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If you love to laugh, travel, and want your business to soar, come with Rick and Brandon. Ditch your tour group and find the real small business adventures in America's hidden corners. The unique multimedia podcast brings you a new podcast experience

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Ep# 99--(New Jersey)—Getting Tangled in Your Own Web Design Company
Rambling Business continues our New Jersey Business series, where we go into the world of internet design and promotion. Rick spoke with Rita Christensen of Icolor Studio and how she used her personal challenges to create and boost one of the more successful Web and SEO companies in the USA. Full Multimedia experience-- www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Apple Podcast -- http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #98—(New Jersey)—Crossing the River Styx with a Funeral Director
Rambling Business leaves our Philadelphia Business series and crosses state lines to New Jersey. There Rick meets Bill Schetter of Schetter Funeral Home and learns what it is like to grow up in the family funeral direction business and serve others at their most difficult times. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Apple ITunes -- http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #97—(Philadelphia, PA)—Philadelphia Middle Eastern Food via Venezuela
Rambling Business finishes our Philadelphia Business series in the cradle of the American Revolution but diving into a cultural food that contributes to our famous melting pot. Rick ends his tour of the famous Reading Terminal by stopping by Kamal’s Middle Eastern Specialties Restaurant. There, he talked to Adham and Hesham Barouki about how their parents started this family-friendly established that thrives in the Terminal. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Itunes http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 96--(Philadelphia, PA)—How to Clean Up Making Soap
Rambling Business continues our Philadelphia business series by cleaning up our act. Rick visited with Lynette Manteau of Terralyn-Naturally handcrafted soap in the Reading Terminal Market. Hear how Lynette took the ancient skill of soap making and turned it into an environmentally enriched and healthy enterprise. Www.RamblingBusiness.com Check us on Itunes . http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 95—(Philadelphia, PA)—Talking to the Big Cheese in the Philly Cheesesteak World
Rambling Business flies back from our Amsterdam business to the cradle of the American Revolution and Democracy: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rick spoke with the Carmen DiGuglielmo of Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies and Cheesesteaks in the historical Reading Terminal Market. Stick around for Carmen’s history and secret to their success which catapulted them to the top of the legendary Philly Cheesesteak. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Apple podcast -- http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 94--(Amsterdam, Holland)-Why Amsterdam’s Cannabis “Coffee Shop” Business May Be Changing
Rambling Business finishes our Amsterdam business by lighting up the status of the Cannabis (Marijuana) establishments. Listen to Brandon and Rick on how this industry got started and where it is going. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #93—(Amsterdam, Holland) Amsterdam and the Business of Prostitution
Rambling Business continues our Amsterdam business by talking about what some say is the oldest profession, the business of prostitution. Rick and the family strolled through Amsterdam’s famous Red-Light District as a curiosity but ultimately learned that this type of business may be on its way out. www.RamblingBusiness Subscribe on Apple Podcast http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #92 --(Amsterdam, Holland)Antiquing in Amsterdam
Rambling Business leaves our Norway business series and heads to the wild city of Amsterdam, Holland. Rick and Judy met a local antique giant, Evert Zandvliet. Check out how Evert inherited his father’s passion for collecting and turned it into one of the most successful antique businesses in Amsterdam. See where we have gone at www.RamblingBusiness.com Apple Podcast (Itunes)--http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #91—(Flam, Norway)--How to Create a Viking Village
Rambling Business leaves our Stavan’ger, Norway business series and moves up north deep into a Fjord near Flam. Here our family walked back into the times of the Vikings when visiting the Viking Village, Njardarheimr, in the town of Gudvangen. Hear about the history of this unique place and how a group of individuals turned the dream into a reality. Check us out on www.RamblingBusiness.com or Subscribe on ITUNES http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #90—(Stavanger, Norway)--Breaking into a New Business without Breaking Pottery
Rambling Business finishes our Stavanger, Norway business series by venturing deep into Stavanger’s old town where Hanne Tobiassen displays her ceramic art at her Keramiker store. Hear how she fulfilled her lifelong dream in this Norwegian paradise as one of the resident ceramists. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Itunes: http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #89 --(Stavanger, Norway)Cooking Up a New Board game for Kids In Norway
Rambling Business continues our Stavan’ger, Norway business series by playing around with a kid’s board game translated as “Zeal and Ability”. Rick and Judy stopped by to talk to Torill Steinbeck Hoel about the new company that she and her brother Vinny started which offer small board games that teach children how to cook. Check us out at www.RamblingBusiness.com or subscribe on ITunes http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 88-- (Stavanger, Norway)Weaving New Life into Norwegian Culture
Rambling Business leaves our Vallejo, California Business and fly to Stavanger, Norway.  Rick and Judy spoke with the renowned seamstress Rigmor  Ovregaard  of Brødrenes Favangs Barberstu AS, where Norwegians from all over the area come for their traditional Norwegian clothes, where Norwegians from all over the area come for their traditional Norwegian clothes.
