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September 30, 2004

Camilla-- When you find Debbie's Main Street Restaurant on U.S. 19, it may not look like much from the outside.

"I tell everybody that. Look for the ugliest building with the most cars," Debbie Spence. But inside, it's a different story. "Country food, not soul food, country food-- Hey darling," she says to a diner.

That country food means lots of homemade casseroles and pies and fresh vegetables. But did you notice the "Hey darling"?

Yeah that. That hey darling. Debbie says, "It is a lot of work. Hey."

See? There it is again. That kindness, that relationship with the customers may be what makes Debbie's different. "They're friends. They're more than customers, they're friends," says Debbie.

And those customers, those friends, appreciate that. A diner named Lucy Gondor says, "The food is great, and Debbie just makes you feel so good. It's like a big happy family here."

"Good food, good service, good folks. It's just a great place to eat," said Richard Parker "You can't go wrong. It doesn't matter what you get. It's all good."

Debbie said, "When one of them's sick, you go see about them. When you're sick, they come see about you. There's more to running a business than just the business end."

Just one of the important lessons Debbie has learned in her nine years in business here. "I love doing it. I mean I love the people who come in here. I love my customers. I just like it. The people in here is what makes it so special. The people of Mitchell County."

And if you come here, you may be reminded of a couple of lessons your mama taught you. Always eat your vegetables. And remember, it really is what's on the inside that counts.


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