Meet Dan Carney!

Q) How did you get into doing stand up comedy?

A) I feel like I grew up on comedy. I grew up watching movies like Tommy Boy, The Great Outdoors, and Ace Ventura. Jim Carrey absolutely blew my mind. I always figured I’d try something with comedy, so I did my first open mic when I was 17, which went pretty well. However, I didn’t do stand-up again until I was 20, and I only did it like three more times before stopping again until I was 21. I’ve been doing it consistently for ten months now. Those years not doing comedy helped me realize that this is what I want to be doing with my life, looking at it now versus then.

Q) What do you want visitors and locals to know about doing stand up comedy that they may not already know?

A) I guess what I didn’t know going into stand-up is that there is so much more that goes into it than what I initially thought. The order of jokes, the pacing, the way you tell the jokes, the first joke, the last joke, there’s a lot to take into consideration. I guess what people should know is that it really sucks, but it’s also insanely fun. It gets good, and it gets bad. But I’m a masochist, so I do comedy.

Q) What is the Tallahassee comedy scene like these days?

A) The comedy scene here has been a lot of fun for me. I have some amazing friends that do comedy with me and it makes the experience exponentially more enjoyable. Bird’s is probably the closest thing we have to a comedy club, and Scott Peavy has done a great job holding down shows there for something like seven years now. I’ve been able to produce three of my own shows here, really just trying to expand the scene because I want more places for myself and other comics to perform. I have a show at Blue Tavern now, named “Blue Comedy”, and now a weekly show at the Pavilion starting March 19, titled “Manic Mondays”.

Q) What’s the craziest thing to happen to you at a show?

A) A woman gave birth on stage and the baby did five minutes on Tinder dating.

Q) What’s next for you?

A) I’ll probably follow around the Grateful Dead for a few years and see how I feel after that. That, or move to New York City and pursue a career in comedy. It’s all up in the air.

Q) Describe stand-up comedy in 5 words or less

A) A stupid and smart thing.

Q) Where can people find you on social media?

A) I’m @danmancarney on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Also check out my podcast on the Podcast App; “Dan Carney Presents: The Theory of Nothing Podcast”. Just search my name on there. Also, if you’re trying to book me (do it), my website is http://www.danrcarney.com.

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Learn About The Tallahassee Film Festival!

How did tallahassee film festival get started? The Tallahassee Film Festival was started out of a Knight Creative Communities Initiative (KCCI) in 2008. I came on board at that time as a programmer for the festival, and realized it was an endeavor that this city was lacking, and I wanted to be a part of making it happen.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about tallahassee film festival that they may not already know? There’s not a huge offering of indie, arthouse or foreign cinema in this town, and that’s one of the things which the festival does – we bring much needed exposure to incredible work that otherwise may not be seen by audiences in this region. Over the last ten years, our festival has screened films by filmmakers who’ve gone on win Oscars (i.e., Barry Jenkins), we’ve premiered early work to the Tallahassee audience from filmmakers like Denis Villeneuve (director of Blade Runner 2049), Joe Swanberg (Netflix’s “Easy”) and more. Our festival is a fertile ground for discovering the next big artist, and I’m proud of that.

How has tallahassee film festival grown since it started? Our first festival screened about 65 films, while this year’s festival will screen over 90 films and includes over 50 guest filmmakers and talent. Additionally, this year, we’ve begun to realize our goal of expansion into the Big bend region. We’ve partnered with our first satellite venue during the festival, which will be the brand new Palaver Tree Theater in Wakulla.

What brings people to tallahassee film festival? Our films and the talent we bring into Tallahassee. I think if people are looking for some fun, fresh, and original films, including ones that are critically acclaimed and direct from major film festivals like Sundance, Toronto and Berlin, they will enjoy their time at our festival. Mingle with artists, filmmakers and talent, and see some great movies!

What’s next for tallahassee film festival?

Bigger. Better. More! I’m hoping that in the coming years we’ll be able to begin expanding the scope of the festival to include more days – not just a weekend-long festival – and more venues around the city and the region. As a long-term goal, I’d also like to include more visual arts form, like VR and gaming into the festival.

What social media does tallahassee film festival use?

We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Describe tallahassee film festival in 5 words or less:

Fun, Social, Educational, Creative, and Local!

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Learn About Green4Tally!

How did Green4Tally get started?

Joseph Petty (Chair)

Throughout Sustainable Tallahassee’s 10 year history, there have been several iterations of the Green Business Committee (GBC), with projects such as Best Practice Workshops for businesses. When I joined Sustainable Tallahassee in May of last year and asked then President, Bob Henderson, what I could do to help the organization, he immediately thought of the GBC which had no members at the time. The next thing I knew, I had been named Chair of an otherwise empty committee, with the loosely defined task of creating a green business program.

