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#OnTheStacks – Dr. Jill Murray: Lackawanna College – Ep.062

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#OnTheStacks – Dr. Jill Murray: Lackawanna College – Ep.062

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Episode 62: #OnTheStacks in the blu door studio with Dr. Jill Murray, President and Chief Innovation Officer at Lackawanna College.

In this episode Dr. Murray talk about the current and future state of higher education, eSports at a collegiate level, and the innovative programs at Lackawanna College, including their Level Up program that landed them in the top 10 of Fast Company’s prestigious list of World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2021.

Dr. Murray also talks about the future of the workforce and how the evolution of technology will continue to play a major role in both business and education.

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#OnTheStacks – Tracey Selingo: Fork Over Love – Ep.061

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#OnTheStacks – Tracey Selingo: Fork Over Love – Ep.061

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Episode 61: #OnTheStacks in the blu door studio with Tracey Selingo, Founder of Fork Over Love. In this episode, we talk about meditation, human connection, intuition, and finding your purpose in life.

Tracey also talks about how and why she started Fork Over Love, a non-profit with a mission to change the narrative of food insecurity by partnering with small, local restaurants to provide food to those in need.

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#570Day: Initiative to Spread Positivity and Local Pride Set for May 7

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#570Day: Initiative to Spread Positivity and Local Pride Set for May 7

#570Day is a new online initiative born through the combined, creative efforts of the Wilkes-Barre Rotary Club, the Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visit Luzerne County.

The day aims to spread positivity, local pride and celebrate the people and places within the 570 area code.

Being a part of #570Day is easy! On May 7, 2021, they encourage people, businesses, schools, nonprofits and organizations across Northeast Pennsylvania to use #570Day on social media to show what they love about living in the area.

“Everyone can get involved and make #570Day their own. Businesses can offer deals or promote themselves using the hashtag, individuals can highlight their favorite outdoor recreation spots, nonprofits can share their organizational history,” said Christine Mackin Meluskey, President of the Wilkes-Barre Rotary Club.

“We want the community to be creative and have fun with using the hashtag – #570Day – on Friday, May 7th.”

Post pictures, videos and stories that highlight the natural beauty, businesses and people who make the 570 area so great.

From your Friday night pizza place, thanking a special teacher, highlighting your favorite park or sharing the best music venue…#570Day is the time to let the good in this area shine!

With so much in Northeastern PA and so many stories to tell, they hope this initiative will continue to grow as it’s celebrated yearly on May 7th.

We love getting behind a good local initiative, especially ones that have a hashtag in their name 😉

What will you do to celebrate?

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#OnTheStacks – Juan Cancel and Kevin Keithan: Protocol Cigars – Ep.060

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#OnTheStacks – Juan Cancel and Kevin Keithan: Protocol Cigars – Ep.060

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Episode 59: #OnTheStacks in the blu door studio with Juan Cancel and Kevin Keithan, partners at Protocol Cigars, a cigar brand inspired by and a play on words with Juan’s previous career in law enforcement.

In this episode, Juan and Kevin share how they went from idea to market with their own line of cigars and how they built their brand through engaging social media content. They also talk about standing out in a competitive industry by having a great product, investing in high-end packaging, and having excellent customer service.

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#OnTheStacks – Jeff Thomas: Esophageal Cancer Survivor – Ep.059

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#OnTheStacks – Jeff Thomas: Esophageal Cancer Survivor – Ep.059

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Episode 59: #OnTheStacks in the blu door studio with Esophageal Cancer Survivor, Jeff Thomas. In this episode Jeff shares his journey from day 1 of diagnosis to now being almost 10 years cancer free. Jeff also talks about the rollercoaster ride of emotions he felt during his treatment and how he learned to manage them, advocating and taking responsibility for your own health, the importance of strengthening relationships with your family, and living a fulfilling life with no regrets.

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  • Candy’s Place Cancer Support Group – click here.
  • If anyone wants any information on any cancer survivorship groups, you can text Jeff at 570-262-9753 or email him at jthomas@higherinfogroup.com
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#OnTheStacks – Justin Weber: Mountain To Valley Home Inspections – Ep.058

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#OnTheStacks – Justin Weber: Mountain To Valley Home Inspections – Ep.058

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Episode 58: #OnTheStacks in the blu door studio with Justin Weber, Owner of Mountain To Valley Home Inspections and Chief Operating Officer at the Northeast Training Institute. In this episode, Justin shares how he felt “stuck” working in corporate American and how that led him to start his own business. He also explains how to build your business through meaningful relationships and networking, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and hiring the right people.

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#OnTheStacks – Jordan Consagra: MDK Realty – Ep.057

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#OnTheStacks – Jordan Consagra: MDK Realty – Ep.057

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Episode 57: #OnTheStacks in the blu door studio with Jordan Consagra, Partner at MDK Realty and President and Lieutenant of the Pittston Township Volunteer Fire Department. Real estate investor by day and volunteer firefighter by night, Jordan shares how he built his real estate portfolio, the lessons he learned along the way, and how he is able to connect with his late grandfather and community through his role as a volunteer firefighter. Jordan also talks about the importance of education, reputation, and mental strength.

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#OnTheStacks – Sarah Potsko: Red’s Barbershop – Ep.056

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#OnTheStacks – Sarah Potsko: Red’s Barbershop – Ep.056

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Episode 56: #OnTheStacks in the blu door studio with Sarah Potsko, Owner and Barber at Red’s Barbershop. After working for someone else for over a decade, and at a time when she didn’t fully believe in herself, Sarah went all in to start her own barbershop. In this episode, Sarah talks about finding and doing what keeps you hungry, building self confidence, and surrounding yourself with people that believe in you.

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#OnTheStacks – Jimmy T. Martin: Brrrn – Ep.055

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#OnTheStacks – Jimmy T. Martin: Brrrn – Ep.055

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Episode 55: #OnTheStacks in the blu door studio with Jimmy T. Martin, Co-Founder of Brrrn: the world’s first cool temperature fitness studio.

In this episode Jimmy reflects on his experience as a caregiver to his late wife, and the inspiration that she gave him to pursue his fitness concept and dedicate his life to creating a health and wellness platform that encourages people to go through something painful and come out on the other side better from the experience.

In addition, Jimmy shares his most recent innovation with Brrrn At-Home: A virtual on-demand series with 8 categories of low impact, high intensity workouts built around their signature Brrrn Board, a slide board that can fit under your couch.

Jimmy also talks about his previous experience working for SNL, building your life resume, embracing randomness, and learning by leaning into discomfort.