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Ep# 87-- (Vallejo, California) The Hub of Vallejo
Rambling Business finishes our Vallejo Business series at Vallejo’s Hub of the art community. Rick chatted with founder Chris Vardijan of The Hub Community Center for the Arts and how it became its namesake in this historic town. Subscribe on ITunes http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Check out all of our cities on www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #86—(Vallejo, California)How to Time an Area Economic Recovery When Starting a Business
Rambling Business continues our series at the historical town of Vallejo, CA by looking at the only pharmacy in the historical district. Rick visited the historical town’s area pharmacist: Arthur Metu of Capital City Pharmacy. Check out how Arthur statically timed the local economy before launching his independent pharmacy. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on ITunes . http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 85--(Vallejo, California )Turning Around and Scoring in the Vinyl Records and Pinball Business
Rambling Business moves up north the San Francisco Bay from Alameda Island to the historical town of Vallejo, CA. Rick talked to Michael Dean where he and his wife Carol, launched Vallejo Vinyl and Pinball business. Learn how they did it and how vinyl records and pinball gaming business is coming back. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on ITunes-- http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 84-(Alameda,California)Changing Your Career form Artless to Artful
Rambling Business continues its Alameda Island series by attending Van Erp’s Gallery of the legendary coppersmith, Dirk Van Erp. Rick and Judy talked to Gus Bostrom of the California Historical Design Company and its preservation of Van Erp’s workshop and tools. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on ITUNES - http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 83-(Alameda, California)The Adult Version of Arts and Craft in Handcrafting Furniture
Rambling Business starts its Alameda Island, California series by looking back into history with the legendary furniture of Gustov Stickley. Rick and Judy talk to Gus Bostrom of the California Historical Design Company about how Gustov Stickley inspired him and the historical furniture you find today. Check out our webpage at www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on ITunes ---> http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 82-(Silicon Valley,California)The Business of the Mysterious “Stonehenge” in Silicon Valley
Rambling Business finishes our California’s Silicon Valley series by examining one of the most unusual edifices in Silicon Valley, the looming 80-foot tower in Palo Alto on El Camino Blvd. There are no written records of this tower, but it currently sits in the middle of a Dinah’s Garden Hotel’s driveway and used to attract customers. It continues to create a buzz about its origin and serves as an attraction for local businesses. But where did it come from? Nobody knows. Rambling business looks at these theories and adds on of our own about this business advertisement that can be seen for miles. Subscribe on Itunes --> http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #81-(Silicon Valley, California)Kiss and Makeup: A story of True Love with Makeup
Rambling Business continues our California’s Silicon Valley series by talking to the beautiful people. Rick met with owner Rebecca Rook of Kiss and Makeup cosmetic artists of Los Gatos. Hear how Rebecca blossomed her career as a make-up artist into one of the most popular studios in Silicon Valley. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #80-(Silicon Valley, California)Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum with Toy Soldiers
Rambling Business leaves our Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada series and flies south to California’s Silicon Valley. Here Rick met with Myszka (“Mishka”) Hall of Sierra Toy Soldier Company and learned how she and her husband, Michael turned a passion into a famous resource for toy soldier/history collectors. www.RamblingBusiness.com http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep#79—(Vancouver,BC, Canada)Rescuing History from an Earthquake Disaster
Rambling Business finishes our Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada series with the story of the Masana Tapia family. Rick and Judy talked his son, Ramon of Suquet (“Suket”) Interiors about how his mom and dad went back to their origin in Mexico City after the disastrous 1985 earthquake and ended up bringing back a new designer movement to their home in Vancouver. Subscribe to the podcast on Itunes ! http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep#78—(Vancouver,BC)Healthy Chocolate Designer Shoes
Rambling Business continues our Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada series by taking a walk into one of the most unusual chocolatiers we have ever encountered. Rick met with Hodie Rondeau of XOXOLAT ( Sho-Sho-LA ) of Yaletown who not only emphasizes the healthy aspect of chocolate, but designs beautiful chocolate pieces that size up to even the most trendy shoes. www.RamblingBusiness.com http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 77—(Vancouver,BC, Canada)Turning Rock into Gold
Rambling Business continues our Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada series by hoping over to the Grandville Island Public Market. There, Rick and Judy met artist Michelle Vulama who can bring out colorful faces from ordinary rocks. See how she took this unique talent and turned it into a successful moneymaking business. Check out www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Itunes (Apple Podcast) http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR #Artist #RamblingBusiness #Podcast #Vancouver #BritishColumbia #Canada #Rocks
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Ep# 76-(Vancouver,BC, Canada)The Spirits of Canada
Rambling Business leaves our Glendale, Arizona business series and heads WAY north across the border to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. There, Rick and Judy talked to Craig Harris, manager of the Yaletown Distilling Company to learn about their unique role in producing vodka, gin and whiskey. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Apple Podcast (ITunes)http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #75—(Glendale, Arizona)How to Start Your Own Antique Business!
