Business of the Month

October 2016

JTX Fitness
JTX Fitness named Business of the Month.

As one of the newer businesses in Jewett, owners Rob and Elissa Garza have worked hard to make JTX Fitness an important part of the business community. Since opening on March 21, as the first 24-hour business in Jewett, they have grown rapidly. Currently there are approximately 120 members that are actively improving their health and wellness through the efforts of JTX Fitness.

JTX Fitness has a wide variety of free weights with barbells and plates and dumbbells. There is also two cable machines, a seated leg extension/curl machine and a leg press/hack squat combo machine. For cardio equipment, the center features two recumbent bikes, two treadmills, two ellipticals and a rowing machine.

Membership cost varies from a one-year membership for couples for $60 a month to a month to month option at $39.95 per month. In addition to working on your own, the center offers boot camp with Damien on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. You do not have to be a member to attend boot camp. Classes are one hour long and the cost is $7 per class or a 10-class punch card can be purchase for $50. Because JTX Fitness is constantly working to meet the health and wellness needs of the community Rob is currently working on adding other types of classes as well.

Recently JTX Fitness hosted the Back the Blue 5K. Because of their efforts the community came together to show their support for the local police department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

As with many small businesses the support of the community is vital. It is because of the help of many great friends including Damien Jackson, Ashley Shuldham, Keri Prewitt, Gwen Robins, Keitha Ward and Bridgett Schmidt, that JTX Fitness has been such a success. If you haven’t checked out all JTX Fitness has to offer, you should. Stop by today and let them know how glad you are to have them in Jewett.

September 2016

Keith L. Cook, Esq.
Keith L. Cook, Esq. named Business of the Month.

This month’s Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month is Keith L. Cook, Esq. Keith was educated at Sam Houston State University, earning a BS in Political Science. He then earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence at South Texas College of Law before passing the State of Texas Bar Exam.

Mr. Cook practiced commercial litigation and business formation law for two years before moving to the Jewett area in 2014. He initially moved to help his grandparents on their ranch and decided to stay. In 2015 he officially set up his law office in Jewett, Texas.

In September, 2015 Mr. Cook was appointed the Judge for the City of Jewett. He handles those duties in addition to maintaining his law office. Currently Keith handles wills and probate items, misdemeanors and other small legal matters. Cook is available Tuesdays- Fridays and by appointment anytime. You can contact Mr. Cook at 832-381-6530 or via email at

August 2016

Jewett Flea Market
Jewett Flea Market named Business of the Month.

Drive through Jewett during the second weekend of the month and you might begin to wonder about the traffic jams and all the people milling about. If you stop just past the corner of Hwy. 79 and Division Street you will soon find yourself in a very interesting place, the Jewett Flea Market. With more than 300 booths, the Jewett Flea Market is one of a kind and can boast about having something for everyone. Owner Dana Sullivan and her crew work hard to make sure the grounds are clean, the restrooms are kept in good order, the shoppers are happy and the vendors keep coming back month after month. More than half the booths feature the same vendor each month.

The Jewett Flea Market draws customers from across the state of Texas with many folks returning every month to see what is new and different. Bargain shoppers spend time exploring the wide variety of items including live animals, furniture, clothing, home décor, fruit and vegetables, and much more. Some months you will see folks heading home with ducks, turkeys and geese and other months you will watch people load up tires, washing machines, plants, and almost anything else you can imagine.

The Jewett Flea Market is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every second weekend of the month and is also open the third weekends of November and December. The hours vary depending on the time of the year and the customers but in general the Jewett Flea Market is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Flea Market Concession Stand offers fabulous burgers and the tater twisters are fantastic. In addition to the concession stand there are several other regular food vendors including soft serve ice cream, foot long corn dogs, kettle corn, and sno cones.

July 2016

Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home
Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home named Business of the Month.

Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home has been a key part of Jewett since 1991. Located at 814 Main Street, Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home is owned and operated by Brian D. and Julie Bowers. Mrs. Donna Ellis is the staff member for the funeral home.

