Beyond Rockets

Beyond Rockets

As Huntsville AL is primarily known for being the Rocket City because of its close association with the US Space Missions but Huntsville is so much more than that Huntsville is home to many high-tech companies, entrepreneurs involved in interesting startups, talented creatives, and much much more. My goal is to introduce you to some of these individuals that are taking Huntsville Beyond the Rocket.

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January 27, 2022 30 min

In this episode, I sit down to talk with one of the owners of Roosevelt & Company a men's clothing store whose passion was born from a love of classic movies, the rich smell of leather, and the flavor of fine bourbon, Roosevelt & Co. is founded upon the principle that some things in life are worth savoring.




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In this episode, I sit down to talk with the Owner & Founder of Preservation Company whose goal is to provide their clients with a carefully curated selection of architectural and reclaimed items that will seamlessly integrate with almost any design style. We discuss his background, the process behind finding these reclaimed items, and how their location is growing in popularity due to new construction happening all around. 



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In this episode, I sit down to talk with Wesley Crunkleton the  Owner & Founder of Crunkleton a local Commercial Real Estate Group whose passion is to redevelop old historical buildings and revitalizing Downtown Huntsville. We discuss his background, some of the first clients he had in Huntsville, and if amounts his success to being in the right place at the right time or to his hard work.

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November 23, 2021 23 min

In this episode, I sit down with two of the managers of The Kaffeeklatsch a specialty coffee roastery located in Downtown Huntsville. Offering freshly roasted beans and loose leaf teas since 1977. We discuss their early years, why they still use a 1929, Jabez Burns, No. 7 Roaster, and how they continue to see The Kaffeeklatsch playing a role in specialty coffee in Huntsville for years to come.

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November 10, 2021 32 min

In this episode, I sit down to talk with Ashley Vaughn the Owner & Photographer of White Rabbit Studios. White Rabbit Studios began as a love for capturing people and places and has evolved into a passion for providing top-notch film photography, cinematography, and DJ services. We discuss her background, how she got interested in photography, and where she sees her business going in the future. 



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In this episode, I sit down to talk with Dawn Pumpelly the Owner & Editor of The Scout Guide Huntsville. The mission of the Scout Guide Huntsville is to support and celebrate local businesses, owners, entrepreneurs, and makers. During this episode, we discuss how Huntsville has changed since she first moved here in 2002, some of her favorite local businesses, and the future of Huntsville's local business scene.

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In this episode, I sit down to talk with Grace one of the co-hosts of the Standard Office Procedures Podcast. In their podcast Grace and Shannon try and help professionals live and grow through culture, communication, and candor. They do this by tackling big topics like  Preventing Burnout in the Workplace, Brainstorming Techniques and Tips, and Handling Impatience at Work.  Listen to learn more about their podcast and some of the ...

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September 30, 2021 64 min

In this episode, I sit down to talk with the co-founder of Torch Technologies which is a 100% employee-owned system engineering, applied science, modeling & simulation, and information technology business. We discuss his background prior to Torch, the early years of Torch, and the ways in which Torch is looking to give back to the community for years to come.

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September 16, 2021 56 min

In this episode, I sit down to talk with Austin Jenkins owner of Charlie Fosters a specialty coffee shop dedicated to employing people with special needs. We discuss his background as a fly fishing outfitter, losing over $10,000 in the early stages, and ways in which he is opening to engage with the community moving forward.

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August 27, 2021 39 min

In this episode, I sit down to talk with the makers behind Embrace Candles a local candle shop whose mission is to create products that empower your ability to change the feeling of a room. We discuss how it was starting a business during a pandemic, lessons they have learned along this journey, and their goals for Embrace Candles moving forward. 

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August 10, 2021 33 min

In this episode, I sit down to talk with Ally Burnett the pastry chef, digital content creator, and chocolatier behind The Sugar Pusher. We discuss the different careers she has had, how COVID allowed her to pursue starting The Sugar Pusher, and her overwhelming success on TikTok.?


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In this episode, I sit down to talk with Kevin Zurmuehlen the pastry chef and co-owner of L'Etoile Patisserie a local french cafe that recently opened its storefront on Meridian Street between Holtz Leather and Preservation Company. During this episode, we discuss his 34 years in the army,  the way he is using his faith and french pastries to reach the community, and some of his goals and future plans for L'Etoile.

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In this episode, I sit down to talk with Ben Schmanke the YouTuber behind AuthenTech a channel that specializes in providing authentic reviews of technology. We discuss how he got started with YouTube, his advice for starting your own channel, and his goals moving forward.

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In this episode, I sit down to talk with the lead singer Jerome Villarreal and lead guitarist Russ Savage of Them Damn Dogs.  We discuss their backgrounds, what the local music scene was like when they first started the band, and where they hope the local music scene goes moving forward. Be sure to check out their newest album Unpoetic Flavor wherever you stream your music.

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June 17, 2021 31 min

In this episode, I sit down to talk with Ricky Garcia the food blogger behind RickyHSV a local food blog in Huntsville, AL that showcases local eats and events happening right in our backyard. We discuss his restaurant journey with over 15 years in the restaurant industry, how covid affected local restaurants, and what his goals are moving forward.  

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June 3, 2021 35 min

In this episode, I sit down to talk Rasheem Pitman owner of Dionicios Closet a luxury men's, women's, and children's brand that specializes in custom suits. We discuss the journey it took to get where he is today, lessons he learned along the way, and the goals he has moving forward.

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April 29, 2021 33 min

In this episode, I sit down with Kenny Paone owner of The Sanctuary a local makers space offering a variety of different studios. We discuss his background, starting a business in the midst of COVID, and his plans moving forward.

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In this episode, I sit down to talk with Thao & Anthony owners of The Paper Petals Co. Their company is a handcrafted paper flower studio that specializes in creating gift bouquets as well as teaching people how to make their own paper flowers through their group classes. We discuss their background, how they got interested in paper flowers, their success early on, and where they see their company going moving forward. 

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March 12, 2021 26 min

In this episode, I sit down to talk with Thom Watkins one part of the team behind The Moon Bakeshop. The Moon Bakeshop is located in Downtown Huntsville on Jefferson Street and specializes in small-batch made from scratch pastries and coffee. During this episode, we discuss the journey it took to start the bakeshop, the things they have learned along the way, and where they see themselves moving forward.

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February 25, 2021 25 min

In this episode, I sit down to talk with Jessie Andrews the artist behind Honey Blood Art. Jessie is a multidisciplinary artist based in Huntsville who uses her art to connect with her community. We discuss her journey as an artist doing work will have a part-time job, to eventually doing art full time, and the many pieces around Downtown Huntsville she has had the opportunity to paint.

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