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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.


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.
After $2.5M makeover, Golden Star opens luxury theater in Austintown

After $2.5M makeover, Golden Star opens luxury theater in Austintown

On top of new and re-releases, moviegoers also have the opportunity to privately rent auditoriums for a small group of up to 10 or 20 people. Pricing varies from $50 to $140 depending on time, date and choice of movie.
Dash and Verve Design: Custom decor with a piece of the Valley

Dash and Verve Design: Custom decor with a piece of the Valley

Owner Megan Factor said she initially made custom artwork, including ornaments, for friends and family before selling her pieces on social media. Now, she’s a seasoned vendor at The Youngstown Flea and various local holiday flea markets.
New owners are adding new flavor to Landmark Restaurant

New owners are adding new flavor to Landmark Restaurant

Youngstown natives Matt Savon and Raphe Neapolitan worked together in Cleveland and plan to use their restaurant industry experience to bring fresh concepts to the popular breakfast and lunch spot.