An Etlan business is celebrating 20 years.
The Little Country Store, a fixture in the Etlan community, is celebrating 20 years in business. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at the business Friday. Despite being open for 20 years, owner Don Weakley said the business never had a ribbon cutting. He cut the ribbon with his daughter, Melony Myers.
The store is a family affair for Weakley. His parents ran the business from the 1960s to 1985 when they sold it. Weakley purchased it 14 years later, opening the business March 1, 1999.
“The community needed a spot, a country store,” he said. “I wanted to keep Etlan a little community.”
Weakley said people used to sit on the porch of the store, sharing stories and having conversations. He said some of that has started again.
And despite the closing of some country stores, Weakley’s business is thriving. The store attracts both local and out-of-town business, with visits by hikers and leaf lookers in the fall. Weakley also hosts a variety of events, cooking up barbecue, steamed shrimp and crab legs. On Friday, the smell of pork wafted from the smoker out front.
“Barbecue is one of the biggest things we’ve started to do,” Weakley said. “Seafood is starting to take off, too.”
“I want to thank my employees and customers,” Weakley said.
The Little Country Store is located at 5338 S. F.T. Valley Road in Etlan and is currently operating under winter hours—1-6 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Spring hours begin March 1 and expand to 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.