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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.


Fresh to Deaf provides healthful, plant-based alternatives

Fresh to Deaf provides healthful, plant-based alternatives

Fresh to Deaf is a plant-based, quick-service, food stand dedicated to food coaching, meal prep and plant-based fresh cuisine. Owner Tiffany Hamilton said the name is to give recognition to her hearing loss. 
Gallery 18 teams up with Beatitude House for visiting artists event

Gallery 18 teams up with Beatitude House for visiting artists event

Monica Vega, gallery owner, told Mahoning Matters she wanted to give back to the Beatitude House because she was once in a rough place, and with the help of women's services, she was able to turn her life around. 
Lonardo’s ​Greenhouse has fresh blooms for Mother’s Day

Lonardo’s ​Greenhouse has fresh blooms for Mother’s Day

Customers can choose from a variety of hanging flower baskets or flower pots for Mother’s Day, or treat mom to some homegrown produce like sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, pickles, garlic and more. 
As Blue Wolf Tavern marks 20 years, owner recounts culinary journey

As Blue Wolf Tavern marks 20 years, owner recounts culinary journey

At least a quarter of Blue Wolf's 100 employees have been with the restaurant for 12 years, “which is not typical for the restaurant industry," owner Joe Rzonsa said.
Jason's Marvelous Popcorn puts tasty twist on a classic snack

Jason's Marvelous Popcorn puts tasty twist on a classic snack

The Hubbard-based business offers a variety of flavors including salted caramel, pecan caramel, cheddar, cayenne cheddar and sea salt and vinegar. 
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.