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Behind The Business: Genesee County NY

Business & Economics Podcasts

We all know about our local businesses, but do we know the people behind the business? Your hosts, Erik Fix and Steven Falitico from The Genesee County Chamber will sit-down with the local business owners of our region and discuss their stories and insights on what its like owning a business in Genesee County NY.

We all know about our local businesses, but do we know the people behind the business? Your hosts, Erik Fix and Steven Falitico from The Genesee County Chamber will sit-down with the local business owners of our region and discuss their stories and insights on what its like owning a business in Genesee County NY.

Location:

United States

Description:

We all know about our local businesses, but do we know the people behind the business? Your hosts, Erik Fix and Steven Falitico from The Genesee County Chamber will sit-down with the local business owners of our region and discuss their stories and insights on what its like owning a business in Genesee County NY.

Language:

English

Contact:

5853437440


Episodes

Matty Gray, Alex's Place and Eli Fish Brewing

7/13/2022
This episode we were joined by local businessman and community savant, Matty Gray. Born and raised in Batavia, Matty has had a huge impact on this community in his ownership of multiple businesses, and his involvement in the development of Genesee County, where he calls home. In this conversation he speaks about how he cut his teeth in business at an early age and moved to North Carolina to open up a pizza place. After having some success down there, he decided to move back home to start...

Duration:00:25:48

Jessica Pratt and Zach Kobylanski, Local Business Moguls

6/16/2022
This episode we were joined by Jessica Pratt and Zach Kobylanski, both young business people who operate businesses of their own. Jess owns a fitness center, Whole Life Fitness, and Zach a landscaping company, Versascape. In the past two years they have partnered on many new business ventures: -Pro-Kleen, a powerwashing and residential and commercial cleaning company. -The Lost Sock Laundromat, a self-service laundromat in Pavilion. -585 Sealcoating, a residential and commercial...

Duration:00:25:39

Sharon Coyle-Farley, Rolling Hills Asylum

5/11/2022
This episode we were joined by longtime proprietress of Rolling Hills Asylum, Sharon Coyle. Established in 1827, the Genesee County Poor House (now Rolling Hills Asylum) soon became a refuge for some of society's less fortunate. With over 1,700 documented deaths and hundreds not recorded, Haunted North America has rated it as the second most haunted site in the United States! Right here in East Bethany, NY! In June 2008, Sharon came to Rolling Hills Asylum as part of a Darkness Radio event...

Duration:00:26:05

Don Brown, Charles Men Shop and Batavia Bootery

4/27/2022
This episode we were joined by Don Brown of Charles Men Shop and Batavia Bootery. Family owned & operated since 1947, Charles Men's Shop, Inc. has been Batavia's number one choice for fine men's clothing for many years. Due to a partnership with PW Minor, they have also operated Batavia Bootery in Downtown Batavia since 2017. Don speaks of his expertise in the business and how over many years the traditions at Charles Men's Shop have remained the same. They have adapted to the new styles...

Duration:00:18:47

Judy Hysek, Eden Cafe and Bakeshop

4/21/2022
This episode we were joined by Judy Hysek from Eden Cafe- Genesee County's first and only vegan eatery! Judy got her start with Eden in 2017 in a foodie challenge competition where the winner got to utilize space inside of Eli Fish Brewing as a "restaurant incubator kitchen." This allowed her to build the business and benefit from the advice of people who were already in the business. Now, after a few years of growth and success, Judy has officially moved the business to it's own location...

Duration:00:20:16

Brian Kemp, T-Shirts Etc

4/12/2022
This episode we were joined by local businessman and artist, Brian Kemp. Brian's business, T Shirts-Etc, is celebrating 25 years of existence this year with its history of multiple locations across Batavia. Brian grew up in Batavia and highlights his start in the Harvester Center and how he has grown and changed the business in it's lifetime. He talks about his passion for art and his different projects across town and the designer experience he brings to his customers.

Duration:00:21:28

Noah Whiteford, Whiteford Dental Lab

3/9/2022
In this episode we were joined by local business owner, Noah Whiteford of Whiteford Dental Lab. Whiteford Dental is a fixed prosthetic lab in Batavia NY that specializes in implant and digital dental services- but as Noah would say in layman's terms, "They make teeth". In this spirited conversation, Noah details the immense growth of the business in its short lifetime, and their incessant need of more space. A resident of Batavia, Noah has put in a lot of effort to find a space in the...

Duration:00:34:12

John Roche, Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle Shop

2/22/2022
This episode we were joined by John Roche, current owner of Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle Store. John details the history of the iconic toy store in Downtown Batavia and the visitors that return year after year. He talks about how he got into the business back in 2000 and how his childhood passion for bicycles inspired him to take the leap into ownership.

Duration:00:32:40

Kent Ewell, O'Lacy's Irish Pub

2/15/2022
This episode we were joined by local businessman, Kent Ewell, owner of O'Lacy's Irish Pub in Batavia. Kent details his life and career before the pub and his inspiration for opening it up 25 years ago. He talks about the research he did and the importance he placed on making it look and feel like a true Irish Pub. O'Lacy's has become a local staple and gathering place for the people in Genesee County, NY. They also pour a perfect Guiness and have one hell of a Reuben.

