Downtown Longview’s latest enterprise, Ollie’s Skate Store, opened this weekend in a push pushed by a brand new addition to the town’s parks system — the brand new Dodson Motion Sports activities Advanced at Ingram Park.
The brand new park facility offers folks a spot to trip skateboards, bikes, scooters, rollerblades and extra — and created a brand new market in Longview, in line with Zahckry Israel. He and his enterprise associate Chad Nevils created the “Ollie” namesake character for the enterprise as a result of it is a play on phrases.
“It is a skateboard trick,” Israel stated, that entails hopping on the skateboard. “It is what most individuals begin with.”
Israel owns an area cupboard store and has been concerned in serving to construct the brand new skatepark with the instruments from his enterprise. He is a BMX rider, however serving to construct the skatepark made him notice what number of skate boarders there are — skate boarders who he stated till now had no native store for professional-grade skateboarding tools.
The concept for the enterprise developed about two months in the past.
“We created the skate store model and firm,” Israel stated. “There’s not one and there is fixin’ to be a necessity for one.”
Ollie’s Skate Store is at 105 W. Tyler St., subsequent door to Deb’s Downtown Cafe.
“We needed to be there (in downtown Longview),” Israel stated. “There wasn’t actually anyplace else that made sense.”
In some unspecified time in the future, Israel may begin utilizing his customized wooden store to make customized skateboarding tools, however for now the shop is stocked with merchandise.
“Every part in our retailer is skilled grade,” Israel stated. “It is the place you’ll go should you had been severe concerning the sport…. It is all pro-level stuff.”
The shop additionally carries two strains of disc golf frisbees, contemplating the recognition of disc golf in Longview’s parks, Israel stated.
Ollie’s Skate Store is open 11 a.m.-Eight p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and closed Monday.
On the transfer
Israel is also relocating his unique enterprise near downtown.
His Longview Cupboards has been in enterprise about 5 years on Rothrock Drive. He renovated the placement at 319 E. Cotton St., subsequent door to Johnny’s Customized Hatters, for his customized wooden store that builds cabinetry in contract work for different builders.
“I will be using a skateboard backwards and forwards,” between the 2 companies, Israel stated.
The nonprofit Longview Youngster Growth Heart continues to develop after re-opening in September.
The kid care facility at 1230 S. Excessive St., which had closed for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, serves revenue eligible households. It re-opened with seven kids. Now, new Govt Director Mandy Key stated 25 kids are enrolled, with plans to open again up for after-school care at first of the New Yr.
The power accepts ages 12 months to Four years for full-day care, she stated. After college care shall be obtainable for youngsters ages 3-6 beginning Jan. 7.
Purposes for baby care enrollment can be found on the middle, which shall be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednedsay till 2:30 p.m. earlier than closing for the Thanksgiving vacation. For data, name (903) 758-3861 or e mail email@example.com .
New Kilgore restaurant
Raelene Wheeler and her enterprise associate, Cathy Northcutt, opened Boonies somewhat greater than per week in the past in downtown Kilgore, serving espresso, breakfast and lunch — compete with an enormous salad bar.
“I’ve all the time needed a restaurant my complete life,” Wheeler stated, including that her mom, Kim Puckett, now deceased, operated The Spud Pit in downtown Gilmer for various years. She’s identified Northcutt for years, and so they had been discussing a restaurant collectively for fairly a while.
Situated at 107 N. Kilgore St., diners will discover a big espresso bar with an espresso machine and a choice of flavors served all day, a breakfast menu that features bagels and french toast, a lunch menu with burgers, hen, the salad bar, specials and extra.
The restaurant is open seven days per week, from 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for meals and till 4:30 p.m. for espresso.
“We have gotten various good suggestions,” Wheeler stated
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