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067: Michael Tolbert – The Founder of LMTLivit

067: Michael Tolbert – The Founder of LMTLivit

Episode 067 Michael TolbertThe Founder of LMTLivitShow Notes: In this episode I chat with Michael Tolbert, the founder of LMTLivit. LMTLivit is a company on a mission to improve universal culture and human connection across the globe.  Michael shares his inspiration...

063: Cristina Wilson – The Founder of Mood House

063: Cristina Wilson – The Founder of Mood House

Episode 063 Cristina WilsonThe Founder of Mood HouseShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with the founder of Mood House, Cristina Wilson. Mood House is Charlotte’s home for a stress-melting massage. Cristina founded Mood House after an exhaustive search for a quick...

062: Dilworth Tasting Room – Meet Jaffer Kovic

062: Dilworth Tasting Room – Meet Jaffer Kovic

Episode 062 Dilworth Tasting RoomMeet Jaffer KovicShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with the founder of Dilworth Tasting Room, Jaffer Kovic. This is a very interesting conversation that I think you’re going to love. Jaffer shares the story of his journey in the...

060: Stratagon – Meet Ryan Burkett and Alex Moore

060: Stratagon – Meet Ryan Burkett and Alex Moore

Episode 060 StratagonMeet Ryan Burkett and Alex MooreShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with the founders of Stratagon, Ryan Burkett and Alex Moore. Stratagon is a strategic marketing & sales agency that builds customer-centric campaigns to power revenue...

059: Christi Busch – For the Love of Dutch

059: Christi Busch – For the Love of Dutch

Episode 059 Christi BuschFor the Love of DutchShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Christi Busch, the founder of For the Love of Dutch. During our conversation, Christi shares the story and inspiration behind her holistic dog food company. For the Love of...

058: Stephanie Calderon Interiors – Meet Stephanie Calderon

058: Stephanie Calderon Interiors – Meet Stephanie Calderon

Episode 058 Stephanie Calderon InteriorsMeet Stephanie CalderonShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Stephanie Calderon, the principal at Stephanie Calderon Interiors. During our conversation, Stephanie shares the story and inspiration behind her interior...

057: Yafo Kitchen – Meet Chef Shai Fargian

057: Yafo Kitchen – Meet Chef Shai Fargian

Episode 057 Yafo KitchenMeet Chef Shai FargianShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Shai Fargian. Shai is the co-founder and Chef-partner of YAFO Kitchen. Yafo Kitchen is a fast-casual Middle Eastern street food concept that was launched in SouthPark back in...

056: Brand Photography with Julia Rohrbach – Julia Fay Photography

056: Brand Photography with Julia Rohrbach – Julia Fay Photography

Episode 056 Brand Photography with Julia RohrbachJulia Fay PhotographyShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Julia Rohrbach, the founder and lead photographer at Julia Fay Photography. Julia specializes in the ever-growing field of brand photography.  During our...

055: Kristin Dillard – President of Team Automotive Group

055: Kristin Dillard – President of Team Automotive Group

Episode 055 Kristin DillardPresident of Team Automotive GroupShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Kristin Dillard, she is the dealer principal at Team Automotive Group. During our conversation, Kristin shares the story of her career in the automotive industry...

054: Precision Office Solutions – Meet Haris Delic and Chris Gonzalez

054: Precision Office Solutions – Meet Haris Delic and Chris Gonzalez

Episode 054 Precision Office SolutionsMeet Haris Delic and Chris GonzalezShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with the founders of Precision Office Solutions, Haris Delic and Chris Gonzalez.  Haris and Chris share the story of how they risked everything to launch...

053: Wentworth & Fenn – Meet Samantha Ward

053: Wentworth & Fenn – Meet Samantha Ward

Episode 053 Wentworth & FennMeet Samantha WardShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Samantha Ward, the owner and Executive Pastry Chef at Wentworth & Fenn. Wentworth & Fenn is an all-scratch bakery specializing in custom cakes, pastries, and artisan...

