Southern Roots brings food, novelties to Crawford

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By Denise DuBois

The old Crawford Motel has new life since Sylvia Nolan opened Southern Roots Country Store at 4521 Highway 80. 

Walk right in and an old country store greets you. There are dining room tables to sit and eat lunch, novelty items, candy and a little boutique. But there’s more than that. Just glance at the menu. There are sandwiches, hotdogs, quesadillas, and milkshakes. 

These aren’t ordinary milkshakes. These are monster shakes. Order Nolan’s version of a unicorn. The shake comes out just as fun as you want it to be. It’s topped with a little cake, donuts, marshmellows and candy. Order something chocolaty and find yourself staring at candy bars, chocolate donuts and whatever else Nolan can dream up. 

“This is our take on extreme milkshakes. It’s something that I think is nostalgic with a new twist. And it brings big smiles on faces. I love to see that,” Nolan said.

Nolan officially opened the store last week and she’s still working out the menu and hours. Her husband, Chris, did all the renovating of the building. 

“We were trying to find something we could do to give back to the community and would fit in,” Nolan said. “Everything we offer has kind of a western theme. We have a Cowboy Sammich that is kind of like a Philly Cheese, but we press it on the panini press.”

That particular sandwich is the number one seller so far. The hotdogs are good, too. Get one in a foot long or get a scrambled dog. 

In addition to good, fun food, Southern Roots Country Store has jellies, jams, pecans, and penny candy. 

“Everything is from Alabama, Georgia and as close as we can get it,” she said. “We like to support local and small town businesses.”

There are boutique items and gifts, too. 

For more about the store and hours, visit them on Facebook.