Every Trade and Calling

WELCOME TO COLUMBIA FALLS, MONTANA

Mountain magic and valley bliss, long summer days, and deep fluffy winter months make Columbia Falls, Montana an outdoor enthusiast’s haven. Situated at the edge of the wilderness, where the sparkling Flathead River flows from Bad Rock Canyon and meanders along the edge of the town, hometown hospitality and original small town flare are the norm in this quaint community.

EPISODE 65 // ALYSON DORR OF THE RED BARN

EPISODE 65 // ALYSON DORR OF THE RED BARN

This week we’re in Columbia Falls, Montana (pop. 4,710) with Alyson Dorr of The Red Barn. Alyson is a fourth generation farmer who is helping bring up the next generation of family farm kids. She and her husband Casey share their little slice of heaven through The Red Barn, their luxury loft vacation rental, their farm-grown peppermint oil, raw honey, and pastured, all-natural pork. And she’s telling us all about it on today’s podcast.

EPISODE 64 // CALLIE LEE OF OSAGE OUTFITTERS

EPISODE 64 // CALLIE LEE OF OSAGE OUTFITTERS

This week on the podcast we’re in Pawhuska, Oklahoma (pop. 3,589) with Callie Lee of Osage Outfitters. Callie and her husband Joey moved to Pawhuska in 2013 to open their store, and since then have helped completely transform the town’s historic downtown and bring the best quality boots and highest end of western fashion in the area.

EPISODE 63 // JESSE RENFORS OF CODY COFFEE ROASTER

EPISODE 63 // JESSE RENFORS OF CODY COFFEE ROASTER

This week we’re in Cody, Wyoming (pop. 9.885) with Jesse Renfors of Cody Coffee Roaster. From a professional luger to a stay-at-home dad turned coffee roaster, Jesse is sharing about his journey and how he has grown his company from a side hustle to an international success. From turning an older service station into the ultimate Cody Coffee shop or opening two locations in a month, this episode is packed with value.

EPISODE 61 // JUSTIN AND HEATHER SLACK OF THE POST & OFFICE

EPISODE 61 // JUSTIN AND HEATHER SLACK OF THE POST & OFFICE

This week on the podcast we’re in Harrington, Washington (pop. 424) with Justin and Heather Slack of The Post & Office — a local coffee shop and co-working space. As self-described ‘accidental business owners,’ Justin and Heather are sharing about their quick move to Harrington and the adventures that have followed — from opening up new businesses to Justin’s new role as mayor. Plus, you’ll appreciate the perspective they gained from their time spent living in a big city, and the ‘why’ behind everything they’re doing: to bring the community together.

EPISODE 60 // NIKKI EDMUNDSON OF CANTY BOOTS

EPISODE 60 // NIKKI EDMUNDSON OF CANTY BOOTS

This week we’re in Harrison, Montana (pop. 137) with Nikki Edmundson of Canty Boots. Nikki’s sharing how a custom pair of boots she made for herself turned into an international business. You’ll love Nikki’s perseverance as a business owner - from establishing her trademark to pursuing the stores she knew were the right fit for her product. She’s also sharing about her new store that opened this summer and life as a working mom.

EPISODE 59 // JILL WINGER OF THE PRAIRIE HOMESTEAD

EPISODE 59 // JILL WINGER OF THE PRAIRIE HOMESTEAD

This week we’re in Chugwater, Wyoming (pop. 212) with Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead. After growing up in the suburbs, Jill and her husband Christian knew they wanted a life in the country. So they went all in and started building what we now know as The Prairie Homestead — and pioneering the way for today’s homestead movement. Jill’s sharing all about her life as a homesteader, what she has learned as this brand and business has grown and expanded, and how, as someone who didn’t love cooking, she ended up with a cookbook. You’ll love Jill’s passion and intentionality, and how it shows in everything she’s doing.

EPISODE 58 // DAN DOUGLAS OF BELLEVILLE HOMETOWN LUMBER

EPISODE 58 // DAN DOUGLAS OF BELLEVILLE HOMETOWN LUMBER

This week we’re in Belleville, Kansas (pop. 1,991) with Dan Douglas of Belleville Hometown Lumber. Dan is sharing about his unlikely path as an entrepreneur, and how he was able to come back to his hometown and open a business. We touch on community over competition, what it means to bring jobs to his hometown, and how their business growth is having an impact beyond their community.

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 55 // ZACK AND LAURA KRAUS OF FLAMINGO SPRINGS TRAILER RESORT

EPISODE 55 // ZACK AND LAURA KRAUS OF FLAMINGO SPRINGS TRAILER RESORT

We road tripped to Prairie Grove, Arkansas (pop. 4,380) for this week’s podcast with Zack and Laura Kraus, creators and owners of Flamingo Springs Trailer Resort. Zack and Laura are sharing how they decided to quit their multiple jobs in LA, sell their stuff, and ultimately move to Arkansas and open a trailer resort that really is as awesome as it sounds.

