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|Businesses strong despite storms|
In spite of a national economic crisis and flood damage, at least two local businesses are enjoying good times at the cash register.
Wade Walley said he only experienced one bad week immediately after the storms flooded homes, but that business quickly rebounded at Every Occasion, his Prairie Street store.
"I've been very blessed," said Walley, who will celebrate his 20th year in business next week. "My business has been very good."
Around the corner on Front Street, business has been booming at Ivan Smith Furniture, in part due to the number of flooded homes.
According to Ivan Smith Furniture Store manager Debbie Jackson, people seem to be picking up and moving on after flooding, thanks in part to the arrival of FEMA assistance.
Jackson said she was thankful for the business but hated that the sudden good fortune of her store was built on a tragedy.
"You'd rather them come in and buy when they want something," said Jackson. "We're just glad we can be here to help them through this, to be here for them."
Both Jackson and Walley said their stores had suffered minimal damage during the storms, but that the damage had not affected their ability to serve their customers.
Jackson's store suffered a leaking roof and damaged ceiling tiles, but she and several employees moved merchandise in time to prevent damage.
"We only lost one day and didn't lose any furniture, so we were fortunate," Jackson said.
Outside Every Occasion, the awning over the sidewalk suffered some damage. Walley said the city's Main Street program was instrumental in repairing the damage.
As the twenty-year mark grows nearer, Walley said he's just thankful to the people of Franklin for their continued support.
"We started with $500 and 500 square feet," Walley said. "And we've managed to stay here for twenty yeStay and grow, Walley added. Twenty years after opening in the 500 square foot building, Walley said his store is just over 2,000 square feet now.