organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank of Mahoning Valley. Renee Fuller, Development Director of Second Harvest Food Bank, joined the podcast this week to talk about their history, their mission, and a little behind the scene look into the process to get food out to families in need. Loved hanging out with her and hearing her advice on different and creative ways we can give. 

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Ep.52- Kelli Catullo, Project MKC

Project MKC’s motto is “because all deserve to feel special,” and it’s something that truly drives those involved with it to make a difference, like outgoing President Kelli Catullo. From diaper drives to adopt a family during the holiday, this amazing organization is helping families across the Valley everyday. Listen to find out all about Project MKC and visit www.projectmkc.org to find out how you can help.  

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