We finish our Glendale, Arizona business series by going back in time. Rick and Judy walked through Catlin Court and stopped for a chat with Ed Mowry of the Primitive Peddler. Learn about Ed’s story and the hidden secrets to running and antique business. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Apple Podcast . http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 74-(Glendale,Arizona)How to Create a Business Magnet for All Ages
We continue our Glendale, Arizona business series with part two of businesses started by Teresa Outzen and Pete Gliniak. Last week, we spoke of how Teresa and Pete established their historic B&B. Here we see how they created the Desert Rose Steakhouse and all around fun zone for families of all ages. Check it out at RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Apple Podcast at http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 73-(Glendale, Arizona)Overcoming Disaster in Business
We leave our Julian, California business series and head east across the Arizona border to the city of Glendale. Here Rick and Judy walked into history and stayed at the Gaslight Inn Bed and Breakfast. Learn how Teresa Outzen and her husband Pete Gliniak went from a heartbreaking business venture to a successful popular B&B. www.RamblingBusiness.com for the complete multimedia experience Subscribe on ITunes --- http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 72-(Julian,California)Striking Gold in Julian, California
We finish our Julian, California business series by going back to its beginning-The Julian Gold Rush. Here Rick and Judy walked into the Eagle Gold Mine and traced the ore car tracks deep into the mountain where others have struck it rich. Learn about the history of the Eagle Mining Company and what 3rd generation Paul and Craig Nelson are doing today to preserve it. Subscribe on ITunes -- http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR www.RamblingBusiness.com for the full multimedia experience.
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Ep#71--(Julian,California)A Birdwatcher's Ideal Perch
We continue our Julian, California business series with a hop, skip and jump to the area's premier birdwatcher resource store, the Birdwatcher. Here Rick and Judy dropped by for a chat with Brenda Campbell who told them the story how she and her husband Rick turned a passion into a thriving business which nurtures the birdwatching passion of others. Check out our the total multimedia experience -- www.ramblingbusiness.com Subscribe on Itunes -- http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 70—(Julian,California)How Harley Bikers Live it up in Hog Heaven
We continue our Julian, California business series by dropping by a very unique shop known to bikers all over Southern California. Rick and Judy had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Pisano who turned her passion of riding a “full-dressed hog” into a Harley Davidson biker accessory shop. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe and leave a review on ITUNES ! http://ow.ly/cPSd305h2Jp
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Ep# 69--(Julian,California) How a Former Slave Created a Hotel Legacy
We leave Escondido, California business series and move south into the mountains to the town of Julian. The first stop in our Julian, California business is the Julian Gold Rush Hotel B&B . Rick and Judy had the pleasure of staying at was the family-run, national historic landmark where they spoke to co-owner, Radne and learned about the history of this B&B built in the 1890s. www.RamlingBusiness.com Subscribe and review on ITunes! http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #68--(Escondido,California)Hearing the Hoot Owls in Bandy Canyon
We finish our Escondido, California business series by venturing back into the California hills. Rick and Judy stayed at the Ranch in Bandy Canyon when visiting Escondido. Here they were surprised at how this functioning Ranch has been preserved since 1870. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Itunes --
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Ep# 67--(Escondido, California)Flying High in a Trapeze School with Love at First Flight
We continue our Escondido, California business series by soaring to new heights. Rick and Judy met with Harmony Chute at Trapeze High acrobatic school of Escondido where Rick and Judy not only learned about the history of the school, but got a chance to swing on the trapeze. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on Itunes ---http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 66 —(Escondido,California)Italian Wine Hospitality from Escondido California
We move much farther south to the hills of Southern California to another historic town, Escondido. Compared to other areas of California, Escondido entered the California wine industry a little later. Rick and Judy talked to Francisco Cordiano of Cordiano Winery to learn the unique story of how the Cordiano family practically started the wine industry in this area. Check out the full multimedia experience at www.ramblingbusiness.com or subscribe and leave a review on Itunes --->http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #65 — (San Juan Capistrano, California)Stepping Back 100 years for a Great Steak
We finish our San Juan Capistrano Business series by getting on board at a converted train station and rail cars at the Vintage Steakhouse. Rick and Judy met with Heather Tran of the Vintage Steak House and learned how she and her husband, Chris, stepped into history to carry on a tradition. See the multimedia experience at www.ramblingbusiness.com Subscribe on Itunes . http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #64-(San Juan Capistrano, California)How to Not Get Milked in the Dairy Industry
We continue our San Juan Capistrano Business series by meeting a business you wouldn’t think existed in San Juan Capistrano, dairies. Rick met with Rey Rivera of MRV Dairy Solutions and learned how MRV changed the way milk is sold in California.
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Francisco by Prism of Rhythm (Our Family Band)
Prism of Rhythm's (family band)latest release--"Francisco". Amber Rose Manley (daughter)--Lead vocals Brandon Norris (son)--Backup Vocals Devin S Norris (son)--Keyboards Judy Stepan-Norris --Percussion Satya Fuentes (Devin's girlfriend)--Backup Vocals Sarah Lloyd (Brandon's girlfriend)-- cello Rick E Norris (guitar) Spencer Lere (Drums, Engineer) Music and Lyrics by Rick E Norris Produced by Rick E Norris, Devin S Norris and Spencer Lere Hear the Rambling Business podcast series "Haight Ashbury Business" which inspired the song.
