Chamber Connection Newsletter


September 2016
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings
Southern Seasons
Introduces Hazel Pearl Designs

Front L to Right: Jaeleigh Davis and Shana Brittain 


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined Southern Seasons owner, Shana Brittain for an Open House, to introduce Jaeleigh Davis, artist of Hazel Pearl Designs. Hazel Pearl Designs, an in store boutique, showcases repainted wood furniture in junktique style.
Everyone that attended had the opportunity to meet Jaeleigh and see her creative designs. Southern Seasons is located at 5075 State Highway 87 South in Shelbyville.   
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or
Sassy Red's, Inc.
Sassy Red's Bakery
Margaret's Lamb & Lion
 Move to Tenaha St.



The Chamber Ambassadors held a relocation ribbon cutting for Sassy Red's Bakery and Margaret's Lamb & Lion Bookstore on August 11. The two businesses have merged under the one name Sassy Red's Inc. and are located at 1000 Tenaha St. in Center.
Sassy Red's Bakery bakes confections such as cupcakes, cakes and cookies. Special orders are now available for fruit trays, veggie trays and finger foods.
A new addition to the bakery is coffee. "We have our espresso and we do the frapuccinos, cappuccinos and iced coffees," said Cindy Lindsey, owner of Sassy Red's Bakery.
The bookstore area offers a variety of books, gifts and Christian themed items.
To contact them for more information or to place an order please call 936-598-2447.


Affinity Hospice
Affinity Hospices Opens In Center
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomed Affinity Hospice with a new member ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 16. Affinity Hospice is located at 1400 Tenaha St. and can be contacted at 936-657-4050.
Affinity Hospice provides a team of professionals and volunteers that work with the family during an illness and provides a special way of caring for patients facing end of life decisions.  Casey Lout serves as the local manager.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or  
Hope Dental Center
Hope Dental Center
Opens In Tenaha

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting welcoming Hope Dental Center to the community. Hope Dental Center is located at 164 Wall Street in Tenaha.
Mike Belgard, PA, CEO for Hope Community Medicine, spoke on behalf of Hope Dental Center and introduced the dentists on staff, Jonathan Aguilar, DDS and Valarie Sperry, DDS. He also introduced the dental hygienist Sharon Barbee, RDH. The Dental Center provides a full array of dental care including more major treatment such as root canals or extractions.
Hope Dental Center offers affordable and quality dental services to East Texas. They have six patient rooms, one of which is a children's dental room. For more information on their services or to make an appointment, please call (936) 248-4673 or go to their website

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or

Chamber Event
40th East Texas Poultry Festival
Kicks Off With A Flurry of Activities 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces the 40th East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, will kick-off Wednesday, September 28 with several events. These events usher in the season prior to the Festival opening Thursday, October 6.


The Chicken Fajita Kick-Off Lunch, sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply, starts at 11:00 a.m. on the Historic Downtown Center Square according to Chairman, Bryan Wages. The lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders by calling 936-591-9334 or emailing by Friday, September 23. An order form for the Fajita Lunch, as well as other Poultry Festival Events, is available on the Poultry Festival Event page on the Chamber web site,



Center Tire Company is the Platinum Sponsor for the East Texas Poultry Festival's Doo-Dah Parade. Decorated floats, trailers, tractors, or business vehicles lend a great time and just about anything goes! Participants will line up at the Farmers State Bank Drive-Thru at 4:00. The parade will circle the historic downtown square led by the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28.



Following the parade Shelby County Chefs will feature chicken dshes at the Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods. Trophies and cash prizes are given to the top cooks by categories, including People's Choice and the Best Dressed Table. The public is invited to come at 5:00 p.m. on the east side of the Square and sample the dishes for $5. To enter the contest in the adult, high school youth or youth categories recipes may be emailed to, mailed to or dropped off at the Chamber offices, 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, Texas 75935. Chairman, Natalie Oswalt, states the deadline for submitting recipes is Monday, September 19.  The contest is open to any Shelby County resident.l



