Bankston’s Comics & Sports Cards, 1321 S. Valley Mills Drive, is one of thousands of shops celebrating Free Comic Book Day on May 6, and it will be giving away free comics.
Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. at Bankston’s, which is celebrating its 16th year of participation in the promotion. Bankston’s will have inflatables, music from DeeJay Versatile, cosplayers and the Central Texas Artists Collective on hand to provide entertainment.
“Comics are a fun and enduring form of entertainment for readers of all ages,” according to a Bankston’s press release. “Our staff is excited and ready to help our customers find a book that is right for them.”
Dos Mundos Spud Shack
A food truck operating for a little more than a month called Dos Mundos Spud Shack is parked daily at 2024 W. Waco Drive, where it starts serving lunch at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, stopping only when the spuds are all gone.
Dos Mundos is receiving rave reviews on Facebook and in email messages sent to the Tribune-Herald. I have not yet tried the spuds, but judging by the photos on Facebook, they look delicious.
One of its more popular items is the “Big Papi,” which features barbecue ribs. A post on Facebook says due to demand, the truck will start selling the ribs separately if desired.
Stanton Optical opens
Stanton Optical has opened at Lake Air Drive and Waco Drive, where construction seemed to last forever and generated many phone calls and emails about what was going in there.
Phillip Roscher serves as general manager of the clinic, which has 15 employees, including a full-time optometrist.
“We currently have 30 stores and anticipate opening three per month nationwide for the foreseeable future,” Roscher said in an email. “Stanton is expanding everywhere, but they love to start in smaller markets. Another example is that we opened College Station last week. We will also open stores later this year in Longview and Amarillo. There are two more sites being confirmed in Texas that I cannot validate at this time.”
The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
“We take appointments as well as walk-ins,” Roscher said.
Chamber golf tournament
The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce is accepting registrations for its annual Allen Samuels Chamber Classic golf tournament May 5 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.
According to a chamber press release, the tournament follows a four-person Florida scramble format. Players may form their own teams with no handicap restrictions, and single players will be assigned to a team.
The two shotgun-start rounds start at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The chamber bills the tournament as a great place to network and enjoy lunch at a pavilion sponsored by Extraco Banks.
Registration is $150 per person, $600 for teams, and participants are asked to register at wacochamber.com.
The chamber is seeking hole sponsorships ranging in value from $25 to $50. Sponsors will receive recognition when the hole prize is won, chamber spokeswoman Amanda Haygood said.
First National giveaway
The First National Bank of Central Texas continued its “Cash Mob” promotion Saturday, when employees gave out 50 vouchers for free large pizzas at Marco’s Pizza in Woodway.
The bank chose Marco’s Pizza because its owner, Bob Mock, has demonstrated his commitment to Greater Waco, bank Vice President Dan Ingham said.
“When we started our Cash Mobs last year, our goal was to showcase locally owned businesses that give back to our community,” Ingham said. “Bob’s business does that, so we were excited to get the word out about what they are doing.”
The Cash Mob on Saturday was the fourth the bank has sponsored. It previously held promotions at the Downtown Waco Farmers Market, Simply Delicious Bakery and Jubilee Food Market.
Dwyer Group buys brand
The Waco-based Dwyer Group has added another company to its growing list of franchising brands around the world.
It has acquired United Kingdom-based home cleaners Bright & Beautiful.
“The deal marks the ninth acquisition for Dwyer Group in the last few years and grows the organization to $1.5 billion in systemwide sales,” according to a press release announcing the sale. “Dwyer Group will now have 15 franchise brands with more than 2,800 franchisees across service brands and a record of more than 600 employees throughout North America, U.K. and Germany.
“Bright & Beautiful offers residential cleaning services, providing eco-friendly cleaning, laundry and tidying assistance.”
Rachel Ray founded the business, which has grown in 10 years to more than 50 franchisees and 700 employees, the press release states.
Airport manager award
McGregor Executive Airport Manager Rob Blanchard has won the Texas Department of Transportation’s 2017 General Aviation Manager of the Year Award, according to a TxDOT press release.
“Rob Blanchard had led the McGregor Executive Airport to accomplishing its goal of remaining relevant, vibrant and useful for the small-aircraft travel community,” the press release states.