Meet One of the World’s Last Calliope Builders

“It’s safe to say we’re the only company in the world that builds calliopes,” says Dan, the denim-clad owner of Miner Company LLC, a one-man operation set amid the rolling, green prairies east of Kirksville.


See These 8 Classic General Stores

Penny candy, flour, sugar, milk, soaps, boots, overalls, coffee, sandwiches, ice cream, guns, and ammo. Missouri’s general stores of yore offered shoppers everything they needed—and a lot of what they wanted—along with a generous side serving of local news, gossip, and a few tall tales.


Earthly Creations

They say that life is what happens while you’re busy making plans. We’re pretty sure you’d get no argument from Sandra Zak.


Bailey & Watkins Traffic in Rawhide & Java

Ryan and Tiffany Watkins of Bailey & Watkins say that every unique piece they create is inspired by a memory, family heirloom, or a story.