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Podcast by Meaningful Marketplace Podcast

    #67 It's Not a High, It's CBD - Carrie Solomon, Greater Goods

    #67 It's Not a High, It's CBD - Carrie Solomon, Greater Goods

    The body regulates a variety of functions including inflammation. CBD is a hemp extract that encourages things like controlling inflammation, relaxing muscles and other functions but is not, repeat not the same thing as THC, which makes people "high". That distinction has become more understood over time, so the people who sell CBD products have been able to distance themselves from the traditional head shops. And Carrie Solomon, founder of Greater Goods, has taken that distinction to a greater level with delicious chocolate bars and other CBD/chocolate derivative products that are enjoying huge success for those seeking the relief of CBD but wanting to pare it with a food. Carrie is part chef, part scientist and sourcing the best, most tractable CBC ingredients to keep the quality of Greater Goods' products at the highest level to keep the trust of their very loyal audience. They source CBD processed oil from extremely trusted suppliers and the product is tested and certified. And there are tough and complex rules and regulations that go along with selling CBD products. Just to be safe, Greater Goods has registered with the FDA for endorsement. And the company has taken a new marketing wrinkle. Unlike traditional wellness products who package their foods in muted colors, Greater Goods bars and tinctures are packaged in bright, joyous colors, celebrating the wellness their chocolates deliver. The company has also brought back pop rocks. Good old fashioned candy products that is sugar candy but with the added benefit of getting into the system faster because they elicit salivating. But payment processing is tricky because of the schedule one problems, so Carrie has been very helpful to other CBD product makers telling them how to use the correct language when utilizing digital financial processing.

    "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful Marketplace" with your hosts Sarah Masoni and Sarah Marshall

    We record the "the Meaningful Marketplace" inside NedSpace in the Bigfoot Podcast Studio in beautiful downtown Portland.

    Audio engineer, mixer and podcast editor is Allon Beausoleil

    Show logo was designed by Anton Kimball of Kimball Design

    Website was designed by Cameron Grimes

    Production assistant is Chelsea Lancaster

    10% of gross revenue at Startup Radio Network goes to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries thru kiva.org/lender/markgrimes

    Listen to the "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful marketplace" live on-air every Friday at 9:00am pacific time on Startup Radio Network at startupradionetwork.com

    • 50 min
    #66 No Dumb Blonde Jokes, Please - Donna Parker, Blondy's Baked Goods

    #66 No Dumb Blonde Jokes, Please - Donna Parker, Blondy's Baked Goods

    Gluten free? Paleo? Baked Goods? And they taste as great as they look? You've probably heard that one a million times and the pastries don't live up to the hype. Well - at Blondy's Baked Goods, they do. Donna Parker a big part of the Portland, Oregon food community, has been gluten free for ten years but only started Blondy's about one year ago (if you wonder where the name Blondy came from, check out her picture on her website). Although she didn't seek out a food business, but her allergies forced her into a strict diet. And because she has always loved a challenge, the challenge of eating paleo, gluten free goodies appealed to her. She loves being able to give someone a chocolate chip cookie like they remember growing up only to find out it is free of all the inflammatory ingredients in a regular cookie. Do yourself a favor and try Blondy's Bites. They're a cookie dough base pastry baked in a muffin pan. They currently come in two flavors, almond poppy seed and chocolate chip toasted pecan. Donna urges everyone to look for them in the coffee shop, and if you don't see them, as her website says, " Don’t see them on the menu? Ask your local shop owner to try adding them to the menu, because good things are meant to be shared." In fact, that's how Blondy's was born. While sitting at her local coffee favorite, she mentioned to the owner it was a shame there weren't any pastry items she could enjoy there. And being in the greater Portland area, surely there had to be a demand for the gluten free pastries that she made at home. The owner agreed and got the staff together to try Donna's goodies and the vote was unanimous: We love 'em!. Donna says now that "push" is what made her feel she had a calling and needed to see it through. A big boost also came from Oregon's Market of Choice (yes, we know they're a sponsor, but they're great people!) who has been instrumental in helping a multitude of food startup companies get on the shelf, including Blondy's. Another great supporter was Stella's kitchens, a gluten-free commercial kitchen. A full time single Mom, Donna balances like a tightrope walker. She has support from her friends and fellow business owners, however and that keeps her afloat, COVID has caused pivots for just about every company, including Blondy's. Having a following before the lockdown help Donna changer her strategy from trying to be everywhere and expand quickly, she decided to focus and be very particular about taking care of the her gluten free community with extra careful attention. Of course, Blondy's has taken a hit during this lockdown, but Donna has used the experience to steel her dream for Blondy's success.

