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Lucie’s Apothecary

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Click here for Podcast Episode 12: Lucie’s Apothecary

In November 2016 I had a delightful time speaking with Lucie Grimm from Lucie’s Apothecary.  I was given her information through Melissa Hansen from episode 6 Tea or Tisane with Melissa Hansen.  If you’ve ever wondered about apothecaries and what they can offer, then you will thoroughly enjoy this episode.  Lucie has a beautiful way of describing her craft and the research behind her product.  Be sure to listen to the end because there is a really cool fact about her and her husband.

Website:  http://www.luciesapothecary.com/

Facebook: LuciesApothecary

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Hammons Honey with Josh Hammons

Click here for podcast: Episode 10: Hammons Honey with Josh Hammons

On October 21st, 2016, I was able to snatch an interview with Josh Hammons, the owner of Hammons Honey.  It was the end of a farmers market day for him, and he was very kind to take time for an interview.  As you can imagine, he was exhausted from a day’s work already of selling honey, but this doesn’t come across in our conversation.  Josh is very passionate about what he does and I was fascinated by the information he shared, as I hope you will be too. =)

Website: Hammonshoney.com  (not currently active)

urbanbeerescue.com (not currently active)

Facebook: Hammons Honey

**Email: hammonshoney@hotmail.com**

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~Josh Hammons removing bees

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Merry Christmas

Click here for Podcast:  Episode 9: Merry Christmas from CMLocal

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season, whether it’s with family or friends.  I always enjoy settling back into routines once the holidays are past.  =)

You may have noticed that I took a break from releasing podcasts and posting on my blog.  It has been a season of change for me over these last couple of months.  I have started a new contract job in a different state and have been quite busy with all the transitions.  However, I do have several interviews that will continue to be edited and I am working to load them up over the next few months.  These people include a beekeeper, artist, cafe owner, apothecary, and tiny house builder.  They are each such interesting individuals and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with them, as I am sure you will enjoy listening to them.

Stay tuned.  There will be more to share. =)

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Tea or Tisane with Melissa Hansen

Click for Podcast: Episode 6: Tea or Tisane with Melissa Hansen  

On August 23rd, 2016, I had the pleasure of speaking with Melissa Hansen, owner and
creator of Tea or Tisane, currently a cottage licensed business in Las Vegas, NV.  I was at Downtown 3rd Farmers Market when I stumbled across her booth and entered into a brief conversation about her passion to create tea or tisane blends using things she learned from when she was a child in the mountains of Colorado.

I hope you enjoy our conversation as Melissa shares information about her business, the difference between tea vs. tisane, and a reflection on hospitality.

Website:  http://www.teaortisane.com

Where to purchase:

~Downtown 3rd Farmers Market at N Casino Center Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101.  Hours: Every 1st and 3rd Friday 9am-2pm

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

~Brent Trent Park Farmers Market at 8851 Vegas Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89128.  Hours: Wednesday in winter 2-6pm and in summer 4-8pm

~Mesquite Plaza Farmers Market at 312 W. Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, NV 89027. Hours: Every 2nd and 4th Friday 4-8pm

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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

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~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