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Ep #63-(San Juan Capistrano, California) Disrupting the Worker’s Compensation Insurance Industry
We leave our Costa Mesa Construction Business series and move down the California coast to the mission town of San Juan Capistrano. Rick and Judy met Eddie Del Canto and Rey Rivera from Compsure Insurance solutions. Now if you think insurance is a boring subject, consider Compsure’s success record of setting the world on fire by slashing this cost to their small business customers by using a proprietary model. Their methodology can be duplicated in probably any industry. www.RamblingBusinss.com
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Ep #62—(Costa Mesa, California)When to Say “No” To New Business
We continue our Costa Mesa Construction Business series. If you have been following us, Rick and Judy are sharing the stories of the small businesses who helped them do a major remodel. Today we tell the unique story of their plumbing contractor, Hybrid Plumbing, and its founder Steve Hammett and why he said “no” to new business. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep# 61-(Costa Mesa, California)Doing it Yourself and Starting an Small Business Legacy
We continue our Costa Mesa Construction Business series. If you have been following us, Rick and Judy are sharing the stories of the small businesses that worked on their house. Today we tell the unique story of their heating and air conditioning contractor, Family Heating and Air, and its founder who learned the trade after bombing Hitler during WWII. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep# 60-(Costa Mesa, California)How to Adjust During an Economic Downturn
We leave the Idyllwild business series and head back to the Orange County coastal city of Costa Mesa. Today we start one of our industry-specific series: Costa Mesa Construction Business! Rick and Judy will bring you the small businesses that worked on their house, giving it a complete remodel and facelift. Each week we will interview a different contractor or supplier and what we learned from the running of their businesses in the risky construction industry. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe in Itunes --http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 59—(Idyllwild, California)Country Gourmet Food at its Finest
We conclude our Idyllwild business series by looking at unique country gourmet food. Rick talked to the owners of Coyote Red’s, Bryan Tallent and Jon Stonitsch, on how they have become a primary outlet for some of the most unique foods of the country. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep# 58-(Idyllwild, California)Marrying the Yeast in Baking and Brewing
We continue our Idyllwild business series by visiting Paul and Katie White of the Idyllwild Bake Shop and Brew. Here Rick, Judy, grandma and great aunt Gilda stumbled onto this one of kind culinary havens among the forests above Palm Springs. Learn how an infantry instructor and baker married the yeast in their respective passions (beer and baked goods) to make one of the most unique businesses in Idyllwild. www.RamblingBusiness.com Subscribe on ITunes -- http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 57-(Idyllwild, California)How to Make Chocolate the Old-Fashioned Way (like back in 2,000 BC)
We leave our Ashland Oregon business and fly back down to the little town of Idyllwild, which is in the California mountains just above Palm Springs. Here Rick met Eric and Jessica Landis of the El Buen Cacao (Ka-Cow) chocolate shop where Rick learned how a former archeologist and anthropologist turned heads by making the purest of chocolate like the Mayans. www.ramblingbusines.com Subscribe on Itunes --http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 56 -(Ashland, Oregon)How to Create Something out of Nothing
We continue our Ashland Oregon business by visiting Kevin Broadie at Ex Nihilo Restaurant. Hear what Rick learned about how Kevin bought his European chef training to this small Shakespearian town to create something special out of nothing. Subscribe and leave a review on ITUNES--http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR For the full multimedia podcast, go to www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep# 55 -(Ashland, Oregon)To Be or Not To Be in the Restaurant Industry
We drive up north from Sonoma up to the great state of Oregon. But we are not stopping at just any Oregon town, but the Shakespearean town of Ashland. Here Rick and Judy met Andy Card of Oberon’s Restaurant and Bar and how Andy and his wife Sachta transformed a restaurant to fit in with the Shakespearian culture. www.ramblingbusiness.com Subscribe and review on Itunes ---> http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #54-(Sonoma, California) How to Open an Inn when Your Original Business Plan is on the Outs
We continue our Sonoma Coast Series by driving to Bodega Bay. Rick and Judy stayed at the Sonoma Coast Villa and learned about its unique history that veered away from the original business plan for the buildings and site. www.ramblingBusiness.com Itunes -->http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep # 53- (Sonoma, California) Shattering the Glass Ceiling with a Soft Touch
