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Meet our Host Katy Thomas

Katy grew up 30 minutes east in Windham, OH and moved to Kent when she attended Kent State University. She has called Kent home ever since. Katy has been a small business owner herself. She started a business for teaching English to speakers of other languages in 2019. Through navigating the complexities of owning her own business, she acquired a deep admiration and respect for those who run and operate local businesses. These days, her day job is helping local businesses through digital marketing strategy with In Transit Studios. She hosts Kent in Good Company on the side for fun. What she loves most about hosting the podcast is hearing the stories of those in her community. She revels in learning how her favorite spots in Kent went from an idea to a success. 

Episode 1 - scribbles coffee

“Meet Scott Budzar, the master rooster at Scribbles Coffee. My favorite part of the conversation with Scott was hearing about the intention behind how they choose where their coffee beans come from. His goal is to support families and small farms all over the world just like the owners of Scribbles, which is a local family business.” 

Episode 2- Daisy Pops

“Dive into the delicious world of cake pops with a special guest – the talented and passionate owner of Daisy Pops, Amy Mucha. Amy let us in on a little secret about the BEST flavor she sells, so definitely listen in to see what flavor that is so you can try it for yourself!”

Episode 3- The Performance Collective

“Meet Stephanie Orwick from the Performance Collective. The Performance Collective provides therapy, counseling, and coaching for all ages. Stephanie had so many important reminders for us about our basic human needs. She even gave us a little insight about ways she helps her clients. How great is it that we have such an important resource right in downtown Kent!” 

Episode 4- Hippie Fox Rocks

“I spoke with Hippie Fox Rocks owner, Jared Abell to hear about what he does and how he got started in the industry of rocks. If you’ve ever walked by Hippie Fox Rocks and thought That store just isn’t my style, this episode might change your mind.”

Episode 5 - The River Merchant

“I had a great conversation with Cameron from the River Merchant for today’s episode. I think my favorite part of our conversation is hearing the story of how The River Merchant got started, which was during the pandemic! It’s a true underdog story, and I know you’ll love hearing it. “

Episode 6 - GRAZERS

“In this episode, we hear about a true self-starter story with Stacey and Carl from GRAZERS. They discussed changing careers from teachers to entrepreneurs and how their passion for good food that anyone can enjoy has paved the way for them to be one of Kent’s food establishment gems. Also, if you mention to them that you listened to this podcast episode, they’ll give you a free chocolate chip cookie with your order!”

Episode 7 - Ray's Place

“In this episode, we are talking about the longstanding hometown hero, Charlie Thomas of Ray’s Place. After our interview, Charlie told me that he always tells people “If you haven’t been to Ray’s, you haven’t been to Kent.” And I can’t agree more! If you’re listening to this episode, you’ve probably been to Ray’s Place before. This is your sign to pay another visit soon!”

Episode 8 - The Battleground

“I got to talk with Rosi, the owner of The Battleground. We talked a lot about authentic Mexican food and Rosi’s favorite dishes. Fair warning, listening to this episode might make you a little hungry!”

Episode 9 - Emu Tile

“I sat down with Emily, the owner of Emu Tile. Emily is an artisan of beautiful ceramic tiles and her business is operated from her home in Kent. Emily gave me a tour of her work space and showed me all of the fun designs she’s been working on! It was really cool to see and hear about the details of her work. I’m excited for you to hear it too!”

Episode 10 - Troppus Projects

“Hear a conversation I had with Kelly Dietrick, the owner and curator of TROPPUS PROJECTS. I really enjoyed my conversation with Kelly because she gave us a really cool glimpse into how she chooses the pieces that are displayed in the TROPPUS PROJECTS gallery. I admit, this was my first time inside TROPPUS PROJECTS and I am just kicking myself that I never walked in before this conversation. Please do yourself a favor and pay her a visit. There are so many cool pieces to stare at in this gallery! I was absolutely mesmerized.”

Episode 11 - Flourish Plant Market

“In today’s episode, I sat down with Alicia, the owner of Flourish Plant Mkt. Alicia has a lot of cool insights for keeping plants healthy and happy, so definitely listen if you’re looking for tips for your own greenery.”

Episode 12 - Over Easy at the Depot

“In today’s episode, I sat down with Shannon, the owner of Over Easy at the Depot. Shannon has some really cool insights about how she runs her business, and it was neat to hear about those.”