    "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful Marketplace" with your hosts Sarah Masoni and Sarah Marshall

    We record the "the Meaningful Marketplace" inside NedSpace in the Bigfoot Podcast Studio in beautiful downtown Portland.

    Audio engineer, mixer and podcast editor is Allon Beausoleil

    Show logo was designed by Anton Kimball of Kimball Design

    Website was designed by Cameron Grimes

    Production assistant is Chelsea Lancaster

    10% of gross revenue at Startup Radio Network goes to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries thru kiva.org/lender/markgrimes

    Listen to the "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful marketplace" live on-air every Friday at 9:00am pacific time on Startup Radio Network at startupradionetwork.com

    • 41 min
    #65 No More Stomach Aches and No Headaches - Sascha Archer, Sauvie Shrubs

    #65 No More Stomach Aches and No Headaches - Sascha Archer, Sauvie Shrubs

    We make small batch, cold pressed, hand-crafted, fermented drinking vinegar concentrates, bitters, and health elixirs. Whew! Say that three times in a row fast. Sascha Archer does it all on an island right out of Portland, Oregon called Sauvie Island (pronounced Soh' vee or Saw' vee, your choice). Sascha suffered a lifetime of indigestion and heartburn and turned to a cider vinegar to ease her symptoms. Despite soothing her digestion problems, both the flavor and the acidity were too much to "stomach" for her. Because she was a cook and a gardener, Sascha started mixing various herbs and fruits to make the ACV, apple cider vinegar, more palatable. It worked. Sascha lost not only the digestive irritants, she lost 80 pounds in about a year and a half. You might check out Sascha 's Shrub Club. It's a monthly delivery and supports the farms out on the Island. Twice a month, Sascha does a seasonal batch that is always a surprise. They can be cocktails or mocktails, or straight shots. Shrub Club members get first pick, so it's a good idea to get in the queue. Sascha has worked hard to get more Farmers' Markets out on the Island. Local regulations have made it difficult, but she wants to support the other farmers and urge people to enjoy the wildlife and the relaxed environment in the rural island so close to a city. Meeting demand has been the main challenge. Her kitchen is small, her production limited and scaling up is a big decision to make. Sascha counsels other food entrepreneurs to remember you can be small and profitable, and that moving up to being large with more headaches is not always the best way to go.

    "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful Marketplace" with your hosts Sarah Masoni and Sarah Marshall

    We record the "the Meaningful Marketplace" inside NedSpace in the Bigfoot Podcast Studio in beautiful downtown Portland.

    Audio engineer, mixer and podcast editor is Allon Beausoleil

    Show logo was designed by Anton Kimball of Kimball Design

    Website was designed by Cameron Grimes

    Production assistant is Chelsea Lancaster

    10% of gross revenue at Startup Radio Network goes to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries thru kiva.org/lender/markgrimes

    Listen to the "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful marketplace" live on-air every Friday at 9:00am pacific time on Startup Radio Network at startupradionetwork.com

    • 50 min
    #64 The Unique Experience Becomes the Unique Product - Bobbie Rosenberg, Bobbie's Boat Sauce

    #64 The Unique Experience Becomes the Unique Product - Bobbie Rosenberg, Bobbie's Boat Sauce

    Robin Rosenberg became "Bobbie" for two reasons. First, no way could she trademark Boat Sauce without an added word, and secondly, she was "Aunt Bobbie" to one of her friend's children, so Bobbie just seemed right. An eight-week tour through the Inside Passage of the waterways of the Pacific Northwest by a friend gave Robin a chance to sail part of that tour. Starting from a remote fishing village, she spent a couple of weeks sailing a very remote part of the world. The friend caught a fish during that time and asked Robin what to do. She recommended grilling it, then went down into the galley, cleaned out the refrigerator and found the "stuff" that needed to be cleaned up and used it to start a concoction. Of course, the trial and error led to the invention of the Boat Sauce. The unique event became the unique food product; she pretty much decided right there on the boat she was going to make the product, call it Boat Sauce and that - was that. When she returned home to Portland, Oregon, Robin started experimenting in her kitchen with fresh chiles, ginger and all the other non-fresh ingredients that were on the boat. Robin took the first batch to our very own Sarah Masoni, who knew right away she was sampling something different and good. Encouraged, Robin pushed forward, visiting Sarah more than once during the development of the current sauce. Robin now works with a co-packer, as that business model worked best for her situation. An advertising background definitely did not hurt her marketing effort, and now Bobbie's Boat Sauce is available literally coast-to-coast in the US (There's still some room in the middle of the country). So go try it!

