Chamber Chat - October
September was a very busy month for the Chamber of Commerce. We helped the Wildlife Committee hold the annual dove hunters festival at the Bill Franklin Center. There were many hunters and locals that attended. The fried fish was awesome. We thank all of the volunteers that came to help in any way that they could. Coleman has so many people that volunteer their time to help make all of the events work. We thank you all for that.
Plans were in full swing for Fiesta de la Paloma 2015. We were all looking forward to all of the fun. And now we can tell you that fun was had by all at the Fiesta de la Paloma 2015. Fiesta was full of fun as vendors and spectators from all over came to the Fiesta. We had great fun shopping all of the unique Arts and Crafts Booths and filling our tummies with such a variety of food from the Food Court. The Entertainment was so good as people sat under the big top tent and just enjoyed the day. The kids area was a great place to be to watch the kids having such fun! The tractor pull was just awesome and people loved seeing those tractors and drivers do such a great job. The Cook-off of 24 cooking teams went off without a hitch as those cookers showed us all the fun in cooking! The Team Roping event doubled this year and the winners rode off sporting their new buckles. The car show had plenty of unique cars, trucks, and motorcycles to look at and enjoy. There were some beautiful and unique exhibits in the Bill Franklin Center that everyone loved viewing. The Fine Arts Show downtown had beautiful and unique art that everyone loved to see. We have such great talent in Coleman and Coleman County. And while downtown everyone enjoyed the Merchants Madness as our downtown merchants supported the Fiesta with specials for all the shoppers. To end the Fiesta, the new Miss Coleman County was named. Everyone loves to attend the pageant and loves supporting these girls. . Anyone who wanted to continue the festivities throughout the evening road up and down Commercial Ave. as they joined the Coleman Cruise night. Coleman was a fun place to be this weekend and once again we thank all of the volunteers that help make a weekend like this possible.
We would like to spotlight one of our members in the community, the Christian Bookstore. "Sowing God's Inerrant Word" is the motto of the Christian Book Store, located at 218 Lackland Street in Coleman, Texas. The Christian Book Store was established in 1984 as an extension of the ministry of the Community Baptist Church. At the time, there was no facility in the Coleman area where people could buy good Bible-based reading material or obtain Bibles. After prayer and planning, the church voted to build a Christian book store on their property.
Bro. Paul Smith designed the building plans and the men and women of the church built it themselves, with the help of Mr. W. E. Briggs, a local contractor.
The Christian Book Store is a beautiful, rustic building, with 1200 square feet of floor space filled with wonderful Christian (and only Christian) books, King James Bibles, good Christian music and beautiful Christian gift items. They also carry many Christian children's items and teaching tools. It was finished, fully stocked and opened in October 1984.
The Christian Book Store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Anne Smith, long-time manager, invites everyone in the community to stop by, sit and visit, and browse through their selection of Christian products, and she says, they are open during the lunch hour. Unless, of course, someone comes in and invites them to go, eat and fellowship with them. Their phone number is 325-625-3642.
Another business member we would like to spotlight this month is the Novice Café, Store and Mercantile owned and operated by the Wilson Family in Novice.. Hey folks, did you know there is a country club in Novice? Well, that's what the sign and our caps say but really we are THE NOVICE STORE, CAFE & MERCANTILE! Our family owned café is open daily Tuesday thru Sunday from 8am to 2pm and on Friday nights from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The first Friday night of the month special is Ribeye Steaks, second Friday is Sirloin Scraps, third Friday is our very popular Catfish and the last Friday is Brisket and Ribs.
Our motto is "serving up home cooked goodness." Along with good food we love seeing each person walk through our doors and are grateful for our customers. After three years in business, we strive to continue serving Coleman County, Novice and the surrounding area with good food and great service. We have some of the most dedicated employees and are thankful for their hard work. We thank God and give Him glory for all things. From burgers to steaks our menu offers good home cooking. Take the short drive and eat among friends. We hope to see you soon.