Mark Gibson is retiring as owner of Earl’s Men Shop at 116 E. Main St. in downtown Henderson and closing a business his late father, Earl Gibson, started 50 years ago.
Gibson said he chose this time to retire because “the winter months are more appropriate for going out of business.” He added he might seek a part-time job.
Earl’s is conducting a liquidation sale and will close in three or four weeks.
Gibson said he started working at the store when he came home from college and decided to stay in the business because he and his wife, Nancy, have strong family ties to Henderson.
He took over the business after his father sold it to him in 1985. Earl’s moved to its current location from 102 E. Main St. 32 years ago.
Gibson said he has seen styles change over the years, from leisure suits to double-breasted suits, three-button suits and pants that are pleated.
Earl’s stayed in business amid competition from major retailers because it kept a “a level of quality merchandise at a low price,” Gibson said. “We do alterations for free. We do gift wraps for free.”
Earl’s Men Shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Expanding to Tyler
Vanish Laser Aesthetics, a tattoo-removal business that opened last December in Suite 127 of the Austin Bank building at 1911 W. Loop 281, is expanding to Tyler.
The Tyler shop is opening Monday at 1405 S. Fleishel Ave., Suite 330, said Sam Roach, who owns the business with his wife, Kim.
Roach said he and his wife decided to open a second location because the business is growing.
“We are trying to make these services convenient for all East Texans,” Roach said.
He said the Longview business draws customers from as far away as Shreveport/Bossier City, Texarkana and southern Oklahoma. He said he expects the Tyler site to draw customers from Lufkin and Nacogdoches to the south, from as far north as Sulphur Springs and west to Canton.
Vanish Laser Aesthetics works with military recruiters in Longview, Tyler and Texarkana to offer substantial discounts to aspiring armed service members who find out they need to remove tattoos as a condition of enlistment.
Roach said some customers approached the business because they want to have tattoos removed because they have ended relationships or are seeking jobs.
“Tattoos are basically a hindrance to employment these days,” he said.
The Tyler office will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and by appointment only. For more information, visit vanishla.com .
Henderson antiques market
Vendors Kathy and Jeff Campbell have purchased Sweet Pickin’s Antique Market at 113 S. Main St., Henderson, from Kay Lewis and renamed it Better Half Antique Market.
“They were going to close, so we asked if we could purchase it,” Kathy Campbell said. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
She said Better Half has about 40 booth spaces with vendors selling products that include antique furniture, candles, paints, jewelry and gift items.
Better Half Antique Market is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
Contessa Inn rebranded
The former Contessa Inn at 717 Texas 31 has been upgraded to a Studio 6, a brand of Motel 6. The motel has fully equipped kitchens.
Efforts to reach the management in person and over the phone were unsuccessful.
Gregg County Appraisal District records show the property is owned by Diya Lodging LLC.