051: Charlotte FIT – Meet Taylor Calamese

051: Charlotte FIT – Meet Taylor Calamese

Episode 051 Charlotte FITMeet Taylor CalameseShow Notes: In this episode, Jeff sits down with Taylor Calamese - she’s the founder of Charlotte FIT. Charlotte FIT is a local fitness company with locations in North Charlotte and South Charlotte. Charlotte FIT is a...

050: Charlotte Wine & Food Week 2023 with Lauren Deese

050: Charlotte Wine & Food Week 2023 with Lauren Deese

Episode 050 Charlotte Wine & Food Week 2023with Lauren DeeseShow Notes: In this episode, I’m going to be talking with Lauren Deese - the executive director of Charlotte Wine and Food week presented by Truist. Lauren shares the story of this annual event that...

048: Keva Walton – CEO, Mecklenburg County ABC Board

048: Keva Walton – CEO, Mecklenburg County ABC Board

Episode 048 Keva WaltonCEO, Mecklenburg County ABC BoardShow Notes: I’m honored to be joined in this episode by Keva Walton, the Chief Executive Officer of the Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.  Mr. Walton brings decades of leadership experience to...

047: Brittney Bogues – Founder and CIO at Bogues Group

047: Brittney Bogues – Founder and CIO at Bogues Group

Episode 047 Brittney BoguesFounder and CIO at Bogues GroupShow Notes: I’m honored to be joined in this episode by Brittney Bogues, the founder of Bogues Group, a Charlotte-based consulting agency specializing in PR and strategic communications, marketing, branding,...

046: The Batchmaker – Meet Cris Rojas-Agurcia

046: The Batchmaker – Meet Cris Rojas-Agurcia

Episode 046 The BatchmakerMeet Cris Rojas-AgurciaShow Notes: I’m really honored to be joined by Cristina Rojas-Agurcia in this episode. Cristina is known as The Batchmaker and she’s the owner of one of the most adored small businesses in the Queen City.  I met with...

043: Charlotte is Creative – Meet Tim Miner and Matt Olin

043: Charlotte is Creative – Meet Tim Miner and Matt Olin

Episode 043 Charlotte is CreativeMeet Tim Miner and Matt OlinShow Notes: In this episode of The Best of Charlotte podcast, we’re featuring a conversation with the founders of one of the most significant nonprofit organizations in the Queen City.  The founders of...

041: Kimmery Martin – Author of Doctors and Friends

041: Kimmery Martin – Author of Doctors and Friends

Episode 041 Kimmery MartinAuthor of Doctors and FriendsShow Notes: Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor-turned novelist whose works of medical fiction have been praised by The Harvard Crimson, Southern Living, The New York Times, and People magazine,among...

040: Humane Society of Charlotte – Meet President and CEO Shelly Moore

040: Humane Society of Charlotte – Meet President and CEO Shelly Moore

Episode 040 Humane Society of CharlotteMeet President and CEO Shelly MooreShow Notes: Hello friends, and welcome back to The Best of Charlotte podcast. I’m really excited to bring you this episode. As you know by now, we do love to feature local nonprofits here on the...

039: Sweet Spot Studio Charlotte – Meet Chef Jossie Lukacik

039: Sweet Spot Studio Charlotte – Meet Chef Jossie Lukacik

Episode 039 Sweet Spot Studio CharlotteMeet Chef Jossie LukacikShow Notes: Jossie Lukacik is the founder of Sweet Spot Studio in Charlotte, one of the craftiest and most creative concepts we’ve had the pleasure of featuring on the podcast. Jossie was introduced to me...

038: The U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team Moves to Charlotte!

038: The U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team Moves to Charlotte!

Episode 038 The U.S. Women's National Field Hockey TeamMaking the Move to Charlotte!Show Notes: Hello friends, welcome back to The Best of Charlotte podcast. I have to say that I’m really honored to be featuring the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team on the...

