County Road 11: Tombecbe Trading Post
The Tombecbe Trading Post in Livingston, Alabama is a store which specializes in everything from craft beer, to locally made meats and cheeses, gift baskets and event flower arrangements. It's featured on County Road 11.
After retiring from the University of West Alabama, Danny Buckalew said he needed something else to do. So in November 2017, he bought the floral and gift shop in Livingston and decided to add to it. A lot to it.
"That's when we started investigating where we could get some unique products, particularly Alabama type products and try to find some local vendors," said Buckalew.
While half of the store still serves as a florist and gift shop, the other half is now stocked with items you can't buy at many retail stores. There's casseroles, chicken salads, cheese straws, goat milk soap, barbecue sauces, lotions, a large selection of wines and craft beers from local breweries.
Danny says it's very important to his operation to use as many local vendors and products as possible.
"We search for good, quality products when we met with the folks who are our vendors now," said Buckalew. "They provided the good products for us. We're very thankful to have them on our side, and I feel like we help them out a little bit too."
Tom Taylor has been a florist as this location for over 30 years and says it's all about the customers.
"We just try to make people happy, whether it's roses or just a simple daisy arrangement," said Taylor. "We take care of weddings and funerals and whatever you need flowers for. We're there to help you out."
"The florist business is pretty much is telephone business now," said Cindy Cook, a florist at the trading post. "It's not something that people come in and pick out. They'll just call us, so it's enticing to have other things when they come in to sell them."
"We're a work in progress. We're trying to figure out what works and what people want," said Buckalew. "We do have folks that drop in to curiosity."
The Tombecbe Trading Post in Livingston: serving Sumter County and surrounding areas, using mostly home grown products by local folks, and providing a unique shopping experience for all.
The store is located at 101 Jefferson Street in downtown Livingston.
For more information, you can call (205) 652-2423 or visit them on facebook at Tombecbe Trading Post.