If you want to start a debate on what’s right, or wrong, with Floyd nowadays just mention Woody Crenshaw’s name. The 59-year-old entrepreneur is often a catalyst for arguments on both sides of the issue.
No one can, or should, argue that Crenshaw (above) hasn’t put his money where his mouth is when it comes to change in Floyd. He has poured thousands of dollars into renovation of the Country Store, reopened it as a daily store and lunch stop, and ramped up not only the Friday Night Jamboree but other weekend music offerings at the venue.
Local artists now use the Store as their choice for CD-release parties. The store hosts wedding receptions and other events and this weekend’s grand re-opening celebration (below) not only packed the store but other restaurants and nightspots in town. As Oddfellas Cantina owner Rob Neukirch counted up the receipts from a record serving of dinners Friday night he looked up and said "thank you Woody."
Crenshaw’s impact is felt elsewhere in town, from his partnership with others in the Village Green project in the old Farmer’s Grocery Store building to plans to convert the old Mama Lazzardos property into a family-style steakhouse with apartments on the second floor.
And he’s not the only one. New galleries fill the lower level of The Winter Sun and a Mexican Restaurant is coming soon. Bll and Joanne Bell’s investment in The Bell Gallery and Garden is a major attraction on the other end of Locust Street.
Such involvement brings detractors as well. Some argue that so much property in a small town should not be controlled by one man. Others say it is too much change. Still others worry that the pursuit of the almighty dollar will ruin the charm that is Floyd. One can argue benefits and risks from many sides of the issue but one cannot argue that Floyd was packed with people spending money this weekend and that a lot of that revenue came to town because of people like Crenshaw who are willing to take risks.