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Small Town WNY

By Small Town WNY
A monthly impromptu review of the 4 towns I visited during the month for the PBS TV show with occasional guests and a few fun and interesting feature segments!
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Julie/Author's Note Book Store (Small Town WNY TV Series - Companion Podcast #15)
Julie/Author's Note Book Store (Small Town WNY TV Series - Companion Podcast #15) Author's Note Book Store 519 Main St, Medina, NY 14103, United States Phone: +1 585 798 3642 https://authorsnote.com One of my favorite aspects of running this business is meeting the great people I come across everyday out in the field. Whether it's selling, filming or coordinating shoots and the guests and there isn't days like days in the 15+ years I've been at it. Sometimes, I come across someone with such a similar story and journey that it stops me in my tracks and Julie from Author's Note Book store in Medina was one such person. An accomplished author and now small business owner she has quite a tale to tell all her own...
01:04:58
August 10, 2022
Joyce/North Star Tavern (Small Town WNY TV Series - Companion Podcast #14)
Joyce/North Star Tavern (Small Town WNY TV Series - Companion Podcast #14) North Star Tavern 7340 Seneca Street, Elma, NY 14059 Phone: +1 716 805 7117 https://www.thenorthstartavern.com Having grown  up in the Southtowns of Buffalo, just  a few miles from the border of East Aurora, The North Star Tavern is so buried in my muscle memory of the place that even through 15 years away, it was one of the businesses that I would often recall when I would think of the pretty drive up Seneca Street into East Aurora from my childhood home. Now, the fact that I have a real Walter Mitty fantasy about the place, is an entire other story as I'm a huge fan of the show Newhart, and if you recall, the show is set in an Old, Historically important Inn up in Vermont... and as far as Inns go.. The North Star tavern (to me) always reminded me of the Inn on the show and in my minds eye, I always had this fantasy that it would someday reopen it's top floor as a hotel or B&B just like it was back when it was when it first built as an overnight stop for travelers through the area. I recently had a chance to talk to Joyce (one half of the new owners of the Inn) between rushes on a busy Thursday night about the Inns history, improvements, menu items, additions and even the Inns most permanent ... ethereal... resident... 
14:48
August 10, 2022
Bonnie/Herbalty Cottage (Small Town WNY TV Series - Companion Podcast #12)
Bonnie/Herbalty Cottage 415 Main St, Medina, NY 14103, United States Phone: +1 585 798 5800 http://www.herbaltycottage.com On this episode of the Small Town WNY companion podcast I'm talking to  Bonnie from Herbalty Cottage in Medina NY. Like many great success  stories, Herbailty Cottage was born out of personal tragedy and  obstacles. But the result is a business that is truly doing good work in  the WNY community by offering services and products that offer a true  306 Holistic, healing approach with a track record of proven success.  It's a truly inspiring, heartfelt story that only goes to show that in  the end, we find our path and our light, even through the darkest times  of our lives. 
57:53
July 11, 2022
Mary Lou/Case-NIc Cookies (Small Town WNY TV Series - Companion Podcast #13)
Case Nic Cookies 415 Main St, Medina, NY 14103, United States Phone: +1 585 798 5800 http://www.herbaltycottage.com On this episode of the Small Town WNY companion podcast I'm talking to Bonnie from Herbalty Cottage in Medina NY. Like many great success  stories, Herbailty Cottage was born out of personal tragedy and  obstacles. But the result is a business that is truly doing good work in  the WNY community by offering services and products that offer a true 306 Holistic, healing approach with a track record of proven success. It's a truly inspiring, heartfelt story that only goes to show that in the end, we find our path and our light, even through the darkest times  of our lives.
52:02
July 11, 2022
Nick/Crkt Protein (Small Town WNY TV Series - Companion Podcast #10)
Nick/Crkt Protein (Small Town WNY TV Series - Companion Podcast #10) Crkt Protein 70 Franklin St, Springville, NY 14141 Phone: +1 716 597 8656 https://crkt.life  Crky Protein is a complete anomaly here in WNY and when I first stumbled  on the business a few months ago, while  was prepping for the Village  of Springville episode, like most people, that first come upon it, I was  a bit taken back by what I was looking at. Well, that is, until Nick  introduced himself and told me all about the shop, his business and his overall ideology that is driving him to make a much needed difference in  the world of agriculture, health and the environment. Nick is one of a  kind and it takes people like him to look the future of where we are  headed as a society and charge headlong into it with their infectious  enthusiasm, endless drive and energy and the will to see their vision  through to the benefit of us all.
