Drew Bracken | Correspondent
HEBRON – Some people are so busy, so accomplished, they’re, well, amazing. Take, for instance, Joshua Powell.
“Career is a strange word for me,” he said. “I’m known to be a guy of many hats. I’m a flight attendant, a real estate agent, a house flipper, a farmer, a horse rescuer and an investor. And now I can add business owner.”
Powell and Joseph Vericella just took over ownership of the popular Clay’s Café and Catering in Hebron.
“I get asked all the time how I’m able to do all of the things I do,” Powell noted. “I truly believe it boils down to one word: ‘Drive.’ I have an immense, overwhelming drive that pushes me every day – to the point people don’t know how I do it all.”
“I joke all the time,” he added, “that if you looked at my monthly calendar it would give you anxiety. It makes me a very time-oriented person. Everything in my life is scheduled. So I guess my business/career is myself, and I invest a lot of time into myself because I know I can do anything I set my mind to.”
Now 31, Powell grew up around Buckeye Lake, graduated from Lakewood High School in 2009, then earned a degree in audio production from Ohio University.
“As a kid (and even now) I was always a dreamer,” he said. “I loved fantasy video games and loved thinking about my future. I always felt at a young age I knew who I was and what I could be if I just pushed myself. As a kid, I wanted to be a film composer. I love music and I love playing instruments. Even if you go to my home office to this day, you’ll find over a dozen instruments sitting around. Saxophone is my first and favorite, of course.”
“I’ve always described myself as a foodie,” Powell said. “One of my favorite things to do growing up was to guess ingredients in something and try to remake it myself. In college I started doing this a lot more when I had an apartment. I remember my roommates always asking me why the house smelled so good. So that love transpired over the years. I started making my own recipes and I ended up starting my own cooking channel on Netflix called “Josh’s Kitchen” where I tried to teach about common misconceptions in the kitchen and how to read a recipe and make it your own.”
“The reason I’m honored and overjoyed Clay’s was offered to us,” Powell said, “is that Clay’s was one of my first jobs as a teenager. Glenna, the long-time owner, was a wonderful mentor and I knew she created an amazing business supporting kids like me getting started in the workforce. She’s guided so many kids over the years, and I wanted to continue that legacy.”
“Josh has a true entrepreneurial spirit,” assessed co-owner Joseph Vericella. “He’s the most driven and fearless person I know. He has an infectious energy that makes you want to better yourself and strive for more. He’s someone who embraces life and wants to get the most of it. Instead of asking, ‘Why?’ He asks, ‘Why not?’ And goes for it. That’s not to say things are always easy or without roadblocks. But he’s so creative. And he truly believes there’s a solution out there. He just needs to find it. Failure isn’t an option to him.”
“Aside from his work ethic, Vericella added, “I’m so impressed by his desire to help others and make a difference in others’ lives. He’s always wanted to share with others and give back.”
“I think my driving force for this restaurant is the community,” Powell responded. “I can’t wait to sponsor Little League and work with local business associations to give back to this wonderful community that has given so much to me. It’s my time to return the favor.”
Clay’s Cafe and Catering is located at 808 W. Main Street in Hebron. For more information call 740-929–CLAY (2529) or log on www.clayscafe.com.
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