The Keep It Local Maine Podcast
Episode 33: Dan & Joe McCluskey - Iron Clad East

Episode 33: Dan & Joe McCluskey - Iron Clad East

April 7, 2021

This episode is guaranteed to leave you hungry! We talked with Dan and Joe McCluskey of Iron Clad Eats - a new food truck in Maine serving up food that combines comfort foods with other incredible flavors to produce unique tacos that will leave you wanting more! We talked about how they decided to start their own food truck, how they got started cooking, what inspires them, and much more.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Dan and Joe McCluskey are both Mainers born and raised. Dan studied at UMaine before moving throughout the northeast where he settled into New York’s tourism and service industries for the past decade. Now back in Maine with his wife Stephanie, he partners with Joe, who has worked in kitchens since he was 16, to bring you something fun, delicious and unlike any other food out there.

You can learn more about Iron Clad Eats at www.ironcladeats.com and also support their Kickstarter campaign, which runs through April 22. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 32: Jackie Lindstedt - JAX & BARD

Episode 32: Jackie Lindstedt - JAX & BARD

March 31, 2021

This episode, we spoke with Jackie Lindstedt - a Maine footwear designer, entrepreneur, and founder of JAX & BARD footwear. We talked about her twenty plus years in fashion, the origins of her own footwear line, how she handles adversity, what inspires her, and much more!

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Jackie "Jax" Lindstedt, a seasoned footwear professional and entrepreneur, launched her own label, JAX & BARD in 2014.  Created to solve her own footwear needs, JAX & BARD provides footwear solutions that offer a custom fit, comfort, and effortless style.  Her designs combine historical techniques with modern influences, and responsibly curated materials which set her styles apart in the current comfort category. JAX & BARD footwear is designed for women who desire options that help them look and feel their best all day long.

You can purchase the signature Libby Hill line from JAX & BARD online at www.jaxandbard.shoes as well as more information on how they make their exceedingly comfortable shoes. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 31:Rebecca Wood & Kris Hobbs - The Workshop At Ace

Episode 31:Rebecca Wood & Kris Hobbs - The Workshop At Ace

March 24, 2021

This episode, we talked with Rebecca Wood and Kris Hobbs, co-founders of The Workshop At Ace - a DIY studio in Scarborough, Maine. We chatted with them about how they started their business, what they offer, how they define success, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

The Workshop, is a DIY creative studio hosted by Oak Hill and Dunstan Ace Hardware, where imagination and craftsmanship come together. From novice to expert, you’ll learn something new while you create one-of-a-kind, handmade projects at their make-and-take classes or get informed at their Hardware + Home Care 101 series on basic how-to topics. Co-founders Rebecca and Kris bring years experience to this fun and welcoming space. Don't think you have the know-how to tackle something new? They will prove you wrong!

You can visit The Workshop online at www.TheWorkshopAtAce.com for more information and to sign up for classes and view their calendar. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 30: Tiffany Alvarado McKenna - Great East Butcher Company

Episode 30: Tiffany Alvarado McKenna - Great East Butcher Company

March 17, 2021

This week, we had a chance to talk with the owner of The Great East Butcher Company, Tiffany Alvarado McKenna. We talked about how her time living in New York City sparked her interest in owning her own shop, how she supports other locally owned Maine businesses, how she's giving back to her community, inspiration, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Tiffany has always dreamed of having a shop that sold locally made food, and local meat. She is excited to be the new owner of The Great East Butcher Company. A graduate of Colgate University, she spent the first 13 years of her professional career in New York City working in publicity for publishing, her last job being Director of Publicity for Thames & Hudson Publishing House. She is passionate about giving back to her community and serves on the board of Woodfords Family Services and the Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation, and is a proud member of the Portland Business Builders BNI group. She is a volunteer Striders running coach in Falmouth and volunteers teaching financial literacy with Junior Achievement. Her best accomplishment in life is being a mom to Tucker and Missy. She lives in Falmouth with her husband Rob, kids, and two beautiful Maine Coon cats named Dexter and Deb. She credits her success in this new field to the amazing support of her husband.

You can visit The Great East Butcher Company online at www.greateastbutcher.com for pick-up and delivery ordering, as well as visiting them at 450 Payne Road in Scarborough. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

 
 
Episode 29: Kevin Hancock - Maine CEO, Author, & Speaker

Episode 29: Kevin Hancock - Maine CEO, Author, & Speaker

March 11, 2021

This episode, we had a chance to talk with Kevin Hancock - CEO of Hancock Lumber, author, and speaker. He shared about finding his purpose through a painful experience, leadership, how we can all change the world, inspiration, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Kevin Hancock is an award-winning author, speaker, and CEO of Hancock Lumber Company - a family owned Maine business in operation since 1848 that is a six-time recipient of the “Best Places to Work in Maine” award, the Governor’s Award for business excellence, the MITC “Exporter of the Year” Award, and the Pro-Sales national dealer of the year. Kevin’s first book, Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse won three national book awards. His second book, The Seventh Power - One CEO’s Journey Into the Business of Shared Leadership was released in February 2020. He is an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals - within a company or a community - through listening, empowering, and shared leadership.

