Ep.78 – Elisha of Babcia’s Lunchbox and Sarah of Modern Methods

A new trend that I only see growing in popularity… Food and Beer, pairings that are spot on! Collaborations and creativity are key. As Elisa Veon of Babcia’s Lunchbox best stated what she is doing is being a “cultural evangelist” sharing the culture and sharing the history of her heritage through food. And Modern Methods Brewing Company has the same mindset, from the name of their brewery to the flavors of their beers. So these two together are the perfect pair through food, beverage and podcast guests. Thank you Sarah Keck and Elisha Veon for sharing your history and bringing to us a way to enjoy our history and learning other cultures through taste. #ealocal #drinklocal #smallbusinesses #thetrueentreprenuers
 

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Ep.77 – Matt Campbell, Branch Street Coffee

More than just hops! This time we’re talking brewing coffee beans with our very own Matt Campbell of Branch Street Coffee Roasters. Listen to how a former non-coffee drinker became a lover, and then the expert.
 

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Ep.76 – Stella Angelo with The Cake Boutique

Sweets and treats! Who says beer can’t be paired with cupcakes?? Lisa Resnick stopped by Vintage Estate Wine & Beer to grab Modern Methods Brewing Company, R.Shea Brewing – Merriman Valley and Brewing Projekt‘s delicious stouts to go with The Cake Boutique delicious cupcakes.

Listen to owner/creator of The Cake Boutique’s Stella Angelo talk about her love of baking and real estate . The drive behind being successful is a necessity, and Stella truly has it. And that combined with her creative mind, has made her and her business pursuits successful. Thank you Stella for being this week’s guest.
 

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Ep.75 – Nicci Farris and Kelli Catullo, Co-Owners of the Beauty Boutique

When two strong women get together great successes happen. Kelli Catullo and Nicci Farris are prime examples of that. Utilizing Facebook as their starting point, their creation, Beauty Boutique has quickly gained speed in the Mahoning Valley. 
 

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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.35- Mike Naffah, Naffah Hospitality Group

Ever wonder how Rt. 224 in Canfield became what it is today? Well you’re in good hands with the man who started it all, Mike Naffah of Naffah Hospitality Group. There is so much to unpack in this conversation – from his beginnings on the family farm to the sports park to Ironwood Commons and more. If you’re a resident, learn some cool Canfield history. If you’re a developer, hear about what it takes to break in and what to look for to have successful tenants. Mike is a true advocate and visionary for Canfield and the Valley who has been at the center of seeing are transform to what it is today. It was an honor to have him on the podcast.

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Ep.29- Nate Wilson, Woodland Cellars & Ellie Platt, Platt Insurance

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!

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Ep.28- Derrick McDowell

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. 

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