From farming and agriculture to amazing restaurants, vintage markets, and even tech start-ups, people are thinking outside the box, taking risks, and bringing life back to the hometowns and small communities we love. Our hope is this will be a place where you can be inspired to do the same. So jump in, hear the stories of people who are doing life in rural America and loving it, and start dreaming. And then let us know what you're up to so we can share your story, too!
Episode 116: Kimberly Joosten of Fourth Street Bakery
On this episode of the Rural Revival podcast we’re with Kimberly Joosten of Fourth Street Bakery in Lexington, Texas (pop. 1,177). Fourth Street Bakery, which is only open on Fridays, receives rave reviews from everyone who’s been there, from the locals to the tourists. Kimberly is sharing her story of how she became an accidental baker and also part of a carrot cake explosion, selling over half a million pieces of carrot cake, and her gradual transition into rural life. She also talks about what it means to make everything with love and how to keep going when the unexpected happens.
You’ll love Kimberly’s story and how she’s built this business and created something so special at Fourth Street Bakery. Please go give Fourth Street Bakery and stop by and see Kimberly next time you’re in the Lexington, Texas area — trust us, it’s worth the trip!
Episode 115: Interior Designer Brett McPherson of Designer's Brew
Today we’re with Brett McPherson of Arcadia, Oklahoma (pop. 247). Brett is the interior designer behind Designer’s Brew, where she has been styling incredible spaces since 2004. She’s sharing how her dream of owning her own interior design firm came to life and how she has built and grown her business. We also talk about the value of hard work, following your gut, boundaries, and some of the hard lessons she’s learned through this journey.
You will love Brett and her design style, and there is so much to glean from this conversation! Be sure to go check out her socials, and if you haven’t seen her barndominium yet, we have a link for you in the show notes!
Episode 114: Jasmin Stidham of Stidham Outfitters
On today’s podcast we’re with Jasmin Stidham of Stidham Outfitters in Johnson City, Texas (pop. 1,656). Stidham Outfitters started in 2014 when Jasmin and her husband Seth opened a brick and mortar to sell home goods, gifts and apparel — including Seth’s handmade leather goods. Jasmin shares about the importance of building relationships, their focus on quality, American-made products, and creating a unique experience for their customers. We also talk about how their business has evolved over the years and how they’re now shifting their focus to better fit their passions.
Something that impressed you about this interview is how Jasmin and Seth are taking the risk to shift their business and embrace change. We’re so excited about what’s ahead for these two, and they’re going to be sharing more and more with you about what’s to come over the next weeks and months, so be sure to go give them a follow.
Episode 113: Todd Weber of The Earlham Echo
On today’s episode we’re with Todd Weber of The Earlham Echo, a weekly newspaper in Earlham, Iowa (pop. 1,450). This publication started out as a group effort involving several community members, and now Todd and his wife Jennifer have taken over ownership. Todd is sharing how the town originally brought in this new newspaper and took a group approach to the editorial process, and even turned a profit in its first year. We talk about what it means to have a printed newspaper in today’s digital age and why this is important to our small towns, and we also touch on the revival currently happening in Earlham.
You’ll love hearing about the success that Todd and Jennifer are having with the Earlham Echo, and it’s so exciting to see a printed newspaper thrive in our digital world, plus the positive approach they’re taking with the news and how that’s resonated so well with the community. Let’s all go show the Earlham Echo some love and give them a like on their Facebook page!
Episode 112: Photographer and Storyteller Francesca Catalini of Sierra Winds
On today’s podcast we’re with Francesca Catalini, the photographer and storyteller behind the Sierra Winds Instagram account. Francesca has a passion for capturing some of rural America’s remaining treasures before they are forever gone from our landscape. We talk a lot through Rural Revival about the future our towns, but it’s also important that we honor the past, and we’re so glad we have people like Francesca who are doing just that.
You’ll love what Francesca is doing and how she has found a great way to honor these buildings and stories and their role in history. Let this be an encouragement to you to preserve that town history you have left. Interview the people who know it before they’re gone. Capture that important information and honor your town’s past and its legacy. And if you have a great place for Francesca to come and shoot, send her a DM and let her know about it.
Episode 111: Amy Smith and Cynthia Sarver of Textile Revival
We are soooo excited to kick off the podcast for 2021 and could not have picked a better interview to kick off the year! Today we’re talking with artist Amy Smith and fashion designer Cyndi Sarver of Textile Revival in Leipers Fork, Tennessee (pop. 650). Amy and Cyndi are working together to create wearable art through their one-of-a-kind pieces. They’re sharing about their business journey, their creative process and how they make their partnership work, and how they’re breaking the boundaries and doing things their own way. And let’s just say, if you are a creative, you are going to LOVE this episode!!
This podcast is so easy to listen to and follow along while driving or doing farm chores. The guests provide a wide arrange of businesses they run and are from all different backgrounds. Truly enjoy this podcast.
Building Official Nick Sorenson
That was a great bucket filler. Thank you. I connected with the stories of, in this case, building rehabs that felt like monumental tasks with a lot of uncertainty came out better on the other side.