By | January 29, 2018

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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