The Makewell Podcast

The Makewell Podcast
The Makewell Podcast unveils the behind-the-scene stories of creatives, entrepreneurs, and risk-takers living a creative life.

14: Kenny Howard
Oct 20 • 35 min
Kenny Howard is the owner of Fireflour and Anima Cucina, two local restaurants in Bismarck, ND. Listen in to hear how his career in design lead him to California, and how his time there gave him the spark to open up his very own restaurants!
13: Chappy Windsor
Oct 13 • 36 min
Chappy Windsor is the owner of Dakota Chappy, a women’s clothing store in Minot and Bismarck, ND. Listen in to hear how her start at her dad’s gift shop eventually lead to her very own store, and how her fashion product has sold hundreds of units!
12: Maartje Murphy
Oct 6 • 34 min
Maartje Murphy is the owner of Duchessa Gelato, delicious handcrafted gelato from the family dairy farm based in Carrington, ND. Listen in to hear how her family came to the United States with a passion for dairy farming, and how Maartje’s career did a…
11: Amanda Rydell
Sep 29 • 42 min
Amanda Rydell is the owner of Handpicked Goods, a vintage + modern retail shop focused on all things good in Fargo, ND. Listen in to hear how Amanda’s passion for making with her hands continues to guide her career, and how her love for people is always…
10: Tanner Reidman
Sep 22 • 54 min
Tanner Reidman is the co-owner of Plain View, a design driven drafting and consulting company in Bismarck, ND. Listen in to hear how Tanner’s time as a professional motorcross racer eventually lead to starting his very own business, and how his bike…
9: Brian Jackson
Sep 15 • 46 min
Brian Jackson is the owner of Mighty Missouri Coffee Company., a specialty coffee roasters and cafe in Bismarck, ND. Listen in to hear how Brian followed his curiosities, took a huge leap of faith, and how he’s continued to grow his award winning coffee…
8: Ashton Hauff
Sep 8 • 58 min
Ashton Hauff is the founder of Makewell, a community for Midwest Makers. Listen in to hear how Ashton’s search for like-minded people lead her to creating a community of over 1,000 makers, and how her entrepreneurial journey continues to grown ever since.
7: Christy Tehven
Sep 1 • 48 min
Christy Tehven is the owner of Love Always Floral, a floral business in Fargo committed to spreading love and joy. Listen in to hear how Christy’s 9 to 5 introduced her to a new hobby, and how she took radical action to make that hobby her own business.
6: Megan Gonzalez
Aug 25 • 65 min
Megan Gonzalez is the creative director of MaeMae & Co., a creative agency in Minneapolis. Listen in to hear how not finding a job after college lead to her nationally recognized stationary company, only to find out that wasn’t her long-term passion.
5: Michael Kashey
Aug 18 • 22 min
Michael Kashey is the co-owner of Thomas & Moriarty’s, a craft cocktail bar in downtown Mandan. Listen in to hear how his passion for history fuels his love of cocktails, and how he quickly went from student to co-owner in just a few years!
4: Evan & Ganya Anderson
Aug 11 • 72 min
Evan and Ganya Anderson are the husband and wife duo behind Gizmonics where they help inventors bring their ideas to reality. Listen in to hear how their meeting in college lead to wild experiences in both Seattle and Denver, and how to create am original…
3: Stephanie Miller
Aug 4 • 36 min
Stephanie Miller is the executive chef of Butterhorn in downtown Bismarck. Listen in to hear how she did a total career pivot during college, and how she quickly went from student to chef in just a few years time.
2: Zach Wentz
Jul 28 • 56 min
Zach Wentz is a filmmaker at Threefold, a video production company passionately chasing the real stories, resilient people and tenacious work of the Midwest and beyond. Listen in to hear how his passion for magic lead to his film career, and how his time…
1: John Meyer
Jul 21 • 57 min
John Meyer is the CEO of Lemonly in Sioux Falls, SD where they help you tell your story with sweet visual content. Listen in to hear how every job, no matter how small, can equip you for the future, and how you can build an amazing creative team from the…
Season 1: Recap
Sep 17, 2019 • 23 min
What a season of amazing stories! It’s been an honor to hear makers from around the Midwest share their journey with us. To close the season, listen as the Makewell team recaps some of their favorite moments and key takeaways.
