Andrew Blake

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A self-proclaimed "humanist," Andrew celebrates every aspect what it means to be human.​ A husband, farmer, entrepreneur and spiritual explorer are some of the avenues in which Andrew cultivates his perspective.​ Andrew’s commitment to blazing his own trail has served him well professionally; he turned an obscure college idea, which would later become Blake’s Hard Cider Company, into one of the fastest growing beverage companies in the country. All of this happened while Andrew worked to evolve the fields that raised him and Blake has grown into a leader in the agricultural space and becoming one of the preeminent destinations in the Midwest.​ He is also the host of Everything Borrowed, a weekly podcast cultivating conversations on business, life and the in-betweens.
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 18: A Conversation with Randall Buchman

On this new episode of "Everything Borrowed," Andrew welcomes Randall Buchman. Founder and CEO of Emerald Growth Partners, Buchman joins the Everything Borrowed roster in episode 18! Emerald Growth Partners is responsible for the cannabis company, Pleasantrees. Buchman is committed to creating a premium cannabis brand that is focusing on erasing the negative stigma surrounding...
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 17: A Conversation with Burton Heiss

Welcome to an all-new episode of "Everything Borrowed," a podcast hosted by Andrew Blake! On this episode, Andrew welcomes Burton Heiss, CEO of Buddy's Pizza. Burton joined Buddy’s Pizza as CEO in July 2019, with over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry. During the show, Blake and Burton talk about how he is...
Mark Hackel
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 16: A Conversation with Mark Hackel

On this episode of "Everything Borrowed," Mark Hackel, County Executive for Macomb County, joins Andrew to talk about a few of the topics we are currently facing on the home front. Mark explains his thoughts and feelings on his job as a politician, the current issues surrounding COVID-19 and his belief to focus on the...
Darren McCarty
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 15: A Conversation with Darren McCarty

Four-time Stanley Cup champion, former Red Wings enforcer, host of "Grind Time with Darren McCarty" podcast and a true Detroit gem, Darren McCarty joins Andrew for episode 15 of "Everything Borrowed." Darren is an advocate for the legalization of cannabis, which is on a list of things that helped his recovery from alcoholism, along with...
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 14: A Conversation with Jason Hundey

Friend, writer, teacher, podcaster and history buff are just a few words to describe today's guest. On this episode of "Everything Borrowed," Jason Hundey joins host Andrew Blake to discuss the evolution and history of rock and music as a whole. Hundey has taught a university-designed Music History course for 10 years, been one of...
Charles Coristine
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 13: A Conversation with Charles Coristine

Charles Coristine, president and CEO of LesserEvil Snacks, channels his passions for mindfulness and healthy living into creating snacks. Today, "Everything Borrowed" host, Andrew Blake, chats with Coristine about his journey from a career on Wall Street to shaping LesserEvil’s core beliefs. The company prioritized not just ingredients, but spirit and desire to do better...
Lou Cysewski
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 12: A Conversation with Lou Cysewski

Today, Andrew Blake sits down with the CEO and founder of Coolperx, Lou Cysewski. The two talk about sustainable business and how Cysewski helps companies combat climate change. Coolperx is the world's first and only social purpose marketing, merchandise and events agency. They offer unique and impactful corporate marketing, branded merchandising, consulting, and events that...
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 11: A Conversation with Christopher George

On this episode of "Everything Borrowed," Andrew Blake's guest, Christopher George, is not only a Detroit native, the CEO and co-founder of Gentleman’s Box, but also chairman of the Subscription Trade Association (SUBTA).  During the episode, George shares his story and success in the thriving subscription industry and how businesses unwilling to pivot will be...
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 10: A Conversation with Spike Cohen

On today's episode of "Everything Borrowed," Andrew Blake welcomes Spike Cohen. Spike Cohen was the Libertarian Party's nominee for vice president during the 2020 election, running alongside Jo Jorgensen. The Libertarian may not have won the 2020 election, but that does not mean they are going to just give up on trying. Andrew and Spike...
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 8: A Conversation with Grace Keros

On this episode of “Everything Borrowed,” Andrew Blake chats with Grace Keros, owner of American Coney Island, one of the oldest continuously family-owned restaurants in Detroit. During the conversation, Keros discusses how this 100-year-old company has survived it all and much more. Watch the full interview: Listen on Spotify: Listen on Apple Podcasts: To learn...
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 7: A Conversation with Anthony LaVerde

On today's episode of "Everything Borrowed," Andrew sits down with Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment. LaVerde believes in doubling down on your investments during times of uncertainty and fear. Andrew chats with the young and successful driver of one of the most innovative theaters in the country, who sees hope and opportunity in the...
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 6: A Conversation with Veronika Scott

On this episode of "Everything Borrowed," Andrew interviews Veronika Scott, founder of Empowerment Plan, a nonprofit employing the homeless to make coats that are donated to the homeless.  Watch the full interview: Listen on Spotify: Listen on Apple Podcasts: To learn more about “Everything Borrowed,” visit Andrew Blake’s expert profile on StartupNation.
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 5: A Conversation with Garry Gilliam

On this episode of "Everything Borrowed," Andrew chats with former NFL star, Garry Gilliam. Gilliam is on a mission to create an "Eco-village" in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to bring change to systemic oppression through sustainability. Watch the full interview: Listen on Spotify: Listen on Apple Podcasts: To learn more about “Everything Borrowed,” visit Andrew Blake’s expert profile...
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 4: A Conversation with Bo Shepherd

On this episode of "Everything Borrowed," Andrew chats with Bo Shepherd, founder of Woodward Throwbacks and Carhartt Ambassador based in Detroit. Together, they discuss turning your passion into a full-time profitable business. Watch the full interview: Listen on Spotify: Listen on Apple Podcasts: To learn more about “Everything Borrowed,” visit Andrew Blake’s expert profile on StartupNation.
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 3: A Conversation with Mike Young

On this episode of "Everything Borrowed," Andrew chats with Mike Young. Young is an actor, writer, director and comedian from Michigan, and is releasing his standup special on Bill Burr’s “All Things Comedy." Watch the full interview:  Listen on Spotify: Listen on Apple Podcasts: To learn more about “Everything Borrowed,” visit Andrew Blake’s expert profile on...
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 2: A Conversation with Kristina Rinaldi

Welcome to the second episode of "Everything Borrowed" with host, Andrew Blake! Kristina Rinaldi runs Detroit’s first and only no-kill shelter, Detroit Dog Rescue. During this episode, Rinaldi discusses the mistakes other nonprofits make constantly, and what it takes to keep the lights on. Watch the full interview:  Listen on Spotify: Listen on Apple Podcasts:...
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‘Everything Borrowed’ Podcast Ep. 1: A Conversation with James Rigato

Welcome to the premiere episode of "Everything Borrowed." Four-time James Beard semifinalist chef and owner of Mabel Gray restaurant, James Rigato, discusses how misunderstood many foods and beverages are and the importance of connection to where your food is from. Watch the full interview: Listen on Spotify: Listen on Apple Podcasts: To learn more about...
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The Buddha and the Business

On a colorful autumn commute this past season, I found myself stuck behind a rural caravan in a no-passing zone. There was a tractor in the road ahead holding up the flow, but I wasn’t rushing to extinguish fires, no big deal. I cracked open my driver’s side window and allowed that white noise of...