From The Coshocton Tribune
Drew Bracken, Correspondent
Brad Fuller uses his gifts to give back to community
Local business owner and musician wants to leave a positive legacy
COSHOCTON – Brad Fuller has a busy resume. Much of the time he works at his (and wife Cathy’s) Good Boy Bakery. But he also has an uplifting podcast. And he’s a popular musician.
“I tend to appeal to a certain age group of people,” he said of his music, “although many younger people appreciate and enjoy that genre as well. The people who enjoy these songs are often people who also enjoy visiting wineries and breweries around the state. These places have become my most frequented venues. They’re typically laid-back and perfect for my style.”
Now 56, Fuller was born and raised in Coshocton and graduated from Coshocton High School. He then studied public relations at Rio Grande College and went on to a few things, as he described it.
“In my early adult life,” he said, “I was a restaurant manager in the Columbus market. Most recently I worked with developmentally disabled adults at Hopewell Industries in Coshocton. I’ve done a few other things between now and then, but nothing is as awesome as owning your own business.”
He’s referring to Good Boy Bakery in Roscoe Village, where his wife bakes and they both sell all kinds of goodies for dogs (and, yes, cats). “I like all of them, of course,” he said, “but I love our signature treat that’s very popular: Woofles! Woofle is much more fun to say than waffle.”
Still, for Fuller that’s just one facet in a busy life. Musically, he plays acoustic guitar and sings – mainly country, pop and blues from the 1960s and 70s. He regularly plays at about 40 venues around Ohio. He also plays in a band known as Roscoe Transit Authority.
“I grew up in a house filled with music,” he recalled. “My father was a member of the local barbershop chorus and sang in a barbershop quartet. And having older siblings, there was also a great deal of popular music in our home. I purchased my first guitar from Glass Music in Coshocton when I was around 14 or 15.
“Also,” he added, “several educators in Coshocton had a tremendous influence on me, like Charles Snyder, Marty Rodabaugh, and Tom and Sue Havelka. Their mentoring and encouragement to me (and so many other students in the county) helped form my understanding and appreciation of music at a young age.”
“I think he’s awesome,” assessed Julia Guggisberg of the Guggisberg Swiss Inn and Doughty Glen Winery in Millersburg. “The guests love him. He has a really good following. He brings the audience ‘into’ it, he interacts with them really well, and people just absolutely love him – and he’s a really good person”
Additionally, Fuller’s podcast is called A Fuller Life. It’s available on the locally hosted www.ohiosheart.com.
“I have a deep desire to have a positive impact on my small part of the world,” he explained, “and I feel like a podcast is a great way to do that. I cover topics that are important to me and hopefully meaningful to others as well.
“I spent a few years as an associate of author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar,” he continued. “That opportunity was very important to me in developing my own personal and professional life.
“We all have gifts,” he concluded, “that we can use to give back to our community and beyond, and we have an opportunity to leave a positive legacy when we’re no longer here. I hope I can encourage others to develop and offer their own gifts while preparing their own personal legacy.”
For more information, log on www.bradfullermusic.com.