Twenty-eight years ago a hopeful restauranteur bet on South Bend by buying a 151-year old building on Colfax Avenue to open his first restaurant. South Bend on Purpose is back.
Today we deliver our portrait of The Colfax Theater and ask: will the shaping of our city’s culture be reserved to a select few, while the rest find it “hardly worth a person’s time”? Or will our culture be a mirror—reflecting the capacious range of talent, experience, and heritage inhabiting our neighborhoods?
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Jacob and Dustin explore the history of South Bend’s oldest standing commercial building with Mark McDonnell, the building’s owner and founder of both LaSalle Grill and LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern.
On Thursday, February 7th Pete Buttigieg interviewed a panel of the cohort members about their time in South Bend and the problems they aim to solve. This evening took place inside a newly renovated wing of The Exner Office, a collaborative workspace currently home to INVANTI, West.SB, South Bend on Purpose, and Hurry Home.
In Season 3 of South Bend on Purpose, we'll tell the stories of people who are betting on South Bend by investing new purpose into old spaces, whether that's an old industrial building or a once lively plot of land; people whose internal purpose has manifested itself into a physical part of our city.
Kintae Lark, the founder of Inspiration Barber-Salon, joins the pod to discuss how the challenges he faced growing up makes him a powerful and positive force for our city’s youth and why he firmly believes that his city, South Bend, is his assignment.
Max Brickman, managing director of Heartland Ventures, joins the pod to discuss his decision to stay in South Bend, his venture capital firm’s unique partnerships with Midwest family-owned businesses, and how this path has shifted the way he values community.
Chuck Nelson, currently working as the Executive Director of The Judd Leighton Foundation, joins the pod to discuss his current interest in economic development and entrepreneurship, Notre Dame’s relationship with the city, and memories about South Bend’s booming past that affect the way he thinks about the city today.
Santiago Garces and Brian Donoghue, South Bend’s Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Civic Innovation, join the pod to discuss their paths to South Bend and tell stories about why our city’s name is being spoken around the world.
Marian Hodges, a local technology executive, joins the pod to discuss her path to South Bend and the code words for making friends in the Midwest.
Robert Ramsey, a relatively new resident of South Bend, joins the pod to discuss his love of Midwestern values, how we get to know a new city, and why South Bend is the ideal place to build a meaningful life.
Dave Matthews, a real estate developer in South Bend, joins the pod to discuss his decision to come home after college, how he leveraged unique characteristics of South Bend to build new buildings, and why culture is paramount to rebuilding a city.
Shawn Henderson, the principal of Riley High School, joins the pod to discuss how a kid from the South East Side became the unlikely principal of his neighborhood school and how that experiences makes him a powerful force for our city’s youth.
Kareemah Fowler, currently serving as City Clerk for South Bend, joins the pod to discuss how her entrepreneurial ventures (like buying 9 houses straight out of high school) and city government roles are pushing South Bend to be a place where opportunity is inclusive and abundant.
Jason Miller, lead pastor of South Bend City Church, joins the pod to discuss his understanding of place, why City Church is inextricably tied to the city, and how as he was about to move away, South Bend "grabbed me by the shoulders and was kind of like, 'hello.'"
Michelle Fitzgerald, founder of Make South Bend, joins the pod to explore how her personal mission of creating and restoring dignity in people is changing the lives of people who cross Make's threshold.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins the pod for a discussion about his decision to return to South Bend, the meaning of home, and why America needs to consider community as a new source of purpose.
On Season 2 of Pod.SB we (co-hosts Jacob Titus and Dustin Mix) interview a diverse group of people who are here living life on purpose. in this first episode we talk about why the podcast is returning for another season, why Dustin is joining the show, and what special guest is joining us for episode 2.
Homebody House Concert Festival is attracting artists from around the country to host an innovative series of shows throughout South Bend neighborhoods. Myles talks about the mission behind this idea, and what kind of people open their home to touring musicians.
John's new startup Hurry Home aims to change the way people pursue home ownership – starting right here in South Bend.
Nora and Micaela offer unique perspectives on Politico's latest profile of Pete Buttigieg, and we discuss pieces of life as Notre Dame students who are also from South Bend.
Originally from LA, Jada McLean moved to South Bend last year as a member of INVANTI's first cohort. We discuss her burger tour of the city and her newfound mission to pair people with homes.
After a weekend of sensationalized public school news articles, Ryan and I discuss how our vision for South Bend changes the way we critique.
Katie + Jake are born and bred South Bend creatives driven to execute their dreams. Our vision aligns on many levels, so I can comfortably name this my favorite episode yet.
INVANTI is an impact-driven startup generator located in Vested Interest, the physical home of West.SB. In this episode we discuss entrepreneurship, punny mugs, and why we're betting on South Bend.
David Ziker and Rami Sadek are an unlikely duo. Together we are building Vested Interest, a node for emerging and established businesses inside a massive 70,000 square foot facility on Sample Street.
Myles Robertson, founder of The Birdsell Project and GM at Purple Porch Co-op, and I discuss his contributions to our city's conscious and creative culture.
I discuss a recent trip to Google Chicago w/ Alex Sejdinaj, the co-founder of South Bend Code School and GiveGrove.