Taking Care of Business: Pie in the sky … or cyberspace

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
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Kraig and Letty Thome in Boyd are taking their Bakeshop pop-ups to the next level.

Starting this weekend, The Bakeshop will release whole pie tickets on its website, That’s right, friends. It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for. Instead of curbing those cravings once slice at a time, you will now have the opportunity to buy an entire pie.

Tickets will be available on the website Sunday (April 21). You will be able to specify a pickup date Thursday, Friday or Saturday (April 25-27) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

They’re offering a wide variety, so your favorite is sure to be included. As for me, I’ve got my eye on the Tart Michigan cherry pie.

Look for a full feature on Kraig and Letty in an upcoming edition of the Messenger as they reflect on 10 years in Wise County with gogo gumbo and their plans for the future, including their newest venture, The Bakeshop.


Legend Bank announced April 15 it’s acquiring the Whitewright location of Independent Bank, which is headquartered in McKinney.

“The acquisition provides us the opportunity to add new customer relationships and expand our branch footprint within our current service area,” said Mickey Faulconer, Legend Bank President and CEO. “This addition is an outstanding growth opportunity for Legend Bank, and we are pleased to welcome Independent Bank’s Whitewright customers and employees to the Legend Bank family.”

Legend Bank has been serving customers in North Texas for 129 years with 12 locations, including Decatur and Alvord.

According to a company press release, the Legend Bank culture is built on the philosophy that serving others is a privilege.

“It’s what makes banking with Legend Bank different. It will truly be our privilege to serve the Independent Bank customers in Whitewright and have their employees on our team,” said Jay Bearden, Chief Lending Officer, EVP.

The acquisition has been approved by the boards of directors of both financial institutions and, subject to regulatory approval, is currently expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year.

Fowl Friend

FOWL FRIEND – Lynn Foster recently surprised Messenger Publisher Kristen Tribe with dinner from Chick-fil-A. Messenger photo by Austin Jackson


“Are you the Chick-fil-A lady?” Lynn Foster asked, wagging his finger at me in jest.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Foster at Fit-N-Wise earlier this month to kick off Walk Across Texas, and like many folks, he wanted to chat about Chick-fil-A.

After a dialogue on the merits of nuggets versus the classic sandwich, Mr. Foster announced he would bring me some CFA that very afternoon. And sure enough, just before closing time, he rolled in with a No. 1 and Dr Pepper – my favorite. He waited in a drive-through line that wrapped around the building and drove it here all the way from Denton.

His kindness and generosity was overwhelming. Thanks, Mr. Foster!

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 217.

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

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