It’s no coincidence that just in time to ring in spring, a new, local gardening center is blooming into business.
"God just blessed me with the opportunity to take this place and run with it. I owe God all the glory of it because if it wasn't for Him it wouldn't be happening. I've just always wanted to have my own place to serve the community." -Al Davis, owner, Al’s Garden & Gift
Al Davis, a native of the Lauderdale county area, has previously worked for the co-op for 20 years, and he has now opened his own business called Al’s Garden & Gift.
“He’s such a personable young man. He’s helpful. He just answers any kind of questions and gets in what you need, and he’s always done that in every aspect of his life he’s tried to be helpful.” -Renee Powell, customer
Davis has also been a member of the Martin Fire & Rescue since he graduated high school, and he’s using this opportunity to further his love for his community.
“I just love watching things grow. I love helping people beautify their yards and just being able to make people happy. This is one job and business where most people leave happy. Ya know, you hope they always leave happy.” -Davis
“Al’s always been real helpful. Through the years, what I didn’t know, he told me. That was the thing. Any questions I had, it was always, ‘yes, this is what you need. No, you need this.’ So, I’m thrilled that he’s here.” -Powell