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Smith and Davis

March 2, 2022

Through the pandemic, the community as a whole lost many local businesses, but it is important to support the ones that survived. For many of us in Fayette county when we think of a true locally owned and operated business we think of Smith and Davis. 

Located off of Highway 54, Smith and Davis has been in business in Fayette County since 1965. 

Smith and Davis is known to locals as a friendly, inviting place to get shoes, clothes, and accessories.  They specialize in great customer service, making sure everyone leaves feeling confident in what they purchased.

Since the passing of the owner Ronald Davis earlier this year, the business has been primarily owned and operated by his two sons, George and Tony Davis. 

Smith and Davis also employ multiple students from Fayette County schools, such as from here at Starr’s Mill and from Whitewater High School. The family business also sponsors multiple clubs, sports, and organizations within Fayette County schools. 

Since the beginning of the shutdown in March 2020, Smith and Davis have made it a priority to make sure customers still get everything they need. 

“We changed our business [back in March 2020], and went online and did same-day delivery, and our employees were so great they would take things and deliver them on their way home,” Tony Davis said. “We [also] had to reduce our hours which we have maintained.” 

Despite the challenges, the Davis family attributes their success to the support of their customers. They believe if it was not for community support their business, along with many others would have collapsed. 

“I think the local community really wants to support local businesses, some people were in here as soon as we opened back up May 1,” Tony said. “Our business has grown and with everything and all the tragedy that has been going on, I think that people really want to support locally after seeing so many businesses shut down.”

Smith and Davis is a true family business that adapted and relied on its previous reputation to survive through the pandemic.

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