Society & Culture
RWD25 Pat & Patrick - Reds Hometown Market Spring Grove
(This is the third show in a mini-series featuring the community of Spring Grove, MN - check out the links at the bottom for more!)
The Longmire family have been in the grocery business for many decades, but it was in 1989 that Pat bought a store in Spring Grove (when Patrick was just 2 years old!).
The original store in 1989.
In 2000 they built a brand new 15,000 square foot store from the ground up, offering the region a modern grocery experience without going to a larger city.
Since that time they have pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a “small town” grocery store – whether through community fundraising dinners out of their deli, starting Fat Pat's BBQ Trailer (2017), adding a modern Coffee House and drive-through with Jo’s (2019), and eventually a brewery (2022) to match up with their now Friday night BBQ offerings.
Jo's Coffee House, attached to Red's.
Patrick (Jr) attributes his 7+ years in Austin, TX, playing and working and touring in the music business, with opening him up to more ideas for Red’s. Whether a Coffee Shop or Texas style BBQ joint – creativity is key to success keeping a small town business relevant, fun, and successful. In fact, Patrick has just purchased another building in downtown Spring Grove where Fat Pat’s BBQ will be opening in 2023. Pat & Patrick are amazing examples of keeping relevant in a rural economy and providing multiple services to not only their town, but our region.
A huge thanks to Pat & Patrick for taking the time to chat with us!
This is the third show in a mini-series about Spring Grove, MN.
> Find the first episode featuring Spring Grove's Economic Development Director, Courtney Bergey Swanson here.
> Find the second episode featuring Bill Fried of Giants of the Earth Heritage Center here.
"Rhymes With Decorah" is a companion project of Inspire(d) Media.
Original music heard in this podcast performed and recorded by Nick Zielinski of Decorah. Find him on Instagram @indicative_of_drumming
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