Pgh Dreamer's PodJul 25, 2022
Our Path Series: Lynn Berry - Bridge Insurance Group
Lynn Berry is the founder and owner of Bridge Insurance Group. Lynn began her career in the insurance industry in 1985 as an agent with Metropolitan Life. In 1988, she became a partner in an independent agency focused on serving individuals and small businesses. After 25 years in that position, she launched Bridge Insurance Group in 2013. She is a mother of 4 and grandmother of 6, and lives in Washington PA with her two pups, Roxy & Ryot.
What's It All For?
Our Path Series: Emily Thornton - 1:11 Juice Bar & Eatery
Emily Thornton is one of the owners of 1:11 Juice Bar & Eatery, a family owned juice and smoothie bar whose doors officially opened in 2022. The menu is booming with cold-pressed juice, snacks, and healthy lunch options. Emily was born in Korea and raised in Nebraska. Emily is an accountant by training. She and her husband, Eric have 4 young children, are guardians to 2 adult children and twin newborn grandchildren.
IG @ 111juicebar
Our Path Series: Julie Cargal
Get Your Sh** Together
See Where You Came From
Our Path Series: Andrea Caruso - Psychobathic & ALYN
Andrea Caruso is the owner of Psychobathic, which provides high quality, natural skin care, bath products, and candles, for the edgy girl, and the owner of ALYN, a custom apparel T-shirt company that empowers women to fight damaging gender stereotypes and sexist attitudes. Both of Andrea's ventures help create a mindset of strength and equality as well as entrepreneurial and nonprofit opportunities for all women.
IG @ alynpgh
It's OK To Not Be OK
Our Path Series: Shana Simmons
Shana Simmons is the Artistic Direction of Shana Simmons Dance, a company with a passion to create unique and engaging contemporary dance through immersive productions. Shana is a movement artist who creates works that have a heavy focus on research as practice. Each thematic movement exploration roots itself in studio tasks related to socially relevant topics, taking into consideration the physical and emotional experience of the dancer as response to the experimentation. Her work aims to engage the viewer in thoughtful ways, encouraging active participation, and absorbing them into the piece as part of the final meaning of the work. SSD's projects rely heavily on partnerships and outreach to explore topics relevant to our community at large with a heavy focus on the integration of movement in education. SSD collaborates with other companies and choreographers, providing collaborative platforms for cultural dance styles to be accessed and has performed their works in NY, Belgium, London, Chicago, and of course, Pittsburgh.
Brainstorm with the Right People
Our Path Series: Emmalee Shattauer - One Cat To Many
Emmalee Schattauer is the creator and artist of One Cat To Many. As inspired by her love for rescuing cats, One Cat To Many features one-of-a-kind, handmade sterling silver jewelry using genuine sea/beach glass, gemstones, and upcycled broken Pyrex and Corelle dishes,. Emmalee showcases her creations across the US at local festivals and is in several local and national retailers.
5 Steps to Determine Your Lifestyle Motives
More than 'Just a Girl'
Our Path Series: Rebecca Choltco - Stella Blue Home & Gift Boutique
Rebecca Choltco is the primary artisan and owner of Stella Blue Home & Gift Boutique. Stella Blue is a small, independent online gift and home decor shop. Outside of creating her own items, Becky showcases specially curated, handcrafted items from other small businesses and local makers .Some of Stella Blue's offerings include farmhouse signs, fiber earrings, rustic trays, and customized prints of your pet!
5 Benefits of Failure
Our Path Series: Natalie Vazquez - Haloluminary Candles
Natalie is the founder and creator of Halo Luminary Candle Co, located in the city of Pittsburgh. Every purchase helps support pups in need. Each collection of candles honors dogs in a rescue shelter program by naming the scent directly after them and donating a portion of each sale to dog rescue partners. Every ray supports a stray!
Our products feature dogs from Stray Dog Support: https://straydogsupport.com/
We also support Two Ladies Four Paws Rescue: https://twoladiesfourpawsrescue.com/contactus/
Find the Joy Amongst the Negativity
Our Path Series: Abbey O'Brien - SHOOP
Abbey O'Brien is an office manager for a small CPA firm and the creator & teacher of SHOOP, a fun spin on hoop dance and fitness. SHOOP blends abdominal toning, leg and glute strengthening, low impact but intense cardio dance, balance, and coordination improvement to upbeat African dance music. If you can waist hoop, you can SHOOP!
Sterling Yoga: https://www.sterlingyoga.com/
5 Ways to Organize Your Calendar
Our Path Series: Judy Masucci (Levana Bratique)
Dr. Judy Masucci holds a PhD in Genetics & Development and previously worked as a scientist before transitioning into business and marketing for biotechnology companies. During this period, she began advocating for breastfeeding and mothering needs through the development of A Mother's Boutique. Judy then recreated the business as Levana Bratique, located in Wexford which is just north of Pittsburgh. Levana specializes in hard to find sizes of bras and generally boosts and 'lifts' women in the area - hence the name 'Levana'. Levana is also the Pittsburgh Chapter host of I Support The Girls, a non-profit that provides bras and menstrual products to women in need.
I Support The Girls: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064338355452
5 Ways to be More Chill
Our Path Series: Megs Yunn (Beverly's Birthdays)
Megs Yunn is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Beverly's Birthdays, which provides meaningful birthday celebrations for children experiencing homelessness and families in need. Since 2012, the organization has supported thousands of birthdays, and the organization has grown to offer a variety of celebration-based programming. They have partnered with over 100 social services agencies and 100 low-income schools within Allegheny County. They are also a contract provider with Allegheny County Department of Human Services.
Beverly's Birthdays: https://beverlysbirthdays.org/
5 Ways to Create Boundaries
Our Path: Leah Lizarondo (412 Food Rescue)
Leah Lizarondo is the co-founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue, which works with food retailers to prevent surplus food from going to waste. Transported by a growing network of volunteers, 412 Food Rescue directly transfers food to nonprofit partners that serve those who are food insecure. In 2021, they delivered over 20 million pounds of food to the Greater Pittsburgh region!
Look Forward to Something Everyday
Our Path Series: Dana Bannon (Pageboy Salon and Boutique)
Dana Bannon is a stylist and owner of Pageboy Salon and Boutique, located in Millvale, just northeast of the city of Pittsburgh. Pageboy prides itself on creating a comfortable and friendly environment for customers and clients, offering a range of stylists, curated beauty goods, and massage.
IG @pageboypgh @danabannon
5 Ways to Be a Better Friend
Our Path Series: Kate Zarvis (Manikure; Kure)
Kate Zarvis is the owner of Manikure, a top-rated nail salon in Pgh, owner of Kure, a modern day spa located in Lawrenceville, and a salon coach. As a coach, Kate helps salon owners grow from employees to entrepreneurs.
Check out Kate's services:
IG: @manikure_pgh @kurepgh @salonnerd
Be The Bigger Person
Our Path Series: Jessica Graves (Una Biologicals)
Jessica Graves is the founder and CEO of Una Biologicals, located in Lawrenceville. Jessica created a shop & community within Una Biologicals by developing products that nourish the body & lift the soul as well as mentoring youth and giving back to numerous non-profits.
Check out Una Biologicals:
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Our Path Series: Louise & Sarah Silk (SilkDenim)
Louise & Sarah Silk are a mother & daughter team and the creators and owners of SilkDenim. SilkDenim is a sustainability initiative that makes Arts You Can Use by recycling materials into individually crafted objects. They create one-of-a-kind wearables & accessories for their Southside shop as well as accept commissions, utilizing customers' fabric & vision. Louise also runs SilkQuilt and Sarah is an actress & Feldenkrais instructor.
@silkdenimpgh on IG
Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilkDenimSarah Silk's Acting Resume: https://sarahsilk.net/https://silkquilt.com/
Feldenkrais Pgh: https://www.feldenkraispittsburgh.com/
Too Many Choices
Our Path Series: Tierra Thorne (Blanket & Board)
Tierra Thorne is a social worker and the CEO & founder of Blanket & Board, an award-winning event planning company that provides luxury picnics and catering for special events. Blanket & Board's mission is to connect people through outreach, creating safe spaces for folks of all backgrounds, and fostering conversation & mindfulness among the community.
Blanket & Board: https://www.blanketandboard.com/
What Does It Mean To Be Self-Compassionate?
Pgh Dreamer's Pod 2022: A Year In Review
Our Path Series: KD Meucci (Happy Apple Consulting)
KD Meucci is an elementary school teacher & educational leader, the creator Franklin Bedtime Stories, and the founder of Happy Apple Consulting. Listen to her inspiring story to find adventure in every day!
Check out the links below for more info:
IG: @kdmeucci @happyappleconsulting
Break the Chain of Societal Norms
Our Path Series: Dr. Cindy Zurchin (Consultant & Cynthia's School of Dance)
Dr. Cindy Zurchin is a motivational speaker, trainer, author, coach, consultant, and owner of Cynthia's School of Dance. Cindy holds a doctorate degree in Education Leadership, is certified in the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" and "Leading Change", as well as Mindfulness, Chair Yoga, and Yoga for Children. She has written several books, including The Whale Done! Series and Ballerina on Wheels.
Check out Cindy's services:
IG: @cynthiasschoolofdance_ and @cindyzurchin
Gratitude with Boundaries
Our Path Series: Hailey Corton (Wexford Medical Massage)
Hailey Corton is a license massage therapist since 2006. She has shared her talents at the best day spas the city of Pgh has to offer! She has also worked with pro-athletes, taught as an adjunct professor at the Pittsburgh Technical College, and is a Registered Yoga teacher. She recently started her own business, Wexford Medical Massage, which includes targeted massage therapy for numerous health conditions such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, TMJ, and more.
Wexford Medical Massage: Wellness Services | Wexford Medical Massage | Wexford