Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 12, 2013

BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: Mardi Gras, discount concrete ’maters and ‘man junk’ are all hot business topics this week

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Shades of Mardi Gras color the edges of this week's column, as area cities currently have — or have had — wonderful, recent, festivities planned in celebration.

Because this column only comes out once a week, we are, sadly, too late to promote Wall Work by Judy's “Fleur de Lis and Nola Neighborhood Paint Party” that was scheduled to take place Wednesday.

Those of you who Cool Cats who watched the superlative crime movie "LA Confidential" know that "Fleur de Lis" was a key phrase in the movie,  followed by the English tagline, "whatever you desire." So if what you desired was excellent painting experience, this sounded like a really neat event.

"It's Mardi Gras time of year and time to paint Fleur de Lis or a Nola Neighborhood!" read the announcement. "From novice to expert . . . art is always entertainment.  Everything is provided, including an experienced ARTIST to lead you step by step to creating your own original masterpiece. Bring a friend and your favorite wine or beverage."

To contact a representative of Wall Work by Judy, 215 South Ragsdale Street in Jacksonville, call 903-586-0542 or email wallworkbyjudy@aol.com.

Mardi Gras, of course, (French for "Fat Tuesday") revolves around the Carnival celebrations that begin after or on Epiphany and end the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras centers on the practice of consuming fatty and rich foods before the transitional fasting of Lent.

Speaking of good eats, it is important to note that  Cherokee Trails Rehab & Healthcare in Rusk will be conducting their own Free Pancake Breakfast to celebrate Mardi Gras on Feb. 12.

This tasty occasion is courtesy of the Cherokee Trails Rehab & Healthcare, 330 Bagley Road in Rusk from 7  to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

You can either dine in or take out a free pancake breakfast.  Any pancake-centric questions? Contact Erin Vermillion at (903) 683-5438.

"I will be cooking the pancakes myself," Vermillion explained Wednesday. "Also, for people who are following the 'low carb to no carb' diet, we will have eggs, sausage, fruit and other stuff available."


Are you a concrete tomato aficionado? Good for you. Us, too. The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is still offering a discounted — $200 —  price for its concrete 'maters through Feb. 14, Valentine Day.

After Feb. 14, the $250 standard price tag will reassert itself. So check in at the Chamber at  (903) 586-2217 if you are interested.


REpurpose. REcycle. REsell. REjoice. So states the mantra of "Roadrunner's Resale," located in the old Tin Lizzie's building at 197 W. San Antonio Street in Alto.

This resale shop offers a variety of "man junk," antiques, collectibles, furniture, and several gently-used items, according to a release from the company. The store is now open for consignments.

The new business, owned by Tina and Wayne Bobbitt, conducted its grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration about a week ago Saturday. The Alto Chamber of Commerce was out in full force to welcome them to town.

Question: Do you wish to recycle or re-purpose such items? Then this shop is for you.

The owners are pros at this. They have been 'junking' (didn't realize that was an actual verb) for roughly 30 years.

Roadrunner's Resale is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Intrigued? Call 936-858-4714.

Ben Tinsley, a Jacksonville Daily Progress reporter with over 20 years in the journalism industry, writes Business Confidential, a column designed to help promote and help spotlight the diverse and growing business community of n Cherokee County. Wish to submit ideas? Simply contact Ben Tinsley by emailing btinsley@jacksonvilleprogress.com or call him at 903-586-2236.