From Jeff's website: I was raised in a dying one-industry town smack in the middle of Flyover Country. I came up a Chicago Cubs fan, subsisting on a diet of Hostess fruit pies and Pepsi in glass bottles. I checked out every book in our public library about anywhere other than there. For college, I fled as a refugee to New Orleans where I did a lot of growing up. Luck shone a steadying light my junior year in Scotland, where I learned to drink stout and met my wife.
Three children arrived in five years but I proved myself unable to stick to a job. I caromed from stockbroker to bomber navigator to attorney to international consultant to law professor, picking up an assortment of degrees from Syracuse, Georgetown and Harvard along the way. I’ve lived in three foreign countries, been to another 70, and still feel I haven’t seen much. All this in no way—or maybe in every way—qualifies me to write books.
I’m writing a trilogy set around the First World War and I’m percolating another seven or eight novels and a dozen short stories, so I don’t fear boredom. I live in Virginia with my wife where I do a little teaching and law on the side.
Jason and Brandi McNeely, active duty military, owners of Heroic Apparel in Toano VA
Heroic Apparel was born out of a desire to create something that would honor America’s heroes, big and small. I’ve always been a t-shirt kind of guy. To me, a great shirt is like your favorite blanket. It just FEELS good. So I decided to marry up my love of the perfect shirt with my desire to create a brand that would unite people from all different backgrounds and all walks of life.
In many ways, each of us is a hero to someone and Heroic Apparel strives to bring that to life. This is just the beginning for us. Our first launch tells the story of our love for America, our military and first responders, and our family. But as we grow, we will start to incorporate shirts and apparel that honors ALL heroes. We aren’t here to talk politics or to push an agenda, we just want to make great apparel that represents and honors all Americans. Inside each of us lies a hero. Whether you serve in the military, serve your community, or serve your family, we see you and we appreciate you.
"I’m Jason and I guess you could say I am the brains behind the operation, but don’t tell my wife that! I joined the US Navy in 2007 and continue to serve on active duty today. My wife, Brandi, maintains a full time career while also helping me build this brand and run day to day operations of the business. Our daughter, Kherington, helps us by fetching shipping labels and packing slips. Occasionally, she provides artwork for the packing slips, so don’t be surprised if you are the lucky winner of a Kherington original!"
Kevin Clark Jones is a busy man... He's Athletic Director at Hampton Christian Academy, General Manager at Silver Hand Meadery,and co-Owner of Mangata Coffee and Tea.
Hampton Christian Academy exists as a coeducational, college preparatory school that encompasses pre-school through twelfth grade. The mission of Hampton Christian Academy is to provide our students with a Christ-centered, quality, academic education in a Biblically-directed learning environment that prepares them for leadership and Christian service in the community and in the world. For more info, visit https://www.hamptonchristianacademy.org/
At Silver Hand Meadery, it's our passion to rediscover and reimagine, not just mead, but everything. Though mead is an old drink, we are not attempting to recreate what it once was. Our rediscovery of mead seeks to reimagine and reinvent mead, to bring it into current times, and make it relevant for today. We carry this principle of rediscovering and reimagining into the meadery in other ways. From the brick and corrugated metal on the walls, to the use of old barn wood and old doors to create our bar tops and tables, we want to use old things of beauty and give them a new purpose.
Our mission is simple: To create exceptional meads and unique experiences so that our guests can savor what is good together. https://www.silverhandmeadery.com/
Mangata Coffee and Tea... We love to make coffee for the community that loves to drink it. We will be opening our physical location in early 2021. Keep in touch with us here for updates while we get ready to open. For now, please shop our online store!
For more info on our show, visit www.behindthescenesintidewater.com
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Under the Stars Farm was born out of the desire to bridge a gap, find a solution and create an experience for others. I had been traveling 180k miles a year for my corporate job. My relationships at home were okay, but strained. I was ready to start a new career and instead God called me to focus on my family.
After spending 18 months planning my retirement from a 22 year career in Corporate America, we transplanted to Virginia because a surgeon made a life altering mistake that took the use of my husband’s right dominant hand. My husband and I flew around the United States in search of a doctor who could repair the damage. After 12 months, 4 surgeries and a move cross country, my prayers changed. Instead of strictly praying for Billy’s hand to heal, I prayed for peace in our situation and circumstances. As my prayers changed, God bridged the gap between our circumstance and my childhood dream.
