Woolley G’s Bike and Fitness will move on to its next chapter this week.
The bike shop closed Saturday at its location on US 259 and will remain closed next week as it moves to its new home in downtown Longview. The store, which sells and services bicycles as well as bicycle accessories and nutritional products, plans to open March 7 at 306 E. Tyler St. Renovations to the Tyler Street building took several months.
The new location is 5,000 square feet compared to 3,000 square feet on US 259.
“We tried to keep the building as original as possible,” said Gary Ford, owner of Woolley G’s along with David Townsend and David Hernandez.
He said there wasn’t much left of the original building, but they removed the plaster to expose and then clean the brick walls. They also extended the building, which was damaged when a train derailed decades ago, to its original footprint. Concrete floors were polished and the ceiling was left open so exposed rafters were visible along with heating and air conditioning ducts, Ford said, similar to Silver Grizzly Espresso at the other end of Tyler Street.
The move fulfills a goal of Ford, which has been a longtime downtown supporter.
“My goal when we bought the business a few years ago was to move it there,” to downtown Longview and “capitalize on the amazing things” that are happening there.
It also moves the business to a more central location, Ford said.
“Being up north – it’s nice to be able to buy a bike and get on it and take a ride, but we felt like we weren’t serving the community, we were far out there,” Ford said. . The new downtown location will move Woolley G’s to a central location, closer to more people and closer to more people who use bicycles for transportation, he said.
When it opens in the city centre, the Woolley G’s will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and on Saturday hours will continue for the time being from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They may be adjusted in the future.
Opening of a leather shop in Kilgore
Kenya Ray makes bespoke leather goods at its new store in downtown Kilgore, East Texas Leather Co., at 116 S. Rusk St.
She has over 30 years of experience in the art field, a skill passed down to her from her grandfather and mother.
Ray said she previously ran a leather shop in Kilgore from 2004 to 2007 but it was difficult at the time as she had two young children. Now that they are older, she has decided to get back to work. She continues to work full-time in the Corrosion Technology program at Kilgore College, and the store is open 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.
It makes belts, wallets and other items to order. The store also features a boutique with handbags, clothing, jewelry, soaps, knives, and other items for men and women.
“It’s a dying art,” she said. “There aren’t many people doing it anymore.”
Apartment project for seniors canceled
The developer who is proposing to build 66 cottage-style apartments for the elderly on Gilmer Road said he had to halt the project.
Devin Baker, vice president of development for the Commonwealth Development Corp., whose office is in The Woodlands, had offered to build the apartments through a federal tax credit program that helps make such projects more affordable and allows the developer to charge lower rents to 55-year-olds. and more depending on their income.
Baker said last week that the decision to “terminate this agreement” was based on an assessment of this year’s tax credit application process. Only a certain amount is available in each region, and he said it looks like it will go to Tyler projects this year.
“We’ll be back at Longview and we’ll try to work out another deal in the future,” Baker said.
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