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20 Questions with Andy McEntire

Photo credit: Indie Atlantic Films

Andy McEntire, owner of Indie Atlantic Films and co-owner of Concord Coffee, is both passionate and community driven with an unbelievably creative personality. He saw a need in Lakeland and dove in head first by opening Concord Coffee with his business partner TJ, which has become a Lakeland staple and great for snapping the perfect Instagram shot. He’s a voice for Lakeland and leading the way for others to follow, so we wanted to get to know THE REAL Andy McEntire. We fired off a few questions, some silly, some deep but all worth the read.Photo credit: Indie Atlantic Films

  1. Morning or Evening? Morning for sure, crazy right? If you want to succeed, be the person that wakes up at 5AM, not the person who stays up until 2AM. That’s what I always say, but I’m not always right.
  2. What’s your favorite word? Alright, I’m going to say this, and I have a reason behind it.  My favorite word is follower, because I feel like everyone’s trying to be a leader, and sometimes we have to learn to be a follower. Everyone wants to be in leadership, but not everyone is necessarily called to be a leader. I think if we can all become better followers, then we can change the world.
  3. Last book you read? The last book I read, actually I’m currently reading it, is called Prisoners of Geography, and it’s a phenomenal book. The book is based on how politically the world is changing because of different geographical regions.
  4. Favorite musician? I love Ben Folds, I love Ryan Adams, I love Death Cab, Avett Brothers. Music is what moves me, probably even more than film. I can’t start a film until I have the music picked out. I was a musician back in the day, and it was not at all what you think I would have been playing. But, anything Americana/Folk — I love it.
  5. What song is first on your playlist right now? “Five Foot Three” by Flannel Graph, you have to listen to them if you haven’t.
  6. Biggest pet peeve? I think one of my biggest pet peeves is when someone says they’re going to do something and they don’t do it. I think commitment is the easiest thing to uphold, and a ton of people don’t do that. I also have to dress up a lot, but I hate dressing up.  I’m such a Florida guy, if I could wear shorts and sandals every day, I would. My son is the same way, it’s so funny.
  7. One thing you can’t live without? The one thing I can’t live without is my family. That’s the truth. I think being grounded in that is crucial and dictates a lot of what I do. I don’t think I can live without good people who are pushing me to be better, and a lot of that is from my family and friends. They keep you grounded, especially my wife and my son.  I couldn’t imagine life without them.
  8. What is currently your favorite drink at Concord? I love pour overs. I love the method, the process of it. You know, weighing the beans, grinding them, the aromas, the smell of it– I love coffee for that reason. BUT, my secret drink, that all the baristas know me by… I’m really into honey cappuccinos, that’s actually what I’m drinking right now.
  9.  What’s your Favorite thing to do in Lakeland? My favorite thing to do in Lakeland is to go to Holloway Park, and I LOVE Circle B. I also enjoy the events we have going on around Lakeland and running into people you know. I think Lakeland is a great town because it’s small, but it’s not. There’s 100,000 people here, and I just think it’s a beautiful place.
  10. Favorite place on earth? My favorite place on earth is the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, off the Adriatic Sea. One of my all-time favorite places.
  11. How many countries have you traveled to? I think like 30? 40? At least.
  12. Favorite pizza topping? When I eat pizza, I like buffalo chicken on it, but I love pineapple and ham.
  13. Puppies or Kittens? Puppies
  14. Instagram or Twitter? Instagram
  15. Baseball or Hockey? Baseball, for sure. 
  16. Bacon or Sausage? Bacon
  17. City or Country? Both 
  18. Burgers or Hot Dogs? Ummm, oh man… Chicken? 
  19. Vince Vaughan or Bill Murray? Oh gosh, Bill Murray 
  20. And Most Importantly – Why Did You Choose Lakeland? Lakeland chose me! No, I’m just kidding. I honestly did not want to move to Lakeland. I thought Lakeland was a very po-dunk, country driven town. I grew up in the city, which I loved.  My parents moved here, and my mom said, “You need to come visit Lakeland, you need to meet the people.  Just trust me on this.” I sat down with a developer named David Bunch and he showed me this giant map of Lakeland.  I’m very logistical like that, and he said, “if you put your business here, you’ll double your business.”  Well, he was wrong, we actually quadrupled our business. We moved our company here, and the reason is because there are good people here, people who believe in the handshake.  That means more to them than a piece of paper.  I grew up in a very cutthroat industry in South Florida, and being here, people don’t realize how good they have it. If you have an idea, and it’s even halfway decent, people will throw support behind that like they’ve never done before, and you will be embraced by the community.  That doesn’t happen in a lot of areas. Lakeland is a place that really embraces creatives, and that’s why I moved here.

Well Andy, we sure are glad you did!