Ron and Tina Brown—more than a husband and wife, more than old friends and lovers, they are the owners and creators of Spellbound, a creative and exquisite new gift shop on the historic town square with a uniqueness all its own.
When the opportunity arose to purchase the old Glenn Brothers Building at 109 E. Bridge, they jumped at the chance. He and Tina did much of the remodeling and renovation themselves.
“Ron’s the creative one and can just make it happen,” Tina said. “He is a master at decorating, display and merchandising. He pays meticulous attention to every detail, wanting people to feel love and warmth when they visit.”
“We wanted to create an atmosphere that made friends and neighbors want to stay and shop or just visit with us,” Ron added. “We believe we have done that based on all the wonderful comments and feedback we have received.
“We actually had a new bride ask if she could take her wedding pictures in our store the week before we opened,” Tina explained. “Of course we said, YES!”
You can find unique gifts and ideas at Spellbound: hand-created jewelry, old glass windows, creative and decorative vintage doors and birdhouses. Pottery, lanterns, floral arrangements, candles, a wide variety of gifts and even fireplace mantels are available. Spellbound also deals in custom artwork, canvas scriptures, angels in many forms, glassware, soaps locally made and skin care products.
Spellbound opens Tuesday through Saturday and has no set hours. “As long as there are people on the square…we are open,” Ron said. We close Sunday as it is The Lord’s day, and Monday we rest a little.
“Stop by and say hello even if you don’t spend a nickel,” Ron added. “We just want to get to know you.”
The Cheerful Heart located at 2001 E. Hwy. 377, has based their business on faith, family and friends–the cornerstones of Cheerful Heart, owned by Renee Wilson and her mom. Renee says, “Our goal is to make Christ known through our products, printed messages and gifts. Come and browse our large selection of home decorative accessories, Dayspring cards, Willow Tree Angels, Tyler Candles, and a huge variety of unusual funky and fun heartfelt gifts. Giggly fun items and inspirational items that speak to you in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect, and inspire!”
You will want to browse the large selection of home decorative accessories, The shop hosts a fantastic baby and children’s department with one of the largest selections of Mud-Pie this side of the city! From tutus to crowns, super fun “tweeny” area for boys and girls, they have your family covered. Renee’s pride and joy is Cheerful Hearts’ Boutique with fun, happy, pretty, lacy, and funky apparel for every woman.
“Our mission is to make women look and feel great and celebrate their femininity,” Renee says. “ Our fashionable apparel has an overwhelming appeal to your fun side. From whimsy and dusty vintage inspired palettes to loud bold spring colors, we have something for every girl…young or old and plus size too. Come shop us for cute tops, skirts, dresses, hats, pants, shoes and lots of fun accessories. Tons of fashion jewelry too! Some of our brands include, Ya, Flying Tomato, Funky People, Blue Bird, Angie, Lady Nois, Oragami, ZaZa, Turquoise Haven, Yellow Box, Corky’s, Gratzie and tons more! Let us help you put an exciting outfit together to celebrate your female form! Tres Chic.
We look forward to making new Cheerful Friends!” Proverbs 17:22
About three years ago Tonja Sims (her name is pronounced with the soft “j” instead of Tonya) went to church, listened to a guest speaker and knew she would have a business.
“One of the ladies prophesied over me and said that I would own a business. It would be purple and God would bless it. I had no idea it would later become The Happy Hippo.”
But when God has a plan for you and you take the Leap of Faith, things happen.
“God will open the doors to make it happen,” Tanja added.
This small gourmet coffee shop spins big dreams. Now they offer the same coffee as the bigger chains like Lattes, Cappacuccinos, Frappes, and Caffe Mochas. They also serve breakfast which includes muffins, bagels and kolaches. For lunch they serve amazing sandwiches and wraps.
