Thorndale welcomes new businesses
Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce met in their regular monthly meeting on Aug. 1 at the Downtown Café in Thorndale. This meeting was rescheduled from the previous week. Following the minutes and financial report, the directors heard committee reports.
Under business development, Chamber president Brian Morton welcomed several new businesses to Thorndale and noted new hours for the Thorndale Meat Market. The Meat Market will now remain open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Brian also updated the directors on Cowboy Reflections, a new furniture manufacturing company and retail store located in the Rodenbeck building, formerly occupied by the Texas Boll Weevil Program, on Highway 79. Owner Tammy and Steve Dorsett will manufacture handmade furniture for sale in the retail store at the plant and to retail stores in Texas and regionally. They are using local labor for their manufacturing business. The TACC welcomes this new business to Thorndale and looks forward to working with them.
Mercedes Beans Taco House has opened in the former Hamburger Haven building on Highway 79. They are open from 5:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. six days a week. They feature breakfast tacos and delicious Mexican food for lunch. They have a drive-up window to serve those who are on the run. Stop by and check out the new décor and enjoy something spicy!
Another new building in town belongs to Melde Electric. We welcome this addition to our business community and look forward to their success.
CIT Y- WIDE GAR AGE SALE—In other business, the TACC discussed several new activities. First up is a City- Wide Garage Sale scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. Clean out your closets and gather up your gently used items that you no longer need! Call Jeni Anders at 512-898-2973 to sign up for your sale to be listed on the map which will be published in The Rockdale Reporter. You will receive a yard sign furnished by the TACC for your yard designating your garage sale.
TRADIN’ DAYS—Also discussed was the TACC participation in the El Camino Real de los Tejas “Tradin’ on the Trail” trade days inaugural event scheduled for Oct. 26-27, which will include thirty-two miles of vendors and attractions. The main events will be held at the Thorndale City Park, Rockdale City Park, Cameron City Park and Apache Pass. Businesses can opt to join the event and be listed in the advertising.
The El Camino Real National Historic Trail is one of seventeen national trails and runs from Louisiana through Milam County on to San Antonio and Mexico. The trail is nearing completion of the actual route and Milam County will be the first county to receive signage denoting the sites on the trail. A percentage of the money raised from booth rental will go to help develop the trail.
STREET DANCE—TACC is also working on plans for a street dance featuring Bubba Cox and the Can’t Hardly Play Boys of the Cotton Club in Granger. A mutually agreeable date is being sought and will be announced as soon as the details are confirmed.
CLASSES—Zumba classes by Audrey Gamble, square dancing by the Kountry Squares and a possible Turbo Kick class are currently being offered at the TACC building in an effort to bring people to Thorndale. It is our hope that they will buy something at the local businesses or perhaps eat out in town. The TACC hopes this will improve the business climate in Thorndale.