By June, we had four members, and held our first meeting at Canopy Roads Cafe. It was me, Dacques Viker, Joki Wilkof, Paul Hurst and Tessa Schreiner. We met with community members and business owners for the next six months, and picked up several more volunteers along the way, including a new executive assistant (Bryce Frohlich) and a new intern and co-chair (Carson Menzel).

By December, we had a concept for the program and most of the details worked out, but no branding or logo. I got a little inspiration for the name from another ST committee, Rag2Bags, and came up with a logo design. The rest of the program design was done in just the last few months with the help of even more volunteers for graphic design concepts (Lindsey Masterson) and photography (Haley Davis and Rui Mclellan).

We will be officially launching the program at our March meeting, hosted by The Bark on All Saints St at noon on March 6th. Our meetings are open to the public, and we encourage you to arrive 15 minutes early to order lunch and support our hosting business.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about Green4Tally that they may not already know?

Carson Menzel (Co-Chair)

We would like locals and visitors to know about our website: https://www.green4tally.org/. On this website you can find current Green4Tally members which can help locals or visitors chose a green place to eat. Also, business owners can sign up to become a Green4Tally member or learn more about the program.

Joseph Petty (Chair)

Our program is designed to encourage sustainable business practices in our community. We’ve made it easy to go green by providing guidelines and researching eco-friendly food containers.

How can people be a part of Green4Tally?

Carson Menzel (Chair)

Every first Tuesday of the month at noon we host meetings that are open to the public. The location rotates monthly between our program members to show support for their commitment to a more sustainable community. The locations of each meeting can be found on our Facebook page, be sure to RSVP to the Green4Tally events on Sustainable Tallahassee’s page as well! Follow the link to our pages below. The next Green4Tally meeting is Tuesday, March 6th at noon at The BARK, our newest charter member.

What’s next for Green4Tally?

Carson Menzel (Chair)

As of now, our primary focus is restaurants and bars, due to the amount of waste generated by these businesses. We plan to eventually expand the program to include office, retail, and various other industries.

What social media does Green4Tally use?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Green4Tally

Instagram: www.instagram.com/green4tally/

#Green4Tally @Green4Tally

Describe Green4Tally in 5 words or less

A greener future for Tallahassee

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Learn About Cap City Video Lounge!

How did cap city video lounge come about?

Now that’s a long story. I’ve wanted to run my own video rental store my entire life, ever since I was a kid. In our household, Friday night was typically spent getting pizza and then going out to rent some movies. I looked forward to cruising the aisles and looking at whatever struck my fancy, reading the back, checking out the images on the cover and just allowing my imagination to run wild. Fast forward, and I have created The Trash Cinema Collective blog and Facebook group for like minded individuals who love all things cult, low budget and tossed aside by pop culture and what we created soon after that, was Trash Cinema Night at Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack, which over the near 7 years we’ve been hosting these once a month screenings of cheesy movies, planted the idea that we could possibly do this exact same thing as a business. A place where folks could go to watch, rent and discuss all things cinema and give The Trash Cinema Collective a home.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about cap city video lounge that they may not already know?

Not only is Cap City Video Lounge the ONLY video rental store in Tallahassee with over 4,000 titles lining our shelves and movie screenings nightly of cult and vintage cinema, we are also available to rent as a party venue for only a buck a minute. For just sixty dollars an hour you can host any kind of event you would like, show whatever movies you want, bring in whatever food or beverage you like at our one of a kind venue.

How has cap city video lounge grown since it started?

We’ve grown extensively since we first opened our doors in 2016. We’ve garnered a loyal and excellent base of customers since CCVL has opened for business, many of which have become close friends of both my wife, Qas, and I. We’re the owners and the sole employees, so we get to know those who come rent and watch movies at Cap City very well. Not only that, but our customers have been incredibly generous with donating their own used movies to us. DVD’s, VHS and Blu-Rays, which have helped to flesh out our already impressive library of titles.

What brings people to cap city video lounge?

At first, I believe it’s curiosity. I mean, people assumed video stores were dead and buried. A relic of an ancient way of life. To see one spring up out of nowhere, not a Redbox, not a streaming service, but an honest to goodness brick mortar video rental store built from the ground up, locally owned and operated with a one screen theater? It’s almost unheard of this day and age. So, curiosity and nostalgia, I would say. But what keeps people coming back is the atmosphere, our selection, our clientele and our customer service. We are pride ourselves in being knowledgeable about our stock and cinema in general and we will do our very best to make sure what you’re looking for is on our shelves. It’s become like a family at Cap City Video Lounge, with our regulars and new folks coming in and finding that this place, this community, jives just right with them, it’s a place for us misfits to come out and be ourselves.

