Did you have a chance to hike and bike the trails mentioned in our last blog? Well, whether you’re ready or not, Mahoning County has even more opportunities for you to enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Below, check out some of the area’s best hunting & archery ranges, along with fishing and boating locations.

Hunting & Archery Ranges

On Target OutfittersWhat is it?

Located in Canfield, On Target Outfitters is a family-friendly youth mentoring ministry, with 21 acres of indoor/outdoor space. On Target Outfitters offers classes that teach children how to safely participate in archery, fishing, hunting and camping. Throughout the summer, kids can attend camps that focus on these different outdoor skills. The indoor archery range is open to the public on Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons.

What’s Happening?

  • Archery Camps
  • Marksmanship Camps
  • Adventure and Survival Camps
  • Fishing and Hunting Camps

For more details about On Target Outfitters’ upcoming camps and events, visit their website at http://ontargetoutfitters.org/.

Berlin Lake Wildlife Area
You’ll find all sorts of upland game species distributed throughout Berlin Lake’s 7,991-acre Wildlife Area. The brushy uplands provide the perfect spot for rabbit hunting, while several woods and brushy areas make for great squirrel hunting conditions. Open wet meadows allow for woodcock hunting as well. An archery range is open sunrise to sunset and is free-of-charge.


Fishing & Boating

Lake Milton State Park
If you’re looking for a fantastic place for water recreation, then Lake Milton is the park for you! At Lake Milton, boating, swimming and fishing are very popular. Designed for unlimited horsepower, boaters have access to three launch ramps. Expect to see a diverse array of fish, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, walleye and muskellunge.

Berlin Lake
Right now is the best time to fish at Berlin Lake! Live bait and spinning lures have proven to be the most effective when fishing in this area. Here you’ll find largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, walleye, white and black crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, brown bullhead and muskellunge.


Want more information on the hunting ranges and fishing locations of Mahoning County? Check out our new outdoor brochure! A digital copy can be downloaded straight from our website or a printed version can be mailed straight to you, upon request. For more details about all things happening in the Youngstown area, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

We’re not sure about you, but our spring fever is at an all-time high while we wait for these pesky Ohio temperatures to finally warm up! Thankfully, Mahoning County is ready to treat our fever, with plenty of hiking and biking trails. Get outside, be rid of your spring fever and visit any of these parks’ fantastic trails!

Hiking & Jogging Trails

Mill Creek MetroParks
Difficulty: Easy | trails that are easy to navigate with minimal hills or rough terrain

  • Lily Pond Circle Trail (0.25mi)
  • Nature Trail For All People (0.1mi)
  • East Newport Trail (1.75mi)
  • Davies Wetland Trail (0.25mi)
  • East Golf (1.5mi)

Difficulty: Moderate | slightly longer trails with some steps and inclines

  • East Cohasset Trail (1.5mi)
  • West Cohasset Trail (1mi)
  • West Gorge Trail (1mi)
  • East Gorge Trail (0.5mi)

For a map of all Mill Creek hiking trails, visit this link.

Lake Milton State Park
Located in the northwest corner of this park is an easy, 1.25-mile nature trail. The trail is paved and accessible off Grandview Road near the beach. Another paved trail can be found near the Meshel Park area, off Mahoning Avenue.

Boardman Park
For a smooth and peaceful hike, visit Boardman Park’s 4-mile North Trail. Created out of asphalt pavement, this trail is ADA-accessible and great for families with small children.

Bike Trails

Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway
Mill Creek MetroParks is home to many great bike trails, however the longest and most significant is the MetroParks Bikeway. This path is part of the 100-mile Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway. A 10.6-mile paved trail stretches from the Mahoning County/Trumbull County line south to Western Reserve Road. Additional expansion of the trail will begin this year. Restrooms and parking can be found at Kirk Road Trailhead, Mahoning Avenue Overpass and MetroParks Farm.

Stavich Bike Trail
The Stavich Bike Trail is the only trail in the United States to cross through two states and three different townships. Along this trail, cyclists will catch views of the Mahoning River, along with plenty of great spots for bird watching.


