Get Jamin’ with Jamberry Nails

Image: Check out Stephanie’s nails as she is showing us Jamberry’s new moisturizing cream.

Having been born and raised in Dallas, Stephanie Penner is now enjoying life in our small town of Italy. Having only been living in Italy for four years now she is still in awe of the quiet country life, the lesser traffic and the slower pace.

Things Beautiful, Milford’s new antique shop

Image: This shop is so inviting.

This little shop in Milford is so inviting. When you walk in the door you go back in time. There is soft, beautiful music from the big band era softly playing and antiques that catch your eye and take your breath away. It is properly named, Things Beautiful.

Helm’s Grocery and Snow Cones comes to Milford

Image: Come on in and get your groceries and snow cones!

We all know Keith and Margaret Helms from Helm’s Garage in Italy, Texas. Well they didn’t just stop there! They now have a new store called Helm’s Grocery and Snow Cones. And, it is located in Milford, Texas. There are no bounds to their entrepreneurship!

The Rancher’s Daughter-Western Boutique in Milford

Image: The Ranchers Daughter Boutique is now open in Milford

This past Saturday was the grand opening to Milford’s new western boutique, ‘The Rancher’s Daughter. Elizabeth and Lance Finch were the first two customers for the grand opening. They were amazed at all the wonderful merchandise inside and said, “This place is so cute. I hope this will bring in new businesses for Milford. We hope it does well and new businesses will follow.”

Tri-County Appliance calls Italy home

Image: Pete Hinojosa, Nancy Galloway and Breyanna Beets asssist customers with all their air conditioning needs.

When Nancy Galloway was working as a legal secretary and would talk to out of state clients, they would be amazed when she told them she was from Italy. Then they would chuckle when she told them Italy, Texas that is. Nancy is thankful and proud to have been raised here and when the opportunity arose for her to move back, she did with a willing heart.

A new place to call home

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When Christina Ward and her husband, Bryan, began to search for a new place to live, they had never heard of Italy. After looking in the northern part of Ellis County, their realtor told them she wanted to show them a house in Italy.

Community Transit Service available in Italy

Image: Lynn with CTS usually works in the office but was driving the bus today because they were short some drivers. Lynn hopes to serve lots of folks in Italy and surrounding towns.

Did you ever wish the trains still ran in Italy? You could just buy a ticket, put your car keys away and be transported to your doctors appointment or to a restaurant for a meal or go shopping and not have to drive. Well, the trains of course aren’t running here but there is a new service available for Italy, Milford and surrounding towns. It is the Community Transit Service out of Corsicana, Texas.

National Dome Tour October 15, 2011

Image: The 11th Annual National Dome Tour begins Saturday, October 15.  Everyone is invited to see residential Monolithic Domes, Bruco-the Italian Caterpillar, rentals, cabins and our office.  The tour begins 10am.

Have you ever had the desire to see what it is like inside a Monolithic Dome home? Well, now is your chance. Saturday, October 15 from 10am-4pm, Monolithic Constructors will have an Open House and you are invited.

Local Haunted House Ready To Scare

Image: This familiar sign is the inviting signature of the Necroplex, opening Saturday, September 24th.

Halloween is just around the corner! That means it’s time for ghosts and goblins to come out of the wood-works. That’s right, boys and ghouls, it is the hour for the Necroplex to open it’s creaky doors for the fourth year in a row and you are welcome to walk (or run) through…if you dare!

Magic Mirror is the place to go

Image: Heather Cole and Customer — Heather is at Magic Mirror doing what she does best…hair! This young man is getting his hair cut by Heather and she is keeping him up with the times.

The Magic Mirror in Italy, Texas is the place to go if you want the newest trends in hair styles and that “down home country feeling” when you walk in the door. Just tell Heather what you want and she will create a master piece!

Two entrepreneuers get patent

Image: Alice Compton & Patty Hernandez — Alice and Patty are thrilled with the popularity their “Patty’s Perfect Pocket” is getting.

These two home grown girls Patty Hernandez from Avalon and Alice Compton from Italy prove that you don’t have to be from a big city to come up with a big idea. With a little bit of creativity, a good idea and a little bit of spunk you can make your dream a reality.

Send the children, we’re ready

Image: Welcome everyone — The childcare center will take ages newborn to 13 years of age.

The definition of happy is lighthearted, cheerful and sunny. What a wonderful way to describe the new daycare in town. Happy Heart Child Care, located at 521 E. Hwy 34 (the old daycare), has new owners and a new look. “This place didn’t have just a facelift, it had a body lift,” Cherie said.

New Pharmacy in Town

Image: Martin Dennis — Martin Dennis is the pharmacist for the new pharmacy located in the lobby of Dr. John Arkusinski’s office.

Italy now has a pharmacy and it is located in the lobby at Dr. John Arkusinski’s office. The owner, Martin Dennis, has been a pharmacist since 1992. He now owns three pharmacies and this one in Italy is his third one. The other two are in North Dallas, (one in Plano and one in Lewisville.)

Starship Pegasus brought back to life

Image: Andrew and Andy — Andrew Voyer (manager) and Andy Gee are getting ready to fly at it again by opening up Starship Pegasus as a flea-market/farmers market.