EPISODE 51 // MORGANN MCCOY OF A WELL WORN STORY

EPISODE 51 // MORGANN MCCOY OF A WELL WORN STORY

We’re in New Glarus, Wisconsin (pop. 2,172) this week on the podcast with Morgann McCoy - Owner, Designer, and Seamstress at A Well Worn Story. Morgann creates high quality, handcrafted goods - including durable bags, aprons, and home goods - by transforming textiles into heirloom pieces to tell a unique story. And it all started with a sewing machine, a dream, and $5,000!

VIAN T-SHIRT COMPANY: COMING HOME TO VIAN

VIAN T-SHIRT COMPANY: COMING HOME TO VIAN

Vian was always a place my kids loved to visit, and it was a place that was so special to my husband — it was home. Throughout the years we had been asked when we were going to bring our business to Vian. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to expand once more. We purchased a building downtown to open our newest location and get started here. After seeing the beauty that had been brought out in the buildings surrounding us, we decided to do a complete remodel. A few plans have changed, but we are so excited for the future here.

EPISODE 49 // LYNDSEY SULLIVAN OF THE FIELD HOUSE

EPISODE 49 // LYNDSEY SULLIVAN OF THE FIELD HOUSE

This week on the podcast we’re in Vian, Oklahoma talking with Lyndsey Sullivan, who recently opened a lifestyle gym called The Field House. She’s sharing how she brought what had been a dream in her heart for over five years to life by restoring a vacant building on main street. Lyndsey’s shifting that mindset in her rural town by offering affordable price points and educating members that her gym is an all-around healthy lifestyle option - and her community is really embracing it.

STEM & LEAF: A FLORAL DESIGN CO.

STEM & LEAF: A FLORAL DESIGN CO.

Operating a floral business in a rural town is no simple feat. Doing the aforementioned while working a full-time job 40 miles away is just another layer of the proverbial onion. However, we had a plan! My sister had never arranged a flower before in her life, and from day one she would be the shopkeeper. It was a tough start, but with much determination, and more than one FaceTime call on my lunch break to help with flower arranging from afar, it has all seamlessly come together.

A HEART FOR COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

A HEART FOR COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Having worked at community and economic development for many, many years, I’m well aware of the countless individuals who’ve given so much time to their communities and to the entire region! And I’ve learned how so much more can be achieved through collaborations and partnerships than can ever be accomplished individually, making so many things possible that would not be otherwise. As our communities strengthen and our region prospers, you can see the work of committed individuals everywhere.

VIAN: MAKING THIS TOWN WHAT WE DREAMED IT COULD BE

VIAN: MAKING THIS TOWN WHAT WE DREAMED IT COULD BE

Our original goal of starting a business was to bring more people to our area, keep more money local and hope to share priceless time together as mother and daughter. What ended up happening was something unexpected and much more significant. We have met the most amazing people who live locally, are at the lake, or are traveling through — and have built relationships and friendships with those people that we would have otherwise never known. Meeting these people and learning their stories has made it all so worth it!

EPISODE 48 // MICHELLE MYERS OF DIRT ROAD CANDLE CO.

EPISODE 48 // MICHELLE MYERS OF DIRT ROAD CANDLE CO.

We’re on the farm outside of Atlantic, Iowa with Michelle Myers of Dirt Road Candle Company for this week’s podcast. Michelle started a side hustle making soy candles - and with scents like Iowa Back Roads, Small Town Gossip, and County Fair - her business has quickly taken off. She’s sharing how she’s built her brand and business, and about her Iowa Farm girl roots and life on the farm.

EPISODE 47 // ENTREPRENEURS COLIN & ERIN TAWNEY

EPISODE 47 // ENTREPRENEURS COLIN & ERIN TAWNEY

This week on the podcast we’re in Cimarron, New Mexico (pop. 1,021) with entrepreneurs Colin and Erin Tawney - and what happened to be a fortuitous stop on our road trip to California earlier this year. Colin and Erin are sharing what led them to bringing a bed and breakfast, brewery, and bike race to their historic town, plus all they’re doing to help bring economic development and positive change to the community. They are a great example of what it looks like to really seize the opportunities their small town has to offer.

EPISODE 46 // EMILY RIDDLE OF GATHERED LIVING

EPISODE 46 // EMILY RIDDLE OF GATHERED LIVING

This week on the podcast we’re in Versailles, Kentucky (pop. 9,292) with entrepreneur Emily Riddle. Emily and her husband have invested into their small town square by bringing in several new businesses, and in just a year and a half it has evolved into a vibrant, thriving destination that’s attracting young people — and most recently Hollywood — as the site for a Drew Barrymore movie set.

EPISODE 38 // BROOKE CLAY OF RURAL GONE URBAN

EPISODE 38 // BROOKE CLAY OF RURAL GONE URBAN

We recently met up with Brooke Clay of Rural Gone Urban as our travel paths were crossing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We had a great conversation about the power of story, her Rural Influencer Project and what makes someone an influencer, and why the narrative is changing for rural America. Plus we let you in on the story behind The Ruralist and how that came to be.

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