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.
The Dusty Ball Bag – there’s really not much else to say here, so we suggest you listen to this week’s podcast to hear how owner Jason Orzel came up with the awesome name and put his DIY skills to work to create the ultimate backyard experience in Poland. Shout out to guest co-host Ellie Platt of Platt Insurance. Recorded over some cold ones from Modern Methods.
Take a drive down Rt. 11 and stop in the picturesque small town of Lisbon, and that’s where you’ll find Numbers Brewery. Where’s the name come from and how’d they get started? Why Lisbon? What’s with the out of order numbered menu? Co-founder Brock Beatty spills the beans on this week’s podcast, where he joined Lisa Resnick to talk all that, the amazing collaboration between brewers in the region and where Numbers is headed. Plus, he reveals a few of his favorite go to spots on both sides of the Ohio River.
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.
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!
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.