21 episodes

The People of Peoria Podcast is a local show that exists to introduce you to the people and places that shape the culture of the Peoria, Illinois area the most. Join two friends, Austin & Alex, as we learn the stories behind the places we all know and love, grab coffee (or a beer) with the people who are making a difference in the community, and discover things about Peoria we never knew! Got ideas for the show or businesses, people, and organizations that should be featured? Send us an email at thepeopleofpeoriapodcast@gmail.com.

The People of Peoria Podcast Austin Savage & Alex Turner

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 40 Ratings

The People of Peoria Podcast is a local show that exists to introduce you to the people and places that shape the culture of the Peoria, Illinois area the most. Join two friends, Austin & Alex, as we learn the stories behind the places we all know and love, grab coffee (or a beer) with the people who are making a difference in the community, and discover things about Peoria we never knew! Got ideas for the show or businesses, people, and organizations that should be featured? Send us an email at thepeopleofpeoriapodcast@gmail.com.

    Jodie & Cliff Vieira, Founders of Crafted DIY Studio & Bar - Episode 18

    Jodie & Cliff Vieira, Founders of Crafted DIY Studio & Bar - Episode 18

    Today we have a highly requested episode we get to share with you! The experiences we get to have and the people we get to meet is always the best part of doing this podcast. And this episode is no different. We got to hangout for an evening with Jodie & Cliff Vieira, Founders of Crafted DIY Studio & Bar in the Warehouse District.

    In this casual episode, they share what it was like to open Crafted 2 WEEKS before the shutdown, how Cliff has been Jodie's landlord twice, the process of adding new crafts and cocktails to their selection, how their personalities push each other further, their dream for Peoria, and so much more. And as always, we talk about crazy things like appointing a president of the internet, finding a penguin in the freezer, and hotdogs in the microwave. Listen in!

    (Special shoutout to Ellie Gerber, a core part of the team at Crafted, for making our drinks for the evening! SO GOOD!)

    Links:
    @crafted.diystudiobar on Instagram
    Crafted DIY Studio & Bar Website
    Follow Crafted on Facebook
    Austin Savage & Co.

    If you enjoyed today's episode, be sure to subscribe on whatever platform you prefer so you don't miss a future episode of the podcast. Also, if you'd be so kind, we'd be grateful if you left us a review and told people about us!

    Got ideas, comments, or questions for the show? Let us know on Facebook or IG, or send us an email at thepeopleofpeoriapodcast@gmail.com --

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    The People of Peoria Podcast on Instagram

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Jeff Himstedt, Owner of J.Him Woodworking - Episode 17

    Jeff Himstedt, Owner of J.Him Woodworking - Episode 17

    Getting to meet the people who make up our community is the BEST part of doing this podcast! For Episode 17, we had such a fun and casual conversation with Jeff Himstedt, Owner of J.Him Woodworking, recorded live from his shop. HUGE thanks to Bearded Owl for the brews and Peacocks Pub for the pizza and wings.

    Jeff is an incredible craftsman. In this episode, he shares his journey from growing up on his family's farm to entering the Air Force to starting his own woodworking business. In his words, "I wanted to build badass furniture, so that's what I did." He openly shares what the biggest obstacle he's overcome in his life is, the project he's most proud of, why it's absolutely crucial to truly love what you do, how he's rediscovered his faith in the last year, and so much more. Of course, we also talk stupid questions like what animals he'd combine to create the ultimate animal, what cheat codes he'd have if his life were a video game, and more about smurfs, New York, and his beer of choice.

    This one will bring you laughs, inspiration, and a fresh perspective on our community! Listen in!

    Links:
    @j.him_woodworking on Instagram
    J. Him Woodworking on Facebook
    J. Him Woodworking on YouTube
    Jeff's Website & Work
    #LoveWhereYouLivePeoria Merch is at Lost Art Designs!
    Bearded Owl Brewing
    Peacocks Pub
    Austin Savage & Co.

    If you enjoyed today's episode, be sure to subscribe on whatever platform you prefer so you don't miss a future episode of the podcast. Also, if you'd be so kind, we'd be grateful if you left us a review and told people about us!

    Got ideas, comments, or questions for the show? Let us know on Facebook or IG, or send us an email at thepeopleofpeoriapodcast@gmail.com --

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    The People of Peoria Podcast on Instagram

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Jan Powers, Owner of Stone Well Gardens - Episode 16

    Jan Powers, Owner of Stone Well Gardens - Episode 16

    Now that we're at Episode 16, it's about time we share our first outdoor episode with you! And here it is! This week, we had the incredible opportunity to meet Jan Powers, tour Stone Well Gardens, and enjoy a couple glasses of wine. Jan has written a column in the Journal Star for over 10 years, is a garden writer, an artist, author of multiple books, and the host of the annual Market on Moss. She also has recently walked through a journey to learn more about her father who died as a pilot in World War II when she was just a year old.

