Legacy Ag Credit is outgrowing the one-person office at 2002 Judson Road it opened in 2013 and planning a building of its own at 3538 Fourth St.
“We are moving to better serve our customers and increase our visibility,” said Marketing Manager Amy Rayzor, who is based at corporate headquarters in Sulphur Springs.
She said the new digs would be “significantly bigger” and house from two to three employees.
Legacy Ag Credit hired Tyler-based Tycon Construction Group, which applied April 5 to Longview Development Services Department for a new commercial construction permit to build the 2,956-square-foot office. The building has a construction value of $450,000, according to city data.
Construction is expected to start within 45 days with completion due by the end of the year, Rayzor said.
She said Legacy Ag Credit provides loans for land, livestock, equipment and large recreational properties. It operates on a cooperative basis and is owned by more than 1,000 of its stockholders/customers while being governed by a seven-member board of directors, according to its marketing materials.
It serves Gregg, Harrison, Upshur, Franklin, Hopkins, Kaufman, Marion, Rains, Van Zandt and Wood counties, and also maintains offices in Gilmer, Canton and Kaufman.
Smoke Center expands
Smoke Center, which opened five years ago at 1016 W. Loop 281, is expanding with plans to open its second store by the first week in May at 1917 Judson Road.
Owner Imran Batliwala is opening the second site because he is expanding and found a good location, said Sohail Kazi, who will manage the new store.
Kazi said the new store, in a 2,000-square-foot building, will sell kraton herbal leaves, handbags, ash trays, mobile phone chargers, jute bags, soft drinks, sunglasses, novelty signs, greeting cards, incense and other merchandise in addition to e-cigarettes, e-juice and hookah pipes.
Business hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Print, floral shop
Russell McDaniel opened Print Monkey and Pink Petal Florist under the same roof March 11 at 212 E. Main St. in downtown Kilgore.
McDaniel said he bought the building that that had housed Main Street Flowers and Gifts, which provided Fedex, UPS and neighborhood post office services in addition to selling flowers.
“We wanted to bring some new things to Kilgore that Kilgore really needs,” McDaniel said. “Kilgore needs a good sign shop. They need a good embroidery, screen-printing place.”
Print Monkey does signs, banners, screen printing, embroidery, trophies and engraving services. Pink Petal Florist is a full floral shop.
“We do (floral) arrangements, plants, gifts,” McDaniel said. “We also do deliveries. We do weddings and funerals.”
McDaniel said customers also may buy stamps and envelopes.
McDaniel, who worked in the printing business in Longview for two decades, said he looks forward to bringing his past experience to his new Kilgore shop and serving the community “with the same experience and friendly service.”
Print Monkey and Pink Petal Florist are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. However, McDaniel said the businesses will stay open until 5:30 p.m. weekdays beginning in May and have Saturday hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Five join Sola Salon
Cile Stokes, president of Sola Salon Studios Longview at 110 Triple Creek Drive, Suite 40, said five businesses have set up shop.
■ HK Hair in Studio 9 owned by Kayce Smelley, a hair stylist who specializes in haircuts, color, extensions and facial waxing;
■ Rachel Grubbs in Studio 25, offering haircuts, color, extensions, facial waxing and hair smoothing treatments;
■ Jahne Cato in Studio 23 specializing in natural hair, haircuts and hair extensions;
■ The Beauty Bar By Victoria in Studio 17, offering all hair services, hair extensions, facial waxing and eyelash extensions;
■ Julie Malone in Studio 21, a Master Redken-certified colorist who specializes in many hair services, including designs for special occasions.