Ep.65- Don Thomas, Platz Realty Group

Who says competitors can’t make great podcast guests? Don Thomas of Platz Realty Group swung by the studio to chat over some Penguin City. But the focus of this conversation wasn’t real estate – it’s his Combine Brothers Italian Restaurant in Hermitage. With fresh bready daily, fresh pasta dinners on Sundays and an upcoming opening Boardman, Don spills the T on how Combine’s got started, where the restaurant industry is headed, and how they plan to take advantage of it. 
 

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Ep.64- Hannah Ferguson of DOPE Brand and Aspasia Bernaki of Penguin City

These two couldn’t be better guests to help us honor International Women’s Day. Aspasia Bernaki of Penguin City and Hannah Ferguson of DOPE Brand are not only two of our area’s most active entrepreneurs and advocates, but they are true role models for women all over.  Download this week’s podcast and hear these ladies’ dreams, how they got where they are, what their plans for the future, and their positive impact on the city of Youngstown. Happy International Women’s Day! And thank you Hannah and Aspasia for all the strides you’re making and the inspiration you’re providing.
 

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Ep.51- Jane MacMurchy, Animal Charity

Leading up to the holidays, we’re spotlighting some of the incredible non-profits in our area. First up is Jane MacMurchy and Animal Charity of Ohio. This organization is near and dear to our hearts, and the work they do to rescue animals and place them in homes around the Valley is simply inspiring. It takes special people to do this work and each and every person at Animal Charity is just that. You can find out more information and make a contribution at www.animalcharityofohio.org

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Ep.50- Derrick McDowell, Youngstown Flea

What does it mean to go all in on your vision? To visionary, entrepreneur, Youngstown evangelist, and now commercial property owner Derrick McDowell, it means making a difference and transforming a community. The Youngstown Flea has a new home and Derrick goes behind the scenes on the process that got it there… and he and his realtor may or may not take a few self-congratulatory moments. 

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Ep.48- Jason Orzel, The Dusty Ball Bag

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. 

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Ep.47- Hannah Ferguson, Brewer and Vintner

Hannah Ferguson – Brewer at Modern Methods, Founder of the DOPE Brand, and vintner is this week’s guest. Through her multiple roles, Hannah has a driver seat view into all that’s happening in the Valley and the role the craft beer scene is playing. 

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Ep.45- Ellie Platt, Platt Insurance

Ellie Platt of Platt Insurance joined Lisa to talk about entrepreneurship, Youngstown. and community. Enjoyed with a selection from Noble Creature and Birdfish. 

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Ep.44- Nicole Ice, Sundog Cellars and Andrew Dipaolo, WFMJ

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. 

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Ep.43- Steve Vesey, WFMJ

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

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Ep.42- Jeff Ryznar, 898 Marketing

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.  

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