Shop local this holiday season

Shop local this holiday season



By James Shannon

Contributing Editor


When you spend your hard-earned money, take a second to think about those local merchants offering their products and services. They are your friends and neighbors, part of our community and deserve your support.

The Examiner and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment have teamed up to support our hometown businesses with a campaign called “Think Southeast Texas FIRST!” that runs to Dec. 26. The combined newspaper and radio campaign will feature promotional material that emphasizes the “Buy Local!” theme with in-store registration at participating merchants to win a $250 gift certificate from that store. In all, $5,000 in gift certificates will be given away.

These merchants are helping bring this important message to the community. Reasons to support our local area businesses are numerous – when you buy local, you support yourself and provide backing of those establishments that support our local community groups, create more jobs, invest in our community and encourage local prosperity.

A study conducted by the Civic Economics Group found that of every $100 spent at a local business, $45 stays in the community. When you spend $100 at a chain store, only $13 stays in the local economy.

You need to look no further than your local PTA or Little League team to see that support for these community institutions is largely provided by local businesses. They support our community because it’s their community, too. Pencil-pushers in Bentonville, Ark., or Chicago, Ill., might be wonderful people, but they are not tuned into the rhythms and concerns of daily life in Beaumont or Port Arthur or Bridge City.

When you spend your hard-earned money, take a second to think about those local merchants offering their products and services. If you want to line up at midnight on Black Friday to try to score a 32-inch flat-screen for $99, go for it. But remember your friends and neighbors – and shop Southeast Texas first.

For example, you can download information from the Internet and browse different product lines, but that can’t compare to the personal touch of folks right down the street who are experienced in a particular field and are willing to share that expertise with you.

Sew-N-Sew’s is your neighborhood sewing, quilting and embroidery supply store that offers so much more to serve their customers. Classes in sewing, quilting and embroidery are conducted in-store from beginners to advanced. Check their website for upcoming classes, or you can subscribe to their newsletter.

Sew-N-Sew’s sells Brother, Janome and TinLizzie sewing and quilting products as well as fabric, threads, stabilizers and many other sewing related products. They have added Lindhaus and Bank vacuums to their product line.

“We are a one stop sewing and quilting shop,” said owner Cindy Drawhorn. “Sew-N-Sew’s is an authorized dealer for Brother, Janome and TinLizzie products. We are very competitive on price and can offer dealer models that you can’t get online or at the big box stores.”

Commercial and personal embroidery is another specialty. “We can embroider almost anything so bring in your item and we will do our best to help you. If you need a certain item or garment, we can order those for you,” said Drawhorn.

Machine maintenance and repair is part of the Sew-N-Sew’s difference as an Authorized Servicing Dealer for Brother, Janome and TinLizzie doing warranty work for these brands.

After years on Avenue H in Nederland, Sew-N-Sew’s is now conveniently located at 4700 Highway 365 at Twin City Highway in Suite O next to H-E-B. Call (409) 729-7397 or visit on the Web.


Fashion sense is an individual thing, with each person seeking to define their own style. It’s not all derived from the pages of a magazine, but something you have to see and feel and touch.

Serendipity Chicks is a fun and funky boutique on the main street of Bridge City. They have a little bit of everything, including unique items you won’t see anywhere else.

Serendipity Chicks has a large selection of clothing and receives new shipments almost weekly. Shop for Couture Tees, LA Idol Jeans and unique tops as well as shoes, boots, purses and jewelry to complete your outfit as well. Just in time for the fall, a variety of boot socks just arrived.

While you’re at Serendipity Chicks, check out their wide variety of home décor items including wall hangings, crosses, picture frames and clocks. Swan Creek Candles and Melts are popular items and make great gifts.

Owner Rachel Oceguera says, “Serendipity Chicks has something you want – even if you don’t know it yet. It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas, and we have some wonderful gift items for that family member or loved one. Come by and see the Chicks for all of your shopping needs!”

Serendipity Chicks also keeps a large selection of school spirit tees and gifts for our local schools and even Lamar University. Stop by and get fixed up before your next sporting event.

Serendipity Chicks is at 1990 Texas Ave. in Bridge City, across from Market Basket. Store hours are Monday-Friday 10-6, and Saturday 10-5. Call (409) 735-2828 or find them on Facebook.


There are some family traditions that develop over years, even generations, where you develop a sense of trust for important decisions – and purchases.

The family tradition that is Charles S. Nacol Jewelry Co. began in 1896 when Samuel Joseph Nacol, a Lebanese immigrant, opened Nacol Mercantile and Jewelry in Eunice, La. In 1934, the company relocated to the heart of downtown Port Arthur. It was at this Houston Avenue location that Charles S. Nacol Sr. took over the Nacol Jewelry Co. in 1938 after leaving his successful law practice in Brenham.

Nacol’s has been in Beaumont since 1980. They relocated to a sparkling new facility on Dowlen Road in 1980. Throughout its 113-year history, Charles S. Nacol Jewelry Co. has always been a family endeavor, with many generations of extended family working in the business.

“We take pride in offering excellent customer service,” said Charles S. Nacol Jr., owner and manager. “The difference between Nacol’s and a chain jeweler is that when you come into our store, you’re dealing with the owner of the company, either myself or my uncle Habeeb, the former owner.”

Charles S. Nacol Jewelry Co. has the largest selection of bridal jewelry in the area, and they are diamond experts. They have an extensive inventory of loose diamonds, which Charles notes can be a good investment vehicle when purchased at the right price.

They offer full-service watch and jewelry repair with an expert bench jeweler and skilled watchmaker on the premises.

Discriminating shoppers will appreciate their line of Tag Heur watches, and they have recently added William Henry pocket knives, pens and money clips.

Charles S. Nacol Jewelry Co. is at 4320 Dowlen Road in Beaumont. Call (409) 866 3847.