My heart is always thrilled when a local owned business opens in Letcher County, as was the case when Hatfield’s Hunting Supply opened at Crown a few years back, moving into a store that had been idle for years. It is located next to the Baker Cabinet Company at the Smoot Creek, Highway 15 North junction.
Well, as luck would have it, the excitement was short lived; the business caught fire and burned to the ground. But owners, Whitney Hatfield and Chancey Hatfield, were more determined than before to have a business there.
Being underinsured, to replace their business both worked regular full-time jobs. Whitney is a registered nurse and is finishing her studies to become a nurse practitioner, and Chancey is employed at Autotrader.
They set their sights on getting opened again. And around the last of July, that dream will be true, again. Hatfield’s Hunting Supply will reopen its doors in the same location, but this time as a bow only shop.
They will be able to save you money, they will have the knowledge to get your bow right, and it is a local business. Nothing much to ask for, right?
Wrong, they will have the smiling faces that always warm your heart, knowing the people you are talking to. Won’t tell you, that is not my department, but I will see if I can find someone to help you.
Hatfield’s has also teamed up with some local, as well as away, Outfitters, and guides to help you fill your elk, turkey, or deer tags. They promise to beat anybody’s price on Hoyt bows.
The Hatfields have become involved in the Tennessee high school bass fishing team, and anyone at Letcher Central or Jenkins High that is interested in getting into high school bass fishing, Chancey has offered to coach the sport. Please let Tony Sergent or Mike Melton know if you are interested and look up Chancey.
Again, they will start small, but grow big.
Best of luck to them on their new vision. Please shop with them. We need local people to think more like them.