A flower patch to brighten your day
Mary Ann Peek lives in the home she and her husband Jack built 61 years ago in the area that is now Chattahoochee Hills, GA. It's a modest brick ranch surrounded by a pasture-sized lawn, with swing sets in the front and back for the grandkids, and plenty of outdoor chairs for family and guests. If homes could talk, this one would say, "Y'all come and stay a while."
Mary Ann had always admired the barn quilts of the Amish Country. They seemed to covey a welcoming message to "Have a nice day." For her barn quilt, she selected a brightly colored pattern called, "Flower Patch," since flowers always brighten the day. It is displayed on husband Jack's workshop.
In 2013, Jack Peek was interviewed by a local newspaper, the Newnan Times Herald, for its business column. Mary Ann proudly shared the article, which is framed and displayed in Jack's Workshop. It is reproduced below.
Business – 60 Seconds with. . .
Jack Peek: Owner, Jack Peek’s Sales, Inc.
By Clay Neely, Newnan Times Herald (Newnan, Georgia)
Sunday, December 8, 2013
How did you get started in the business?
I’m one of ten children, born on the farm, dirt poor and I went into the field when I was 7 so that I could make food to eat. Back then, no one got any kind of education except the girls. I worked at the service station, working here and there. I had just got married and was working for a saw company in East Point. I came home one night and told my wife, “I put my notice in. I’m not doing what I want to do.” So I went doing odd jobs here and there and finally settled down on being a business man. That was 51 years ago.
How has your business changed over the years?
We initially did service work. We sold paint, water heaters, and all kinds of things. We even sold televisions for many years. One day, I heard Walmart was already in Alabama and someone said they’re coming to Newnan so that’s when we shifted 100 percent of what we do now. No discount store can do what we do.
What’s the best advice to someone who wants to start their own business nowadays.
You can’t be everything to everybody. You have to decide on what you want to do and do it. Service what you sell and take care of your customer. I don’t sell anything a discount store sells and I don’t work on anything they sell. If we don’t sell it, we don’t service it. But remember that the customer is #1 because if you ain’t got a customer, you ain’t got a business.