Jacksonville Mall honors small and military businesses for the month of May

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina mall is honoring and recognizing two businesses in Onslow County for the month of May.

May is the time to appreciate both small businesses and military owned stores. The Jacksonville Mall acknowledged Foster’s Military Shop and Glo-Mania.

Foster’s is a shop dedicated to servicemembers and veterans. The shop includes uniforms, patches, and miscellaneous items. John Hargett, the owner of Foster’s, served in the military for years and wanted to give back to the community.

“I love helping these young Marines when they come to Jacksonville,” said Hargett. “I try to give them pointers and any kind of advice I can to keep them out of trouble and give them a safety brief.”

Hargett took ownership of the store nearly five years ago. His cousin, Foster Carter, started the business. One thing that continues to keep Hargett pleased are the loyal customers.

“I have had PFC’s come into the store,” said Hargett. “Now, they are staff sergeants. We have a lot of repeat business customers and it’s a great thing.”

While the business side of giving back to the community goes well, he says he really enjoys mentoring the younger generation.

“Being a prior service Marine,” Hargett told WITN, “That is my love, helping these young Marines.”

Foster’s is not the only business recognized at the Jacksonville Mall. Glo-Mania is a woman owned business in Onslow County. The arcade offers laser tag, classic games such as air hockey and guitar hero. Though it is rewarding to see the community support Charlotte Ginyard’s business, she says it is not always easy.

“You have to appreciate small businesses,” said Ginyard. “We really do everything, a lot on our own too.”

Though it may be tough sometimes being a small business owner, she says it is completely worth the trouble.

“It is a good feeling to be here for family and kids to be able to come in and have a good time,” said Ginyard.

But more importantly, both businesses want to continue the legacy in Jacksonville in the future.

“It is nice to still serve,” said Hargett. “Even though I’ve been out of the Marine Corps since 1997 I still like to represent my country.”

Hargett shared that his store is for veterans and active service members, but it is also open to the public they just cannot purchase any type of military uniform.

Foster’s and Glo-Mania say the community helps them improve and make a difference, which they will forever be grateful for.