Monday, April 25, 2011

Downtown Property Showcase

Photo: Before and after pictures of 110 S. Pecan, which is now a successful retail business "Heart of Texas."

The City of Nacogdoches Main Street Program and the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation are excited to announce the lineup for the Downtown Property Showcase coming up this Tuesday, April 26 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

We have several properties that are available for lease today, and they will be open for folks to tour. We also have two successful downtown business owners who will be on hand in their beautifully restored buildings to answer any questions concerning the benefits of owning property and a small business downtown. Here is the lineup:

Tour Available Properties: 113 E. Main- Jo Carlson & Bob Gruebel, Owner

123 E. Main- Jo Carlson & Bob Gruebel, Owner

300 E. Main- Jerry Alexander, Leasing Agent

106 Church- John Sloane, Owner

Talk to Successful Downtowners: 110 S. Pecan- Gerry Larabee, Heart of Texas

323 E. Main- Teresa & David Darby, Glass Castles

Currently there are no properties for sale along the red brick streets; however the City of Nacogdoches Main Street Program encourages interested parties to visit with their staff about the possibility of someday owning property in the historic district. Approximately seven vacant buildings sit uninhabitable downtown, totaling more than 80,000 square feet. “The task force has been looking closely at those numbers, and coming up with creative ways to combat them is their number one goal,” said Main Street Manager Sarah O’Brien. “It is frustrating to consistently receive calls from people all over the state interested in purchasing property downtown, and have nothing to offer them, yet we still have a huge vacant building problem downtown.”

The Downtown Property Showcase begins at the Visitor’s Center, 200 E. Main Street. Spec sheets, maps, and historic district benefit sheets will be available for everyone to begin their tour. Attendees can start the tour on their own, or be guided by a staff person. Representatives from the Small Business Development Center, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, and city staffers who can answer historic preservation and building code questions will be on site to lend their expertise to everyone in attendance.

The City of Nacogdoches’ Main Street Program aims to make Historic Downtown Nacogdoches a year round destination where visitors and locals experience the heart of our community rich with history, commerce, entertainment, cultural, and educational opportunities by utilizing public and private partnerships to preserve and promote historic downtown Nacogdoches through economic, historic, and cultural revitalization. “Ensuring that our historic structures are put into productive use through appropriate preservation methods is one of our top goals,” said O’Brien “Our residents, visitors and especially our downtowners deserve to have a downtown where vacancies are few and far between.” The Downtown property showcase is just one step in the process to realize our vision and mission.

If you or anyone you know have any questions about the upcoming “Downtown Property Showcase” please contact the City of Nacogdoches Main Street Office at 936-559-2573 or

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

East Texas Online Auction update

The East Texas Auction has so many great items! A few notable packages are called Beautifully Fit, Keep Texas Beautiful and Pampered Pet.

Beautifully Fit includes a light chemical peel and microdermabrasion from Aesthetic Concepts - Caroline Hurst and a 1-month membership at Curves. Bid on this item to start looking and feeling great!

Keep Texas Beautiful includes items donated by Austin Bank and Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful (KNB). There is something for everyone in this package! Items from KNB include a beautiful, collectible "Keep Texas Beautiful" ornament, a bag, cap, trash pick up tongs and poster framed by Coats Gallery. Items from Austin Bank include 3 caps, a mousepad, mini bank bag, clips and pads of paper.

Show your dog you love them with the Pampered Pet package! Items include a pet bowl from Brookshire Brothers, haircut by Fur Masters and bath and nails by North Street Vet. Their tail won't stop wagging!