We leave our Yreka series and drive southwest to the Sonoma Coast of California, which is just an hour north of San Francisco. Here we start in the town of Sebastopol where Rick and Judy visited Melena Moore Gilbert of the Bliss Organic Day Spa. Hear about how Melena built her business, in part with other woman-owned businesses to become a hub of the business life of this cool wine country town. www.ramblingbusiness.com Subscribe and review on Itunes! http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep# 52-(Yreka, California)The Yreka Franco-American Hotel: Ghosts, Girls and Gamblers
We finish our series of Yreka, (the small gold town in northern California) by telling you about the city’s biggest historical landmark: The Franco-American Hotel. Stick around for the amazing history that Rick learned from Gary Nelson and why you should make it one of your stops on the way up highway I-5 towards Oregon. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #51 –(Yreka, California) Creating in the Business of Love
We continue our series of this small gold town in northern California, Yreka, by looking at the Hospice non-profit industry and how they use common sense as business sense in order to take care of those in our society who need us most. Learn how the Heartisan Boutique was created from an idea that not only helped the ill but also the environment. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #50 - (Yreka, California) How to Transition From One Business to Another
We jump into the small gold town in northern California to start our Yreka Business. Learn how Zephyr Books and Coffee was created with a unique timing of love, alliances and opportunity. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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EP #49-(Sedona, Arizona) How to Move Your livelihood FROM Beverly Hills to Paradise
We finish our Sedona series by looking at a family that did the opposite of the Beverly Hillbillies by moving from Beverly Hills to the outback of West Sedona, Arizona. Learn what this family did to create a legacy of serving others which has lasted to the next generation. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #48 (Sedona, Arizona) Music That Echos in Canyons of Sedona
We start our Sedona Business series by talking to Clara Mak of Bonanza Native Flutes and Jewelry. Join us we tell you one way to transform your business when the bottom drops out. www.ramblingbusiness.com Subscribe on Itunes: http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR
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Ep #47-(Route 66, Arizona) How to Unearth Cash at the Route 66 Meteor Crater
We finish our Route 66 series by driving to a big hole in the earth. Learn about the Barringer family legacy and how they turned a failed geological endeavor into a world renown wonder. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Episode #46- (Route 66, Arizona) Serving the Native American Culture on Route 66
We continue our Route 66 series in Flagstaff by popping next door to Galaxy Sales Outfitters and James Burns. Join us as we tell the story that starts with escaping Belgium Jews during WWII who settle down in Flagstaff.
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Ep #45-(Route 66) Working with Legacy on Route 66
We continue our Route 66 series by hitting Flagstaff and its oldest business, The Grand Canyon Café. Join us as we tell the story on how two families joined together to keep this historical legacy alive. ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep# 44-(Route 66, Arizona) The Navajo Nation: Working within Constraints to Develop a Business
We continue our Route 66 series by driving off the highway to the northeastern Arizona to the Navajo Nation. Rick and Judy met Leon Skyhorse Thomas who owns the Canyon de Chelley (“Shay”) Navajo- Guided Tour Company. Find out the history and challenges of the Navajo people doing business with the Federal Government in one of the most beautiful and historical national monuments. See us at www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep# 43- (Route 66, Arizona) How to Run a Co-op Art Gallery on Route 66
We start our Business on Route 66 series in Flagstaff Arizona. Rick and Judy were drawn to the Flagstaff Artists Gallery just a half a block from the historic Route 66. Join Rick and Brandon for the fun as they talk about the history and joys of running a Co-op in the historical part of this amazing small town. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep# 42-(Ojai, California) Tips to Creating Your Own Wave with A Green Business
Last Memorial Day weekend, our family of 20 extended our Ojai adventure by kayaking with the Santa Barbara Adventure Company in the Channel Island caves. Rick talked to Michael Cohen about how he went from sleeping in the back of his pickup truck to one of the most sustainable GREEN businesses in Ventura County.
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Ep #41 --(Ojai, California)Tips on Preserving History when Starting a Business
Last Memorial Day weekend, our extended family of 22 stayed at the Dent House to celebrate Rick and Judy’s birthdays. Hear the story of where they stayed,the 1908 Dent House. It serves as a good example of business with the sensitivity of culture and history.
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Ep #40- (Ojai, California) How to Work A Bee Business Without Getting Stung
Rick talked to owner, Barbara Haskins about how her family got into the honey business, and how they have changed to keep it profitable. This is part of our Ojai, California Business series.
