Amanda “Kitty” Cloudt and Adam Cloudt embody West Columbia’s motto: “Where history and progress do a Texas Two-Step.”

That is evident through their new business, Harper’s Mercantile, and the story behind it. Amanda and Adam are wife and husband and both of their families are from West Columbia. They’ve owned and operated The Warehouse Athletics — which offers tumbling lessons, clogging lessons and more — since 2005, but had to seriously reconsider things during their spring break vacation this year. They first debated whether they should offer classes the next week, then faced the reality they might not have a business at all anymore, Adam said.

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