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  • Use code STACKS25 for 25% OFF your purchase of a Brrrn Board. Shop by clicking here. (I will not receive any type of compensation if you purchase)
  • Brrrn At-Home: On Demand Virtual Classes – click here.
  • Brrrn At-Home for iOS – download the app here.
  • Brrrn At-Home for Andriod – download the app here.
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#OnTheStacks – Joe Foley: Punch Pedal House – Ep.054

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#OnTheStacks – Joe Foley: Punch Pedal House – Ep.054

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Episode 54: #OnTheStacks in the blu door studio with Joe Foley, Co-Founder and co-owner of Punch Pedal House. NEPA native and former Division I athlete at the University of Pittsburgh, Joe shares his experiences working as one of the top real estate brokers in New York City, becoming an investment banker on Wall Street, and why he left it all to follow his passion for fitness. 

He was told by the top cycling companies in the world that he was off brand, too much of a cyclist, and wasn’t a good fit. Joe sacrificed everything to start his own cycle studio, even giving up his Manhattan apartment and sleeping on the concrete floor of his Brooklyn fitness studio to make ends meet and grow his business.

Joe also talks about not staying “in the box,” building a brand through “sticky” organic growth, and never giving up on yourself.

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#OnTheStacks – Ashley Raspen: Buttinhead Farms – Ep. 053

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#OnTheStacks – Ashley Raspen: Buttinhead Farms – Ep. 053

Episode 53: #OnTheStacks in the blu door studio with Ashley Raspen, owner of Buttinhead Farms. Ashley is a fitness professional that also happens to be a goat farmer. While giving birth to her 3rd child, something went wrong and Ashley almost lost her life. In this episode, you’ll hear how Ashley bounced back from a medical mishap and found her way back into fitness. Ashley also talks about goat yoga, getting outside of your comfort zone, and overcoming hard times through the power of positive thinking.

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  • Ashley’s beginnings in fitness
  • Goat yoga, goat events, goat weddings, and more!
  • Ashley’s medical mishap and how she bounced back
  • Our goat yoga #OnTheStacks with Tessa (the baby goat)
  • How and why she started Buttinhead farms
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#OnTheStacks Podcast Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

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The #OnTheStacks Podcast Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary with recent release of Episode 052!

Can you believe it’s been 1 year already?!

We celebrated our 1-year anniversary by inviting our first guests from Episode 001 back on the podcast for Episode 052.

We thought it was only fitting to have Kris & Steve Vanesko back on the podcast for the 1-year anniversary since they were the brave, first individuals to be on the podcast.

Also, the actual blu door that is seen in the photos from Episode 052, will remain in the podcast studio for an entire year – listen to the episode to hear why!

For your convenience, we took a moment to round up all 52 episodes from the first year and posted them below.

We’d also like to take a moment to say thank you and acknowledge our loyal listeners, guests, fans, supporters, and friends of #OnTheStacks!

All of this wouldn’t be possible without all of YOU!

Photo Credits: Darren Elias Photography

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Ep.052: Kris & Steve Vanesko – blu door Financial

#OnTheStacks episode 52 with Kris and Steve Vanesko, co-founders and partners at blu door Financial. In this episode, Kris and Steve share some knowledge on how to be a great salesperson, including how to “paint the picture” for a prospect during the sales process, and ways to to keep learning, growing, and always staying educated. Kris and Steve also talk and how they help people save money, reduce taxes and live a fuller financial life without all the stuffy and complicated financial jargon.

Ep.051: Scott Nichols – Seven 810 Fixtures

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#OnTheStacks episode 51 with Scott Nichols, owner of Seven 810 Fixtures, a custom, handcrafted light fixture business. In this episode Scott shares his journey of overcoming his struggle with alcoholism, his passion for creating music, and the power of social media that helped launch his custom light fixture business.

Ep.050: Lauren Gorney – NEPA’rogi

Lauren Gorney - NEPA'rogi

#OnTheStacks episode 50 with Lauren Gorney, co-owner of NEPA’rogi. In this episode Lauren shares her experiences working in sales and marketing, explains how to sell through “storytelling,” and how the burnout of the 9-5 rat race gave her the opportunity to turn her passion for food, family, and culture into a new pierogi business – NEPA’rogi. Lauren also talks about mental health and the importance of scheduling time for yourself.

Ep.049: Kyle Reed – NEPA MMA

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#OnTheStacks episode 49 with 3x World Champion, Sensei Kyle Reed, owner of NEPA Mixed Martial Arts. In this episode Kyle shares how he built his business and brand through engaging community events, word-of-mouth marketing, and referrals. Besides the obvious self-defense lessons, Kyle also talks about the importance of leadership and teaching children social skills, accountability, and confidence.

Ep.048: Ruth Corcoran – Corcoran Communications

Ruth Corcoran - Corcoran Communications

#OnTheStacks episode 48 with Ruth Corcoran, owner of a family-owned marketing, advertising and public relations firm, Corcoran Communications. In this episode Ruth shares her early beginnings in marketing and event planning, owning and operating a successful restaurant, takings big risks, and the importance of giving back to the community. We also talk all things content and digital marketing including: SEO, Google Rankings, Keywords, and more.

Ep.047: Jessica Sheehan – Bettelli’s Villa

Jessica Sheehan - Bettelli's Villa

#OnTheStacks episode 47 with Jessica Sheehan, operator and chef at Bettelli’s Villa. Jessica shares the history of her family’s 4th generation restaurant business, her passion for quality pizza, and how food connects people. Jessica also talks about overcoming her struggle with alcohol, her road to sobriety, and mental health.

Ep.046: Mike McGinley – Times Leader

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#OnTheStacks Episode 46 with Mike McGinley, major accounts executive at the Times Leader. In this episode Mike shares his various experiences working in journalism, digital marketing, and sales. Mike also talks about the evolution of the newspaper industry and how the Times Leader changed to a total audience approach to continue to engage and connect with their readers through a combination of print and digital.

Ep.045: Ryan Garvey – Quality Overhead Doors

Ryan Garvey - Quality Overhead Doors

#OnTheStacks episode 45 with Ryan Garvey, owner of Quality Overhead Doors. In this episode Ryan shares the story of how he got into the garage door business, the learning curves of being a new/young business owner, providing excellent customer service that enabled him to grow quickly, and his mindset about creating jobs for the community.

Ep.044: Hannah Burgess – Beekeeper’s Daughter

Hannah Burgess The Beekeeper's Daughter

#OnTheStacks episode 44 with Hannah Burgess, owner of The Beekeeper’s Daughter. In this episode, Hannah shares the story of how she went from selling her raw honey at local farmers markets to buzzing her way onto shelves of national retailers. Hannah also talks about branding, packaging, and new product innovation.

Ep.043: Nicole Farber – ENX2 Marketing

Nicole Farber ENX2 Marketing

#OnTheStacks episode 43 with Nicole Farber, CEO of ENX2 Marketing. In this episode, Nicole shares her story of overcoming adversity in life and in business, the sacrifices business owners make, and getting outside of your comfort zone.

