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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 Mocha House makes moves in downtown Youngstown

The Mocha House makes moves in downtown Youngstown

Though the menus across all the Mocha Houses are similar for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the downtown Youngstown manager has been experimenting with drinks and Lent specials.
Charlie Staples uses a classic recipe, love to cook up success

Charlie Staples uses a classic recipe, love to cook up success

“I really just feel it was my purpose to do what I'm doing: to bring good to the community, to be a role model to younger people [and] to show that there is a way out," the popular Youngstown restaurateur said.
Trina Williams breathes new life into city with A Fresh Wind Catering

Trina Williams breathes new life into city with A Fresh Wind Catering

She grew up in a culture that featured drugs. But she's a survivor who now serves up her famous chicken fried rolls for celebrities and politicians.
Terrill Vidale overcomes challenges with 2Deep Entertainment

Terrill Vidale overcomes challenges with 2Deep Entertainment

The promoter hopes to use his platform to reach out to and uplift other African Americans in the community and give other entrepreneurs the resources to succeed.
Carmella Williams puts customers first through products and advocacy

Carmella Williams puts customers first through products and advocacy

She is an advocate of changing the societal view of natural, textured and curly hair by helping women understand that all aspects of their natural selves are “perfect and beautiful.”
YBI's  gALPHA, gBETA programs looking to kick-start Valley businesses

YBI's gALPHA, gBETA programs looking to kick-start Valley businesses

The programs are looking to reach more entrepreneurs in 2020, said Patrick Bailey, gBETA director.
Hitch-Hiker Mfg. serves up quality in its concession trailers

Hitch-Hiker Mfg. serves up quality in its concession trailers

The New Middletown company is celebrating its first half-century, still led by the Swartz family.
The Pughs aim for plant-based cuisine that makes customers feel good

The Pughs aim for plant-based cuisine that makes customers feel good

Ely's to Go is a vegan carry-out restaurant dedicated to giving customers fresh, locally grown plant-based dishes all while aiming to leave a lighter carbon footprint.
Steel Valley Lifts hoists local car enthusiasts with North American steel

Steel Valley Lifts hoists local car enthusiasts with North American steel

In addition to serving car enthusiasts, Steel Valley Lifts built a custom lift for the newly renovated Robins Theatre in downtown Warren. The lift will allow props and stage equipment to effortlessly move loading trucks to the back of the theatre.
Arms Family Museum displays the story of Valley's Christmas past

Arms Family Museum displays the story of Valley's Christmas past

Anthony Worrellia, self-proclaimed "Christmas enthusiast," has spearheaded the “Memories of Christmas Past” display for the past 12 years.