"Looks like that will cost you about a dollar fifty." some recall “Ma” Bessie Kelly saying before handing them a plate full of home-cooked food. Ma would feed anyone, even if you only had a quarter to your name. Not only was the atmosphere homey for customers, the restaurant was actually Kelly’s home, with her room in the back of the little shotgun house on the corner of Walnut and North Third Street. Ma Kelly's opened in 1967 and was famous for the cooking, buffet-style service, the graffiti on the walls, and the hospitality. According to those who had the chance to dine there, "Ma" would charge per plate based on what it would appear someone could afford.
About the Artist - Emilee Stites
Surge Small Batch, a passion project of Surge Screen Printing and Embroidery, is a premium, limited-run merch line featuring iconic businesses, events and people in our community. Each monthly release, or “drop”, is purposely hand-crafted in batches of 100 or less, with each item being hand numbered. And once they are gone....they are GONE!
Owner of Surge, serial musician and probably has mutual friends with you.
My favorite thing about Surge Small Batch is the nostalgia of the project. Obviously, some of the subjects are closer to me personally than others, but the project as a whole generates those old memories and feeling we all love to experience!
Owner of Surge and lover of hiking and bourbon, just not at the same time.
The reason that I have love Surge Small Batch is because it brings our team together and grows us in so many ways. These drops stretch our muscles regarding the quality of merch experience that we can provide to our customers. I'm so excited to see how the project grows!
Sales Manager at Surge and Brindle Doggie Momma who loves cruising in her Jeep.
I love being able to connect with our community even more, and providing them an outlet to tell their stories. I am also very proud of the quality of merch that we are producing. They are not only items that have meaningful stories, but the items are so nice, that anyone would be proud to own them!
Production Manager at Surge and Paintball and Woodworking Ninja
At our core, I think we are all artists that are here to create. We take ideas that are important to you and make those into a reality. Small Batch is one of the few ways we get to take our own ideas of something that's important to us and just create something to share with with you.