small-business-spotlight

How Collin Street Bakery and Czech Stop Are Faring During COVID-19

August 28, 2020 | By Scott Bedgood

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Desert Sports Outfitter in Terlingua Paddles Through COVID-19

August 25, 2020 | By E. Dan Klepper

It’s summertime and the Big Bend’s coolest outfitter, Desert Sports, is feeling the heat—even more than a typical August in the Chihuahuan Desert.

Wiseman House Chocolates in Hico Churns out Sweet Comfort in Uncertain Times

August 20, 2020 | By June Naylor

In the old normal, Kevin and LaDonne Wenzel welcomed a steady flow of visitors to their Hico chocolate shop and gift boutique.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: COVID-19 Inspired One DeSoto Restaurant Owner to Rebrand

August 14, 2020 | By Olivia Huntley

For the Peaceful ThaiBinh owner ThaiBinh Ho, having a vegan restaurant was always his plan—but he didn’t want to compete with another vegan eatery located in the same plaza. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, the other restaurant scaled down and eliminated its vegan offerings. Ho saw an opportunity to fill the gap.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: No Stranger to Hard Times, Salado Pivots to Stay Afloat During the Pandemic

August 10, 2020 | By Clayton Maxwell

Mr. Van Bibber made me do it. I had to order his Strawberry Kiss dessert, the Stagecoach Inn Restaurant’s piece de resistance that beckons travelers to Salado just to dip their spoon into this ice cream topped merengue confection slathered in strawberry sauce.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Without Foreign Tourists, the Texas Panhandle’s Midpoint Café Struggles to Make Ends Meet on Route 66

August 5, 2020 | By Dale Blasingame

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Collectors Roll to Enchanted Rocks in Llano for Geological Rarities

August 4, 2020 | By Dale Weisman

Enchanted Rocks & Minerals on Llano’s historic courthouse square feels as timeless as the Precambrian rocks of the surrounding Llano Uplift.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: The Blue Store Outside Tyler Serves Campers and Counselors

July 29, 2020 | By Scott Bedgood

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Crider’s is Still Riding and Dancing Along the Guadalupe River in Hunt

July 28, 2020 | By Heather Brand

For 95 years, Crider’s Rodeo and Dancehall in Hunt has opened every summer to crowds eager for rodeo action and dancing under the stars along the Guadalupe River.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Weatherford’s Doss Heritage and Culture Center Takes History Online

July 23, 2020 | By Amanda Ogle

The Doss Heritage and Culture Center, a nonprofit museum in Weatherford, opened its doors in 2006 to preserve and interpret the history of Parker County and Texas.

Five Historic Texas Theaters Share Their Strategies for Survival

July 21, 2020 | By Sarah Thurmond

Since mid-March, theaters have been unable to book their usual slate of shows and special events resulting in lost ticket sales and lost revenue. Many theaters were expecting to reopen in June, and even put all of the necessary precautions in place to keep staff and guests safe. Then COVID-19 cases began to spike again in Texas, and reopening wasn’t feasible. Some theaters have postponed their reopenings until August, while others have canceled their seasons entirely.

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Beautiful Artwork Buoys the Spirit at Art on 12 in Wimberley

July 21, 2020 | By Dale Weisman

With some art museums and galleries shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery Art on 12 is keeping art alive and essential in its hometown of Wimberley.

How Two Small-Town Radio Stations Are Serving Their Rural Communities During COVID-19

July 17, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Community radio was made for times like these. Not-for-profit and listener-supported public radio stations exist to provide critical information in times of emergency as well as to entertain. During the COVID-19 pandemic, two Texas stations are living up to that mission statement. 

Small-Town Business Spotlight: Snow’s BBQ in Lexington Keeps Busy Shipping Briskets

July 7, 2020 | By John Nova Lomax

Career interests took my dad, John Lomax III, from his native Houston to Music City, USA, almost 50 years ago.

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