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ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98: TRADITIONS AND HABITS

ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98: TRADITIONS AND HABITS

It’s important to tell the difference between “traditions” and “bad habits.” Sometimes, an idea is successful for a while, but after changes in populations, economies, or the world around us, that idea stops being successful. We can do one of two things: we can recognize that circumstances have changed and recalibrate our tradition to fit the new circumstances, or we can ignore the new circumstances and let our once-successful tradition slide into a bad habit.

WELCOME TO MANNING, IOWA

WELCOME TO MANNING, IOWA

Manning, Iowa (pop. 1,500) is our featured rural community this week. Manning has been recognized as an Iowa Small Business Administration Community of the Year award, winning out against cities of all sizes, and was highlighted for demonstrating ideal collaborative community efforts to support small business success. We'll be sharing stories throughout the week of some local business owners who are making an impact in the community.

EPISODE 14 // NATE AND BEC SELF OF GEORGIA GLAMPING COMPANY

EPISODE 14 // NATE AND BEC SELF OF GEORGIA GLAMPING COMPANY

Georgia Clamping Company is putting a whole new spin on camping as we know it. Owners Nate and Bek Self believe that luxury and comfort should not be sacrificed while enjoying the great outdoors, and they are creating unique, one-of-a-kind getaways where people can explore on their own terms. You’ll see how this company really knows how to celebrate the things we love about rural areas and the outdoors, and why they believe in community over competition.

ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98: PRIDE WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98: PRIDE WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

If a community can’t be inspired to look good for its most important event of the year, it’s unlikely to look good the rest of the year either. Once you establish the pride for your major events, truly setting a permanent, higher level of expectation in your community requires expanding that pride throughout the year. The true test of our community pride is what we do when the crowds AREN’T in town.

EPISODE 13 // KATIE HARVEY MARTINEZ OF HARVEY'S DINER

EPISODE 13 // KATIE HARVEY MARTINEZ OF HARVEY'S DINER

We are beyond excited to bring you this week's podcast interview with Katie Harvey Martinez of Harvey’s Diner in Redfield, Iowa (pop. 826). Katie's story is what first inspired us to start the Rural Revival podcast, and you will quickly understand why. From the Iowa farm to Broadway and back, Katie's life is one amazing adventure. But her most recent move back to Iowa to open Harvey’s Diner is quite possibly her most exciting adventure yet.

ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98: EATING WITHOUT AGENDAS

ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98: EATING WITHOUT AGENDAS

Our rural communities will not survive and thrive into the future without our people working together for the community’s big picture. Perhaps our best way to establish unity is over a meal of reconciliation, conversation, and hopefulness. Even if there’s no immediate, apparent tension in the community, there are still gaps to be bridged. How better to overcome those concerns than sharing a table together?

EPISODES 11 & 12 // ANGELA HARRINGTON OF HOTEL GRINNELL

EPISODES 11 & 12 // ANGELA HARRINGTON OF HOTEL GRINNELL

This week on the podcast we’re taking you to an exciting new destination in downtown Grinnell, Iowa in our interview with Angela Harrington, owner of Hotel Grinnell. Here she has led the charge in converting a former school building into an incredible contemporary boutique hotel. During the interview we found out Angela also happens to have a lot of experience in small town economic development.

ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98: THE POWER OF A TABLE

ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98: THE POWER OF A TABLE

The surprising recent death of Anthony Bourdain brought a couple of topics into focus for me that I feel called to write about today. Men’s Journal wrote that Bourdain’s showed the unifying power of food — “how a shared meal can break barriers, challenge assumptions, and build bridges.” Crossing these bridges will bring together our people into a single unifying purpose, growing our community for a prosperous future.

EPISODE 10 // THE GIRLS OF THE BOXTRUCK BOUTIQUE

EPISODE 10 // THE GIRLS OF THE BOXTRUCK BOUTIQUE

This week on the podcast we’re taking you to Boaz, Alabama to chat with the girls of The BoxTruck Boutique. From starting with their own individual businesses of shirts, clothes, jewelry, and home goods, they eventually combined to form what is now The BoxTruck Boutique. Since then the business has taken off and they’ve never looked back!

EPISODE 9 // EMMA HICKS OF IOWA GATHERING, MAIN + SECOND, CAMP CLIMB, AND SMALL TOWN, BIG PICK

EPISODE 9 // EMMA HICKS OF IOWA GATHERING, MAIN + SECOND, CAMP CLIMB, AND SMALL TOWN, BIG PICK

Emma Hicks is the inspiring entrepreneur behind Iowa Gathering, Main + Second, and Camp Climb. From opening up a storefront to starting an online business to shooting a TV show pilot, Emma shares about what it looks like to build a life around what works for you and your family. She also speaks about having pride in your small town and the importance of a supportive community. 

A BIG-CITY TEXAN IN SMALL TOWN, NEBRASKA

A BIG-CITY TEXAN IN SMALL TOWN, NEBRASKA

My name is Michael Catarineau, and I am a photographer, graphic designer and journalist. I freelance these skills, but I also use them in my day job as an ag journalist for a daily newspaper, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Follow my journey here on Rural Revival to get a glimpse into my world — a big-city Texan in Small Town, Nebraska.

EPISODE 7 // LINC KROEGER OF PILLAR TECHNOLOGY

EPISODE 7 // LINC KROEGER OF PILLAR TECHNOLOGY

This week we're bringing you a fascinating conversation with Linc Kroeger of Pillar Technology and The Forge in Des Moines, Iowa about bringing tech jobs to rural communities. Linc and his company are pioneering a concept that is truly forging the future and changing how we approach jobs and education in rural America.

EPISODE 6 // KARMEN SMITH OF FORT PAYNE FEED & GARDEN

EPISODE 6 // KARMEN SMITH OF FORT PAYNE FEED & GARDEN

On this week’s podcast, Karmen Smith talks about life with her husband Jason and their kids, their unexpected journey as entrepreneurs, what happens when you pray big, overcoming your fears with Facebook live (anyone??), turning your farm into a business, and doing scary things. You won’t want to miss this!

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