Episode 65: Jess Carter of The Local Variety
Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Jess Carter of The Local Variety in Bucksport, Me. This is a special episode for me because I went to high school in Bucksport and grew up on a little (bridge-connected) island right across the river from the town. Most of my family still lives around there and I've been to The Local Variety a few times. Jess offers locally baked goods, sandwiches, coffee and a well-curated offering of artesian pieces from small makers. Her space is warm and welcoming and really does offer the most beautiful view of the harbor from her upstairs window.
Jess and I talk a lot about building a small business in a town that's reinventing itself. Bucksport was "mill town" for most of my life, with the paper mill closing only a few years ago. The mill was a solid economic contributor not only as an employer but also in terms of how much tax money they were responsible for paying into the town. When the mill closed people, understandably, freaked out. But after the dust settled, people came together and started to figure out ways to grow the town without the mill. Jess generously shares an inside look at what it's like to be a part of the successful evolution of a town that's willing to change while still staying true to the community it serves.
Jess and I also talk about starting new creative projects, learning how to combat burnout and when we realized that we were entrepreneurs. This conversation is valuable on so many levels and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording.
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