The members of the Forney Chamber of Commerce gathered on Thursday for their monthly members luncheon and were introduced to three new small businesses each of which has much to offer area residents.
Chamber Chairman of the Board Phyllis Lyons first introduced new chamber member Stiky Ribz Barbecue owner James Reed, who briefly spoke of the community’s enthusiastic reaction to his 4,000 square foot barbecue restaurant that is scheduled to open in March 2019.
James Reed said “We are shooting to open up in March but until that happens are hours our Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until sell out. We stayed open until about 7:30 pm last night, we had a pretty good dinner rush so we're going to stay open as late as we can to accommodate people. We’ve had a lot of people request that.”
Next to introduce herself was new member Rachael Casebolt who spent a few minutes explaining the kinds of therapy services her business, Compassionate Nature Counseling offers at its downtown Forney location.
Rachael Casebolt said “I’m just opening up and its custom counseling for children and teens. I just opened and I’m located in the Guest & Gray building. I specialize in Play Therapy for young children, Expressive Arts Therapy for older children and teens. So I look forward to getting to know any of the children in the community that need my services.”
And speaking as the luncheons “five minute speaker”, Brandon Choate the manager of Five Points Distilling provided a very interesting and passionately delivered speech on what the local liquor distillery has to offer.
Brandon Choate said “We’re a local distillery here in Forney, Texas. We’re just off of 740, you’ll take a right and it’s off 2757. We’re on Union Hill Road. We’ve been there since 2012 and I don’t know why the hell they didn’t join the Forney Chamber of Commerce. I did that earlier this year. They brought me on last year because I’m a bull dog and I solve problems.”
Detailing the products offered by Five Points Distilling, Choate said “We produce small mash, four year whiskey. We age it and do it in oak barrels, it beautiful. It’s rich. It’s delicious. We also do a single barrel and those are generally five years. And we do vodka; the vodka market is kind of hard but we still push it. “
For additional information visit the Forney Chamber of Commerce at www.forneychamber.com
Written by: Denise Bell