The Running Rooster and Holiday Hills Resort are owned and operated by business people who remain optimistic and resilient, despite facing significant challenges from the recent deadly storms and tornadoes.

“We got down in the basement, I put my hand on the door, shut it, and everybody’s ears popped,” said Robin Seidell, one-half of The Running Rooster ownership.

Robin and her husband, Dave Seidell, remained safe on Friday, Dec. 10., and took refuge along with their granddaughter at a neighbors’ home in the basement.

Six people and two dogs hid in the basement down the road from their home. The Seidell’s said no one was injured. Once the tornado passed, the group left the basement and went outside to check on property and neighbors. Dave and Robin called 911 shortly after.

Their property lies on Blue Ridge Road. Their store is still standing, and so is their home and other outbuildings. The Seidells said they were out of water for four hours and without electricity for four days.

“The 30-by-30 pole barn had all my tools and everything in there,” Dave said. “The pole barn is where we do all of our online orders.”

Dave and Robin, who relocated from Arizona, earn most of their revenue through Etsy. They run two companies through that web store, The Running Rooster and What We Made. They opened the physical store in May 2019. T

The Seidells are currently working with an insurance company.

“They have not given us any indication yet as to what is salvageable,” Dave said. “We have to create an inventory list of everything we had in the workshop and determine whether or not it is salvageable.”

Without the pole barn, they are without a workshop. Robin said they are losing nearly $26,000 after canceling online orders.

Holiday Hills Resort

During a tour of the tornado aftermath at Holiday Hills Resort, Danielle Lee, owner, said she and her husband are mentally prepared to reopen in April 2022. She credits her campers for returning to clean-up and help the business recover.

The night of the tornado, she and her family were home in Grand Rivers. She said the resort lodged one person that night. No one was hurt.

“We’ve had several campers totaled because the tornado picked it up and threw it back down,” Lee said, adding water and electrical infrastructure sustained damage, too.

“We could handle this. We didn’t lose our home,” Lee said. “We had damage to the business, but we’ll come back from it.”

The Lees have also provided shelter for Dawson Springs families affected by the tornado.