Posted by: shopnacfirst | March 5, 2015

Texas Music Start Here

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Welcoming 40 bands over 4 days here in the Garden Capital of Texas.

Posted by: shopnacfirst | November 26, 2014

Shop Small in Nacogdoches, Texas, on Nov. 29

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Jacy Allen, intern for the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, holds a few of the reusable shopping bags that local businesses are distributing to promote Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29.
(Photo by Kelly Daniel)

NACOGDOCHES, TX – Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed in 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which often draw crowds to big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively.

By SmallBusinessSaturday_JacyAllen_11-29-14contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

This year Small Business Saturday is November 29.

The special day was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign.

“The Nacogdoches County Chamber and the City of Nacogdoches Main Street program discovered the program in 2011, and have worked together to get the word out,” said Bruce Partain, Chamber president. “The first year we distributed about 50 welcome mats with Shop Small logos. This year we have a just a few of those, along with a good supply of special shopping bags and best of all – gift cards.”

Partain said 25 American Express gift cards worth $25 each will be distributed to small, local retailers. “We’re going to ask the retailers to hold their own drawings to give the cards to shoppers who visit their stores between now and November 29,” Partain said. If the stores would like ten or so special bags we’ll distribute those until the supplies are gone.

“The program ties in well with the Shop Nac First program that the Chamber, City, NEDCO and local media have promoted since 2008,” said Sarah O’Brien, Communications and Main Street Director for the City of Nacogdoches.

“Shop Nac First casts a wider net,” Partain said. “It encompasses every retailer and service provider in the county. The small local businesses are an important subset of that bigger local economic engine.”

The shared theme is shopping locally builds the local economy, helps provide services such as police and fire and roads and keeps a strong variety of shopping options.


List of Nacogdoches small businesses distributing the $25 American Express reward cards:

Aesthetic Concepts – Caroline Hurst
America’s Self Storage & Mail Center
CASA of Deep East Texas/Blue Ribbon Gift Shoppe
Clardy Law Offices
Cricket Wireless
Dollheads Salon
French Knot Quilt Shop
Glass Castles Stained Glass Studio & Gifts
G. Patterson Studio
Handler Insurance
Harry’s Building Materials
Heart of Texas Gift Gallery
House of Traditions/Brick Street Antiques
Laine’s Hallmark Shop
The Liberty Bell
M & S Pharmacy
Macy May
Olde Town General Store
Party ‘N Things
Rachael’s Antiques & Uniques
Rees Jewelry
Sparkle Boutique
Terrific Teachers Treasures
Vapor Trails
Zip Nac / Pop Images

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.

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