Shine Delphi: Why I Keep Wandering

by: Micah Jacobs
July 12, 2017
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Imagine hopping in a car with a guitar and just taking off with no real destination.

Some days stuck behind your desk at work dreaming of the weekend or looking forward to one of the two vacations you’re allowed to take a year, the idea of just taking off has crossed all of our minds at some point.

I recently sat down at Grain and Verse Bottlehouse to catch up with Harrisburg resident, full-time musician, and forever wanderer, Shine Delphi, to discuss his travels, his music and how this all makes perfect sense to him.

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MJ: When did you decide music is what you are going to do full time?

Shine: Probably when I was about 21 years old. I had enough money to buy a car and a nice guitar (that actually cost more than the car) and just lived in my car. Now, I’m on the road about eight to ninth months out of the year just wandering around or going out with tours. I would just find towns that I thought would be interesting, find a street corner or bar and play there. Working like that helped me established myself to set up future shows.

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Doylestown, but when I was 3 years old my folks moved out to California where I stayed till I was about 21. I lived in New Orleans for the past few years but decided to move to Harrisburg because I have a lot of friends and family from the area that have all been so welcoming helping me out when I am home and not out on tour.

What is your take on the evolution of the music scene in Harrisburg?

It has seriously come a long way. When I first moved out here 10 years ago and my parents lived out in Mechanicsburg I would go to places like Johnny Joe’s, and all I would hear is 90s rock cover bands. So I started forcing my own original music into the scene because those cover bands would let me play my music between their sets. Now fast forward, there is a great scene of original music and art that is developing in our area!

Since you’ve played all over the country, how is playing Harrisburg different?

It can be difficult because at one point the city went broke. It became hard to make money here. I would bring musicians in from all over the country to play shows with me and it was difficult to get people to pay $5 to come out and hear original music. Then, no one shows up, the venue owner doesn’t pay the musicians, and those musicians will never come back. Harrisburg is still growing and bands are creating a scene for other bands to come in now.

There have to be some difficult and uncertain times relying on music as your means of income.

This isn’t my hobby and hasn’t been my hobby since I was 12 years old. It’s important that I just keep going, feet to the ground, go to places I’ve been, places I’ve never been and just keep connecting the dots. I hope to break through more than this but that will never happen for me if I don’t just keep going.

How long have you been playing guitar?

Since I was 12 and I was actually a huge metal head. I learned how to shred and one of my teachers, Chris Broderick of Megadeth, is also classically trained he taught me that metal is great but being proficient in styles like traditional jazz or old outlaw country will only improve my metal guitar playing. Eventually, I found that my voice fits more of the old school jazz and blues style instead of coughing up blood after playing a metal show.

How do you describe your style now?

I call it gypsy blues folk. I really like folk music like Bob Dylan, but my favorite musician of all time is Beck. So this new album I am working on has some electronic elements to it with some weird synth sounds and weird drum sounds. I feel it will just add layers and help develop my folk sound even more because the softer acoustic stuff is not always who I am.

Lastly, how do you keep working at this every day?

If everyone spent 40 hours a week working at something they love, I’m sure they would find a way to make money doing it as well. This is my job, I wake up every day looking for new places to play, new blogs, new magazines and, just new ways to connect and get myself and my music out there.


It was such a pleasure to sit down and talk to Shine and listen of his travels.

Maybe at some point, we all made the decision to either work because we have to or work because we want to. How he has dedicated his life to his craft is a great reminder to us all to make sure we are making the most of the time we have here.

Check out Shine’s Facebook page to listen to some of his original tracks and keep up with his travels all across the country on his upcoming tour.

You can check out tour dates on his website and make sure you check out a live performance from Shine Delphi when he comes back home to Harrisburg.

St@rtup Harrisburg Members Share Why They Cowork

by: Jimi The Intern
July 11, 2017
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For more than two years working with SaraBozich.com, I was void of any kind of traditional office.

