Big sculptures and even bigger dreams: That is the driving force for Jerry Little, owner and craftsman of Little’s Concrete to Life business, located on 511 N.Main St.
“We’ve just kept working towards getting into a better home,” said Little. “It was tough for a long time, us fighting to live comfortably.”
Little started crafting cement statues about 15 years ago. The process involves pouring cement into molds, allowing it to harden, and then painting each statue. Little said that it takes him about a week to create a statue.
“I met a man named Roy at a flea market once and he took me under his wing and taught me everything I needed to know about statues,” said Little. “He took it upon himself to do that.”
He started out pouring cement in a friend’s garage, then moved to a trailer when he met his wife, Mary. There he bought a couple tents and wrapped plastic around them to create a workshop space at home. He and Mary opened their business on North Main Street at the beginning of December last year, charging anywhere between $5 and $500, depending on the size of the sculpture.
“We have really good deals, especially in the winter to keep things going,” Little said.
Little has many different molds, but can also do specialty orders if needed.
“If I don’t have the mold you need, I’ll find a friend who does,” said Little. “I could get you a concrete cannon by tomorrow for the right price.”
Little’s Concrete to Life doubles as an antique shop. The Little family travels to auctions, flea markets and thrift stores to acquire what Little considers the most unique and rare antiques he can find. Most of his customers are private collectors, like Misty Crum.
“The Littles just have contagious positivity,” said Crum. “They put their heart, sweat and blood into this store.”
Crum is also giving back to the family by acting as their public relations representative. In the coming months she hopes to create a website, introduce gift certificates and potentially hold a raffle later on in the Christmas season. Little also wants to update the storefront.
“I’m hoping to change this place and make it into more of a home than a store,” said Little.
Little’s Concrete to Life is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Little said that there’s one thing he can do that other craftsmen like him cannot.
“When I put that last dot in their eyes, I bring them to life,” he said.