Mr. Ricks began the funeral home in 1991, adding it to one he already owned in Teague. In 1999 Brian Bowers became the manger and then purchased both funeral homes in 2001. Mrs. Louise Bottoms and Mrs. Arlene Beaver worked at the Jewett location for many years and were instrumental in making Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home the choice for funeral arrangements. For information regarding pre-planning or funeral arrangements please contact Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home at 254-739-2511.

Ricks- Bowers Funeral Home has been an active member of the Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce for many years and helps sponsor the Jewett Fall Frolic each year. Additionally, they have helped support many local activities and events and Mr. Bowers is always willing to lend a hand whenever possible.

Mr. Bowers and his wife, Julie, have two children, Bo David and Blake. They live in Teague and are very active in the community. Mr. Bowers serves on the Teague School Board, is a member of the Boggy Masonic Lodge #739, serves on the Board of Directors for the Teague Baseball & Softball Association and is past president of the Teague High School Ex-Students Association. The Bowers are members of First Baptist Church in Teague.

June 2016

Frigid Frog Shaved Ice
Frigid Frog Shaved Ice named Business of the Month.

With summer on the horizon the JACC is excited to announce Frigid Frog Shaved Ice is the June Business of the Month. Jim Langston and Diane Pullen opened Frigid Frog in May of 2014 on the corner of Hwy. 79 and Division Street and have been making flavorful shaved ices ever since.

This summer brings even more choices of flavors and add-ins to Frigid Frog customers. There are 58 flavors to choose from and flavor mixes offer you an unlimited variety of ices to choose from. Additionally, ice cream and homemade vanilla cream can be added to any shaved ice.

New on the menu this summer are chocolate covered bananas, banana splits, floats, and coming soon are nachos. Mango and chamoy popsicles, mango Italian ice and liquid chamoy are also new this year along with several new premium flavors. Frigid Frog’s Shaved Ice comes in 8, 12, 16 and 32 oz. size to satisfy anyone’s need for something cold and refreshing. If you don’t know exactly what you want to try ask for a sample or two to help decide on just what flavor suits your taste.
Frigid Frog is open Tuesday-Sunday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and has extended hours for Flea Market weekends when they are open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

May 2016

Kozy Lakes RV Park
Kozy Lakes RV Park named Business of the Month.

Do you ever have too much family and not enough room? Kozy Lakes RV Park may be the answer to your problem and it is located right here in Jewett, Texas. Kozy Lakes RV Park has been a member of the Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce since it opened in 2007 and the JACC is proud to name it Business of the Month for May.

Located on 10 acres at 111 Robins Nest Drive and 215 Honeysuckle, it has 23 RV spaces available for rent. Eight of the spaces are pull through and all of them include full hookups and free wifi. Guests at the RV Park are welcome to fish in the pond which is stocked with bass, crappie, and catfish. In addition there is a beautiful walking trial around the park.
Rental rates are extremely reasonable at $20 a day, $100 a week and $330 for a month long stay. When you have family and friends coming for a visit Kozy Lakes RV Park is the perfect place for them to stay. Contact David Garcia at 903.390.2436 for reservations or more information.

February 2016

Leon Community Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
Leon Community Food Pantry and Clothes Closet named Business of the Month.

The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce announced last week that the Leon Community Food Pantry and Clothes Closet (LCPC) is the Business of the Month for February. While the Food Pantry has only been in operation for approximately 1 ½ years the Clothes Closet has been open for several years. The two organizations play a vital role in not only the Jewett community but also in the whole Leon ISD area.

As the only federally funded food pantry in the area, the LCPC is able to offer food to those that are struggling on a monthly basis along with providing the senior box program to senior adults that have more specific dietary needs. Currently the food pantry is open the second Thursday of each month for the East Texas Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry distribution. The Clothes Closet is open on Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning each week and is also able to provide food on an emergency basis during those times.

