JOSIE, AL (WSFA) - "I hate going into town, that's why I live here," said Kevin Phillips, owner of KZ Farm Supply.
Here is Josie, Alabama. It's a tiny community between Troy and Union Springs. The tough thing about living in Josie is if you need something from the store, you have to go about a half hour in either direction. Kevin and his wife Michelle owned the KZ Farm Supply shop. He worked at Ft. Rucker as an aviation mechanic.
She ran the farm supply store. About a year ago that all changed. Kevin felt a calling to make a change, so he quit his job and came home.
"We just turned it over to the Lord," said Kevin. "We said, 'Lord, here you go. We are going to step out on faith.' That was probably the scariest thing I've done in my life."
"You get comfortable knowing your income and what you're going to make every day," said Michelle. "But you just have to rely on His promise that he won't leave us or forsake us. He hasn't yet."
So Kevin left his job with benefits and a set salary and took over the farm supply store. Michelle started the Half Pint Grill in the same building. It was something they both felt would be good for their family and their community.
"A lot of people are tired of going to town for every little thing," he said. "If you're trying to fix something you have to drive 30 miles to get it. By us being here it saves people time and money."
The farm supply store has a little bit of everything. There are tools, plumbing supplies, pet food, pest control products, snacks and a whole lot more. The restaurant has quickly become popular with hunters, farmers, and locals looking to get a good meal without having to drive an hour round trip. They were both worried about the move, but looking back feel like it was definitely the right choice.
"Whether it be physical needs or spiritual needs we are here to serve our customers on a daily basis," said Michelle.
The days are long, the money isn't guaranteed, but the Phillips family is at peace, and it seems their customers are too. Here's a link to their Facebook page if you need more information on them.