I would like to respond to Steve Woodward’s letter to the editor, in particular the lines where he asks,“Who do you think your readers are? The tattooed punks who work at Nature’s Own?”

I have lived in Southern Pines since 2003. I was passing through to visit my parents and ended up falling in love with this neat little town. My father is a 20-year (Special Forces medic) veteran and has a little bit of ink on his arms, as do almost all of my military brothers.

Over the past 19 years I have watched our town flourish with military families. Not only have they helped strengthen our economy, they’ve brought diversity and insight from their travels and adventures all over the world. 

Over 10 years ago, I began working for Milton Pilson and Karen Frye at 195 Restaurant and would moonlight at Nature’s Own. Under their umbrella, I found my calling and have been so lucky to have a job that I absolutely love and adore. The same can be said for the other employees here at Nature’s Own.

One comment that we hear from those who visit is the “good vibes” they feel upon entering our store. We agree and strive to keep it that way.

We understand that everyone has a bad day, that’s normal. What we don’t agree with is throwing someone, or in Mr. Woodward’s case, a local business (one that has been thriving for over 30 years, mind you) under the bus to make a political point — an inane one at that. 

We are a diverse bunch, and while we don’t all share the same political beliefs, we do believe in our community. Take a look around and see that Southern Pines is full of “tattooed punks.”

Tony Cross, Nature’s Own and Reverie Cocktails

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