Ep.042: Bill Jones – United Way of Wyoming Valley

Bill Jones United Way

#OnTheStacks Episode 42 with Bill Jones, President and CEO of the United Way of Wyoming Valley. In this episode Bill shares how his early career in banking lead him to find his passion and begin working in non-profit industry to do he what he loves most: serve people in need. Bill also talks about some of the United Way’s initiatives of investing in the youth of the community, fundraising in a tough environment, the importance of education and reading to children at a young age, and developing community partnerships including one recently with singer-songwriter, Dolly Parton.

Ep.041: Jane Henry – Jane’s Sugar Magnolia

Janes Sugar Magnolia

#OnTheStacks Episode 41 with Jane Henry, owner and lead decorator at Jane’s Sugar Magnolia. In this episode Jane shares her experience working with celebrity pastry chef, Ron Ben-Israel in New York City before returning to her hometown of Dallas Pennsylvania to follow her dream of opening her own specialty pastry shop. Jane also talks about finding your path, always being a student and learning, and taking chances to avoid having any regrets in life and business.

Ep.040: Bill Corcoran Sr. – Corcoran Printing

Bill Corcoran Sr. Corcoran Printing

#OnTheStacks Episode 40 with Bill Corcoran Sr., Owner and President of Corcoran Printing. In this episode Bill gives a little history of the 4th generation family business as the company celebrates their 80th Anniversary this year. Bill explains how the company has been able to adapt and grow by taking an opposite approach to its competitors, specializing in luxury packaging, and building an inbound sales model through strong SEO and content marketing. Bill also shares his knowledge of creating multiple sources of income through real estate and investing in the stock market.

Ep.039: Rocky Rhodes – 98.5 KRZ

Rocky Rhodes 98.5 KRZ

#OnTheStacks Episode 39 with Rocky Rhodes from 98.5 KRZ. In this episode, Rocky shares a little behind the scenes of his lifelong experience as an on-air radio personality and some fun memories while the station celebrates their 40th anniversary this year. He also talks about the current state of the radio industry, how KRZ built its brand and listenership, and how they have been successful despite rapidly changing technology and stiff competition.

Ep.038: Neil Edley – Sugar Plum Chocolates

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#OnTheStacks Episode 38 with Neil Edley, Chief Innovation Officer at Sugar Plum Chocolates. In this episode Neil share his passion for culture and food, the importance of innovation, and how his global travel inspires new product development.

Ep.037: Jeff Kátra – Impact

Jeff Katra Impact

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 37 with Jeff Kátra, Customer Success Manager at Impact. In this episode Jeff shares his expert knowledge on organization, prioritization, setting expectations with your managers and co-workers, and everything else you need to know to work from home efficiently and successfully. Jeff also talks about his passion for woodworking that recently turned into a business of handcrafting high quality cornhole boards.

Ep.036: Eric Kuhn – The Haberdashery

Eric Kuhn The Haberdashery

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 36 with Eric Kuhn, owner of the Haberdashery & Luxe 900. In this episode Eric talks about his love for fashion, the importance of supporting American workers and locally owned businesses, and his “do anything for your customers” type attitude that keeps people coming back.

Ep.035: Sara Peperno & Amy Feldman – Northeast Sight Services

Northeast Sight Services

OnTheStacks Podcast episode 35 with Sara Peperno and Amy Feldman of Northeast Sight Services, a 102 year old nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired community. In this episode, Sara and Amy share their experiences working together in the nonprofit industry, building a great team, and how they created and branded a “non-event” to raise funding during a pandemic with their “No Show Awards Dinner.”

Ep.034 Brad Barry & Tim McDermott – Japhy Creative

Brad and Tim - Japhy Creative

OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 34 with Brad Barry and Tim McDermott, Co-Founders and Partners at Japhy Creative. In this episode Brad and Tim share their story: “two film majors who started a business.” We also talk about the day-to-day challenges of small business owners, what makes great video content, and the grit and underdog status of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Ep.033: Fred Maier – Susquehanna Brewing Co.

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 33 with Fred Maier, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Susquehanna Brewing Company. A 6th generation family of beer brewers with deep roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Fred shares a little family history, the evolution of the rapidly changing beer industry, and what makes their beer “Brewed Right.®”

Ep.032: Todd Carmichael – La Colombe Coffee

Todd Carmichael - La Colombe Coffee

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 32 with Todd Carmichael, Co-Founder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. He used to work in the warehouse at Starbucks. Now, his coffee empire is worth $1.2 Billion. Operating 30 stores across 6 states, Todd shares his humble beginnings, the importance of innovation, company culture, and the concept of being a decent neighbor.

Ep.031: Tony Brooks – Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 31 with Tony Brooks, Director of the Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society. A history buff with a passion for all things Wilkes-Barré, Tony shares his experiences and successes in life, including one that ultimately changed history forever and one that he is most proud of, the city councils’ unanimous vote to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance to help protect the local LGBT community.

Ep.030: Bob Kalinowski – Citizens’ Voice

Bob Kalinowski - Citizens' Voice

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 30 with Bob Kalinowski, reporter from the Citizens’ Voice. In this episode Bob shares his passion for writing, his appreciation for the military and veterans, and his most recent experience as the pool reporter when Vice President Mike Pence visited Wilkes-Barre.

Ep.029: Chris Bohinski – PA Live!

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 29 with Chris Bohinski, Co-Host of PA Live! on WBRE and Creator of the SmileStory. In this episode Chris shares his experiences working in production on nationally televised TV shows, not being afraid to ask for help, performing in front of 50,000 people on Groundhog Day at Gobbler’s Knob, and his personal mission to spread happiness, joy, and positivity through his written and video blog online at SmileStory.org.

Ep.028: Amber Loomis: Osterhout Free Library

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 28 with Amber Loomis, Director of Development and Community Relations at the Osterhout Free Library. Amber shares how her life experiences from a young age inspired her to pursue a career path of giving back to the community and helping less fortunate individuals in the Northeast Pennsylvania region.

Ep.027: Dr. Loren Grossman & Dr. Steve Hippeli

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 27 with Dr. Loren Grossman and Dr. Steve Hippeli. In this episode, Loren and Steve share how their core values along with investments in new technology and great people have allowed them to grow their dental practice and better serve their patients. Steve also shares his recent achievement of being selected as one of the “Top 40 Under 40 – America’s Best Young Dentists” by the Incisal Edge Magazine.

Ep.026: Amy Frenchko & Noelle Balent- The Northeast Wine Company

#OnTheStacks episode 26 with Amy Frenchko and Noelle Balent, partners at a women-owned wine importing business, The Northeast Wine Company. In this episode, we share a couple of glasses of BeBike wine while Amy and Noelle share their expertise and journey of sourcing the best wines from around the globe.

