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THIS IS TAMPA with Rob and Jen
34 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
The Fat Rabbit Has Lots of Tots...and More!
We’re baaacckkkk! Get ready to hear all about one of our favorite local businesses: The Fat Rabbit Pub We talked with Executive Chef, Cole McBride, about how business has been over the past 18 months, talked new wing sauces, alllll things peanut butter (have you tried their PB&J wings or the Peanut Butter Old Fashioned? )+ their holiday Toys for Tots drive (bring a toy, get free tots! ) going on NOW in support of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Stop in on Weds, Dec 1 for their Ugly Sweater Party from 4-11 PM to support this cause + sample TONS of goodies, including drinks and Christmas flavored wings ! How lucky is #NewTampa to have such a, delicious + charitable small business like #TheFatRabbit ! EPISODE HERE! Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the This is Tampa Podcast on the iTunes Podcast App, Stitcher, or on YouTube. 5 REVIEWS are greatly appreciated! This is Tampa Podcast Jen Wiggins + Rob OConnor
38 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Kake Talk With Kirby Lavallee of the Cake Girl
Kake, Krate, and Kovid, Oh my! In this episode of the This is Tampa Podcast we sit down with Kirby Lavallee outside of their Carrollwood location on Dale Mabry to talk about the past, present, and future of The Cake Girl. Topics include how they got started, how they have dealt with the pandemic, and what they have planned for the future. We also have our newest Non-Floridaman story and a "Lightning" round(hint, hint).
50 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
LET'S HAVE A BEER! ...with Monique Scott
Rob orders a beer, sits down, and talks with Hillsborough County Court Judge Candidate, Monique Scott for Judge. We talk about what it takes to be a great judge and the path she has taken to get where she is now. Monique has had quite a journey, going from a police officer to teacher, then prosecutor to a defense attorney, and soon, with your vote, a judge. We talk a little fantasy football. I pose the question "who would you take between Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski -Gronk this year for your fantasy football team?" Seeing as they are both Tampa Bay Buccaneers .Also, what would Monique rather do, windsurf in shark-infested waters or shred it in the Swiss Alps? Find out in this episode of Let's Have a Beer!Special thanks to Tim Harrell and 81Bay Brewing Company for making this interview possible. Make sure to check them out at the next Market On Gandy.
59 minutes | Jan 26, 2020
This is Tampa: Fun at Fat Rabbit Beach!
In season 2, episode 2 of This is Tampa with Rob and Jen, we speak to Beach about the Fat Rabbit Pub in Tampa Palms and his new role in crafting their house-made beer which is exclusively on tap at the restaurant.
68 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Up In Your Crawlspace with Curt Arnold
In this episode of the This is Tampa Podcast, Curt from Shipshape Home Inspections llc joins Rob + Jen! Curt talks about his business, 🔎 offers some DIY homeowner maintenance and preventative tips 🏡 (WAIT until you hear about the AC system trick!)💡, and tells us about his home flipping experiences. We also talk about outdoor activities here in #Tampa 🌴, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 🏈, a Non-Florida Man story, and how Curt survived a near-death-experience with a shark! 🦈 😨
58 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
There's a Big Storm Brewing in the Bay Area!!!
In this episode of This is Tampa with Rob an Jen, we visit Big Storm Brewery in Clearwater, FL to speak with company president LJ Govoni. Big Storm was started in 2012 and is one of the fastest growing craft breweries in Florida. LJ gives us a glimpse behind the scenes and shares his story, as well as the story of the brewery, with us. The road to success isn't paved with gold, but as LJ shows us, with some persevearance and strategic relationships, there is a prize in the end. Big Storm is already very successful in crafting great beer, but they are just getting started as they continue to add new flavors and products, such as ice cream, coffee, and much more. Also, don't miss LJ's response to the non-Florida man story, a lightning round, how he met his wife, and the future of Big Storm.
26 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
New Biz Spotlight: Bubba's 33 Wesley Chapel, FL
In this special edition of the This is Tampa Podcast we head out to #WesleyChapel to Bubba's 33 - Wesley Chapel, FL in honor of their Grand Opening! 🌟 The food, drinks, service, + atmosphere at this incredible restaurant, which is part of the Texas Roadhouse family, ALL far exceeded our expectations! 🏆 This one is a MUST try! We promise, you'll go back for more! 🍔🍹🍺We sit down to talk with owners, Jeff & Crista Dean, about the new concept in Florida and how they ended up here in #Tampa! 🌴Just WAIT until you find out how these two met! What a story! 💖
66 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
From Karate Kid to Army Combat Instructor to Marketing Expert: This is Tim Harrell
In this episode of the This Is Tampa Podcast, Rob and Jen are joined by Tim Harrell of TLC Marketing. Tim is not only a marketer but is also a US Army veteran with two consecutive tours in Afghanistan. Martial arts has always been and continues to be his passion and it has molded him into the person he is today, which includes teaching kids and adults alike at Wesley Chapel Jui Jitsu in conjunction with the Lesson Company. One of Tim's latest projects is heading the Saturday Marketplace in The Groves where they have over 60 vendors every week. The Groves, which is under new ownership, has already been experiencing some major changes, but there is so much more to come and Tim gives us an inside look at some of what that is (HINT: it's exciting stuff).In our main topic, we discuss veteran-owned businesses here in the Tampa Bay area.Oh yeah, and there's also a call out for a rematch fight with Ami James of Miami Ink fame.
