Ramsbolt Who's Who

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Logan Cole

Logan fled public scorn after her father’s incarceration and landed in Ramsbolt after hopping off a bus in the furthest northern town she could reach. After talking her way into a job at the tavern, she’s made a name for herself as the town’s bartender. 


The town’s sarcastic plumber met his match in Logan Cole. With scraggly brown hair he keeps under a knit cap, he can often be found in T-shirts and jeans and a pair of work boots. He drives an old blue pickup truck with a passenger door that only opens from the outside.  


Adelle’s father served as town manager for years. Observing the constant demands and irrational expectations of the town left her craving a quiet and simple life. But it was all upended when the town manager quit to go to college and she was coerced into taking on the role. When she isn’t tending her flower shop or fielding pothole complaints, she’s across the street with her boyfriend Kyle.


Kyle moved back to Ramsbolt after years in the white collar world of finance and took a short-term job at Zeb’s farm that lasted a lot longer than he expected. With his yellow lab puppy, Jacques, he’s done his best to help everyone but himself. Taking a leap he should have made years before, he started a kitchen store and never looked back. If you see a guy who looks a little like Mo Rocca picking through the fruit at the market, that will be Kyle. 


Penny’s first impression of Ramsbolt wasn’t a good one. It seemed like every person in town had dumped their unwanted furniture on her grandmother’s doorstep. But she found in Ramsbolt what she didn’t have in her hectic life as a surgical resident in a stressful, cut-throat environment: a slower pace, genuine friendships, and a path to healing a different kind of hurt. As people came to her in search of furniture to overhaul their homes, she learned that medicine isn’t the only way to cure a broken spirit. Now she calls both the antique store and Ramsbolt home. 


After coming to Ramsbolt in search of a quiet life and inspiration for his dream of being a painter, Nate bought a toy store as a way to pay the bills. He makes enough to live on, sells paintings on the internet, and spends the rest of his time admiring Penny (whose store is next door), drinking wine, and tending the fire pit in the gravel parking lot behind their stores. If you see a guy around town in a well-loved sweater a size too big and spattered with paint, that’s Nate. 


She’s not just the baker of sweet treats. Marissa is also a shrewd business woman, fiercely loyal to her friends, and discerning in the gossip she spreads. If good news is uttered in her store, she’ll be on the phone faster than you can say sticky buns. 


The greediest, most self-serving man in town, Arvil will never claim to be anything different. He gobbled up commercial properties early in his life and has lived on the rent ever since. Unfortunately, for a very long time, his expectations failed to match up to the town’s abilities. After abandoning his effort to build a fancy new office building at the site of Helen’s Tavern, he’s become more realistic. Arvil can often be found reading the newspaper in the shadowy corner at the bar, ordering cocktails from the only person in town he’d call his friend. Just don’t let Logan know he said that. 


Stuart’s best friends were the ones he found in books, but as a creative writing professor, he struggled to bring new worlds to life. It wasn’t until he visited Ramsbolt that his writer’s block dislodged, and when it did he realized he was chasing the wrong kind of story. Now that he’s settled in Ramsbolt and started the town’s first newspaper in more than a generation, Stuart is learning that not every bit of buzz deserves the paper it’s printed on and not all small town stories are small after all. 


The town librarian hates to read books. She prefers to read on a tablet instead. She’s also somewhat extroverted and will talk your ear off if you stand still for too long. She’s a fierce defender of books, however, and will ban you forever if you bring in food or drink. The only exception is the town meetings that are held in the basement. Food and beverage is permitted, but never pie. Not after the tragic children’s book incident during the summer of 2012. 


After opening her diner in the 1980s and scaling it back to a pub after the town suffered from a series of economic setbacks, Helen was in debt and hobbling on aching knees. She was on the verge of closing the bar when Logan came looking for a job. The tavern is once again thriving, and Helen found in Logan the granddaughter she always wanted.Sign up for the newsletter for a free story about Helen! 

One of the kindest men in town, Warren spent his life amassing a portfolio of apartment properties around town that he rents to those who need housing at very affordable rates. He also runs the newsstand and serves as the arbiter for disputes between the towns older residents who congregate at his counter and dissect newspaper headlines. 

Dan and Bern

As Zeb’s two most reliable employees, Dan and Bern spend their days working at the farm. They spend their evenings, clad in plaid flannel and dusty denim, bickering at the bar. For all his hard work, Bern merely wants to watch sports, and for all Bern’s chattering, Dan would give his arms and legs for some peace and quiet. As a result, Dan ends most town arguments that play out in the tavern by clearing his throat. 


Jaleesa is Warren’s daughter and the town mechanic. One of the town’s younger business owners, Jaleesa loves bright dresses, zinnias, and fixing any car anyone will bring her, especially if it’s a Jeep. 

Carol and Diane

As owner of the hardware store, Carol knows every sink and light fixture in town. She will not let you buy the wrong thing. When not at work, she and her wife Diane enjoy cooking and trying to master country line dances they found on YouTube.

An undying fan of tea, Diane saw a need and filled it. She purchased a house at the end of Main Street, near the church, and created a frilly tea-cozy extravaganza. But don’t expect a lacy, prim lady if you visit. Diane can dish out harsh advice as if you were paying her to do it. In her spare time, she enjoys reading classic literature, for which she names her tea blends, and she enjoys making model cars. She does not, however, enjoy the country line dancing nearly as much as her wife, Carol, but you’ll never hear her say it out loud. 

Lewis & Mack

Lewis and Mack are the last remaining Ramsbolt residents who graduated in the class of 1955. Now in their 80s, they have taken on the self-appointed roles of town curmudgeon, complaining about trees that reach beyond property lines and lamenting town progress. Suspender advocates and beard growers, Mack and Lewis proudly attend every town meeting. 


In his day job as the market’s bag boy, Shawn enjoys chatting about newspaper headlines with customers, but he’s always had his eyes on the horizon. Desperate to find a music scene, he can’t wait to get out of Ramsbolt. 


As the chief loan officer at Ramsbolt Rural Lending, Emily is privy to a lot of personal information, most of which she shares with Marissa and anyone else in town who will listen. It is Emily’s tendency toward gossip that led Logan to call the bank “Ramsbolt Rumors and Lending.” 

Meldrick Lacey

Meldrick’s family has been in Ramsbolt since before it was founded, and he would very much like you to know that he is not being listened to and unless he is, the town will only end in calamity. As the town’s chaos monster, Meldrick often creates drama for the sense of validation. Having successfully run for town manager after the passing of Adelle’s father, he found the job too tiresome and paid his teenage son to do it instead. He lost the last election, during which his campaign slogan was to merge the town with another, to Adelle who is now revitalizing the downtown area. 


At six foot, six inches, Riley is the tallest man in town. As the town’s postal deliverer, he sees and knows more than just about anyone, and he’s the least likely person to keep a secret. Likewise, if you want to spread news, however good or bad, you’re best served giving it to Riley first. 


Ramsbolt’s oldest resident is also its most stubborn. With a beard down to his knees and a temper shorter than a matchstick, Zeb has brushed off every good piece of advice he’s ever received to save his farm. Fortunately for him, Dan and Bern are just as set in their ways. 

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