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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.


Youngstown musician's platform includes album, clothing line

Youngstown musician's platform includes album, clothing line

David Vega's first studio album, “All Colors Will Agree in the Dark,” can be found on all streaming platforms, such as Apple Music, Spotify and iTunes.
Local vintage curators open shop in Austintown skate park

Local vintage curators open shop in Austintown skate park

Vintage of 330 specializes in men’s 1980s and 1990s fashion, specifically sports teams' logos, university logos and band T-shirts. 
YSU entrepreneurs give David Grohl Alley their light touch

YSU entrepreneurs give David Grohl Alley their light touch

John Galvin, an information technology student at YSU, started Chromaticity in 2018 to construct LED lights for the Canfield High School marching band’s drumline. 
Little Blackbird Photo captures the essence of Westside Bowl

Little Blackbird Photo captures the essence of Westside Bowl

Mollie Crowe said her “dark and gritty” style is heavily influenced by analog film and late 1960s to early 1970s rock photography. 
KrisTea brings new flavor to classic tea drinks

KrisTea brings new flavor to classic tea drinks

Currently operating out of the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator, entrepreneur DeAndre Riley plans to expand KrisTea with a storefront called The Tea House at 906 Elm Road, by the end of the year.
Warren's plan to revitalize city parks has economic development goals, too

Warren's plan to revitalize city parks has economic development goals, too

“I think especially now with [COVID-19] we hear about so many more families [and] individuals that are finding a new or renewed appreciation for parks and green spaces,” Trici “Trish” Johnston, of the city‘s Community Development Department, said.
New Caribbean Cuisine serves authentic Jamaican fare

New Caribbean Cuisine serves authentic Jamaican fare

Going into the fourth week of business at 4150 Market St., Gaeton Thompson said the community response has been “a blessing so far.” 
High Octane Coffee Co. offers unique cafe experience

High Octane Coffee Co. offers unique cafe experience

Owner Joe Sylvester’s main occupation is a professional monster truck driver who first got into coffee because his life revolved around travel and unusual hours that led to a “constant need for caffeine.”
RedHead Wine CEO pours new life into L'uva Bella Winery

RedHead Wine CEO pours new life into L'uva Bella Winery

It’s rare that adolescent dreams turn into reality, but Marisa Sergi told Mahoning Matters that as she looked through her childhood mementos last month, she found reminders that winemaking was always her passion. 
Hot Dog Allie relishes new customers at its takeout-only restaurant

Hot Dog Allie relishes new customers at its takeout-only restaurant

Alexandria Tonkovich opened the shop in 2018, five years after she graduated from Austintown Fitch High School.