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Returning Small

Petoskey, Michigan

In the premiere episode I chat with five Millennials, who have recently moved (or returned) to small town Petoskey, about what it was like leaving the big city for a small and rural town. We discuss the perks and challenges of small town living, dissect the paradigm shift of young people returning to small towns, and try to figure out what makes Petoskey such a magical place. Plus, lots of Gilmore Girls references.

Written by: Josh Hallmark

Researched by: Josh Hallmark

Produced by: Josh Hallmark

Edited by: Josh Hallmark


People Featured:


Zoe grew up in Petoskey and recently moved back after living in San Francisco, New York, and Mexico. Upon her return, she opened a dance studio in town:


Kalin grew up outside of Detroit, traveling to Petoskey every summer as a child. Last year she and her husband decided to make Petoskey home. Kalin runs a boutique floral design studio from her lavender farm:


Katie just decided to return home after finishing college in Chicago. She opened a cheese shop in downtown last October, where she's been making a name for herself as Petoskey's resident cheese monger:


After graduating from Petoskey High School, Danielle lived in Seattle, Boulder, Vermont, and even England, before deciding Petoskey was truly where she belonged. She and her husband now own a very hip coffee shop in downtown Petoskey, where Andrew and I spent many mornings:


Tracy had already performed ballet and modern dance all over the world when he decided that small town life was what made him happiest. He returned to his hometown, despite being anxious that he couldn't make a relationship or his career work there. Since his arrival, he's married the man of his dreams and started a successful career in event planning.


Music by:

• Dave Depper

• Will Bangs

• Podington Bear

• Alex Fitch

Music courtesy of Free Music Archive


Topics: Petoskey, Michigan, Millennials, LGBTQ, Small Town America, Gentrification, Gilmore Girls, Kalin Sheick, Zoe Marshall-Rashid, Tracy Thompson, Danielle Charles, Katie Potts, Dripworks Coffee, Petoskey Cheese, Stems and Sprigs, Homecoming


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