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Old country store gets new owner and facelift

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The mother of five said goodbye to the daily commute to Huntsville and enlisted the help of family and friends for some remodeling. The mother of five said goodbye to the daily commute to Huntsville and enlisted the help of family and friends for some remodeling.
LACEY'S SPRING, AL (WAFF) -

You may have missed the grand "re-opening" of "Graves Grocery, A Community Rest Stop" in Lacey's Spring. It is a dream come true for the new proprietor, Pam Graves.  She said it all started with a sign during her morning routine. 

"On the way to school, the sign out front of the store said 'for sale' and I said, my word, maybe it's the right time," she recalled.

The mother of five said goodbye to the daily commute to Huntsville and enlisted the help of family and friends for some remodeling. "One thing I've learned is out of some of my greatest hardships have been my greatest growing experiences."

It's not the first time the building is being used in this way. In fact it goes back about a hundred years.  Sabrina Green remembers it from her childhood. 

"It originally started out being Atkinson's store. A lot of times if we stayed after school, we'd walk across the road to come here."

She said there were a few owners in between. "Then Pam came back and brought more to it. It used to have sandwiches and stuff as well but now we've got good sandwiches, good deserts."

James Garrison has fond memories of the place from many years ago.  "I've been up here to dances. They have dances up here in the parking lot. Used to have gospel singings here. Used to have hoedowns, you know - country songs, stuff like that."

Right now things are a little more subdued with the preachers granddaughter as the new owner.  The best part?  She is close to home and her children.

"The older brothers come up here and drink coffee and talk and that kind of stuff," added Garrison.

"And so the kids have kind of got a place to come to if they're after school. And parents a lot of times can come sit if they're waiting for practices. So she's done a lot for us", said Green.

As for Pam, she said there has been a lot of support from friends, family and neighbors.  "A real outpouring and so it's been a wonderful blessing."

Others like Garrison say it's Pam who deserves the credit.  "And she was really a blessing to the whole community

Pam has several irons in the fire when it comes to serving her community. She is involved in several Christian Ministries, especially those for moms.  For her it's like a calling. And family and friends show up to help, because that's what people do in Bobby's Bama.

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