The LCPC is excited about the purchase of property on Hwy. 79 and plans to move to their permanent location during 2016. The LCPC is strictly a voluntary organization made up of representatives from several local churches and others in the community that want to help make a difference in the lives of their community members. Officers of the LCPC are President David Ball, Vice President Judy Hutchison, Secretary Nuria Gonzalez, Treasurer Kristy Vandegriff and General Council Keith Cook. The LCPC is a non profit organization and is currently working to raise $50,000 in order to renovate/build at their new location. Donations can be mailed to LCPC, P.O. Box 118, Jewett, Texas 75846.

The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor the LCPC as the Business of the Month and encourages local businesses, churches, and community members to commit to supporting this very important organization as they work to improve the lives of many in the community.

January 2016

Donut Hole
Donut Hole named first Business of the Month for 2016.

The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the first Business of the Month for 2016, the Donut Hole. The Donut Hole opened in 2009 and has worked to provide wonderful breakfast treats for the community since that time. Owners Sayla and Molly Kim have invested in the local community and enjoy being a part of Jewett. Employees Chanthol Chhin and Tonghour Heang are always ready to make sure every customer is served quickly and with satisfaction.

In addition to donuts the Donut Hole offers a variety of kolaches, cinnamon rolls, breakfast sandwiches and breakfast tacos. They offer a variety of drinks to go along with their fabulous breakfast foods. The Kim’s have been very supportive of the local community and sponsor local youth baseball teams, sponsor the Donut Hole eating contest at the Fall Frolic each year and most recently helped with the Fill a Bowl Campaign for the Leon Community Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.

The shop is open Monday-Saturday from 4:0 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. until 1 p.m. and is located at 1019 N. Main near Brookshire Brothers. You can call in large orders to 903.626.5585 and they will have it ready for you right on time. Stop by this week and tell them thanks for being a part of the Jewett community.

November 2015

Comfort Suites
Comfort Suites named Business of the Month.

The City of Jewett is proud to be home to several hotels, including Comfort Suites, the Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce’s November Business of the Month. Comfort Suites offers all suite rooms including queen and king beds. Manager Bhavik Patel has worked hard to make the Jewett Comfort Suites location the best of the best. In 2014 they were awarded the Platinum Award for being the number one Comfort Suites in Texas. With just a month left in this year’s competition, they are sitting at number one again for 2015.

Comfort Suites offers a full breakfast, has meeting space for approximately 40 people, a well equipped fitness center, an outdoor pool and free wi-fi, along with many other amenities. While the amenities are wonderful the customer service is what has put and then kept the Jewett Comfort Suites at the top of the list for many travelers. When you have guests from out of town or if you just want a night away from home Comfort Suites will treat you like an honored guest. Give them a call today at 903.626.7777 and reserve a room or two for your holiday guests. Your guests will thank you.

September 2015

Jewett Volunteer Fire Department
Jewett Volunteer Fire Department chosen as Business of the Month for September.

The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Jewett Volunteer Fire Department as the Business of the Month for September. The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department has faithfully served the Jewett and surrounding communities for many years. This group of volunteers is dedicated to serving and supporting and plays an important role in the community.

Chief Mike White and a small team of volunteers responds as needed to fires, vehicle accidents, and other emergency situations. They spend hours each month in training in order to be prepared for any emergency. In addition to local training several members of the JVFD participate in other training opportunities within Leon County and across Texas.

When a call comes in, and that happens many, many times each month, members of the Jewett Volunteer Fire Department, leave their jobs and families to respond quickly to the emergency. Many of you will remember the fires in the Concord area several years ago. Local fire departments, including the JFVD, responded and worked tirelessly to protect homes and families from disaster. While a fire of that size is not the norm in this area, JVFD works to be ready for any situation.

According to Jeff Williams, JVFD representative, the Fire Department is always looking for people that are willing to work hard to become trained volunteers. If you are interested in joining this group of dedicated individuals, please stop by the Fire Station at 118 N. Broadway Street on Monday evenings and visit with the team. If you just want to say thank you or give them a little support they would also appreciate that. Your thank you can be sent to P.O. Box 358, Jewett, Texas 75846.

August 2015

U.S. Tax Service
Opening its doors in 1998, U.S. Tax Service is a very successful local business with over 500 clients. U.S. Tax is the Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for August.

