Podcast Episode 1: Matty O’Reilly, Christine Jaques, Tyler Hitchcock

We speak with an innovative Twin Cities restaurateur, the head trainer/owner of AX Fitness, and a liquor store chain’s young media maestro

On my first independent episode, I spoke with Matty O’Reilly of Top-100 craft beer bar Republic about navigating two big new projects — one on the Mississippi River, another in the MSP International Airport — and what he would open if he was guaranteed success in it (4:07)

Christine Jaques of AX Fitness talked about who trained her to become the trainer she is today, the challenges small gyms face in the era of megaplex gyms and YouTube sensations, and her upcoming concert at The Cabooze in Minneapolis. Did I sound gassed at the start? It’s because she made me do burpees while interviewing her at one point (26:48)

Tyler Hitchcock has become the face and voice of the Top Ten Liquors family of shops. He talked about how he found craft beer, who his company’s biggest threats are (and who they aren’t), and we previewed this weekend’s Minnesota Craft Brewers panel (45:20).

Other topics include what we’re doing on a boat this week, and how Ryan Tuenge’s car is behaving these days (hint: not good). Be sure to subscribe on SoundCloud, or keep an eye out when I land on Stitcher and iTunes!