Ep.025: Glenn Lawless- InterMetro Industries 

#OnTheStacks Podcast episode 25 with Glenn Lawless of IntroMetro Industries. Glenn shares his story and experiences working for the world’s leading shelving and storage solutions company, how they’ve taken creative risks to produce unique digital and video content, and their initiative to give back to the community through a $50,000 kitchen makeover contest.

Ep.024: Darren Elias- Darren Elias Photography

#OnTheStacks Podcast episode 24 with Photographer, Darren Elias. Published in several magazines, including an award-winning photo of Air Force One during Barack Obama’s Presidency, Darren shares his story and passion for photography from a very young age.

Ep.023: Will Beekman- Mohegan Sun Arena

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 23 with Will Beekman, General Manager of the Mohegan Sun Arena. In this episode, Will shares his experiences as a facility manager, talent buyer, and live event marketer. Will also weighs in on the future of live events and how COVID-19 has impacted the concert industry.

Ep.022: Nick Duvall- Duvall Leatherwork

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 22 with Nick Duvall, Owner of Duvall Leatherwork. In this episode, Nick shares the story of why he left his full-time job in land surveying to follow his lifelong passion for leathercraft and how he transformed his hobby into a successful handmade leather goods business.

Ep.021: Johnny Popko- Alt 92.1

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 21 with Johnny Popko, Host of Alt-Natives on Alt 92.1. From General Manager of NEPA’s No. 1 arts & entertainment newspaper to host of FM radio station that highlights local musicians, Popko shares his experiences in the local media industry and all the weird things in between.

Ep.020: Donna & Chris Caruso- Eleventh Element

#OnTheStacks Podcast episode 20 with Donna & Chris Caruso, co-founders of Eleventh Element. In this episode, Donna and Chris discuss why they moved back to NEPA (from Florida) and how a personal, sports-related injury led to opening a spa business.

Ep.019: Charlie Consagra 

#OnTheStacks Podcast episode 19 with Charlie Consagra, owner of Novation Networks. In this episode we talk about how technology solutions are different for every company and how it enables your business to be more productive. You’ll also hear the story about the podcast “table” in our studio and Charlie’s commitment to giving back to the NEPA business community

Ep.018: Rachael Baratta

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#OnTheStacks Podcast episode 18 with Graphic Designer & Illustrator Rachael Baratta. In this episode, Rachael talks about her experiences in the graphic design industry, branding, illustration, and how to remain confident and happy about your creative work.

Ep.017: Rob Nelson: Big League Chew

Rob Nelson - Big League Chew

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 18 features the story of the iconic shredded bubble gum brand, Big League Chew, told by inventor and former Portland Mavericks left-handed pitcher, Rob “Nellie” Nelson. The now “Hall of Fame Bubble Gum” is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and has sold over 800 million pouches of gum.

Ep.016: Josh Katyl: Katyl Agency

Josh Katyl - Katyl Insurance Agency

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 16. In this episode I chat with Josh Katyl, owner of the Katyl Agency about opportunity, reputation and the lessons he learned from his father and grandfather growing up.

Ep.015: Denny Corby

Denny Corby

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 15 features Magician, Comedian, and Entertainer, Denny Corby. In this episode, Denny talks about his experiences performing all over the world for audiences of various sizes, including on a national televised show, Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

Ep.014: Dan Cronauer- 10X Fitness 

Dan Cronauer - 10X Fitness

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 14 with Dan Cronauer, Co-Owner of 10X Fitness. Dan talks about the importance that physical fitness and the gym has on mental health and the reason why he decided to reopen his gym against Governor Wolf’s orders during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Ep.013: Jenny Hetro- Back Mountain Chamber

Jenny Hetro Back Mountain Chamber

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 13 with Jenny Hetro, Executive Director of the Back Mountain Chamber. Jenny talks about finding a way to make yourself invaluable, stretching yourself, and hiring people that are smarter and better than you to help you grow.

Ep.012: Paul Clifford- Penn State Alumni Association

Paul Clifford Penn State Alumni Association

WE ARE….#OnTheStacks with Paul Clifford, CEO of the Penn State Alumni Association. Paul talks about his journey becoming CEO and what it’s like leading the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world.

Ep.011: Kelly Rava- Empowerment Education

Kelly Rava Empowerment Education

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 11. Kelly Rava talks about her personal experience of being bullied as a child and why she started Empowerment Education, a nonprofit with the goal of providing a proactive approach to end bullying in schools.

Ep.010: Maria Traino- Inspired Studio

Maria Traino Inspired Studio

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 10. I chat with Maria Traino from Inspired Studio about branding and marketing. Changing and shifting your brand over time. Getting yourself to 70% and launching that shit. If you wait for perfect, you’ll never do it. F$@k perfectionism & roll with 70%. Done is better than perfect.

Ep.009: Dave Maloney & Tyler Rice- AxelRad Screen Printing

AxelRad Screen Printing

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 9 – I chat with Dave Maloney & Tyler Rice from AxelRad Screen Printing about the “Shirt Off Our Backs Movement,” an initiative of selling t-shirts through their website that raised over $58,000 to support hundreds of local NEPA businesses during the COVID-19 shutdown….and they’re not done yet!

Ep.008: Jon Troutman- Empathy Wines

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 8. A true story about my recent disappointing experience with the wine brand, Empathy Wines, and how CEO & Co-Founder, Jon Troutman, went above and beyond to make it right, gain my trust back & turn a negative into a positive. Jon, who took an unpaid internship fresh out of college with Gary Vaynerchuck over 10 years ago, talks about his experiences working with #TeamGaryVee, eventually leading him to co-found Empathy Wines with Gary Vee & Nate Scherotter.

Ep.007: Elyse Wilson & Dr. Jason Nataupsky – 501cFREE

501C FREE

#OnTheStacks (virtual) Podcast Episode 7 features Elyse Wilson & Dr. Jason Nataupsky, Chair & Co-Chair of 501cFREE, an organization founded by the Westmoreland Club to engage, enrich, and elevate local NEPA 501(c)(3) organizations via a voting process to win over $10,000 in resources and funding.

Ep.006: Mike McLaughlin & Chris Kuhar- Halibut Blue

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 6: features Mike McLaughlin and Chris Kuhar, partners at Halibut Blue, an award winning advertising agency that during the most uncertain time in the world due to COVID-19, launched #HalibutHelps, an initiative to offer their services FREE of charge to any NEPA non-profit that needs help getting information out.

Ep.005: Haley Bianco- PA Live! 

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 5: a behind the scenes look at the personal and professional life of Haley Bianco, Host of PA Live on WBRE.

Ep.004: Ted Wampole- Visit Luzerne County

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 4 with Ted Wampole, Executive Director of Visit Luzerne County. We talk about the origin of Mr. Peanut, Rockin’ the River Concert Series, Eckley Miners’ Village, and squashing the notion that “there’s nothing to do in Luzerne County.”

