Episode 178 – Crafting Beauty from the Wild featuring Kendra Kolb Butler

By Michael Moeri | 02/24/2022 |

Kendra Kolb Butler is the Founder of Alpyn Beauty. Alpyn Beauty is a local skin care line crafted from sustainably sourced alpine botanicals grown right here in Jackson Hole. Kendra left Manhattan with her husband and son in 2015 in search of fresh air, open spaces, and a chance to reprioritize what type of lifestyle they wanted for their family.

In this episode, Kendra shares what led her family to leave the city life for the mountains. She talks about what inspired her to create a wildcrafted skin care line and how Alpyn’s products are made for people living in a more unforgiving environment.

Episode 174 – Flying to Save Lives with Dr. Richard Sugden

By Michael Moeri | 01/27/2022 |

Dr. Sugden is a veteran, pilot, entrepreneur, physician, paramedic, and teacher to young aviators. Dr. Sugden first called Jackson Hole home back in the 40s when his family owned a dude ranch in Kelly. Dr. Sugden helped establish the first air ambulance service in Jackson Hole back in 1980. He has been inducted into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award. Currently, Dr. Sugden is a family medicine doctor based in Jackson Hole. 

Episode 172 – What Does Your Dream Library Look Like? With Christy Smirl of Foxtail Books

By Michael Moeri | 01/12/2022 |

Christy is the owner of Foxtail Books and Library Services. Christy and Foxtail curate, manage and organize personal libraries. They also offer assistance with acquiring rare and collectible books. 

Listen to this episode to gain a glimpse into the unique profession of library management and rare book acquisition. You’ll learn what makes books rare and why some are more valuable than others. Stephan and Christy talk about the importance of finding books that make you happy and the balance of keeping books in good shape, but also enjoy them. Stephan also finds out what the most “magical” publication Christy has seen recently. 

Episode 165 – Fueling Generations of Jackson Locals with Bob Shervin

By Michael Moeri | 11/11/2021 |

Bob is a grandfather, entrepreneur, former mayor of Jackson, former county commissioner, the founder of Shervin’s Independent Oil, and a born and bred Jackson local. 

In this episode, Bob shares the history of his family lineage and the story of when he was born back in 1933. He talks about what it was like growing up in Jackson in the 40s and how isolating the winters could be. Bob reminisces about his time working in Big Piney and how a scuffle almost led to his demise. He goes into how he met his wife, moved back to Jackson, and eventually started Shervin’s Independent Oil. Stephan and Bob discuss all the changes that have happened in Jackson since the 30s and what Bob accomplished when he was mayor and county commissioner. 

Episode 162 – Looking For The Hidden Story with Danielle Shapiro

By Michael Moeri | 10/21/2021 |

Danielle is a writer, editor, journalist, and social justice warrior. 

In this episode, Danielle shares how she left the city life in Chicago for the Tetons. She talks about why she pivoted from pursuing a career as a human rights attorney to becoming a freelance journalist. Danielle goes into what it was like to chase stories about human rights all over the world. She then discusses how having a daughter changed her perspective on work and helped her find her way back to Jackson. Stephan and Danielle also talk about the challenging and rewarding work of sharing individuals’ personal stories. 

Episode 161 – Never Stop Moving Forward with Jay Petervary

By Michael Moeri | 10/14/2021 |

Everything Jay does revolves around cycling. He is an ultra-endurance cyclist, ambassador, guide, teacher, speaker, race director, and sponsored athlete. 
In this episode, Jay shares why he left a lucrative career in the city to move out west. He talks about the moment his life changed when he found his passion and reason for living. He explains the intense preparation and dedication that goes into doing an endurance ride. Jay goes into the work he does for the cycling community and why he doesn’t want to just be labeled a professional athlete. Stephan and Jay also talk about the importance of mentorship and how it can be rewarding on both sides. 

Episode 158 – Wow, It’s Been 3 Years! with Stephan Abrams and Michael Moeri

By Michael Moeri | 09/22/2021 |

In this episode, Stephan and Michael take a look back on the past 3 years of doing the podcast. Michael gets some insight on what doing the podcast means to Stephan and what motivates him to connect with so many people. They discuss some memorable and motivational guest experiences. At the end of the episode, Stephan and Michael also talk about the people they’d love to have on the podcast, but haven’t yet. 

Episode 157 – More Than An Influencer with Meagan Murtagh

By Michael Moeri | 09/16/2021 |

Meagan is a local influencer, the former owner of The Scout Guide Jackson Hole and a realtor. Many people around the valley know her by her childhood name and now social media handle @meagtheegg. In this episode, Meagan shares how she ended up landing in Jackson Hole from Ohio. She goes into how a simple blog for friends and family helped her develop into becoming an owner of a lifestyle magazine and an influencer. Meagan explains what exactly is a local influencer and the importance of keeping a part of yourself off social media. Stephan and Meagan also discuss her work with the Wyoming Office of Tourism to help promote tagging responsibly and creating a better visitor to our community. 

Episode 156 – Take a Look, It’s in a Book (From Your Local Bookstore) with Wendy Dodson of Valley Bookstore

By Michael Moeri | 09/08/2021 |

Wendy is the new owner of Valley Bookstore. In this episode, Wendy shares how she finally feels connected to the community after becoming a local business owner. She talks about her love of books and how impactful reading a good book is. Wendy also gives some great recommendations on how you can find books to fit your interests. Stephan and Wendy then discuss the importance of shopping local and supporting the community you live and work in. 

Episode 154 – A Life of Invention and Adventure with John Simms

By Michael Moeri | 08/26/2021 |

John is a father, husband, inventor, entrepreneur, former ski patrolman, avalanche expert, and an artist. 

In this episode, John talks about how he made his way out to Jackson from New York over 60 years ago. He shares how his father encouraged his inventive and entrepreneurial spirit which led him to start many impactful companies and create numerous life-changing inventions. John goes into how he started a local rafting company, outdoor retail company, and a research organization, all while being a ski patrolman at JHMR. John also discusses with Stephan how he transitioned from operating Simms Fishing Products into becoming an artist.