What’s next for cap city video lounge?

Man, well, I suppose we will keep expanding our library of titles and offering our clientele the service they’ve come to expect. However, we are always looking for input as to what people would like to see us do in the future. One thing I’ve been considering since the beginning is allowing people to rent out projectors, screens and sound systems so they can put on their own screenings for parties and gatherings. Something like that might be cool, to provide a rental service. Also, the idea of movie rental delivery has crossed my mind, but all in good time.

What social media does cap city video lounge use?

Primarily Facebook. We have a Facebook page where we post our monthly schedules and events and we do our best to advertise through utilizing our page. We’ve branched out and begun using Twitter and Instagram, but for the most part, we are just on Facebook.

Describe cap city video lounge in 5 words or less

A Film Lovers Paradise.

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Learn About The Recycled Wedding Market!

How did the Recycled Wedding Market come about?

The idea for the Recycled Wedding Market grew from discussions of Sustainable Tallahassee’s Three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) committee. The Three R’s committee is committed to minimizing solid waste disposal through prevention and reduction while increasing reuse and recycling.  Several committee members looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of local weddings brought the concept of the Recycled Wedding Market back to their respective businesses.  From there, the idea took off and the committee decided to launch the event.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about the Recycled Wedding Market that they may not already know?

The Recycled Wedding Market is a fundraiser for Sustainable Tallahassee.  Accordingly, although sellers keep 100% of the money from the items they sell, all entrance and registration fees go to Sustainable Tallahassee.  In addition, the Recycled Wedding Market is provided by Aveda Institute Tallahassee, Social Catering and Events, and Green Party Events – all of whom are committed to reducing the environmental impact of Tallahassee weddings.  And the event is proud to partner with media sponsor Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine.

What brings people to the recycled wedding market?

The Recycled Wedding Market is an upscale flea market – of sorts – for all things wedding related.  For newly-married couples, the event is an opportunity to recoup some of their wedding costs by selling their gently used wedding items.  For recently-engaged couples searching for bargains or a way to make their wedding a little less wasteful, the Recycled Wedding Market is a chance to pick up needed items – from décor and linens to even a wedding dress – without paying the full retail price.  The event also features professional wedding vendors and artisans, so it reduces the stress and carbon footprint of wedding planning by offering a one-stop shop.

While the practice of reusing wedding items is by no means novel, the vision of the Recycled Wedding Market is completely on trend, as use of vintage, repurposed and DYI wedding items is taking the spotlight.  Couples increasingly are looking for stylish upcycled items like window panes, furniture pieces and doors, as well as mismatched china, eclectic vases, and vintage linens.  Getting these items easily and inexpensively, however, can be a challenge. Online resources often require a shipping fee and don’t allow for the opportunity to see, touch, smell and inspect the item before purchasing.  And even if a couple does find the used items locally through Craigslist, a thrift shop, or a nearby buy-and-sell group, there can still be a good deal of transportation and coordination involved.

What’s next for the recycled wedding market?

After all of the planning, what’s up next for the he Recycled Wedding Market is the event itself!  The Recycled Wedding Market takes place from 12 – 3 pm on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at the Aveda Institute Tallahassee on Pensacola Street. Tickets can be purchased at a discount at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=38887009091 and they also will be sold at the door.  If you are interested in selling wedding items, consigning your wedding dress, or for further information, go to:  http://www.greenpartyevents.com/recycled-wedding-market.html

Describe the recycled wedding market in 5 words or less

Eco-friendly, smart, unique, impactful, fantastic

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Learn About One Fresh Pillow!

How did One Fresh PillowTM come about?

The idea for One Fresh Pillow was born out of Aaron’s desire to help his massage therapy clients and my frustration with shopping for pillows. Shortly after starting his massage therapy practice, Aaron noticed that many of his clients were suffering from specific neck and back pain. When he asked them questions to get to the root of the pain, a majority of them would say they didn’t sleep comfortably and were unhappy with their pillow.At the same time, I was in pillow buying hell. As the person buying pillows for the household, I got tired of the typical pillow-buying routine: go to the store. Squeeze plastic-wrapped pillows on the pillow aisle. Settle on something that doesn’t seem terrible. Get it home, take it out of the plastic, hate it, throw it in the closet and start all over again. There was one blissful time I actually found a pillow we liked. When it was time to buy new pillows again, THE STORE DIDN’T CARRY THEM ANYMORE. Our struggles inspired us to help people find a supportive pillow, and then to make sure it was always available to buy again when they needed a replacement.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about One Fresh Pillow that they may not already know?

