You glow ANICO: Inquiring locals and visitors want to know whether and when the distinctive halo of neon-green lights will return to the American National Insurance Co. skyscraper at 1 Moody Plaza in the island’s downtown.
The lights, which could be seen from the causeway, have been out since a Nov. 23 fire damaged the roof of downtown’s tallest building. The electrical fire was related to the neon lighting, city officials have said.
Yes, they will return, American National President and Chief Operating Officer James Pozzi confirms. American National officials have been in discussions with the city’s fire marshal and fire department to prevent a repeat occurrence, Pozzi said.
American National adorned the building’s top with the green lights in 2005 to mark a century in business. American National is awaiting replacement parts, Pozzi said. If all goes as planned, the lights will return in 10 days to two weeks, he said. Stay tuned.
Burgers are back: After a five-month absence, the grill is going again at popular island eatery Sonny’s Place, 1206 19th St. Readers this week were happily reporting the return of the restaurant, known for homemade chicken soup, triple-meat cheeseburgers, muffalettas and chicken-fried steak sandwiches (aka Artery Cloggers).
Sonny’s Place was closed to allow owner Lawrence Puccetti Jr. (known to most as Junior) to recover from knee surgery. Sonny’s Place traces its roots to 1937. The eatery isn’t just famous for food, but also for not tolerating bad language or behavior. Want to talk about it? Visit Buzz Blog, galvnews.com.
Good Gossip: Psst. Did you hear that newly opened Gossip Tween Boutique, 2321 Broadway on the island, is planning a grand opening celebration beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday? Owner Norma Coffey said the family owned boutique was inspired by her 10-year-old daughter Samantha.
“Almost a year ago to date, Samantha and I were on our way to shop for clothes and suddenly realized that we may have to leave the island in order to do some serious shopping,” Coffey said. “The idea of getting in a car and leaving the island did not set well with us, as we just moved to Galveston and we just loved being here, riding bikes and enjoying the beach.”
The mother-daughter team brainstormed and soon were looking for a site to establish the business. The goal is to sell the most affordable and unique clothes, shoes and accessories for “tweens,” Coffey said.
The shop receives shipments weekly and continues to add fresh, fun inventory, Coffey said. The shop also features an “I Love Candy” section meant to appeal to shoppers of all ages.
A photo booth, hair station, food, music and raffle items will be included in the grand opening celebration. For information, visit www.gossiptweenboutique.com or call 409-497-2949.
All smiles: An arcade room with pinball and video games, a well-appointed family waiting area and a theater room. Those are just a few amenities in the newly built offices of League City Family Dentistry, 3891 E. League City Parkway.
Two years after crews broke ground on the 7,000-square-foot building complete with an 80-foot tower, Dr. Brent Patterson and his wife, Michelle, are ready to show off what promises to be among the most palatial dental practices in the county, if not the Houston area.
“It’s definitely different,” Brent Patterson said.
The Pattersons are planning an open house of the Tuscan villa-style offices from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Festivities include light appetizers and Christmas music performed by the Bayside Intermediate School Band.
A long with the 7,000-square-foot dental practice, the Pattersons have developed 4,000 square feet of lease space available to other tenants. The new facility, which is open, replaces offices at South Egret Bay Drive.
Patterson also owns Texas City Family Dentistry, which he founded in 1999. That practice will continue. Texas First Bank financed the League City project. Gregory Lewis of Lewis Design Group was the architect. W.M. Jones Construction was the builder.
Other dentists practicing at the League City offices include Drs. Mark Martinsen, David Colombo and Kruger Peoples. For information, call 281-557-7747.
Soap dish: Time flies when you’re a small-business owner. Santa Fe Soap Factory marked its first year Dec. 7. Owner Jim Morehead, an operator at Valero Energy Corp. in Texas City, began handicrafting soaps as a hobby and taking them to work.
The shaving soaps were an immediate hit among refinery workers. Made with lubricants and clays, the soaps prevent razor burns and irritation, while promoting a clean shave, which is important to plant workers wearing respirator masks. So, Morehead decided to launch a business and a retail store, 4809 Ave. L in Santa Fe, which his daughter Kristine Melton manages. The shop carries an array of organic soaps for men and women.
It has expanded its soap lines and also added Circle E Candles, balloons, jewelry and natural argan lotions made at the shop.
“It’s been a learning curve this year, Morehead said. “We are learning what people like and don’t like. We’ll just continue to do everything we can to grow and make our business bigger and stronger.”
For information, call 409-925-0037.
Fashion in focus: Are you interested in getting a clear look at eyewear trends? Texas State Optical of Galveston, 515 22nd St. in the island’s downtown, is throwing a patient appreciation party and trunk show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The show will feature the SALT collection of men’s and women’s frames and sunwear. SALT. Optics products are handcrafted and known for quality and design, Dr. Kevin Katz said.
Those attending will have a chance to see the entire collection — every frame in every size and color. TSO also will offer $75 off any SALT. Optics product purchased at the show. Food, fun and festivities, including cider and spiked eggnog, are planned for the event. For information, call 409-763-6300.