Taking Care of Business: Business is brewing on Halsell

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
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The coffee is flowing in Wise County.

Blessed Bru, a traveling coffee bar, is setting up shop in Bridgeport.

Owner David Cramton of Decatur said the cart will be set up on Halsell Street next to Meyers Insurance 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, starting Feb. 9. They serve lattes, frappuccinos and espresso, as well as local pastries.

The cool part – Cramton said they serve “coffee with a cause,” giving a portion of their proceeds to a different charity or cause every month. According to the business website, Blessed Bru is a vehicle to help David, and his wife Jocelyn, open a community center for children and families, and a large percentage of proceeds will go toward launching that center. They also donate to other local causes and plan to eventually open a store front on Halsell.


The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce banquet is 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Decatur Conference Center, and Pete’s Piano Bar will be in the house.

Shout out to Karl Klement Ford and James Wood Motors for sponsoring Pete’s – always a good time. But let’s not forget the event also recognizes the hard work of local business owners and honors award winners.

There are also silent and live auctions, as well as raffles, all of which raise money for the Bridgeport community. Buy tickets at or call 940-683-2076. And don’t forget to bring cash for the piano bar – a dueling good time!


The Wise County Chamber of Commerce has a busy two weeks ahead.

Its February luncheon is Monday 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.

The speaker is Chip Hakanson with Edward Jones who will present “Entrepreneur Equations Seminar: Tools to Build and Protect Your Business.”

Lunch is by Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant and cost $15 at the door. (You had me at chips and salsa.)

But what I’m really looking forward to is the candidate forum 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Decatur Conference Center. According to the Chamber’s Facebook page, a candidate line-up and schedule will be released “soon,” but if Sen. Craig Estes and challenger Pat Fallon show up, that alone will be worth the price of admission. (See story on page 1A to read about their fireworks at this week’s forum.)


The Messenger news team was stretched thin in January – lots of late nights, long hours and late-breaking news.

We sure would like to drown our sorrows in some Chick-Fil-A … oh, wait.

Days Without Chick-Fil-A (starting in 2018) – 34.

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Messenger. If you have a submission for Taking Care of Business, email

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