Small Town Living

EPISODE 56 // STEVEN AND TIFFANY POE OF THE GRANDVIEW INN

EPISODE 56 // STEVEN AND TIFFANY POE OF THE GRANDVIEW INN

This week on the podcast we’re in Pawhuska, Oklahoma (pop. 3,377) with Steven and Tiffany Poe, owners of The Grandview Inn. Steven and Tiffany are sharing how a homeschool group connection introduced them to Ree Drummond — who we all know as The Pioneer Woman — which led to them moving to Pawhuska, and how they now have their own piece of Drummond history at the Inn.

EPISODE 54 // SANDY SCHUBERT OF HEDGIE'S BOOKS, TOYS & MORE

EPISODE 54 // SANDY SCHUBERT OF HEDGIE'S BOOKS, TOYS & MORE

This week on the podcast we’re in Bedford, Iowa (pop. 1,440) with Sandy Schubert of Hedgie’s Books, Toys, and More. Sandy and her husband moved to Bedford a little over four years ago. From taking a chance on a new town, to the success of her store, to the way this community has embraced her and her husband, you’ll love hearing Sandy’s story and how this move was so right, in so many ways.

EPISODE 36 // RURAL VISIONARY CHRIS DEAL

EPISODE 36 // RURAL VISIONARY CHRIS DEAL

If you’re looking for rural development strategies, then this week’s podcast is for you! We’re sitting down with Chris Deal from Jefferson, Iowa (pop. 4,345) to talk about the amazing revitalization happening here. Chris moved back to his hometown to help with the family business, Deal’s Orchard, but his role in the community has since expanded way beyond that. He has had a key role in the revitalization of Jefferson and some exciting projects happening here.

EPISODE 22 // SHELLIE HUGHES AND BOBBY BERTRAM OF OLD GLORY SCHOOLHOUSE

EPISODE 22 // SHELLIE HUGHES AND BOBBY BERTRAM OF OLD GLORY SCHOOLHOUSE

This week on the podcast we’re talking with Shellie Hughes and her dad Bobby Earl Bertram with Old Glory Schoolhouse in Monticello, Kentucky. You’re going to love hearing about all the creative ways they’re repurposing this old schoolhouse - and their fun connection to Magnolia in Waco, Texas. Plus a few fun stories from Bobby to keep us all entertained!

ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98: GLITTER AND RUST

ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98: GLITTER AND RUST

Can a rural town revive itself on trendy restaurants, or does too much focus on that aspect of a town become “glitter on rust”? Rural communities need jobs, healthcare, schools, and infrastructure. This is a perpetual struggle in planning rural development ideas. Each of our communities has opportunities for glitter that will attract new traffic, whether it be new restaurants and retail, tourism and cultural events, or something other unique feature. But can that glitter sustain a town?

MANNING: A SMALL TOWN FULL OF OPPORTUNITY

MANNING: A SMALL TOWN FULL OF OPPORTUNITY

The small-town environment gives us a lot of opportunities to be involved in the community. It has given us the opportunity to teach our children that volunteering and taking pride in your community is important. We have found since moving back home, we have more opportunities and a more fulfilling lifestyle than we ever did in the city. We are invested in the community and we want to help make this a great place to live!

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.

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. 

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