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Café d'Mongo's Speakeasy

12/12/2017
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On this episode of Behind the Counter, host Andy Didorosi talks with Larry Mongo, owner of Café d'Mongo's Speakeasy. He tells the story of his family and their business of running after-hours joints during the Prohibition, and what it was like to run a bar in downtown Detroit in the 1990s. Produced and edited by Eli Newman. Intro music: "Axe Blues" by The Potions; Outro music: "Sugar Notch, PA" by Loose Koozies.

Duration: 00:23:25


re:purpose

12/5/2017
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This first episode of Behind the Counter, host Andy Didorosi talks with Ryan Landau, founder of re:purpose, a job-matching startup in downtown Detroit. He touches on his business beginnings as a teenager, the ups and downs of the startup world, and returning to build a new company in Detroit. Produced and edited by Eli Newman. Intro music: "Axe Blues" by The Potions; Outro music: "Sugar Notch, PA" by Loose Koozies.

Duration: 00:16:43


Germack Pistachio Company

11/28/2017
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On this episode of Behind the Counter, host Andy Didorosi talks with Frank Germack III, the third generation owner of the Germack Pistachio Company located in Detroit's Eastern Market. He shares his family's journey from Armenia and the origin of the company's red shelled pistachios. Produced and edited by Eli Newman. Intro music: "Axe Blues" by The Potions; Outro music: "Sugar Notch, PA" by Loose Koozies.

Duration: 00:21:37


Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique

11/21/2017
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For this episode of Behind the Counter, host Andy Didorosi talks with Mikiah Westbrooks, owner of Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique. She talks about how taking over the big bank building in Detroit's West Village was a culmination of many years of wine-tasting with friends. Produced and edited by Eli Newman. Intro music: "Axe Blues" by The Potions; Outro music: "Sugar Notch, PA" by Loose Koozies.

Duration: 00:11:52


Avalon International Breads

11/15/2017
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For this first episode of Behind the Counter season two, host Andy Didorosi talks with Jackie Victor, co-founder and CEO of Avalon International Breads. She talks about how social activism and a bunch of bread hippies from up north Michigan led her to open a bakery in the Cass Corridor in 1997. Produced and edited by Eli Newman. Intro music: "Axe Blues" by The Potions; Outro music: "Sugar Notch, PA" by Loose Koozies.

Duration: 00:34:18


Season 2 Preview

10/31/2017
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We know it's been a while but we're back with a whole new lineup of guests. This season, we're focusing on how Detroit's diverse pool of business owners got their start.

Duration: 00:02:29


LO & BEHOLD! Records & Books

2/15/2017
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In this episode of “Behind The Counter,” your host Andy Didorosi talks with the man behind LO & BEHOLD! Records & Books, Richie Wohlfeil, about getting his start by publishing a bus driver's book of poems and the depletion of one of Detroit's most prized resources: its records. Produced and edited by Eli Newman. Intro music by The Potions; Outro music by Richie Wohlfeil.

Duration: 00:29:58


Russell Street Deli

1/11/2017
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Duration: 00:33:36


Katoi

12/28/2016
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Duration: 00:17:08


Mudgies

12/14/2016
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In this episode of “Behind The Counter,” your host Andy Didorosi talks with Greg Mudge, the owner of Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop in Corktown. Episode Credits: Edited by Annamarie Sysling and music by Broke for Free

Duration: 00:22:32


Drifter Coffee

11/30/2016
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In this episode of "Behind The Counter," your host Andy Didorosi talks with Drifter Coffee Founder Alleah Webb about how she turned a 1971 Serro Scotty trailer into a coffee shop on wheels. After spending six months fixing up a trailer with her dad, Alleah established a mobile coffee shop in May 2015. She says she knew she wanted to start her own business after taking a class on entrepreneurship at Central Michigan University. However, even though Alleah was determined to be her own boss,...

Duration: 00:17:51


Public Lumber Company

11/15/2016
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In this episode of “Behind The Counter,” Andy Didorosi and Annamarie Sysling sit down with Christa Sarafa of Public Lumber Company. Before taking an active role in her family’s business, Sarafa says she practiced law, sold pharmaceuticals, advertising and helped to organize and launch the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. It wasn’t until her father passed away that she became involved in the family business. “I was really only supposed to do it for six months and it’s been five and a half...

Duration: 00:18:38


Brooklyn Street Local

10/27/2016
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In this episode of "Behind The Counter," your host Andy Didorosi talks with Brooklyn Street Local Co-founder and Toronto native Deveri Gifford about how she and her partner made their way to Detroit, opened a restaurant in Corktown and became a part of the city’s locally-sourced food movement. Deveri says when the restaurant first opened in 2012, "there were people walking in expecting it to be a Coney Island-type place." And, while those Coney expectations were not met, she says there...

Duration: 00:20:10


Source Booksellers

10/18/2016
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In this episode of “Behind The Counter,” your host Andy Didorosi and co-host Annamarie Sysling go to Source Booksellers to talk with the shop’s owner Janet Webster Jones. In the 27 years that Source has been in business, Janet has gone from selling books at community events, to having an area in the shared retail space The Spiral Collective to finally having her own shop on Cass Avenue in the Auburn Building. Aside from the evolution of her non-fiction book business, Janet has also had a...

Duration: 00:25:32


Cyberoptix Tie Lab

10/18/2016
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In this episode of “Behind The Counter,” host Andy Didorosi speaks with Bethany Shorb, the founder of Cyberoptix Tie Lab. Bethany tells Andy about moving to Metro Detroit to study sculpture at Cranbrook Art Academy, becoming an website designer in the early days of the Internet and the creative journey that led her to creating a life and business in Detroit. “I feel like i succeeded at being an early adopter in a lot of things,” Bethany says, citing the Internet, Etsy and her now-enviable...

Duration: 00:32:01


Great Lakes Coffee Detroit

10/18/2016
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In the inaugural episode of “Behind The Counter,” your host Andy Didorosi and co-host Matt Nahan, sit down with Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company Co-Owner James Cadariu and GLCRC’s former General Manager Andrew Hansen. Andy and Matt sample a few esoteric beverages and talk with James and Andrew about the evolution of Great Lakes and what it’s like to operate an upscale coffee shop and bar in Midtown. James, a lifelong Detroiter and self-described "tippler," explains that he was initially...

Duration: 00:27:04