Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 29, 2013

BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: Rusk’s ‘Purple Chicken’ puts the ‘BUKKAAWWWW’ in business

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — RUSK — You've heard of The Purple Cow? Apparently that restaurant might have a distant cousin a few rungs down the evolutionary ladder.

The newest store for refurbished and revamped home decor in Rusk is known as  “The Purple Chicken.”

It just recently debuted, 593 North Main in Rusk, and owner Barbara Lewis is being welcomed as a new business member by the chamber there. A ribbon cutting is slated there for 11 a.m. May 10.

“The Purple Cow” is known as both an ice cream concoction made with grape soda and the name of an award-winning restaurant chain featuring burgers, shakes and other diner foods.

Conversely, “The Purple Chicken” — at least in this instance — is a store offering a wide variety of home décor, picture frames, rejuvenated furniture, candles and gifts for all occasions.

It is open from Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To reach the store, call (903) 683-2700  or email thepurplechickenshop@yahoo.com.


Brenda Davis, owner of “Once Upon a Time Book Store” in Rusk, is also being welcomed by that  city's chamber. Davis also will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, May 10 around the same time as the Purple Chicken,

“Once Upon a Time Book Store” is a used book store that offers a wide variety of  romance, mystery, western, suspense, christian and kids books.  The books are half the retail price, or customers can trade books two for one. There also is a health selection of books.

The store is open from Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To inquire further about the store,  please call 903-810-8188.



The search is still on for memorabilia such as T-shirts and caps from the now-defunct Lon Morris college.

Alumnae Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux, who was theatrically trained at the institution, is one of a group of faithful LMC alumni on a quest to acquire said goods.

“We would like to know if you can locate any pics, trophies, scripts, anything from the Masque and Wig Theater during the '70s,” Waddy-Thibodeaux said in a recent interview.  

Waddy-Thibodeaux was trained by the Lon Morris College performing arts staff  between 1972 and 1974. LMC has hosted such extraordinary theatrical talents over the years as Sandy Duncan, Tommy Tune and Alan Tudyk.

Waddy-Thibodeaux went on after college to become a successful actor, storyteller and playwright of some three decades, specializing in teaching history through the theater.

She can be contacted at waddymel@yahoo.com.


Cherokee Real Estate Company Inc. and Jorge Aragon Farmers Insurance recently hosted a special Jacksonville Chamber of COmmerce Business After Hours event April 19 — an affair that was catered by Super Gallo Mercado with music from Boogie Butt Productions.

There were door prizes galore, including baskets, potted plants and gift cards.  

Business After Hours is designed to present networking opportunities to local business people.


It's about that time to fill out the nomination form for the Jacksonville's Chamber of Commerce;s “Industry Of The Year.”

If you do not have a nomination form, you can contact  the chamber at  903-586-2217 or coordinator@jacksonvilletexas.com. Their website is www.jacksonvilletexas.com.


The chamber also is looking  for arts and crafts vendors to showcase merchandise at the June 8 Tomato Fest.

Anyone interested should please contact the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce by May 24 at 903-586-2217 or coordinator@jacksonvilletexas.com. Their website is www.jacksonvilletexas.com.


While on the topic of Tomato Fest, it should also be noted that the Eighth Annual Chili’s Street Dance is slated to begin at 7 p.m. June 8, at Chili’s, 1225 S. Jackson.

Entertainment will be provided by Lady Chazz & the Tramps. Mark your calendars and come enjoy great food and music at Chili’s Street Dance. The event is sponsored by Autry Design, Bill McCrae Ford, Boogie Butt Productions, Chili’s, Oncor, Stream Global Services, Suddenlink, Superior Health Plan, Texas Lottery Commission, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, and Walmart.