Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: WACO—Consumers who plan to buy eco-friendly bamboo apparel are attracted if the price is right, but their next consideration is the novelty of the product, according to a new study by Baylor University researchers.
Texas Business reports: Retail sales improved notably in July, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index jumped back into positive territory to 12.6, its highest reading since January. Inventories increased.
Texas Business reports: Perceptions of broader economic conditions continued to reflect optimism in June. The general business activity index rose slightly from 1.3 to 4.8. The company outlook index dipped from 6.2 to 4.3, with 18 percent of respondents noting an improved company outlook over the prior month, compared with 14 percent reporting their outlook had worsened.
Texas Business reports: Retail sales improved notably in May, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index climbed back into positive territory, gaining 16 points to reach 11.6. Inventories were largely unchanged.
AUSTIN — East Austin is changing, but Isaias Hernandez isn’t complaining. The native of Guadalajara, Mexico, found a successful career selling piñatas in the traditionally Hispanic neighborhood. But as East Austin has become a hot venue for affluent young residents and trendy businesses that have displaced many Hispanics, Hernandez’ shop is benefiting from the boom.
Texas Business reports: Retail sales posted their seventh consecutive month of growth in February, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index was positive but edged down from 14.8 to 12.4, suggesting growth slowed slightly. Inventories rose.
Texas Business reports: DFW AIRPORT—The DFW International Airport (DFW) Board of Directors approved seven recommendations for concessions packages, culminating the latest competitive process for the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Terminals B and E Part II.
Texas Business reports: EL PASO—Helen of Troy Limited, designer, developer and marketer of brand-name household, personal care and healthcare/home environment consumer products, plans to build a 1.3 million-square-foot distribution center in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Congress Clothing provides comfortable clothes and donates to charities at the same time. The store at 1218 Speight Avenue in Waco offers graphic tees of their own designs in addition to items from some popular brands. They donate a portion of their income to a different charity every two months.
Texas Business reports: Retail sales increased at a significantly slower pace in October, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. The sales index fell from 22.3 to 11.3. Inventories rose.
Texas Business reports: The trimmed mean PCE inflation rate for September was an annualized 1.9 percent. According to the BEA, the overall PCE inflation rate for September was 4.7 percent, annualized, while the inflation rate for PCE excluding food and energy was 1.4 percent.
Texas Business reports: If you forget your sister on her birthday, you get a disappointed phone call. If you forget your anniversary, your spouse might send you to the couch, or the doghouse, for a night or two. If you forget your mom on Mother’s Day, well, that is just something you do not want to do.
Texas Business reports: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.— Two joint ventures led by travel retailer Hudson Group won the bid process to provide both retail and food services in the newly renovated Dallas Love Field Airport.
Texas Business reports: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, and FORT WORTH, Texas—RadioShack Corp., a national retailer of mobile and technology products, services and accessories, and Berjaya Retail Berhad, a Malaysian retail group with diverse franchised brands, have signed a master development agreement that substantially expands RadioShack's global footprint across 10 Southeast Asian countries.
What used to be clean, white tile floors are now a smooth and deep shade of brown. The change in color has occurred gradually over the past 33 years as customers weeve between the high shelves of Golden’s Book Exchange. Located at the end of a strip mall, Golden’s Book Exchange is one of two used bookstores in Waco, Texas. Started in 1978 by Donna Carroll, Golden’s has managed to survive the intrusion of large retail bookstores and other competitors over the years in a mid-sized market like Waco.
Padgitt’s has gone form selling saddles and harnesses to selling top of the line photographic electronic and communication technology. They are also the oldest continually operating business in Waco, Texas.
Texas Business reports: AMARILLO—Hastings Entertainment Inc., a multimedia entertainment superstore retailer, plans chain-wide Midnight release parties for the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and the video game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Golfsmith International Inc., the largest golf specialty retailer in the U.S., plans to introduce its first retail operations outside the U.S., in South Korea, the fastest growing golf market in the world.
Texas Business reports: Over the next few years, it is likely that daily deal sites will have to settle for lower shares of revenues from businesses compared with their current levels, and it will be harder and more expensive for them to find viable candidates to fill their pipelines of daily deals, according to Rice University associate professor of management Utpal Dholakia.
Texas Business reports: ALEXANDRIA, VA—A federal grand jury late yesterday indicted David Maloy, 57, of Coppell, Texas, for his involvement in a fraud scheme that caused more than $7 million in losses.
