Pancake Town Podcast
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.

If you'd like to support our podcast during this crazy time, please consider becoming a Patreon subscriber here.

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.

If you'd like to support our podcast during this crazy time, please consider becoming a Patreon subscriber here.

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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Episode 100 - Quarantine Chat #1

Episode 100 - Quarantine Chat #1

March 24, 2020

It's the 100th Episode of Pancake Town!  And it’s the first in a new series we're calling Quarantine Chats...  Emily and Michelle record this episode via phone in order to maintain social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.  They both share ways that their lives and businesses are being affected right now, as well as some difficult decisions that they’ve had to make in the past few weeks.  While they don’t have any magical answers to help everyone get through this, they do hope to become a source of support for other business owners while we all muddle through together.

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Episode 99 - Sometimes It Does Hurt To Ask

Episode 99 - Sometimes It Does Hurt To Ask

February 25, 2020

We're baaaaaccckkkkk!

In this week's episode (our first of 2020!), Emily and Michelle quickly get caught up on how the new year has been going and then they finally get into a topic that’s been on their minds for a while.  We’ve all been given the advice, "It doesn’t hurt to ask," but sometimes... it actually does.  They share their opinions on question-asking etiquette and how to respond when you’re on the receiving end of those awkward inquiries.  

Episode 98 - People Are The Worst

Episode 98 - People Are The Worst

December 17, 2019

Part 2 of 2: Emily and Michelle continue their 2019/2020 conversation and segue into some of their favorite rants topics like pricing and dealing with difficult customers.

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