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Taking Care of Business: Ready, set, shop – 2 new stores open on the square

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, April 21, 2018
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It’s hip to be square.

It certainly was in 1986 when Huey Lewis and The News released their pop song by the same name, but it’s coming back around these days in Decatur.

Just this week two more stores opened downtown, including TwoEightySeven Home on State Street and Swift and Company on Walnut Street.

TwoEightySeven is the long-awaited home and gift shop of Kim Moran, wife of developer Mark Moran, who’s transformed Decatur’s downtown into a fun place to hang out.

I haven’t popped in yet, but a few months ago Mark said the store would carry home accessories, gifts, artwork and an eclectic selection of furniture. I can’t wait to check it out.

Swift and Company, a clothing and home accessories boutique, is opening in place of Dry Creek Boutique. This is the second location for the store, which first opened in Azle.

On State Street, the Biggar Hat Co. just keeps getting bigger.

The Decatur EDC board of directors Wednesday approved a performance agreement with owner Jeff Biggar that awards him a $15,000 incentive for the addition of five new employees in support of his manufacturing business over the next five years.

EDC Director Thom Lambert said the money will be used for marketing purposes, including rebranding and website-related expenses. Lambert said by tweaking his online presence, Biggar has gone from shipping a couple of hats every month to three or four per week.

As part of the agreement, Biggars has committed to keep his business on the square.

AROUND TOWN

The corner of Hale Street and U.S. 81/287 in Decatur has been wiped clean.

The former Cornerstone Baptist Church was torn down to make way for a new QuikTrip convenience store.

I was a little sad to see they broke all the windows in demolition instead of trying to save the beautiful glass. I also wonder what happened to the steeple. I was out of town in its final days, but I think it was one of the last pieces to go.

Lambert reported a senior living facility is still in the works. It will be on 7.51 acres east of Buchanan Road north of Young Elementary School and Decatur ISD’s transportation department. The multi-family development will have age restrictions.

There’s also a new restaurant coming to Decatur … but Lambert said details likely won’t be released until July.

NEW CAR SALES

Wise County’s three new car and truck dealerships sold 808 vehicles in the first quarter of 2018 according to The Freeman Report for the western Fort Worth area including Wise, Parker, Hood and Johnson counties.

In Wise County retail sales, Chevrolet was the leader in combined car and truck registrations followed by Ford, GMC Hyundai and Ram.

NEED MORE CHICKEN

This chicken craving is killing me.

Days without Chick-Fil-A in Wise County (starting in 2018): 111 days.

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a tip for TCB, email it to ktribe@wcmessenger.com.

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