Young Business Owners Tout Toledo Talent

By Allison Reamer
The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Several young entrepreneurs including Stacy Jurich who founded “Boochy Mama’s” which produces kombucha, a fermented tea drink, explain why they run their businesses in Toledo, Ohio.

The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

Stacy Jurich, a 31-year-old entrepreneur who owns Boochy Mama’s Probiotic Tonic, said Sunday it was a no-brainer for her to locate her mom-and-pop business in downtown Toledo because of the city’s unique attributes.

“I wouldn’t start a business anywhere else because of the community we have here,” she said about Toledo.

Ms. Jurich, a Toledo native, was one of about a dozen community leaders and business owners who gathered downtown on Sunday afternoon to refute a statement last week by a Hickory Farms executive that the company had to move out Chicago to attract top-tier talent.

Ms. Jurich said she wouldn’t choose to have her company anywhere but here.

Boochy Mama’s produces kombucha, a fermented tea drink, in the Davis Building on 10th Street and Jefferson Avenue. The product is sold at several businesses in the Toledo-Ann Arbor area, according to her website.

It’s a small start-up, but she uses local talent in several areas of her business, she said.

“All of our logo work, marketing, Web, I’ve been able to get very talented Toledo artists to work on,” Ms. Jurich said.

“I try to source everything I can locally,” she added. “Ironically, I haven’t been able to get a local source for my glass bottles.”

Sunday’s contingent of community and business leaders said in a parking lot on Adams and 11th streets that they take issue with comments made by Diane Pearse, who became Hickory Farms LLC’s chief executive officer in early 2016.

Ms. Pearse said last week that Hickory Farms was leaving for Chicago because of trouble finding the young talent the corporation needs in a city like Toledo.

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