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WATER VALLEY – The Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce presented the Business Spotlight Award to Sikma Odds N Ends on Monday, Sept. 11. Launched in 2016, the spotlight award honors merchants, businesses and individuals who excel in their support of the community and are involved in local activities.
Owners Bill Sikma and his wife, Tina, took a leap of faith when they pursued his lifelong dream to open his own shop. Bill has always loved working on anything with a motor since he was a child. He previously worked for Case International, Chandler Motor Company and was a certified technician for Express Oil. Bill and Tina were both raised in Water Valley and left in 2004. In December, 2019, they decided it was time to pursue this dream and move back to their hometown. They had land and a house to come to, so they moved the family home.
“It was a scary decision, but we went on faith. We knew if we waited any longer we would never do it,” Tina explained.
With the pandemic hitting in early 2020, everything slowed down including construction on the new shop. Bill and Mike Eubanks were able to do all of the dirt work for the building – old friends working together to make a dream come through. Once that was completed, the contractors started construction.
“When the slab was poured, it all became real,” Bill said. “The building went up pretty quick once the crews arrived.”
The crews worked at night with large spotlights as much as possible to avoid the blazing summer heat. Construction was finally completed and Sikma Odds & Ends opened Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.
“We have been very blessed with a growing customer base,” Bill said. “We are so thankful for the support from people in Water Valley and surrounding communities. Even being gone so many years, we still had some long-term relationships with people in Water Valley. Their support and spreading the word has been a blessing. We have been able to develop new relationships and new business from this.”
Bill is a one-man show but will do everything he can to provide exceptional service for his customers. With the exception of boats and motorcycles, he works on pretty much anything with a motor – cars, trucks, tractors, ATVS, golf carts, lawn mowers, RVs and others.
Tina is a realtor with McMinn Realty & Land Company and a health coach, while also working alongside Bill in the business. The couple have two children, Taylor and Ward. Taylor is an entrepreneur with a custom-made children’s clothing business (Mini Made Magnolias) and the mother of their beautiful granddaughter, Lorelai. Ward is a junior at Ole Miss in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.
“It is our pleasure to be back and to be able to serve the needs of our fellow Water Vallians and others,” Bill said.
Sikma Odds N Ends is located at 8802 Hwy. 32.
Business Spotlight Drawing for a $25 VISA gift Card
In honor of this Business Spotlight Award, the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a $25 gift card in a drawing from those who attempt to answer this question:
“What year model is the Ford Thunderbird in the picture?”
All answers will be compiled and the winning name will be drawn on Sept. 29. You have 10 days and two ways to answer between Sept. 20 and Sept. 29. You may reply on the Chamber’s Facebook page OR stop by the Chamber office any time during regular business hours and leave a written answer. The winner will be called OR notified on Facebook.