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Business Beat: New club, restaurant to replace Graham Central Station

By Jo Lee Ferguson
July 12, 2015 at 4 a.m.

The site of Graham Central Station will be renovated into two new venues.

The site of Graham Central Station in Longview will be renovated in the coming weeks into two new venues — Electric Cowboy, a country and western-style nightclub, and a Lone Star Ice House restaurant.

Marshall Till, who grew up in this area, said he and a group of investors bought the property at 1016 McCann Road. They operate 11 other Electric Cowboy locations in five states, but said this would be the group's first Lone Star Ice House. Till has previously operated other clubs in Longview.

"The concept has been around for a while," he said. "This is the first opportunity I've had to capitalize on the size and the parking lot available to do one of these units like this."

Renovations will take in a previously unused 4,000 square feet in the building, to bring the total indoor square footage for the two businesses to 16,800 square feet. An additional 2,400-square-foot covered patio will be added, with a temporary enclosure planned for winter months.

While Graham Central Station — which closed after a farewell show last weekend — allowed smoking, Till said the new club would not. A smoking area will be available on the patio.

The Electric Cowboy will be 12,700-square-feet of "pure nightclub," Till said. It will be open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

The Lone Star Ice House will be physically separated from the club, but food will be served on both sides of the business. The restaurant will have an "extensive appetizer menu," Till said, along with dozens of draft, craft and Texas beers, burgers, salads, sandwiches, lunch specials and happy hour specials. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.

Till estimated the businesses would employ 60 full- and part-time workers. The club and restaurant could be open sometime around the first of September, he said.

Taxidermy and outdoors

Stuff It Taxidermy and Hunting Adventures expects to open its new location within a few weeks at 2420 W. Loop 281 in Longview

The business has been located in Clarendon for 20 years, but Larry Stanfield, who owns the store with his wife, Sheila, said they plan to completely relocate the business to Longview and eventually close the Clarendon location.

"We've already got a small customer base here," Larry Stanfield said, explaining the business has been working with processing plants here. They traveled to Longview every few weeks to pick up and deliver items. "We hope to grow the business quite a bit in this area."

Stanfield said Stuff It Taxidermy is a full-time business, unlike many taxidermy operations.

"There's a lot of hunting here, and it's just the lifestyle here is more oriented to what we offer than what there is in the Texas Panhandle," Stanfield said. "A lot of people travel to the Panhandle to hunt, but a lot of the locals don't. Here, it's most of the locals I met do hunt, or they have friends that hunt or family that hunt."

The 3,000-square-foot business in the former Books & Coffee store will include a 1,500-square-foot retail store with "everything for the outdoor lifestyle, even if it's indoors," Stanfield said.

The store will sell hunting and camping supplies as well as home decor, purses, wallets, belts and jewelry, food products such as meat rubs, chili mixes and dips, and toys.

Stanfield said he guides and sells hunting trips of various types, including African safaris. Stuff It Taxidermy and Hunting Adventures will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with extended hours during hunting season.

Massage Envy open

Massage Envy is now open at 3088 N. Eastman Road, Suite 100, in Longview Towne Center. Franchise owners Terri and Rick Padinha of Longview opened the doors June 30, with Rick Padinha saying the location is "flourishing." They had anticipated opening earlier in June, but Padinha said they want to be sure the business had plenty of licensed massage therapists and licensed aestheticians to meet the demand. The owners have said the business offers affordable, quality massages and facials.

"We have a beautiful facility, probably one of the nicest of the over the 1,200 Massage Envy locations around the country," Rick Padinha said. "We're very proud of it."

Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

— Business Beat appears Sunday. If you have items for the column, email to newstip@news-journal.com; mail to Business Section, Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606; or call (903) 237-7744.



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