A new podcast series in Chamblee is shining a spotlight on local business owners and entrepreneurs while connecting community members.
Between2Trains started earlier this year by Chamblee resident Van Pappas who owns his own financial planning business in the city. “I’ve lived in Chamblee almost my entire life and to me, this really is the center of the universe,” he said. Just how involved with the city is he? Papas ran for mayor of the city in 2017, helped start Chamblee’s Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the city’s development authority board. The podcast is his latest project and Papas said his goal with Between2Trains is to help residents hear, learn from and engage with business owners.
“The business community accounts for a large portion of a municipality’s revenue and a good chunk of the city’s tax revenue comes from our businesses,” said Pappas. “Chamblee is now on the map thanks to strategic moves by the city council and development authority, so more businesses means a better city overall.”
The name of the podcast, Between2Trains, may remind listeners of Zach Galifianakis’ quirky Between Two Ferns video podcast. Pappas said making his podcast fun for both listeners and guests was one of the goals he had in mind. Each episode is about 30 minutes long and is ideal for listening while commuting. It can be accessed using Soundcloud, iTunes or YouTube.
So far, Pappas along with co-hosts Jason Wieloch and Thom Abbott have interviewed guests like Frosty Caboose owner and entrepreneur Pam Kachmar about her story of opening her now wildly popular train-themed ice cream shop during the recession. However, Between2Trains is not exclusively for Chamblee residents and business owners.
“Most businesses we’ve booked for episodes so far have been in Chamblee, but it is not designed just for Chamblee alone. We hope to bring in businesses from Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Doraville and more of the North DeKalb region,” said Pappas. “As we know, what is good for these neighboring cities is good for us and we should be helping each other and working together.”
For more information and to listen to episodes, visit www.between2trains.com.