Want more information on the hiking and biking trails of Mahoning County? Check out our new outdoor brochure! A digital copy can be downloaded or a printed version can be mailed straight to you, upon request. For more details about all things happening in the Youngstown area, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!


St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and there are endless festivities happening in the Youngstown area! If you’re still unsure of how to celebrate Saturday, then check out this schedule of all things happening in Mahoning County on St. Patrick’s Day.


Ohio’s Largest St. Patrick’s Day Party – O’Donald’s Austintown
When: 5:30am – 2:30am

Start your celebrations early on St. Patty’s Day at O’Donald’s Irish Pub and Grill in Austintown. Throughout the day, enjoy authentic Irish food, live music and green beer. Between 4pm and 1am, a shuttle bus will be running from Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts in Boardman to O’Donald’s, so don’t worry about driving! More details can be found on the event’s Facebook page.


St. Patrick’s Day Party – Overture Restaurant
When: 7:00am – 9:00pm

The Overture Restaurant in the DeYor Performing Arts Center is hosting an all-day St. Patrick’s Day party, beginning at 7am. Irish breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available and reservations can be made by calling 330-744-9900.


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Magic Tree Pub & Eatery
When: 8:00am

Head over to Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman as early as 8am on Saturday for live music and plenty of authentic Irish food. While food and drink specials have not yet been announced, expect lots of green and great Irish beer! The full music lineup and event details can be found on their Facebook page.


ShamRock the Block 2018
When: 11:00am

To experience one of the largest outdoor parties in downtown Youngstown, celebrate at this year’s ShamRock the Block! The party will kick off at 11am on West Federal Street, with live music beginning at 12:30pm. The Federal opens at 8am for green pints and pancakes, and V2 Wine Bar Trattoria will open at 9am with Irish food and drink specials. For more details, visit the event page.


For more St. Patrick’s Day events in the Youngstown area, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

Believe it or not, you don’t have to jump on a flight to California to sip a quality glass of wine. In fact, you don’t even have to leave Mahoning County! Enjoy any of the seven wineries in the Youngstown area, complete with scenic views, locally aged grapes and accommodating venues. Read below to learn about each of the wineries’ unique offerings.


Mastropiétro Winery
Berlin Center

Established in 2005, Mastropiétro Winery was the first winery in Mahoning County and has an on-site vineyard that produces grapes for harvest. At Mastropiétro, guests can enjoy wine and snacks in their Tuscan-themed tasting room or outside on the scenic patio. Events can be held in the 48-person banquet room or on the property’s beautiful 14 acres of land. Local bands regularly provide live music and special events are held throughout the year.


Halliday’s Winery
Lake Milton

Nestled between Lake Milton and Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course, Halliday’s Winery is a great place to enjoy food, wine and company. Their menu includes appetizers, flatbread pizzas, paninis and sandwiches, paired with a variety of specialty wines. With their winery building, outdoor space and association with Olde Dutch Mill, Halliday’s Winery can accommodate groups of more than 250 guests for any type of event. Wine tastings and live music are also available for enjoyment.


Lil Paws Winery
Lake Milton

Inspired by their K-9 kids, Lil Paws Winery serves homemade wines and beers, all made on-site and named after the owners’ past or present dogs. Lil Paws does not offer food, but encourages you to bring your own and enjoy it with their wine. Visit on Thursdays for an Essential Oil Yoga Class or enjoy occasional live music performances on weekends.


The Vineyards at Pine Lake

The 42-acre Vineyards at Pine Lake is a beautiful lakefront property complete with a banquet hall and tasting room. With its large event center and scenic outdoor space, The Vineyards at Pine Lake is a popular location for weddings and other events. Cooking Club classes, Craft and Sip sessions and an Adult Easter Egg Hunt are also available to visitors.



