Despite being a village of only 9,000 residents, Riverside seems to be full of folks doing interesting things within their chosen profession who also make time to give back to the small village we all call home. Today's guest is another fine example of someone who excels in doing both.
Shari Klyber is the director of the Early Childhood Development program at Principle Dance in nearby Forest Park and also serves on the Riverside District 96 School Board.
In our conversation, we discuss Shari's experience growing up around the country and how her background in physiology led to her current role at Principle Dance. We also learn about Principle Dance's beginnings in Riverside and how Shari's desire to bring a teacher's perspective to the school board lead to her decision to volunteer and run for the school board.
I hope you enjoy getting to know our neighbor Shari Klyber.
Riverside as a whole seems like a place where everybody knows your name but if you're looking for a spot in town where that's especially true, look no further than today's guest and her business.
Kristen Phelan Swiderski is one of the new co-owners of 34 East Lounge, Riverside's longest standing neighborhood bar and lounge located right in downtown Riverside by the Water Tower.
In our conversation, we discuss how Kristen knew at a young age that she was destined to live in Riverside, how her husband's desire to keep his favorite bar stool started the wheels in motion to purchase the bar, and how they are committed to making 34 East Lounge a family friendly gathering place for everyone here in Riverside.
I think you'll really enjoy getting to know our neighbor Kristen Phelan Swiderski.
Riverside has no shortage of creative folks building new & interesting businesses and today's guest is another great example.
Grey Ingram and his wife Lauren are the creative geniuses beyond Loud Mouth Food Bikes, one of Chicago's first food bike businesses specializing in locally sourced gourmet hot dogs & sausages.
In our conversation, we discuss Grey's small-town Southern roots, the highly competitive advertising world that lead to developing a plan B, how they came up with the food bike concept and took Loud Mouth Food Bikes from a vision to reality, and how our community can help make sure this new business not only survives but thrives.
I hope you enjoy getting to know our neighbor Grey Ingram.
Welcome neighbor and thanks for stopping by. My name is Brian Plain and I'll be your host.