Community and Creativity: The Heartbeat of Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
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by Andrew Allen
1M ago
In this episode, Andrew Allen talks with Cindy DeFrances, Executive Director of Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. They delve into the museum's history, community impact, and new additions like a sensory tree house and Mars rover exhibit. Cindy highlights how the museum has grown from an idea in the 1960s to a beloved family destination, attracting over 120,000 visitors annually. They discuss community outreach efforts, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, including "discovery at home kits" and partnerships with local libraries and organizations. Cindy shares her thanks to the Coastal Communit ..read more
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Behind The Wheel Of Jeepin' The Coast
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by Andrew Allen
2M ago
In this episode of Bottled Up,  Andrew Allen chats with Jeepin' The Coast event organizers Jennifer Moran, Kim Farve, and Julie Bradley about their annual gathering that unites Jeep enthusiasts. Since its inception in 2011, this event has grown significantly, attracting thousands to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with its family-friendly atmosphere. The conversation highlights how the event showcases an array of Jeeps and supports various community causes with impressive economic benefits for the area. Tune in to hear more about the thrilling activities like scavenger hunts, poker runs, and t ..read more
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Reeling in Success With Charter Captain Kyle Johnson
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by Andrew Allen
3M ago
On this episode, Andrew Allen has a conversation with the incredible Kyle Johnson, captain and owner of Coastal Waters Outfitters. Kyle shared his passion for fishing, his journey from military electrician to full-time fishing guide, and the thrill of providing unique on-the-water experiences on the Mississippi coast. He digs deep into his commitment to client satisfaction, environmental conservation, and his love for speckled trout fishing. Plus, he shares his favorite Pepsi product with the listeners. Hear Kyle's inspiring story and snag some expert fishing tips. Don't forget to check o ..read more
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Making Waves In The Salon Business with Chuck Kelly
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by Andrew Allen
4M ago
On this episode, Andrew Allen talks with Chuck Kelly, owner of Chuck's Salon, as he recounts his childhood upbringing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, his journey into the hairdressing industry, and the development of his successful salon business on the Gulf Coast. Chuck emphasizes the importance of providing a customer-centric experience in his salon, focusing on exceptional technical skills and personalized service for each guest. He discusses the challenges faced in the industry, such as the shift towards independent contractor models and the need to maintain high standards amidst changing t ..read more
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Betting On the Pizza Business with Tom Bennett of Tom's Extreme Pizza
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by Andrew Allen
5M ago
In this Bottled Up episode, host Andrew Allen sits down with special guest Tom Bennett, owner of Tom's Extreme Pizzeria in Ocean Springs, to delve into the world of running a successful business. Tom shares the challenges of finding reliable employees and navigating increasing costs, all while maintaining a casual, friendly environment at his pizzeria. They discuss the importance of quality, fresh ingredients, and the art of making the perfect pizza, including Tom's 31 specialty options. From bonsai trees to plans for franchising, they cover it all. So grab a slice of your favorite pizza and a ..read more
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Building Bonds and Business with Duane Dyess and Jesus Ramirez of Allen Beverages
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by Andrew Allen
6M ago
In this episode, Andrew Allen talks with special guests Duane Dyess and Jesus Ramirez from Allen Beverages. These long-time Allen Beverages team members discuss their experiences working under their legendary mentor, Andre, emphasizing the importance of following instructions and completing tasks diligently. Duane shares his extensive history at the company, working in various departments, while Jesus describes his transition to different roles. The group reflects on their close-knit work culture and the long tenure of their managers, emphasizing the strong family-like bond among colleagues an ..read more
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Fresh Catch: Inside Killer Crab and Seafood with Drake Killingsworth
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by Andrew Allen
7M ago
In this episode, host Andrew Allen welcomes guest Drake Killingsworth, owner of Killer Crab and Seafood Company. The conversation revolves around Drake's deep-rooted involvement in the seafood business, his strong family ties, and the challenges and successes of running a seafood restaurant. Drake emphasizes the importance of personal relationships and appreciates the personalized customer service his restaurant receives from Pepsi employees. As the restaurant undergoes significant remodeling efforts, Andrew commends Drake and his brother for their hard work and business success. They discuss ..read more
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Surviving The Storms with Scuba Steve Johnson
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by Andrew Allen
7M ago
On this episode, Andrew Allen talks with the Scuba Steve Johnson of Scuba Steve Clothing Company, a coastal lifestyle apparel brand he started in Gulfport, MS. Steve's incredible success story of persistence, hard work, positivity, and overcoming immense adversity has more twists and turns than the 1000s of miles he has driven from festival to festival selling his popular and unique t-shirts. So, listen closely because Scuba Steve has some life and business lessons to teach us all today. Scuba Steve is a great local businessman to know. Go check out Scuba Steve and all his great t-shirts at sh ..read more
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Stopping Traffic with Ms. Leisa Culpepper of The Whistle Stop Cafe
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by Andrew Allen
7M ago
On this episode of Bottled Up, Andrew talks with Ms. Leisa Culpepper of the family-owned The Whistle Stop Cafe of Wiggins, Mississippi. Ms. Leisa tells the cafe's origin story and the secret recipe of success for this "good ole" country cooking restaurant whose food is literally known to stop trains and traffic. Plus, we learn how Leisa's "retirement plan" business became a 20 plus year labor of love and how her beloved and departed husband and partner is still a part of the #1 restaurant in Wiggins on TripAdvisor.   This episode is made possible by Allen Beverages Please subscribe, rate ..read more
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The Folk Art of BBQ with Brooke Lewis and Brad Orrison of The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint
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by Andrew Allen
7M ago
Welcome to the first episode of the Bottled Up Podcast; on this episode, host Andrew Allen talks with the brother-and-sister and bonafide BBQ World Championship team of Brooke Lewis and Brad Orrison from The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint. Open since 2001 and located right off I-10 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it has been a magnet for BBQ and music fanatics from all over the country.  This episode is made possible by Allen Beverages Please subscribe, rate, and review The Bottled Up Podcast wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts ..read more
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