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Ep #39- (Ojai, California) How to Live a Balanced Life While Working
We start our Ojai Business series with Rick and Judy visiting the Ojai Olive Oil Company Grove. Rick talked to owner, Phil Asquith about its beginning and how he and his family have lived a balanced life while producing the highest quality olive oil. #RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #38-(Haight-Ashbury, California) How to Prosper in a Changing Industry
Rick and Brandon visit Booksmith, which has creatively survived, not only the tumultuous year of Haight-Ashbury, but the changing climate of bookstores. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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EP #37-(Haight-Ashbury, California) Adjusting To The 1960’s Hippies Clientele Of Haight - Ashbury
We continue Haight-Ashbury series by stepping back years BEFORE the hippie movement and how one business had to adjust to flower children. Rick stopped by Mendels, which has supplied the Haight with fabrics and other creative items for decades and talked with 3rd generation owner Naomi Silverman. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep# 36- (Haight-Ashbury, California) Staying Hip in Haight-Ashbury with the Steampunk Culture
Join Rick and Brandon as they showcase "Distractions", the oldest existing business in Haight-Ashbury offering a mix of vintage clothes, accessories, steampunk and Victorian items. Learn how you can prosper running a trendy business. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep# 35-(Malibu, California) The Business of Being True to Yourself with Zuma Jay
We finish up our series Cowabunga! Malibu Business with Rick’s conversation with a Malibu legend. Zuma Jay! Learn how Jay stayed true to himself in developing his surfing business while helping the local area and surf culture. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep# 34-(Malibu, California) Changing Lives with Business Opportunities in Malibu
Rick and Brandon stop by Sherman’s Place which is across the street from the world-famous Zuma Beach. Sherman Baylin is a pillar in Malibu when it comes to the caring and protection of animals. Learn how she took advantage of an opportunity that changed the lives of animals and people. (Series: Cowabunga! Malibu Business www;ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #33-(Malibu, California) How To Change Your Business For The Greater Good
Today we visit the Soul 2 Soul Equine Healing Center where Joy Lazarus teamed up with Psychotherapist, Mark Frankle, to offer people a different kind of therapy using horses. Follow us as we tell her story on how to change your business for the greater good of society. Series: Cowabunga! Malibu Business. Check us out at www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #32- (Malibu, California) Attaching To A Legacy To Start Your Own
Malibu is known for its vintage surfing movies, but we’ll travel into the canyons where other businesses flourish. Today we visit the Cornell Winery in Cornell where Rick had a chance to chat with Tim Skogstrom and how he started Cornell Winery on the backbone of local history. Series: Cowabunga! Malibu Business. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #31- (CA Micro-distilleries, California) Leveraging Your Strengths To Win In A New Industry
We drive south from Templeton to San Luis Obispo and pick up our story of this new and exciting industry by visiting Steve Autry. We will explain how Steve used his unique knowledge to supplement his successful winemaking company, Autry Cellars, with Brandy and Grappa. Series: California Micro-Distillery Business. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #30- (CA Micro-distilleries, California) Barreling Your Passion For Success With Port Wine
We visit Steve and Lola Glossner of PasoPort Wine Company and how they used their unique backgrounds to bottle Port. Series: California Micro-Distillery Business. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #29- (CA Micro-distilleries, California) How To Become An Industry Leader
We shoot across the state to Paso Robles, the Central Coast Wine area. But we are not talking about wine, believe it or not. Instead a new industry that has popped up in the area: California Micro-distilleries where wine makers are producing vodka, brandy, gin, liqueurs and other spirits. Join us as we tell the story of Alex and Monica Villicana and how they started the local distillery industry through their Re:Find Handcrafted Spirits. Series: California Micro-Distillery Business. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #28- (Southern Sierra, California) How To Keep The Oldest Active Store In California "Active"
We continue in the Kern Valley by looking at a business that has existed since 1851. We are talking about the Onyx Store in Onyx, California and its current owner, Gaye Honeycutt. Join Rick and Brandon as they tell the store’s story and how Gaye has kept the tradition alive using good business sense. Series: Southern Sierra Business. Get the full multimedia experience at www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #27-(Southern Sierra, California) The Horse Sense Of Developing Your Passion For Business
We look at a business that was developed after retirement from a passion with history. Mike Woodward of Lone Star Productions took deliberate steps to starting his Lone Star Productions company and historical reenactments. Join Rick and Brandon as they talk about how he did this and some tips that can help you in starting a business from your passion. Series: Southern Sierra Business. Get the full multimedia experience at www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep# 26- (Southern Sierra, California) Tips to Starting A New Business In A Vacation Destination
The high desert/mountain resort area of Lake Isabella, Kernville and surrounding areas has been a welcome escape for people in California. It offers great activities like fishing, boating and white-water rafting. Join us we talk about Betty Fleming, the long-time owner of Rustic Antiques and the challenges to running a business in a vacation destination. Series: Southern Sierra Business. Get the full multimedia experience at www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #25- (Palm Desert, California) How To Plan Your Business And Not Just Fight Windmills
We round up our Greater Palm Springs Desert Series with the Quixote view of the Palm Springs alternative energy windmills. If you have driven I-10 to Palm Springs, haven’t you ever wondered about the thousands of powerful windmills? Join us as we talk to Tim Bannister, owner of the Palm Springs Celebrity Tours about the history of the electrically-generated windmill industry and how he charged up his business telling people about them. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #24-(Palm Desert, California)Building A Legacy With Nature Even You Are On The San Andreas Fault