You can find both of Kevin's books both digitally and physical copies on Amazon and also follow him on Facebook.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 28: Michelle Neujahr - Maine Business Consultant & Entrepreneur

Episode 28: Michelle Neujahr - Maine Business Consultant & Entrepreneur

March 3, 2021

This week, we welcomed back our first repeat guest to the podcast - Maine business consultant and entrepreneur, Michelle Neujahr! We talked about the role of a business coach in working with local businesses, how she begins and ends each year, what people starting a business in 2021 should think about, what podcasts and books she recommends, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Michelle is the owner of nu-yar, a Maine-based consulting firm focused on helping businesses grow strategically. As a consultant, Michelle works with businesses who want to grow, need help managing current growth, and with organizations who need help with their strategic planning process. In addition to owning nu-yar, Michelle launched NU-YAR Construction with her husband David this fall. NU-YAR Construction is a full-service residential construction firm uniquely focused on providing a quality building experience for our clients. Michelle is passionate about entrepreneurship, family, and professional development. She also loves to talk to random strangers about their business ideas.

You can learn more about Michelle's business consultancy, nu-yar at www.nu-yar.com - which you can also follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Learn more about NU-YAR Construction at www.nuyarconstruction.com - and follow them on Facebook or LinkedIn.

 

MICHELLE'S RECOMMENDATIONS:

- The E Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What To Do About It by Micheal E. Gerber - available on Amazon or Bookshop

- HBR IdeaCast

- How I Built This with Guy Raz

- Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

- Fast Forward Maine Podcast

- The Grow Maine Show

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 27: Nikki Strout from Rugged Seas

Episode 27: Nikki Strout from Rugged Seas

February 25, 2021

This episode, we had a chance to speak with Nikki Strout from Rugged Seas - a family-owned Maine business that takes used fishing gear and recycles it into great bags and other apparel! We talked about the inspiration for their company, life as a fishing family, the organizations they work with and give back to, success, and much more.

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Taylor and Nikki Strout are a fishing family that grew up in Maine. They have three young boys and have recently started a company, Rugged Seas, that takes used fishermen’s hauling pants and oil skins and recycles them into bags, clutches, hats and other products. Rugged Seas was created with a mission to tell the fishermen’s story and shed a light on the life of a fishing family.

You can learn more about Rugged Seas at www.ruggedseas.com - where you can also order apparel and bags or contribute used fishing gear. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates and news.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 26: Kimberly LaBrecque from College Solutions

Episode 26: Kimberly LaBrecque from College Solutions

February 18, 2021

This week, we spoke with Kimberly LaBrecque from College Solutions about the process they use to help connect students with the right college for them, guiding families through the process while keeping it fun, who has inspired her, how important finding the right school can be, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

College Solutions is a second-generation family business helping students identify colleges that are the perfect fit academically, socially, and financially. They have guided over 10,000 families through their college search since 1995. Their streamlined admissions process helps students choose the right schools for the right reasons. They keep the process fun, realistic and maintain peace at the dinner table!

You can learn more about College Solutions at www.collegesolutionsus.com as well as calling them at (207) 767-7374. Follow them on Facebook for updates and news.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 25: Leah & Sarah from SaltyGirl Beauty

Episode 25: Leah & Sarah from SaltyGirl Beauty

February 10, 2021

This episode, we were inspired and laughed (a lot!) with Leah and Sarah from SaltyGirl Beauty. They shared the story of how they started their business, what it's like to see your products in national media, what inspires them, how they keep going, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

SaltyGirl Beauty was co-founded by two dynamic sisters from Maine. After Sarah was diagnosed with cancer at age 36, she and her sister Leah, an Oncology nurse, started to take a deep dive into health and wellness, creating a wellness brand encompassing body care and cosmetics that would eventually be named a best-selling brand, SaltyGirl Beauty. Seen on national media outlets such as Good Morning America, Tamron Hall Show and People, SaltyGirl Beauty is changing the face of what Beauty really means and how it starts from the inside out.

You can view and order their products from their website, www.saltygirlbeauty.com, as well as find out where to purchase in-person at local stores. Visit www.foundation4love.org to learn more about their charitable work and make a donation to help families fighting cancer. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or YouTube

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 24: Tristan Gagne - The Pure Experts

Episode 24: Tristan Gagne - The Pure Experts

February 3, 2021

This week, we had a chance to talk with Tristan Gagne from The Pure Experts. We discussed what they're doing to help businesses make their air safe during Covid, educating people on air filtering, success, lessons learned, and more.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Having spent the last 10+ years doing business in Mid-Coast and Southern Maine, Tristan has earned a reputation for finding solutions to complex problems, by putting honesty and integrity first, being able to bring the very best out of his sales reps and ensuring that anyone that does business with him and his team is truly blown away by the level of care and service they receive. With The Pure Experts, Tristan has brought that method of doing business to the booming air purification market in Maine and New England. With partnerships such as the Portland International Jetport, City of Portland, Westbrook and Freeport schools and dozens of other businesses, The Pure Experts with their ActivePure Technology by Aerus is rapidly becoming a very familiar name.

Learn more about The Pure Experts by calling (877) 871-8610, visiting www.thepureexperts.com, or by following them on Facebook.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

 
 
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