Small town, big business | TheFencePost.com

If you think your small town is not going to ever be on the map, take a look at Pawhuska, Okla., population, 3,636. This is the town where The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, opened her endeavor called The Mercantile. Ree and her husband, Ladd, purchased a vacant building and worked with a contractor on the renovation.

The success story started back in 1996 when Ree married cattle rancher Ladd, a member of the Drummond family that had been ranching in the area since 1913. They had four children over the next 10 years and Ree was plenty busy cooking for the family, being a ranch wife and homeschooling. She started a blog of her recipes and ranch life in 2006. Since then she has written and had published seven recipe/photo books, including her latest The Pioneer Woman Cooks―Super Easy!: 120 Shortcut Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More which will be released on Oct. 19. Her two books on her courtship and early life on the ranch…

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