Texas Business reports: In the first-of-its-kind analysis of Groupon's impact on a startup company, a new Rice University study found that the daily deal promotion was beneficial even though it had no material impact on the company's profits when unredeemed Groupons were not accounted for. When those unredeemed Groupons were factored in, the company had a substantial 30 percent increase in profits.
Texas Business reports: College Station—Texas A&M University’s Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School will present the 2011 Visionary Merchant Award to Eduardo Castro-Wright, vice chairman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
EcoBox, an Austin box-supply company that started in the trunk of a Volkswagen sedan in 1994, has outpaced its big-business competitors by selling used, durable boxes at cheap prices while offering customers a chance to be environmentally responsible.
That and a dash of new technology has allowed EcoBox to grow to a four-store chain that grossed over $4.5 million in 2009.
Texas Business reports: It’s been a awhile since the heyday of the J.C. Penney’s Fox, but the Plano company is cutting its catalog and closing some stores that dates back before the era of online retailing.
Cowboy boots: A Certain Swagger Texas Business notes this story by the Economist: FOR his 16th birthday, Blake Kobelan’s father gave him a pair of cowboy boots from Texas Traditions, one of America’s most renowned custom bootmakers. On a sunny December morning in Austin, after nearly four years on the waiting list, the time had come to make some styling decisions.Full Story »
Bryan-College Station mixed about sales Texas Business notes this story by Vimal Patel of The Eagle:Local retailers and shoppers had mixed thoughts about the economic recovery on Sunday, the day after Christmas, which is overshadowed only by the consumer spectacle of the day following Thanksgiving.Full Story »
Texas Business reports:Dell Services signed a five-year contract with global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group to provide hosting and support for Oracle(R) PeopleSoft Enterprise and Hyperion Performance Management applications.
Corsicana Alcohol sting nabs three clerks Texas Business notes this story by the Corsicana Daily Sun: A joint operation by the Corsicana Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission conducted Friday night found most Corsicana retailers will not sell alcohol to minors.Full Story »
Texas Business reports:Plano’s PFSweb Inc., an international provider of end-to-end eCommerce software vendor for leading online retailers and manufacturers, announced today an agreement with Volcom Inc. , a designer, marketer and distributor of young men's and young women's clothing, accessories and related products, to develop and support Volcom's online eCommerce initiative, which launched yesterday.
Abilene Furniture Store To Close Texas Business notes this story in the Abilene Reporter News: Come the end of the year, Abilene shoppers will have one less local furniture store to supply their needs for sofas, dining room sets and other home furnishings.Full Story »
Texas Business reports:In an attempt to recapture its earlier success and broaden its market, Carrolton-based Heelys Inc. announces that its all-new Nano is now available for sale at Zappos.com and online.
Could Walmart Be the Key to Mainstream Sustainability? TexasBusiness.com notes this story by McCombs Today: Anyone who has ever balked at the sometimes dizzying price of recycled paper or organic yogurt may be skeptical, but Walmart—a company that has long planted its roots in bargain prices and mass markets—is trying to change that.Full Story »
Waco's Miller family celebrates 100-year-old car business TexasBusiness.com recommends this story by Bill Teeter of the Waco Tribune-Herald: Bill Miller’s family business is still rolling after 100 years. Bill Miller Used Cars is the continuation of a family enterprise that started with mule and wagon sales at 113 Washington Ave. in 1910.Full Story »
Fossil's 2Q profit soars 230 percent TexasBusiness.com notes the following story by Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News:Fossil Inc.’s second-quarter profit tripled on the strength of its core watch business as retailers replenished stores and consumers worldwide are buying watches again.Full Story »
TexasBusiness.com notes:Plano-based J.C. Penney Co. missed its July sales forecast. The company said Thursday that sales started out strong over the Fourth of July weekend, but softened as the month progressed just as the retailer heads into its key back-to-school season, reports Maria Halkias of the Dallas Morning News.
TexasBusiness.com notes: The Waco Ross Dress for Less Store has been accepting pesos in payment for clothes, accessories, decorations and more and customers' reactions are mixed. Some said Wednesday they’re concerned the dollar could be devalued if the practice spreads to other businesses, reports Megan Fleetwood of KWTX.