Andy Gee (owner of Starship Pegasus) has not given up on his dream of utilizing his Starship Pegasus dome. He is now opening it up under the name S.P.A.C.E. (Starship Pegasus Associates Community Enterprises) a flea-market/farmers market.

Game On Athletics celebrates grand opening

Image: The decorations — Maddy and Shelly hang balloons in front of Game On Athletics to help signal the store’s grand opening.

Game On Athletics, owned and operated by Erick & Shelly Thompson, celebrated their Grand Opening on Saturday in downtown Italy. There were hotdogs, beverages and candy for the kids as excited patrons stopped in to admire the selection of shirts and caps.

Burk’s Kinder College open house

Image: The “Ball Room” — Maegen Fullen, her children Addison, Emerson and Alexia, were already having fun in the “ball room” as Patrica Burk (owner) watches their fun.

Saturday, October 31st Burk’s Kinder College held their open house leading up to their opening on November 2nd. There were teachers and owner Patricia Burk present to help you take a walk through their beautiful pre-school/day care and give you an enrollment packet.

New Christian Day Care to open soon in Italy

Image: Patricia Burke and Daughter — Patricia Burke and her daughter Drenda. Patricia is the owner of Kinder College.

Patricia Burke had been a director for the daycare center at the Avenue Church in Waxahachie for six years. Her love for Christ, children and the desire to be closer to her home in Milford inspired her to open up a Christian daycare center in Italy. It is called Burke’s Kinder College.

Hobbs Feed Awards Scholarship

Image: Roy and Hobbs — Roy Glaspy, recent graduate of Italy High School, stands with his mom, Lisa Poarch and Joyce and James Hobbs of Hobbs Feed Store.  Roy is the first recipient of a scholarship from the newest business in town.

On Saturday morning, the birds were singing, the sun was shining and all was right with the world. That’s how some people felt. That was the day Roy Glaspy was awarded the first scholarship given by Hobbs Feed on Hwy 77 and 34, next to Mansell’s. The newest business in town, owners Joyce and James Hobbs want to be a part of this community.

Richard’s family enters 6th year selling Fireworks

Image: The Richards’ stand — The Richards’ stand is open and ready to help everyone celebrate the 4th of July.

Tina & Allen Richards, with a little help from their family, will be selling fireworks for their 6th consecutive year. From giant jumbo assortment packs for the serious fireworks enthusiast to smaller kid assortment packs for the youngsters, the Richards’ firework stand is the place to go this 4th of July!

A Dream Come True

Image: Jessica in her Studio — Jessica Clark loves what she does – taking pictures.

Jessica Clark received her first camera when she was twelve years old. This sparked a life long dream of being a photographer and owning her own studio. “Being a photographer is all I ever wanted to be.”

Somewhere in Time

Image: Somewhere In Time — Somewhere in Time Victorian Antiques is located downtown Milford.

Carlene Hunt Perryman loves to collect antiques, so much so, that her husband told her if she purchased one more thing for the house she would have to take something out. That sparked the idea of owning her own antique shop.

Abbott Metal Craft

Image: John Abbott — John Abbot is the owner of Abbot Metal Craft, located in Forreston, Texas.

John Abbott is the owner of Abbott Metal Craft located in Forreston, Texas. He began his business in Erie, Michigan in 1978. Abbott’s business consists of making metal products in his welding and machine shop. In 1980 due to the bad economy he closed his business and reopened it in 2006 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In January of 2009 Abbott moved his business to Forreston.

Hobbs Feed & Grain Host Grand Opening

Image: Hobbs Feed & Grain Grand Opening — Many people from our community gathered with the new owners to celebrate their grand opening.

There was a full house on hand at Hobbs Feed & Grain on Saturday due to the grand opening. The newest owners were happy to meet the citizens of Italy during the festivities. Many from the community came to participate in the event. So many, there was hardly any parking available.

A Truffle or a “Cake Bite”?

Image: Stacey Tolliver — Stacey Tolliver showing off her famous “Cake Bites”.

The talent for cooking must run in the Mitchell Family. Doris Mitchell owns Uptown Cafe downtown Italy, her granddaughter Amber Hudson has her own catering business, Lady Ella Catering and now Ricky Whitney’s (Doris’s grandson) sister in law Stacey Tolliver makes her own creation, “Cake Bites.”

Christmas Dinner at the Uptown Cafe

Image: Special Christmas Tree at the Uptown Cafe

Doris Mitchell, owner of the Uptown Cafe in downtown Italy, loves her customers. Visitors that dine at the Uptown can see that the relationship between Mitchell and her customers is special. For that reason, she opened the cafe on Christmas Day to share food and fellowship with anyone that wanted to come.

Mamma’s Place

Image: Juana Martinez — Juana is right at home in front of the cash register at her family owned business, MaMa’s Place.

Who would have ever thought that I would open a restaurant? This was Juana Martinez’s (owner of Mamma’s Place) thoughts when her Pastor suggested she open a Mexican restaurant. “I had never even worked in a restaurant before,” stated Juana.

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