Taking Care of Business: Some like it hot; new boutique to open

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Shannon Black is bringing the heat to 119 W. Main Street in Decatur.

Her new boutique, White Heat, is expected to open in a couple of weeks. Although this is her first time to run a storefront, she said it’s always been her dream.

“I was trying to figure out what to do with my life, and this just came up really quick,” she said. “I had a week or so to decide what to do and here I am.”

Black said the boutique name came from her intense passion for shopping. She plans to have women’s and some men’s clothing, as well as shoes, accessories and gifts.

“I want it to be for women of all ages,” she said. “I want it to be a nice place to go, like if you’re going to an event, you can come up here and shop and not worry about running to Fort Worth or anything like that.

“I just want it to be a fun, friendly environment to shop.”

Black said she hopes to bring new lines to Decatur, outside of what is normally found in boutiques.

White Heat will open in the former location of Ivie Grace, on the corner across from Sweetie Pie’s.


Aqua Texas announced last week it plans to spend $14 million on upgrades and repairs to drinking water and wastewater systems in 2018 to improve service for customers throughout its northern Texas region, which includes Wise County.

The upgrades include new water well supply wells, pipelines, meter equipment and other infrastructure projects that are critical to delivering water, ensuring reliable service and protecting public health and the environment.

“Our 2018 capital projects reflect Aqua’s ongoing commitment to protecting public health and the environment, improving service and meeting customer demand. As Texas continues to grow, we’re committed to keeping pace with that development while providing quality service,” said company President Bob Laughman.

In 2017, Aqua Texas spent about $6.3 million in North Texas on capital improvements, one of which was a new well to improve water quality and increase capacity for customers in Highland Meadows.


A friend traveling in California recently sent me a photo of her Chick-fil-A meal. Sure, her claimed sentiment was “thinking of you,” but I know she was taunting me.

She was living it up on the West Coast while I sat here in Wise County, nugget-less.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County (starting in 2018): 167.

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

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