This podcast series will share how creative ideas have made the Tallahassee community more successful and the catalysts behind them. It will also highlight how quality of life and innovation serve as key drivers in retaining talent.
Created by Knight Creative Communities Institute Tallahassee (KCCI) is responsible for transformative projects all over Tallahassee like Gaines Street, Cascades Park, Midtown, the new TLH urban park and the #iHeartTally campaign. Find out more atwww.kccitallahassee.com.
In this episode, Susie Busch-Transou, Founder and CEO of Hearth & Soul and Vice President and Co-owner of Tri-Eagle Sales, talks about her love for Tallahassee and what represents the soul of this diverse and innovative community. She also shares what it's like to own two businesses, including creating Hearth & Soul--a unique retail experience disguised in a house. Hearth & Soul recently opened their first flagship store in Austin, Texas, and their Tallahassee headquarters is celebrating their fourth year in business.
Listen in to learn why Susie chooses to live, work and play in Tallahassee.
Hearth & Soul: https://hearthandsoul.com/
Tri-Eagle Sales: https://trieaglesales.com/
In this episode, brothers Jeff and Matt Spinks talk about owning a business, entrepreneurship, and why they chose Tallahassee, specifically the SOMO district. Jeff established the first only float therapy center in Tallahassee, the Driftaway Float Center. Matt owns On the Rocks Bartending which has provided premiere bartending services to Tallahassee and the Big Bend areas since 1999.
Driftaway Float Center: http://floattally.com/
On the Rocks Bartending: https://www.ontherocksbartending.net/
With 350,000 pairs of custom socks sold within a few years and even more donated to charity, DivvyUp is on the fast-track for success. Listen in and learn how a group of students turn an idea into a reality.
For more information & to purchase custom socks, visit https://www.divvyupsocks.com/
Donald Gray first came to Tallahassee to study architecture at Florida A&M University, and after graduating from Harvard Graduate School of Design, he ultimately decided to return to Tallahassee and make it his home. Donald is a principal and architect at the Tallahassee office of Fitzgerald Collaborative Group. His involvement ranges from mentoring middle schoolers in Gadsden County to being a member of the state's American Institute for Architects. Listen to learn why he decided to return to Tallahassee, and discover his favorite part about designing for communities.
Fitzgerald Collaborative Group: fitzgeraldcollaborative.com
In this episode, we speak with the Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF), Steve Dollar, about the film industry and community in Tallahassee and beyond. He also shares what you can look forward to at the upcoming local festival April 5-7, 2019.
TFF Website: tallahasseefilmfestival.com
TFF Facebook Page: facebook.com/TallahasseeFilmFestival
In preparation for the holiday season we sat down with the founding artist and CEO of Coton Colors, Laura Johnson, to talk about her company and her mission to "never miss an opportunity to celebrate." She shares her company's journey from designing handmade products in her garage to becoming an international brand with multiple flagship stores and headquarters in Tallahassee, FL.
Coton Colors: coton-colors.com
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH) is the only healthcare organization in Florida to hold the highest level of accreditation for a chest pain center, as well as an atrial fibrillation program. Dr. Thomas Noel shares the never-before-told story of why he pursued cardiology, and explains why he chooses to reside and practice in Tallahassee.
Dr. Thomas Noel: bit.ly/2RUkhGV
“Engagements lead to networks and networks lead to startups,” Antonio Montoya, Executive Director of Domi Station. Listen in and discover how Domi is driving the entrepreneurial spirit in Tallahassee, Florida.
Domi Station: http://www.domistation.com
Word of South Director, Sara Marchessault, shares what to look forward to in the upcoming festival April 12-14, 2019 at Cascades Park, including one of their special guests. In addition to running the festival, Sara is also a faculty member at Tallahassee Community College and owns a publishing company where she publishes journals and books written by kids, for kids. Sara is also a Tallahassee native who realized once she moved away that Tallahassee is where she belonged, and she later returned to make her mark in the town she loves.
Sara’s website (journals, publishing information and more): saramarchessault.com/
Word of South Festival: wordofsouthfestival.com/
Experience Tallahassee Festival 1/12/19 at Cascades Park
Facebook event: bit.ly/2E1DIu9
Happy Thanksgiving! This week we have a special, shorter episode featuring former and future podcast guests sharing why they are thankful and grateful for the Tallahassee community and what they have and have built here.
We are so thankful for all of the Think TLH podcast listeners and guests and the support from the community. Enjoy!
Tallahassee is home and headquarters to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory – the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world and the only facility of its kind in the United States. In this episode, MagLab Director, Greg Boebinger, shares his love for Tallahassee and the world-wide implications of their research and its impact on our daily lives.
