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.

Jul

24

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 24, 2014

Betty Reasonover

Betty Reasonover


Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp ISD informed the newspaper of the passing of longtime educator Betty Reasonover. She died Monday.
Her family recently marked her 104th birthday, July 15. She was born in Kaufman County on that date in 1910.
Kemp administrative assistant Evelyn Carter stated that Reasonover had taught for the district for 34 years and that she spent most all her long life in Kemp.
A visitation with the family is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday (tomorrow) at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp, with a service to follow at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel.
She is to be buried at the Kemp Cemetery, directly afterward.

Jul

06

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 6, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell New library director Brandi Marett takes her place at the front desk Monday, her first day at the new job.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
New library director Brandi Marett takes her place at the front desk Monday, her first day at the new job.


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–On Claire Stout’s last day with the Tri-County Library, she introduced her replacement, Brandi Marett.
After 18 years, Stout retired and a farewell party was held in her honor Monday.
During much of the party, Marett worked the desk. “It’s my first day,” she said.
A Gun Barrel City resident for the past three years, she is no stranger to library work. Most recently she’s been a volunteer at the Corsicana Public Library. Before that she spent seven years as the assistant to the librarian at Navarro College, where she also taught a developmental class in reading and writing for entering college students.
Her and her husband, Hoffman, live in Wood Wilks Gardens, where they enjoy the company of several dogs and cats.
Marett is a graduate of Texas Christian University.
She looks forward to keeping and expanding the library’s current programs and retaining the library’s friendly small town feel.
“But I look forward to attracting more patrons, too. Growth and change are always good for any library,” she said.