The Springhill-North Webster Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Friday, October 8, for Bernice’s Community Market located at 21508 Highway 371, Cotton Valley. Bernice’s Community Market is owned and operated by Bing and Myisha Turner.
The town of Cotton Valley has a population just over 900 and is typical of rural communities that have long struggled with food injustice. However, the scale is about to tilt decisively in the town’s favor, thanks to the effort and work by a California couple that started visiting family in the area frequently beginning four years ago and brought with them an appetite for making locally grown fruits and vegetables available to the underserved. Bing Turner, MPH, and Myisha Turner have opened a community-focused grocery in Cotton Valley. The business is named Bernice’s Community Market after Mrs. Turner’s grandmother. The hope is that this will put an end to the 40-mile roundtrip commute townspeople have been forced to make to reach the nearest grocery store. The Turner’s have also opened a small take-out diner by the name of Bernice’s Table located 21416 Hwy 371.
Chamber Manager Ronda Taylor congratulated The Turners on their successful business and presented them with their certificate of Chamber membership. Guests that were there to wish the Turners well were Chamber board member Jackie Johnson, Webster Tourism Johnnye Kennon, and Artemis members Fred Schroeder and Terry Connolly. Representing the City of Cotton Valley were Alderman Reggie Shaw and Evelyn Parish. The Turner’s family and friends from several different states came to visit Cotton Valley to support Bing and Myisha. The guest living the farthest was from Canada.
Chamber would like to say Congratulations to Bing and Myisha and their staff! If you are traveling down Highway 371 stop in and take look at their unique community market. Or check them out on their website: http://www.bernicescommunitymarket.com.
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