Living Out Loud

Shop local

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“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.”

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If we don’t support our local businesses there won’t be any. It comes down to that.

In the 32 years we have lived here I have watched too many businesses open and close. Some that I really hated to see go and some that I wondered why they were ever here in the first place.

Those of us who have been around a while remember Brother Dave’s. It sat on the southwest corner of 110 and 346. It was not a “here today, gone tomorrow” place. I don’t know how many years it was here but it was a landmark, a destination for their self-proclaimed “best chicken fried steak.”

There are lots of folks still around that would back up that statement. My girls remember going there when they were little. I can’t recall when it closed, never to fry again, but it was a sad day.

You’ve never had a hamburger better than the ones cooked on the greasy griddle at Waller’s store. It was where the Exxon/Fazoli’s is now. And if you saw the septic tank truck, you knew Richard was there and the burgers would be at their best.

Today the talk is “what will happen to the Sonic?” I am painfully aware of the sad background of its closing and I remember to pray for that family often. There’s has been a tough road. We can all just hope that someone will come along and restore it to its former glory, in memory of sweet Doug, and let the strawberry limeades flow again.

We have seen Mom and Pop stores selling this, that and the other come and go. There was once a dress shop that carried little girls’ Sunday dresses. It is certainly missed. The list goes on and on.

Maybe we can all keep in mind one of the things that makes Whitehouse great - the fact that we take care of each other. If we don’t shop/eat local, the places can’t stay in business. When you possibly can, shop local.

(If you have a little something to share, send it to me at reporter@tricounty leader.com or call me at 903-839-2353.)

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