We will be launching the world’s first pillow subscription service this spring. Not only do we want people to realize the importance of sleeping on a supportive pillow, we want them to realize the importance of replacing their pillows on a regular basis.

How has One Fresh Pillow grown in the short time it started?

We officially launched One Fresh Pillow in June 2016. Back then, we knew almost NOTHING about starting a business, so it’s difficult to quantify how much we’ve grown. It took from inception to December 2017 before we were actually shipping out pillows to consumers. Since the beginning of December, our pillows have been in the hands of customers, and these few weeks have been the most exciting part of the business so far. We’ve had extremely positive reviews, and we love knowing that we are already helping so many people get a good night’s sleep.

What brings people to One Fresh Pillow?

The majority of people who become customers are unhappy with their current pillow. They want something that will help them get the quality of sleep they are looking for. Having a massage therapist as a co-founder and co-creator gives us a level of credibility that differentiates us from our competitors.

What’s next for One Fresh Pillow?

Our subscription service will launch in the spring, and it will redefine the pillow industry as the first company in the world to offer pillows on a subscription basis. Consumers have been conditioned to see pillows as a long-term product rather than something that needs to be replaced on a regular basis. We are excited to educate consumers on the benefits of sleeping on a fresh pillow.

We are also looking forward to starting a recycling program to divert our pillows from the waste stream. This is another service that no other pillow company is providing. With consumer purchases of pillows happening more frequently, it is equally important to dispose of old pillows responsibly. Our recycling program will work hand-in-hand with our subscription service.

What social media does One Fresh Pillow use?

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Describe One Fresh Pillow in 5 words or less

A pillow revolution

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Learn About Off The Bluff Farms!

How did off the bluff farms get started?

The short answer is my love of food and flavor had a chance meeting with its first homegrown tomato and I just wanted to share that experience with the world.

The long answer is a series of events from being kicked out of my biology major, to happening into an urban planning class that re-sparked my passions, to a Sustainable Tallahassee committee that allowed me to focus those passions on the local food system, all were events that played their part. In that same time under some sad circumstances I was able to move into a house with a yard, the freedom to dream, and that fateful tomato plant.  Combine that all with a love of working with my hands, food, people, nature, and biological systems I was really just following my gut, both figuratively and literally.  I love the Steve Jobs quote ” you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” and that’s how I feel about the journey to start Off the Bluff Farms. I could point to a lot of things that led me here but what it comes down to is I really found a for love growing good clean food, and a love for the enjoyment it brings to others.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about off the bluff farms that they may not already know?

There was a long time I thought I wanted to be a chef. To be honest, had I not listened to the well meaning advice about how hard the work and the hours were (joke’s on them #farmer) I might have gone to culinary school over college. Though, that love of the culinary arts has not disappeared, it has just been refocused. I strive to find the most flavorful plant varieties and grow them to their peak freshness – providing the building blocks for a Michelin star meal, not only for chefs, but for anyone who buys from Off the Bluff. Just like any good chef I’m also constantly checking up on food trends and experimenting with little known and exotic crops. Exploring new possibilities on the plate never gets old to me and although they’re not all winners, who knows maybe we can discover the next kale together.

How has off the bluff farms grown since it started?

So glad you included a question about growth so I could drop some farm puns. Well we’ve had a lot growing on since the seed for Off the Bluff was planted (see what I did there, just getting warmed up). We’re still just the seedling of a tree we hope will fruit for years to come. Ok Im done, but really Im a first generation farmer so there has been a lot to learn about growing, not just the needs of each plant but also the commercial production techniques that take a plot from a being a garden to a farm. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to network with some incredible small farmers from around town and around the country who have helped me take huge leaps forward and I honestly wouldn’t be here without them. We’ve come a long way since that seed germinated (whoops snuck another one in) but still feel its just the beginning for us.

What brings people to off the bluff farms?

I’d like to think its the combination of the stunningly good looks of both myself and my produce but the reality is when we’re set up at market it’s definitely our beautiful hand painted sign from my more creative half.

What’s next for off the bluff farms?

We’re working on an expansion now so a lot of soil building is in our immediate future. Beyond that we’re looking forward to start cultivating relationships with more of the awesome local restaurants we have in town and just getting the chance to share our stuff with as many people as possible.

What social media does off the bluff farms use?

We’re on Facebook where we will post events and workshops we will be having but we really love Instagram @offtheblufffarms to show off how delicious everything looks. . We also have a website otbfarms.com where we will be building out a recipe page and more. While you’re there don’t forget to sign up for our email list to stay up to date and receive special offers.

Describe off the bluff farms in 5 words or less

Plant geeks and food freaks

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