L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro

L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro is Youngstown’s first and only California-style winery, with grapes and juices sourced from Italy, Chile, California and Ohio. This winery and bistro also offers a variety of fine dining eats, from steak and seafood to homemade, wood-fired oven pizzas. Right now, special Lenten dishes are available for lunch and dinner on each Friday of Lent (until March 29).


Myrddin Winery
Lake Milton

Tucked away on the shore of Lake Milton is Myrddin Winery. Open Thursday-Sunday, this intimate winery offers an extensive selection of food including cheese boards, homemade chips, pizzas, sandwiches and build-your-own desserts. But, what really makes this winery unique is its unbeatable view of Lake Milton! Visitors can sip wine indoors in the Tasting Room or outside on the porch or patio, overlooking the lake.


Diletto Winery 

Located across the street from White House Fruit Farm, Diletto Winery offers specialty fruit wines, select appetizers and a plethora of fun activities. Sip n’ Paint Classes are offered several times a month for just $36 per person (includes materials, instruction and a glass of wine) and the winery’s many Escape Rooms are always available for booking. Diletto Winery also hosts Murder Mystery Dinners that include a 4-course meal, wine and storyline with you as the suspect!


 For more details about Mahoning Valley wineries or Youngstown area offerings, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

The holiday season is here and with it comes countless holiday traditions and events! From holiday lights to performances there is no shortage of seasonal festivities in Mahoning County. Here are some of the best holiday events in the area to check out in the next couple of weeks!


10th Annual Memories of Christmas Past
Tuesdays-Sundays through January 7, 12pm-4pm, Thursdays until 7pm, (closed Christmas Eve)
Arms Family Museum – This Youngstown family tradition delights generations young and old, with breath-taking vignettes featuring vintage Christmas decor from the 1800s through the 1960s. Prepare to revisit the best memories from your childhood. Exquisitely arranged in detailed, eye-catching, colorful vignettes, the vintage decor on display includes toys, trains, ornaments, lights, dolls, furniture, trees, and more. For the 10th anniversary of Memories of Christmas Past, the museum’s holiday exhibit designer Anthony Worrellia brought back a “best of” the past nine years.


Winter Celebration: Toyland
Tuesdays-Sundays through December 31, 10am-5pm
Fellows Riverside Gardens – Bring the family to “come play!” as you discover Toyland in the Davis Center. Show your kids favorite games and toys from your past as you wander amongst giant game pieces, ten-foot toy soldiers, and more. Plus, enjoy the annual holiday tree walk, scavenger hunt, and of course, the seasonal blooms. During Saturdays in December, Winter Celebration is open late until 7 pm to experience the outdoor light display.

Let It Snow – Ward Beecher Planetarium
Fridays, December 15 & 22, 8pm, and Saturdays, December 16 & 23, 2pm & 8pm
Ward Beecher Planetarium – A NEW holiday music show celebrating the winter season. Artistic impressions of popular winter holiday music come to life on the dome transporting the entire family to a magical wonderland of music and light. Experience bells and reindeer, presents and cookies, snow and nutcrackers in colorful spectacles of fun!

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Thursday, December 21, 7:30pm
Stambaugh Auditorium – The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will bring their extensive repertoire as well as Christmas favorites to Stambaugh Auditorium. Get your tickets today by ordering online!


Joy of Christmas Holiday Light Show
Open Every Night through December 26, 6pm-9pm
Firestone Park (nearby Columbiana) – Enjoy this drive-through holiday light display with the entire family. View one million holiday lights in 75 animated light scenes, stroll through the Gingerbread House and view hundreds of homemade gingerbread house displays. Stop by Santa’s Ice Castle for Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and food, live holiday music, crafts, face-painting, and Pictures with Santa! NEW for 2017: Music in the Air, and Dancing Lighted Christmas Trees on Mirror Lake! $10 donation per vehicle requested at admission.


First Night Youngstown
Sunday, December 31, 4pm-midnight
First Night Youngstown – Join in this family-friendly evening to ring in 2018 at a variety of venues in downtown Youngstown. For more information, call 330-744-9966 or visit their website for the latest news and schedule information.