Owner Norma Anthis has worked hard over the years to offer a quality service to her customers and she is looking forward to many more successful years in the Jewett area. In addition to Ms. Anthis, U.S. Tax Service employs Shirley Barr, Judy Goodsheller and Marcella Sanchez. Not an employ, but undeniably a part of the team is Sassy, the cat who helps run the business. This team of highly qualified ladies offer a variety of services to the local community including: individual and corporate tax services; bookkeeping; payroll services; and notary services. Ms. Anthis also consults with start-up business owners in order to help them make the best decisions when opening a new business. Because Ms. Anthis is invested in the Jewett community she has also purchased several rental properties along Hwy. 79 and rents them to small businesses. Currently one of her properties is available for rent.

Since opening, U.S. Tax Service has been a supporter of youth activities in the area and has played an important role in the business community. Ms. Anthis has served as JACC president and treasurer and she currently is the treasurer for the Leon County Economic Development Association.

U.S. Tax is open year round four days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and increases to six days a week during peak tax season. If there is any way U.S. Tax can serve you please stop by and see them. They are located at 114 Waltman Street or give them at call at 903-626-6678. Make sure to visit with Sassy while letting U.S. Tax Service take care of all your business or individual needs.

July 2015

Jewett EMS
Taking care of business is what the Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce’s July Business of the Month, Jewett EMS, does 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their 12 full time employees have a combined 168 years of EMS experience, or an average of 14 years each. Additionally, Jewett EMS has eight part time employees and all the staff attend monthly training in order to constantly improve the services they provide.

Jewett EMS, which began in 1991, covers the ESD #3 area which includes the western side of Leon County from the Limestone County line to the Madison County line. Jewett, Marquez, Flynn, Robbins, Normangee, and Concord are all in ESD #3. Two stations, one in Flynn and one in Jewett, are staffed by both an EMT and a paramedic. Because of this operating procedure Jewett EMS has been certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services at a Mobile Intensive Care Unit.

“Jewett EMS strives to provide the best care possible to the citizens of our area,” said JEMS Director Wes Collins. One way they are doing that is through making sure the ambulances are the best available and JEMS recently put a brand new ambulance into service. When you add the increased training, the experienced employees, and the new equipment you can see that Jewett EMS is working to position itself as the very best.

June 2015

Fahler and Riels, DDS
Fahler and Riels, DDS has been chosen as the Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for June, 2015.

The Jewett community has been fortunate to have a dental clinic in town since 1986. Dr. Fahler and Dr. Riels operate a family dental practice that is open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The clinic accepts both private pay and insurance and is always accepting new patients. Fahler and Riels, DDS performs cosmetic oral surgery, crown and bridge work, and denture fittings in addition to preventative dental care. Something unique about Fahler and Riels, DDS is that the dentists actually preform all the preventative care, including cleanings and X-rays, themselves. Additionally, Dr. Sam Bryan from Huntsville has office hours once a month at Fahler and Riels, DDS for orthodontic patients.

In addition to Dr. Fahler and Dr. Riels the practice includes dental assistants Ashley Ramirez and Kimberly Daniel. These employees work to keep the practice running smoothly and help support the dentists on a daily basis.

To learn more about the services Fahler and Riels, DDS offer give them a call at 903.626.5196 or stop by and visit with them at 2720 US Hwy. 79.

April 2015

The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor SimplyU as Business of the Month for April, 2015. SimplyU is an online based business that offers a wide variety of products including clothing, jewelry, accessories and home décor. SimplyU has been in business of just over three years and during that time has grown to have a large amount of merchandise available to customers.

Led by the mother-daughter duo of Debbie Wood and DeAnn Morton, SimplyU spends several weeks a year in Round Top as a vendor at the antique festivals. They also participate in a variety of other festivals throughout the year, including the Jewett Fall Frolic and Jewett Flea Festival.

Many of the items that are available can be viewed on their Facebook Page or on their Online Store.

Debbie and DeAnn are excited to offer fashionable, affordable clothing, accessories, jewelry and home décor to the local community and look forward to many more years of business in the local community. To contact SimplyU email them at

March 2015

Jewett Public Library
The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Jewett Public Library as the March Business of the Month.

