We start with a look at the Lockwood Folly Marketplace, a family-run store in Supply that's been serving the community for generations. Years ago, there were no Wal-Marts or other large department stores in the area, so the store was important in that it supplied their every day needs. Odell and Berta Blanton opened a general store in Supply in the 1940s. They moved to a larger location in 1963. The store served as a hub of activity for the community. "I had not invested one dime in it, and Mr. R.D. White, Sr. supplied the money for me to start the business, and I paid two cents on a gallon of gasoline to pay for it,” said Odell Blanton. Mr. Odell Blanton, now 96 years old, has fond memories of his time running the general store. "It meant a lot to us to have a complete supply of different things people needed. If they needed pots and pans, we had them. If they wanted groceries, we had groceries." Blaton's business was a family affair. His grandson Larry Clemmons worked as a stock boy as a teenager. "At that time not realizing it, but my grandfather and my grandmother were experiencing what I would call the American dream of having their own business." Blanton ran his store until the mid 70s when he turned the building into an accounting business that closed in 2002. Fast forward to 2008, when Blanton's great granddaughter, Lindsay Hewett, renovated the building, and opened the Lockwood Folly Marketplace. "We actually have quite a few customers who shopped with them during that time period who come into the store and kind of reminisce,” Lindsay said. You can find everything from gifts to gourmet products to food from local farmers. Blanton said he's amazed by how far the store has come. "Here I am buying from my own great granddaughter and she used to be there buying them from me, so it's really interesting." The Lockwood Folly Marketplace is a popular lunch spot in the Supply area. Hewett prides herself in offering natural products, and in a few weeks will being offering organic produce.
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