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“We Didn’t Start the Fire” Two Warriors Meadery in West Monroe fundraiser

Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 6:32 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The community is stepping up to help two veterans after their business burned to the ground. A two-day fundraiser is already underway to raise money for them to re-build the Two Warriors Meadery.

The fundraiser is called “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” It’s a reference to a popular song by Billy Joel. The Two Warriors Meadery in West Monroe burned down after a building next store caught on fire and destroying the owner’s dreams. Now, the community is taking action to make the rebuilding process a reality.

Walking in their shoes is a task most people decide not to do.

“Those are tough waters to navigate at times, and it can be very mentally draining and stressful,” said Sergeant Joshua Collins, Marine Corps Recruiting Rep.

Some people still take on this tough challenge.

“The veteran community is near and dear to my heart,” said Curtis Sims, the Co-Owner of Two Warriors Meadery.

Sims is a veteran and the co-owner of Two Warriors Meadery.

“It’s a hobby turned into a business. That’s what it really is, but it is a way for me to help local veterans,” said Sims.

The rest of the money is going to help them rebuild from these ashes.

“March 31, our building burned to the ground, and we had a few remaining bottles left that we wanted to sell and give out to the community to come by and buy as our last chance to buy something from the old original meadery,” said Cameron Meyers, Co-Owner of Two Warriors Meadery.

Meyers says the goal is to have the business back in action within the next six to eight months. The fire has played a significant role in their profits.

“We actually had over $100,000 worth of retail mead ready to bottle, and we lost it all. So we lost production. We lost a lot of things,” said Meyers.

Myers says they only had a chance to pay the one month’s rent before they lost almost everything in the fire. The fundraiser will continue on April 17, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at what was once the Two Warriors Meadery on McClendon Avenue.

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