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Front Page October 10, 2017  RSS feed

In 50 years Ray and Anna’s vegetable stand has grown a lot

By Sherry Matney

Anna Durant Melasky is proud matriarch to the Melasky clan establish by she and Ray more than fifty years ago. Sherry’s Shots Anna Durant Melasky is proud matriarch to the Melasky clan establish by she and Ray more than fifty years ago. Sherry’s Shots All the way back in 1967 Ray and Anna Melasky opened a fruit and vegetable stand, now known as Bobo’s Nursery & Florist. During the month of October Bobo’s will serve free hamburgers and sausage wraps as appreciation to all customers.

To maintain a successful business for fifty years takes much more than luck, these folks have worked together to make it happen and stay happening. Anna Durant grew up in Leon County and met her husband, Ray Melasky in Bryan. Ray had grown up in Bryan but wanted to raise his family in a smaller town so the couple moved back to Buffalo.

Ray was a barber and purchased an existing shop, across from the old Nestor Café, where he kept his business for several years. The couple bought land on Highway 79, where Bobo’s is currently located. As time went by Ray and Anna’s family grew and Anna became interested in growing vegetables and fruits. They opened a vegetable and fruit stand then Ray and his kids built the first green house.

Ray’s health began to fail, while he was still a young man. Anna says he had suffered polio as a youngster and it took its toll. Eventually, Ray closed his shop and cut hair, on a limited basis, in a shop on their place on 79.

Meanwhile, Anna and the kids, Cheryl aka Bo, Ginger and Joey, worked, with joy, raising tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables. Sometime along the way, the family built more green houses and began growing plants and flowers. Then the creative side of Cheryl came out and they started making flower arrangements.

Sadly, Ray passed away at the young age of 48 but his legacy lives on with his wife, children, grand children and greats. Today Bobo’s is a premier nursery and florist. Joey no longer works for the business but his children do. Cheryl still runs the florist operation and Ginger is the planter and grower. Ray would be proud.

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