For those wondering what’s going to take place in the recently renovated building at 2839 Jefferson St. in Marianna, here’s the news: Michael Young and Lamar Ferrell are finishing up final preparations for the possible fall grand opening of Outdoor Toys and Accessories.
Young took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to provide a little information about the new business. The Illinois native was raised in the Panama City area. He moved to Marianna to attend Chipola College and Troy State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice.
Although Young hadn’t planned to stay in Marianna, he met and married his wife. They are now raising three girls while he continues to work at Sunland, where he has been employed for the past 15 years.
“There are a ton of kids in the area, but there isn’t that much for them to do,” Young said, adding, “If the children ask for an outdoor toy, such as an ATV, the parents have to drive out of town to make a purchase.” Young decided this was not only a business opportunity, but a community need.
Once open, Outdoor Toys and Accessories will have ATVs, UTVs, go-carts, hover boards, skateboards, side-by-side ride-on toys, scooters, battery operated cars for small children with parent remote controls, mopeds, and accessories. Customers will be able to order, for small children, battery operated automobiles that match parents’ vehicles. The store will also provide safety training and a repair/maintenance area. Young plans to later expand and include additional items such as Segway personal transporters.
Shop locally, support Marianna businesses and while waiting for the opening of Outdoor Toys and Accessories, check out their website, www.outdoortoysandaccessories.com or call 850-526-2466. Visit the City of Marianna’s website at www.mariannafl.city/335/New-Businesses-and-Other-Community-News to learn more about new businesses.
Kay Dennis, MBA, MPA, A.I.C.P., is the director of Municipal Development for the City of Marianna.