Ep.003: Jim Broda- Rebennacks Appliance

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 3 features the incredible story of how 2x college dropout, Jim Broda, turns $30,000 investment of appliance store into $32million.

Ep.002: Dr. Malcolm Conway – Conway Clinic

#OnTheStacks podcast Episode 002 with Dr. Malcolm Conway of Conway Clinic, a Chiropractor with a niche in sports medicine. Malcolm shares his experiences using cutting edge technology to treat & train NFL, NHL, NBA, & MLB athletes; and a true success story, from wheelchair to walking again using ARP Wave Therapy, the Ferrari of Neurotherapy.

Ep.001: Kris & Steve Vanesko – blu door Financial

#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 001 features Kris and Steve Vanesko, brothers and co-founders of blu door Financial. We talk about building your financial house, grit, and what it takes to be successful not only in sales and business, but in life as well. Bonus at the end: the story of how #OnTheStacks started.

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#OnTheStacks – Kris & Steve Vanesko: blu door Financial – Ep. 052

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#OnTheStacks – Kris & Steve Vanesko: blu door Financial – Ep. 052

#OnTheStacks episode 52 with Kris and Steve Vanesko, co-founders and partners at blu door Financial. In this episode, Kris and Steve share some knowledge on how to be a great salesperson, including how to “paint the picture” for a prospect during the sales process, and ways to keep learning, growing, and always staying educated. Kris and Steve also talk and how they help people save money, reduce taxes and live a fuller financial life without all the stuffy and complicated financial jargon.

Kris and Steve from blu door financial also appeared on episode 001 of the #OnTheStacks podcast. Since this episode is our 1 year anniversary, we invited Kris and Steve back since they were the first, brave individuals to be on the podcast.

Also, the actual blue door that is seen in the photos below, is here to stay in the podcast studio – listen to the episode to hear why!

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Links and more talking points from this Episode:

  • Kris & Steve are back on the podcast after their appearance on the very first Episode, 1 year ago
  • Kris and Steve’s beginning before working in financial services and starting blu door financial
  • Building your financial house
  • Article about blu door financial by the Times Leader mentioned in this episode: A true blue local business
  • “Blue collar values with white collar results” – speaking on their financial services
  • “Painting the Picture” – a great sales tactic Kris learned from his father
  • “Always client first” – Steve explains about always putting your clients’ needs first
  • Books mentioned in this episode
  • Recap of the first year of the #OnTheStacks Podcast
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Scott Nichols

#OnTheStacks – Scott Nichols: Seven 810 Fixtures – Ep. 051

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#OnTheStacks: Scott Nichols: Seven 810 Fixtures – Ep. 051

#OnTheStacks episode 51 with Scott Nichols, owner of Seven 810 Fixtures, a custom, handcrafted light fixture business. In this episode Scott shares his journey of overcoming his struggle with alcoholism, his passion for creating music, and the power of social media that helped launch his custom light fixture business.

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  • How social media helped launch Scott’s custom lamp business
  • The custom, #OnTheStacks lamp Scott made me as a surprise gift (photos below)
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Lauren Gorney - NEPA'rogi

#OnTheStacks – Lauren Gorney: NEPA’rogi – Ep. 050

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#OnTheStacks: Lauren Gorney: NEPA’rogi – Ep. 050

#OnTheStacks episode 50 with Lauren Gorney, co-owner of NEPA’rogi. In this episode Lauren shares her experiences working in sales and marketing, explains how to sell through “storytelling,” and how the burnout of the 9-5 rat race gave her the opportunity to turn her passion for food, family, and culture into a new pierogi business – NEPA’rogi. Lauren also talks about mental health and the importance of scheduling time for yourself.

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  • Lauren’s background in sales, marketing, and college/university alumni fundraising
  • Selling an “idea” or “belief” through storytelling
  • Mental Health and the importance of therapy/counseling
  • The purpose of a babushka
  • How to make the best pierogi
  • Lauren’s Polish heritage
  • Honk or Dial 570-733-3191 to order pierogi
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Kyle Reed NEPA Mixed Martial Arts

#OnTheStacks – Kyle Reed: NEPA Mixed Martial Arts – Ep. 049

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#OnTheStacks: Kyle Reed: NEPA Mixed Martial Arts – Ep. 049

#OnTheStacks episode 49 with 3x World Champion, Sensei Kyle Reed, owner of NEPA Mixed Martial Arts. In this episode Kyle shares how he built his business and brand through engaging community events, word-of-mouth marketing, and referrals. Besides the obvious self-defense lessons, Kyle also talks about the importance of leadership and teaching children social skills, accountability, and confidence.

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  • Traveling the world for competitions with Team USA
  • Kyle explains that Mixed Martial Arts is not UFC
  • Benefits for children learning Martial Arts
  • Self Defense
  • NEPA Mixed Martial Arts is located in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania
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#OnTheStacks – Ruth Corcoran: Corcoran Communications – Ep. 048

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#OnTheStacks episode 48 with Ruth Corcoran, owner of a family-owned marketing, advertising and public relations firm, Corcoran Communications. In this episode Ruth shares her early beginnings in marketing and event planning, owning and operating a successful restaurant, takings big risks, and the importance of giving back to the community. We also talk all things content and digital marketing including: SEO, Google Rankings, Keywords, and more.

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  • Ruth’s first marketing role at a bank
  • Starting her own Marketing & Public Relations firm, Corcoran Communications
  • Importance of giving back to the community
  • Finding a good mentor
  • Content and Digital Marketing:
    • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    • Google Ad Words
    • Pay Per Click
    • Google Rankings
    • Blog writing
  • Book mentioned in episode:
  • Owning and operating Cork Bar & Restaurant
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Social Media Icons

The Biggest Mistake Businesses make on Social Media

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The biggest mistake businesses make on social media is not responding to comments.

When I click on a company’s Facebook or Instagram page and see comments on a post with no response from the business, it makes me cringe.

Today’s world is going more and more digital with less in person interaction (partially pandemic driven).

So now, more than ever, your business should be highly engaging on social media.

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When you don’t respond to a customer’s comment on social media, it is equivalent to a customer walking into your physical store, inquiring about a product and completely ignoring them.

Responding to comments drives engagement. Engagement builds community. Community drives traffic. Traffic drives sales.

Even if someone is not looking to purchase your product, but is just supporting your business with a thoughtful comment, thank them.

You’d be surprised at how far a simple, “thanks” will go.

Do yourself and your business a favor, and acknowledge your customers on social media.

If you don’t, your competition will.

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#OnTheStacks – Jessica Sheehan: Bettelli’s Villa – Ep. 047

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#OnTheStacks episode 47 with Jessica Sheehan, operator and chef at Bettelli’s Villa. Jessica shares the history of her family’s 4th generation restaurant business, her passion for quality pizza, and how food connects people. Jessica also talks about overcoming her struggle with alcohol, her road to sobriety, and mental health.