037: On Brand with Jamey Boiter – CEO of BOLTGROUP

037: On Brand with Jamey Boiter – CEO of BOLTGROUP

Episode 037 On Brand with Jamey BoiterCEO of BOLTGROUPShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Jamey Boiter, the Principle and CEO at BOLTGROUP - a design innovation firm that has been helping companies build better brands for 35 years. Jamey shares the story of...

035: Wooden Robot Brewery – Meet Co-Founder Dan Wade

035: Wooden Robot Brewery – Meet Co-Founder Dan Wade

Episode 035 Wooden Robot BreweryMeet Co-Founder Dan WadeShow Notes: In this episode, I head back to Southend Charlotte to sit down with the co-founder and head brewer at Wooden Robot Brewery, Dan Wade. Dan shares a bit about his background and the inspiration for...

034: Sweat Method – Meet Founders Halle Hillman and Justin Gordon

034: Sweat Method – Meet Founders Halle Hillman and Justin Gordon

Episode 034 Sweat MethodMeet Founders Halle Hillman and Justin GordonShow Notes: The guests in this episode are founders of one of the hottest fitness studios in Charlotte. Sweat Method is Charlotte’s first 30-minute group fitness studio. Their mission is simple: grow...

033: Envision Charlotte – Meet Executive Director Amy Aussieker

033: Envision Charlotte – Meet Executive Director Amy Aussieker

Episode 033 Envision CharlotteMeet Executive Director Amy AussiekerShow Notes: Hey friends, welcome back to The Best of Charlotte podcast. Before I roll this interview, I just have to say once again how great it has been to finally be able to get back to connecting...

032: Recess – Meet the Team Behind the Flexible Workspace Community

032: Recess – Meet the Team Behind the Flexible Workspace Community

Episode 032 RecessMeet the Team Behind the Flexible Workspace CommunityShow Notes: In this episode, we ‘re featuring a conversation with the team behind Recess - a company that’s building a flexible workspace community here in Charlotte, NC. Recess aims to help local...

030: Meet the Founders of Resident Culture Brewing Company

030: Meet the Founders of Resident Culture Brewing Company

Episode 030 Resident Culture Brewing CompanyMeet the FoundersShow Notes: In this episode of the Best of Charlotte, I’m finally featuring a local Charlotte craft brewery. The founders of Resident Culture Brewing Company in Plaza Midwood join me to share the story of...

029: The Golden Carrot – Meet Founder and Owner Nicole Corriher

029: The Golden Carrot – Meet Founder and Owner Nicole Corriher

Episode 029 The Golden CarrotMeet Founder and Owner Nicole CorriherShow Notes: Welcome back to The Best of Charlotte podcast.  We have another beautiful small business located in Southend to share with you. The Golden Carrot fine jewelry shop is a retailer of fine...

028: OMJ Clothing – Meet Co-founder Bradley Rhyne

028: OMJ Clothing – Meet Co-founder Bradley Rhyne

Episode 028 OMJ ClothingMeet Co-founder Bradley RhyneShow Notes: In this episode, we’re featuring a highly successful clothing company based in Southend Charlotte. OMJ specializes in crafting high quality and great fitting clothing for sophisticated professionals....

026: It’s Poppin’ Gourmet Kettle Korn – Meet Owner Janelle Doyle

026: It’s Poppin’ Gourmet Kettle Korn – Meet Owner Janelle Doyle

Episode 026 It's Poppin' Gourmet Kettle KornMeet Owner Janelle DoyleShow Notes: In this episode, I’m featuring a conversation with a really sweet local small business that’s serving up some amazing gourmet kettle corn. It’s Poppin Gourmet Kettle Korn is located in the...