“We are trying to offer healthier choices for eating out,”Tonja continued. “We have dine-in and drive-thru for those who have to eat on the run. The Happy Hippo located on Hwy 67 in Glen Rose right across from the Brookshire’s, has your breakfast and lunch ready.
“We want to be a place where people can feel at home. Come to visit.”
& Italian Restaurant
New owners at Joe’s, Elizabeth and Randy Crawford, wanted to spend their dream life in Granbury.
“It’s a great town with great people!” Randy says. “We fell in love with Joe’s ‘scratch’ base menu, the awesome staff and the nicest ‘old’ Dairy Queen I have ever seen. And of course the pizzas are AMAZING!”
Elizabeth and Randy have been in the restaurant business for over twenty-eight years–Chili’s for fourteen years, Carino’s Italian for eight years and the Texas Roadhouse for the last six years. Even though Joe’s is the first restaurant they have owned, it will definitely benefit from all those years of experience.
“There’s not much that needed to be changed when we took over!” Randy explained. “I have added on another cook to help get the food out quicker and to help lower the stress levels which is helping us to keep the food consistent when we are busy. We have replaced the frozen Tiramisu with my homemade recipe. We’re also doing my homemade meatballs and a homemade buttermilk ranch, and homemade fried mozzarella sticks along with two to three specials that will be offered daily.”
Randy promises to keep the same wonderful Joe’s Pizza, bread and sauces.
“ I will not touch those!” Randy continues. “They’re great just the way they are. We are going to do our best to keep the ‘great family feel’ you’ve always loved when you come to Joe’s Italian.”
Located at 512 West Pearl Street, Joe’s remains a BYOB facility at this time. For information on dining and catering, visit joesingranbury.com or call 817.579.JOES.
“Elizabeth and I hope to build on the great things that Cutter and Heather did with Joe’s, keeping it Granbury’s favorite Italian restaurant.”
Iron Horse Inn owners
“Historic preservation and bed and breakfasts are our avocation. Diana is a global marketing and business development teacher and recently took early retirement from her position at the Center for Advanced Professional Studies to restore the Iron Horse Inn to its original glory, their fourth house to restore.
“I was disappointed that many of the original light fixtures and other treasures were sold recently,” Diane explains her goal to replace or find original items. “I would love to hear from anyone that may have purchased anything that was once part of the Inn.”
Don works as a pharmaceutical medical specialist and plans to retire soon to join Diana. They have restored a historic hotel in downtown Abilene,
Kansas and the oldest Methodist church west of the Mississippi. It had fallen into extreme disrepair—literally falling down around the homeless congregation who met there.
“ Everyone said it couldn’t be repaired. Our motto concerning restoration is: “Tell me no and watch me go!” Diana explained. “Granbury reminds us a lot of Abilene, (The beginning and end of the Chisholm Trail!) which is one of the reasons we selected Granbury.”
One Victorian restoration became the McBride home/bed and breakfast, where their children grew up.
“We’ve hosted such guests as the Eisenhower family, the Ambassador to France, Miss America and many more,” Diane explained. We are excited to have our grandchildren experience the hometown atmosphere of Granbury and to enjoy the life of a bed and breakfast just as their parents did.”
We’re looking forward to living in Granbury and glad to still be in Big XII country as we are big sports fan, especially of K-State football.
The Barnyard in Glen Rose, will remind you of browsing through the old barn at the family farm or grandma’s attic, where generations store property until needed. Over the years those long forgotten items are dusted off to reveal treasures full of memories. Visit the Barnyard and let your creative nature score. Owners Tammie and Tony Hardin have enjoyed the antiques and “junk/treasures” for about twenty-five years.
“Tony’s mother got me started,” Tammie explains. “She taught me everything I know. I have had a shop in Walnut Springs for twenty-five years.” Tammie grew up in Glen Rose. She decided to move back and open her shop at 1307 NE Barnard. The Barnyard host eight vendors, offering a wide variety of merchandise.
