ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - WDAM cameras were in Ellisville taking a look at the development of the city.
The Hunters Edge in Ellisville is just one of the many locally owned businesses helping to keep a thriving city in the heart of Jones County.
“We’ve got some really exciting things coming,” The Hunters Edge Owner Laurie Rogers said,
Owner Laurie Rogers and her husband opened the doors to their business more than six years ago. She said through the economy’s up and downs their business, specializing in firearms, ammo and much more, continues to progress and expand.
“Doubled in size and doubled in size again by taking out walls and things like that," The Hunters Edge Owner Laurie Rogers said. "As the economy came back around and grew gun sales have been real good. There’s been a big demand for the hunters. So, we do have future plans for the fall. We bought the building next door to us and we are actually going to be expanding. We are going to have a sporting good store for the hunters. We are also going to be putting in an indoor bow range.”
Customers shopping local is contributing to a economic impact that continues developing in this city incorporating more than five square miles with a population growth of nearly 45 hundred people.
“Oh my goodness some days you can’t even find parking spots out here," Owner of R & A’s French Quarter Grill Rita Sumrall said. "We have everything right here at your fingertips. You can shop, eat, get your meds and whatever you need.”
Owner of R & A’s French Quarter Grill in Ellisville, Rita Sumrall, has operated the downtown restaurant for two years. She continues to see economic growth among her business and surrounding operations.
“It’s so exciting to see what Ellisville has done," Sumrall said. "We are growing. See our growth. I think naturally we still have a ways to go, but I do think we are up and coming. We are always trying to do things to better Ellisville. Who knows what we are going to have coming. We have big plans for a little town.”
As local merchants work to keep customers spending their dollars locally impacting the economy, Mayor Lynn Buckhaults said these businesses are the backbone to the city as they continue to see growth in the first county seat of Jones County.
“I have seen some downs where the oil field gas prices have really affected the economy in this area," Rogers added. "Things really slowed down a lot. We struggled through it just like some of the other companies did here. Actually, I have see since presidential elections and stuff where the economy has changed some. There’s been more jobs in the area where the economy has actually turned around some.”