53:34
June 27, 2022
Boston, NY (Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Podcast #1.8)
Boston, NY (Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Podcast #1.8) My guest today is the historian for the town of Boston. I asked Frank to  come onto the podcast as I think  Boston is a bit of a mystery to many  WNYer's along with Springville, Marilla, Colden and a few others down in  this area.  If you don't live there or have friends or family there, you probably rarely have ventured into the town. Well, OK, maybe you've  stopped off for gas off of the 219 on your way to parts south, but next  time you do, try taking the 277 down through the entirety of the town all the way through to Springville for a real treat. Especially in Fall. I promise, you won't be disappointed. From my very first drive through  the town and hills and valleys there, I got a dead-on Vermont vibe that  continually surprised me around every corner. Frank helped clarify the  town's history a bit and offered some great antidotes throughout our  conversation and perfectly illustrated how much history the town has. Boston offers some truly unique WNY businesses and experiences and I  highly recommend taking a short drive to the town when you get the  chance.
53:01
June 27, 2022
Alyx & Anthony/Alyx & Anthony's Wallpaper & Decor (Small Town WNY TV Series - Companion Podcast #9)
Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #9 Alyx & Anthony Wallpaper & Decor 3906 Seneca st. West Seneca, NY 14224 (716)300-2888 https://alyxandanthonys.com Alyx & Anthony are part of a new breed and generation of WNY  entrepreneurs that are truly making an impact an difference in the  region as the old guard passes away and with it, the proverbial torch  onto this new adventurous generation that has decided to stay here in  WNY , see things through and make the change where it matters most. In  your hometown. They are young, hyper-creative and an example of how to  fill a much-needed  niche in the market.
47:03
June 27, 2022
True Value Hardware, Springville, NY (Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #7)
Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #7 Springville Hardware True Value 46 E Main St, Springville, NY 14141 Phone: (716) 592-7012 Springville True Value is a third generation family business that has  been part of the fabric of the Village Community in Springville for  decades and has seen the ups and downs of not only the Village itself  but like any long-term WNY business, the region as a whole. Springville  is a town that is truly coming into it's own with a resurgence of new,  young entrepreneurs taking the helm and guiding the town into a very  bright future. And my guest today, Luke is doing just that with  Springville True Value. If you haven't been to the town in awhile, I can  only urge you to get down there the next time you're feeling the urge  for a nice weekend drive. Luke, along with his parents and grandparents  have owned the store since 1986 and are doing a truly wonderful job and  and even have a fourth generation now coming into the fold... ______________________________________________________________ Small Town, NY episodes can be seen between the shows on PBS on stations all across the state of NY, here on YouTube, smalltownny.com & on  all major social media platforms! SMALL TOWN NY: Fresh off the hot-heels of the pandemic and my initial PBS travel  show,  "Discovering WNY",  "Small Town NY" is my second PBS series that  finds me exploring small towns throughout the entire state. And while you'll still find the more popular destinations on the show, I'll mostly be digg'n deep and "Discovering" the lesser-known and  off-the-beaten-path small towns that I believe, truly deserve a visit or  two. On my YouTube channel (youtube.com/aaaugustine) you'll also be able to see all the episodes from my 4 older TV shows: DISCOVERING WNY: The first version of the show was an interstitial (between the  shows) PBS series that primarily featured small WNY towns, while the  older show was a half-hour, small business profile series featuring  local "Mom & Pop Shops" on 4 WNY commercial stations. SUPER KIDS SHOW: These are my three retro-style, 1950s-1970s influenced shows kids TV  series that were eventually combined into one awesome show called "The  Kids Super Show" that continued until 2017 when I began producing  regional travel shows. https://www.aaaugustine.com
38:04
May 27, 2022
716 Fresh, Spring Brook, NY (Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #6)
