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Fenom Podcast

Apr 13, 2020

In this episode of the Fenom Podcast, I wanted to change things up and do a short series of 3 interviews from the frontlines of women entrepreneurs in the Restaurant and Service industry here in Charlottesville, Virginia. Each interview I've ever had, there always seems to be an overarching theme and that was exactly what unfolded in each of these interviews- family, community, comfort and love which we undoubtably need at this time. Our small businesses are the backbone of our community-we are the first you go to for PTA fundraisers or to sponsor youth sports, we employ so many people in our area and work with numerous other local vendors and businesses. Simply put, the character of a city relies on the strength of our small businesses. These phenomenal women are putting everything they have into making sure their business can pivot and continue to serve Charlottesville through these unprecedented times.  Originally, I was going to have them all in one podcast and I have since decided that I wanted them to have their own spotlight. 

In this episode I am talking with Ashleigh Abrams co owner of Moe’s Original BBQ on Ivy Rd and Water St. Moe’s has been Cville’s home for Alabama Style BBQ and southern sides for going on 5 years in June. Before this pandemic they had dine in, to go, a food truck and an extensive catering service and have had to pivot to just curbside pickup with boxed lunch catering and family dinner to go packs all at in affordable price. Ashleigh’s insight into making her livelihood work in whatever way possible while also juggling being a preschool teacher and parent to her two young boys during this lockdown shows her strength of character and love for her community and family.