As we Shelter in Place to protect those around us, we hope this week's podcast brings a little more joy to your day. In this week's episode, Laura and Sara are joined by Ellie O’Brien, owner, founder and creative force behind Hungry By Nature. Launched in 2015, Hungry by Nature is a brand about balance and moderation. According to Ellie, it is about feeding your physical hunger with natural foods and wholesome ingredients, and about feeding your intellectual hunger to learn and to grow. You can find Ellie’s granola all over Andersonville at Ridman’s Coffee, the Andersonville Galleria, and our Farmers Market or on her website at shophungrybynature.com
This week, we celebrate our official 100th episode with a special look back at the origins of this podcast including choosing the name, discovering our partnership with Studio C, developing our style of storytelling narrative, and creating plenty of off air bloopers along the way! Plus, our Chamber staff reflects back on memorable episodes and gives a look into their roles at the Chamber.
This week, Laura and Sara are joined by Rabbi Craig Marantz and Leah Jones of Emanuel Congregation. Emanuel Congregation, founded in 1880, is a Jewish Reform synagogue affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, and was incorporated in 1898 as "Emanuel Congregation of Chicago." Even after 140 years, Emanuel Congregation continues to grow and emphasize their value of building community. Regardless of what reasons motivate you to pursue your religious beliefs, their goal is to have a place for everyone at 5959 N Sheridan.
This week, Laura and Heather are joined by Briana DeBolt and Chamere Orr, local food influencers for the healthy lifestyle brand, A Full Living. As creators of delicious low-carb at-home recipes and Chicago foodies who love to travel, Briana and Chamere focus on showing their followers how to live a fulfilled life without breaking the bank. They combine their talents for marketing and photography to showcase delicious, globally inspired low carb and keto friendly recipes on their site afullliving.com.
We recently invited Briana and Chamere to explore our first ever Coffee and Hot Cocoa Crawl during Hygge Fest, and we are excited to work with them again this month to showcase a few of the local restaurants participating in the 4th annual Andersonville Restaurant Week, kicking off this Friday and running February 21 - March 1.
This week, Laura and Sara join Cornel "Junior" Ladan, owner of Cas Hardware at 5305 N Clark. Cas Hardware, and Junior, have been neighborhood institutions since 1978 and they will finally close their doors this Saturday, February 15, after 41 years. Enjoy this on-location episode and wish Cas and Junior a fond farewell this week.
In today's special BONUS Episode, Laura is joined by Hallie Borden of Milk Handmade to discuss the 4th annual With Love from Andersonville neighborhood charity give-back weekend coming up February 14-16, 2020.
This week Laura is joined by Valerie Friedlander. Valerie is Certified Life Leadership Coach specialized in helping highly-motivated, social-justice oriented women create a life of impact AND enjoyment. Clients have called her a little love-vitamin for your soul, a mindset magician, and a motivational unicorn. Valerie can help you uncover your subconscious mindset blocks and create alignment between you, your goals, and how you achieve them.
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This week Laura and Heather are joined by Kirstin Franklin of Akvavit Theatre to talk about all things Hygge. Hygge is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment as cozy, charming or special. Hygge origins are Scandinavian, but it is an experience anyone can create in their own life. Such experiences revolve around creating a feeling of inner warmth, content and peace, and this happens through fostering an environment to connect and relate to each other.
Today we are joined by Pat Staszak owner of Andersonville Physical Therapy and Wellness Center. Andersonville Physical Therapy is a community-based rehabilitation center that has been part of Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood since 1999. They are committed to providing patients with expert care in a professional, healing environment at 5414 N Broadway.