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Hear from the small businesses, the organizations, and the people who make downtown's across the country a fun and exciting place to work, live, and shop. Listen as Michael McCormack aka Bostonmike interviews business owners, city officials, residents, and volunteers that are working hard at revitalizing their downtowns.

Hear from the small businesses, the organizations, and the people who make downtown's across the country a fun and exciting place to work, live, and shop. Listen as Michael McCormack aka Bostonmike interviews business owners, city officials, residents, and volunteers that are working hard at revitalizing their downtowns.
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Hear from the small businesses, the organizations, and the people who make downtown's across the country a fun and exciting place to work, live, and shop. Listen as Michael McCormack aka Bostonmike interviews business owners, city officials, residents, and volunteers that are working hard at revitalizing their downtowns.




DTLT 21: Elyria Arts Council

On this weeks episode I speak with Clint and David. They are two of the founders of the Elyria Arts Council. The Elyria Arts Council is home to many great local artists and creators. David along with other members of the council have painted many of the murals that dot the Elyria landscape. Most notably the elevated train that stood just outside of the Council. Listen as both Clint and David talk about what the idea is behind the Arts Council and what the future holds in store for...


DTLT 20: Three Chica's Hot Dog's

On today's episode, I sit down with DeShay Torbett. She along with her two daughter's make up the 3 chica's in Three Chica's hot dog cart. Find out what brought DeShay to the city of Elyria, and what made her start a mobile hot dog cart. I also update the calendar of events for the upcoming week.


DTLT 19: Pop Up Podcasting with Frank Whitfield

On this weeks episode Frank Whitfield, candidate for Elyria mayor, visited Downtown Life Today at our inaugural Pop Up Podcasting event held at Computer Tek located at 246 Broad Street Elyria. In this interview Frank flipped the script on me and I found myself on the other end of the microphone being the interviewee. Listen as Frank and I discuss our vision for downtown Elyria, and hear some of Franks ideas that he wants to bring to city hall. Keyword is entrepreneurial!! We also have...


DTLT 18: A Cut of Class

On this weeks episode I speak with Doniel Mitchell, he is the owner of A Cut of Class barbershop located at 565 Broad Street. I sit in the barber chair while Doniel gets a touch up and learn about why Doniel opened up his barbershop downtown, and what his goal is for A Cut of Class. I also go over next weeks calendar of events that include anniversary's, returns, and season closings. So sit back and #finditdowntown


DTLT 17: BostonMike & Downtown Life Today

Today's episode is just me behind the mic. No interview. The reason I am doing this is because I want to discuss the changes that I have in store for Downtown Life Today. As I mentioned on a Facebook post last week, I want to grow and expand what DTLT means to Downtown Elyria. This episode I will highlight some of my ideas and goals for the rest of the year and for the year 2020. So kick back and spend some time listening to this episode. Your feedback is welcomed


DTLT 16: Marcus Madison

On this weeks episode, I sit down with 5th Ward Councilman Marcus Madison. We talk about some of the issues that Downtown Elyria is facing and talk about some possible solutions. We even discuss his Comic book collecting days, unfortunately he's a marvel guy. If you live or work in Downtown Elyria, Marcus is your representative. So take some time and get to know him.


DTLT 15: Amanda Deery

On today's episode I sit down with current Elyria law director Amanda Deery. Amanda is running to maintain her position as law director in this year's November election. We discuss what the law directors duties are and what are some of her qualifications to be the city's law director. We also touch on some things Amanda would love to see come downtown as well.


DTLT 14: Shane Croxton & Art Poling (Ride Elyria)

This week i speak with Shane Croxton & Art Poling. Both are members of ride elyria. You may have seen shane riding around downtown on a tall bike with his head in the clouds. Every week their group, ride elyria meet up at the dairy queen on the corner of north abbe and hilliard rd. and plan out that days ride. So come along and hear the idea and reasoning behind the group and why they ride?


DTLT 13: Don Hilton Part 2

The conclusion to my interview with Don Hilton, author of Murders, Mysteries,and History of Lorain County 1824-1956. Listen to the second half of my hour long interview with Don Hilton as we talk about the changes made to selecting jury's to his upcoming projects and future books.


DTLT 12: Don Hilton

On today's episode I interview author Don Hilton. We talk about his book Murder's, Mysteries, and History of Lorain Ohio, 1824 - 1956. We go over some of the murders that happened around the downtown area and talk about the growth of Elyria as a city. This interview was over 1 hour long so I broke it up into two parts. Part 2 will air next week. Until then enjoy part 1 and if you are a murder buff pick up a copy of Don's book at Roxy's Emporium on Middle Ave, Elyria or for those that...