In the 1980’s a group of Jewett folks worked diligently to began a library in town. While the location has changed and the friendly faces are different, the purpose of the Jewett Public Library is still the same, to provide opportunities for local folks to improve their literacy skills and enjoy reading about new and interesting topics for free.

Named the Business of the Month by the Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce, the Jewett Public Library, located inside the Jewett Civic Center complex at 103 N. Robinson is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The Library has a number of computers for free public use and offers thousands of books on a variety of topics. Additionally, the Library has numerous movies that can be checked out for home viewing. During the summer months the library offers story time for children.

Run by volunteers, led by Cozy Taylor, the Library is funded by donations and fundraisers. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 926, Jewett, Texas 75846. The Library is always looking for more volunteers whether it is for an hour or two or for a couple of days each week. Please contact Cozy Taylor at 903.626.5872 for more information about volunteering.

The Jewett Public Library has been a proud part of the Jewett Community for many years and hopes to continue to provide a safe place for both children and adults to learn. The JACC is proud to award Business of the Month to the Jewett Public Library and looks forward to many more years of growth and success for the Library.

February 2015

Jewett United Methodist Church
The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Jewett United Methodist Church as the Business of the Month for February, 2015. The Church was founded in 1872 and built is first sanctuary in 1873. Since that time the church has played an important role in the life of many in the Jewett area.

Reverend Carol Khoury and her husband, Bill, have served the church since 2012. Pastor Carol has led the membership to become more active in helping the community both spiritually and physically. In the past two years the church has been integral in starting the Leon County Community Clothes Closet and the Jewett Mobile Food Pantry. While both of the services are supported by more than just the Jewett United Methodist Church, the JUMC houses both services and is key in making these activities a success.

Another active group at the JUMC is the United Methodist Women. This team of women meets monthly and works on mission projects to help serve others across the United States and around the world. They spend time encouraging each other and serve as a support group for the church as a whole.

Additionally, the JUMC is now premiering world class, redemptive films at the church in an effort to build community within and reach outside the four walls of the church to engage others within the community. Their next movie is Hoovey which will be shown on Monday, March 23. Tickets are $8 and students wearing a team shirt get in for $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance at For more information about the premiere movie event see the ad in this edition of The Jewett Messenger.

Service times for JUMC is Sundays at 11 a.m. including Children’s Church. The Community Clothes Closet is open Wednesday and Thursday each week from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Jewett Mobile Food Pantry is the second Thursday of each month from 12 noon until 2 p.m.

According to Pastor Khoury, the members of Jewett United Methodist Church are working to take the United Methodist Church Motto of Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors and make it real in the Jewett community. The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with the JUMC to continue growing and strengthening this community.

January 2015

Budgetel Inn and Suites
The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Budgetel Inn and Suites as the January Business of the Month.

Long before the new hotels came to Jewett, Budgetel Inn and Suites, formerly known as Country Side Inn, was a landmark on the corner of Hwy. 39 and Hwy. 79. Budgetel Inn and Suites is owned by Mike Patel and managed by Bhavik and Dharmi Patel. With over 40 single, double, and kitchenette rooms and offering daily and long-term rates, it is the perfect location for tourists and work groups to town to work shut downs at the local plants.

Opened more than 20 years ago , Budgetel Inn and Suites has been renovated several times and in 2010 there were 17 rooms were added on, across Hwy. 39 from the original location. All the rooms are equipped with microwave, mini-frig, flat-screen TV, free wi-fi, and a hot breakfast each morning.

Budgetel Inn and Suites has been a member of the Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce for many years and supports local organizations in any way possible. If you are looking for a place to stay call (903) 626.4455 for a reasonably priced overnight stay.

November 2014

The Leon’s Restaurant
The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce The Leon’s Restaurant as the November Business of the Month.

