New real estate firm has area offices

Gilmer real estate broker Cathy Daniels has established Texas Real Estate Executives, buying out a real estate office in Longview with a partner and opening an office in Daingerfield.

"We are planning on quite a few future expansions in the East Texas market as well as the Dallas area," Daniels said.

A broker for 11 years, Daniels said she decided to go independent because "it was time for me to do my own thing and build a new team."

Texas Real Estate Executives was founded in December and will maintain the office Daniels has occupied for 12 1/2 years at 117 Simpson St. in Gilmer.

On Jan. 4, she said, Daniels and business partner Heather Kelly bought out Skip Morton & Associates and renamed that office Texas Real Estate Executives Next Level Agents. The address is 4121 Gilmer Road, Suite 300. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

On Monday, Daniels said she opened a Texas Real Estate Executives office in Daingerfield at 302 Broadnax St.

She said the offices handle a variety of real estate, including residential, commercial, and farm and ranch.

She has scheduled grand openings for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in Gilmer and 10 a.m. Feb. 8 in Daingerfield.

All three offices maintain business hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and weekends by appointment.

Fit House Café delayed

The Fit House Café, which was planning to open Friday in the building formerly occupied by Hebert’s Specialty Meats at 1301 Judson Road, has postponed its opening to Feb. 16,.

The reason, said co-owner Biff Speer, is that recent inclement weather slowed progress both on equipment inside and completion of the establishment’s exterior sign.

"The weather slowed the sign people down," said Speer, who will own the restaurant with his sister Kelli. "Those are things we had no control over."

Speer previously said Fit House Café plans to serve buffalo meat, black Angus beef, turkey, chicken, and, for the vegetarians, black beans. The restaurant also plans a complete vegan menu.

He said he and his sister plan to conduct a grand opening three to four weeks after the Fit House Café opens.

Business hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Gilmer shop changes hands

Judy and Heath Langford have made some changes at the Nelms at The Hudgins House shop at 115 W. Tyler St. in Gilmer, since they bought it from Vici Wolfe a few months ago, Judy Langford said.

Langford said she decided to replace the salon with a tea room in part because she could not find anyone to keep the salon.

The Langfords have taken over a business that has been around for more than 80 years and occupied several locations on the city’s square. Judy Langford said Wolfe posted it for sale on Craigslist for $40,000 (not including the building).

"We saw potential in the store," said Langford, formerly a stay-at-home mom for 13 years. "We saw that we could do things at the store. With memories being with the store, we did not want to see it shut down."

Nelms sells candles, signs, lamps, furniture and a variety of other items.

"I’ve got floral arrangements in here," Langford said. "I’ve got kitchen items. I’ve got European soaps. And I’ve got house decorations like wooden signs."

Langford said she also plans to add a men’s outdoor section on the main floor, selling items that include playing cards and bourbon barrels.

Nelms at the Hudgins House is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bon Temps to reopen

Bon Temps Sports Bar & Grill at 115 E. Tyler St. has been closed since the Christmas holiday period and is restructuring with plans to reopen in early February, said LaCoya Plater, who owns the restaurant with husband Jonathan.

She said the Louisiana-style restaurant is assembling a new management team "with an entire new staff. We are still interviewing. We have to get a new staff together."

The Platers opened Bon Temps, Creole for "good times," about a year ago in a building that formerly housed Willy G’s Bar & Grill, which closed in September 2015 after 5 1/2 years in business. They opened Haze on Texas nightclub in downtown Shreveport in May 2015.

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Some Texas lawmakers are forgoing their pay during the government shutdown

Members of the Texas congressional delegation from both parties discuss funding for recovery from Harvey at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, 2017. By Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune checked with all the Texans in Congress on Monday about whether they planned to forgo their pay during the shutdown which began Saturday. Ten have decided to withhold their pay or donate their paychecks to charity. One lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, had no comment, per her spokeswoman.

The shutdown, which began early Saturday morning, was a result of Republicans and Democrats not reaching a compromise on spending, largely due to a stalemate over immigration policy.

"There’s no good reason why Members should receive pay during a #shutdown while fed employees suffer," U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, wrote on Twitter Saturday. "That’s why I plan to ask that my salary be withheld while we work to restore government funding. Please know that during this time my team and I are still working to serve #TX23."

Hurd joined seven other Texas lawmakers who confirmed publicly or to the Tribune that they will forgo their pay during the shutdown: U.S. Reps. Jodey Arrington, R-Lubbock; John R. Carter, R-Round Rock; Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio; Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; Michael McCaul, R-Tomball; John Ratcliffe, R-Heath; Randy Weber, R-Friendswood; and Roger Williams, R-Austin. Two others – U.S. Reps. Roger Williams, R-Austin, and Bill Flores, R-Bryan, said they would donate their pay to charity.

Flores said he would donate his pay to the Fisher House Foundation, a network dedicated to providing free housing for military and veteran families while their loved one is in the hospital.

“One of the provisions in our Constitution is that Congress is paid during a government shutdown, even though our military men and women do not. I think this is wrong. This means that if Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats are successful in shutting down our government, Congress will still get paid,” Flores said in a statement Friday hours before the shutdown. “If this happens, I will donate the net pay that I receive during the ‘Schumer Shutdown’ to the Fisher House Foundation, which does remarkable work to help military families, just as I did during 2013.”

The base salary for members of Congress is $174,000 a year.

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Tips For Buying Dallas Texas Real Estate

If you’re in the market for a new home in Dallas Texas, there are many things you need to keep in mind. The last thing you should do is simply choose the cheapest home or the first “good” property that you see. There are many things that you should consider before buying a home. After all, purchasing a property would most likely be the biggest purchase you’ll ever make in your life. So, we will now cover a few tips that you should keep in mind.

The first tip is that you should think about the needs of yourself and the needs of your family before you start looking at properties. Basically, you should know what you want and what type of property you’re looking for before you start your property search. So, for example, if you’re planning on extending your family, you should make sure there are enough bedrooms in the home to do so. You should also take into consideration how much back yard space you need etc.

Next, another thing you should consider is the location of the property. It is best to choose a home that is relatively close to your workplace, your partner’s workplace as well as schools for the kids etc. This is essential if you want to save yourself a lot of stress in daily commute.

Lastly, instead of looking for real estate on your own, you should definitely look into hiring a real estate agent. They will help you to quickly find the best properties based on your needs and budget.

In closing, we have just looked at a few tips to help you buy real estate in Dallas Texas. So, be sure to keep these guidelines in mind and you’ll find a new home in no time.