    "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful Marketplace" with your hosts Sarah Masoni and Sarah Marshall

    We record the "the Meaningful Marketplace" inside NedSpace in the Bigfoot Podcast Studio in beautiful downtown Portland.

    Audio engineer, mixer and podcast editor is Allon Beausoleil

    Show logo was designed by Anton Kimball of Kimball Design

    Website was designed by Cameron Grimes

    Production assistant is Chelsea Lancaster

    10% of gross revenue at Startup Radio Network goes to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries thru kiva.org/lender/markgrimes

    Listen to the "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful marketplace" live on-air every Friday at 9:00am pacific time on Startup Radio Network at startupradionetwork.com

    • 50 min
    #63 Sip Slowly and Enjoy Life - Jenny Affan, Back to Broth

    #63 Sip Slowly and Enjoy Life - Jenny Affan, Back to Broth

    Jenny Affan and her partner Chelsea Benjamin were studying at the National University of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon when Jenny's psoriasis kept flaring up and she started treating it successfully with good old nutrition from natural foods. The way the two of them decided to treat more ailments naturally was with nutritionally-balanced broth. Distribution is as old-fashioned at broth; through Farmer's Markets in Oregon and online sales. And don't wait to order, lots of items will sell out as their popularity is starting to exceed supply! But more importantly, the attitude of the company comes through in its products. They come in canning jars and are delivered with intention, not speed. The idea is to be mindful, purposeful and thoughtful about the planet. It's a philosophy the founders have fostered and put above the simple precipice of business for profit. It is their way of life, their way of telling people to slow down, take care of themselves and each other.

    "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful Marketplace" with your hosts Sarah Masoni and Sarah Marshall

    We record the "the Meaningful Marketplace" inside NedSpace in the Bigfoot Podcast Studio in beautiful downtown Portland.

    Audio engineer, mixer and podcast editor is Allon Beausoleil

    Show logo was designed by Anton Kimball of Kimball Design

    Website was designed by Cameron Grimes

    Production assistant is Chelsea Lancaster

    10% of gross revenue at Startup Radio Network goes to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries thru kiva.org/lender/markgrimes

    Listen to the "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful marketplace" live on-air every Friday at 9:00am pacific time on Startup Radio Network at startupradionetwork.com

    • 47 min
    #62 East Meets Southwest - Rippy and Sukdev, Khalsa Salsa

    #62 East Meets Southwest - Rippy and Sukdev, Khalsa Salsa

    Indian fusion salsas. Sound new and tempting? Trust us, they are. Rippy and Sukdev have taken Indian spices and blended them with three vegan salsa recipes, classic, black bean and mango habanero. The literal meaning of Khalsa means honesty and is also the name of a religious group meaning the same and reflects honest, hard working way of life. And, as both of them say, it also rhymes! The ingredients reflect this philosophy, they use only wholesome ingredients and the three flavors are vegan. The couple made the recipes for their friends at first and got rave reviews - a common story amongst food company founders. However the big push came when they had a big party of friends who adored their salsa. Unfortunately, they ran out of their own salsa, so Rippy ran down to Costco and bought some national brand and served it. After severe disappointment from their guests, the couple knew they were on to something. Although both had steady jobs they had the hard talk and in June, 2018, they went to the SBA and then came their big moment, talking with our own Sarah Masoni. As they say, "the most valuable one hour we ever had" was spent with Sarah as she walked them through the stages of taking something great from the kitchen and putting it on a grocery shelf while maintaining the magic of its original taste. The couple now has distribution in nearly 20 stores and the reputation is growing.

    "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful Marketplace" with your hosts Sarah Masoni and Sarah Marshall

    We record the "the Meaningful Marketplace" inside NedSpace in the Bigfoot Podcast Studio in beautiful downtown Portland.

    Audio engineer, mixer and podcast editor is Allon Beausoleil

    Show logo was designed by Anton Kimball of Kimball Design

    Website was designed by Cameron Grimes

    Production assistant is Chelsea Lancaster

    10% of gross revenue at Startup Radio Network goes to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries thru kiva.org/lender/markgrimes

    Listen to the "Masoni and Marshall the meaningful marketplace" live on-air every Friday at 9:00am pacific time on Startup Radio Network at startupradionetwork.com

    • 50 min

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