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Movers and Makers

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Movers and Makers articles share stories of the movers, launchers, entrepreneurs and makers that contribute to the vitality of their communities in the Mahoning Valley.

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S.Grace Photography Introduces ‘porch sessions’ during pandemic

S.Grace Photography Introduces ‘porch sessions’ during pandemic

These lifestyle portraits, or “porch sessions” as owner Sarah Mickler calls them, capture subjects in an environment that is individualized and holds special meaning for them. 
White House Fruit Farm reinvents its spring season

White House Fruit Farm reinvents its spring season

White House Fruit Farm’s market reopened to walk-in customers May 7 with new health and safety procedures. Debbie Pifer, co-owner, said the market is operating every other register and has both a cart and hand sanitizing station.
Fitz Frames launches new product to protect frontline workers

Fitz Frames launches new product to protect frontline workers

Fitz Protect is a line of custom 3D-printed protective eyewear. “Using our app, we scan your face and then at our manufacturing facility at the Youngstown Business Incubator we’re able to 3D print custom glasses,” said Gabe Schlumberger, CEO of Fitz Frames.
Youngstown Clothing Co. uses 'Heart' to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank

Youngstown Clothing Co. uses 'Heart' to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank

The phrase “The city with heart in the heart of it all! Youngstown Ohio” is printed on the grey shirt in red and black. The proceeds of one $20 shirt can provide a week's worth of food for a family of three.
Endearing Events helps couples navigate wedding plans during the pandemic

Endearing Events helps couples navigate wedding plans during the pandemic

"Working with a planner right now is vital because we help navigate this crazy industry on a normal day, let alone when this is happening,” said Angela Gossard, owner of Endearing Events.
ECMSI aids the remote needs of clients' workforce during pandemic

ECMSI aids the remote needs of clients' workforce during pandemic

“We can focus on being in this together and coming out of it at the other end in a safe, secure and productive manner,” said Jerry Savo, CFO/COO of ECMSI.
Sespe Burger donates free meals daily to help Valley restaurant workers

Sespe Burger donates free meals daily to help Valley restaurant workers

“We're really lucky that our business is still doing good during all of this, so we wanted to help out our other fellow industry workers and even owners that are struggling right now,” Christina Porter said.
Westside Bowl connects community through free pizzas

Westside Bowl connects community through free pizzas

“Youngstown is a tough town, and we’ve been through tough times before. I know that we’re going to come out the back end of this a better place,” said Westside Bowl owner Nate Offerdahl.
Prepped Wellness provides 'full circle of health'  during pandemic

Prepped Wellness provides 'full circle of health'  during pandemic

The health and wellness company recently partnered with Preferred IT Solutions in New Castle, raising more than $1,000 for meals for the community. 
Youngstown Flea donations ease businesses' pandemic pain

Youngstown Flea donations ease businesses' pandemic pain

Derrick McDowell is helping some of his vendors impacted by the pandemic. Culturehouse Coffee owner Stephen Protheroe said the $500 donation helped keep his business open.