A case of country Mafia? Not really.
If you’re a southern landowner, you know about upkeep. There may be fences to mend, hunting plots to prep and livestock to feed. If you’re like me, you value the local business relationships that can help you get through the latest opportunities of the season.
I look for personality in those relationships. To me, you don’t get any better than Vic Vickers, the store manager at Stone’s Home Centers on U.S. 27 just south of Havana. Vic’s a big guy, but don’t let his tough guy looks scare ya. He’ll help you figure out why the doves aren’t flying, tell you who can mow for you, and show you the latest in tree stands. And if you’re lucky, you might catch him on a day when he’s cooking a pork butt on the Big Green Egg. On the grill, he’s the man.
Vic calls me “Easy Money,” and I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or bad. Doesn’t matter. When I’m at Stone’s I always find like-minded folks that will listen to what I think I need, then steer me in the right direction. I’m willing to bet that Stone’s takes care of 90 percent of rural northern Tallahassee and South Georgia and I’m happy to be one of their customers. Even if that makes me “easy money.”
~ Luke Murphy