Business booming in Viola

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The small Fulton County town of Viola is seeing a “growth spurt” of new businesses and improvement to existing businesses.
Photos/ Patti Sanders

Viola has been booming with growing businesses, as well as new additions. There have been two businesses who merged to become bigger and better, improvements to a local hardware store, a shift in ownership at a local feed store, and a new family clinic in Viola, which opened this past week. Dollar General even set up shop in Viola and the City of Viola is thrilled at the prospect of more revenue that will help the city continue to flourish.

Ramblin’ Western Wear

Sarah Perryman started a new business in October 2013 when she opened a cute little boutique called Sar-N-dipity in the town of Viola. A year later, Jamie Perryman began running Longhorn General Store just down the road. With the assistance of Larry and Linda Duncan, who provided them with a brand new building to occupy in July of 2016, they both moved into the same building with their growing businesses. But on the day Jamie was moving in, the news of Dollar General moving in next door was told. Jamie had the feeling that her little General Store she had worked so hard to grow, would soon be shut down. A few months later, Sarah simply said “Let’s merge and open a family western store!” Within four weeks from that simple text, Ramblin’ Western Wear was up and running It took a lot of hard work, not just from Sarah and Jamie, but their husbands Dustin and Jason as well. They closed their stores on Friday, worked on very little sleep all weekend, and Ramblin’ was running on Monday. Many hours are put into this little store, but they both enjoy the time they have there that they can spend with their kids. Ramblin’ Western Wear has grown so much since their opening date, and in the future they hope to occupy the entire building with not just western wear, but tack and many other things. Their dream is for Ramblin’ Western Wear to be successful enough for their kids to inherit some day.  

Grow-Smart Quality Feeds

On Thursday, June 1, Keith and Rebecca Gray and Dustin and Carol Wright, bought Black Jack Supply in Viola. The new business will now be called Grow-Smart Quality Feeds.

Earlier this year, they also purchased a feed mill in Willow Springs. They have consulted a nutritionist to insure the formation of balanced rations. They have updated their equipment, including the pellet mill. They make a full line of mixed feeds, minerals, pellets and the best range cubes in the area. Grow-Smart Quality Feed welcomes bulk feed orders.

Their prices are extremely competitive and they stand behind the quality and freshness of all of their products. They are excited to bring their products to Viola.  Black Jack (Gary DeVoe) had served this area so well with farm supplies, vet supplies and feeds. He will continue to work with them for a while, helping to transition. They will continue to stock all of the farm supplies, hardware and special order tractor parts and equipment.  

Nurse Practitioners Family Clinic

Nurse Practitioners Family Clinic, opened in Viola this past week. Their mission statement is “reaching out to all community families.” The three nurse practitioners that assemble the team are Denise Clifton-Jones, APRN, FNP-BC; Darla A. Johnston, APRN, FNP-C; and Dedra A. Richardson, APRN, FNP-C. They are located at 9798 Hwy. 62 West in Viola. Their phone number is 870-458-6732(NPFC).

The increase of businesses in Viola creates opportunity for continued room to grow as it helps the overall state of the city’s financial situation. It will be interesting to see what the future brings in the terms of businesses in Viola.

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