Duration:00:27:46

Jon Mager, Arctic Refrigeration and Eli Fish

2/9/2022
Season two officially launched after a slight delay. This episode we were joined by Jon Mager, of the Mager Family, the people behind Arctic Refrigeration in Batavia. He details the history of the family owned business that has spanned over 75 years and was started by his grandfather in his garage on Otis St in Batavia. Jon goes on to speak about his newest venture, the famous Eli Fish Brewing Co, located on Main St in Batavia- the only brewery of its kind in Genesee County.

Duration:00:22:20

Episode 14, Paul Marchese, Marchese Computer Products

11/19/2021
In the season finale of Season 1 of Behind The Business, we were joined by local information technology legend, Paul Marchese, of Marchese Computer Products. In this fun conversation with Paul we talk about the ins and outs of his business and how it has changed over the past 40 years.

Duration:00:22:27

Episode 13, Mike Hodgins, Hodgins Printing

11/10/2021
This episode we were joined by long time local business owner Mike Hodgins. Mike and his family have owned and operated Hodgins Printing and John's Studios since the late 50s. Mike's father, John, started the business and in this episode Mike details the story behind their business. He also speaks of the change in the industry and how they have adapted over the past twenty or so years.

Duration:00:21:15

Episode 12, Brandon Armstrong, Royals Barbershop

11/2/2021
This episode we were joined by local entrepreneur Brandon Armstrong, of Royals Barbershop in Batavia. Brandon has operated his own business since his early 20s and has always wanted to use his creativity to provide for himself and his community. Brandon talks about his younger days and his inspiration to be a barber, and the few different opportunities that have come his way over his time as a local business owner in Batavia. He also highlights his aspirations for the future, and what he...

Duration:00:21:11

Episode 11: Chris VanDusen and Shelly Wolaske, Empire Hemp

10/21/2021
This episode we were joined by the newest dynamic duo of local business in Genesee County, Chris and Shelly from Empire Hemp in Batavia. The new health and wellness shop opened up in April of 2021 on Main St in the Masonic Temple building. Empire Hemp Co. produces a wide range of Hemp Derived CBD products for the purpose of providing happiness, health, healing and wellness. In this episode they detail their standards on creating the many different products they offer and the local growers...

Duration:00:32:36

Episode 10: Tim Call, Empire Tractor

10/13/2021
This episode we were joined by a member of our prominent agricultural community here in Genesee County.: Tim Call, of Empire Tractor. He joined us to detail his time at the business in Batavia and how he impulsively got into ownership. He goes on to detail his family's long history of agriculture businesses and various community support in our region.

Duration:00:31:36

Episode 9: Gregory Hallock, GOART!

9/30/2021
This episode, to celebrate National Podcast Day, we were joined by the incredibly vibrant and entertaining Gregory Hallock from GOART! He joined us in the podcast studio hosted in GOART's upstairs rooms, where we record all episodes of Behind The Business. In this episode he details his time at GOART and the many upcoming events and initiatives they are planning in the future. He also speaks of his time in NYC and other locations around the world- and why he decided to settle in Batavia NY.

Duration:00:30:01

Episode 8, Rob Credi, Pub Coffee Hub

9/16/2021
This episode we were joined by Rob Credi of Pub Coffee Hub, or Pub Hub Coffee whichever you prefer. He details his transition from food truck to brick and mortar location at the Harvester Center in Batavia. He calls upon his past history of coffee shop ownership in Batavia and the lessons he has learned since then to make his current venture successful today.

Duration:00:22:13

Episode 7: Candace Hensel, Byron Hotel

9/10/2021
This episode we were joined by long time owner, Candy Hensel, of the Byron Hotel. This iconic establishment located at the four corners of Byron has a long standing relationship with the people of the area. Built in the late 1800s, it has always been the centerpiece of its community. Candy details her twenty years of owning the business and the challenges and successes in that time. She wants the hotel to continue to be the central meeting place for the community of Byron and its...

Duration:00:24:57

Episode 6: Bill Hayes, Turnbull HVAC

8/25/2021
This week we were joined by local legend William "Bill" Hayes of Turnbull HVAC. Bill purchased the business from local businessman, Roy Turnbull, in 1991. Since then, Bill has been a an extremely active member of the Genesee County business community. He details the early days of his time in Batavia, the community around him, and the family support he attributes to his success. Truly a wonderful interview!

Duration:00:21:05

Episode 5: Matt Walther and Casey Mehlenbacher, BeyonDriven

7/27/2021
This episode we were joined by Matt and Casey from BeyonDriven in Le Roy NY. This new fitness facility and gym opened up in 2020, shortly before the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic. They describe to us the work they have done renovating the building and all the hurdles they have overcome in the short life of the business.

Duration:00:24:56