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Red Stick Strong

26 EpisodesProduced by Catherine O'BrienWebsite

Amid the pandemic, we're hearing stories of layoffs and local businesses forced to close up shop. Here in Baton Rouge, there are businesses and organizations working hard to serve, connect, and stay afloat during these difficult times. Red Stick Strong highlights these businesses and shares how you … read more

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Justin Young | Overcoming and a Productive Life

September 10th, 2020


Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the United States, and the United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. Pair this statistic with the fact that most prisoners eventually return …

Chelsea Borruano | You Aren’t Alone Project

June 4th, 2020


[Please note: This interview was recorded Saturday, May 30, 2020.] Mental health has been one of the ongoing conversations during the pandemic—this is actually a positive development in terms of awareness and people …

Quincy Jackson | Q Jackson Barbershop

May 26th, 2020


Listeners take a look in the mirror—do you need a haircut? Of course, we’ve all seen the memes about haircuts during the pandemic. But barbering is serious business; it’s also a service that happens in close contact. …

Jorge and Virginia Flores | JoVi's Tacos

May 22nd, 2020


Handmade tortillas, slow smoked brisket, fresh margaritas (no mix, made with love)—this and more can be found at JoVi’s Tacos (13214 Coursey Blvd, …

Marla Stroup and JT Terry | Healing Place Church

May 21st, 2020


Sundays have been quite different for many people for the last couple of months as faith organizations observed social distancing and stay at home …

Matt Dardenne | 19 Thanks Tonight! Plus Brand Personality

May 19th, 2020


Don’t be afraid of your BRAND! Matt Dardenne, Creative Director and Co-Owner of Red Six Media is on the Red Stick Strong podcast to talk about what brand is (and why it’s so big especially through the pandemic) plus how …

Alissa Jenkins, Realtor | Caring for People and the Community

May 14th, 2020


Alissa Jenkins is a top-producing Realtor in Baton Rouge who is known for her commitment to community. As COVID-19 hit, Alissa made deliveries to friends and neighbors to spread some joy, and in turn put into practice …

Ellen Ogden | Reflect Love Store Window Painting

May 9th, 2020


Have you noticed some beautiful window paintings on Baton Rouge store fronts? Ellen Ogden is a local fine artist and muralist, she is reflecting love

Seth Irby | LWCC Foundation's Louisiana Well Again Initiative

May 5th, 2020


Seth Irby, Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer for LWCC joins us on Red Stick Strong to discuss the newly launched LWCC Foundation. The foundation is kicking things off with the $1.1 million Louisiana Well …

Mark Vincent and Jaimee Eachus | Rebel Graphix

May 1st, 2020


Getting the message out about your business is important; getting the message out during a crisis is critical. Rebel Graphix is open for business and …

Abby Bullock | Wanderlust by Abby

April 30th, 2020


Abby Bullock started her business as a pop-op shop, and about four years ago fulfilled her dream of opening a boutique, Wanderlust by Abby. When the …

Rebecca Lemoine | Pure Barre Baton Rouge

April 30th, 2020


Stay at home doesn’t have to mean stay inactive! Rebecca Lemoine, owner of Pure Barre Baton Rouge is offering livestreams of barre classes that would …

Aimee Supp and Jenn Ocken | The Store Front Project BR

April 29th, 2020


Have you seen the wonderful front porch portraits of families in Baton Rouge, tagged with #TheFrontPorchProjectBR AND paying it forward by shopping a …

Ross Garbarino | Being a Good Neighbor

April 27th, 2020


When COVID-19 hit, Ross Garbarino took to social media to start sharing some good. As an agent with State Farm, Ross took the idea of helping neighbors seriously. Starting with his own neighbor next door—Pot and Paddle …

Bridget Tate | Capital City Lighting

April 26th, 2020


It’s time to collaborate and get creative! This is the message you will get from Bridget Tate, lighting stylist and owner of Capital City Lighting. …

Will Barrios | Tatro Hand-Built Magnetic Toys

April 24th, 2020


Along with Louisiana’s stay at home order came lots of school closures. Overnight, parents and guardians became homeschool educators and the …

Brandi Plaisance | Espresso Geaux

April 21st, 2020


Is that a pink coffee truck pulling into your neighborhood? It’s probably Brandi Plaisance, owner of Espresso Geaux, a mobile coffee shop. Brandi …

Mary-Brennan Faucheux | MJ's Cafe

April 17th, 2020


If you are a veggie lover in Baton Rouge, you know MJ’s Café. Plant-forward diners know MJ’s for their delicious meals that feature farm to table vegetables; now, many of BR’s first responders know MJ’s from receiving …

Gabby Loubiere Higgins | Brew Ha Ha BR

April 17th, 2020


Mid-City’s own Brew Ha Ha is a coffee house, art gallery, and community hub rolled into one. Now known for roasting their own coffee and always known …

Desiree Guidry | Hey, Penelope Boutique

April 15th, 2020


If you love Baton Rouge and Southern charm, you are sure to find something you love at Hey, Penelope. Desiree Guidry is the owner of Hey, Penelope and breaks down the challenge facing retailers right now during the …

Shift Support | Help Restaurants, Feed Medical Pros

April 14th, 2020


So nice we’re speaking with her twice, Sarah Joy Hays is back on Red Stick Strong, this time to talk about Shift Support. Shift Support is a way to help local restaurants and provide loving meals to our medical …

Aaron Escort and Taliah Terry | Custom Masks and More from Lazy Nerds Designs

April 13th, 2020


Custom masks! Lazy Nerds Designs usually is your place to go for Naruto inspired gear; custom embroidery; screen printing; cool patches. Now, thanks …

Anne Milneck | Red Stick Spice Company

April 12th, 2020


Do you want to know how to use spices? Anne Milneck, owner of Red Stick Spice Company and chief spice girl is here to deliver you the meal inspiration

Will Chadwick | Reppin' Retailers with Elifin Realty

April 11th, 2020


You’ve seen the elephant signs all over Baton Rouge—those are from Elifin Realty, a commercial real estate firm here in the Red Stick. Will Chadwick is a Retail Sales & Leasing Expert with Elifin Realty. He joins us …

Sarah Joy Hays | CounterspaceBR Bakery

April 10th, 2020


Salted chocolate chip cookies, take-n-bake cinnamon rolls, cookie cakes, banana bread-- all these and more await you at CounterspaceBR bakery, …

Introducing Red Stick Strong | Baton Rouge Business Dealing with the Pandemic

April 7th, 2020


Introducing Red Stick Strong, a podcast highlighting Baton Rouge business coping with the coronavirus crisis. Nobody has a rulebook for dealing with …

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