Two businesses hit by April 27 storms will reopen this month | News
CULLMAN, AL (WBRC)- For close to a year Bo Waldrep has been working about a mile away from the barber shop he's called home for close to 50 years.
That's because the original location was totaled by the April 27th tornado.
"Stuff just scattered everywhere. It just blowed away," said Waldrep.
That included his close to 100-year-old barber pole that's since been replaced. January 15, 2012 would have marked 50 years at his downtown Cullman location. The storm may have ripped walls and torn off a roof but the foundation remains.
"The more you go over there the more exciting it is and everything," said Waldrep.
Waldrep and his wife didn't think twice about rebuilding in the same location and they weren't the only ones sharing the same sentiment.
"It's unbelievable at how many people in the community has reached out and told us how important Busy Bee was to their family," said Kitty Spears, owner of Busy Bee Café.
Since 1962 Busy Bee Café has been nestled in downtown Cullman. It's all Spears has known for the past 23 years.
She was inside, hiding underneath a bar when the storm hit and it may have taken out the building but not her faith to rebuild.
In fact, she's incorporating her grand opening date with one she will never forget.
"April 27th. It blew us away and it's going to blow us right back in," she said.
Waldrep plans to reopen his barber shop within the next few weeks.
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