THE FUTURE OF MAIN STREET

Inside the heartland's innovative small businesses

Rural Kansas Fights to Save Grocery Shops

For years, small-town stores have been shuttered by the likes of Walmart and Dollar General.

Where Farmers Are Turning Into Craft-Beer Brewers

There’s a craft brewery boom happening across Connecticut.

A Solution for Struggling Small Towns: Organic Food?

When its lone factory closed, Viroqua rallied and transformed itself into a rural outpost of foodie cool.

As Family Farms Fade, This Industry Booms

Like the agriculture operations they serve, auction firms in the heartland are consolidating ownership and getting big.

OZY TV

Real Talk Real Change

Compelling conversations on race to meet the moment.

The Data Scientist Taking on America's Urban Decay

Stacey Mosley’s platform, FixList, is like the Zillow of redevelopment, helping developers find properties ripe for regeneration.

The Changing Face of America's Classic Diners

Survival strategy of the short-order eatery — go chic with cocktail menus, free Wi-Fi and global cuisines.

The Young Foreign Workers Trump Forgot

One Wisconsin resort town hopes Trump’s threat to ax J-1 summer work visas was just campaign bluster.

The Secret Behind Louisville's Economic Boom

Bryce Butler of Access Ventures in Louisville uses “venture philanthropy” to invest in his community.

Can VR and 'Sexy-Time' Lighting Save Shopping?

Retailers turn to tech to enhance the in-person shopping experience.

Old Clothes, New (Business) Models

Heartland vintage clothing shops are staying in the black by tapping into tech and taking the show on the road.

OZY PODCAST

When Katty Met Carlos

From the BBC and OZY comes a fresh perspective on the debate about America’s future as a nation and its relation to the world during the 2020 US election.

Revenge of the Independent Hardware Stores

Independent home-improvement suppliers are defying the gloomy retail environment and making their mark on Main Street.

The Republican Deregulation Bonanza Could Start With Craft Beer

With tax relief and regulatory reform, craft brewing could become America’s engine of local economic growth.

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