53 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
Tampa IS Picture Perfect with Eric Bunch of NTP2
In episode 12 of the This is Tampa podcast, Rob and Jen welcome Eric Bunch from NTP2 photography to get the lowdown on his latest work and current projects. Eric started out in the photography business from the retail side, working at their family-owned camera store at a young age. He then went on to become an auto mechanical engineer before fate, and passion, eventually lead him to start his own professional photography business. Non-Florida man takes us to New Jersey for a story about what happens when a $30,000 purse collides with a waiter at a golf club. Lastly, we discuss some of the best places around town to take breathtaking photos.
64 minutes | Nov 2, 2019
I'VE GOT NEWS! with "The Media Maven" Maureen Famiano
In this episode of This Is Tampa with Rob and Jen, Maureen Famiano joins the podcast to discuss her life of over 25 years in the TV world. Starting out as a reporter in New York, Maureen wanted more involvement in creating the stories that went deeper so she moved to Florida to become a producer of many local daytime shows. A cancer survivor, Maureen shares her journey through this time, how she overcame it and how it has changed her outlook on life and the future.Our Non-Florida Man story this week takes us to Missouri. We touch on some of the biggest news stories to ever come out of Tampa, and finally, we wrap with a game of Name That Anchor with Maureen.
70 minutes | Oct 20, 2019
This is so Florida with guest Bill Wheeler
Rob and Jen welcome Michiganator(lol) and Jet's Pizza franchise owner Bill Wheeler to the podcast to discuss everything pizza (what's a Detroit style pizza anyway?), and the stereotypical truths about living in Florida. Also, a recently deceased man wants out of his coffin and cries for help just to get a laugh in our Non-Florida man story.
73 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
What is Direct Mail Marketing with guest Scott Kohler?
Scott Kohler of PrimeNet Direct Marketing Solutions teaches us a little bit about the benefits of direct mail marketing and how small to large businesses are benefiting from this tried and true form of advertising. Being a transplant from Chicago, we also discuss his experiences in and around the Tampa area. Of course, we have the non-Florida story and we get Scott's reaction to that. BONUS: Chicago sports trivia challenge.
37 minutes | Oct 13, 2019
Defiant, Loud, Generous, and Proud. This is Little Italy!
In this very special episode of This Is Tampa with Rob and Jen, we visit Little Italy Family Restaurant and Catering in Lutz, FL. Jessica and Carl welcome us with incredible Italian food and spirits as we discuss their business, how they got started, where they are going, and the Yelp controversy. Then we take it to the kitchen to witness (and taste) the magic that makes Little Italy a Best of the Bay top restaurant.
68 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
New Projects and Growth in and Around Tampa with guest Steven Morgan
Steven Morgan from TLC Marketing and The Lesson Company joins Rob and Jen to discuss an exciting new project happening in Wesley Chapel at The Groves. The Groves was recently acquired by commercial investor and real estate developer Mark Gold, and he has some big plans for the area. Steven goes into great detail about these plans and what to expect in the near future. Hint: think Sparkman Wharf x10
62 minutes | Sep 29, 2019
Coming to Tampa with Special Guest Ryan Owens
In this episode, Rob and Jen welcome local real estate video creator and President of Media & Marketing for Milestone Title, Ryan Owens, to the podcast to discuss what it's like relocating to Tampa from other parts of the country. We also surprise Ryan by teaching him how to make a local Tampa favorite, the Cuban sandwich.
63 minutes | Sep 22, 2019
Tampa Celebrities with the Doublemint Sitting Girls
Rob and Jen welcome special guests Gabriela and Synthia of Doublemint Sitting to discuss how they turned a small babysitting service into one of Florida's largest privately-owned sitting services with over 200 sitters statewide. Doublemint Sitting also has some exclusive clients in the Tampa area so it made sense that we talk about local celebrities in this episode. Find out who is here or from here in Tampa. We will update you on the Storm Area 51 event and even give you a little real estate tip too.
71 minutes | Sep 15, 2019
Tampa Biz, Big and Small and In-Between with special guest Andre Hampton
Episode 4 - Is Popeye's the best at chicken sandwiches? In this episode, we welcome local business owner and entrepreneur Andre Hampton to discuss local businesses big and small. We also learn more about what it takes to be an entrepreneur or business owner. Get to know more about Andre, Streams, and Factory 114 with our Q&A and a lightning round of personal questions. Marvel fans, find out what got Captain America thrown in the clink.
55 minutes | Sep 1, 2019
Episode 2 - Hurricane Hysteria and Did You Know (Tampa Edition)
In this episode, Rob and Jen welcome special guest Daniel "Bigdogg" Bustillo and the three of them discuss non-Florida man or in this case non-Florida woman, Hurricane Hysteria as Dorian bears down on Florida, and interesting facts about Tampa that are not commonly known. Also, the real estate tip of the day.
62 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
Tampa on the Big Screen (PREMIERE)
In this first-ever episode, Rob and Jen discuss some surprising movies that have ties to the Tampa area. They also dive into this week's non-Florida man story and talk about some necessities when living in Tampa.
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