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  • Fresh, made to order pizza
  • How food connects people
  • Pizza Casa on the square in Wilkes-Barre
  • Wilkes-Barre Flood of 1972
  • Bettelli’s Villa move to Kidder street in 1975
  • Emotional and mental health
  • Alcohol addiction & substance abuse
  • Addiction in the restaurant business
  • How Caron Treatment Center saved Jessica’s life
  • Meditation & spiritual routines
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#OnTheStacks – Mike McGinley: Times Leader – Ep. 046

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#OnTheStacks Episode 46 with Mike McGinley, major accounts executive at the Times Leader. In this episode Mike shares his various experiences working in journalism, digital marketing, and sales. Mike also talks about the evolution of the newspaper industry and how the Times Leader changed to a total audience approach to continue to engage and connect with their readers through a combination of print and digital.

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#OnTheStacks – Ryan Garvey: Quality Overhead Doors – Ep. 045

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#OnTheStacks episode 45 with Ryan Garvey, owner of Quality Overhead Doors. In this episode Ryan shares the story of how he got into the garage door business, the learning curves of being a new/young business owner, providing excellent customer service that enabled him to grow quickly, and his mindset about creating jobs for the community.

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#OnTheStacks – Hannah Burgess: The Beekeeper’s Daughter – Ep. 044

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#OnTheStacks episode 44 with Hannah Burgess, owner of The Beekeeper’s Daughter. In this episode, Hannah shares the story of how she went from selling her raw honey at local farmers markets to buzzing her way onto shelves of national retailers. Hannah also talks about branding, packaging, and new product innovation.

This episode is brought to you by the Back Mountain Chamber.

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#OnTheStacks – Nicole Farber: ENX2 Marketing – Ep. 043

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#OnTheStacks episode 43 with Nicole Farber, CEO of ENX2 Marketing. In this episode, Nicole shares her story of overcoming adversity in life and in business, the sacrifices business owners make, and getting outside of your comfort zone.

This episode is brought to you by the Back Mountain Chamber.

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#OnTheStacks – Bill Jones: United Way of Wyoming Valley – Ep. 042

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#OnTheStacks Episode 42 with Bill Jones, President and CEO of the United Way of Wyoming Valley. In this episode Bill shares how his early career in banking lead him to find his passion and begin working in non-profit industry to do he what he loves most: serve people in need. Bill also talks about some of the United Way’s initiatives of investing in the youth of the community, fundraising in a tough environment, the importance of education and reading to children at a young age, and developing community partnerships including one recently with singer-songwriter, Dolly Parton.

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#OnTheStacks – Jane Henry: Jane’s Sugar Magnolia – Ep. 041

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#OnTheStacks Episode 41 with Jane Henry, owner and lead decorator at Jane’s Sugar Magnolia. In this episode Jane shares her experience working with celebrity pastry chef, Ron Ben-Israel in New York City before returning to her hometown of Dallas Pennsylvania to follow her dream of opening her own specialty pastry shop. Jane also talks about finding your path, always being a student and learning, and taking chances to avoid having any regrets in life and business.

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  • Jane’s internship experience with celebrity chef and trendsetting cake designer & pastry chef, Ron Ben-Israel in NYC
  • Hot cocoa bomb craze
  • Life-like sugar flowers and how they’re made
  • The meaning behind the name, “Jane’s Sugar Magnolia”
  • Instagram cake contest with Madison Lee Cakes
  • Mention code OnTheStacks when ordering by phone, email or in person to receive 10% OFF your order of $50 or more
  • Join their mailing list for a FREE cookie on your birthday
  • Email your order to info@janessugarmagnolia.com or by phone at 570-255-4383
  • Visit them at 66 Main St, Dallas, PA 18612 or online at www.janessugarmagnolia.com
  • Get Social with Jane’s Sugar Magnolia
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Crowd Cow Taste of Everything

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

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Still looking for that unique holiday gift for those special foodies in your life? We’ve got you covered!

We rounded up a few of our favorite sweets and treats that make great holiday gifts.

Heck, with these discount codes, it’s not frowned upon to buy a little extra for yourself too.

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Crowd Cow

Crowd Cow Taste of Everything Meat and Seafood

  • A Taste of Everything – For the meat & seafood lovers!
  • Members save 5% – sign up at checkout
  • FREE shipping on orders over $149

Wine from the Northeast Wine Company

Northeast Wine Company

  • Pairs well with Crowd Cow (above)
  • Head to www.finewineandgoodspirits.com and type “Northeast Wine Company” in the search bar. Place an order for any of their wines and they will deliver to the Fine Wine and Good Spirits Store of your choice.
  • My Favorite is the Tempranillo (Dry red wine pictured above)
  • Get your order in before December 21st to secure delivery before Christmas!

Sugar Plum Chocolates

Sugar Plum Chocolate

  • Free shipping on orders over $75
  • Use code OnTheStacks at checkout to receive 15% OFF your order at www.sugar-plum.com
  • *Code is valid until 12/31/2020. Cannot be combined with any other offer

Abide Coffee

Abide Coffee

  • Who doesn’t like getting fresh coffee beans in their stocking?!
  • $2 OFF bag of bean coffee – mention code OnTheStacks
  • Visit them at 23 West Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
  • BONUS! New customer? Mention OnTheStacks for a FREE drip coffee

Jane’s Sugar Magnolia

Janes Sugar Magnolia Cake

Beekeeper’s Daughter

Beekeeper's Daughter Honey

  • Use code OnTheStacks (online only) at checkout to receive 20% OFF your order at www.beekeepersdaughter.com
  • *Code is valid until 12/31/2020. Cannot be combined with any other offer
  • *Code not valid in store or any 3rd party reseller & is only valid at www.beekeepersdaughter.com

WILD Meats

WILD Meats

  • Use code #OnTheStacks (must include #) at checkout to receive 20% OFF your order at www.wildmeats.com
  • Code is valid online AND in person – just mention #OnTheStacks at the store if shopping in person
  • Visit them in person at 258 Wilkes-Barre Blvd, Wilkes-Barre Township, PA 18702 or online at www.wildmeats.com
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#OnTheStacks – Bill Corcoran Sr.: Corcoran Printing- Ep. 040

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#OnTheStacks Episode 40 with Bill Corcoran Sr., Owner and President of Corcoran Printing. In this episode Bill gives a little history of the 4th generation family business as the company celebrates their 80th Anniversary this year. Bill explains how the company has been able to adapt and grow by taking an opposite approach to its competitors, specializing in luxury packaging, and building an inbound sales model through strong SEO and content marketing. Bill also shares his knowledge of creating multiple sources of income through real estate and investing in the stock market.

