JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Today marks the eight year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Brian and Jessica Moore moved to Johnson City from Gonzales, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina hit the area in 2006.
Although they suffered no significant damage from the Hurricane, they felt it was time for a change. With much advice and prayer, they and their three children set off for Johnson City.
They had no family in the area and no jobs waiting for them. "Yeah, it was definitely a God thing," said Jessica. "We prayed a lot about it and after the, I don't know, sixth person suggested this area we thought, ok God, we get the hint."
After visiting for a weekend, the couple fell in love with the area. "Honestly, [we] couldn't find anything we didn't like," said Brian. "We went home and put the house up for sale and moved."
Since arriving here, Jessica continued her business MooreGirly specializing in hair bows and boutique items, while Brian was hired on with Bell Helicopter in Piney Flats.
In 2010, Jessica launched another dream of hers to open a children's resale shop at prices anyone could afford. Little Hoot Boutique became the flagship of where they are today.
After three and a half years and moving to their third building due to the exponential growth, Little Hoot has become a landmark on South Roan Street.
After four children, two of them teens now, they felt it would just make sense to carry the vision beyond Little Hoot into another store for teens and young adults.
The Nest is a young adult clothing store with two distinct "flavors" to offer. On one side of the building they have a resale shop that offers the latest styles for teens and young adults. The other side of the building will offer a coffee shop atmosphere with a living room/hangout feel.
"I've always looked at the [former LG's Barbeque] restaurant next door and thought if they ever moved, that could be a great opportunity," said Jessica. "Other than the mall, there's really not many places high school age teens can go that parents would actually approve. So when the building became available, we jumped on it."
The new business is a cafe called The Nest and had its grand opening earlier this month. "We wanted more than just a coffee shop atmosphere," said Brian. "We wanted to build relationships with our customers, like we do at Little Hoot."
The brands of coffee being served include Community Coffee, popular in their old community in Louisiana.
"We wanted to bring some of our roots to this community," said Brian.
The Nest also aims to promote and help support local talent.
"[We'll be] displaying and selling local artists' paintings and local music groups that we'll be showcasing once a month," said Jessica. "This is our community now."
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