Episode 13 - Tiger Rae Boutique

“In this episode, you’ll be hearing from Rachel, the store manager at Tiger Rae Boutique. This little shop is absolutely adorable and it contains clothing, bags, jewelry, soaps, and essential oils. By the way, I went to the shop to do this interview, and it smelled so amazing in there. If you just go to look around and smell the smells, you’ll have enjoyed yourself.”

Episode 14 - Woodsy's Music

“In today’s episode, I sat down with Paul, the owner and founder of Woodsy’s Music. Paul talked about the origin story of Woodsy’s as well as the amazing growth that they’ve experienced over the years. Also, he showed me the “secret acoustic room.” (Check out the episode image to see that!) And it just showed me how cool Woodsy’s really is. Everywhere you go in there, there’s something cool to look at.”

Episode 15 - Off the Wagon

“In today’s episode, I sat down with Michelle, the owner of Off the Wagon. Michelle talked a lot about all the phases of running a toy store and how it got to where it is today. I learned that they have a really robust website that you can use to check out their products, and also, they ship WORLDWIDE. Wouldn’t it be so nice to send someone from Kent who is currently living elsewhere a gift from Off the Wagon? I hope you enjoy this episode and conversation with Michelle.”

Episode 16 - Popped!

“In today’s episode, I sat down with Gwen, the owner and founder of Popped! Gwen talked about the origin story of Popped! as well as her impressive expertise of candies and confections. I was blown away by how academic the topic of candy can be! She knows the history of candies! It’s phenomenal and makes me want to try all the
yummy candies at Popped! even more!”

Episode 17 - Bent Tree Coffee Roasters

“In today’s episode, I sat down with Jonah, the manager at Bent Tree! Jonah talked about the origin story of Bent Tree as well as some of the favorite drinks at the shop. Jonah knows so much about coffee, and I’ve been to Bent Tree many times and can confirm, he must know what he’s doing because every cup of joe I’ve had from there has been delicious.”

Episode 18 - Each + Every

“In today’s episode, I sat down with Nate, the owner of Each+Every, a design studio in downtown Kent! Nate talked about the importance of designing digital products and experiences with humans in mind. If you’re a business owner, this is a must-listen. Nate and the awesome people at Each+Every know how to not only design beautiful things, but they also make every effort to be inclusive with their design of websites, apps, exhibits, and more.”

Episode 19 - Lake House Kitchen + Bar

“I sat down with Mike Beder, the co-owner of The Lake House Kitchen + Bar. Mike is also an owner and partial owner of several different downtown businesses including Water Street Tavern, Kent Sportswear, Cleveland Bagel Cafe, The Loft, & Venice Cafe. He told me his entrepreneurial story from being a self proclaimed not-so-great KSU student to being a successful business owner in Kent, which was really inspiring for me! I know it will be for you too.”

Episode 20 - Bricco

“In today’s episode, I sat down with Dave, the owner of Bricco. Bricco is a family-owned Italian-American restaurant. They have great cajun chicken pasta amongst other awesome dishes. They also have an event space that accommodates up to 40 people, and if you’re an employee or student of Kent State, they don’t charge a room fee! Isn’t that sweet?! Dave shared his story of becoming the owner of Bricco as well as the struggles Bricco and other restaurants have faced in this post-pandemic economy. It just emphasizes how much we can rally behind our local businesses and help them out. Bricco also has some really exciting deals and giveaways coming up! So definitely listen for more details on those!”

Episode 21 - Evelyn Dickerson Hair Design

“Carley, the owner of Evelyn Dickerson Hair Design, sat with me in their NEW and BEAUTIFUL new salon on Erie street downtown! This place is gorgeous. You just walk in and you suddenly feel like a very important person simply because of how nice the space looks. You have to go there and get pampered with a haircut, mani, pedi, or something, just to feel like a queen or king for a couple hours! Carley had a really cool story to share about her transition from being a cosmetologist to a full-blown business owner. I think stories like hers are really inspiring for anyone who is looking to turn whatever their expertise is into a business. So if you need that extra motivation, this is a good episode for you to listen to.”

Episode 22 - Haymaker Farmers' Market

“In today’s episode, I sat down with Andrew, the director of the Haymaker Farmers’ Market! Andrew shares some information with us about why this farmers’ market is particularly special. And he also shared some insider information about programs and events that you can take part in including farm visits, their annual benefit dinner, and giveaways! Exciting stuff!”