Posted by: shopnacfirst | August 22, 2014

That’s his philosophy — Shop Nacogdoches!

Photo of Michelle Smith, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corp., with the Shop Nac First logo – on signs and t-shirt! Taken at CBH Insurance Agency, Inc. by Kelly Daniel.shopnacfirst_Michelle_Smith_5-21-14

Shop Nac First takes on a social angle through June as the Chamber, NEDCO and the City of Nacogdoches join together to encourage local shopping.

“We’re rewarding folks for thinking about how shopping and buying locally improve our economy,” Sara O’Brien, city spokesperson, said. “This is a fun way to do it.”

Contest information:
1 – Look for the Shop Nac First stickers on driver-side rear windows of certain vehicles. Each has been numbered and autographed. (Stickers produced by Monday Sign Service.)

2 – Snap a pic of the sticker with your smart phone.

3 – Post it on on the Shop Nac First Facebook page and use #ShopNacFirst.

You are entered in a contest to win some really cool prizes!
*Do not take photos of moving vehicles.
*No re-using or re-posting of other entry photos.
*If you capture all six autographs – you’ll get 25 extra bonus chances in the drawing.

The deadline to post pics is June 30. Prizes will be drawn on July 1, 2014.
Here’s the Shop Nac First Facebook page:

Posted by: shopnacfirst | January 28, 2014

Eat Nac Now!

Click here for more info.

Thanks to the Daily Sentinel, the Eat Nac Now cards have dropped and the contest has begun. Here’s your chance to enjoy local cuisine from savory selections such as Auntie Pasta’s,  NacBurger and Shelly’s Bakery Cafe while competing for cash prizes.

1st Place$200
(Choose from our restaurant partners 4 $50 Gift Cards)
2nd Place$100
(Choose from our restaurant partners 2 $50 Gift Cards)
16 Winners$20
(We will draw 16 additional winners to receive $20 restaurant gift card)
Official rules:
  • 1. Players must spend at least $15 (before tax and tips) at one of our restaurant partners. Doesn’t matter what you order to qualify. 
  • 2. There are 10 unique 4-in-a-row opportunities on our “Eat Nac First” card (4 rows, 4 columns, 2 diagonals). 
  • 3. You can submit as many 4-in-a-row black outs from your card as you can achieve. Each 4 in a row is another entry into the prize drawing. To qualify you must have your original receipt (no copies accepted) attached to the card for each restaurant marked out as well as contact information.
  • 4. People can work in teams, but each visit/receipt can only be counted once on a single card. If an entry claim from a team is drawn for a prize, it’s up to the team to split the prize up however they see fit.
  • 5. Only official cards can be used. Must be 18 years or older. 
  • 6. Extra cards can be picked up at any participating restaurant or at any of the drop off locations listed below and at A complete list of rules and regulation can be found here
Contest ends Feb. 11, 2014. Entry forms are due Feb. 19, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Still have questions or comments? Contact the Daily Sentinel at 936-564-8361
Posted by: shopnacfirst | September 10, 2013

New perks for top Nacogdoches businesses!

The Nacogdoches County Chamber is making it easier for its members to communicate to the buying public! It is all happening at !
We’ve sent Chamber members their own log-in info, so they can enhance their listings with social media links, maps, etc. Members can post jobs, member-to-member deals and business-to-consumer deals. Also – the events calendar is outstanding. We will accept and review items for possible posting. You can also download the calendar to your smartphone – automatically keeping up with the updates

Posted by: shopnacfirst | March 15, 2013

Waterdrop Shop – great entrepreneurial story

Ten percent of product sales at Waterdrop Shop go toward drilling of water wells in Kenya.

Ten percent of product sales at Waterdrop Shop go toward drilling of water wells in Kenya.

College students in Illinois show how sustainability, enterpreneurship and social consciousness can combine to launch a new global business that solves problems and gives back.

Posted by: shopnacfirst | January 10, 2013

Shop and Stroll in the Oldest Town in Texas

The Annual Main Street Shop & Stroll in Nacogdoches is Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Main Street Manager Sarah O’Brien invites shoppers to “enjoy a beautiful day shopping in historic downtown Nacogdoches. Downtown stores will offer a variety of unique finds, great deals, and specialty items all right at your fingertips,” she said.

“It will be an exciting day downtown with the Floral Design Exhibit at the Art Center, Volkswagen Show in Festival Plaza, and Spring Fling at the Farmer’s Market.”

Posted by: shopnacfirst | January 9, 2013

Every day is buffet day at J. McKinney’s

J. McKinney’s Restaurant, located inside Hotel Fredonia in historic downtown Nacogdoches, is now offering their popular award winning lunch buffet seven days a week.
The restaurant invites the community to enjoy a fresh salad bar, soup du jour made from scratch, a variety of meats to suite any craving, and a large selection of homemade desserts.
On Sundays, the buffet is expanded to offer a large platter of freshly sliced cheeses and fruits, peel ‘n eat shrimp, a pasta station, prime rib, and more.
The buffet is open daily from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pricing for Adults: $12.95 Monday – Saturday, and $14.95 on Sundays.
Seniors (65+) are $10.95 Monday – Saturday and $12.95 on Sundays.
Children ages 7 – 11 are $9.95 daily and ages 4-6 are $6.95 daily. Children 3 and younger are complimentary.
Bring your Frequent Diner Card and receive your tenth lunch buffet free.
Full menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available as well.
J. McKinney’s hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday -Thursday, until 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Click here for more information.