Small Town WNY - PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #6 716 Fresh 6120 Seneca St, Elma, NY 14059 Phone: (716) 662-7255 https://716fresh.com https://716fresh.com  As a society, us Americans are dealing with an interesting time period  in the history of the food industry. On one side, we have the health  continuous and local and on the other, we have  the overly commoditized,  commercialized and stripped of mostly any health benefit. Whether it's a  restaurant or a grocery store, like all things now, we are an ever  increasingly polarized society here in the US and where your tastes fall  on the spectrum that is the modern food parade, for many of us, falls  upon where you are with your own health and personal awareness. Let's be  honest here, we're raised in a gluttonous, never-ending dirge of  fast-food, convenient noise and it's literally killing us by the  millions every year. And that's exactly where a place like 716 Fresh is  so vitally important. It offers a real choice and a better alternative  when it could not be more important to have one. 716 Fresh offers a  truly healthy but just as tasty, fast, home made and locally sourced  menu. They've just added a new deli and the patio is open for business. I  recently spoke with the owner Corey about what exactly inspired him to  take the plunge into the restaurant business and most certainly what  inspired him to create such a beautifully necessary restaurant that  features a roster of ever-changing, many times seasonal, super-tasty and  truly healthy dishes. ________________________________________________________________ Small Town, NY episodes can be seen between the shows on PBS on stations all across the state of NY, here on YouTube, smalltownny.com & on  all major social media platforms! SMALL TOWN NY: Fresh off the hot-heels of the pandemic and my initial PBS travel  show,  "Discovering WNY",  "Small Town NY" is my second PBS series that  finds me exploring small towns throughout the entire state. And while you'll still find the more popular destinations on the show, I'll mostly be digg'n deep and "Discovering" the lesser-known and  off-the-beaten-path small towns that I believe, truly deserve a visit or  two. On my YouTube channel (youtube.com/aaaugustine) you'll also be able to see all the episodes from my 4 older TV shows: DISCOVERING WNY: The first version of the show was an interstitial (between the  shows) PBS series that primarily featured small WNY towns, while the  older show was a half-hour, small business profile series featuring  local "Mom & Pop Shops" on 4 WNY commercial stations. SUPER KIDS SHOW: These are my three retro-style, 1950s-1970s influenced shows kids TV  series that were eventually combined into one awesome show called "The  Kids Super Show" that continued until 2017 when I began producing  regional travel shows. https://www.aaaugustine.com
50:24
May 27, 2022
Farmer's Daughters' Diner, Marilla, NY (PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #5)
Small Town WNY - PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #5 Farmer's Daughters' Diner 11520 Bullis Rd., Marilla, New York 14102  Phone: +1 (716) 714-9010 The Farmer's Daughter's' Diner in Marilla NY is in the best tradion of American Small Town Diners and has been recently opened by longtime friends Julie, Ken and... . Stepping inside the diner for the first time, really drove the point home to me of just how important it is for any businesses to meet the expectation you have in your minds eye when you're walking into the place. And when your minds eye and the businesses name, architecture, decor and offerings all work in perfect unison, all you can do is just smile and soak it all in. And from the looks of the satiated, happy diners when I sauntered into the place for the first time sometime on an average weekday afternoon a few months ago, Farmer's Daughter does just that. It offers all the warmth and charm and great food that we've all come to expect from a place like this and Julie, ... and along with their head chef Jamie, are doing it right... _______________________________________________________________ Small Town, NY episodes can be seen between the shows on PBS on stations all across the state of NY, here on YouTube, smalltownny.com & on  all major social media platforms! SMALL TOWN NY: Fresh off the hot-heels of the pandemic and my initial PBS travel  show,  "Discovering WNY",  "Small Town NY" is my second PBS series that  finds me exploring small towns throughout the entire state. And while you'll still find the more popular destinations on the show, I'll mostly be digg'n deep and "Discovering" the lesser-known and  off-the-beaten-path small towns that I believe, truly deserve a visit or  two. On my YouTube channel (youtube.com/aaaugustine) you'll also be able to see all the episodes from my 4 older TV shows: DISCOVERING WNY: The first version of the show was an interstitial (between the  shows) PBS series that primarily featured small WNY towns, while the  older show was a half-hour, small business profile series featuring  local "Mom & Pop Shops" on 4 WNY commercial stations. SUPER KIDS SHOW: These are my three retro-style, 1950s-1970s influenced shows kids TV  series that were eventually combined into one awesome show called "The  Kids Super Show" that continued until 2017 when I began producing  regional travel shows. https://www.aaaugustine.com
47:03
May 27, 2022
Runner's Roost, Orchard Park, NY (Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #4)
Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #4 Runner's Roost 4190 N Buffalo Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127, United States Phone: +1 716 662 1331 https://therunnersroost.com Runner's Roost in Orchard Park and now with a new location on transit in East Amherst, has become one of a handful of business brands in WNY that far exceed their demographic and specific industry. The brand has become synonymous with WNY in the same way Mighty Taco and Bert's Bikes and Ted's and so many others have become. It's been around for decades and the good will the shop and it's owners have spread throughout the community for so many years, is in fact, why I think the store and the brand have manged to make such an important impact in the community here. I sat down with the owner, Rob, early one morning, in the backroom of the Orchard Park location as the employees were starting to come in for their shifts, to talk about all things Runner's Roost, life, business and the all things WNY...  __________________________________________________________________________________ Small Town, NY episodes can be seen between the shows on PBS on stations all across the state of NY, here on YouTube, smalltownny.com & on  all major social media platforms! SMALL TOWN NY: Fresh off the hot-heels of the pandemic and my initial PBS travel  show,  "Discovering WNY",  "Small Town NY" is my second PBS series that  finds me exploring small towns throughout the entire state. And while you'll still find the more popular destinations on the show, I'll mostly be digg'n deep and "Discovering" the lesser-known and  off-the-beaten-path small towns that I believe, truly deserve a visit or  two. On my YouTube channel (youtube.com/aaaugustine) you'll also be able to see all the episodes from my 4 older TV shows: DISCOVERING WNY: The first version of the show was an interstitial (between the  shows) PBS series that primarily featured small WNY towns, while the  older show was a half-hour, small business profile series featuring  local "Mom & Pop Shops" on 4 WNY commercial stations. SUPER KIDS SHOW: These are my three retro-style, 1950s-1970s influenced shows kids TV  series that were eventually combined into one awesome show called "The  Kids Super Show" that continued until 2017 when I began producing  regional travel shows. https://www.aaaugustine.com
32:55
May 14, 2022
Country Crossroads, Marilla, NY (Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #3)
Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #3 Country Crossroads of Marilla 700 Two Rod Rd, Marilla, NY  14102, United States Phone: +1 716 937 4407 https://www.countrycrossroadsflorist.com Country Crossroads Florist and gift shop in Marilla NY is a locally owned and operated small business that has really done something a little different by offering a super-well-stocked NY state wine shop. You can even combine the wine with a flower and gift delivery or just pop in and pick up a bottle or two. I recently had the opportunity to speak with the owner, Mary, about their history and their place in the community and their very bright future as Marilla continues to become a prime example of a town that is very smartly managing it's growth, not loosing the very thing that draws people to it in the process of that growth... ________________________________________________________ Small Town, NY episodes can be seen between the shows on PBS on stations all across the state of NY, here on YouTube, smalltownny.com & on  all major social media platforms! SMALL TOWN NY: Fresh off the hot-heels of the pandemic and my initial PBS travel  show,  "Discovering WNY",  "Small Town NY" is my second PBS series that  finds me exploring small towns throughout the entire state. And while you'll still find the more popular destinations on the  show, I'll mostly be digg'n deep and "Discovering" the lesser-known and  off-the-beaten-path small towns that I believe, truly deserve a visit or  two. On my YouTube channel (youtube.com/aaaugustine) you'll also be able to see all the episodes from my 4 older TV shows: DISCOVERING WNY: The first version of the show was an interstitial (between the  shows) PBS series that primarily featured small WNY towns, while the  older show was a half-hour, small business profile series featuring  local "Mom & Pop Shops" on 4 WNY commercial stations. SUPER KIDS SHOW: These are my three retro-style, 1950s-1970s influenced shows kids TV  series that were eventually combined into one awesome show called "The  Kids Super Show" that continued until 2017 when I began producing  regional travel shows. https://www.aaaugustine.com
45:37
May 14, 2022
Marilla Country Store, Marilla, NY (Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #2)
Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #2 Marilla Country Store 1673 Two Rod Rd, Marilla, NY 14102-9726 +1 716 655 1031 https://marillacountrystore.com On this episode of the Small Town WNY's companion podcast, I talk with  Sandy from the Marilla Country store. For many WNY'rs the Marilla Country store IS Marilla... and has become a destination location in it's own right. For generations, the store has been one of a handful of  go to "Happy places" for the entire region. It's a really special place that means many things to many people and Sandy and her Husband Paul couldn't have done a better job of curating and stewarding this piece of living WNY history. It's actually the oldest, continual operating store in NYS and is really something to see if you've never been there, and if you have, we'll then, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about...  ______________________________________________________________________________ Small Town, NY episodes can be seen between the shows on PBS on stations all across the state of NY, here on YouTube, smalltownny.com & on  all major social media platforms! SMALL TOWN NY: Fresh off the hot-heels of the pandemic and my initial PBS travel  show,  "Discovering WNY",  "Small Town NY" is my second PBS series that  finds me exploring small towns throughout the entire state. And while you'll still find the more popular destinations on the  show, I'll mostly be digg'n deep and "Discovering" the lesser-known and  off-the-beaten-path small towns that I believe, truly deserve a visit or  two. On my YouTube channel (youtube.com/aaaugustine) you'll also be able to see all the episodes from my 4 older TV shows: DISCOVERING WNY: The first version of the show was an interstitial (between the  shows) PBS series that primarily featured small WNY towns, while the  older show was a half-hour, small business profile series featuring  local "Mom & Pop Shops" on 4 WNY commercial stations. SUPER KIDS SHOW: These are my three retro-style, 1950s-1970s influenced shows kids TV  series that were eventually combined into one awesome show called "The  Kids Super Show" that continued until 2017 when I began producing  regional travel shows. https://www.aaaugustine.com
31:39
May 14, 2022
Davies Hillside Farm, Springville, NY (Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #1)
Small Town WNY PBS-TV Series - Companion Podcast #1 Davies Hillside Farm 499 Franklin St, Springville, NY 14141, United States Phone: +1 716 860 7005 https://www.davieshillsidefarm.com For the 1st episode of the Small Town WNY companion Podcast this season, I thought it was appropriate to have a guest on that, to me, really typifies, the small town WNY life. Someone who has found a true place and purpose, is enjoying their best life and doing something they love to boot and Paul, from Davies Hillside Farm in Springville is just that person. He only begun Davis Hillside Farm after he'd already had a successful 1st career running a roofing company, foll wing his passion and love for the family farm and raising livestock in the way it's been raised for centuries. Using no hormones, no antibiotics, in the most natural way he can... ______________________________________________________________________________ Small Town, NY episodes can be seen between the shows on PBS on stations all across the state of NY, here on YouTube, smalltownny.com & on  all major social media platforms! SMALL TOWN NY: Fresh off the hot-heels of the pandemic and my initial PBS travel  show,  "Discovering WNY",  "Small Town NY" is my second PBS series that  finds me exploring small towns throughout the entire state. And while you'll still find the more popular destinations on the  show, I'll mostly be digg'n deep and "Discovering" the lesser-known and  off-the-beaten-path small towns that I believe, truly deserve a visit or  two. On my YouTube channel (youtube.com/aaaugustine) you'll also be able to see all the episodes from my 4 older TV shows: DISCOVERING WNY: The first version of the show was an interstitial (between the  shows) PBS series that primarily featured small WNY towns, while the  older show was a half-hour, small business profile series featuring  local "Mom & Pop Shops" on 4 WNY commercial stations. SUPER KIDS SHOW: These are my three retro-style, 1950s-1970s influenced shows kids TV  series that were eventually combined into one awesome show called "The  Kids Super Show" that continued until 2017 when I began producing  regional travel shows. https://www.aaaugustine.com
41:57
May 14, 2022
Small Town WNY (Pilot Episode - A conversation with Bob from the Fitting Place in West Seneca, NY)
On the pilot episode of the Small Town WNY Podcast I have great conversation with Bob, the owner of the Fitting Place, an awesome & long-standing  Children's Shoe store in Southgate Plaza in West  Seneca about all things life & business. ______________________________________________________________________________ Small Town, NY episodes can be seen between the shows on PBS on stations all across the state of NY, here on YouTube, smalltownny.com & on  all major social media platforms! SMALL TOWN NY: Fresh off the hot-heels of the pandemic and my initial PBS travel  show,  "Discovering WNY",  "Small Town NY" is my second PBS series that  finds me exploring small towns throughout the entire state. And while you'll still find the more popular destinations on the show, I'll mostly be digg'n deep and "Discovering" the lesser-known and  off-the-beaten-path small towns that I believe, truly deserve a visit or  two. On my YouTube channel (youtube.com/aaaugustine) you'll also be able to see all the episodes from my 4 older TV shows: DISCOVERING WNY: The first version of the show was an interstitial (between the  shows) PBS series that primarily featured small WNY towns, while the  older show was a half-hour, small business profile series featuring  local "Mom & Pop Shops" on 4 WNY commercial stations. SUPER KIDS SHOW: These are my three retro-style, 1950s-1970s influenced shows kids TV  series that were eventually combined into one awesome show called "The  Kids Super Show" that continued until 2017 when I began producing  regional travel shows. https://www.aaaugustine.com
13:37
October 29, 2021