The River Valley is still in the recovery phase after a tornado left its mark this weekend. That’s why Mountainburg is pushing the devastation aside to focus on new beginnings for the city.
Nestled in-between two counties, the city of Mountainburg is picking up the pieces.
“It’s a sleepy little town,” Mayor Neal Moon said. “We are going to have to push forward somehow.”
After an E-F 2 tornado touched down last week – causing widespread damage – sense of normalcy may finally be felt.
“It still was crazy yesterday, but then around 3:30 everything got kind of peacful,” Mayor Moon said.
“We have had three of four new business start in the past year,” Mayor Moon said. “In fact, we had a tornado hit Friday and a coffee shop open Monday morning.”
Jessica Kasprytzki believes her coffee shop’s opening date wasn’t a coincidence.
“The community needed this place,” Kasprytzki said. “That’s what I was here for – to bring coffee and food to the people of our community.”
Kasprytzki says since Monday, business has been non-stop and she doesn’t expect it to slow down.
And she hopes more business owners will follow.
“People need to know that Mountainburg still exists,” Kaspryzki said. “The interstate came in and took a lot of the businesses so we need to liven it up a little bit.”
“We already had people excited about new businesses beforehand just because we were just beginning to grow,” Mayor Moon said. “Now with this, I think we will grow faster and better to be quite honest.”