16: Dorothy Henke
Sep 10, 2019 • 55 min
Season one is ending with a bang! Introducing Dorothy ‘Dot’ Henke, the owner behind everyone’s favorite snack, Dot’s Pretzels. After retiring from the financial industry, Dot experimented with some snacks for her family, and stumbled behind a recipe that…
15: Joel Porter
Sep 3, 2019 • 65 min
Born into a family of musicians, its no surprise that Joel started playing violin at a very early age. Listen in as Joel Porter, ambient-folk writer and musician, was given the chance to pursue music anywhere he wanted for one month and how that lead him…
14: Erica Hager
Aug 27, 2019 • 58 min
Erica Hager’s childhood was filled with crafting with her mom and attending Steve Job’s talks with her dad so its no surprise she gravitated towards design throughout her career. Today, Erica is the founder and mastermind behind Bison Booties, and she…
13: Keenan Hauff
Aug 20, 2019 • 48 min
From his first business mowing lawns in high school, to being Vice President of his class at NDSU, to his current role as the co-founder and director of Threefold, Keenan Hauff’s story is one of entrepreneurship, hard work, and the power of building an…
12: Kodee Furst
Aug 13, 2019 • 59 min
Kodee Furst is based in Dickinson, ND as the co-founder of Annie Capital where she invests in the power of women. Listen in to hear how her combined experiences studying abroad, working at a national non-profit, and her desire for work back home merged to…
11: Chad Ziemendorf
Aug 6, 2019 • 56 min
From the rooftops of startups in San Fransisco to the wild west of Watford City, Chad’s story is one of intense passion and pursuit. Listen is as industrial advertising photographer, Chad Ziemendorf, shares why he moved to North Dakota and how his career…
10: Ben Brick
Jul 30, 2019 • 51 min
Ben Brick is an illustrator of Brick Illustration and co-owner of The Good Kids so it’s not surprising that as a kid, Ben Brick was either being a little rascal or doodling. Listen in to hear how a year at the Magical Kingdom opened the creative…
9: Greg Tehven
Jul 23, 2019 • 35 min
From his first business selling pumpkins as a kid, to starting Students Today Leaders Forever in college, to his current role leading the dynamic Emerging Prairie team, Greg Tehven’s story is one of entrepreneurship and impact that holds to the idea that…
8: Lexie Rundquist
Jul 16, 2019 • 34 min
Lexie Rundquist is a self-taught studio artist, jewelry maker, and teacher. Her jewelry pieces have also been seen on the Netflix show, Grace & Frankie. Listen in to hear how even the things you love can take an emotional toll, and how to pivot to find…
7: Jeff Knight
Jul 9, 2019 • 40 min
Jeff Knight is a graphic designer, community builder, and lover of all things cereal. Listen in as Jeff’s story reveals why his home town captured his heart after adventuring East and how his side hustles turned into his full-time gig.
6: Ashley Morken
Jul 2, 2019 • 62 min
What happens when your desire to make an impact looks completely different in practice than what you expected? Listen in as Ashley Morken of Unglued shares how her journey of becoming a nurse eventually turned into building a community of local handmade…
5: Justin Walsh
Jun 25, 2019 • 55 min
Entrepreneur at heart, Justin Walsh went from having his first business at age 13 to building the #1 fastest growing startup in ND by age 30. Listen to his story as he shares his mindset when starting a business and how parents can inspire creativity in…
4: Hugh Weber
Jun 18, 2019 • 60 min
What happens when you successfully accomplish all your wildest dreams as as twenty-something only to realize it’s hollow and unsatisfying? Hugh Weber’s story is one of connections and choosing to pivot in order to find what matters most.
3: Beth Schatz Kaylor
Jun 11, 2019 • 52 min
Beth Schatz Kaylor is a marketing strategist, Spanish speaker, and food co-op president. Listen in as Beth’s story reveals how a wide variety of passions can align into the sweetest opportunities on the path that is your career.
2: Amos Kolbo
Jun 6, 2019 • 78 min
“If you could do anything with your life, what would it be?” Amos’ dad asked him this question as a teenager on a road trip home, and it radically changed the trajectory of his life. Listen in as portrait photographer and entrepreneur, Amos Kolbo, shares…
1: Jordan Loftis
Jun 4, 2019 • 55 min
Jordan Loftis is a small business owner and content marketer who’s ghostwritten over 18+ books in the last few years. Listen in to hear the crazy challenges that came along his maker journey, and how the most painful, soul-less job may have been exactly…
Season 1: Trailer
May 24, 2019 • 5 min
Ashton, Ben, and J.Morgan take five minutes to share the ‘why’ behind the podcast. Subscribe now and get the first episode with Jordan Loftis on Tuesday, June 4th.