Two festival events which highlight Shelby County's rich heritage are the Quilt Show, sponsored by Scull Timber, and Photography Show, sponsored by Vieux Carre' Photography. Local artistic talent will be displayed October 6, 7 and 8. The Quilt Show will be held in the 1885 Historic Courthouse on the Center Square from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Quilt entrants may be either the owner of the quilt(s) entered or have been involved in the execution/making of the quilt(s). The categories for entries are:   Hand pieced/hand quilted, Appliqué/hand quilted, Machine pieced/hand quilted, Appliqué machine/machine quilted, Machine pieced/machine quilted, Miniature Quilts, Wall Hangings, Theme Quilts and Traditional Quilts. Heirloom quilts are welcomed.

camera.jpg The Photography Show will be held at the Vision Source office of Dr. Charles Collard located next to the RIO Theatre on the Center Square from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. all three days of the Poultry Festival. Photography Show Categories include Fine Art, Scenic, Urban, People, Animals, Digital Manipulation, Flowers and Poultry according to Chairman Billie Jones. The age groups are:
Children, 12 & under / Youth, 13-18 / Adults, 19 & over.
For more information please contact the Chamber at  or at 936-598-3682 or email at
Chamber News
Shelby County Chamber  Introduces 
2016 East Texas Poultry Festival Court


2016 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen's Court 
and 2015 Queen Kamaryn Smith

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Queen's Court Committee held a Welcome Party to introduce and welcome the 2016 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen's Court.     

The upcoming schedule and pageant rules and guidelines were reviewed. The Queen's Court program has a month long schedule of events including a Masquerade Ball and a Social as part of the social enrichment, personal development and leadership development  for the candidates and their escorts prior to the scholarship pageant.
There are representatives from three Shelby County high schools in the 2016 Court.  Candidates are Emma Locke, Madison Kirby, Elizabeth Chavez, Rylee Morris, Alexia Baldwin, Kendal Ray, Lexi Moody, Center High School; Jessye Massey, Kalina Lynn Bradshaw, Lizbeth Bautista, Courtney Bass, Shelbyville High School; Madelynn Hutchins, Katelyn Jackson, Karley Broadway, Joaquin High School.   
The Coronation, presented by Shelby Saving Bank, will be held Saturday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Center High School Cafetorium when the Queen candidates will be presented to Shelby County.   
The Queen's Court committee led by Chairman Caroline Corbell, includes, Kerri Wiggins, Shanell Ruiz, Kay Fairchild and Jesse Wiggins.

For more information or to make reservations please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email

Children's Dental Center
Children's Dental Center
welcomed by Chamber 


Ambassador President, Meg Camp & Dr. Thomas Youngblood 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined Dr. Thomas Youngblood for a new member ribbon cutting at the  Children's Dental Center located at 128 Nacogdoches St.  Ambassador President, Meg Camp, welcomed Dr. Youngblood and his staff to center and wished him great success. 

Dr. Thomas Youngblood, DDS spoke about his facility and the services offered for ages six months to 20 years of age. "I've been doing this about 14-15 years now, and I've been very blessed to work with some very talented dentists that have helped me through the years to kind of craft my art," said Dr. Youngblood.
He introduced members of his staff including Miriam Sanchez, Krystal Fuller, Casadie Hagler, Evelyn Campos, Jesica Lopez, Mary Hernandez and Martha Garza, RDH.
The office is open Monday through Thursday 8.a.m. to 5.p.m. with a more tentative schedule on Friday.
For more information contact Children's Dental Center at 936-427-9070Video here
Chamber News
East Texas Poultry Festival
Entertainment Committee
Seeks Talent
The 40th East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, is fast approaching. The Poultry Festival is slated for October 6, 7 and 8 and the Entertainment Committee chairs, Danny Paul and Sally Windham, are seeking volunteer talented artist to perform on the Frances Oates Stage, sponsored by Specter, Inc. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 will be "Big Tent Open Mic" open to anyone that wishes to share their talent.
Friday, October 7 is "Gospel Night" beginning at 5:30 p.m. All church choirs, praise teams, praise bands, youth choirs and individuals are welcome and Saturday, October 8 will feature 
soloist and local bands.
For more information or to schedule a time to perform please contact Sally Windham at 936-598-7817, 936-591-4746 or email at
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas. For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email or visit
Member Spotlight
Shelby County Farm Bureau
Member Spotlight
Shelby County Farm Bureau was organized on March 27, 1953 and that too was the birth of Texas Farm Bureau Insurance being sold in Shelby County.  What started as a great opportunity for farmers and ranchers to save on their insurance rates has evolved into a Multi-Line Insurance Agency for anyone wanting to become a member. 
Paul A. Pustka began his career with Texas Farm Bureau in May 1984 and was promoted to Agency Manager in July 1995 for Shelby-Sabine-San Augustine Counties.  Since then, he has been joined by Bryan Wages in 2004 and Ryan Pinkston in 2005.  Collectively, there is 52 years of insurance sales experience between them.  
Over their careers, each have excelled and won the company's top sales honors including winning the company All Star & Round Table Convention.  Donna Swearingen, ISR, and Jessica Smith, Secretary, round out the staff at Texas Farm Bureau Insurance in Center and they are eager to help with all your insurance needs.
For more information visit them at 870 Hurst St. in Center, call them at 936-598-2773.  


