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Business Beat: Gladewater assisted living center, new auto dealer, Hallsville tanning center, more

By Ken Hedler
Dec. 23, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.

Sentinel Gardens, a 60-bed assisted living center that opened in June in a renovated nursing home at 300 Money St. in Gladewater, plans a grand opening from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 3.

The grand opening will include refreshments, opportunities to meet staff and tours upon request, said Tina Gillaspy, administrator, and Linda Morgan, director of nurses.

Gillaspy, who has worked in the industry for more than 15 years, said Sentinel Gardens admitted its first resident June 28 and saw the number grow to 12 as of Tuesday. It became licensed in late July by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

For information, visit sentinelgardens.com.

Roadrunner Autos opens

Dwight Johnson, who has worked in the the auto sales field for eight years, is striking out on his own by opening Roadrunner Autos at 3945 N. U.S. 259.

Johnson, who most recently was general sales manager for a year at All Star Ford-Kilgore, said he sees Roadrunner "as just another opportunity to have your own business and to be able to help people out as much as you can."

He said another motivation is to help youths who are less fortunate, because he had a "pretty rough" home life growing up.

Roadrunner Autos has a fleet of about 35 vehicles ranging from luxury to economy cars, Johnson said. He uses the word "premium" to describe the pre-owned vehicles because he said they are low mileage in good condition.

Roadrunner Autos provides financing in addition to sales, Johnson said. It keeps business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, visit roadrunnerautostx.com.

New tanning owners

Jason and Paula Ainsworth recently bought Island Tans & Boutique Hallsville from Ami Dehart and are making some changes and additions.

"We've put new bulbs in (for the tanning beds)," Paula Ainsworth said. "We've added clothing lines."

She said Island Tans, at 334 W. Main St. across from Marisol's, has been in business for at least a decade, adding she and her husband are the fourth owners.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Island Tans has six beds and a boutique consisting of clothing and candles, Ainsworth said.

She said she and her husband work for 4A Oilfield Enterprises, which is owned by his family. She and her husband serve on the Hallsville Education Foundation board, and he is on the Hallsville ISD school board.

Island Tans & Boutique is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

New Kilgore gym

The owners of two Raw Iron gyms in Mount Pleasant and one in Pittsburg have expanded by opening a fitness center in the former NAPA auto parts building at 403 M. Kilgore St. in Kilgore.

"It just seemed like a good market," said Brad Duncan, who owns the gyms with business partners Donnie Duncan (his cousin) and Aaron Nugent.

He said Raw Iron Kilgore features bicycle and weightlifting equipment and will offer classes in Zumba and high-intensity interval training (a mixture of cardio and weightlifting).

Members have 24-hour access.

Raw Iron Kilgore plans a Jan. 12 grand opening.

Restaurant closes

Maw & Paw's Kountry Kitchen in Kilgore closed recently after being in business for less than a year.

"With heavy hearts, we had to close," owners Dorothy and David Mount, who had no previous restaurant experience, posted on their Facebook page. "The decision was not taken lightly by any means. We will miss everyone. We wish all family owned restaurants the best. "

Maw & Paw's was at 3503 U.S. 259, between the Executive and Manor inns.

New salon stylist

Brittany Langford has joined Sola Salon Studios Longview at 110 Triple Creek Drive and is sharing Studio 18 with stylist Kaylee Whyte.

Langford brings six years of experience as a stylist in the Longview area and specializes in hair, hair extensions, brows, waxing and makeup.

For information, visit solasalons.com/locations/longview.

— 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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