JEFFERSON-Mason Harris and company say they won’t let a little thing like a natural disaster slow them down.
And they’re going to prove it to you with a celebration this Saturday May 6, in Jefferson from noon to 10 p.m.
“We’re not 100 percent by any chance,” Harris said. “But we made it through what happened and we’re back in business and back on our feet. We want everybody to know that we appreciate what we did and the support we’ve got since we came back. It’s a celebration from both sides. For us, it’s that we’re still here but also to say a little thanks for helping us when we needed it most.”
Harris, owner of True Image Ink and Joy of Vaping, was among the Jefferson businesses left with an uncertain future this winter after a mudslide forced the evacuation and closure of the shopping center near Tractor Supply.
A slope to the rear of the shopping center, located at 658 S. Main Street in Jefferson, began to slide on Jan. 17. Three days later, the slide worsened and threatened to send tree limbs, rocks and mud into the rear of the shopping center.
That Jan. 20, slide forced the closure of such community stalwarts as Quality Hair Care, When Pigs Fly BBQ & Wings, Renegade Graphics and Joy of Vaping/True Image Ink. Friends and family – and in some cases total strangers – answered online calls for assistance and arrived at the center to help business owners move inventory and equipment from the property.
After the property owners made major modifications to the failing slope, Ashe County Emergency Management Coordinator Patty Gambill listed the property as safe to re-occupy in late February.
Now, Harris said the center’s tenants are doing what they can to kick start businesses that took a tremendous hit to their livelihood.
Saturday’s celebration will include live music by the likes of John Witherspoon, Adam Younce and the Jefferson Post’s own Kyle Denny, along with WASP Wrestling from 5-7 p.m. and a hip hop nighttime stage from 7-10 p.m. featuring Cray-Z of Wiked Wood and Grave-Bait.
Food vendors are also on site, and the celebration will include face painting, contests, raffles, a corn hole tournament, giveaways and flash tattoo specials.
The celebration will be located at 646 S. Main Street in Jefferson next to Tractor Supply. Call 336-846-8273 for more details.