I spent hours in local coffee shops with shoddy wifi or trying to work from with a myriad of distractions. Sometimes, I even put in long hours on the chaise lounge in the boss’ office with her dog, Buddy, as my cubicle mate.

It wasn’t working.

Then, we found st@rtup Harrisburg. The amenities coupled with a nearby location in Midtown made it the perfect place for me to work.


How St@rtup Changed the Way I Work


When I arrived, I found myself surrounded by a group of people in the same boat as me. Some needed a place in the city to crack down on work for a day while others sought a dedicated office to run their entire business.

St@rtup members range from freelance working from a hot desk to multi-employee businesses that utilize everything the coworking space has to offer.

Cap Collective

Cap Collective is a local video production company specializing in promotional pieces for small- to medium-sized businesses.

The group transferred from st@rtup’s original location to the current building. Cap Collective currently occupies one of the dedicated offices and two hot desks, operating their entire business from st@rtup’s midtown digs.

How st@rtup changed the way they work

For Cap Collective, the original St@rtup location became a necessity when they got serious about growing their business.

“We came to the point where we had to either go all-in on this or dissolve it,” said Cap Collective co-owner Cody Wanner. “We were just working from home, and it felt like we were working as separate freelancers instead of a cohesive business.”

Cap Collective looked for local office spaces, but nothing fit their budget. Wanner and the other founders were trying to start families, and they needed a place to work outside of the home.

“The biggest thing for us with switching to st@rtup was productivity,” said Waner. “Being around other people who are also working as opposed to being at home with a never ending to-do list and distractions makes it more about work.”

Wanner said even the move from the old St@rtup space to the new spot helped foster more productivity for them because it now feels more like an office.

“Coming into st@rtup now, as it is, you’re entering into a mecca of business,” said Wanner. “It’s an open office, and the space is awesome with a fresh, clean feel. You just feel invigorated to crush it.”


SQUAR

Founder Devon Stank runs SQUAR, along with an intern, utilizing one of st@rtup’s dedicated offices.

“Right now, our bread-and-butter is in web design and web development,” said Stank. “The majority of our clients are small- to medium-sized businesses, and we don’t just work with one type of client. We have a diverse client base.”

SQUAR works with groups from all over the world right from the comfort of their office at st@rtup.

For Stank, st@rtup is not only where he works, but he’s the only member who also lives in the Boas Street Flats located directly above st@rtup.

How st@rtup changed the way he worked

Stank left his job to go on his own in March 2016 and launched devonstank.com. The success of that business led him to start SQUAR in March of this year.

“I figured now I needed to take this from a small personal brand to be a company now,” said Stank. “I’m only one person, and I can only handle so much.”

Although he worked remotely with his previous jobs, he knew that it wasn’t for him in the long term.

“I needed to be in an environment where I could interact with people and socialize, but still be in an office so I can focus and work,” said Stank. “st@rtup is an environment that makes me work, which ultimately led me to make the switch.”

Along with the perks like the great internet, coffee, and beer, Stank also said that the networking st@rtup provides is one perk that helps his business grow.

“I’m constantly learning things about running my own business, and it helps that I can go to another business to ask them questions about how to handle different aspects,” said Stank.


Fathering.me

Fathering.me encourages, empowers, and equips young fathers of unplanned pregnancies to become great dads through resources and mentoring services.

“We’re a start-up in every sense of the word,” said founder Justin Stimpson. “We’re launching our pilot mentor program here in Harrisburg to use it as a testing ground.”

Stimpson’s impetus to start the service came from personal experience.

“I was born out of an unplanned pregnancy,” said Stimpson. “Most of my adult life I have been passionate about doing something creative to stem the tide of fatherlessness in our country.”

How st@rtup changed the way he worked

Stimpson began his passion project from coffee shops and out of the library at Messiah College but quickly saw the drawbacks to working remotely.