The Leon’s Restaurant is owned by Gabby Leon and Jamie Vargas, and opened in June 2013. The restaurant is operated by family members and continues to grow and become better known for their excellent food and reasonable prices. Plans are in the works for adding on a meeting room to the current restaurant that can be used by local groups and businesses. Leon’s shows their support for the Jewett community by providing donations and gift certificates to local organizations for their fundraising efforts. Leon’s loves being in Jewett and since many of the family members grew up here, they knew this was the place they wanted to start a restaurant business.

If you want a great breakfast, lunch or dinner, Leon’s is the place to go. They also have a daily lunch buffet.

August 2014

Eagans Auto Sales
The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Eagans Auto Sales as the Business of the Month for August, 2014. Ray Jay and Verelener Eagans opened Eagans’ Garage, Wrecker Service and Auto Sales, along with a storage business in 1980, at the corner of Hwy. 79 and County Road 322. Recently, Mr. Eagans retired from the garage and wrecker business but, continues to sale used cars.

The Eagans raised five children, Diana, Vergenese, Danny and Rayford. They have five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Eagans have been a part of the Jewett- Buffalo area for 56 years and look forward to many more years in the community.

Through running the wrecker service Mr. Eagans has gleaned a wealth of knowledge about people and loves to share his stories. Several years ago he got a call in the middle of the night to take gas to a lady with two small children that had run out of gas in Marquez. When he arrived at her vehicle he found she was traveling to San Antonio with twins that were just a few weeks old. After giving her a few gallons of gas and telling her to stop in Hearne to fill up, he sent her on her way, except she headed up Hwy. 7 instead of down Hwy. 79. Mr. Eagans finally caught up with her, after doing “at least 110 mph” and got her turned around and headed in the right direction.

If you are in the market for a good used vehicle, stop by and see Mr. Eagans, he will be glad to sell you a car. While you are there, sit a spell and visit. You will leave with a smile on your face and some great stories to pass along.

July 2014

Pictured are left to right – Back row: Lonnie Mitchell, Jack Helmcamp Front row: Melvin Barrilleaux, Gene Lathrop, Corey Halliburton, Jessica Halliburton, Barbara Jo Reagan, Mason Grubbs, Desiree Lummus, Melinda Baros, Anjela Wietzikoski, Tracy Helmcamp Schieffer, Rick Helmcamp, Gus Castro, Freddie Perez, Katherine Hall, Doni Laminack and JACC representatives Chad Prior and Jerry Stroud.

A.L. Helmcamp, Inc.
The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce A.L. Helmcamp, Inc. as the July 2014 Business of the Month. Helmcamp has been in business since 1978, when Allen Helmcamp started the business with two hands and a welding machine at Nucor Steel. Since that time the business has grown tremendously, now employing over 400 people and they are actively hiring more at this time.


A.L. Helmcamp is a general contractor specializing in highway construction, steel mills, mines and the oilfield industries. The company currently works with TXDOT, Nucor, Murphy Oil and Gas, Chesepeake Oil and Gas, Anadarko Oil and Gas, XTO, USDA, and many cities and municipalities. Some of the areas the company specializes in include: above and underground pipe utility systems; erosion control; highway, bridge and asphalt construction; pipe fabrication, conveyor installation and more.


A.L. Helmcamp has been an active part of the local community for more than 35 years and supports various community, school and county activities. They have provided sponsorships for Chamber events, Relay For Life, Leon ISD projects and supports various local churches. As the business continues to grow and thrive the positive impact it has on the local communities will continue to be appreciated. 

June 2014

Pictured are left to right – JACC representatives Cathy Wilkinson, Jerry Stroud and Carol Khoury and Phoenix LTD owners and staff, Pat and Ken Schmidt, Shawna Graham, Terry Galloway and Teri Hales. Not pictured is Phoenix LTD employee Jerry Duke.

Phoenix Ltd.
The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Phoenix Ltd. as the June 2014 Business of the Month. Phoenix Ltd. dental laboratory opened its doors in Jewett, Texas in 1984.

Ken and Pat Schmidt had been looking for a way to move their family from Houston to Leon County.  It  was a big gamble to close the doors on their fifteen person lab and take the leap.  That was 30 years ago.

