Commentator Gary Borders introduces us to the Sulphur Springs Antique Gallery and Auction in Sulphur Springs, Texas, where dealers and casual collectors (like Gary) bid side by side on imported antique furniture and other finds.
Heather Scarano of Shreveport stands among racks of vintage clothes at Olive Street Thrift. She's accompanied by her 7-year-old daughter, Hendrix, who enjoys creating artwork to benefit animal welfare organizations.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
A new thrift shop in Shreveport has a mission that extends beyond the reuse of vintage clothing and jewelry. The owner of Olive Street Thrift, Heather Scarano, gives away most of her business proceeds to benefit local animal welfare groups. She says her thrift store is an ongoing fundraiser to help animal rescue organizations with the pursuit of one day becoming a no-kill city, where the shelter system doesn’t need to put down dogs and cats. She’s found many like-minded customers.
Nacogdoches, Texas-based employee development consultant Kent Hutchison will present a social media workshop on Aug. 2 to help workers in government agencies incorporate it into their departments. The presentation is part of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Texas Certified Public Manager program. Hutchison said city departments that use social media more fully embrace open government, and citizens should demand this communication.