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Lauren Gorney: NEPA’rogi – Ep. 050

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#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 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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Links and more talking points from this Episode:

  • 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
  • Connect with NEPA’rogi on social media and the web:
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Photos by Darren Elias

#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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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

Connect with Lanahu online:

Facebook | Instagram | Website

Questions? Comments? Email us at letstalk@onthestacks.com

All photos courtesy of Darren Elias

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

Introduction to the #OnTheStacks Blog

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Welcome to the new and improved #OnTheStacks website and blog!

We’ve been working tirelessly on this new site and we’re really excited that you’re here.

If you’re looking to build a bangin’ site like this one, get in touch with Halibut Blue. Mike McLaughlin, partner at Halibut Blue, worked closely with me on every detail of this website to make sure I was completely satisfied.

Mike is no stranger to #OnTheStacks though. In early April of 2020, Mike and his business partner, Chris Kuhar, were featured on Episode 6 of the Podcast.

When #OnTheStacks first launched in 2019, it was a one man band — me, Bill, I was the band. It started with posting one or two photos (using my cell phone camera) on social media, with friends and colleagues who visited the stacks.

In just over one year, #OnTheStacks has exploded into a podcast, social media partner, and hub for regional influence.

On the podcast, we chat with professionals both locally in NEPA, and some from around the country, to share the story behind their awesome businesses, side hustles, and life experiences. I also don’t mind the products and swag they bring, because sometimes I get to keep them!

As the #OnTheStacks team has grown, you’ve been able to see what really goes on behind the scenes. Darren Elias is the man responsible for the #OnTheStacks glow up.

Darren goes above and beyond, making sure I’m always looking my best in every photo, since we all know I don’t normally look that good in person. All of the amazing photos you see on this new site were also shot by Darren.

I also need to give a shout out to the “Mic Man,” Mike Gombita. Before the launch of the podcast, he randomly DM’d me on Instagram and offered to assist with the audio editing and publishing of the podcast.

Mike works full time at Misericordia University, and did this on the side to help me get started. As of recently, the Mic Man has moved on, but I’m very appreciative for his work and the guidance he has given me.

There’s an endless list of family, friends, and colleagues who have unexpectedly jumped in and rolled up their sleeves to help make my vision of #OnTheStacks what it is today. I’m super grateful for their time and skills, and cannot thank them enough.

What types of blogs or other content would you like to see here?

Drop us a line at letstalk@onthestacks.com with any ideas or feedback, and make sure you follow the podcast, social media posts, and blogs, because you never know what’s happening next, #OnTheStacks.

#OnTheStacks: Blu Door Financial – Kris and Steve Vanesko – Ep. 001

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#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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Photos by Darren Elias

 

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