“We feel so blessed to have been in business 10 years, and are so honored to have such delightful customers,” owner Stacey Conner said in a prepared statement. “What better way to celebrate than with our customers who are the reason we are here!”
Together with several friends, Ms. Conner opened French Peas with antiques and collectibles in a little pink house on Old Bullard Road 10 years ago. A former floral designer, Ms. Conner started getting requests from former clients for fresh flower arrangements and ended up turning the store into a flower shop. It also offers English ivy topiaries, custom dried arrangements, wreaths and unique home décor. In 2009, it expanded to a bigger location next door, at 4601 Old Bullard Road. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and can be reached at 903-939-3907 or Frenchpeasflowers.com.
The company will eliminate eight product profiles, placing 16 jobs in jeopardy. But the new investment will allow the company to acquire new machinery to add two larger product profiles and retain those jobs. In exchange for the new investment and job retention, Southern Plastics can earn up to $265,000 in incentive reimbursements incrementally during the next two years from the development corporation. The company is a major supplier of global soft drink, juice, bottled water, milk and dairy products, as well as beer, food, liquor, pharmaceutical, personal care, automotive fluids and other markets. It is a member of the Reynolds Packaging Group. The Kilgore Economic Development Corp.'s board of directors approved the economic development performance contract with Southern Plastics June 19 and the Kilgore City County consented to the agreement Tuesday.
ATTORNEY REJOINS FIRM
As a shareholder, Moran will bring his experience in bankruptcy and creditors' rights to combine with his continued practice in the areas of business litigation and general civil litigation. Moran was a former City of Tyler council member from 2005 to 2009. He was named Smith County Young Lawyer of the Year in 2009 and for the past three years has been named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star in the practice areas of business litigation (2010) and bankruptcy/creditors' rights (2011 and 2012).
Ramey & Flock was founded in 1922 and represents individuals and corporations throughout East Texas, and specialize in areas of labor and employment, intellectual property, oil and gas, appellate, probate litigation and all manners of commercial litigation.
CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
About 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive the award. Hampton Inn & Suites Palestine is one of 819 other Hampton properties to receive the award, according to a news release. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Genecov Room, 315 N. Broadway Ave., taxpayers can learn how to properly fill out tax forms, and file and pay taxes electronically. Information about e-services will be available to help taxpayers manage their accounts online. Comptroller representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance to attendees. For more information, call the Tyler Field Office at 903-534-0333. Tax forms and tax information can be found at www.window.state.tx.us.
Customers can bring in their old U.S. flags to any of the 32 Wally's Party Factory and Card & Party Factory locations to be destroyed in a dignified way, honoring the U.S. flag code, by the Circle of Ten Council. In exchange, they will be offered a 50 percent discount to replace the flags. The company has a commitment of appreciation for those that serve the community and nation by offering a 10 percent in-store discount to educators and members of the armed forces. Wally's Party Factory, based in Ennis, also operates Card & Party Factory and Wicked Wally's Halloween Costumes, and has stores in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.