021: Orrman’s Cheese Shop – Meet Owner Rachel Klebaur

021: Orrman’s Cheese Shop – Meet Owner Rachel Klebaur

Episode 021 Orrman's Cheese ShopMeet Owner Rachel KlebaurShow Notes: We’re featuring a beautiful small business located in the heart of center city at the 7th Street Public Market. Orrman’s Cheese Shop has been recommended by several of our guests, both on The Best of...

019: Shawn McAllister – The Journey of a Charlotte Entrepreneur

019: Shawn McAllister – The Journey of a Charlotte Entrepreneur

Episode 019 Shawn McAllisterThe Journey of a Charlotte EntrepreneurShow Notes: I’m extremely honored to be sharing with you in this episode a conversation with one of the most prolific entrepreneurs and talented business minds in Charlotte – Shawn McAllister.  Shawn...

013: Black Wednesday – Small Business Marketing with Corri Smith

013: Black Wednesday – Small Business Marketing with Corri Smith

Episode 013 Black WednesdaySmall Business Marketing with Corri SmithShow Notes: As a small business owner, I have always had a fascination with marketing. Effective marketing is, of course, essential to the success of any business. In this episode, I have an...

010: Cork Vault – Charlotte’s Wine Storage Solution

010: Cork Vault – Charlotte’s Wine Storage Solution

Episode 010 Cork VaultCharlotte's Wine Storage SolutionShow Notes: Welcome Cork Vault to the podcast! Owner Bill Bounds joins me for a conversation about his background and the inspiration behind his wine storage business. Cork Vault is a unique business in the...

007: Run For Your Life – Welcome Back Co-Owner Chris Elkins

007: Run For Your Life – Welcome Back Co-Owner Chris Elkins

Episode 007 Run For Your Life Welcome Back Co-Owner Chris Elkins Show Notes: In this episode, I catch up with Chris Elkins - co-owner of the Run For Your Life running stores - to find out how Run For Your Life has coped with the challenges of 2020. We talk a lot about...

006: Welcome to The Best Of Charlotte – A Brief Message From The Host

006: Welcome to The Best Of Charlotte – A Brief Message From The Host

Episode 006 Welcome to The Best Of Charlotte A Brief Message From The Host Show Notes: Welcome back to the podcast. In this 7-minute solo episode, I describe the inspiration behind rebranding the podcast and give you a hint of what to expect going forward. Thanks for...

004: Chris Elkins – Co-owner of Run For Your Life running stores

004: Chris Elkins – Co-owner of Run For Your Life running stores

Episode 004 Chris Elkins Co-owner of Run For Your Life running stores Show Notes: In this episode, I interview Chris Elkins with Run For Your Life running stores. Run For Your Life is an iconic Charlotte small business that in 2019 celebrated their 30th anniversary in...

003: Paul Barrett – Owner of Deutsche Auto Parts

003: Paul Barrett – Owner of Deutsche Auto Parts

Episode 003 Paul Barrett Owner of Deutsche Auto Parts Show Notes: In this episode, I interview the founder and owner of Deutsche Auto Parts, Paul Barrett. Deutsche (DOY-Chuh) Auto Parts is a company specializing in VW and Audi Discount Imported European Parts, Repair...

002: Zach Edwards – Owner of Emerson Joseph Salon & Spa

002: Zach Edwards – Owner of Emerson Joseph Salon & Spa

Episode 002 Zach Edwards Owner of Emerson Joseph Salon & Spa Show Notes: In this episode, I meet with Zach Edwards to learn what it takes to build an upscale salon that caters to discerning gentlemen in Charlotte, North Carolina. From recruiting and training the...

001: Steve Pinkerton – Owner and Founder of Vitality Fitness

001: Steve Pinkerton – Owner and Founder of Vitality Fitness

Episode 001 Steve PinkertonOwner and Founder of Vitality FitnessShow Notes: Steve Pinkerton, owner and founder of Vitality Fitness in Concord, North Carolina describes the journey of his elite CrossFit enterprise from humble beginnings in the home garage to building a...