News 12 NBC 26 at 6 O'clock / April 20, 2017
EVANS, GA. (WRDW/WAGT) -- After 40 years in the business, one of the first family-owned stores in Columbia County is changing hands.
Brown Feed and Seed sits on Washington Road in Evans, an area that used to be farmland.
You might not expect a feed store to be smack dab in the middle of Evans, Georgia. Donnie Brown didn't either when he opened his store four decades ago.
"I thought I had made a big mistake," explained Brown, "It was just country, but that's the way Evans was, and then all of a sudden everybody followed me."
That was 1979. Brown followed in his father's footsteps selling animal feed and the transformation from then to now, well, you'd hardly recognize it.
"It's changed so much over the years, and I've seen it change," said Brown.
Brown Feed and Seed made itself an identity know as one of the first stores in Evans, and also the home of "Big Boy's Pond," as in, the resident gator.
"This is where everybody used to come up right there, and everybody would feed him," said Brown.
Over the years, he's collected antiques and a whole lot more.
"Now, we have a lot of signs," said Brown.
Some of those signs are unique to Columbia County, even the original store sign that went up 40 years ago.
"That's a Masters picture." said Brown, "I hate to let it go."
But all of, from the metal signs to the replica of "Big Boy" is going closing a chapter that lasted four decades.
"My customers are great. They've all been real good to me over the years, and I couldn't have made it without them," said Brown.
What became a simple truth 40 years ago is the same truth now. If you didn't know where to go, simple, just ask, Donnie Brown.
"No, I'm not going anywhere. I'll be right here. You'll still see me,"