Dinette Designs & Barstools Back in 1980 when Darla Schwartz was working in retail furniture sales, she realized that many homes were built with counters used for dining. Therefore, there was a need for counter-height barstools, reports Gail M. Williams for the Odessa American. Full Story »
Collectibles has delivered unique items for 31 years Gabi Graham walks playfully up to the circular counter in the middle of the Collectibles on the East Side. Customer Rita Montalvo is leaning patiently, waiting for the staff to find a purse she put on layaway. "Want some chocolate-covered apricots?" Graham asks in a singsong voice, reports Doug Pullen of the El Paso Times. Full Story »
El Paso Flea Market Operators Angry At City Proposal Several flea market vendors and operators are upset at city Rep. Susie Byrd because they think she wants to shut them down by proposing new regulations. Byrd said that is not so and it is not her intent to close down flea markets, reports Raymon Bracamontes of the El Paso Times. Full Story »
Old West collectibles are rounding up top prices TexasBusiness.com notes the following feature by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's David Casstevens: DENTON -- Among the thousands of rare and vintage items for sale at the Western Heritage Gallery are the full-body preserved remains of an American buffalo. The shaggy beast is no doubt a conversation piece. But who would pay $7000. Full Story »
Walmart to build Supercenter on Silber Walmart has confirmed it will build a Walmart Supercenter on a site on Silber just north of I-10. Construction on the long-rumored store should start within 60 days, according to Walmart spokesman Daniel Morales, with an anticipated opening of Fall 2011, reports Rusty Graham of the Memorial Examiner. Full Story »
Busbee’s Hardware going out of business TexasBusiness.com notes this story by T.J. Aulds of the Galveston Daily News: TEXAS CITY — Whether it’s a post hole digger, a box of nails, a microwave or a box of hog nose rings, for 69 years, Busbee’s Hardware has sold it. But not for much longer. Owner Benny C. Busbee has decided to retire and plans to close the Texas City fixture by next month.Full Story »
Baskins Western Wear to open in Corpus Christi, Waco, Lufkin and Texarkana CORPUS CHRISTI — Baskins Western Wear will open later this year in Corpus Christi. The Livingston-based western apparel retail has leased space on Airline near McArdle roads. The store is one of four the company announced Wednesday. Other cities include Lufkin, Texarkana and Waco and bring the total to 20, once open, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Full Story »
It wasn't your normal scene inside the Gap store.Shelves, once lined with polos, T-shirts and accessories, stood nearly bare while hangers, storage bins and racks sat huddled together near the store's windows, reports Alison Miles of the Victoria Advocate.
Coach to open Corpus Christi store The Coach store in La Palmera is slated to open Aug. 6. The store leased 2,480 square feet and will be the only Coach store in the Coastal Bend. Since July 2008, the mall has signed 21 new leases and 28 renewals/relocations, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
They say University of Texas fans bleed orange. Now, they can drink it, too.Today, UT President Williams Powers Jr., along with GSD&M Idea City co-founders Steve Gurasich and Tim McClure, will announce a partnership to sell H2Orange, purified water packaged in a bottle that is a scale-model replica of the UT Tower. reports Melissa B. Taboada of the Austin American-Statesman.
End of an era: No more Harold's in Odessa TexasBusiness.com notes: For most of the time there’s been television in Odessa, Harold Moore has been selling them. In his 51 years in the business, he’s seen much change about TV sets, reports Geoff Folsom of the Odessa American. Full Story »
Two Walmarts to open in Corpus Christi Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to open two stores in Corpus Christi, one on the city's Southside at Saratoga and Cimarron boulevards and the other at Parkdale Plaza on Staples Street, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Full Story »
Festival Of Flags Sees Products In Schools, Churches When children at Rice Elementary School put their hands over their hearts and say the Pledge of Allegiance, chances are they're facing an American flag that came to the school by way of Tyler native Cindy Yancy-Hebert, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reports. Full Story »
Hot Dog Hill has family focus on dogs TexasBusiness.com notes this story by the Longview News-Journal: There's something familiar about the people who work in the Hot Dog Hill store in Mount Pleasant and the pet store's newest location in Longview.
Pier 1 shares move up on first-quarter profit Pier 1 Imports surprised Wall Street on Thursday by reporting remarkably good results for its first quarter, earning 7 cents a share while analysts had predicted a 2-cents-a-share loss.
Texas jury awards $246 million to Dillards Dillard's alleged that i2 had failed to meet obligations to Dillard's regarding two i2 products under a software license agreement and related services agreement for which Dillard's had paid i2 approximately $8 million. Full Story »
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