Sisters Summer and Winter Whittenberg and their aunt, Janet Beall, have opened The Tackle Box, a new seafood restaurant at 2700 U.S. 259 N. in Kilgore.

The trio, which has a combined 25 years of experience in the restaurant field, have lived and worked in Henderson, but Winter Whittenberg recently moved to Kilgore, her sister said.

“We thought it would be a great thing for the community and our families,” Summer Whittenberg said. She added they chose the former home of Cancun Dave’s because they like the location.

Whittenberg said The Tackle Box serves a variety of menu items, including all-you-can-eat fish fillets, whole fish, Cajun lasagna, snow crabs and stuffed crabs, along with alligator and waffles.

The alligator and waffles entree is a takeoff on chicken and waffles, she said.

“We have a wide variety of seafood and Southern home cooking,” Whittenberg said.

Whittenberg said The Tackle Box has seating for 216 patrons.

The Tackle Box is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Once Upon A Child

Kimberly and Jason Boyles have moved to Longview from Houston to open a Once Upon A Child clothing store franchise at 103 W. Loop 281, Suite 203, in the Longview Marketplace shopping center.

Kimberly Boyles said she worked for three years at a Once Upon A Child store in Houston.

“I loved it, and I wanted to open my own,” she said. “We came to Longview because there was a spot open.” Tyler is the closest other location for the Minneapolis-based franchise.

Boyles said the store buys and sells gently used clothing for ages newborns to early adulthood along with shoes, toys and equipment such as strollers.

“It’s 95 percent used (merchandise), and we buy that from our customers,” Boyles said. “We evaluate it and we pay cash on the spot.”

Boyles said that for now, Once Upon A Child is open only to sellers and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. She said she expects the store to open to buying customers in the beginning of August.

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Event planning business

Courtney Danielle Russell of Longview has launched home-based Royal Court Event Planning because she is “passionate about decorating” and wants to plan weddings, birthday parties and baby showers.

Russell said she chose the title because she likes “more of a glamorous” types of events. She said she previously worked in eight years in office management for a grocery company and recently started working at an insurance company.

She said she planned a wedding in May and is focused on building her business in Gregg and Harrison counties.

“For now, I am just trying to get experience and develop a brand,” Russell said.

Russell accepts business by appointments. For more information, visit Royal Court Event Planning on Facebook.

Swanner’s grand reopening

Paul Johnson said he grew up on Swanner’s Hamburgers in Gilmer, and bought the business from Brent Swanner this past August.

Johnson is making plans for a grand reopening set for July 26 at Swanner’s, 620 W. Tyler St.

The grand reopening will feature a ribbon cutting by the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce at 10:30 a.m., followed by a chamber lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., chamber President Shayne Wilson posted on his Facebook page.

The event also will offer chances to win door prizes until Swanner’s closes at 3 p.m., Johnson said.

Swanner’s is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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