Aug

03

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 3, 2014

Courtesy Photo Scoots ’n Scoops Ice Cream shop and Vintage Motorcycle Museum is located at 1560 FM 279, Suite A in Ben Wheeler and may be reached at (903) 603-3118.

Courtesy Photo
Scoots ’n Scoops Ice Cream shop and Vintage Motorcycle Museum is located at 1560 FM 279, Suite A in Ben Wheeler and may be reached at (903) 603-3118.

Enjoy sundaes and shakes, and a vintage motorcycle museum

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
BEN WHEELER–Ben Wheeler’s only ice cream shop and vintage motorcycle museum, Scoots ’n Scoops, is bringing cool new ideas to the area.
“We will be carrying new products and hosting fundraisers for the Ben Wheeler Historical & Arts Foundation and other worthy causes such as the Children’s Library,” Scoots ’n Scoops owner Lynn Dugger said.
Scoots ’n Scoops is holding a bike wash fundraiser for the Children’s Library from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
Entrance fee is $15 per vehicle and the event will feature hot dogs and live music by Billy Bob’s house band Midnight Thunder.
“We want to raise as much money as possible since we are unincorporated and depend solely on donations to keep the doors open for the young ones,” Dugger said.
Bikes will be washed courtesy of the BnR Pit Grill girls of Mabank.
Scoots ’n Scoops carries 10 flavors of ice cream but will introducing at least one new flavor a week.
“The shop’s most popular ice cream flavors include butter pecan, southern blackberry cobbler and homemade vanilla,” Dugger said.
And don’t forget the toppings. Patrons may choose from pineapple, milk and dark chocolate syrups, hot fudge, caramel, marshmallow, walnuts, almonds, whipped cream and of course, cherries on the top.
With the Scoots ’n Scoops Frequent Flyer Punch Card, the more you eat the more you save. Just purchase 10 scoops and the next scoop is free.
“We will also be offering foods geared to the cooler climate,” Dugger said.
So in the wintertime when you feel like having a hot meal while sitting on the couch watching your favorite movie, drop by Scoots ’n Scoops first for homemade dishes like chicken and dumplings, chili, gourmet coffees and gourmet flavored hot chocolates.
And for dessert, don’t forget the delicious cupcakes, banana pudding, sundaes, banana splits, fresh squeezed lemonade, and rich and creamy shakes.
Scoots ’n Scoops also features a one-of-a-kind vintage motorcycle collection begun by Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association Hall of Famer Brooks Gremmels.
In the museum, patrons may purchase motorcycle and town-related T-shirts, leather bags by Adiya Creations owner Tammy Pruitt of Marshall and wooden carvings by DJ Chainsaw Carvings of Frankston.
Dugger and her husband, Kerry, were in partnership discussions with former owner Brooks Gremmels when he died in January.
“We signed the lease in May and will carry out the plans we made with him for growing Scoots ’n Scoops,” Dugger said.
Scoots ’n Scoops is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
They are located at 1560 FM 279, Suite A in Ben Wheeler and may be reached at (903) 603-3118.

Jul

31

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 31, 2014

Erik Rhodes

Erik Rhodes


Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A Eustace High School student died as a result of a swimming outing in Cedar Creek Lake July 24. His funeral was held Sunday at Moorhead Epps Chapel in Gun Barrel City. He was buried at the Moorhead Melton Cemetery in Eustace.
According to a report from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Erik Michael Rhodes, 15, was swimming with friends at the Timber Bay addition in the Payne Springs area. He jumped from the second story of a boat dock and ingested some water. He was unresponsive when he came up from the water.
A call was made shortly after 5 p.m. to summon help. A medical emergency crew and Payne Springs Fire Rescue responded. Rhodes was taken to the East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City and then to ETMC-Tyler, where he died. A vigil was held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Eustace High School parking lot.
He is survived by his parents, Michael Rhodes, and Carolyn Rodgers and step-father Bryan, sister Amanda Rhodes, grandparents Robert and Tresa Rhodes, great grandparents Marie and Buddy Moore, and Donald Dollar.

Jul

31

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 31, 2014

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler Lakehouse Outfitters owner Cindy Jones Batten stands by one of the many old boats for purchase at the store in Log Cabin.

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
Lakehouse Outfitters owner Cindy Jones Batten stands by one of the many old boats for purchase at the store in Log Cabin.


By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
LOG CABIN–Lakehouse Outfitters in Log Cabin is offering a new shopping niche for Cedar Creek Lake area residents wanting to accessorize their lake homes.
“We specialize in home decor, gifts, lake wear, furniture and vintage finds for our customers who love lake life,” Lakehouse Outfitters owner Cindy Jones Batten said.
Batten, along with her husband and daughter, began selling lake-related products from a tent on the First Monday grounds in Canton in 2008.
Since that time, they have moved locations four times and now open each month during First Monday from their permanent location on Row 46 in the former Paul Michael’s building.
“We bought the old Twin Oaks Beverage building in Log Cabin as a distribution facility to support our online business which was previously housed in our garage,” Batten said.
“Our eCommerce continues to grow making it necessary to find a dedicated commercial space to conduct this side of the business,” she added.
In addition to online fulfillment, the Log Cabin building has fun retail space which is open by chance or by appointment.
Planning to be open in conjunction with First Monday each month (Thursday-Saturday) and also by appointment for individuals or groups, Lakehouse Outfitters offers private shopping events, free of charge, to ladies clubs, civic groups, neighborhood associations or something as simple as a girls night out or birthday celebrations.
“When it comes to decorating the lake house, most people want something much different than their house in town,” Batten said.
“We call it ‘Lake-orating’ and the Log Cabin retail location is referred to as the ‘Boatique,’ a play on words to support the editing of our inventory selection when making decisions on what products to carry.
Some unique ideas include using a boat as a cold ice bar, lamp, lighting fixture or bookshelf.
Other “props” may be repurposed for a propeller lamp stand or a motor cover lighting fixture.
“Our shop speaks to the hearts of lake lovers,” Batten said.
Customers tell her shopping here brings back so many wonderful memories. “And that’s what it’s all about,” Batten said.
Lakehouse Outfitters ships purchased merchandise out-of-state and top ranking online visits come from Chicago, New York City, Indiana, Houston and Atlanta.
Lakehouse Outfitters is located at 5300 SH 198 in Log Cabin and is open by chance, on First Monday weekend or by appointment.
To shop online, go to www.lakehouseoutfitters.com.
For more information, call (903) 489-9111 or (214) 766-8868.