Amid the pandemic, we're hearing stories of layoffs and local businesses forced to close up shop. Here in Baton Rouge, there are businesses and organizations working hard to serve, connect, and stay afloat during these difficult times. Red Stick Strong highlights these businesses and shares how you can help. Hosted by Catherine O'Brien, Baton Rouge podcast producer and owner of Branch Out Programs. #RSSPodcast
Justin Young | Overcoming and a Productive Life
Justin Young was recently released after serving 13 years in the correctional system. What is the relationship between prisoners returning to society and strong communities, without overlooking the needs of victims of crime? Justin shares his perspective on all the dynamics at play on this twist on the Red Stick Strong podcast.
Chelsea Borruano | You Aren’t Alone Project
[Please note: This interview was recorded Saturday, May 30, 2020.] Mental health has been one of the ongoing conversations during the pandemic—a positive development in terms of awareness and people openly discussing issues like depression, anxiety, self-harm, and other related topics. Chelsea Borruano is the Executive Director and founder of the You Aren’t Alone Project. The You Aren’t Alone Project is a network of support for mental health and wellness across Baton Rouge so no one ever feels alone.
Quincy Jackson | Q Jackson Barbershop
Listeners take a look in the mirror—do you need a haircut? Of course, we’ve all seen the memes about haircuts during the pandemic. But barbering is serious business; it’s also a service that happens in close contact. How has the industry (and individual barbers) responded? Quincy Jackson is a barber and proprietor of Q Jackson Barbershop. Quincy talks about what he’s doing; new training he’s received from industry leaders; how he’s in contact with fellow barbers like he’s never done before.
Jorge and Virginia Flores | JoVi's Tacos
Handmade tortillas, slow smoked brisket, fresh margaritas (no mix, made with love)—this and more can be found at JoVi’s Tacos (13214 Coursey Blvd, Suite A, Baton Rouge.) Can you imagine what it would be like to open your restaurant on February 1st… and a few weeks later find yourself in a global pandemic? Jorge and Virginia Flores tell their story of fast adaptation and amazing community support on this episode of Red Stick Strong. The patio is open! The tacos are ready!
Marla Stroup and JT Terry | Healing Place Church
Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge holds the vision of being a healing place for a hurting world. What does that mean in the age of pandemic? Marla Stroup (pastor of the Highland Road campus) and JT Terry (youth pastor of the North Baton Rouge campus) share their insights from the last few weeks. HPC is known for a strong digital game; they still had to adapt to make "church at home" happen. JT explains the impact of stay at home on local youth and how HPC continues to serve, even in difficult times.
Matt Dardenne | 19 Thanks Tonight! Plus Brand Personality
Don’t be afraid of your BRAND! Matt Dardenne, Creative Director and Co-Owner of Red Six Media is on the Red Stick Strong podcast to talk about how to communicate who you are as business right now. Matt and the Red Six team have been working on several collaborative campaigns including 19 Thanks and the virtual Second Line that happens tonight! Listen to this episode to learn how to communicate who you are as a business, plus how a campaign can be a beacon of hope in a tough time.
Catherine like so many other people in this community has pivoted her business to help the Baton Rouge community! Not only is this podcast highlighting local businesses but it is inspiring some to keep going and help others. Great job!
Great for BR
This podcast is a great inspiration for other cities to highlight amazing things small businesses are doing amid Corona. Great job Catherine!