For years, small-town stores have been shuttered by the likes of Walmart and Dollar General. Now communities are finding clever ways to fight back.
Doctors are starting to make house calls again — and so are on-demand automotive mechanics.
Independent home-improvement suppliers are defying the gloomy retail environment and making their mark on Main Street.
Heartland vintage clothing shops are staying in the black by tapping into tech and taking the show on the road.
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When its lone factory closed, Viroqua rallied and transformed itself into a rural outpost of foodie cool.
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Stacey Mosley’s platform, FixList, is like the Zillow of redevelopment, helping developers find properties ripe for regeneration.