Hosted by Ballston BID CEO, Tina Leone, the BallstonConnect Podcast focuses on the hyper-local. Each episode features exclusive interviews with Arlington’s brightest personalities. New episodes will be released monthly, each one with an emphasis on a different facet of life in Ballston.
Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe: Charles Kachadoorian
Each day and especially Veteran's Day, we’re thankful for the opportunity to celebrate our servicemen and women - and in this case, a veteran-owned business.
Charles Kachadoorian is a US ARMY veteran and co-owner of Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe. After deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, he and his sister Kate spent two years developing and planning the unique all-day neighborhood cafe concept. In 2018, they opened their doors, bringing a truly unique family-owned cafe to Ballston.
Growing a Plant Boutique: Joe Ressler, REWILD
From Quincy Park to Welburn Square, Ballston is a surprisingly green urban environment. But how about taking some of that plant life inside? Joe Ressler is co-owner of REWILD, a plant boutique that has opened their second location just days ago at Ballston Quarter.
How does a former poker player open a plant boutique? What’s the difference between a $5 plant and a $1,000 plant? And how does the experience at REWILD go way beyond walking out of the door with a cool new piece for your home?
Empowering Latino Youth : Emma Violand-Sanchez, The Dream Project
Emma Violand-Sánchez was Arlington’s first Latina teacher, Arlington County School Board’s first Latina member, and a staunch advocate for support and resources for the latino community in Arlington and beyond. In 2011, she founded the Dream Project, a non-profit organization providing immigrant and refugee students with mentorship, advocacy, scholarships and assistance enrolling into and graduating from Virginia universities and colleges.
NOVA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Susana Marino
September 15th marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and the perfect opportunity to speak with Susana Marino, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and one of our region’s most influential businesswomen. As CEO of the Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber, Susana has educated and empowered hundreds of small business owners and entrepreneurs in Northern Virginia.
HUNGRY: Shy Pahlevani
Each year we see more Ballston businesses recognized for their incredible growth and influence. Today, we’re thrilled to share one of Inc Magazine’s Top 500, recognizing the top-growing companies in the United States. Shy Pahlevani is Founder and President of HUNGRY, a national platform for top chef-made food production, delivery services, and so much more!
Cookology Culinary School: Maria Kopsidas
Ballston is home to over 80 bars, restaurants, and eateries: which means a ton of great food options and varieties… and ALSO a ton of talent in the kitchen. On today’s podcast, we’re speaking with someone who can help us all get better in the kitchen. Maria Kopsidas is the creator and owner of Cookology, a recreational culinary school located in Ballston Quarter where we can all get a little more comfortable making a delicious meal.