“We carry plants antiques-concrete bird baths and benches to make your garden beautiful,” Tammie added. “The shop also carries books and other useful items…home deco and household items such as painted furniture, glassware and more.”
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visit their Facebook page. For more information call 254.396.2299 or 254.396.7797
Summer and Wade Redwine, owners of Junk or Treasure, have lived in Glen Rose with their seven children for the past six years. After being in the restaurant business for the past twenty years, they decided to try something new—something they loved, something that allowed more time for family.
For the past few months, Summer purchased custom painted, stained and revamped junktiques. She started an online business page on Facebook, called Junk or Treasures and it became successful. As the page kept growing more and more people wanted to see her “store.” At this point Wade and Summer realized the carport no longer would work, so they opened there store downtown Glen Rose on the west side of the square.
Junk or Treasure offers diverse items from fifteen different vendors. You can find beautiful, unique custom-painted furniture, home décor items, antiques, custom pillows/curtains and upholstery. Enjoy the women’s boutique showcasing clothing and accessories. Or have your life-statement, family motto or favorite bible verse on a custom made sign or custom monogramming. Pick up car fresheners, candles and Avon products. You can even find your very own cowboy or dinosaur book. Summer and friend Trina Barlow are now carrying children boutique clothing and hosting trunk shows for clothing lines such as Matilda Jane.
Shabbi toO Chic
Owner Miranda Overly from the Dallas area and downtown Salt Lake City knows small town salons and big city salons. She came to Glen Rose to open her dream—a full service salon with the best of both. Miranda describes her shop this way:
“It’s small and cozy, but we offer what a lot of people drive to Fort Worth to find. We offer hair cuts for the entire family. Designer color, blowouts, keratin smoothing treatments, extensions, perms and anything else you can want for hair, we provide.”
Miranda and her staff give a full line of nail services. Many different facials including non-surgical face lift, chemical peels and microderm abrasion.
“We also offer off-site services for parties or weddings. We book girls, nurses and teachers night-out,” Miranda said. “We will stay open late, offer food, drinks, services and an on-site doctor, applying Botox.”
Shabbi Too Chic Hair
Boutique has four great ladies to help you. Shani and Megan do all hair services. Hayli does all hair along with mani pedis and one of a kind nail art. Miranda, the owner, does hair, mani/pedi, and facial services mentioned above. Located at 607 NE Big Bend Trail in Glen Rose. Call 254.898.9231 for more information.
Hollywood and vine
The Hollywood and Vine 1890s building, located behind the original historic Glen Rose square was known as the Gaither Sanitarium and Boarding House before becoming the White Gables Inn. Renovated in 2010 in a tropical Key West motif that Jimmy Buffet would love, its uniqueness enticed a new movie starring Randy Travis and James Dupre to use Hollywood and Vine as a backdrop.
New owners and long time Granbury residents, Curtis and Wanda Crider, son Clint and daughter-in-law Ashley, have worked their personal magic to improve the menu, adding specials, prime rib on Saturday nights, fresh cut steaks, and the house-special Prime Rib French dip sandwich and more. Retaining a fun atmosphere remains a goal, and the Criders want to grow and promote community spirit.
Curtis is a construction superintendent by trade, who loves hunting and of course baseball. He coached many Granbury youngsters in sports over the years. His wife Wanda worked for the GISD for several years before running the family business. Her love for the beach, entertaining and cooking fits perfectly with Hollywood’s atmosphere.
Clint and Ashley are both Granbury High School graduates. Clint currently runs the family’s second business in Bedford and assists at Hollywood. He shares his Dads love of Baseball, hunting and enjoys a game of golf whenever possible. Ashley, born and raised in Granbury is a former Granbury high school cheerleader. She enjoys being the mother of their two young daughters. She currently manages the restaurant with Wanda.
The restaurant offers a full bar as well as the best burgers in Glen Rose. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights starts at 7:30 p.m. Dress is casual, price is average and the food is exceptional. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.