On this episode, we joined the Gorilla Cinema power team of Jacob Trevino & Otto Baum at the beautiful Overlook Lodge in Pleasant Ridge, Ohio. If you’re unfamiliar w/ these two creative geniuses, you’re probably hip to their amazing & unique bars & restaurant as they are the minds behind Tiki Tiki Bang Bang in Walnut Hills (formerly The Video Archive), The Lonely Pine Steak House in Pleasant Ridge, Tokyo Kitty downtown, La Ofrenda in OTR, & the OG venue of The Overlook Lodge, which is where this podcast was recorded. These two hustlers joined forces to make, what I consider, one of the most powerful partnerships in the Nati.
This is the first time I’ve ever recorded partners like this, in terms of them both being separate entrepreneurs successful in their own lanes...who didn’t even know each other...met...believed in the other’s abilities & vision…& teamed up to become a thriving partnership. I’ve been following both of these guys for quite a while & they have consistently blown me away w/ what they’ve come up w/ over the years. Their spaces are always so creative, well thought out, unique, the attention to detail is impeccable, & they really DO take you to another place for an experience you won’t forget. I appreciate them as a patron, I respect them as a hustler, & I admire them as Cincinnatian who loves his city.
The takeaway is easy on this one & is right in line w/ what I’m trying to do w/ this podcast. It’s two-fold too. The first is that they’re telling stories. Jacob has elaborate visions of venues that tell a story. That story is one of the most important parts of what is ultimately created too. The second is that they are supporting local. Otto has an amazing ability to create physical spaces that match Jacob’s vision but he also has pride in the workmanship he puts into them because he loves the areas they are investing in & he is well-aware of the positive impact he is having on those communities. I record this podcast to hear & record people’s stories & to support local businesses, so this was a great duo to have on as guests. I genuinely encourage you to make it a point to support these guys.
Podcast Production: John Bl@ze
Theme Music: "Farmers Name" by Highly Likely
Sponsor Music: "Grow" by Cory Christopher Beats