Member News
Shelby County Children's Advocacy
CASA of East Texas
Hold Open House


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated with the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center and CASA of East Texas at their  new location at 131 Tenaha Street in the former Griffin Law Office building.
The generosity of the Davis Foundation made the move possible for both entities that will share the location.
The public was invited to tour the building and learn about the role each agency plays in the community.

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.comRead more and view video

Mission Statement


Mission Statement


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism, and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.     



Chamber News

Wayfinding Maps at Chamber Office

The Tourism Committee of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the publication of a Wayfinding Map for Center.  The map highlights points of interest and hotels/motels in the area.  The Chamber has distributed them to high traffic traveler locations according to Tourism Chairman, Andi Foster.   


For more information or to get maps please
 contact the Chamber office
 at 936-598-3682 or email
To view map click here.


Chamber News
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce wants to keep its members connected to clients, customers and contacts by linking  websites or facebook pages via the Chamber website, E-newsletter and all social media.
Please take a moment to check the member listing on the Chamber website and provide the Chamber with any changes that need to be made or if a website is now available please send link to
Need Your News

Need Your News 


As a chamber member you can submit articles for the monthly Chamber e-newsletter or the Chamber Chatter e-blast.  Chamber Chatter is sent throughout each month as news is received. 


Did your company or someone in your company receive an award?  Do you have news you would like to share with other members?  Have helpful tips to pass along to the membership?  If you do email 


Articles can be submitted through out the month to be included in the newsletter.  The Chamber also invites you to friend Shelby County Chamber on Facebook where you can send us your announcements as well.

Chamber Connection

206 S. Main St.
Henderson, Texas
 Glenda Dervelroy


In This Issue
Texas Forest Country Partnership
Go Texan Retirement
For Your Information
For the month of August the Chamber office fielded 248 inquires  by telephone, correspondence, email and in person. 154 local calls, 60 out-of-town calls, 3 special event, 11 email and correspondence, 20 in office visitors for brochures, maps, phone books and tours, 1,696 website visits and 4,362 page views.
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events 

Relocation Ribbon Cutting
Luquette Chiropractic
232 Tenaha St.
September 8
11:00 a.m.
 Dr. David Luquette


Monday, September 12
Windham Civic Center

BAH logo
East Texas Awards & Engraving

Monday, September 12
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
118 Nacogdoches St.
Owner, Betsy Swanzy

Ambassador Quarterly
Wednesday, September 14
Civic Center

Leadership Shelby County
Government Day
Wednesday, September 21

Super Wednesday
September 28
Fajita Lunch
11:00 a.m.
Doo Day Parade
4:30 p.m.
Chicken Cooking Contest
5:00 p.m.
Downtown Center

2016 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen's Pageant
Saturday, October 1




New Members
Gibson Energy
1524 Shelbyville St.
Center, Texas 75935
Manager, Lenny Dupuis

Just In Time Sanitation & Ark La Tex Services
3159 SW Loop 436
Carthage, Texas 75633
Rodney Wooten 

 Members Renewing Their Investment
Randy McLeroy,
Attorney at Law

Lynda K. Russell,
Attorney at Law

CM Foster Holdings

The Balcony

Jack's Saw Shop

Porterfield Timber

Trails End
Grocery & RV

East Texas Press

Boles Feed

John Snider

Jon, Macy and Misty Bush Foundation

MW Rentals

Shelby County
VFW 8904

Hidden Creek Ranch

Massey Media


Mangum Funeral Home

Smith Sawmill Service


Specter, Inc.

AA Storage

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100 Courthouse Square A-101
Center, Texas 75935


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