Phoenix Ltd. works for a select group of dentists within a fifty mile radius.  The lab fabricates crowns and bridges, implants and cosmetic porcelain veneers from impressions provided by the dentists.  With a staff of six and a lot of specialized equipment, Phoenix has been a little-known successful business and  member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1984.

May 2014

Pictured are left to right – JACC representatives Jackie Harrison, Cathy Wilkinson, Maya Patel and her niece Gia Patel, Amajit Singh, Mike Baldree and Linda Walker; Jewett Historical Museum representatives Barbara Miles and Brenda Rae; and JACC representatives Jerry Stroud and Chad Prior.

Jewett Historical Museum
The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Jewett Historical Museum is the May, 2014 Business of the Month. While not a business in the traditional sense, the staff of the Jewett Historical Musuem considers the preservation and promotion of the area’s history a sound investment.

Since re-opening in January 2012, the museum’s holdings have continued to grow, along with the number of visitors.

Recent projects include: a Von Erich Family display in honor of its patriarch, Jewett native Jack Adkisson, a.k.a. the villainous wrestling personality Fritz Von Erich; a pictorial collection of Leon County churches, and participation in the Texas Barn Quilt Trail. Future projects include a directory of Leon County cemeteries and a plaque that commemorates Jewett as the birthplace of legendary bluesman Alger “Texas” Alexander.

The museum is located in the Jewett Civic Center complex, adjacent to the Jewett Public Library. The museum’s operating hours are Monday thru Friday,12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Museum hosts Dorothy Murchison and Brenda Rae would lovefor you to pay a visit to learn more about the area’s history or to remember days gone by.

April 2014

Business of the Month - Jewett VFW

Left to right, JACC 1st Vice President Jerry Stroud, VFW members Jerry Fling, Thomas Belyea,and D.A. Milliken, JACC Board members Amanjit Singh, John Russell and Chamber President Chad Prior.

Jewett VFW Post #3542
The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Business of the Month for April, Jewett VFW Post #3542. The Jewett VFW is located on Hwy. 79 just south of town, and is open Monday-Wednesday, 5 -9pm , Thursday and Friday, 5-11:30pm, and Saturday for special functions and rentals.

The Jewett VFW is very active in the community and supports many local and national charitable organizations including the Wounded Warrior Project, local ball clubs, providing military assistance, the Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce, Relay For Life, and the Jewett Public Library. They also provide scholarships through the Voice of Democracy program. Additionally, the Ladies Auxilary holds fundraisers in order to support other charitable organizations.

All Jewett VFW members are former military and enjoy getting together with other men and women that know what serving their county is all about. Community members are invited to enjoy all the activities they Jewett VFW offers, including their weekly Thursday night domino tournament.

The Jewett VFW will be holding a large domino tournament on Saturday, May 10, beginning at 2:30. The entry fee is $10 per person and refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to join in the domino tournament fun!

The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is very proud to have the Jewett VFW Post #3542 as a member and partner in community projects.

March 2014


From Left – JACC President Chad Prior, JACC 1st Vice President Jerry Stroud, Leon ISD Administration employees Jamie Watson, Mike Baldree, Tammy Music, Kim Brown, Shannon Guyton, Martha Bing, JACC Board Member Linda Walker and Associate Executive Diretor Jackie Harrison.

Leon ISD
The partnership between Leon ISD, the JACC, and the City of Jewett goes back a long, long way and has always been a very positive partnership. Leon ISD continues working to provide the very best education possible to every student, while giving each of them the opportunity to volunteer and give back in a variety of ways.

Over the years the school has participated and volunteered for many activities and events in Jewett, including the annual Fall Frolic, Health Fairs, College and Career Days, and much more. Most recently, almost 40 Leon ISD students participated in a JACC Jewett Green Committee street clean up. For the past 1 ½ years, school superintendent Mike Baldree has served on the JACC Board of Directors.

