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.