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Taking Care of Business: Free coffee for mom at shop’s grand re-opening

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
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The Pecan House Coffee and Apothecary in Boyd is re-opening today (Saturday) after suffering heavy smoke and water damage in a fire a few months ago.

On Jan. 14, fire tore through its neighbor, Freedom Fried Hamburgers, destroying the inside of the restaurant and causing smoke and water damage to other properties.

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Stephanie Wright, who owns The Pecan House with her husband Calvin, said they had been open only three weeks when the fire happened.

“The floors were completely black. They had to redo everything – floors, paint, Sheetrock,” she said. “We’re really grateful for the support of the community. It’s scary opening a business in a small town, and we’re just super grateful.”

Wright said their house blend is Texas Pecan, and they pride themselves on using coffee roasted in Texas.

“They’re all from Texas, from Marfa to Austin,” she said.

Wright, who is an aromatherapist, said the store is also a wellness shop, offering a wide selection of essential oils and blends. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. The shop is also open Sunday mornings and will likely extend their hours this summer. Also this summer, Wright plans to offer coffee ice cream and shaved ice. The shop is at 111 W. Rock Island Ave.

“We want this to be a place where people can relax and fellowship,” she said.

There’s even a playroom for the kids.

Today moms get a free coffee or tea with purchase, and there will be live music 2 to 5 p.m. to celebrate the new start.

CALLING ALL COOKIE MONSTERS

The Cookie Jar, formerly known as Hand in the Cookie Jar, opened last week at 905 Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Owner Summer Rusinko said they’ll have a booth set up today (Saturday) outside their shop to greet patrons at Butterfield Stage Days.

They offer a variety of beautifully decorated cookies, as well as gourmet cookies, cupcakes, brownies and cake balls. Ruskino said they also make homemade dog treats and occasionally specialty sweet breads.

“We wanted to be in a higher traffic area, and we needed more space,” Rusinko said of her new location. “We have double the kitchen size and the retail space can be rented for parties. We plan to do birthday party packages as well as cookie decorating classes.”

Rusinko, who has owned the business since October 2018, said they still have a little work to do inside, but they have already met a lot of new people. The Cookie Jar keeps goodies on hand so folks can pick up a treat or two while shopping or on their way home.

The business is family owned and operated.

FRIENDLY FOWL

Every time I hear someone say, “It’s my pleasure,” I think of Chick-fil-A.

I assume CFA employees still say that. I can’t be sure. We don’t have a local store that I can visit regularly.

Days in Wise County without Chick-fil-A: 238. (Surely they’re starting to miss us!)

Kristen Tribe is publisher of the Wise County Messenger. Contact her with business tips at ktribe@wcmessenger.com or 940-627-5987.

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