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#OnTheStacks – Rocky Rhodes: 98.5 KRZ – Ep. 039

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#OnTheStacks Episode 39 with Rocky Rhodes from 98.5 KRZ. In this episode, Rocky shares a little behind the scenes of his lifelong experience as an on-air radio personality and some fun memories while the station celebrates their 40th anniversary this year. He also talks about the current state of the radio industry, how KRZ built its brand and listenership, and how they have been successful despite rapidly changing technology and stiff competition.

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#OnTheStacks – Neil Edley: Sugar Plum Chocolates – Ep. 038

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#OnTheStacks Episode 38 with Neil Edley, Chief Innovation Officer at Sugar Plum Chocolates. In this episode Neil share his passion for culture and food, the importance of innovation, and how his global travel inspires new product development.

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#OnTheStacks – Jeff Kátra: Impact – Ep. 037

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 37 with Jeff Kátra, Customer Success Manager at Impact. In this episode Jeff shares his expert knowledge on organization, prioritization, setting expectations with your managers and co-workers, and everything else you need to know to work from home efficiently and successfully. Jeff also talks about his passion for woodworking that recently turned into a business of handcrafting high quality cornhole boards.

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Lanahu Ales | Mountain Top Brewery

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Lanahu Ales – A Hawaiian themed micro-brewery is set to open November 11th at 12 Kirby Ave in Mountain Top.

NEPA native and owner of Lanahu Ales, George Merenich aka Keoki (Hawaiian for George), recently retired from the Susquehanna nuclear power plant after 36 years.

What started as a small home-based retirement project soon expanded into a state-of-the-art brewhouse featuring a stacked roster of juicy IPAs.

Although their focus is on IPAs, there are plenty of other beers on tap including: a mango pilsner, a golden ale, a lager, a chocolate oatmeal stout, and a passionfruit seltzer.

Why the name Lanahu?

Keoki, his wife Amy and two daughters, Jessica and Christine, have been to Hawaii more than 35 times. “Lanahu” is the Hawaiian word for coal. The name of the brewery makes for the perfect blend of their love for the Hawaiian Islands and their hometown roots in the NEPA coal region.

As soon as I walked in the door, Keoki made me feel like Ohana (family). During a tour of the facility, I sipped on a few different IPAs, all of which I loved! Darren Elias (photographer) thoroughly enjoyed the mango infused pilsner.

“I just hope we do right by people – that’s all I’m after.” Keoki said.

The names of the beers pay homage to Hawaii and NEPA, with names like “8-oh-8” which refers to the Hawaiian 808 area code and “Hena Ono” which refers to the local slang, heyna or no.

Lanahu installed a next-generation “Pour My Beer” self-serve tap system that features 10 beers. Upon arrival, guests will be ID’d at a check-in window and will receive a wristband and RFID card. This card will be linked to a debit or credit card and pre-programmed for 2 pints of beer. Once the 2 pints are exhausted, you will need to see the staff to reload your card. They also plan to offer pre-filled crowlers and growlers to go.

There will be a self-serve food kiosk in the taproom, focusing on appetizers and small plates. They also plan to partner with local food trucks. Along with their delicious beer offerings, Lanahu will also sell wine from local favorite, Honey Hole Winery.

Please enjoy responsibly. HipaHipa! (Cheers)

Hours: Tue-Fri 4-9 • Sat 12-9 • Sun-Mon closed

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#OnTheStacks – Eric Kuhn: The Haberdashery – Ep. 036

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 36 with Eric Kuhn, owner of the Haberdashery & Luxe 900. In this episode Eric talks about his love for fashion, the importance of supporting American workers and locally owned businesses, and his “do anything for your customers” type attitude that keeps people coming back.

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Garza Twins dressed as Donald Trump and Joe Biden

4-year-old twin girls with NEPA roots go viral on TikTok dressed as Trump/Biden

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No matter your political views, this story is bound to put a smile on your face.

Twin 4-year-old girls from Oklahoma, Koti and Haven Garza, went viral on TikTok, racking up 2.9 million views when their mother and Kingston Pennsylvania native, Adrea Garza, dressed them as the 2020 Presidential Candidates, Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Koti, left and Haven, right. Photo courtesy of Adrea Garza

Garza, a resident of Edmond Oklahoma is originally from Kingston, but her career as a hospital controller brought her to Oklahoma in 2009 where she later met her now husband and father of the twins, Travis.

Each year the Garza family goes all out for Halloween, but this year they had a larger than average audience.

“I never imagined this video would have 2.9 million views,” Garza said. “I posted the video reveal of their costumes, and it just blew up.”

@garzacrewGarza Twins Halloween 2020 ##twingirls ##twinmom ##biden2020 ##trump2020 ##halloween2020♬ Hey Look Ma, I Made It – Young Dice & Justin Demers


While most of the “garzacrew” followers loved the video, some negativity ensued in the comment section of the TikTok video due to the choice of costumes.

Some suggested the twins should instead be dressed as “princesses.”

“There’s nothing wrong with dressing as princesses. My girls do it all the time.” Garza said. “But there’s also nothing wrong with dressing as the President of the United States either.”

Garza further explained that she wants to teach her girls to aspire to be the POTUS one day.

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#OnTheStacks – Sara Peperno & Amy Feldman: Northeast Sight Services – Ep. 035

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OnTheStacks Podcast episode 35 with Sara Peperno and Amy Feldman of Northeast Sight Services, a 102 year old nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired community. In this episode, Sara and Amy share their experiences working together in the nonprofit industry, building a great team, and how they created and branded a “non-event” to raise funding during a pandemic with their “No Show Awards Dinner.”

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#OnTheStacks – Brad Barry & Tim McDermott: Japhy Creative – Ep. 034

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OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 34 with Brad Barry and Tim McDermott, Co-Founders and Partners at Japhy Creative. In this episode Brad and Tim share their story: “two film majors who started a business.” We also talk about the day-to-day challenges of small business owners, what makes great video content, and the grit and underdog status of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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#OnTheStacks – Fred Maier: Susquehanna Brewing Co. – Ep. 033

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 33 with Fred Maier, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Susquehanna Brewing Company. A 6th generation family of beer brewers with deep roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Fred shares a little family history, the evolution of the rapidly changing beer industry, and what makes their beer “Brewed Right.®

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#OnTheStacks – Todd Carmichael: La Colombe Coffee Roasters – Ep. 032

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 32 with Todd Carmichael, Co-Founder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee Roasters. He used to work in the warehouse at Starbucks. Now, his coffee empire is worth $1.2 Billion. Operating 30 stores across 6 states, Todd shares his humble beginnings, the importance of innovation, company culture, and the concept of being a decent neighbor.

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My Connection to Cancer and #CandysVirtuALL Fundraiser

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I am thrilled to announce that I recently joined the Board of Directors at Candy’s Place, a Cancer and Wellness Center.

