Grace Pshigoda and her husband Ashley have worked hard to renovate a historic building in their hometown of Spearman, Texas. They turned the top floor of the 100-year-old structure into a three-room bed and breakfast and are opening the main floor for community meetings and events.
The process wasn’t easy as the couple was told by a contractor the building should be condemned. They persevered through torrential downpours coming through the roof, a flooding basement, and a variety of other obstacles in order to turn the building back into an asset for the community. And they did all this on top of their regular full-time jobs as well as a farming and ranching operation.
In this episode of the Rural Business Show, Grace talks about what her community means to her and why she chose to live and work there over the many other large cities and unique cultures she’s experienced in her life. She shares lessons learned through the renovation process as well as lessons on how to do business in a community of close friends and family members. She talks about what it has meant to her to follow in the footsteps of a grandmother who did a lot of important work in the community during her lifetime and was even honored by the governor of the state.
Grace also discusses resources small communities need in order to strengthen their local economies and shares advice to those looking to build businesses in their small towns.