37 episodes

Welcome to Appalachian Startup. Stories of new ideas that eventually became thriving businesses in areas that most would consider a bad investment. There will be a new episode every two weeks. Stay tuned for more stories of underdogs on the rise.

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Welcome to Appalachian Startup. Stories of new ideas that eventually became thriving businesses in areas that most would consider a bad investment. There will be a new episode every two weeks. Stay tuned for more stories of underdogs on the rise.

    135: The Folkway - Anthony and Nathan Greene

    135: The Folkway - Anthony and Nathan Greene

    Anthony and Nathan Greene are two of the most talented storytellers I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over this past year, and are the co-founders of a Southern West Virginian film production company, The Folkway. They recently released their first full-length documentary project called Into the Well, a film about the first official year of the Rim to River ultramarathon. A 100 mile trail race taking place at America’s newest National Park, the New River Gorge. Prepare yourself, I love filmmaking, and we talk a lot about it. Enjoy. Learn more about the podcast by visiting https://appalachianstartup.com/.

    • 59 min
    134: Rim to River Endurance Co - Bryant Baker

    134: Rim to River Endurance Co - Bryant Baker

    Bryant Baker is part river guide, part ultramarathon enthusiast, and a full-time lover of all things Appalachia. What started as an idea as simple as “Hey, why doesn’t West Virginia have a 100 mile race?” Eventually turned into the Rim to River, a 100 mile ultramarathon trail race through America's newest National Park, the New River Gorge. We spoke about the business fundamentals and determination that it takes to pull something like this off, and also get into how many folks actually are able to finish the race, which just wrapped up its second official year. Enjoy. Learn more about the podcast by visiting https://appalachianstartup.com/.

    • 50 min
    133: Southside Junction Tap House - Cassidy Bayes

    133: Southside Junction Tap House - Cassidy Bayes

    Cassidy Bayes comes from a family of entrepreneurs and is now the owner of the Raw and Juicy Juice Bar and Southside Junction Taphouse in Fayetteville, West Virginia. While growing up, she learned the ins and outs of business by watching her Mom and Dad develop their own with the popular food and coffee stop; Cathedral Cafe. We spoke about where her inspiration came from to start her building her own dream and why she ultimately decided moving away just wasn’t her cup of tea, or in this case, mug of beer. Enjoy. Learn more about the podcast by visiting https://appalachianstartup.com/.

    • 54 min
    132: The Dish Café - Michelle Rotellini

    132: The Dish Café - Michelle Rotellini

    Michelle Rotellini is part owner of The Dish Cafe, a hearty, healthy, and organic restaurant located in Daniels, West Virginia. Her love for natural ingredient cooking at an early age eventually led to the decision of diving in on building a successful food business for Appalachians and tourists alike to consume. Hear her words on the ins and outs of the organic cooking business in rural America, and gain some helpful tips on how to start - even how to continue operations during a pandemic. Learn more about our podcast at AppalachianStartup.com.

    • 55 min
    131: Bridge Bound Campers - Michael Williams

    131: Bridge Bound Campers - Michael Williams

    Michael Williams is a climber at heart, custom camper van builder second. His company Bridge Bound Campers began as a side hustle; A way to pay the bills while having fun, allowing him the free time to be his own boss and hit the mountain sides on sunny days. It quickly grew to where his waiting list was a year long - and he could employ fellow Appalachians to dive in on his dream with him. We went through the process of transforming these vans into a wildlife lover’s resort, and also some of the technical side of how he’s approaching the business side of things away from the mountain. Learn more at AppalachianStartup.com.

    • 33 min
    130: Activated Body - Angie Corwin

    130: Activated Body - Angie Corwin

    Angie Corwin is a movement specialist in Oak Hill, West Virginia who decided to dive in building her dream with Activated Body. What
    started as a concept of simply "How to help people move" quickly became a full-service studio opening their doors for the first
    time, during the current pandemic in 2020. Hear her words about the benefits of movement in our lives, and why she took the
    entrepreneurial leap here in West Virginia. Oh yeah, you'll also learn some basics on how to fix that crick in your neck from looking
    down at your phones. Learn more about the podcast at AppalachianStartup.com.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Chuck78390362910 ,

Fantastic

Whenever I find local (relatively speaking) podcasts, I am typically VERY forgiving about lack of production quality. This is not needed with this podcast. The audio is incredible, the topics are interesting, and the line of questioning/conversation is perfect. Thank you so much for telling these stories - I will GLADLY recommend this to anyone interested in podcasts!

Levi Pack ,

Appalachian Startup

It’s awesome to see someone tap into the Appalachian startups, an area which I have yet to see anyone do. It’s great that someone is giving these startups (and existing businesses) a platform for some insight on their specific business. I specifically enjoyed the conversation with Appalachian Cannabis Company!

Jokes yet ,

Local.Authentic.Appalachian.

In a state with so many negatives, this podcast shines light upon the hardworking dreamers who are refreshing and encouraging. JD has an uplifting positive vibe about Appalachian culture and the creative people who live there.