He tried working from the previous st@rtup location but didn’t see it as a good fit. Once he saw the new space, he jumped on board for a membership.

Coming to the new st@rtup allowed Stimpson to hire an intern and provide him a desk.

“It also feels good to be able to tell people that you have a space,” said Stimpson. “It’s hard to tell people where you work when it’s out of coffee shops all the time. It’s nice to say we have an office on 3rd Street in Harrisburg.”

Stimpson lives locally, and st@rtup’s location along with the ability to work alongside other growing start-ups was another draw.

“The amenities are great, but for me, it’s more about the intentional collaboration,” said Stimpson. “It’s not just beer and coffee. It’s ZerØday beer and Elementary coffee.”

Stimpson has worked from other coworking spaces but says that st@rtup is just as good, if not better than larger ones.

“Because some of them are so large, it can feel like it’s one company instead of an actual coworking space,” said Stimpson.


Sovierro

Sovierro is a graphic design, web design, and video production company.

“It’s an all-encompassing user experience for a company,” said owner Lance Williams. “I can go through and work on the logo and the identity along with the making the website so it’s all uniform.”

How st@rtup changed the way he worked

Williams started freelancing from st@rtup just a few months ago after quickly realizing that working from home wasn’t an option.

“I have three kids, and getting them to stay out of the office wasn’t easy,” said Williams. “I tried working at home for a month before I made the switch.”

Williams remembered hearing about st@rtup and signed up for a hot desk before ever seeing the place.

“Even if I didn’t have the kids and working from home was quiet, I still don’t think I could do it,” said Williams. “I definitely needed a space to work away from home.”

He tried working from Wegmans and other coffee shops but realized he needed a better space to set up his computer for a day of work.

“Coming to st@rtup definitely changed the way I was able to focus,” said Williams. “Everyone is here because they want to be here. They are all motivated to be here to work and that helps me be excited to work.”

Since almost all of Williams’ work for Sovierro is done remotely, he said the flexibility of working from st@rtup 24/7 is the biggest perk for him.

“Sometimes I’m here until late at night,” said Sovierro. “It’s great that I can get be here late with my own space that is so affordable.”


Other members

This is just a small sampling of the members that make up st@rtup. Each one has their own reason for choosing to work from a high-quality but affordable coworking office space.

Check them out and see who else calls st@rtup home»

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Straws & Stripes July 22 at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey {GIVEAWAY}

by: Sara Bozich
July 10, 2017
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Straws & Stripes returns to The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey on July 22!

Lee Greenwood and Phil Vassar highlight a day full of music, drinks and military appreciation at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey’s annual Straws & Stripes Festival from 1-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 22.

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  • General Admission ($25) – Basic entry to the Straws & Stripes festival
  • Merlot Mike’s VIP admission ($75) – Gets you access to the Merlot Mike VIP tent, private wine tasting, meet the artists, premium parking and a souvenir glass!

Every year The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey’s Brewmaster Ryan DeLutis and Winemaker L. Paul Vezzetti each release a new wine and beer made with fresh strawberries just for Straws & Stripes. This year, both offerings come in convenient cans.


Strawberry ‘Shake IPA

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This new beer is a hazy milkshake-style three grain IPA, sweetened with lactose and packed with Pennsylvania Strawberries. The late additions of calypso and mosaic hops, along with loads of Belma dry hops, naturally boost the strawberry flavor.

Read about how the Strawberry ‘Shake was made:


Straws and Stripes Strawberry Cider

vineyard brewery hershey strawberry cider

This new strawberry cider features a tart apple cider base made exclusively with Adams County apples and hundreds of pounds of strawberries picked fresh from Strite’s Orchard. The combination yields a semi-sweet cider with just enough strawberry flavor.


Tips for spending the day at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey:

  • Grab your tickets now! — This event gets bigger every year and tickets are going to go fast.
  • Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get there early for prime seating
  • Straws & Stripes is rain or shine!

