Rumors abound that Bass Pro Shops will open a location in Waco.

But don’t hold your breath.

The location mentioned most often is vacant land on both sides of West Loop 340 at Interstate 35, across the interstate from the new Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. John and Jeff Bowden own nearly 1,000 acres there.

Realtor Bland Cromwell, who is marketing the land, said a rumor started a couple of years ago that a developer had his eye on the land and would anchor a retail strip there with a Bass Pro Shops.

“We were never contacted by anyone directly,” said Cromwell, who wonders if the rumor may have resurfaced.

Cen-Tex job fair

The Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting a job festival Wednesday at its headquarters, 915 LaSalle Ave.

Thirty-four employers and five agencies will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions from job-seekers.

Camille’s Cafe no more

Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe has closed in Central Texas Marketplace.

Serving sandwiches, wraps, salads, smoothies and coffees, Camille’s once had a loyal following. But now the store signs and furniture are gone, and a leasing agency lists the space as available.

The property is owned by Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, and spokesman Matt Tramel said the two sides could not reach an agreement on lease terms.

Selena’s Table closes

A promising restaurant called Selena’s Table has closed after only three months at Ridgewood Village, Cobbs and Valley Mills drives.

It offered an eclectic mix of dishes from the Americas, the Mediterranean and elsewhere.

“Waco is hard on restaurants,” said Realtor Jason Attas, commenting on Selena’s short stay.

Attas works Ridgewood Village among other properties.

Skate World adds laser tag

Skate World on Towne Oaks Drive has remodeled to create a 2,000-square-foot laser tag arena that will be unveiled next weekend, owner Charlie Lucas says.

“I wanted to provide something Waco didn’t have because, with the economy the way it is, people are not traveling to Austin or Dallas as much as they used to,” Lucas added.

He said he slightly reduced the size of the skating area to accommodate laser tag, but skating will remain Skate World’s staple. Laser tag simply will give youngsters another option.

Lucas said if laser tag goes over well at Skate World, he may use the extra revenue to create laser-tag space at his Skate Country location across town on North Loop 340.

Free IHOP breakfasts

Pancake lovers, listen up.

IHOP restaurants nationwide on Feb. 23 will serve free pancakes between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.. In return, it is asking guests to make donations to the Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities.

IHOP hopes to raise $1.75 million in donations. Waco’s two IHOPs, at South Fourth Street and I-35 and at New Road and I-35, will participate. Miss America Caressa Cameron is helping to publicize the event.

Free dental day

Free dental services will be offered all day Feb. 27 at Central Texas Dental Care, 506 N. Hewitt Drive.

Dentists Dale Williams, Monte Cooper and Michael Cooney, along with their volunteers, will work from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone 18 years old or older can have a tooth pulled or filled, or have their teeth cleaned.

The crew will treat the first 100 patients, or however many it can handle during those hours.

Central Texas Dental Care is taking part in this program in conjunction with “Dentistry From The Heart,” a nonprofit organization that offers free dental work to people who need it.


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