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Business Beat: SeeSaw marks renovations

By jo Lee Ferguson Special to the News-Journal
Nov. 23, 2013 at 10 p.m.


S<em>eeSaw Children's Place</em> will celebrate a ribbon cutting and open house at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at its newly remodeled after-school child-care facility.

The open house marks a return to the building at 1601 W. Fairmont St. where the nonprofit child-care organization operated for many years.

Executive Director <em>Shirley Hook</em> said SeeSaw has owned the building since 1970, when it was administrative offices of SeeSaw's predecessor organization, Camp Fire.

The organization provides after-school care for children ages 4 to 12 and child care for children ages 18 months to 4. In recent years, much of its after-school program was housed in the Community Connections building - the former Pine Tree Primary school on Pine Tree Road.

In 2011, SeeSaw purchased a former daycare building at 1450 W. Fairmont St. to house its program for children who weren't yet in school.

"The board decided it would be so much better for us if we could open up this area (on Fairmont Street) across the street (from the child-care program) for after school kids," Hook said.

The building at 1601 W. Fairmont has been remodeled, Hook, said, with a new exterior facade, bathrooms that accommodate disabled people and a new playground with artificial turf and a basketball court.

Doug Camp was architect for the remodel, with construction by Jack Jenkins and JCJ & Associates.

<strong>Gaming store open</strong>

Randall and Christine Mick have opened Three Suns Unlimited, a game and hobby retail store they say is focused on "organized play and family entertainment," at 2147 Gilmer Road, Suite 100. The store's name is a play on words in recognition of their three sons, Randy, Steven, and Justin, who sometimes help at the store.

"Our main objective is to provide a safe, fun environment for teenagers and adults to hang out, play games, and purchase their gaming supplies," the Micks said in a prepared statement.

Randall Mick said the family has always enjoyed board games, staging a family night once a week in which they turn off phones, TVs and radios. Then, their boys became interested in Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! and eventually Magic the Gathering. They would meet friends at local restaurants, until their parents encouraged the kids to meet at their house.

"Then we decided to open our own shop," Randall Mick said. He has 25 years of retail sales experience and his wife works in web development.

The business is about one-third retail store, he said, featuring trading card games as well as various role playing games and board games, from strategy games such as Risk and Dominion to basic games such as Monopoly.

The rest of the store is set up for gaming, Mick said, with free play most of the week and paid tournaments Thursdays and Saturdays.

Three Suns Unlimited is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

<strong>Hibbett comes to Gilmer</strong>

Alabama-based <em>Hibbett Sports</em> is opening a new store in Gilmer, with renovations underway at 1501 U.S. 271 N., Suite 3.

The company said the store will employ about eight full- and part-time employees.

"We're thrilled to be opening a new store in Gilmer," <em>Jeff Rosenthal</em>, Hibbett Sporting Goods CEO and presiden,t said in a prepared statement. "People in Gilmer take their sports seriously, and we plan to give them the sporting goods products and know-how they've been looking for."

Hibbett has more than 900 full-line sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The 5,000-square-foot store in Gilmer is being renovated by <em>TCMC Construction</em> of Tyler.

Gilmer Community Development Coordinator Danny Lancaster said the store should be open in the next 30 days.

<strong>Restaurant closed</strong>

Mississippi-based <em>Pinnacle Restaurant Corp.</em> confirmed that the <em>Mazzio's Italian Eatery</em> on Gilmer Road is closed for good. The company, which operates Mazzio's around East Texas including Kilgore and Tyler, did not say why the pizza restaurant had closed.

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