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Delta County Welcomes New Businesses

Progress is a sign of the times for 2017. In Delta County many new businesses are starting to appear.

“The Delta County Economic Development Corporation is excited about the new year and opportunities to grow,” said Delta County EDC Chairman Dustin Hunter. “We welcome our new businesses that chose to invest in Delta County. New business is great for our small growing community. It gives the citizens of Delta County more opportunities to live, work and shop local.”

Tejano’s Tex-Mex will opened its doors last week. They are located on the South Side of the Square in Cooper in the former Jalapeno’s location. Owner Eric Molina has been busy restocking the restaurant with food and supplies.

“If you like the Molina’s in Commerce, you will like our food,” said Erik Molina. “That is my uncle who runs that restaurant.”

Molina has a wide selection of menu items from Tex-Mex Nachos or Cooper Quesdillas to Mr. Molina Dinner which includes two chicken enchiladas covered with spicy queso served with rice and avocado salad, fajitas for two, to Acapulco Tilapia among the seafood menu.

La Pietra Woodfired Pizza, owned by David Hernandez, is calling the South Side of the Square in Cooper, Texas home. It is in the former Pizza Factory location. The business has spent several months installing specialty equipment for preparing woodfired pizzas.

Hernandez said they will be offering seven different pizzas as well as specialty pizzas. The pizzas will be baked in a brick oven and come in 12-inch or 16-inch sizes. He and his business partner Juan Mexico are working on lunch specials using their years of restaurant experience.

TNT Café, on 850 West Dallas Avenue in Cooper, opened its doors to the dining public on Jan. 1, 2017. Owners Tammie and Tommy Land took over from the previously owner Gloria O’Bryan. They did reassure they will continue to stock her famous fried pies.

At TNT Café the menu will consist of homemade meals like chicken fried steak and chicken, roast beef, chef salads and more along with daily specials to be announced soon. They believe in home style cooking and hand breading their food. They offer a dine in or drive-thru service and can also be found on Facebook.

They will be open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and for breakfast on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Big Creek Cottage opened its doors just before the holidays. Owner Cindy Ahrensback can help with custom sewing, quilts and embroidery. Her quaint cottage is located at 13623 Farm to Market Road 128 just off State Highway 24. She can be reached at 580.789.1517 or at cahrensback@hotmail.com. She also has an online Etsy store.

Interstate Body Shop has located an estimate office in what was the former Lunch Box building across the street from Farm Bureau on Dallas Avenue in Cooper. The company has plans of opening several other estimate offices in other cities neighboring the main body shop in Sulphur Springs. Chuck Sickles is the owner.

Just down the sidewalk in the former Red Door Antiques location, Melissa Millard is in the early stages of planning her newest endeavor. She will be offering a unique meal in a box service. She has preliminarily named, “Supper’s ready!” She will be remodeling and installing a commercial kitchen and is excited to bring this new business to downtown Cooper.

“It is still in the early stages, but it will be entrees to go and baked goods,” said Melissa Millard. “I want to offer a hot dinner for families. It will be nice. I am hoping to fill a niche in Cooper unlike the other eating establishments.”

Showing lots of signs of success is the Tex Trail Assembly Plant in Cooper. The main branch is located Mount Pleasant. They opened in the building located at 4120 Steel Bar Avenue in Cooper. They have hired warehouse workers and tractor/trailer drivers. This equal opportunity employer offers competitive salaries, medical benefits and 401K plans. Local Regional Operations Manager Matthew Briggs gave an update on the company since their start last fall in Delta County.

“It is going well. We are expecting a new piece of machinery which will help complete some jobs,” said Matthew Briggs. The 18 local employees mount tires and wheels. They also sell wholesale to dealers. The current hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the office. He said they are working towards having all their employees cross-trained on the equipment. More information on the company is on their website www.TexTrail.com

Another Delta County establishment coming soon will be the event center, Charleston Sky. Native Kevin Carter has returned to the area with plans to open this two-story venue as a rental for the public. This event planning service will be a great location for wedding or other gatherings. The property includes four acres of countryside with a pond on Farm to Market 895. Fans can also follow them on Instagram @ charleston_sky.

He is posting updates on his Facebook page and can be reached at 903.303.2711. The “true country atmosphere wedding venue” has plans of opening Spring of 2018. Their website is a work in progress and can be found at http://charlestonsky.com/.

Operating out of Klondike is 2012 Cooper High School salutatorian Hunter Wright. Wright started his own home improvement business in August of 2016. With what started as a side job quickly grew into a full time position as he has had many, many projects in the East Texas area and Delta County. At Hunter Wright Home Improvements, he provides fencing, painting, frame work, roofing and much more for customers. He has started a Facebook page for showcasing his work.

Texas Tease Hair by Courtney has made a new home in a well-established office on the East Side of the Square in Cooper nestled between the Cooper Review and Hoity-Toity. Century 21 First Group Agent Brenda Stewart welcomed her daughter-in-law Courtney Stewart’s new hair dressing business to her building. Both are very excited for this new endeavor and working side-by-side together.

At Texas Tease customers can get cuts for the family, colors such as highlights, ombre’s, balayage as well as color corrections, waxing, formal/Prom up do’s and makeup. Prior to Commerce she did hair in Germany for three years on a military base. She has held her license since 2012.

Her business hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. by appointment only. She can be reached at 903.274.5146. She also has a Facebook page with updates and examples of her work.

Another new store is just a jog down West Dallas Avenue in Cooper, Morris Electronics has opened for business next door to First Stop Food Mart. It is a family-owned mom and pop business specializing in the repair of consumer electronics with over 25 years experience.

At Morris Electronics customers can have their TV's VCRs, DVD players stereos, computer's, tablets and game systems repaired. They offer free estimates on repairs at no cost to the customer. Their motto is “Quality Repair Without the Scare.”

Morris Electronics works on game consoles such as Playstations, Xbox, Nintendo and Sega. Their computer repairs include desktop, laptop, tablets, repairs, upgrades and data recovery. For more information call 903.919.2539 or stop by 808 West Dallas Avenue Suite 227. Find them on Facebook for their hours of service and photos.

To find out more on the EDC visit http://deltacountyed.com

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