My parents taught me at a young age to use my God given talents and to bless others in ways only I could. Our mission here at Under the Stars Farm is to utilize the blessing of this farm and the surrounding land by providing a place were we can help others create moments & memories that last a lifetime.
As a little girl, I wanted nothing more than to live on a farm surrounded by animals, and the people I love. I dreamed of a home where our land could support our family, and serve the community. The unforeseen changes in our family led us to a Gloucester, Virginia. This farmhouse built 1842 is where we now call home.
An Herb Farm Sharing the Joy of Natural Good Health to the Beat of the Drums!
Jean is a trained Community Herbalist & Drum Circle Facilitator, working with our Farm Team to promote Natural Wellness Education through Music and Programs on, off farm and Virtual. We are an Off-grid capable Solar, Educational, Medicinal Herb and Organic Egg Farm, with a Yellow Barn Healthy Life Store…an on-site natural health food store. We also grow and sell Medicinal & Culinary Herbs, Pollinator Plants, Elderberry Plants and Medicinal Hemp. Try our Special Farm Salad Mix and our Cut Flower Bouquets too! We offer frequent Drum Circles led by our Inspired Drum Team, Group Herbal & Music Programs on, off farm & virtual, an annual Herbalist Course, Farm Tours with Chickens, Ducks, Dogs & the Rainbow Rabbit Colony, the Dragonfly Labyrinth, the Woodland Peace Path, See our Official Peace Pole, the Peppermint Outdoor Performance Stage, Bee Hives, Events, Music Festivals & more! A joyful, safe place, we are a destination. So much knowledge for our Farm to Share! Moving Forward…always learning, always caring!
Our Mission Statement: Sharing Natural Wellness Education, healing music and Positive Vibes anyway we can to Everyone! Sing a Song of Wellness and Well YOU Will Be!
804-815-2839 www.cajfarm.com email@example.com
Liz Lyon has an MS in psychology, is a qualified child mental health provider, and has a BS in exercise physiology with concentration in community health. She's the early intervention director of the Rural Infant Services Program (RISP).
The Rural Infant Services Program (RISP) provides support for children from birth to three years of age who may have developmental delays. Much of a child's future takes shape in the first years of life. This is a unique "window of opportunity" and is a time of discovery and a time to learn the basic skills that will last a lifetime. But not all children grow and learn at the same pace. Some children need extra help to learn new skills or other ways to master basic skills.
Liz shares her passion! Early intervention services for infants and toddlers have proven to be a very worthy investment in the future, with considerable long-term benefits. Longitudinal studies of early intervention programs have documented the long lasting effects and cost benefits of early intervention, which stretch from preschool to adulthood.
This may be the most explosive show yet! Harley shares how he went from rock bottom to the top of the mountain. After being shot twice, Harley survived and picked up the pieces to go on to being a serial entrepreneur, business owner of a DJ company, and taking over an insurance agency!
Local expert, author and Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer, Alexa Rae!
Alexa is known for her elite customer service and transparency. She prides herself on taking extra time to ensure that her customers are matched with the best possible loan program, and that they understand each step of the lending process. Her excellent communication skills facilitate the smoothest loan process possible, from application, to approval, to closing. She genuinely enjoys getting to know her customers and going the extra mile for every one of them
Danielle and Megan, certified music therapists, share their passion, history, and wisdom about music therapy and how it can help others reach their goals in life. They go behind the scenes and so much more. They're making a difference and even go to some of the local schools spreading the goodness in music!
Deidra makes jewelry for people that love original and unique accessories. Her jewelry reflects different moods and styles. She creates for you. Finally, she goes behind the scenes sharing a unique way her customers can purchase one of a kind jewelry as apart of a special program. Stay tuned until the end for a coupon code for our listeners. Visit Deidra's website at www.notablejewels.com
Aaron and Justine McFarland, co-owners of Tupelo Farm and Garden in Urbanna, Virginia y’all about their unique farm and how they’re bringing back the things we have been missing. Even lightning bugs! They focus on the customer experience and really connect to make the customer happy!
Candice Greathouse, co-owner of Greathouse Home Services in Hampton goes behind the scenes with her and husband’s family owned business. She shares how they’ve become the best at exterior cleaning homes with top notch hospitality! Stay tuned to the end for a discount only for our listeners!