    In this episode, we talk about why Jan believes we're all connected, the process of discovering an untold story, how her Grandpa Les introduced her to the joy of gardening, what the word God means to her, and the value of slowing down to see what's actually taking place in your community. She also tells us our stupid questions weren't good enough so you get BONUS stupid questions! 😂 She shares what she thinks cats dream about, the weirdest food she's eaten, which of her plants she'd bring to life if she could, what song represents her life, and more. We hope you enjoy!!

    Links:
    @StoneWellGardensArt on Etsy (grab her books here!)
    @stonewellgardens on Instagram
    Email Jan

    If you enjoyed today's episode, be sure to subscribe on whatever platform you prefer so you don't miss a future episode of the podcast. Also, if you'd be so kind, we'd be grateful if you left us a review and told people about us!

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Tristan & Mitch Popadziuk, Owners of CxT Roasting Company - Episode 15

    Tristan & Mitch Popadziuk, Owners of CxT Roasting Company - Episode 15

    You know we had a good time when we stay for 4 extra hours after an interview concludes, just to continue the conversation! We connected so quickly with Tristan and Mitch Popadziuk, 2 of the 3 owners of CxT Roasting Company, and we can't wait to share some of our conversation with you today!

    In addition to a whole lot of laughs, we talk about what they'd do if they won the lottery, the story of how CxT moved from a newfound passion to a growing family-owned business, the process of growing coffee and what influences the taste, their favorite coffee origins, what it's like to be in business as a family, and a whole lot more! We hope you enjoy! ☕️

    Links:
    CxT Roasting Company's Website
    @cxtcoffee on Instagram
    CxT on Facebook
    Our bonus episode with JK Williams
    Austin Savage & Co.

    If you enjoyed today's episode, be sure to subscribe on whatever platform you prefer so you don't miss a future episode of the podcast. Also, if you'd be so kind, we'd be grateful if you left us a review and told people about us!

    Got ideas, comments, or questions for the show? Let us know on Facebook or IG, or send us an email at thepeopleofpeoriapodcast@gmail.com --

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Jam & Danny Rohr, Owners of Black Dog Metal Arts & Up Beet Jams - Episode 14

    Jam & Danny Rohr, Owners of Black Dog Metal Arts & Up Beet Jams - Episode 14

    "People are capable of more than they realize." - Jam Rohr

    Welcome back to The People of Peoria Podcast! We've got such a fun episode to share with you today as we got to hang out and have some beers with Jam & Danny Rohr, owners of Black Dog Metal Arts and Up Beet Jams. These are two of the most thoughtful, intentional people here in Peoria and we're incredibly grateful for the time we had to get to know them a little better.

    Today, Jam & Danny share some fun stories about cliff diving, the crazy story behind their wedding rings, their first tattoos, the time Danny created a fully-functioning guillotine, and some of the wildest experiences while pouring metal with Black Dog. We also got to try some samples from Up Beet Jams live on the show, hear what they love about and hope to see in Peoria, find ourselves talking about their perspective on death (seriously such intentional people!), and how both businesses have been going.

    SO much good stuff! Listen in!

    Links:
    Black Dog Metal Arts
    Up Beet Jams
    @upbeetjams on Instagram
    @jam_rohr on Instagram
    @mrdannyrohr on Instagram
    @blackdogmetalarts on Instagram
    Slumberland Furniture
    Industry Brewing
    Austin Savage & Co.

    If you enjoyed today's episode, be sure to subscribe on whatever platform you prefer so you don't miss a future episode of the podcast. Also, if you'd be so kind, we'd be grateful if you left us a review and told people about us!

    Got ideas, comments, or questions for the show? Let us know on Facebook or IG, or send us an email at thepeopleofpeoriapodcast@gmail.com --

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Joshua Gunn, CEO of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce - Episode 13

    Joshua Gunn, CEO of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce - Episode 13

    Welcome back to The People of Peoria Podcast! We've got an awesome conversation recorded live from the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce to share with you today. For Episode 13, we had the chance to have a beer with Joshua Gunn, CEO of the Chamber, who moved to our community 3 months into COVID-19.

    Today, Joshua shares the potential and opportunity he sees in Peoria, how music has been the guide in his life and provided opportunities to tour internationally, how he's grown as a leader in the last year, the incredible success he saw in the economic development as VP of the Chamber in his hometown of Durham, NC, and how Peoria can grow in diversity, equity, and inclusion. And of course, we also talk about his survival plan if there was a zombie apocalypse, why he loves being a dad, and the sleepwalking event that almost took his life. This is a really good one, and we encourage you to listen in!

    Links:
    Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
    Joshua Gunn on Instagram
    PACC on Instagram
    PACC on Facebook
    Austin Savage & Co.

    If you enjoyed today's episode, be sure to subscribe on whatever platform you prefer so you don't miss a future episode of the podcast. Also, if you'd be so kind, we'd be grateful if you left us a review and told people about us!

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

jaymee.barra ,

Love this podcast!

This podcast does an incredible job of helping us know more about the well- and lesser-known people who make Peoria great!

Annnndreea ,

Awesome!

Great look at our locals in a positive light. The Carl Cannon podcast is GOLD! Loved hearing his story.

J.Him woodworking ,

Keep them coming

Great listen. Looking forward to many more!

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