This year marks a milestone for one local company known for its grave stones.
Mudgett’s Monuments celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house at its location on the East Pike.
Owner Reid Mudgett said the business was started by his grandfather and passed down to him.
"I’ve been in it pretty much my whole life," said Mudgett. "[I’m] 45 years old and I tell people I’ve been working here 45 years. I’ve done pretty much everything from pushing the broom to whatever needs to be done out in the cemetery."
Visitors were treated to cake and refreshments as well as a behind the scenes tour of the shop.
Mudgett said much of the technology has changed with the advent of computers and laser engraving, but it’s the quality and customer service that can be attributed to the store’s longevity.
"100% of what grandpa has taught me is that you’re here to serve them, give them what they want, not try and punch out 100 stones a day," added Mudgett. "You’re here to make that one stone for that family [to] be the pride of them."
Mudgett said the new technology has also allowed for more intricate designs in monuments such as pictures, in a shorter amount of time.