For a full list of holiday events this year make sure to check out the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

The holiday season is now in full swing, and with it comes countless traditions- Gingerbread houses, tree decorating, and most importantly, outdoor light displays. Since the first display in 1880, Christmas lights have become one of the most widely participated holiday traditions, and Mahoning County is no exception when it comes to displays!


Mahoning County ‘Tour of Lights’

Since 2006, Mahoning County has experienced some of the best community light displays, including Canfield’s Christmas Lights. Coordinated by Mike McAndrew, Canfield Christmas Lights is an animated light display that spans across three neighborhoods on Fairview Ave, Indian Lake Blvd and Hood Dr. Not only are the displays beautiful to look at, the lights are also synchronized to music, streaming through 107.7 FM. Canfield’s Christmas Lights is also part of the larger “Tour of Lights” display in Mahoning County.


Boardman Park

As you prepare for the busy holiday season, so do the parks of Mahoning County! On Sunday, December 3, join the Boardman community at Boardman Park’s 21st Annual Community Christmas, beginning at 4pm. The park encourages visitors to decorate the pine trees, mingle with Santa, listen to Christmas music and, best of all, witness the Christmas tree lighting at 4:45pm! After this event, the lights will be on display through January 7, 6:00-10:00pm for families to enjoy, free, in a drive through the park.


Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek MetroParks

Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek MetroParks will also be joining the holiday fun with their Winter Celebration Nights. During Saturdays in December, Winter Celebration: Toyland at Fellows Riverside Gardens is open late until 7pm. Visitors can experience the outdoor light display, near the Davis Center, and the Toy Workshop and Reindeer Games. Plus, find that perfect gift at the Shop in the Gardens and savor refreshments available for purchase in the Garden Café.


Downtown Youngstown

The annual Youngstown Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, December 1, from 5:00pm-8:00pm in Downtown Youngstown.  Festivities include the parade, Christmas Tree lighting and Santa’s arrival, Youngstown Flea Holiday Flea Market, “Dueling Piano’s” at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, free admission to OH WOW! Children’s Center, and the Youngstown Phantoms hockey game at the Covelli Centre. Following the parade, the lights will be on display in Central Square.


The Joy of Christmas Holiday Light Show is another amazing annual display that takes place at Firestone Park in nearby Columbiana. Drive through 75 animated holiday light scenes, with over one million lights. Stop by Santa’s Ice Castle for Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, live holiday music, crafts, face-painting, and Pictures with Santa! The drive through holiday light display is open November 30, December 1-3, and December 7-26, from 6:00-9:00pm. $10 donation per vehicle requested at admission.


To learn more about the many holiday light displays in the Mahoning Valley, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

In the final week of our Meet the Roasters blog series, we feature an interview with Josh Langenheim, owner of Stone Fruit Coffee Company, with locations in Boardman, YSU campus, Cornersburg and Columbiana. With many investments in the Youngstown area, Josh can be described as nothing other than Youngstown Proud. Read on to learn more about Josh and Stone Fruit!


Hobby Gone Wild

Josh has always been a coffee enthusiast, with mornings spent roasting on his humble 0.5 machine and constantly experimenting with new flavors. But, at what point did his roasting hobby turn into a full-blown career?

Q. Why did you enter the coffee business?

A. This is a hobby that has gone wildly out of control. Before Stone Fruit, I was in marketing and it was a nonstop sort of thing; I was always traveling to North Carolina and everywhere in between. But, on Sundays I had time to myself and would spend a few hours in the morning roasting on my tiny little 0.5 roasting machine (it could only roast 1.1lbs at a time). My company’s Ohio location ended up closing and I decided to start something new by opening Stone Fruit. I was pretty good at marketing and I had a passion for coffee, so I thought why not market coffee?


Roasting the Stigmas

In the coffee world, ordering a simple cup of joe can get complicated pretty fast. Listening to someone in front of you order a “venti, half-sweet, non-fat, caramel macchiato with soy milk” can make your head spin. But, at Stone Fruit, visitors don’t have to worry about the coffee lingo or judgment, because over the years Josh and his team have worked hard to remove the negative stigmas surrounding artisan coffee shops by ensuring that everyone is welcome.

