The Baked Bliss Bakery at 1114 N. 15th St. continues to receive rave reviews since it officially opened to the public about a week ago.

Owner Kim Cutler previously prepared baked items for a single retail customer and will continue to do so. But she has decided to sell her goodies to all who visit the shop between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays.

Her offerings include sausage and jalapeno kolaches, sausage and cheese kolaches, monkey bread, bacon cheddar scones, sweet potato coffee cake and blueberry muffins, just to name a few items on the menu.

Mission Waco and its executive director, Jimmy Dorrell, celebrated Baked Bliss’ public unveiling June 2 by hosting an early morning event on the establishment’s new deck and treating visitors to baked goods and coffee.

“It is our welcoming party to this outstanding bakery for bringing more economic development to North Waco,” Dorrell said in a press release.

Cutler said in an interview that public response to the opening of Baked Bliss has been heartening, and she appreciates Mission Waco’s gesture aimed at spreading the word about her presence in the neighborhood.

Crab Shack bankruptcy

For years, it seems, anytime there was speculation about the next restaurant that should open in Waco, readers of the Tribune-Herald would respond with hopes that Joe’s Crab Shack would come to town.

Alas, the chain never saw fit to choose Waco for expansion and may never get the chance. Its corporate parent, Ignite Restaurant Group, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a press release from the company.

Houston-based Ignite said it will auction off assets of Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap restaurants. Locations of both restaurants will remain open during the bankruptcy and sales process, according to the press release. Beyond that, however, there is no promise of the Crab Shack remaining in business.

Allergan scholarship

Allergan, which operates a manufacturing facility in Waco that produces eye- and skin-care products, announced that Denis Barbus, of Hewitt, has been awarded a 2017 National Merit Allergan Foundation Scholarship.

Barbus attends Midway High School and plans to attend Baylor University in the fall to study business and marketing, according to an Allergan press release. He was among 10 winners of Allergan scholarships nationwide.

The scholarships are available to children of Allergan employees in the United States and Puerto Rico and are administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which chooses winners on a competitive basis.

Alpha Omega coffee bar

Alpha Omega Grill & Bakery, 929 Franklin Ave., has opened a new coffee bar and announced new operating hours.

Owner Dorothy Lentis said in an email the new operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Mediterranean-style restaurant opened a year ago in a former transmission shop, with a coffee bar operated by McGregor-based Pinewood Roasters inside. The new coffee bar opened June 1 to fill the space Pinewood left at the end of last month.

Pinewood left with plans to open a new shop at 2223 Austin Ave. It has not publicly announced an opening date for the new location.

New Verizon store

Verizon Wireless has opened its third store in the Waco area, this one in a shopping center at South Valley Mills Drive and Bagby Avenue.

The store will operate with 10 employees, including three managers, and will hire more if traffic dictates, a company spokeswoman said.

Verizon also operates stores in Central Texas Marketplace and at 5301 Bosque Blvd.

Restoration 1 expansion

Waco-based Restoration 1 has announced it is expanding into Wisconsin and Michigan, making its services available in 28 states.

“Our record-setting growth now represents a coast-to-coast organization,” CEO Gary Findley wrote in a press release. “We are attracting the best of the best to our system among prospects who want to be their own boss and follow a proven business in a recession-resistant industry.”

Entrepreneur Magazine recently named the company one of the fastest-growing franchises in the country, according to the press release.

Restoration 1 was founded in 2008 and specializes in an array of emergency mitigation services for residential and commercial properties damaged by water, smoke, fire, mold and storms, according to the press release. It has grown to 120 locations across the U.S. and hopes to grow to more than 500 nationwide within the next four years.

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