DTLT 11: Ruf House Martial Arts & Fitness

I sit down with Mike Morahan, co-owner of Ruf House Martial Arts & Fitness, a combination Brazilian Jujitsu, MMA, and fitness training center, located at 365 Broad Street. Come here what brought Mike and company to decide to open their business in our downtown. Learn a little bit about what its like in the octagon, and why getting knocked into next week means a little bit more for Mike then most people. After you listen to the interview, go down and try their 2 week introductory class.


DTLT 10: Jackie's Auto Wash

This weeks episode we sit down with Jackie Denson, owner of Jackie's Auto Wash, located at 144 East Bridge Street. Jackie's Auto Wash, once known as Qwik Way Auto Wash has been a staple in downtown Elyria for over 60 years. Come hear what services they offer, what their vision is for the future, and what was the dirtiest car they ever cleaned. When its time to wash the grease, and grime, and bird crap off your car, remember Jackie and Jackie's Auto Wash. You'll come out with a new...


DTLT 09: Pearl's Girls Knit & Stitch

We visit 604 Middle Ave. Elyria Ohio again to talk to Carol Doerr, owner of Pearl's Girls Knit & Stitch. Carol's store is the perfect place to find yarn that you will not see in the big box stores. From bison, alpaca, and sheep to soy, peppermint, and even milk protein. If it can be knitted or crocheted chances are Carol's got it. She also offers classes from basics to yarn spinning. So for all your knitting/crocheting needs make a visit to Pearl's Girls Knit and Stitch on 604 Middle Ave.


DTLT 08: Roxy's Emporium

Today I visit a quaint little shop located at 604 Middle Ave in downtown Elyria. Roxy's Emporium is owned and managed by Deborah Born. Roxy's Emporium is an other business that is home to a number of different businesses. Inside you will find everything from used books, to books written by local authors, to soaps and all sorts of other unique items. So give a listen and make a visit to Roxy's Emporium, you'll be glad you did.


DTLT 07: Southside Tattoo

On this week's Downtown Life Today podcast episode we talk to Albert Jacobs. Albert is one of the tattoo artists at Southside Tattoo company located at 401 Broad Street Elyria. Come listen as I find out what steps are taken when getting a tattoo, and some of the crazy tattoos that have been done at Southside Tattoo. So if you are in the market for a new tattoo or maybe even a cover up of a tattoo you don't like anymore come pay Albert and the other artists a visit at Southside Tattoo.


DTLT 06: Graphic Signs

This week we sit down and talk with Iyad Almukdad, owner of Graphic Signs located at 401 Broad Street, downtown Elyria. Graphic Signs is a locally owned business that provides other businesses with many different printable signs. From business cards, banners, window decals, to vinyl vehicle wraps, if you want to advertise your business Iyad can help you. Listen as Iyad talks abit about his business, why he loves Elyria, and his ideas on how to make downtown Elyria a better place.


DTLT 05: Computer Tek

This week's interviewee is Lloyd LiBengood, Lloyd is the owner/operator of Computer Tek. Computer Tek-is a locally owned business that is customer oriented, offering affordable computer repairs, products and consulting to home users and small businesses. They offer a full range of services and repairs, PC tune ups, virus removal, upgrades, operating system re-installs, disposal and recycling. Computer Tek also works within many of the local community based organizations to help provide...


DTLT 04: Gold Star Awards

On this episode I visit the showroom of Gold Star Awards and talk with the owner Steve Bevan. Gold Star Awards has been located on the corner of 4th and East Ave for the better part of 2 decades. If it's a custom made plaque, ribbon, or award they can make it. From a single item to an order of 100 or more Gold Star Award has you covered. I interview Steve in his company's new showroom, which is filled to the ceiling with all sorts of ribbons, plaques, and awards. Join us as you hear the...


DTLT 03: Keith's Comics

I stop in and talk with Bryan Branch, chairman of the bored and owner of Keith's Comics 394 Broad Street in downtown Elyria, Ohio. While the names can get quite confusing Bryan is the current owner of Keith's Comics, a staple of downtown Elyria for over 20 years. A great place to let your nerd out while you are reading the latest issue of Batman, or looking for an older edition of X-Men. You can also chat about the latest action movie or just about anything else you care to talk about....


DTLT 02: Tracy's Trinkets & Treasures and More

I visit Tracy Lynn Carden-Mason at her store Tracy's Trinkets & Treasures and More located at 507 Broad Street in downtown Elyria, Ohio. Tracy's Trinkets is a very unique store with a very unusual premise. It is something that I think works with small start up businesses, especially start up retail stores. Tracy's is a store that houses many other small independent stores. They all share retail space, expenses, and more importantly share responsibility to open/close and run the store. So...