Q. What do you think makes Stone Fruit unique?

A. One of the main things we try to focus on is the negative connotations that are wrapped around third wave, artisan coffee. It can be a very pretentious and intimidating situation if you walk into a shop without knowing the difference between a latte and a cappuccino. At Stone Fruit we have removed that stigma. We have uniquely named all of our coffees (ex. “javachino”), putting everyone on equal playing ground. You can’t come in here and act like you know something more than someone else. Ultimately, there are no negative connotations or stigma.


Q. Can you describe your typical customer?

A. We get everybody from 14 to 400. Honestly, I think it’s because of the negative stigma that we have removed. We are just creating a nice, special environment where everyone can hang out.


Q. How does Stone Fruit contribute to the hospitality of Youngstown?

A. I think that if you put positivity out, positivity will come back. If you look at any of our social media, it is 99% positivity. We want everyone to feel welcome and I think that really improves the hospitality of Youngstown.


Even MORE Joe for YO

As we sat down with Josh, our interview was occasionally interrupted by the sounds of hammers and the smell of sawdust. Stone Fruit was a temporary “war zone” (as Josh put it) due to the shop’s latest development.

Q. Do you have any plans for Stone Fruit in the near future?  

A. We are getting a 45 kilo coffee roaster to hopefully support many more Stone Fruit locations. We look to start providing coffee for other local businesses as well. Right now, we are serving coffee at the Springfield Grille and we have been in negotiations with a lot of other high-end restaurants.

Whether old or young, coffee expert or beginner, Stone Fruit welcomes you to any of their locations! Stop in to visit Josh and enjoy a cup of “javachino.” To travel the Joe in the YO Coffee Trail, visit this page for your passport and a list of participating locations. To learn more about places to go and things to see in the Youngstown area, check out the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website and follow @YoungstownLive on social media!

Stone Fruit Website: https://stonefruitcoffee.com/
Stone Fruit Insta: @stonefruit_coffee
Stone Fruit Facebook: @Stonefruitcoffee

Welcome back Joe in the YO enthusiasts! This week, Meet the Roasters features an interview with Matt Campbell, owner and roaster extraordinaire at Branch Street Coffee Roasters, located in Boardman. With trips to coffee-growing countries to source the best-available beans, precise weighing methods and latte foam art, Branch Street knows their coffee! But don’t take it from us, see what Matt has to say about his business and experiences.


Why the Coffee Business?

When you hear “emergency room” and “coffee” you might not think of many similarities. However, a coworker actually introduced Matt to the artisan coffee world during his career in the medical field. Matt’s background in imaging for oncology and emergency room CAT scans not only introduced him to the coffee industry, but also helps a lot when it comes to operating the roaster and understanding the science behind developing delicious coffee beans.

Q. Why did you enter the coffee business?

A. About 7 or 8 years ago, I was introduced to fresh-roasted coffee while I was working in nuclear medicine. My coworker insisted that I try it and from my first couple sips, I immediately noticed a huge difference from regular coffee, and I fell in love with it.

Q. So you decided to make the change from medicine to being a coffee entrepreneur?

A. Yes. Working in oncology for five years got to be a bit depressing. Coffee was exciting. There was a coffee shop just down the road, and the owners took me on as an apprentice. They taught me about the business end of running a coffee shop, how to roast coffee beans, and the science behind roasting as well.


Q. Can you explain your roasting process?

A. We roast two days out of the week, and we roast all of our varieties each time we roast. Each batch takes us between 10-13 minutes, depending on what we’re doing with that coffee. Each coffee has its own unique profile or recipe and we adjust the temperatures and air flows depending on how the coffee likes to be roasted.

Cappuccino with a Splash of Story 

Whether you like your coffee black, sweet or somewhere in between, Branch Street has a flavor (and a story) for you!