Reenie and Maria Moss Fraser owners of Vital Wellness and Fitness and Knead to Heal. Partners in business and in life! Reenie is a massage therapist and a medical massage practitioner and Maria is a certified personal trainer. They explain how their business has come full circle and offer a discount at the end!
Caitlin Pistone Brannon, head server, blogger, actress, and singer. Featured in the Good Neighbor magazine.
At Ricks Cheese Steak Shop, it’s a family affair with everyone doing their part. Check out this episode and find out what makes them so amazing!
John Polson, Realtor, investor, and self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur goes behind the scenes with the ups and downs in real estate and just business in general. He drops some wisdom for people that are looking to start their own business as well. Stay tuned to the end for an awesome discount!
Sonya Byrd owner of Elite Assistants in Williamsburg, Virginia shares how her business is more than just an phone answering service. Her clients and joy services that go above and beyond helping them grow and stay on top of things. It’s all about customer experience. Her attention to detail and willingness to be flexible have made her stand out above the rest.
Georgina Boman, the Events and Marketing Coordinator with Virginia’s River Realm, shares all the things that they are doing to showcase the amazing area around the Rappahannock River. So many great restaurants and awesome things to do.
Josh and Erica have a chat and discuss their favorite podcasts that they listen to. Jesse Cole, Chuck Balsamo, Gary Vaynerchuk, Rachel Hollis, Jenna Kutcher, Tonya Dalton, Danielle Pasternak and Daniel Moyer, Tenderfoot TV & Black Mountain Media are mentioned!
Li Cara, Author and host of the book and show of the same name, “Unleash Your Light” goes behind the scenes with some of her thoughts. She shares how her struggles turned from darkness to a light filled, amazing, and positive life that anyone can have. Read her book and watch her show to find out how. Listen to the end for a discount for only our listeners!
Adam Bridwell, investigator with Southeast Virginia Paranormal Investigations goes behind the scenes with the unknown, the scary, and the paranormal. He shares some detailed stories of some of his experiences!
Tiffany Boyle, Newport News commissioner of the revenue goes behind the scenes sharing the ends and outs of a challenging position and how she is succeeding!
With a background in the public and private sector as both an employee and entrepreneur, Commissioner of the Revenue Tiffany Boyle, brings a new approach as well as an extensive array of experiences. She has been a resident of Newport News, Virginia for over 20 years where she’s held many roles to impact and help her Newport News Community.
As Commissioner, Tiffany oversees a budget exceeding $2.5 million along with over 40 professionals providing numerous functions such as assessment of taxes, correction of assessments, defending the assessment, as well as discovery.
Leslie Walsh, Membership Experience Director at the Northern Neck YMCA goes Behind the Scenes with the Y. She shares some new things coming out and even a discount for new members. Listen until the end!
Welby Whiting Fairlie is a Regional Manager for International Student Exchange. After traveling to some amazing places early in life, she found her calling by making connections that can sometimes grow being a lifelong bond. Want to be the change in someone’s life or just show them some cool new things, check out this episode!
This is the season 1 finale! To cap an amazing season, we go Behind the Scenes with Joshua’s business, Griffin Air! He goes behind the scenes on what Griffin Air is offering that no one is else is. Stay tuned to the end for a special discount.
About Griffin Air LLC
Griffin Air LLC is based in Hartfield, VA. Joshua and his team service all areas within 45 miles. They provide heating, cooling, plumbing, and duct cleaning - sales, service, installation, and maintenance services.
We go the extra mile to make that sure you are happy. We also provide transparent and upfront pricing (No funny business or hidden fees!). We are accountable! If we say we're going to be there, then we are there. Have a question or concern; you can call and speak to the owner directly!
Finally, we like to educate the homeowner. We will put any recommendations, work performed, and concerns in simple and easy to understand terms. We will take pictures of what we are working on so you can see what we see!
We appreciate the opportunity to EARN your business!
About Joshua Griffin
After growing up in the Shenandoah Valley, Joshua Griffin married his best friend Kendall Walton who grew up in Urbanna, VA. After visiting Kendall's hometown one time, Joshua knew the Middle Peninsula area was home for their family. Joshua has a background in heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing; learning these trades in the construction and property management fields all across Virginia and Maryland. He started Griffin Air in 2013 after seeing a need for good service in the area.
