A group from Dallas interested in Jubilee Food Market’s nonprofit approach to improving access to fresh food tours the store in May. Jubilee is starting its Oasis Loyalty Card program for people who live nearby.

The Jubilee Food Market at North 15th Street and Colcord Avenue, a nonprofit grocery store Mission Waco opened in a long-abandoned Safeway building, will start issuing Oasis Loyalty Cards to residents living near the store.

The cards will make good on a promise Mission Waco executive director Jimmy Dorrell made when the grocery store opened around Thanksgiving last year.

Residents living in an area bounded by North Fourth Street, North 26th Street, Lyle Avenue and Mary Avenue may qualify.

The card is free, and customers can register between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The first 500 households to meet guidelines for receiving the card also will get a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream.

Those using the card will have $5 added to its value each time they spend $25. They also will have $5 added on their first visit if they complete a short survey, according to information provided by Mission Waco.

Jubilee Food Market sells fresh meat and produce, canned goods, cookies, soft drinks and snack items seven days a week, closing at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. It tries to remain competitive on prices but lacks the buying power of large grocery chains, so it tries to entice customers with specials, according to management.

Bubba’s benefit for officers

Bubba’s 33, which specializes in pizza, burgers, salads and beer and operates a location at South Valley Mills Drive and Interstate 35, is promoting a statewide fundraiser for the families of five police officers and two civilians killed during an ambush in downtown Dallas last year, according to a Bubba’s 33 press release.

On Wednesday, 10 percent of all food sales at all six Bubba’s locations in Texas will go to the Assist the Officer Foundation, established for the relatives of those who lost their lives on July 7, 2016, according to the press release.

Chamber to Cincinnati

The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce is having another “InterCity Leadership Visit,” this one to Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sept. 20-22.

According to a chamber press release, the purpose of the visit is to expose local leaders “to innovative community and economic development ideas, programs, initiatives and best practices, which may be adopted and implemented in the Greater Waco area, and to engage in high-level networking among community leaders.”

The Waco chamber said Cincinnati is experiencing new projects, developments and convention wins “that collectively make this one of the most progressive, game-changing eras in the region’s history.”

Forbes magazine in 2016 named Cincinnati one of the top 20 best cities for young people and described it as a “hotbed” for entreprenurial growth. USA Today in 2017 ranked the city among the 100 best places to live, and Site Selection magazine placed it in the top 10 metro areas for new and expanding business, according to information provided by the chamber.

Registration deadline for the trip is Aug. 15, and those with questions should contact the chamber’s Linda Beasley at 757-5601.

An all-inclusive package that includes a three-night hotel stay, meals and conference materials costs $1,250, while a two-night all-inclusive package runs $1,050. Spouses get the full-service treatment for $640.

The chamber encourages participants to make airline reservations as quickly as possible to secure the best rate.

In recent years, local leaders have made trips to Chattanooga, Tennessee; Portland, Oregon; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Greenville, South Carolina; Branson, Missouri; Fort Worth; and Oklahoma City, among other locations.

Rick Vela Clothing

Rick Vela has left John Wiley & Sons Publishing, formerly Profiles International, to “resurrect” his custom tailoring business called Rick Vela Clothing, which he operates out of his home on Austin Avenue, according to a press release and emailed response to questions.

“I may be the only tailor in Central Texas providing true custom clothing made in Italy,” Vela wrote. “We take measurements, build patterns (blueprints/blue pencil) and use hot-water shrunk canvases for jackets, truly ‘old school.’

“As you know, most guys would rather have a root canal than buy clothing. I try to make it as painless as possible. My customer can make an appointment, have a drink/glass of wine. I can have lunch brought in at the noon hour, and the customer can select from hundreds of fabrics, linings, buttons and more. I can also bring in ‘ready-to-wear’ garments, which will land in Waco in seven to 10 days.”

He said ready-to-wear tailored suits open at $335 and top out at $1,050, while bench-made custom suits start at $795, with a four-to-six-week delivery, and reach $4,500, depending on cloth and amount of hand work.

Vela said he is scouting for a permanent location in downtown Waco.

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