Judy: This is the opening day for our store in Yazoo City. We are sisters. We grew up outside of Flora, Mississippi. We live a country mile from each other and have always done everything together.
Sherry: We are both retired. Judy worked for General Motors, and I worked for the Department of Human Services issuing food stamps. We built a she shed between our houses so that we could meet there and play in it. We had golf carts and rode around patrolling the neighborhood.
Judy: Before the she shed, we tried to make stuff on the porch at Sherry’s house. Most of it wasn’t any good until we built some beautiful flower boxes. We stained and painted them and left them to dry. They were the prettiest things we have ever made.
Sherry: That night, my house burned to the ground. My husband and I lost everything. We came home from church and parked our new truck in the garage. The fire started a few hours later. The truck, the house, my golf cart, our flower boxes–everything was gone. The fire was so hot that my cast iron skillets were warped. One skillet split in two.
That was five years ago. I had retired not long before that. There were a lot of changes during that time. You have to adjust and keep going.
Flora is a small town, so we drove to Jackson for everything. I wanted a t-shirt and didn’t want to pay a big price for it. I thought I could make my own. It wasn’t bad and our t-shirt business started from there. The name of our business is ‘We Think We Can.’ We can’t always, but we think we can.
We moved into a storefront in Flora. It started slow, but it grew and kept us busy. Madison is expanding and moving closer to Flora. That growth is making rent in Flora go up beyond what we can afford. Someone approached us about moving into this building in downtown Yazoo City.
Judy: This building was once a hardware store, but the store closed years ago and it was used for storage. It took a lot of work and cleaning to get it back into shape. The floors are original and paint is still on the floor from the paint section.
We are working on an order for 85 t-shirts right now. A new thing is family t-shirts for funerals, casket blankets with pictures, and names placed on caskets.
Sherry: We are hoping to hire someone so we can go on shopping trips. We love to travel and bought a van that we call the Shaggin Wagon. We load it with Kool-Aid and snacks and hit the road, usually with no plan. We tell our husbands we are heading out, but we will be back in a few days. Thank God for our husbands.
We once headed to Texas. Boggity, boogity. All of a sudden, I had no steering. I pulled over on the side of the road. We were in Louisiana and called her husband to come get us. It got dark and late. We didn’t have our guns.
Judy: I said, ‘Sherry, what are we going to do if someone tries to get us?’ All we had was a box of Whoppers. We were going to throw them at the attacker as hard as we could. It seemed like a good plan. The Shaggin Wagon survived and is still with us carrying everything.
Sherry: We also have a gift shop in the store. One of my favorite gifts is the ‘Bitch Bags.’ You mix them with wine or Vodka and freeze them to make a slushie. Judy and I sample them just to make sure our customers will like them. We never dreamed we would be entrepreneurs and have our own business. But anything we do, we make it fun.
Judy and Sherry