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Why ColorMeLocal? with … me

Click here for Podcast: Episode 5: Why ColorMeLocal? with … me

Today’s episode is a quick overview of why I started the podcast and why I chose the name ColorMeLocal.  It really stems from a desire to engage in conversation and hear people’s stories in order to learn from them.  Although I didn’t mention this in the podcast, I also want to point out the importance of giving myself time and space to reflect – on myself, my interactions with others, their responses, and how everything is guided for a reason.  I’m not sure where this podcast will take me, but it has already allowed me to meet and converse with people on a deeper level than I would have felt comfortable otherwise.  I know my life is being shaped and “colored” 😉  by these interactions in ways that I may not yet see.

Please share what you learn with me as you join ColorMeLocal on its journey.

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Jones Jazz

Podcast: Episode 4: Jones Jazz 

On August 12th, 2016, I visited with Mike Jones of Jones Jazz.  What an amazing jazz pianist!  I was introduced to Mike Jones through a previous guest on ColorMeLocal, and am thankful for that introduction.  Our conversation will cover Mike’s move to Las Vegas, his journey as a jazz pianist, and a brief history of jazz among other things.  One of his dogs joined us for most of the interview as well so you might notice the noise of paws or hear him in the background.  He was very well behaved and it was fun having that dynamic during the recording.  I really enjoyed my conversation with Mike and I hope you do too!

Website: http://jonesjazz.com/

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Additional Information:

~Roaring can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon

~Fats Waller

~Oscar Peterson

~Monty Alexander


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Anchois Coffee

ColorMeLocal Podcast: Episode 3: Anchois Coffee Co

On August 9, 2016, I spoke with Jason Blitz from Anchois Coffee Co, a family owned and operated coffee roasting company in Las Vegas, NV. I am very excited to share this conversation.  You will hear how little I know about coffee ;-), and how much knowledge Jason has to share.  One of the things that I love about this small, authentic business is their desire to provide education to their customers.

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Website: http://www.anchoiscoffee.com

Where to buy:

~their website

~Baguette Cafe:8359 W Sunset Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89113

Anchois Coffee Company is definitely a company I want to keep my eyes on and keep in mind for future coffee bean purchases.  Such a treat!

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Additional information:

~http://ablebrewing.com/

~http://www.publicuslv.com/

 


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Sweetpotato Awesome

ColorMeLocal Podcast: Episode 2: Sweetpotato Awesome

On August 3, 2016, I had the pleasure of visiting with Josh Kingdon, the owner of Sweetpotato Awesome, a local business to Las Vegas, NV, that produces freeze-dried sweet potato slices.  We had originally planned to meet in Josh’s kitchen, where he is currently making these delicious bites under a cottage license.  However, the noise from the freeze-dry machine would have interfered with the podcast.  Thankfully, there was a local french cafe close by with a conference room that we could use.  It was a wonderful place to meet.  During our conversation you’ll hear the faint hint of cafe music.

Josh is an easygoing, yet driven small business owner.  He has been persistent in maintaining quality while establishing his business and the excellence of his product speaks to this. Soon these unique slices of goodness will be available for online sale, but for now sales must be completed in person with Josh.  Enjoy this while you can.  He is a business owner you will be glad to meet.  img_9258IMG_9137

Website: http://www.sweetpotatoawesome.com 

http://www.facebook.com/sweetpoawesome

Instagram/twitter: sweetpoawesome

Where to buy:

~Downtown 3rd Farmers Market at N Casino Center Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101.  Hours: Friday 9am-2pm

~Downtown Summerlin Farmers Market at 1980 Festival Plaza Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135.  Hours: Saturday 9am-2pm

Additional information:

~The Intuitive Forager


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Baguette Cafe

ColorMeLocal Podcast: Episode 1: Baguette Cafe
I had the delightful opportunity of visiting with Olivier Brouillet, one of the owners of Baguette Cafe, on July 17th, 2016.  We met in his cafe after it had closed on a Sunday.  The warm Las Vegas sun streamed through large windows which helped create a bright and welcoming atmosphere.  In the background of the podcast you can hear people cleaning, the busyness of closing time.  They were kindly working quieter than usual so that Olivier and I could record our visit, but even so, you will be to hear some familiar sounds.  I love it.  It’s a good reminder that it takes lots of hard work, that often goes unnoticed, in order for a business to succeed.   
 

Location:
359 W Sunset Rd
Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Additional information: 
     ~Anchois Coffee Co.  http://www.anchoiscoffee.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html (see CML podcast session 3 for an interview visit)
     ~CraftHaus  Brewery  http://www.crafthausbrewery.com/
 
 


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Welcome to ColorMeLocal

Thanks for dropping in on ColorMeLocal.  I hope you will stay a while and that you will enjoy listening to our conversations.  ColorMeLocal is a podcast featuring local artisan businesses that help build relationships and community through their care and expertise.  I find these places all around the country, so I hope you are able to find some new places of interest for you to explore either in your home city or a city you visit.  Ultimately, I hope this blog and podcast will help to spark curiosity and encourage you to seek out new places and people.

The name ColorMeLocal came to me 4 years ago when the notion of starting a blog about local businesses first presented itself to me (see next paragraph for more explanation).  The idea has evolved over the years to become what I am pursuing now in the podcasts.  An artist might start a painting through a rough sketch only with a pencil.  Similarly, we enter new environments as rough sketches, touched by the past but not yet by the city or our surroundings.  As we explore and invest ourselves in different parts of the city, we start to be “colored” and “textured” by the characters around us.  Color adds depth and interest to paintings, and likewise, as we are colored by our experiences, we begin to have a new depth to our personalities and conversations, which in turn reflects the “colors” of our cities.  Hence the name, ColorMeLocal.

I began to think about starting a blog featuring these places when I found Local Coffee, a San Antonio coffee shop that became a haven for me when I was working in home health as a Speech Language Pathologist.  I frequently had reports to write after work hours and would retreat to Local Coffee to complete them and other paperwork.  From the friendly staff who recognize repeat customers to the care and time in preparing the coffee, it welcomed me and others to relax and breathe.

I was eager to share this place with friends and thought about other local spots that provided unique flavors to our everyday existence.  It also made me aware of the community that can be developed when supporting local businesses.  It nurtures trust and friendship with our neighbors, something that, if we are not careful, could slip away in this digital age.

It is my goal to be “colored” by local artisan businesses, whose owners naturally seem to foster collaboration, creative thinking, hard work, and community.  I hope you enjoy your time spent with me and the eclectic businesses I find.  =)cml_logo-2