What does it take to build a business in Whatcom County? Each month, host Leo Cohen sits down with the people behind your favorite Bellingham businesses to discover who they are, how they got started, what inspires them, and how they overcame the challenges they’ve faced along the way.
Greg Klassen - Greg Klassen Furniture & Art
Greg Klassen's woodworking journey began as a newlywed making furniture out of door scraps. Later he would design the original River® table - live edge wood with blue glass. Greg's distinctive style, his grit in going to show after show after show with little results, and his willingness to learn marketing and write an infinity of press releases and cold emails led to a turning point in 2014. After being published on a major contemporary art blog, Greg and his River® tables went viral. Since then, this one-man show has sold work to every corner of the globe, been featured by the Smithsonian, Sunset Magazine and the New York Times.
In this episode, he and Leo talk about setting a foundation for solid marketing, the importance of passion and grit, and how he personally delivered a 12.5' sculpture to Idaho.
So pour a shot of whiskey, kick off your shoes, fire up those Airpods and take in Episode 3 of Season 4.
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The Tipping Point | Welcome to The Tipping Point | Episode 1
Welcome to a new series in the Building Bellingham world. Tipping Point is co-hosted by Dylan Langei and Leo Cohen, and explores growth, challenge and mindset through the lens of decision making. We all have moments in our lives when we realize it's time for a change - what is that tipping point, how do we recognize it, and how do we navigate these decisions?
Jason Harper - Stemma Brewing Company
Stemma Brewing Co began as a business plan while owner Jason Harper was a student at WWU. He got an inside look at the industry while working for a local distribution company and completed multiple levels of the Cicerone certification.
In this episode, he and Leo talk about the importance of both subject matter education and business savvy, how co-owners Kim and Jason Harper complement each other's skills, and one particular negative Google review.
So crack open a Super Squeeze, kick off your shoes, fire up those Airpods and take in Episode 2 of Season 4.
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Bayly Peterson - AB Crepes and Otherside Bagel Co.
AB Crepes just celebrated its 10 year anniversary, and to kick off Season 4 we sat down with owner Bayly Peterson. We talk late-night party vibes, negative Yelp reviews, and the sheer grit and work it took to run a new business while a full-time student.
This year, Bayly and his business partner opened Otherside Bagel Co. Taking the lessons of AB Crepes' success and Hodgepodge's failure, they introduced another go-to spot to the Bellingham food world with traditionally-made bagels (including a gluten-free option!) and breakfast sandwiches.
So pour a glass of whiskey or crack open a local beer, kick off your shoes, fire up those Airpods and take in Episode 1 of Season 4.
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Ariana Lee-Newman and Paul Newman - K'ul Chocolate
In this episode, we sat down with Ari and Paul to taste chocolate and talk about their journey: from squinting at chocolate bars in a grocery store, to landing 500 retail stores on the West Coast, to expanding into back-end manufacturing (and the ramifications of the new chocolate chip machine). Paul and Ari shared insights into the direct trade chocolate world, how they are challenged to grow beyond anything that they once imagined, and how decisions become simpler (but not easy) when you lead with mission first.
Tony Moceri - Living a Life by Design
In this episode, Tony tells the story of his relentless desire to create. From scaling up (and back down again) Moceri Construction, to freelance writing for local publications, to promoting small yard games on social media, he brings energy and drive to a situation. Leo and Tony dig into real estate investing, mindset, and the importance of kindness - to all members and levels of an organization.
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Just the thing
In a world world where Google has too many answers, sometimes the best knowledge comes from right next door. Leo does a great job interviewing and as a Bellingham business owner I have been loving this podcast. Thank you!
Loved listing to the episodes. Bellingham is such a small big city with lots of stories to tell. This is exactly what we needed!
Such a Great Addition to the Whatcom County Community
Miss Whatcom County so much. Listening to this I felt the connection to a wonderful vibrant community I called home for so many years and still do in my heart. Great job, Leo, crew and guests. Thanks for sharing.