A new Leesville business held a ribbon cutting event on Wednesday to celebrate their grand opening just in time for Veteran's Day.
The Veterans' Place at 1506 B South 5th St., has sizable potential among its existing offerings of support and camaraderie.
Quentin Murray, who retired from the U.S. Army after nearly 25 years of service, says the inspiration for the Veteran's Place came from his wife, Jacqueline. According to him, she, at one point said, "We need to find something for you Veterans. We've gotta do better for you guys."
The Veterans' Place is a veritable labyrinth of rooms and surprises, spanning from custom patchwork sewing and monogramming, a tea room, and a wide array of essential oils and diffusers. The business also includes a private room where area veterans can come in to speak with counselor volunteers from the VA Medical Center in Alexandria.
The couple also has plans for the business which are currently in-progress. A room in the back of the building is nearly ready to provide space and facilities for pedicures. These are not just run-of-the-mill pedicures, however. They are specifically designed to help veterans who have diabetes. Quentin explained that the certified volunteers use epsom salts and essential oils to help pull toxins out of the body through pedicures.
The door adjacent leads to another project which is nearing completion. It is something of a "man cave" where people will be able to spend time playing cards, watching TV, and other recreational activities.
Quentin plans to create a t-shirt shop and an office for their business in the upstairs space above the back room.
The building also includes a conference center next door with tables and televisions which will be utilized for any number of social activities such as hosting guest speakers, watching various sporting events, parties, dinners, and more.
"This is our big dream here," said Quentin. "We are invested in this; it's what live for."