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Telling the stories of Tri-State creative talent to promote them and inspire you to create!

Telling the stories of Tri-State creative talent to promote them and inspire you to create!


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Telling the stories of Tri-State creative talent to promote them and inspire you to create!




Mariah Danielson - Wander Design Company | Episode 11

Mariah Danielson is the owner of Wander Design Company, a boutique design studio for the adventurers, dreamers and doers, based out of Eldridge, Iowa. Mariah and her husband also own Post Monroe Supply which offers handcrafted woodworking, apparel, candles and others good as well as unique antique items picked in her travels.


Angela Meyers - Country Music Artist | Episode 10

Angela Meyer is a full-time singer, songwriter and guitar player from McCausland, Iowa. Her debut album, Consequence, was released in 2018 and she continues to perform live at venues all over the Midwest as well as nationally on the Cowboy Poetry & Western Music circuits. Angela gives us a look into her influences, the full-time music industry, the process to record an album, and offers some good advice to anyone looking to start playing music, or stepping out full-time.


Kory Helgens - Spring Run Design | Episode 9

Kory Helgens is the owner of Spring Run Design based out of Marion, Iowa which creates handcrafted woodworking pieces and is also a outdoor lifestyle apparel brand. The creation of Spring Run Designs is a unique story centered around two actual storms, one which began Kory's woodworking career, and another bolt of lightning which could have ended his life but instead launched a part of the business.


Pete Damiano - Home Brewed Band | Episode 8

Pete Damiano is the lead vocalist, harmonica player and band manager of the band Home Brewed based out of Iowa City, Iowa. Home Brewed plays mostly fundraising events for local non-profit organizations and has helped to raise over $300,000 in the past 5 years. Pete is also the Director of the Public Policy Center for the University of Iowa, and Professor in the College of Dentistry, and is a practicing dentist. Pete has a lot going on and a lot of wisdom to share with us!


Lynne Thomas - Barnstorm Coffee | Episode 7

Lynne Thomas of Riverside, Iowa is the owner of Barnstorm Coffee, a mobile pop-up espresso shop serving Eastern Iowa. Lynne hammers home that no matter what age we are it's not too late to step out and begin to create something new. She gives us some great insight on getting started in really any business and also shares some local groups and businesses that helped Barnstorm Coffee get their start.


Kristin Vaughn - Hillside Studio | Episode 6

Kristin Vaughn is the owner of Hillside Studio in Ely, Iowa which makes handcrafted jewelry and other accessories to brighten the world. Kristin offers us a look at building her company, her thoughts on starting with an Etsy store, details on the monthly stud club, being featured on a Joann Fabric video during a retreat, why you should start creating right now, and building her own makers community.


Michelle Payne - Michelle's Creative Cookies | Episode 5

Michelle Payne from Michelle's Creative Cookies in Davenport, Iowa joins us to talk about starting not 1 but 3 local businesses including an Etsy store, a home bakery and a CPA firm. Michelle's cookies not only look delicious but she offers some great insight on valuing your time and experience in your craft.


Chad McCleary - Autumn's Waiting | Episode 4

Take a deep dive into the world of singer and songwriter Chad McCleary from the band Autumn's Waiting from Southeast, Iowa. Chad gives some great advice for people wanting to get started playing music or writing songs, with quite a few good life lessons learned on the way.


Morgan Terlouw - Verdigris Photography & Design | Episode 3

Morgan Terlouw from Verdigris Photography and Design in Ottumwa, Iowa joins us today to share her story of starting as a "mom-tographer", opening her own photography business, and overcoming hurdles in business and in her personal life.


McKenna McCaw - Neat and Navy Blue | Episode 2

McKenna McCaw is the creator of Neat and Navy Blue Candle Studio, featuring handcrafted candles, soaps, lotions, diffusers and other products that not only smell amazing, but look just as good. McKenna joins us from Marengo, Iowa just outside of Iowa City.


Introduction to the Imagined Here Podcast | Episode 1

Check out this brief introduction to the Imagined Here podcast!