We continue our Greater Palm Springs Desert series by taking you back into history a bit. We will be visiting the Thousand Palm Oasis Preserve just outside of Palm Springs situated directly on the San Andreas Fault. Here we will be talking about how a business and community developed created a legacy cherished by thousands of visitors every year. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #23 - (Palm Desert)How To Find A Date In The Greater Palm Springs Desert
Our “Greater Palm Springs Desert Business” series starts with finding you a date. But before you dress up, we are talking about The Shields Date Garden and their unusual story of growing their business by teaching people about the Sex Life of the Date. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #22--(Virginia City, Nevada) Grinding Up New Business Like The Virginia City Roasting House
We finish our “old western town” series Virginia City Business by leaving our antique candy store and crossing the street for a cup of coffee. The Roasting House is the town’s primary hangout for micro-roasted coffee. Learn about this unique Virginia City business and what they do to set themselves apart from other coffee houses. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #21--(Virginia City, Nevada) Tips On Running A Family Business & Red’s Old Fashioned Candies
We continue our “old western town” series Virginia City Business, by climbing leaving our 19th Century Hat maker and strolling down the bumpy wooded boardwalk with our spurs for something sweet. Red’s Old Fashioned Candy Store has satisfied a lot of “sweet tooths” for over 80 years. But what makes it special is that it is a family-run business. Learn about this unique Virginia City business and tips on running a family business. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep 20--(Virginia City, Nevada) Tips On Starting Your Career From A 19th Century Hat Maker
We continue our “old western town” series Virginia City Business, by climbing out of the silver mine to get a hat. Just down the street from the mine is the Pioneer Emporium, where Pascal Baboulin (“BA-BOO-LON”) uses 19th Century methods to make hats. We have his story and how he used the very old method of apprenticeship to launch his successful business. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep 19--(Virginia City, Nevada) Cashing In On A 19th Century Blue Silver Mine
We leave our San Diego Microbrewery series and fly you northwest to the old west town of Virginia City, Nevada. Yes you heard right, we are leaving the jagged California coast and flying to northwest into the middle of the Nevada chaparral that is hundreds of miles from the Pacific. (One of the strange anomalies of California). We start our Virginia City Series with taking you into a hole. That’s right, a silver mine, and what the owner, Gregg Hess has done with it. Also coming your way are some business tips, a travel tip and of course our tax tale. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep 18 - (San Diego Micro-Breweries, California)The Super Hero Of Beer - -The Green Flash Brewery
Here we finish our San Diego Microbrewery Series. In case you missed the last episode, we started the San Diego destination podcasts by discussing Ballast Point and The Lost Abbey Breweries. Today we look at the Green Flash Brewery and give you some business take-aways on how they became successful. We also have our travel advice and tax tales at www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep # 17 - (San Diego Micro-Breweries, California)The Holiest Beer, The Lost Abbey Brewery
Join our San Diego Micro-Brewery Series tour where American Micro-brewing began. In this episode, we walk into "The Confessional" and experience the miracle that catapulted The Lost Abbey Brewery to national stardom. Also grab a souvenir of travel advice and business take-aways while you're hear on our site www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #16—(San Diego Micro-Breweries, California)How To Start A New Micro - Brewing In San Diego
We leave the East Coast and fly you all the way to the other coast to San Diego where American Micro-brewing began. Today we give some business take-aways on starting a new business while getting a rare glimpse of the birth of a new industry and Ballast Point Brewery. We also have our travel advice and tax tales. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #15 - (Massachusetts)Getting The Brass Ring At Martha's Vineyard
Before leaving Massachusetts, Rick and Judy jumped on the nation’s oldest platform carousel located in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. Learn about the carousel and some tips on running a non-profit like a well-oiled enterprise. Check out our web site video to see if one of them gets the brass ring. We also have our travel advice and tax tips coming your way. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #14 - (Massachusetts) How To Carve Your Own History - The Martha's Vineyards Woodcarver
We leave the Boston area and drive a couple of hour’s south, and jump on a ferry to Martha’s Vineyards. Here Rick and Judy rode around the island and came across a legendary woodcarver artist, J.P. Uranker. Find out how he built a reputation as a premier wood carving artist. In addition to business tips, we’ll tell you a travel tip and a crazy tax law. To get the full multimedia experience, check www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #13--(Massachusetts) Boardgaming The System In Massachusetts
We leave our Maui business series and fly you to the other side of the country to Massachusetts. We start in a Boston suburb, Brookline where Devon Trevelyan, a musician, brought back an old tradition that many had thought had died out…board games. We’ll talk about how he did it and why it is thriving. www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #12 - (Maui, Hawaii)The Best Wine Grown On The Side Of A Volcano - -The Maui Winery
We leave our Maui plantation and drive up the side of the Haliakala volcano overlooking the Southeastern side of Maui. Today we tell you the story of Maui Wine grown at the Ulupalakua Vineyards. More specifically, we’ll talk about how they used the resources in Maui and were able to turn the business into a popular world-class winery. In addition to these business tips, we’ll send you a travel tip and a crazy tax law. www.ramblingbusiness.com
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Ep #11 - (Maui, Hawaii)The Best Place To Stay In Maui
Check out the 1870 Haikui Plantation Inn on Maui where Rick and Brandon talk about its long history and business practices that have made it a unique location for travelers. For the full multimedia experience go to www.ramblingbusiness.com. Get the latest by subscribing on Itunes at http://ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Leave a review if you like us! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #10 - (Maui, Hawaii)How Surfing With Maui Goats Can Help Your Business And Travel
