Miss Marly's Pastry Shop is now open at 1715 S. Mobberly Ave., corner of Mobberly and Birdsong streets, in Longview.
Marley Garcia started what was originally Marley's Desserts in his home under the state's cottage industry law. Her husband, Daniel Garcia, also helps with the business.
Marley Garcia is known for its pancakes that can be topped with fruit, ice cream, and other toppings, but the shop also offers a variety of other items, including tres leches cake, flan, chocolate-covered strawberries and pretzels, and fruit kebabs. They also sell pastries and other sweet treats.and eat churros
Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, noon to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m., with plans to expand within the next two weeks. Daniel Garcia said the store will soon be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for early morning coffee and pastries.
new tax service
Tamika Jernigan is celebrating the grand opening of Sister 2 Sister Tax Services at 319 W. Marshall Ave. on Jan. 20 from noon to 2 p.m.
She entered the tax services industry working virtually at Legend Tax Services in Atlanta, Georgia. Her now late husband Duane Jernigan saw her success and encouraged her to open her own business.
When he and his girlfriend's son-in-law, Keyan Jernigan, became murder victims this summer, they had a plan in place and were working towards it. They encouraged her and supported her, so she decided to go ahead with her plan.
She said her husband invested in her training for the profession and later supported her in her work.
“This is what we had planned,” Jernigan said.
The grand opening will feature swag bags, raffles and food.
Sister 2 Sister Tax Services is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during tax season, January through April. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., January through February. Reservations are required for Saturdays from March to May.
“We're mobile, we're in the office,” Jernigan said, explaining that customers can use the company's secure apps and email for mobile services.
“We try to serve everyone,” she said.
Mall stores closed
The Aeropostal at Longview Mall will close on Jan. 24 unless it sells merchandise by then, The News Journal's news partner CBS 19 reported.
The company previously closed 200 stores as part of its ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. The Longview store is having a 70% off sale on him.
Aeropostal has 53 stores in Texas, including nearby Tyler.
Chicken Salad Chick, based in Atlanta, Georgia, plans to expand into Longview and Tyler over the next five years.
The business, which started as a home-based venture in Auburn, Alabama in 2008, now has 225 locations in 18 states. This fast-casual restaurant focuses on chicken salad and offers more than a dozen flavors along with soups, other types of sandwiches, and desserts.
Franchisees Jack and Mona Gabriel, who got their start with a Nothing Bundt Cake franchise, already have one Chicken Salad Chick location in Tyler.
“Based on the results of the first store and consistent with Chicken Salad Chick's brand purpose, the Gabriels have signed on for five additional stores in the communities of Longview, Greenville and Tyler,” the company said in a statement. Specific locations within these cities have not been determined, and no specific timeline has been given, other than that they will open within the next five years.
The East Texas expansion is part of the company's continued growth, with three other multi-unit franchise agreements also in place in Texas. This brings the total number of new restaurants opening in Texas over the next five years to 21.
Chicken Salad Chick has 30 locations in Texas.