The Nacogdoches Farmers Market will be hosting open as usual this Saturday so that everyone can finish up their holiday shopping! “This is a perfect opportunity to Shop Nac First and support our local farmers and vendors,” said Main Street Manager Sarah O’Brien. Shoppers can find a variety of locally produced and handmade items that make perfect one of a kind gifts!

American Legion (post 86) food vendors will be back at the market this Saturday, December 22nd. They serve barbeque sandwiches, catfish plates, sausage on a stick and soft drinks. Proceeds to benefit US military veterans.

Things you might find this time of year: baked goods (breads, cakes, mini cheesecakes, cookies, fried pies & pies), organic beef, candles, canned goods (jams & jellies, marmalades, preserves, chow-chow, pickled vegetables, salsas & relishes), artisan Texas cheese, organic chicken, free-range eggs, organic tilapia fish filets, local raw honey, jewelry, plants (cacti, bedding plants, house plants, fruit trees, trees & whips), organic pork, smoothies, soaps (lye and herbal), sugar cane syrup, tamales, vinegars, fruit wines and wood products. LOCAL PRODUCE: frozen shelled beans (butter, baby Lima & pinto), unshelled pinto beans, beets, bok choi, Chinese cabbage, eggplants (5 types), greens (arugula, broccoli, Swiss chard, collards, kale, mustard, sorrel, spinach & turnip), herbs (3 types of basil, 3 type of mint, rosemary & thyme), lettuce (red leaf & others), frozen shelled peas (blackeyed, brown Crowder, Lady cream, purple hull & zipper cream), unshelled purple hull peas, pecans (cracked, shelled & unshelled), peppers (banana, green Bell, cayenne, cow horn, habanera, jalapeno & serrano), persimmons, sweet potatoes, radishes (cherry bell & Diakon), squash (banana, butternut, pinata, spaghetti and winter), tomatoes (green & red) and turnips.

If you would like to sign up for the weekly Farmers’ Market email update, please send an email to You are also more than welcome to visit Also be our fan on facebook@NacogdochesFarmersMarket.

The Nacogdoches Farmers’ Market, located at the “hitch lot” at the corner of West Main and Pearl Streets, is open from 8 a.m. until noon or later every Saturday morning. If the market parking lot is full, additional parking is available in the Nacogdoches County Courthouse Annex parking lot
Please note that the Farmer’s Market is a “Smoke Free” facility for the health of our customers and vendors.

Great Read!

Posted by: shopnacfirst | July 6, 2012

Kennedy’s Jewelers – Cash Mob July 14, 2012

Kennedy’s Jewelers has served Nacogdoches for nine decades.

Nacogdoches – The City of Nacogdoches Main Street Program is organizing another Cash Mob in historic downtown Nacogdoches, on Saturday, July 14th from 12 to 2 p.m. at Kennedy’s Jewelers, located at 201 E. Main Street. A Cash Mob is a twist on Flash Mobs. You’ve seen Flash Mobs online or on television – groups of seemingly random people at a mall or street corner suddenly breaking into coordinated song or dance. Cash Mobs take the spontaneous gathering concept and coordinate it through social media and add a shop local component.
“Cash Mobs are a great way to encourage people to Shop Nac First,” said Main Street Manager Sarah O’Brien.
The concept is to utilize social media to encourage a large group of residents to visit a particular business at a certain date or time and spend money. “Simply Google Cash Mob, and you will see examples from across the nation,” said O’Brien.
Nacogdoches Main Street hosted their first Cash Mob in March, in honor of National Cash Mob Day. “We had a lot of fun with our first Cash Mob, we have just been waiting on the right time to host another one,” said O’Brien, “with the announcement that Kennedy’s was closing their doors, we couldn’t think of a more perfect time to host another Cash Mob.” The Kennedy family has been in business for 97 years on the square in downtown. Kennedy’s Jewelers is a Nacogdoches landmark. “What better way to say “Thank You” for all they have done, then to help them go out with a bang by Cash Mobbing them,” said O’Brien.
To make this cash mob phenomenon a success, Nacogdoches Main Street is encouraging everyone to make plans to come downtown and help us “Cash Mob” Kennedy’s. “It’s simple to participate, just come downtown and visit Kennedy’s between 12 and 2 p.m., next Saturday, July 14th, and leave a few bucks behind,” said O’Brien. “Help show your appreciation for the Kennedy family and all they have down for historic downtown Nacogdoches.” We encourage everyone to join us at the Old Town General Store after mobbing Kennedy’s.
Staff will be on hand to serve you lunch, dessert or drinks and you can visit and reminisce with other cash mobber’s about your memories of Kennedy’s.
For details and information about the July 14th Cash Mob, contact the Nacogdoches Main Street Office at 936-559-2573 or email

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