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 119: Katie Cloud-Paulsen of Katie + Company
On today’s podcast episode we’re with Katie Cloud-Paulsen of Katie + Company in Anthon, Iowa (pop. 545), where you’ll find painted vintage furniture, candles, a custom fragrance line, and more! It all started out with Katie painting furniture for her dorm room in college, and now she and her husband are restoring a historic downtown building where she’ll operate her shop out of and where they’re renovating three apartments on the upper level. And Katie is bringing something new to the area in just a few weeks — the Made + Found Midwest Market happening on September 25, 2021.
If you’re live in the area, or you’re looking for a good road trip, mark your calendars, call up a few friends, and make plans to come. And make sure you drive by Katie’s building when you come through town and check out Katie + Company online, and we’ve got all that linked for you in the show notes.
Episode 118: Molly Knuth of Molly Knuth Media
This week we’re with Molly Knuth of Molly Knuth Media in Cascade, Iowa. From full time teacher to a stay-at-home-mom to now being a social media boss, Molly is sharing how she built her business and how her personable approach resonated with a small town audience on social media. We talk about current trends she is seeing and the role small business social media can play in building momentum for small town revival. Plus some of her best tips for small businesses on social media, and how to avoid burnout. Because burnout is real! Molly is dropping some gold and we’re excited for you to listen in.
It has been so fun to watch Molly’s business grow and you’ll love her heart for her hometown of Cascade. Everybody go follow Molly for some great social media tips that are very applicable to your small town business. She is a great resource!
Episode 117: Kenzie Ashcraft of Farm Girl
On this episode of the Rural Revival podcast we’re sitting down on the farm for a conversation with Kenzie Ashcroft of Farm Girl — a rural boutique and general store located in the heart of the Oklahoma prairie. After years of operating a main street brick and mortar, Kenzie’s sharing how she has recently transitioned both her brand and her boutique and expanded into the online space. Kenzie is an entrepreneur at heart and you’ll learn a lot from our conversation.
You’ll love how Kenzie made the bold move to shut down her business for a month to rebrand and reset — and her new brand is so amazing! She is offering a special discount for our listeners — be sure to stay tuned until the end for a special offer on Farm Girl goods!
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.
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.