For me, joining the board is so much more than a professional opportunity — it’s a personal one.

My mom, Sue DeFine Armento, and me on my wedding day, May 27, 2018

I don’t often talk about my personal connection with cancer, but now seems like the right time to share a little bit more.

A few years before I was born, my mom Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer.

As any woman can agree about their experience with breast cancer, it’s more than just a terrifying diagnosis; it takes a toll on a person physically, mentally, and emotionally.

At only 27 years old, she endured surgery and radiation treatment. Thankfully, she won her battle in a relatively short amount of time since her cancer was caught at an early stage.

Candy’s Place didn’t exist at that time, and although she had support from her family and friends, I know it’s something that she could have tremendously benefited from.

My mom now volunteers at Candy’s Place with a support group for individuals with breast cancer.

“Giving back to humanity and helping to strengthen the lives of those battling breast cancer is very important to me,” she said. As an advocate for this cause, it gives me a profound sense of fulfillment which I’m very grateful for.”

When someone is going through the fight of their life, nothing is more important than feeling secure and as comfortable as possible. Candy’s Place provides that sense of “home” for all clients, and so much more.

They’re advocates and caretakers, confidants and friends. Whether it’s helping a client find a look that makes them feel more like themselves, or pairing a client with the right stress management technique, Candy’s Place is there.

I’m honored to serve on this board and to help continue their mission forward.

The Story of Candy’s Place

Candy’s Place was founded by Penny Cunningham in memory of her sister, Candice Vincent-Mamary. Candy led a very active and healthy lifestyle, and although she was a non-smoker, she was diagnosed with end-stage lung cancer in 1997.

Before she passed, Candy told her sister Penny that she wanted something good to come out of her disease.

She wanted a place for those living with cancer to go and feel comfortable during treatment, while offering services to help them and their family members cope with their disease.

Penny kept her promise to her sister and founded Candy’s Place in 1998. The organization soon became a valued resource for those living with cancer and their families.

Join me for #CandysVirtuALL Fundraiser

All Activities. All Locations. All Month.

For the entire month of October, we will continue to honor Candy’s legacy with our Annual Fundraising Walk.

The event will take place all month long, and you can participate in a number of creative new ways.

Any activity is valid as long as there is movement. Hiking, kayaking, cycling, running, or even gaming are all options.

It is $25 to register and includes a downloadable bib, and a Candy’s Place branded mask that can be worn on the day or your activity. Since our walk is typically 2 miles, we ask that the length of your activity is equal or greater than the 2 mile mark.

Be sure to take a selfie or video of your activity and share it on social media using the hashtag, #CandysVirtuALL!

Candy’s Place heavily relies on the good people and businesses in NEPA who support us financially because of the strong belief in the good work Candy’s Place is doing.

To register click here: https://cancerwellnessnepa.org/product/2020-virtuall-registration/

What: 2+ mile activity of your choice

When: October 1-31, 2020

Where: Anywhere – local or global, inside or outside! (please follow social distance guidelines)

Registration: $25/person*

*Includes a branded mask that can be picked up at the Candy’s Place office and event bib can be downloaded after registration and worn on the day or your activity.

#OnTheStacks – Tony Brooks: Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society – Ep. 031

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 31 with Tony Brooks, Director of the Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society. A history buff with a passion for all things Wilkes-Barré, Tony shares his experiences and successes in life, including one that ultimately changed history forever and one that he is most proud of, the city councils’ unanimous vote to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance to help protect the local LGBT community.

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The Show Goes On: Young Professionals Award Winners Announced

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The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Young Professionals Awards last night at the Garden Drive in Hunlock Creek.

Due to the ongoing safety measures, things looked a little different this year, but that didn’t stop the Chamber from putting together a fun, safe, and socially distanced event to celebrate some of the best and brightest in our community.

First, I want to congratulate the entire lineup of all-star nominees. I also want to recognize two of the winners, my friends Chris Bohinski and Mike McGinley.

I caught up with both of them today to congratulate them on their awards.

Chris, whom I recently met during his appearance on Episode 29 of the podcast, became an immediate friend. 

Last night, he was the recipient of the Inspiration Award, and is totally deserving of it.

If you listen to his episode on the podcast, you’ll hear the story of the ups and downs of his life and how even throughout the most trying times, he finds a way to keep smiling and sending positive vibes out into the universe.

“Life is full of surprises and I was humbled to learn, which was a total surprise to me, that I was chosen as the 2020 Inspiration Award recipient,” Bohinski said. “I will continue to embrace life’s serendipity and smile all along the way.”

Chris is the Co-Host of PA Live on WBRE and is the Creator of SmileStory.org.

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Mike on the other hand, I’ve known for over 15 years.

He and I met as teenagers working at Wegmans in Wilkes-Barre. We’ve remained friends over the years, and now serve on the Wilkes-Barre POWER! Board together, with Mike as our Vice President.

Mike took home the Influencer of the Year award. He is the Major Accounts Executive and Digital Manager at the Times Leader and also has a column in the Sunday paper titled, “Around Town.”

When I spoke with him today, he talked about his work with the paper and how he uses his platform in a positive way for the region.

“NEPA is filled with phenomenal leaders and amenities. I consider myself lucky to live here, and I’m thrilled to help promote the area weekly through my newspaper column, as well as to work with many non-profits that enrich the region,” Mike said. “My life has been enhanced by the organizations and groups I’ve gotten involved with here.”

Both Chris and Mike have many things in common, but the most important commonality of all is their commitment in helping move NEPA forward.

Complete list of award winners:

  • Educator of the Year Jonathan Kadjeski, Equus Workforce Solutions at the PA CareerLink Luzerne County at Wilkes-Barre
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Ashlee Martinelli, Every Little Thing LLC and The Grand Bank
  • Cultural Ambassador of the Year Samuel O’Connell, Coal Creative
  • Intern of the Year Desiree Scott, PCC Aerostructures
  • Influencer of the Year Mike McGinley, Times Leader Media Group
  • Small Business Owner of the Year Tyler Rice, AxelRad Screen Printing
  • STEAM Professional of the Year Danny Lykens and Mike Grobinski, Krypton Design
  • Voluntary Leader of the Year Harlan Tabron Jr., Mt. Zion Baptist Church
  • Young Professional Development Award Winner Community Bank
  • Young Professional Counsel Award Leadership Recipients Amy Feldman and Remington Sweeney
  • Young Professional Inspiration Award Chris Bohinski, WBRE

 

#OnTheStacks – Bob Kalinowski: Citizens’ Voice – Ep. 030

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#OnTheStacks Podcast Episode 30 with Bob Kalinowski, reporter from the Citizens’ Voice. In this episode Bob shares his passion for writing, his appreciation for the military and veterans, and his most recent experience as the pool reporter when Vice President Mike Pence visited Wilkes-Barre..

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