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Movers and Makers

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These stories of the movers, launchers, entrepreneurs and makers that contribute to the vitality of their communities in the Mahoning Valley are made possible through the continued support of Farmers National Bank as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Viera’s Vision of Youngstown creates unique custom photo memories

Viera’s Vision of Youngstown creates unique custom photo memories

Owner Jessica Morales — whose portfolio includes engagement, maternity, newborn and senior shoots — said she works hard to make her clients' “vision” come to life. 
Concept Studio thrives hosting small gatherings amid pandemic

Concept Studio thrives hosting small gatherings amid pandemic

Pre-pandemic, the downtown Youngstown space could seat 70 people for a dinner-style event or 110 people for a cocktail-style reception. In 2020, Concept Studio began offering small intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions with roughly 20 people, called “micro weddings.”
Cortland's Just Pizzelles hosts Easter egg hunt for customers

Cortland's Just Pizzelles hosts Easter egg hunt for customers

Christina Benton said the idea for her business came from her aunt — who regularly ordered pizzelles from Italy and strongly encouraged her to start a cookie business selling “just pizzelles.” 
New Valley salon offers stylists unique pay-by-day experience

New Valley salon offers stylists unique pay-by-day experience

Antonio Owens, owner of Hair B&B, said the pay-by-day salon allows new stylists a place to grow their clientele before committing full time to a salon. It also allows stylists with other jobs to book around their schedule. 
Anthony LaMarca ready to serve up ‘Indianola Pizza Dough’

Anthony LaMarca ready to serve up ‘Indianola Pizza Dough’

Set to release April 23, the album has 14 songs and is named in remembrance of the Youngstown musician’s great aunt Margaret Seminara and her pizza shop, Margie’s Pizza, on Indianola Avenue on the South Side of Youngstown. 
Family, tradition and Valley flavors baked in to Mamalagel’s bagels

Family, tradition and Valley flavors baked in to Mamalagel’s bagels

Mamalagel’s founder Sarah Hulea said she tries to use as many local businesses as possible when creating her bagels.
DNA Professional Detailing finds permanent home in familiar location

DNA Professional Detailing finds permanent home in familiar location

Anthony Young started the business in 2012 after having worked for Youngstown City Councilman Julius Oliver at Kingly Xpress Hand Wash & Wax. In December 2020, Young moved his operation into the building formerly occupied by Oliver’s business.
UPDATE | Ohio’s first black woman named a professional brewer sees need for beer culture inclusion

UPDATE | Ohio’s first black woman named a professional brewer sees need for beer culture inclusion

Hannah Ferguson believes the craft beer industry has difficulties marketing to diverse communities. To bridge the gap between minority communities and the craft beer industry, she was a key player in developing Black and Brew Youngstown.
Cheer Image Iconz molds a new era of cheer, leadership

Cheer Image Iconz molds a new era of cheer, leadership

The community-based cheerleading program in Warren serves both as a model of responsibility for young women and an advocate for racial diversity and acceptance at competitions.
Terrill Vidale expands horizons amid the pandemic

Terrill Vidale expands horizons amid the pandemic

When the entertainment industry was ground to a halt by the pandemic, the Valley entrepreneur and 2Deep Entertainment owner took the opportunity to shift focus and expand his real estate business, 2Deep Estates.