J A Outfitters, located on Courthouse Square in Paris, hosted its grand opening last Thursday night. The store showcases men’s and boy’s clothing as well as outdoor accessories. It has been a hit since opening and provides locals with a place to purchase some of the hottest brands in the outdoor market, such as Fayettechill, Native, Drake and more.

Owners Beryl and Kristy Ragan opened the store recently and wanted to give back to the community they love. They not only wanted to provide a place for people to find goods they may otherwise have to drive 50 miles to find, but they wanted the community to enjoy an evening together by bringing in one of the hottest new names in country music, Heath Sanders, for a free concert.

Sanders, an Arkansas oil field worker from Ozark, got a break by being invited to appear on the syndicated Bobby Bones Show, where millions of viewers heard his gift for connecting to young and old alike.

Sanders is currently booked through the rest of the year and his demand continues to grow. His song Bloodline, which he wrote with a local friend, has hit written all over it. With lyrics containing “His only claim to fame is his last name on a dead end county road sign. He has calloused hands and a calloused heart, and that suits him just fine,” you can tell he is connected to his local roots.

He covers three octaves when he’s bolting out Chris Stapleton, but made the crowd of well over 200 stop in their tracks when he covered the Bob Seger hit, “Night Moves.” From Eric Church to old-school country, Sanders connects. Regan even requested and Sanders jumped right in, extending the playlist and singing an extra hour at the Eiffel Tower Park.

Sanders hinted at some news that will release soon, opening for a well-known act. The combination of amazing talent and a quality store helping revitalize the square in Paris was a perfect evening. Beryl and Kristy Ragan had nothing but positive to say about the turnout and the response from the community and publicly wanted to say thank you to the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce and all who showed up making for a memorable night