Bare Bones Cargo, located at 526 19th Street West in Jasper, is hosting a musical benefit Saturday at 6 p.m. in its adjoining building. One of the latest up-and-coming businesses in Jasper, Bare Bones Cargo holds a fountain of treasures inside.
Owners Rhonda and Crystal Williams began brainstorming ideas for a store with character and charm a few years ago.
“I had always wanted to do a store, but it never was the right time because I was always consumed with children and sports and I just couldn’t. Then, Walt [her husband] died in 2010, and I still kind of wanted to do it then but didn’t,” Rhonda said. “Then, we were riding down the road and you [Crystal] said, ‘I’m about to open a store ... Are you on board?’ or something like that and I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’
“So, it was just a good time in our lives to do it.”
The two women wanted a building in the historic downtown area where customers would walk in and enjoy not only what the business had to offer, but also one where they simply would want to come back again and again because of its alluring qualities and charismatic nature. However, when they first purchased the site, they knew they had a lot of work to do in order to create their little gem.
“It was bad. There were garbage bags from the front door to the very back, from floor to ceiling,” Crystal said of the former pawn shop. Coincidentally, while cleaning out the place, it is also how the shop was tagged Bare Bones Cargo.
“Since this building was in such bad shape, the only thing we didn’t mess with was the ceiling and the walls. We said, ‘what’s a word for framework or something,’ and I just Googled it and bare bones came up,” Crystal said. “Then, if you’re dressing your body, you’re dressing bare bones. If you’re buying furniture, you’re dressing the bare bones of your house, so it just worked in every aspect we wanted to go in.”
“And, we liked cargo anyway,” Rhonda added, because there truly is a “mix of things” one will find in the store.
This Saturday night, those in attendance at the “Rockin’ Knockers” cancer benefit will revel in a musical feast under the stars. Rhonda and Crystal said the lineup will consist of Skylar Wallace, the Sassy Stompers, Bedlam, Christian Gann and Whiskey Avenue featuring Shelbie Z. from NBC’s “The Voice.” Rhonda said she recently met Shelbie Z. outside of Young Jewelers a couple of weeks ago at the First Friday event in downtown, which is when they discussed plans for Saturday’s extravaganza.
“We invited her to come down here, so I just asked her if she could come into our store and sing a couple of songs while people shop and donate to breast cancer, because we really wanted to do an event for breast cancer,” Rhonda said.
Crystal jumped in saying, “She [Shelbie Z.] said, ‘Well, I’ve been wanting to do something.”
“She said there is a need in Walker County for women to have facial products, some neat earrings, scarves, good brushes, and so anyway she said, ‘Why don’t we do something with that,’ and we’re like, ‘Why don’t we?’ And so it just escalated from there,” Rhonda concluded.
Several vendors and area businesses are also volunteering their services; for example, Rhonda said Marilyn Sanders Performing Arts Center is having a scarf drive. Bracelets, Dirty Annie soap bars, t-shirt bags and more are being donated to the cause, as well.
Tickets are on sale now at Bare Bones Cargo and Mane Attraction for $10 each or $5 if you donate items such as a new brush, facial makeup, earrings, scarf or other supplies women might need or want that are fighting cancer. All ticket and t-shirt sales will be donated to making care packages. The ladies ask that you bring lawn chairs to enjoy the outdoor event.
“Through this business I want to show Navy [Crystal’s daughter] that women can be successful and strong,” Crystal said. “Women of all walks of life are strong.”
“We want to give back to the community. I think we need to support each other and we need to encourage each other,” Rhonda said. “I’m like Crystal. I think it’s so important that we show others that you don’t have to spend lots of money to support somebody. Mostly, you just need to donate your time.”