Chastity Corbett, founder and CEO of Social Butterflies Foundation shares her story and how her nonprofit is helping others and their struggle with lupus and fibromyalgia. What an awesome lady and inspiration!
Check out this episode! What an awesome lady! Lemander Haley goes behind the scenes with her business Haley’s Roofing and Construction LLC. She shares some really cool services, how she has streamlined her business, and all the services that her business offers. Stay tuned to the end for a discount only for Behind the Scenes listeners!
Erica and Josh go behind the scenes in this bonus episode and sharing some of their favorite hidden gyms, areas that only locals know about. You have to check out this episode. You may not agree with that spots they packed. Let us know!
Nicole Sealey owner of Seal Estate Services in Norfolk, Virginia shares why she’s the “The stager that slays!” She goes Behind the Scenes with her business sharing tips and tricks. Staging is more than just staging. . . It’s marketing.
Wesley Bowen owner of The Office Bar and Grille in Gloucester Virginia goes behind the scenes with his business sharing how he’s been so successful in the last several years. Everyone is treated like family from the employees to the customers, and the food is amazing. Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear his behind the scenes info
Clarise Hicks CEO of Psalms in Service LLC in Newport News shares about her full entertainment business including multiple services. She has learned to fill the gap when others fall short and need help. Her behind the scenes section shares more than just her business. Stay tuned to the end for an offer for only behind-the-scenes listeners.
Matt Chambers owner of Squared Away Entertainment goes behind the scenes with his business. He offers DJ services, trivia events, and a digital photo booth for all kinds of awesome events. He shares how the military values he still has gives him passion for doing things right.
Pete and Cindy Walker, owners of Williamsburg gymnastics go behind the scenes with their business sharing stories about being married, earning a business, and coaching gymnastics. Gymnastics helps other athletes to! And they share a surprising part of their business that is helping ninjas! Stay tuned to the end for a discount!
Visit https://www.williamsburggymnastics.com/ for more info.
Michael Merritt owner of Siren Skate Shop goes behind the scenes with his business in Norfolk Virginia. He shares that his shop is expanding and offering more services. His shop offers short and long skateboards, roller derby equipment, scooters, and bicycle repair!
Toni Cary shares why she got into making custom jewelry. She is known for creating connections with customers and having her jewelry tell a story. She goes behind the scenes and shares a new and exciting launch coming soon and gives a discount to only behind the scenes listeners!
Behind the scenes with Ryan Hudson, a managing partner and owner of Deltaville Tap and Raw Bar in Deltaville, Virginia. Ryan shares multiple stories and details of his restaurant and bar that makes it so unique that it’s an experience.
Erica Hinkle talks about how she can relieve stress on a special day or during your event. Her proven approach allows a solution for every scenario. Whether it’s your wedding day or another event, Erica works hard to keep it special.
We interviewed Kayla Lilly, owner of RNK woodworking. After starting over when moving to a new area, Kayla found a new passion. She talks about all the cool things that she can make and how she surprises people when they find out she is the one making her products!
Nationally recognized martial arts professional, author, speaker, and owner of Baeplex, Joseph Ash explains there’s more to teaching martial arts than just had a punch. Kids learn leadership skills and self-confidence at Baeplex. They also offer programs for all including one specialized for senior citizens.
Whitney Law, Owner of Start Small Think Big Marketing goes through some behind the scenes of how she helps other businesses win in marketing. Finding your why, creating a culture, and understanding marketing is more than just numbers is just some of her expertise. Discount mentioned in the episode: https://www.startsmallthinkbigmarketing.com/post/behind-the-scenes
Karen Lawson owns Creative Chameleon in Gloucester Virginia. Aside from helping out the community doing all sorts of volunteering in philanthropy, Karen is one of the most creative people in the area. She specializes in architectural photography and 3-D imaging. She is also a licensed and insured drone pilot. She shares all about her specialties as well as some insight on selling houses.
Today we sat down with Kim Meyer, owner of Sole Luna Yoga in Williamsburg Virginia. She has specialized yoga classes for smaller groups, beginners, folks suffering from PTSD, and really anyone. She talks about the benefits of yoga and how her business is different from others.