Category Archives: The Outdoors Business

Rooted in Louisiana, Mo., Stark Bro’s branches out

Three years ago, the marketing team at Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards Co. noticed something interesting happening on the company’s website. Every day, customers were typing “pomegranate” into the search bar. At the time, Stark Bro’s was selling about a million trees each year, but none of them were pomegranate trees. All these potential customers were being turned away. As

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Plans for Rock Island bike path prompt small-town entrepreneurship

It’s a Thursday in early June, and Kim’s Cabins in Windsor are completely booked. A group of out-of-state bicyclists is staying here, filling all three of the cabins. Owner Kim Henderson is thrilled. “It’s a little overwhelming how much traffic we’re seeing,” she said. A year ago, Henderson didn’t have space for a group this size. She had just one

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Boat industry ‘golden age’ leads to growth in Lebanon

If you’ve been thinking about buying a boat this summer, you’re not alone. Boat sales this year are the strongest they’ve been in nearly a decade. That’s led to a high tide in Lebanon, where the manufacturing economy rises and falls with the popularity of aluminum boats. “Just this year alone we saw several expansion projects,” said Brian Thompson, president

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