New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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The RAP Council (Retirees Are Progressive) will meet at 9 a.m. in Honors Hall on Wednesday. Greg Malatek of the Texas Department of Transportation will bnef the group on the progress of the IH 35 project and will conduct a question and answer session after his presentation.
PEC opens new office
One of Pedemales Electric Cooperative’s newest offices will open Thursday in the
2000 Wurstfest Grosse Opa Tom Purdum • and President David Lamon are shown with Dennis Heitkamp, Chair of The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. Wurstfest Association of New Braunfels, hosted more than 500 Chamber members at the November Chamber mixer.
Madison D. Lowry, M.D.
Announces the opening of bis practice at 1282 E. Common St. New Braunfels, TX
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Connie Jurica smiled from where she sat on an inviting, light green couch.
A beautiful glass-top table sat in front of the couch along with two comfortable-looking wooden chairs covered by an attractive yellow fabric.
A fluffy bed in a nearby comer promised a heavenly sleep.
It looked like home, which is exactly what Jurica wanted for her new business, La Maison, in the Grassmarket behind Huisache Grill on West San Antonio Street in downtown New Braunfels.
The store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It also is open on Sunday afternoons.
Jurica has long been a New Braunfels business owner. She moved to the city from Houston in 1981 and opened Accents on Seguin Avenue in 1989. The store offers home accessories, furniture and gifts.
She then opened The Gables in Gruene in 1996, and her newest store, La Maison, opened Nov. 6.
“It’s something I have always loved,” Jurica said.
Accents at first sold just home
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Every aspect of PEC customer assistance will be available at the new location, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Wood completes advocate training
Timi Wood recently completed more than 50 hours of advocate training. As a direct service volunteer for the Comal County Women’s Center, she will serve victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
GVEC appoints Daniel to board
The Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative directors appointed Virginia Daniel to the board to fill the District I seat.
Comfort Suites Hats for Heads
The Comfort Suites hotel of New Braunfels is participating in the Hats for Heads charity drive. The hotel is collecting new and
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Connie Jurica smiles as she sits inside her newly opened shop, La Maison, in Grassmarket behind the Huisache Grill.
accessories and gradually included furniture. The accessories in a home are what give it a personal touch, she said.
“That’s what makes it look like yours,” Jurica said.
La Maison sells the same types of items as her other stores — home furnishings, gifts and home accessories, Jurica said.
“But each one has a completely different look,” she said.
Items found in Accents are “traditional” Jurica said, while The Gables has a more “rustic, Hill Country look.”
La Maison has a country French or country European look, Jurica said.
“It’s just a relaxed, comfortable feel,” she said.
The stores might be different, but Jurica and her staff arrange each one with the same goal in mind.
“I think what we do is we put things together in the store the way you would in your home,” Jurica said. “It’s inviting and homey. People want their homes . to look like that.”
In addition to furniture and
home accessories, La Maison sells Christopher Radko collectible hand-blown Christmas ornaments, Aromatique home fragrances, Swarovski crystal Christmas ornaments, linens and French soaps and lotions.
The store offers complimentary gift-wrapping, a layaway program and a bridal and bridal and gift registry.
Jurica and her staff, which includes La Maison manager Susan Sonier, also provide design consultation services. They design custom-made furniture, which they have built locally.
“We give really extra special, personal attention, personal service,” Jurica said.
She said she believed that was the secret behind her business success.
While the stores attract some of the same type customers, Jurica said the clientele at each store was different.
Jurica and Don and Lynn Forres, owners of the Huisache Grill and Grassmarket, said they believed they all could benefit from the opportunity the Grassmarket provides.
Jurica said, “I think it’s going to be a mutually good thing for all of us in this area.”
Don Forres said Jurica’s store
Week planned for Blue Coats
Chair of The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. Dennis Heitkamp and chamber Blue Coats will assist with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new drive-thru location for First State Bank. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 217 E. Mill St.
New Braunfels Mattress will host a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of its new building and location at 5:30 p.m., 345 S. Business 35.
The Blue Coats also will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for Mobile-4-U at I p.m. Saturday,
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would attract some people who have never been to the Huisache Grill. It is natural that those people will end up trying the grill, he said.
“The Huisache has 2,500 to 4,000 customers a week,” Forres said. “Ifs just the mix of our customers and the customers she’s going for are perfect. All 4,000 are potential customers for her shop.”
La Maison is in one of several buildings behind the Huisache Grill that the Forreses have renovated. Princess Be, another relatively new business, is in a building directly across from La Maison.
The home in which La Maison is located is a Greek Revival house built in the 1860s, Forres said.
The people who owned the house before the Forreses began renovating it, and the Forreses finished it.
“It really is (beautiful),” Forres said. “We’re excited about it.”
Forres said he and his wife wanted the Grassmarket to be a kind of destination shopping center, only in historic buildings.
The Forreses are trying to create a synergy between the businesses in the Grassmarket, which includes the Huisache Grill. They
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all attract a different kind of cus- : tomer, he said.
“The Huisache is just a little different (from other restaurants) 1 as far as style and menu,” Forres said.
“Connie’s shop and Princess Be . are in that category. It’s just unique, and ifs different from Gruene in that way. Ifs not really tourists. You have to find it. And when they find it, it’s amazing that something would be completely tucked away like that right in the middle of downtown or New Braunfels. That makes it even more special.” •
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