Beercast: What do Budweiser and Katcef Brothers do during a pandemic?

This is a Crabcake from The Maryland Crabs! What is a Crabcake? Well, it’s a very short snippet of something you need to know. It might be 5 minutes long..or it might be 20….or longer in this case, because..well…beer! In any event, enjoy your Maryland Crabcake!

This is a Crabcake from The Maryland Crabs! What is a Crabcake? Well, it’s a very short snippet of something you need to know. It might be 5 minutes long..or it might be 20….or longer in this case, because..well…beer! In any event, enjoy your Maryland Crabcake!

Today, we continue our monthly series (no set schedule other than monthly) about beer.  We have a huge distributor of beer right here in Annapolis–Katcef Brothers Inc. and they have a ton of experts on hand to de-mystify beer for us.  Now, full disclosure–I like beer! I like beer a lot!  But, I am not a beer snob and a Bud Light will suit me just fine.

For two months in a row, we are off the rails, but with good reason! First, there’s a pandemic!  Second, this was all recorded from a Zoom call. And third, most all of what we wanted to talk about has been canceled or postponed! So, we punted and talks about coping, about what Budweiser is doing from a corporate level to help out America. And what Katcef Brothers is doing to help out our own community. Let’s just say that Betsy Ross has NOTHING on these guys!

Please have a listen!

 

 

One Love Annapolis and perseverance with Steve Samaras

We are all in this together!  As businesses are (for the most part) shuttered, we wanted to catch up with Steve Samaras from Zachary’s Jewelers to talk about a video series he has created and to find out how Zachary’s is doing during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

If there ever was a man who sees the positive in a tough situation it is Steve who was burned out of his store 15 years ago the day after Thanksgiving, survived the recession of 2008 and now the COVID-19 virus.

Aside from keeping all of his employees working, to cutting Constance Polamalu (the COO who joined us on the call) loose to develop a new e-commerce business model with virtual appointments, while maintaining the Zachary’s model of customer service.

But more importantly, with some time on his hands, Steve and his wife Challie have been visiting their favorite places around town and explaining why there is such love–a One Love for Annapolis.

If you are a bit down about this pandemic, have a listen, and be sure to check out the videos on Steve’s Facebook Page –the link is below!

Videos: https://bit.ly/OneLoveAnnapolis

COVID-19…Voices from the Community

We are in uncharted waters, folks. Between cable news and social media, there is an avalanche of information, innuendo, and speculation coming in. It’s exhausting and scary. So John and Tim decided to practice some social distancing and call a bunch of people to talk about what’s going on over Facebook Live. It was a busy one. Go to All Annapolis on Facebook to watch Saturday’s broadcast.

We started with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to see what the state has been doing up to this point and what is planned next. Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County Executive, was up next to talk about business assistance as well as public safety, followed by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley who let us know what this this means to our tourism-based business community.

Katie Redmiles of Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts introduced “Pay It Forward to the Arts” to help both businesses affected, as well as our arts community. Monica Alvarado, owner of Bread and Butter Kitchen in Eastport, talked about what they are doing to help the community and their employees during this business shutdown. Heritage Baptist Church, on Forest Drive, has always been front and center when it comes to meeting the needs of the community, and this time is no exception. Pastor Scott Shelton talks about their food pantry and the best way people can contribute.

What does this mean for businesses? Jared Littman, owner of K&B True Value and former Ward 5 Alderman, talks about what they are doing to serve the community as an essential business and what he is doing to protect employees. Small business owners are being hit particularly hard. Denise Pearson, owner and proprietor of Paradise Float Spa in Eastport, has shut down completely until this crisis ends. What does this mean to people in her shoes? Jeff Jacobs, owner of the iconic family business, Carrol’s Creek, has also shut down restaurant for the duration. Some of his employees have been with him for decades, and wait until what you hear what is doing for them! And finally, we end on a positive note when we chat with Kimario Ballyntine, a server at 49 West, located in Inner West Street. Yes, he’s out of work amidst a global pandemic, but he is incredibly upbeat and positive, and his attitude is infectious! In a good way.

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The 2020 National Cannabis Festival

We’re talking weed again!  Caroline Phillips joins us for the fourth time (even though we said third when recording) to talk about the National Cannabis Festival coming to RFK on April 18th.

Now in it’s 5th year, the festival has grown from a single day with 5,000 attendees to a two day affair with a FREE policy summit on the Friday April 17th to the festival on the 18th expected to draw more than 25,000 advocates, educators, legislators, and those just looking to learn a lot more.

Yes it is a fun time, but as the push for legal cannabis moves across the US, there are more and more questions and a greater need for education!

We also hop on the phone with two industry experts….Lucas Hale from Curaleaf, a national company that is involved with every step of marijuana from growing to dispensing to distributing.  And also, Warren Lemley from Peake Releaf which is a locally owned dispensary in Rockville, MD.  Both were a wealth of information and both will be at the festival on April 18th!

As to the festival, this year you can expect more advocacy, more education, more music, more vendors, more food, and pretty much more of everything.

Have a listen and get all of your information on the National Cannabis Festival website!

Note to self: The cannabis industry is very punny!

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A preview of the 8th Annual Annapolis Film Festival

The Annapolis Film Festival is coming! The Annapolis Film Festival is coming!  Ask for some days off or call out sick, but clear your calendar for March 26-29, 2020.

This year, more than 70 films will be screened over four days all over walkable Annapolis. If you are a film buff (or want to be one) make sure you get your passes or tickets now! If you plan to see more than a single film, a day pass or a festival pass is the best way to go!

Today, we talk with Lee Anderson and Patti White who are the Festival Directors about what is new this year and their theme of Focus Forward!  We get some inside scoop on the festival itself as well as some honest talk about what it costs to put on!

Have a listen.

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Annapolis Film Festival (Tickets and Passes)