The Hoekstras of Frazee love where they live…and they aren’t alone. “Our small towns in this area are growing because this is where people want to live,” Elliot Hoekstra said. They embrace the small town life.
Thus started my trek down the Central Lakes Trail. Betty the Bike and I crossed treacherous Pebble Lake Road, not really sure where we were going, and passed by a couple of other people on afternoon bike rides.
Roger Boe showed me around his downtown Frazee gift shop the other day. He talked about the products he carries and why someone would have a hard time finding a “made in China” sticker in his shop. This knife is made in Iowa, this bird feeder came from out east, and buyers of that heavy cast iron frying pan now have themselves a family heirloom
There’s not many places you can go where the topic of retail shopping is front and center. The big box stores are closing, malls are struggling to fill vacancies and small town retailers are wondering if they’re next.