James & Reid Home + Antiquities, which sells a line of fine furnishings, including American and European antiques, has opened in a 3,000-square-foot showroom at 6912 Woodway Drive, according to a press release from proprietor Melissa Hoekstra, who founded the retailer in 2015.
In recent years, James & Reid created a following at the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top and now will operate permanently in Greater Waco.
“Melissa’s space at Marburger Farm is always a stunning mix of beautiful antiques and impeccable style. She has the unique ability to create warm and inviting spaces that are timeless, functional and personal,” said Ashley Ferguson, CEO of Marburger Farm Antique Show, in a prepared statement.
That same release said Hoekstra strives to promote home as a form of refuge, hospitality, inspiration and love.
“We sell beautiful pieces and help create extraordinary spaces to make homes the special place they ought to be,” Hoekstra said in the news release.
Her shop includes fine art, rare decorative objects, imported furnishings, men’s gift items, jewelry, candles, a Le Nouveaurose luxury spa collection and a line of gifts for pets, she said.
“I don’t put anything in my store that wouldn’t fit well within my own home,” Hoekstra said.
More information about the shop and products offered by Hoekstra, including custom furniture, is available at jamesandreid.com.
New chicken restaurants
Golden Chick, a Texas-based family of chicken restaurants known for their Golden Tenders and Golden Fried Chicken, will open a location at 524 N. Loop 340 in Bellmead.
The new restaurant operates next to the Dollar Tree across from La Vega High School, said owner John Hagan, who also operates the Golden Chick at 1524 Hewitt Drive.
These are two of the five Golden Chick spots planned for Greater Waco, Hagan said.
“I could not be happier to bring the people of Bellmead a restaurant they can proudly call their own,” he said. “The Golden Chick family is excited to meet new customers as we introduce the community to our classic menu items around for almost half a century.”
Bellmead’s new Golden Chick, which will employ 26 people, officially opens Monday, according to a news release.
In nearby Lacy Lakeview, meanwhile, a Church’s Chicken has opened in a new travel center on Interstate 35 operated by Road Ranger.
“Experienced operators like Road Ranger bring tremendous value to our brand,” said Bill Schreiber, vice president of worldwide business development at Church’s Chicken, in a news release. “Their innovative approach creates unique expansion opportunities and allows for smart, strategic growth.”
The opening of the Church’s in Lacy Lakeview is part of a 10-restaurant deal Illinois-based Road Ranger has struck with the chicken giant.
“We believe that quality dining and to-go food service is the cornerstone of a successful travel center customer experience,” Road Ranger CEO David Saporta said in the news release. “Church’s reputation for taste and consistency pairs perfectly with our commitment to deliver a superior dining experience.”
About 220,000 vehicles daily will pass the new Church’s, which will open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to the news release.
Founded in 1984, Road Ranger is a privately held retail petroleum company that operates truck stops and travel centers in six states throughout the Midwest and Texas.
Lakeshore Estates honored
Lakeshore Estates, a retirement community at 3209 Village Green Drive, was honored by caring.com as a 2017 “Caring Star” for its service to seniors.
Caring.com publishes a nationwide ranking of properties that provide service to older residents.
Lakeshore Estates was one of 34 communities operated by Holiday Retirement that received the Caring Star award, according to a news release.
The property captured an average of 4.5 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 in a survey sponsored by Caring.com and completed by at least 10 or more people who were considering senior living options, including assisted living and Alzheimer’s care, while also meeting other criteria for the honor.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Lakeshore Estates for earning this prestigious award and being recognized for its service excellence,” Holiday Retirement CEO Lilly Donohue said in the press release. “The Caring Star award clearly demonstrates the community’s commitment to high-quality service and care.”
The Caring.com website is sponsored by Bankrate, a company headquartered in New York City, and receives more than 3 million visits per month.
“Congratulations to Holiday Retirement for its 34 communities that achieved this service excellence award after earning many accolades from residents and their loved ones on Caring.com,” Caring.com CEO Karen Cassel said in the news release. “This important milestone speaks volumes about the positive difference Holiday Retirement is making in serving seniors.”
Jason’s Deli turns 40
Jason’s Deli, which operates a restaurant at Waco and Valley Mills drives, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a customer appreciation day Wednesday. Customers who buy one entree at regular price can buy a second entree for what it sold for in 1976.
Joe Tortorice founded the first Jason’s Deli in Beaumont’s Gateway Shopping Center in 1976, with the help of his family and guests, according to a company news release. He had grown up working in his dad’s Fruitland Grocery Store and J’s BBQ & Washateria in Beaumont, and his grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Sicily.
Jason’s Deli has created a 1976 menu of eight items that include eight “European-style” sandwiches served with chips or baked chips. Prices range from $1.35 for a cheese sandwich to $1.95 for a Reuben sandwich, according to the press release. Additionally, in honor of its 40-year partnership, Jason’s Deli and Coca-Cola are offering a 24-ounce Limited Edition Celebration Cup for $3.99 that is good for 99-cent refills on fountain drinks and tea through Wednesday.
Consumers also can take part in the Text to Win Daily Sweepstakes for a chance to win instant prizes, including a $5 Jason’s Deli gift card or limited-edition vintage anniversary T-shirt. Participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win the grand prize of a Coca-Cola Classic cooler.