Join the whole family, Rick, Judy, Brandon, Devin, Austin, Amber, Sarah, and Satya as they milk goats and eat cheese. This is just no ordinary goat dairy. Thomas and Eve Kafsack left Germany 12 years ago to practice gourmet cheese production in Hawaii. We’ll give you some business take-aways, travel tips, and of course Tax Tales. For the full multimedia experience go to www.ramblingbusiness.com. Get the latest by subscribing on Itunes at ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Leave a review if you like us! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep # 9— (Santa Barbara, California)The Best Chocolate in Central California
Our journey this series, Sweet Santa Barbara Business, has taken you to wine, glass blowing and an old stage coach stop. We finish our series with dessert. “Chocolats du CaliBressan”. While up in Santa Barbara, Rick and Judy went up to State Street in downtown Santa Barbara and gave into the temptation to visit Chocolats du CaliBressan. You can find their website link on www.ramblingbusiness.com. What makes this business unique is that that chef, Jean-Michel, used culinary sauce techniques to make chocolate. Get your ticket punched and have a seat. We’ll give you some business take-aways, travel tips, and of course Tax Tales. For the full multimedia experience go to www.ramblingbusiness.com. Get the latest by subscribing on Itunes at ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Leave a review if you like us! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #8 -- (Santa Barbara, California)Business and Travel Tips from an 1870 Stage Coach Tavern
We continue our series, Sweet Santa Barbara Business, where Brandon and Rick talk to small businesses in Santa Barbara to learn about their secrets for success. In this episode Rick and Judy went up the San Marcos Pass to the Cold Spring Tavern which you can find on our website. What makes this business unique is that it has survived over 100 years in an out of the way place up on a mountain. Today we will talk about how the owners are able bring in customers and make the Cold Spring Tavern a “Must stop” for travelers around Santa Barbara. For the full multimedia experience go to www.ramblingbusiness.com. Get the latest by subscribing on Itunes at ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Leave a review if you like us! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep#7--(Santa Barbara, California)Blowing Glass Without Blowing Your Business
In this episode we take you to Santa Barbara Art Glass in Santa Barbara, California where Rick and Judy went to blow their own glass tumblers. Check out what they learned about this multi-generational business and glass blowing. For the full multimedia experience go to www.ramblingbusiness.com. Get the latest by subscribing on Itunes at ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Leave a review if you like us! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #6--(Santa Barbara) Drink To The Success Of The Sideways Movie Winery
Remember the movie, "Sideways?" Join Rick and Brandon as they talk about Rick's visit to the Kalyra Winery in San Ynez, California where they filmed scenes from that famous movie. Pick up a few business tips, a travel tip, and of course a wacky "Tax Tale" about strange and unusual taxes. For the full multimedia experience go to www.ramblingbusiness.com. Get the latest by subscribing on Itunes at ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Leave a review if you like us! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #5--(Louisiana)Repackaging Old Technology For Modern Times
We continue this month’s series “Business in the Bayou” by gas-ing it up a bit. Walking through the French Quarter, Rick and Judy noticed the lines running between gas lamps. They happened to stumble upon the source of these lamps, the Bevolo Gas and Electric Company. For the full multimedia experience go to www.ramblingbusiness.com. Get the latest by subscribing on Itunes at ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Leave a review if you like us! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Louisiana by Prism of Rhythm (Our family's first record)
Check out of first family release "Louisiana" in conjunction with the Rambling Business Podcast Series "Business in the Bayou" Lead vocals: Satya Fuentes Background vocals: Amber Manley, Brandon Norris Keyboards: Devin S Norris Drums: Spencer Lere Rhythm guitar: Rick E Norris Music and Lyrics by Rick E Norris Produced by: Devin S Norris and Rick E Norris www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #4--(Louisiana)Good Golly Gumbo! New Technology For An Old Recipe
We continue this month’s series “Business in the Bayou” by talking Gumbo. On the way to the Nottoway Plantation Wedding, Rick and Judy were lured to Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop in Metairie, Louisiana in a very creative and unusual way. For the full multimedia experience go to www.ramblingbusiness.com. Get the latest by subscribing on Itunes at ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Leave a review if you like us! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #3--(Louisiana)How to Plan a Plantation Wedding On The Mississippi Without Getting Wet
We continue this month’s series “Business in the Bayou” by moving up the Mississippi River to the Nottoway Plantation in White Castle. There Rick and Judy attended a wedding that started in the early evening and went late into the night. Check out what Rick learned about how to plan a wedding! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #2-- (Louisiana)Using History And Ghosts To Conjure Up Business In The French Quarter
We continue this month’s series “Business in the Bayou” with ghosts! One thing that New Orleans is not short of is ghosts and history. Today we talk Rick’s visit to Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant and its adjoining haunted Petit Theatre. We got ghosts, history, a travel a a crazy tax tip. For the full multimedia experience go to www.ramblingbusiness.com. Get the latest by subscribing on Itunes at ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Leave a review if you like us! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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Ep #1--(Louisiana)Small Business In The Bayou When The Economy Got You In A Gator Death Roll
Small Business in the Bayou when the Economy Got You in a Gator Death Roll This month we look at Business in the Bayou and take you down to New Orleans where we checked out a few businesses. When Rick took a swamp cruise, he learned how the area survived through disasters like Hurricane Katrina, Deep Water Horizon Spill and just general economic downturns. And as always, we’ll have some travel tips that he picked up while down there. For the full multimedia experience go to www.ramblingbusiness.com. Get the latest by subscribing on Itunes at ow.ly/Mm5d305iwvR Leave a review if you like us! www.RamblingBusiness.com
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