Q. What do you think makes Branch Street unique?

A. We try to find relational coffees. We want the coffee to have a story behind it and we really showcase the hard work that goes into it from the producer’s standpoint. We also only roast coffees on the light spectrum, but even dark roast people can find something that they love here because we have full-bodied coffees.


Q. What is your most popular drink?

A. Our seasonal lattes and single origin coffees are probably our two best sellers. (We would definitely recommend trying their fall special, the Salted Maple Latte. It has a sweet maple flavor and comes with fantastic foam art on top.)  


Beyond Business: Giving Back

Some of the Branch Street staff recently took a trip to Peru to visit several coffee farms and learn more about the source of their beans. Matt shares his Peru experience and some pretty exciting plans for the future.

Q. Can you talk about your trip to Peru?

A. We recently visited five different coffee farms in Peru, where we met with the families who own the farms and observed their harvesting and processing quality. I went down there with great admiration for the work that the growers and producers were doing, but to have them show us how it actually works and to see what they actually have to do to get a cup of coffee on our table is outstanding. The coffee bean farmers in Peru are some of the most honest, humble and hardworking people that I have met. 

One of the things that we focus on at Branch Street is finding a relationship. So, we will be bringing coffee back from three of the farms that we visited in Peru and part of our coffee proceeds will go back to the hands of those farmers. The money will go towards upgrading their facilities and will help them produce better coffee for future years.

If you’re searching for a sustainable, unique and compassionate shop with artisan-crafted coffee, then Branch Street Coffee Roasters is the place for you! Matt’s passion for artisan coffee has brought about ownership of a second coffee shop, Generations Coffee Lab, located in nearby Columbiana, so be sure to check out that location as well! To travel the Joe in the YO Coffee Trail, visit this page for your passport and a list of participating locations. To learn more about places to go and things to see in the Youngstown area, check out the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website and follow @YoungstownLive on social media!

Branch Street Coffee Roasters Website: https://branchstreetcoffee.com/
Branch Street Insta: @branchstreetcoffee
Branch Street Twitter: @BranchStreetCR

For those of you that have been traveling the Joe in the YO Coffee Trail – and for those that are just now joining us – welcome to our new blog series called “Meet the Roasters.” Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the owners of three local coffee shops that actually source their own beans and roast them in-house. We sat down with some of these coffee connoisseurs to get the inside scoop on their backgrounds, their shops and their customers.

This week features an interview with Joe Sylvester, owner of High Octane Coffee, a 1950s service garage-inspired shop located in Canfield. 


From Racing to Roasting

While Joe Sylvester might be known for some delicious coffee, he may be better known for his successful racing career. Since 2006, Joe has had a successful career in monster truck competitions and racing, and even secured the Guinness World Record for Longest Monster Truck Jump (237 feet). So, why did Joe transition from racing to owning a coffee shop?

Q. Why did you enter the coffee business?

A. I’ve raced my whole life; I’ve traveled the whole world. And through all the traveling that I’ve done, I’ve had to be awake for crazy hours, with late stays at hotels and waking up in the morning for live interviews. Because of this schedule, coffee became a big part of my daily routine. I would get coffee from anywhere- diners, gas stations- until one day I actually had specialty, artisan-roasted coffee and was mind-blown because it tasted so much better than what I was used to. After this, I developed a stronger passion for coffee and decided that I wanted to start a business that I could grow for the rest of my life.

What Makes High Octane Unique?

From coffee named “Gasoline Alley” to shiny car parts hanging from the walls, High Octane has definitely done a good job at not blending in with the average coffee shop. Despite its racing roots, what else makes High Octane stand out?

Q. How does High Octane stand out from other local coffee shops?

A. I knew that I wanted to offer not just good coffee, but a completely unique experience that gives a different vibe and atmosphere. We host car shows at High Octane, we play rock music on the radio and all of our marketing is a little bit more edgy.


