Exploring Washington State

Exploring Washington State

The Exploring Washington State Podcast is for you if you are looking for ideas and inspirations of great places to visit, fantastic places to grab a bite to eat and drink. If you want to know more about the businesses that call Washington State home, learn about the amazing artists who are creating artwork.The State of Washington is an amazing place to live and a great place to visit. The Exploring Washington State Podcast helps to showcase the splendor of Washington State. Remember "there is always more to explore!”

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August 1, 2021 51 min

On this episode we sat down with Melody Federer and chatted about her music career as a singer/songwriter.  I even was able to drink a cup of coffee while sitting around her dining room table.

Melody has written songs for Hillary Duff, Pink, Michael Bublé and others. One name that she has worked with is Burt Bacharach who had songs performed by over 1,000 artists!  Her songs have been featured on The End KNDD FM 107.7 and other stat...

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On today's episode we are chatting with Emily Ritchie from Northwest Cider Association. Emily is the Executive Director and champion of cider and cider makers in the Pacific Northwest.

Emily was a good sport as we kept her focused on Washington State cider and cider makers. The association is a non-profit that has the goals of increasing the quality of cider produced in the region, increase sales of NW cider and cultivate the co...

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Brian Jennings joins us for this episode. Brian is photographer who has captured images throughout out Washington State.

Brian grew up in the Spokane area and spent his professional career in TV and Radio in Oregon and Washington.  Now Brian explores Washington State and the rest of the U.S. and captures amazing images with his camera.

We chat about Washington State and some of the special places Brian enjoys visiting to capture imag...

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Regan Lane is a Tacoma area musician who has had a long musical career.  In this episode we chat about his musical career from the present to the past. We also talk about life in Tacoma and other interesting topics. Of course, coffee is mentioned.

Regan shares stories of his journey of sobriety and how it has influenced his musical journey.

Currently Regan is creating music under the band name Soda Cracker Jesus.  SCJ is best describ...

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July 22, 2021 55 min

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Garret Hunt is our guest in this episode of the podcast. Garret is the co-founder of Live In Everett.   

Garret is a true fan of Everett and it shines through as he shares some great places to see and things to do in Everett.

We learn his must see places for out of town guests.  For guests with kids he start off at Flying Squirrel.  Then take the Boeing Tour at Paine Field Check out Funko and get your pop culture fix.

Find out about...

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July 18, 2021 77 min

 There are so many amazing places to explore in Washington State, you should just pack your bags and go! Explore Washington State is the perfect place for inspiration.   

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Tom Stocks of Taylor Shellfish Farms joins us in this episode to chat about Oysters and more.

Taylor Shellfish Farms started farming shellfish in the? Puget Sound in 1890.? Much has changed about how Oysters, Clams, and Geoducks are farmed since the 1890's Tom shares a ton of information about Taylor Shellfish works to insure that the shellfish you enjoy today will be available in the future.? Sustainable is the focus every sing...

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In this episode we are joined by Evan Calkins proprietor of Hoban Cards in Chehalis Washington.

Hoban Cards is a small letterpress company that specializes in thoughtfully designed printed business cards & stationery.

What started out as a hobby has grown into a business that has three antique  letter presses  and is selling beautiful and memorable business cards all across the U.S.

Evan shares stories about his journey as a prin...

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Chris Jones of The Chris Jones Band (CJB) joins us for this episode of the Exploring Washington State Podcast.

Chris is originally from Washington State but has spent some time in Okinawa, and on the east coast.  Then one fateful day while touring with his dog he met his current wife in Tacoma.

Now CJB is making music in Washington State again.  We were introduced to Chris at a industry event and knew we had to have him on as a guest...

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Andrew Handley co-founder of Union Hill Cider Co in East Wenatchee joins us for this episode.

Union Hill began with a failed experiment to make cider by letting it ferment in a closet.  Lets just say the first batch was not a success.  Fast forward to 2021 and Union Hill is creating some amazing ciders!  So glad they did not give up.

Andrew is an orchardist and along with his father and two close friends created Union Hill Cider Co. ...

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In this episode we are joined by Jane Park.  Jane lives in the Seattle area and has found a very interesting way to keep herself sane during the pandemic.

Like all of us Jane was getting stir crazy sitting at home without many options.  What started out as a way to keep herself occupied has turned into an amazing Tik Tok following.  That's right Jane is Tik Tok famous.  She has over 3 Million followers!

Sharing dance routines wit...

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Professional bagpipe player Jori Chisholm joins us for this episode. Jori has won the United States Gold Metal award 4 times.

Jori started playing the pipes at 11. 

One of the interesting things we found out about Jori is that he has played twice with Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead) in Seattle.
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July 1, 2021 71 min

In this episode we chat with Tomas Perez co-founder of Bell's Cookie Co. in Seattle.

What do you do when the pandemic causes all of our catering clients to cancel their plans? Why you bake cookies of course.  Tomas and his wife Brooke were running a catering company and like many were having a lot of challenges when COVID was in full swing.  One night they were talking about what to do and they came up with the idea to bake cook...

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This episode we are joined by Seattle area TV and radio personality Pat Cashman. 

Pat got his start in radio by creating radio shows that he would broadcast through his parents house via the furnace. Even his grandmother would listen and would have grill marks from laying on the floor listening to the floor vent.

After he started his career in Oregon and Idaho Pat ultimately ended up in Seattle at King 5. Early in his career at Kin...

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Andrew Joslyn started playing the violin at age five. Today he is our guest  on this episode. In-between Andrew has accomplished more than most people twice his age.

This conversation covers Andrews start at age five learning the violin and growing up in a family of well known and established classical musicians to his most recent project as Curator/Orchestrator for the Essential Series by the Seattle Symphony.  His most recent show...

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Keith Barnes Founder and Master Distiller of Bainbridge Organic Distillers joins us for this episode.

Opening in 2009 with a focus of only producing only organic products.  Bainbridge was the first distiller in Washington State to be USDA Certified.  They are the only distillery in Washington State to be 100% Organic.

Keith is also collector of old alcohol with a collection several hundred bottles of whiskeys dating back as far as th...

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In this episode Justyn and Tori Cozza join the podcast to chat cats and Spokane. Yes, they literally herd cats for a living.  Well, actually they run a coffee shop that has cats available for adoption.

The Cantina opened in June 2020 and at the time of this recording they have successfully placed 528 cats!  They had an original goal of 100 cats in a year and they have blown that goal away!



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Steve Aliment a long time Seattle area musician  joins us to chat about music, our lack of attention, golf, coffee and more.

Steve shares his song writing process from concept to published product. Using technology Steve is able to actually record virtually vs using tape back in the day.  Using the technology available today Steve is able release music much easier and quicker than ever before.

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Jamie Hunt and Holly Robinson joins us to discuss Amaro.  Fast Penny Spirits is a distillery in Seattle that focuses on making Amaro.  

Amaro is a  bittersweet liqueur that can contain dozens of ingredients.  Fast Penny uses over 45 ingredients to create their products. Holly and Jamie share the journey from kitchen sink to their own distillery in Seattle. 

Just some of the ingredients used to create Amaricano.

  • Black Truffles
  • Saffron
  • Ca...
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