Straws & Stripes also features food trucks, local artisan vendors, and a grand finale fireworks show!

This week, we’re giving away 2 tickets to The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey’s Straws & Stripes Festival!

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Brunch “Day Drinking” Menu New at Greystone

by: Sara Bozich
July 9, 2017
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Brunch = Day Drinking

Though the case could be made for the summer season itself, Sunday Brunch is that catch-all that makes day drinking more acceptable.

Greystone Public House has rocked its brunch menu since opening, and they recently released a new “Day Drinking” menu to wash down those sausages and eggs.

Because we care about you, Intern Jimi and I* sampled a few of these for you.

Get thee to brunch at Greystone today, served Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Brunch Cocktails at Greystone

Mexico 70

Blanco Tequila, Lime Juice, Agave Nectar, Brut Sparkling Wine ($7)

“Like a tequila spritzer”

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Jimi’s thoughts: It looks almost too good to drink — almost. Think of this drink as a lighter twist on the classic margarita. The traditional ingredients of lime juice, Blanco tequila, and agave syrup are lightened by a refreshing splash of Brut Sparkling Wine.


Pepper Bloody Mary

Local Chili Infused Vodka, Crispy Smoked Bacon, Pickled Okra ($10)

“An upgraded classic”

greystone brunch cocktail bloody mary

Jimi’s thoughts: When I want a Bloody Mary, I want it to be spicy. The chili-infused vodka gives the classic brunch drink an even heat with every sip without overpowering the traditional savory Bloody Mary flavors. Don’t forget to snack on the pickled okra, olive, and thick bacon strip when you’re done. (Editor’s note: Or as you go.)


Coconut Spritzer

Coconut Water, Lime, Housemade Grenadine, Prosecco ($8)

“An easy ‘morning-after’ starter”

greystone brunch cocktail coconut spritzer

Jimi’s thoughts: Sweet, refreshing, and satisfying. A light, thirst-quenching drink that is full of flavor. The lime and coconut create a perfect balance of sweet and citrusy flavors, which are enhanced by the effervescent Prosecco. Perfect for a hot day on the patio.


Cala Rossa

Grapefruit Juice, Agave Syrup, Lime, Zucca, Ancho Reyes, Reposado Tequila ($12)

“All of my favorite things in one beautiful presentation”

greystone brunch cocktail cala rossa

Jimi’s thoughts: It’s a mixture of everything that Sara and I love in one drink: Grapefruit, tequila, chilis. The combination of the heat from the Ancho Reyes chilis along with grapefruit juice and tequila make for a smoky, lightly spicy, and delicious drink.


Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy

Rhubarb Syrup, Rhubarb Bitter, Strawberries, Witbier ($7)

“Fruity refresher”

greystone brunch cocktail shandy

Jimi’s thoughts: This is a drink for beer lovers who want to try out a cocktail. You get the all the sweet citrus you would expect from Boneshire Brew Works Tried & True witbier, plus an extra hint of flavor and sweetness from fresh strawberries. It’s a thirst quencher that goes down easy.


Sour Cherry-Yuzu Bellini

Sour Cherries, Yuzu Juice, Rotari Brut Sparking Wine ($9)

“Looks are deceiving — this is light and oh so dry.”

greystone brunch cocktail sour cherry

Jimi’s thoughts: (Ed. note: Jimi didn’t drink this because he’s allergic to cherries, and we didn’t want him to die) This may look like the sweetest juice you had from a box as a kid, but the housemade cherry-yuzu syrup adds the color and balanced sweet-sour flavor. Dry sparkling rosé adds the bubbles and dry finish.


Greystone Public House is open daily for lunch, dinner, Happy Hour, and Sunday Brunch.

Mon – Thurs: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Lunch Menu: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dinner Menu: 4:30 p.m. – Close
Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Happy Hour
Mon – Sun: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


*Intern Jimi served as the designated drinker for this tasting

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