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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.


The Train Station Fitness unites health and fitness professionals to launch The YOU Project

The Train Station Fitness unites health and fitness professionals to launch The YOU Project

Youngstown native Angelo Babbaro opened The Train Station Fitness five years ago. The gym focuses on building a fitness community that offers a variety of training programs, including CrossFit, sports performance, HIIT Ohio, personal training and nutrition coaching. 
New co-op to carry goods from 45 Valley businesses

New co-op to carry goods from 45 Valley businesses

Common Goods Studio, 2000 Canfield Road, will be a small business co-op, featuring inventory from 45 Valley businesses, including MandaBees Headbands, Dash & Verve Designs and Ely’s To Go when it opens Feb. 1. 
Heather Lynn’s Buckeyes brings unique twist to an Ohio favorite

Heather Lynn’s Buckeyes brings unique twist to an Ohio favorite

Buckeye candies — peanut butter balls partially dipped in chocolate to resemble the nut on Ohio’s state tree — are a holiday favorite on any Ohio cookie tray. Heather DeLucia has added a unique twist to her buckeye candies: themed and holiday-shaped buckeyes. 
Spruce Home Decor adapts virtually to holiday shopping during pandemic

Spruce Home Decor adapts virtually to holiday shopping during pandemic

The shop averages two to three live shows per week. “Our live sales have grown. It's almost as if we've kind of opened up another virtual storefront, which makes us maybe take pause to opening another physical storefront,” owner Nick Giancola said. 
Boards by Angelica curates custom meat and cheese boards

Boards by Angelica curates custom meat and cheese boards

Warren native Angelica Stiffy specializes in custom, artisan-style charcuterie boards featuring an assortment of meats paired with different accompaniments, such as crackers, fruit, cheese and sauces.
Rebecca's Unique Boutique offers lasting items in memory of loved ones

Rebecca's Unique Boutique offers lasting items in memory of loved ones

The boutique sells a variety of cement pieces with engravings for family members, friends and pets.
Suzanne’s celebrates 45 years during Thanksgiving weekend

Suzanne’s celebrates 45 years during Thanksgiving weekend

Suzanne Kessler and her late sister, Kathy Kane, opened The Tennis Connection, a tennis apparel and equipment store in Niles on Black Friday in 1975. 
Nash Nutrition makes protein bars that contain 'the good for you’

Nash Nutrition makes protein bars that contain 'the good for you’

Nash Bars have 20 grams of protein and come in four flavors: Blueberry Coconut Cashew, Dark Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter Bliss and Peanut Butter Chocolate.
Grey Boutique offers hand-picked, unique shopping experiences

Grey Boutique offers hand-picked, unique shopping experiences

Featuring vendors from all over the globe, the shop also has created a custom clothing label, “Lyla X Louise,” and plans to launch a signature fragrance, “GB Original,” a collaboration with Avant Garden Boutique in Poland. 
New Eastwood Event Centre aims for 'elegant events'

New Eastwood Event Centre aims for 'elegant events'

The 16,000-square-foot facility can host business meetings, receptions and wedding events for eight to 800 guests, said James Campbell, director of sales and catering.