Pamela Fisher, who opened the Fisher Institute of Trauma Recovery in Gilmer three years ago, said she plans to open an additional practice by late September in Longview at 1508 W. Fairmont St., Suite A.
She also plans to resign from her position as a clinician at the outpatient clinic of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Longview effective Sept. 20 to pursue her practice full time. She said she has worked for the VA in Longview for about nine years.
A licensed clinical social worker, Fisher said her new practice will provide more opportunities for veterans to see her outside of the VA. She also plans to see other clients who have experienced trauma, such as first responders.
Her original private practice is at 109 W. Tyler St. in Gilmer.
Longview rents rise
Rents in Longview increased 0.4 percent in June from a month earlier, and are now up nearly 1 percent from a year ago, according to a new report from Apartment List.
June marked the third month in a row apartment rents have increased in Longview, according to the monthly report.
Apartment List, based in San Francisco, said median rents in Longview stand at $780 a month for a one-bedroom apartment unit and $950 for a two-bedroom unit.
“We continue to see strong demand, and we’ve noticed several properties implementing rent increases,” Jim Tucker, owner of The Fairways apartment complex on McCann Road, said in a statement.
However, Tucker suggested placing the percentage increase in perspective because a 0.9 percent hike on an apartment unit renting for $800 a month adds only $7.20.
“Food prices have increased far more than that over the past year,” he said. “Housing in Longview remains very affordable.”
Meanwhile, rents statewide increased 1.7 percent over the past year, according to Apartment List. Of the 10 largest cities in Texas that Apartment List tracks, all have seen rising rents.
Son takes over El Taquito
Rene Alonso Espino said he has taken over El Taquito at 1010 S. Mobberly Ave. because his parents, Romualdo and Aurlia Espino, are retiring after owning the restaurant for 25 years.
Espino, 30, said he has been working at the restaurant for 12 years and was already running the business side. The restaurant observed its 25th anniversary during a party on Father’s Day.
“I always liked being in the kitchen with my mom cooking,” he said.
Espino attributes the longevity of the restaurant to loyal customers and word of mouth. He said he plans to maintain the family tradition with the same food and atmosphere.
He said his brother, Guillermo Espino, sister, Elizabeth Espino, and step-brother, Victor Lopez, help out.
El Taquito serves a variety of items including tacos, gorditas, tortas and shrimp cocktails and sopes, Espino said.
El Taquito has seating for about 40 people and is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Tire shop opening
Jose Ramirez said he plans to open Bad Boys Tire Shop on Monday at 515 W. Marshall Ave.
Ramirez, who said he has worked in the air conditioning field for 18 years, said he wanted to try something different.
He said he plans to start with tire sales Monday and expand with mechanical work and auto detailing in a few weeks. He said Bad Boys has hired six employees.
Bad Boys Tire Shop will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Insurance office opening
Olivia Secord will celebrate the grand opening of Olivia Secord Agency from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 174 Beechwood Drive, Suite 102, across the road from Judson Middle School.
Secord, a Farmers Insurance agent who will be selling policies throughout Texas outside Gregg County, said the event will have a bounce house, ice cream and snow-cone truck, hamburgers and hot dogs, games and door prizes.