MagLab Website: nationalmaglab.org
MagLab Open House 2019: bit.ly/2DmqdnG
Nick Walker, the founder of the newest brewery in Tallahassee Ology Brewing Co., shares his experience in Tallahassee. Being raised in a family of researchers and scientists, Nick was inspired to use his biology and nursing degrees to start a local brewery that specializes in taste, smell and biology.
In this episode, Mike Pate, a passionate leader in the Tallahassee community, shares his experience as a university student and how returning to his alma mater has led to a life of community involvement.
Knight Creative Communities Institute: kccitallahassee.com
2019 KCCI Community Catalyst Information/Application: kccitallahassee.com/get-involved
Experience Tallahassee Festival Facebook: facebook.com/experienceTLH/
Experience Tallahassee Festival Instagram: instagram.com/kccitallahassee/
Tom Block led Florida State to raise a record breaking $1.1 billion. While his studies and passion for sports broadcasting originally brought him to Florida State University, Tom stayed to pursue his dream career on channel 27 (WTXL-TV), ultimately leading to his role as Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff of University Advancement at his alma mater.
Raise the Torch Campaign: raisethetorch.fsu.edu/
More about the campaign: on.tdo.com/2zZY2sN
Recently, Dr. Tom Sawicki, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Assistant Professor at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and his colleague, Environmental Microbiologist Associate Professor, Richard Long, made a groundbreaking discovery of a new underwater species. Dr. Sawicki has been able to share his discoveries and experiences in elite journals, as well as with the students and faculty at FAMU. What started out as a new opportunity and warmer weather turned into a place Dr. Sawicki and his family calls home.
Spring 2018 A&M Magazine: https://bit.ly/2PAPHo2
Tallahassee's Top 50 List: https://bit.ly/2zmAldP
How do you design a space that will resonate to a wide-variety of international guests and folks of all background? Alana Taylor and Ryan Sheplak, Project Managers and Designers at Architects Lewis + Whitlock, use architecture to unite nature, culture and people. These skills were put to the test when both Alana and Ryan were chosen to be Knight Creative Communities Institute Community Catalysts.
In this episode, they discuss the design process and thinking behind their various projects, such as The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and The Jim Moran Institute.
Architects Lewis + Whitlock: http://www.think3d.net/
KCCI 2017 #iHeartTally Catalyst Project: https://kccitallahassee.com/project/ihearttally/
KCCI 2016 See Tallahassee Catalyst Project: https://kccitallahassee.com/project/encompass-tallahassee/
Tallahassee's Top 50 List: https://bit.ly/2zmAldP
The local Proof Brewing Co. has not only made an impact in the Tallahassee area but to the state of Florida, recently been named Best Beer in Florida and Best Brewery. Tune in to find out why the Burroughs, Proof's founders, continue to call Tallahassee home as they embark on their next chapter in the South Monroe district. This episode features Byron Burroughs.
Proof Brewing Co.: https://www.proofbrewingco.com/
1320 South Monroe: https://www.1320southmonroe.com/
Althemese Barnes is a pioneer in the Tallahassee community who has worked diligently to preserve African American history. She was a part of the founding team of the John G Riley Center/Museum, and was instrumental in the creation of the Smokey Hollow Historic Site and the African American History Trail.
Barnes' work has been recognized at the local, state and national levels, inspiring others in the United States to do their part in preserving history. Listen to hear her full story...
John G Riley Center/Museum: http://rileymuseum.org/site/
Hurricane Michael devastated the panhandle coast before hitting Tallahassee, Florida. Alex and Chelsea Workman and Jesse Taylor collaborated for the first time on a creative project that is benefiting those affected by the storm. Listen in to find out how this idea sparked in the Hurricane aftermath.
100% of the proceeds from the Never Forgotten Coast campaign sales will go to LOCAL Mexico Beach/Port St. Joe based non-profits, directed specifically to their Hurricane Michael relief funds. Learn more: http://bit.ly/FLForeverShirt
More ways to help: https://bit.ly/2qhulO8
Thank you to all of the first responders, linemen, police, firefighters and others who have helped the community recover.
Dr. Sara Hart originally only planned on living in Tallahassee for only two years to do research at Florida State University, but she quickly changed her mind and has made it her home as she develops research utilized worldwide. Dr. Hart discusses her research on cognitive disabilities and how her findings can be used in classrooms and by parents alike. Dr. Hart also talks about the outlets she has found in the community for all of her passions, including running, blogging and empowering women in research.
Florida Center for Reading Research: www.fcrr.org
What is placemaking? Knight Creative Communities Institute's Executive Director Betsy Couch answers this question by discussing the projects the diverse groups of KCCI Community Catalysts have implemented. These “sense of place” projects help retain, attract and harness talent, increase entrepreneurship and enhance Tallahassee’s economic mobility. Find out more about KCCI: kccitallahassee.com