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Yvonne Cones

 Coldspring Chamber of Commerce celebrated with a ribbon cutting for First Founders Insurance last week. The occasion was the grand opening of their new building which is much larger  and suits the company's needs since they expanded their business. It is only a year since First Founders opened an office next door to Joe's Italian Restaurant on Hwy 150 in Coldspring. Their new building is on the opposite side of the restaurant at 13271 Hwy 150, and gives the space needed for this growing company. For all your insurance needs give them a call at 936-653-2494. 

       Shepherd Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for a new business to the town, Dragonfly Nest Emporium. As the name suggests this is boutique business selling home made soaps made by Brandi, a local artisan who combines organic goats milk with shea butter and essentials oils. I loved the smell from these and bought some. There is jewelry, antique furniture, decoration and art work and wonderful items made from beeswax and honey, created by Claudia. The owner, Mary Taylor, helped by her sister, are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM- 6 PM. Saturday the store is open 10 AM- 2 PM. The Dragonfly Nest has taken over the space which Spirit Whispers occupied in the shopping strip on Hwy 150, across from the Agri-Tex building. Spirit Whispers now occupy the larger premises just across the corridor and now have a massage room  which is used by a certified massage therapist several times a month. The owner, Helenmarie Johnson rents space in this larger location and also sells items like Elderberry Concentrate, an all natural product used to promote good health. Call 281-761-8027 for more information on both businesses.

       The Friends of Shepherd Library has joined the Chamber and will have a ribbon cutting in the near future. Shepherd Library will have a 'Meet and Greet' book signing event on November 5, at 4.30 PM. Come and meet the author of 'Reanimation' , Officer Brandon Stewart, who will sign your copy of his latest Sci-fi thriller. A native of San Jacinto County, he lives in Coldspring and says he was fascinated with books by Dean Koontz and Stephen King when he was young. This influenced his writing and 'Reanimation' is just one of his creative endeavors. Call Shepherd Library for more information, 936-628-3515.  

       Shepherd Chamber presented People's State Bank with their 'Business of the Month' award this week. Bank Manager Mark Hamilton and his staff have supported our community with scholarships and donations to local causes and are an integral part of our area. The bank was founded in 1921 and has branches in Coldspring and Livingston.  In 1986 they were bought by Am Tex Banc Shares Inc., a bank holding company in Orange, Texas. Their motto is "People are our business." Located at 5850 Hwy 59S, their number is 936-628-3312.

       Do you want to know more about the Census? On October 17 in Coldspring Community Center all will be explained by the Census Bureau itself. Sponsored by SJC Democratic Party you will hear how about the recruiting and hiring of census workers; how the count will be done in our county and any other questions you may have. There will be a light meal with a suggested donation of $5 and everyone is welcome. Call 936-442-1218 for more information.

       SJC Republican joined Shepherd Chamber and will have their ribbon cutting ceremony on November 12 at noon. They are located at 201 Hwy 150, suite J. Coldspring. At present they are making sure all is in order for their Reagan Dinner fund raiser on October 20. Starting at 6 PM-9 PM, the cost is $75 each. The venue is San Jacinto County Community Shelter in Coldspring.  Call Tomi at 832-926-2545 or Sheena at 281-389-1618 for tickets or information. Both political parties have web sites and/or Facebook pages with more information. You can look at the Chamber web site too of course!

Shepherd Chamber of Commerce                                                                        Coldspring- San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce PO Box 520, Shepherd 77371                                                                              31 N. Butler St. Coldspring 77331
936-628-3890                                                                                                        936-653-2184
www.greatershepherdchamberofcommerce.org                                               www.coldspringtexas.org


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