Pancake Town Podcast
Episode 110 - Cautiously Optimistic

Episode 110 - Cautiously Optimistic

November 3, 2020

In this week's episode, Michelle and Emily are here for your Election Day distraction!  They share their somewhat apathetic holiday sales plans for this year and why they’re not putting too much pressure on themselves to make up for lost income due to COVID.

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Episode 109 - Our Phones are Here to Kill Us

Episode 109 - Our Phones are Here to Kill Us

October 27, 2020
Is it possible for a business to quit social media?  This week, Emily and Michelle react to a handmade jewelry business’ decision to leave all social media platforms.  While the idea of deleting Facebook and never posting on Instagram ever again is very tempting, Emily and Michelle try to figure out if there’s a more practical solution.
 
Also, does it really count as 'leaving' social media if you just stop posting, but leave your account active?
Episode 108 - 100% Pure and Sparkly

Episode 108 - 100% Pure and Sparkly

October 20, 2020

Last week was Amazon Prime Day and the small business community showed up to encourage their customers to spend their money thoughtfully, and to remind them that small businesses have been hurting this year while Amazon is profiting off of the pandemic.

Emily and Michelle were surprised to discover that there is a small faction of makers that were offended by the anti-Amazon agenda and one business owner specifically felt the need to attack Emily’s Instagram post that encouraged the support of shopping small over shopping 'Prime'.

Since it’s impossible to have a rational discussion on social media, Emily did the only reasonable thing: deleted the comments and talked about it on our podcast instead!

Episode 107 - Settle In

Episode 107 - Settle In

September 29, 2020

After a bit of a hiatus, Emily and Michelle are back! They dive right into the hottest topic of the moment: How to respond when you're told to “stick to {your business}” and leave politics out of it.

This year has demanded that we - small business owners - turn the camera on ourselves to remind our customers that we’re real people in need of their support.

When we're asked to pull the curtain back to share more and more of our personal lives, then it should be expected that our political views will come along with that.  If it’s okay for us to share every loaf of bread we’ve baked during quarantine, then it should also be okay for us to post about Black Lives Matter or which candidate we’re supporting in the upcoming election...

Episode 106 - The Less Icky One

Episode 106 - The Less Icky One

July 28, 2020

In this week's episode, Michelle and Emily dive into the topic of "maker guilt," or, more specifically, the current trend of small businesses like ours feeling like they need to apologize for advertising their products and trying to make money.

Times are tough and there's a lot going on in the world, both politically and economically, which can make regular 'ole advertising feel trivial - and even inappropriate.  We try to squash these feelings and give you (and ourselves) some tangible - and guilt-free - ways to continue to promote your work and get those bills paid!

Episode 105 - 500 Times More Likely

Episode 105 - 500 Times More Likely

July 21, 2020

After they get some feelings about non-maskers out of their system, Emily and Michelle spend this episode talking about ways to prepare for this coming holiday season.  With in-person events potentially being canceled well into next year, how can we small business owners position ourselves now to make up for those lost sales?

Episode 104 - Quarantine Chat #5

Episode 104 - Quarantine Chat #5

July 7, 2020

After a quick break for migraines, flash sales, and fireworks, we're back with a brand-new Quarantine Chat!  This week, Emily and Michelle talk about the craziest thing going around social media lately: cancel culture.

Episode 103 - Quarantine Chat #4

Episode 103 - Quarantine Chat #4

June 23, 2020

After a long hiatus, Emily and Michelle are back with another Quarantine Chat episode. This week, they share some Black-hosted podcasts that they've been listening to...

Podcasts we review in this episode: The Stoop, Pod Save the People, Higher Learning, Code Switch, and The Sunday Jumpstart.

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Episode 102 - Quarantine Chat #3

Episode 102 - Quarantine Chat #3

April 21, 2020

As we enter a full month of the 'stay-at-home' order here in Illinois, Emily and Michelle record another Quarantine Chat episode from the safety of their respective homes.  This week, they talk about the divisive and problematic issue of labeling businesses ESSENTIAL and NON-ESSENTIAL, and Emily suggests categorizing businesses as HIGH-RISK and LOW-RISK instead.

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Episode 101 - Quarantine Chat #2

Episode 101 - Quarantine Chat #2

April 3, 2020

As stay-at-home orders are extended in Illinois, and across the country, Emily and Michelle continue to record their Quarantine Chat series from the comfort of their separate homes...  In this week's episode, they try to bring a little positivity to this whole shit-show by sharing ways that we can support small businesses and shouting out some of their favorite brands and products!

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