Taking Care of Business: Tip of the hat to Biggar

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, August 25, 2018

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Red Carpet Ready

RED CARPET READY – Jeff Biggars (center, right) and Decatur EDC Director Thom Lambert (left) catch up before going inside Trinity Street Coffee Bar for the premiere of a short film about Biggar Hat Store. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The red carpet was recently rolled out in Decatur for Jeff Biggars, his friends and customers.

On Aug. 10, Biggars hosted a Hollywood-style premiere at Trinity Street Coffee Bar for a short film, depicting the artistry and craft behind his work at Biggar Hat Store.

“It’s a video to get outside of Wise County to let people know what we do,” he said. “It tells a little bit about us and shows the process of making the hats and shows what we can make.”

The video, created by Think Branded Media in Dallas, is a little more than six minutes long, featuring customers like the Hayhurst Brothers, County Judge J.D. Clark and Sheriff Lane Akin. There’s footage inside the store as well as on the ranch with his father-in-law and Biggar co-owner, Mike Garland, telling how they got started.

Biggars said the video is part of a re-branding effort that also includes a new website. The video is on YouTube and should be released on Biggar social media soon.

“Maybe a Hollywood premiere was overkill, but everyone had fun and I wanted to get people around Decatur excited because that’s your family and community and you count on them to share it and help get the word out,” he said.


Candace Clower

Wise Health System nurses Dick Gilley and Candace Clower were recently presented with DAISY awards. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide.

According to the WHS website, the DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999.

“During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family,” the website says. “When he died, they felt compelled to say ‘thank you’ to nurses in a public way.”

WHS started giving DAISY awards this year and will do so quarterly.

Dick Gilley

Gilley, who works at Total Diabetes Care, received the award in April, and Clower, a lactation consultant in the Women and Children’s Services Department, received it this week.

To nominate a nurse for the award, go to


The QuikTrip at the corner of Hale Street and U.S. 81/287 is going up quick … (No pun intended.) There are already walls, which has us chomping at the bit for taquitos and those cheap fountain drinks. Editor Richard Greene swears by their pineapple papaya green tea, but I’m apprehensive about the papaya part.

Decatur EDC Director Thom Lambert said the store will likely open in the first quarter of 2019.


The Divine Center of Yoga will have its first classes Aug. 27. A grand opening is planned for Sept. 3. Divine is at 103 W. Main St. in Decatur.


We may not have regular access to nuggets, but someone let the Chick-fil-A people know: Wise County folks have bought into their culture.

At this week’s Boyd City Council meeting, they discussed renovating the senior center.

“Doing a little for our senior citizens, as Chick-fil-A would say, it’s our pleasure,” said Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington.

We’re talking you up right and left. Reward us with a restaurant?

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 237.

Kristen Tribe is the assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a news item or tip for TCB, email or call 940-627-5987.

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