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Lost Way Brewery

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

Release Date: 10/01/2021

The Upper Room Brewery - (Almost) A Year Later show art The Upper Room Brewery - (Almost) A Year Later

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

Last December, I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael, Amy, Dustin, and Lindsey, owners of The Upper Room Brewery. At the time, they were hoping to be up and running after the first of the year.  It turned out to be the end of January. There was a nervous anxiety that you could almost feel hanging in the air last year.  The burden of what needed to be done, and the unknown of what was to come. Fast forward 11 months to this interview, and the nervous anxiety has been replaced with laughter, appreciation, and calm. It hasn't all been easy, as they will admit, but I think they...

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The Good Life Small Business Podcast

I had a great time sitting down with Pat Slack and talking about his journey as a small business owner. Pat is the owner of C21 Midlands, which is the local Century 21 Real Estate Brokerage here in Kearney. We talked about how a two week class to learn the business of being an auctioneer lead to him getting his real estate license, how he works to motivate and educate his agents, and the struggles he has faced during his first three and a half years as a business owner. If you want to know more about Pat and the team at C21 Midlands, you can visit their , check them out on , or stop by their...

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The Good Life Small Business Podcast

Retirement for many is a time to enjoy the things they didn't have time for while they were working. For Betty Ann Sayers, it was the perfect time for her to start a business. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Betty Ann, owner of Buzz Savories out of Holdrege, to learn more about her business, her love of honey bees, and the joy she gets from growing her business. To learn more about her, and to find out more about her honey centered products, check out her website at , or find her on and .  

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The Good Life Small Business Podcast

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RaChell Merklin - Small Cakes show art RaChell Merklin - Small Cakes

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

RaChell Merklin never planned on being a small business owner.  She had a career in real estate and was very happy. When she became a small business owner, she never planned on being involved in the day to day operations of Small Cakes.   Baking and decorating cakes...no thanks.  She said she would "never" do that. Seven years later..."Never say never," RaChell says with a smile. RaChell and I had a great conversation about how she has come to love the business, the challenges of owning two stores three hours apart, and, if she could, what advice she would give herself...

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First Street Brewing & Ensign Beverage Company show art First Street Brewing & Ensign Beverage Company

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

Kombucha... Never heard of it?  Well, me neither...until I sat down with Nathan and Jessi Hoeft, owners of First Street Brewing and Ensign Beverage Company. It was a great time to sit down with Nathan and Jessi to hear more about their small business story, how they pulled through the pandemic with the help of the Hastings community, and of course, more about this tasty beverage known as Kombucha. If you happen to find yourself in Hastings, be sure to stop in the taproom.  You find out more about them on and , or check them out at their websites for and .

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The Good Life Small Business Podcast

Renee Sobotka started True North Technologies as more of a side hustle to her real passion at the time...real estate. But as most small business owners can attest to, things don't always go as planned. I enjoyed sitting down with Renee and getting to know more about her and True North.  We talked about what it was like for her to leave her full time job to pursue her passion, how she has had to learn and grow to build a culture she is proud of, and what advice she would give to someone who is looking to start their own business. You can find out more about Renee and her team at True North...

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The Good Life Small Business Podcast

In the middle of the pandemic last year, Justin Vrooman & Derrick Kleeb started Heartland 3D. I really enjoyed my time getting to know them both, as well as getting an education on 3D printing, which is something I have an interest in, but don't know much about. Besides a better knowledge of how 3D printing works, I gained a respect for Justin & Derek and how they started Heartland 3D.  Two guys who already have a ton going on, they decided that now was the time to help bring 3D printing to the mainstream consumer here in Nebraska.  They didn't hesitate about the "right...

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The Good Life Small Business Podcast

I've known Dr. Mike Gilbreath, owner of Premier Eye Care in Kearney, almost since the day he opened his practice.  Our paths as business owners are parallel in a lot of ways.  We usually end up talking about business when we see each other, and I am excited to bring his story to the podcast. In this episode, Mike and I talked about what led him to want to become an Optometrist, the uncertainty that came last year when the pandemic shut down his business, and what he would change if he could do it over again. If you would like to find out more about Dr. Gilbreath and Premier Eye Care,...

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The Good Life Small Business Podcast

What started out as a home based, "garage sale" style greenery, has literally grown into one of Kearney's newest businesses. 🪴  I had a great talk with Abbie and Diego Castaneda, owners of Rooted Plant Co. We discussed the advantages of owning a business with your spouse, how their business has evolved over the last couple years, and some of the struggles that they are trying to improve as they grow. If you want to know more about Rooted Plant Co., you can check out their website, , or follow them on and .

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I had a great time sitting down with Jessica Kraus and Kim Hines, co-owners along with their husbands, Mark and Jason, of Lost Way Brewery in Holdrege.

It was great to hear the story of how these Michigan and New Mexico transplants, ended up in small town Nebraska.  Even better is how their drive, ambition, and reliance on each other have made this brewery a gem in the Holdrege community.

Sit back and listen to their story, the advice they have for other small business owners, and how they have used this business to grow closer as a family.

If you would like to know more about Lost Way Brewery, you can check out their website, or find them on Facebook or Instagram.