Q. Can you explain what your roasting process entails?

A. We roast eight different coffee beans from places like Colombia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Guatemala and Mexico. Our roaster has the capability of roasting 640 pounds per day, but we typically roast 60-200 pounds of coffee beans each week for High Octane.


Q. What is your most popular drink? What special items do you offer?

A. Overall, people like iced lattes, everyone seems to have their own flavor that they like. The Buckeye Outlaw is probably our number one seller and one of my favorites. We also make handspun, old diner-style milkshakes.


What Fuels High Octane

While it’s no surprise that coffee keeps most YO locals running, we wondered what fuels High Octane. Between their loyal customers and personable baristas, this shop runs on more than just coffee.

Q. Can you describe the people that typically come to High Octane?

A. Guys with grease under their fingernails, those are the kind of guys that like to come here because they’re comfortable here. In general, we have a lot of regulars and locals, but because of my racing career we also get visitors from out of town that want to see High Octane.


Q. We believe that coffee is hospitable. How does High Octane and its baristas aid in the hospitality of its community?

A. I don’t stress so much that our baristas’ drinks are perfect. Instead, the biggest thing for us is attitude and the general way that we project ourselves to customers. It’s more important that our baristas have a positive attitude and personality- that’s what gets people to come back.


Down the Road

Boardman locals will be happy to hear Joe’s recent focus for High Octane’s future!

Q. What are your plans and goals for High Octane?

A. We’re hoping to have our new Boardman location open by next month. Other than that, I have no desire to own more than one store. I want to have one store as the main, flagship location and then franchise the rest, including the Boardman store.


While we did our best to capture the essence of High Octane, you will have to pay Joe and his baristas a visit if you want to truly experience one of the most unique coffee shops in the Youngstown area! To join the Joe in the YO Coffee Trail, visit this page for your passport and a list of participating locations. To learn more about things to do and see in the Youngstown area, check out the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website and follow @YoungstownLive on social media!

High Octane Website: https://high-octane-coffee-company.myshopify.com/
High Octane Insta: @highoctanecoffee
High Octane Twitter: @gethighoctane
Joe Sylvester Insta & Twitter: @joesylvester8

As the air turns cool, apples turn crisp and leaves turn colors, White House Fruit Farm gears up for their busiest and favorite time of year – FALL! In addition to their famous blueberry donuts and rich fudge, the farm will host its Fall Celebration Weekends beginning September 9 & 10, until the last weekend in October. These festivals include tons of family-friendly events that you won’t want to miss this fall season.


The Festivities

With fresh produce and homemade donuts (September’s featured flavors are Pumpkin Iced and Pumpkin Cinnamon) waiting just inside, the real fun will be happening outside! Every weekend, the farm offers:

  • Horse Drawn Wagon rides
  • Petting zoo
  • Pony rides
  • Kids’ play area
  • Food vendors
  • Cameron the crawl-through Caterpillar
  • Kettle Corn
  • Caramel Apples
  • Flowers from the Lutz Greenhouse
  • Pumpkin Pavilion and Gift Barn (featuring pumpkins and fall decorations)
  • Professional Fall Portraits by the lake with FJPortraits


In the midst of their Fall Celebration Weekends, White House Fruit Farm will also be hosting other great events like Master Carver Ron Roberts, who transforms pumpkins into works of art, and the “Scare Away Hunger Scarecrow Decoration and Display Contest”, a competition aimed at raising money for the local food pantry. For more details on all fall festivities, visit the calendar of events webpage.



About White House Fruit Farm

White House Fruit Farm has been around since 1815, with the Hull Family growing produce there for over 90 years. Although apples are the farm’s signature crop (they even have an apple variety chart), White House has expanded to growing 13 other types of produce and selling over 3000 specialty food items! White House Fruit Farm is known for its homemade donuts, sliced to order deli meats and freshly pressed apple cider- all sold in the renovated 1881 barn farm market. 


Whether you’re visiting for your weekly box of donuts, or for one of the many fall novelties, you should definitely make it a point to visit White House Fruit Farm this season. Click here for more fall events happening in Youngstown & Mahoning County.