As Leon ISD continues to grow and add programs that will benefit all students, the surrounding communities will also be positively impacted. In looking toward the future, Leon ISD has added to their duel credit program for High School students. Beginning with next year’s freshman, students will be able to complete an Associate’s Degree by time they graduate from High School. Additionally, the district is working with Navarro College to add more vocational certificate programs for students that will not be going four year college route. Two that are currently in the works is a welding certificate and a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) certificate.

“Leon ISD appreciates all the support that local businesses and the local communities give our school district, they are an integral part of making us successful,” said Superintendent Mike Baldree. “We are very thankful for their support.”

The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to award the Business of the Month award to Leon ISD and looks forward to many more years of partnership in order to work together for a brighter future for Jewett, Texas.

February 2014

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Left to right – Greg Gann, Bruce Crawford, Lance Bishop, Jo Mahoney, Benny Ethridge, Jerry Stroud, Maya Patel

Limestone Electric Generating Station
The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Limestone Electric Generating Station is the business of the month for February 2014.

The Limestone plant has a net generating capacity of 1,689 megawatts and supplies power into the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) market. Unit one was placed in operation on December 1st, 1985 and unit two on December 1st, 1986.
The Limestone Plant is committed to the safety of its employees, contractors, and visitors. The plant participates in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Limestone achieved VPP “Star” status in 2000 and “Star Among Stars” recognition in 2008.

Limestone strives to be an environmentally friendly neighbor and committed to helping the local communities. In 2013 three students were awarded scholarships through our ECONRG projects. Many of our employees are active members of the community serving as coaches, chamber board members, school board members, city council members and volunteering on projects across the region on NRG’s Global Giving Day. Limestone employees also support their neighbors through the Limestone Project Employees Fund. Since the fund’s inception in 1985, Limestone employees have contributed more than two and a half million dollars to support those in need in the surrounding communities.

NRG’s Limestone Plant has partnered with Navarro College to offer classes that allow students to earn a valuable Power Plant Operations and Maintenance Certificate at our Navarro/NRG technical training center. NRG, Westmoreland Coal Company, Nucor Steel, Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce, and other local businesses contribute to a scholarship fund that pays one-half of the tuition.

More than 250 employees work at Limestone, and the plant provides additional work for approximately 100 full time contractors. Benny Ethridge is the plant manager.

The Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to have the support of NRG’s Limestone Electric Generating Station and proud to announce the Limestone plant as the Business of the Month.

January 2014

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The first Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for 2014 is Nucor Steel. Nucor opened in Jewett in 1975 and has been a vital member of the business community ever since. Nucor has proven time and again to be a great partner, not only to the Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce, but also to Leon ISD and the City of Jewett.

Since 1975, Nucor has provided funds and materials for many local projects, often at no charge, including helping to provide the materials for the Jewett Civic Center roof just a few years ago. For many years, Nucor has led the way in litter abatement by cleaning up a large portion of Hwy. 79, near the entrance of the plant. In the fall, Nucor helped sponsor a trash pick-up day in Jewett, providing all the supplies to pick up litter on the city streets as well as serving lunch to almost 50 junior high and high school volunteers.

Nucor is one of the largest employers in Leon County, having 394 members at the Jewett location as of December 2013. John Farris is the Vice President and General Manager at the local mill. The Jewett location is a world-class producer of hot rolled carbon steel products, offering extensive product/size range of carbon steel angles, channels, flat bars, rounds, squares and U.M. plate, in addition to concrete reinforcing steel and special shapes. Nucor is the largest metals recycler in the Western Hemisphere.

December 2013


Pictured are (from left) Chad Prior, JACC President; Garrett Manahan, JACC Director; Christine Warner, Owner, Buckles and Bows; John Russell, JACC Director; Kristy Vandegriff, JACC Executive Director; Missy Warner-Brown, Owner, Buckles and Bows; Jerry Stroud, JACC 1st Vice President and Terra Carlisle, JACC Secretary.

Buckles and Bow Resale Shop
The December Business of the Month is Buckles and Bow Resale Shop, located at 621 N. Main Street in Jewett, Texas. Buckles and Bows is owned by Christine Warner and Missy Warner-Brown. Shop Buckles and Bows between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday.