Welcome back to the Business Over Beer Podcast for part 2 of our interview with Don Lovell, Owner of The Barbers. In this episode, Don talks candidly about the challenges his business is facing due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and we learn about his Customer Service DNA and how hard they work every day at providing a legendary customer experience.
This week on The Business Over Beer Podcast, we welcome Don Lovell, Owner of The Barbers. The Pac 10 North Player of the Year with Portland State in 1985, Don had a successful baseball career in the minor leagues before suffering a shoulder injury which eventually forced him to retire from the game.
After baseball, Don got into the hair business, selling hair care products to salons in Michigan, before moving back to his hometown of Portland, where he met his wife, a hair stylist at one of the salons he called on. Together they opened The Barbers in 1999, doing 12 hair cuts the first day. After 21 years in business, they have 35 locations, 450 hair cutters, 3 franchise partners and did over 1 million haircuts as an organization in 1999.
On this episode of the Business Over Beer Podcast, the Founder of Athletic Brewing Company, Bill Shufelt, joins us for part 2 of his interview, where we dig a little deeper into his business. We discuss coping with rejection as an entrepreneur and how they are filling a gap in the craft beer market for those that love beer but don’t drink alcohol.
On this episode of the Business Over Beer Podcast, we welcome the Founder of Athletic Brewing Co., Bill Shufelt, who is on the forefront of Non-Alcoholic Craft Brewing. And make no mistake about it, they are definitely brewing Craft Beer. With almost no innovation in non-alcoholic beer for 25 years, Athletic Brewing created their own process to brew high quality and great tasting beer.
But brewing great beer is only part of the story because Athletic Brewing has committed themselves to supporting all the communities they serve, by donating time and money to environmental causes, social charities, and to help restaurant employees struggling during the pandemic.
This week on Business Over Beer, the second biggest podcast in the Pacific Northwest behind only The Sasquatch Hunters, it’s part 2 of our interview with Freelance Travel Writer, Matt Wastradowski. In this episode, Matt tells us about a few more of his favorite hikes from his book, Moon Pacific Northwest Hiking. Also, we compare Matt the freelance writer to Matt the small business owner, and how the journey he went on, both metaphorical and literal, is the same journey that most small business owners go on. And, we ask Matt if he’s ever encountered Sasquatch, you’ll have to listen to find out if he has.
This week on The Business Over Beer Podcast, we welcome co-author of Moon Travel Guide’s Pacific Northwest Hiking: Best Hikes, Plus Beer, Bites, and Campgrounds Nearby.
In this episode, Matt takes us behind the scenes of his two and a half year journey writing this book for Moon Travel Guides, from the pitch and proposal, to the mapping and planning, and ultimately to completing, and writing about, the 75+ hikes, nearly 450 miles, throughout the state of Oregon.