Frio’s Gourmet Pops isn’t new to anyone who has been to First Friday Art Trail. What is new is their brick and mortar store in south Lubbock. Corey Crane and his Tech-grad wife Merideth moved back to Lubbock from Fort Worth to open their Frio’s franchise here. Corey said they were looking for a great family-friendly town to open a family-friendly business. In Lubbock, they had the family and connections to do it. The carts will still be available for weddings and events, so brides who are planning their Summer 2018 weddings should book early. They even have a fundraiser package available.
If you’re someone who’s concerned with where your food comes from, you don’t have to be at Frio’s. The company works directly with farmers throughout the southeastern U.S. to source whole fruit and vegetable ingredients. In their 25 different flavors, there is no artificial flavoring, and the only place you’ll find dyes are in some of the sprinkles on the birthday cake pop. (That’s pretty good by my count). When I asked Corey about opening a popsicle shop in October and how that was going to work, he quickly convinced me with words like “pumpkin, s’mores, eggnog” and even “hot chocolate.” We definitely plan to stop back by and try these out during the holiday season.
If you’re looking for a gift this holiday season, Katy & Co. should be on your list. Katie Weddige grew up in Lubbock and always wanted to have her own business. Seeing the need for a local gift shop on the southwest side of town, Katy took her years of retail experience and created one of her own. Newly opened this month, the shop is full of gifts for every man, woman or child on your list. From jewelry and candles to men’s grooming products and bags, they’re not joking when they say there’s something for everyone. You’ll also find art, lamps, books and plenty of home decor.
Katy & Co. is the exclusive Lubbock retailer of Dot & Dash Design’s morse code bracelets and necklaces, Enewton Design jewelry and Knockaround sunglasses. They also offer interior design and embroidery services to those interested. To handle the busy holiday season, the store will have special hours opening Sundays from noon – 5 p.m. after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. There will also be a Christmas Open House on Thursday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with giveaways and specials all day, including refreshments from 4 – 7 p.m.
Wayne has a degree in engineering physics and Jerry is a self-proclaimed “big time geek.” They both love toys and gadgets and can help you turn your ideas into reality. That’s why they moved here from Midland to open up their electronics and robotics shop, Wired. Their store fills the void left by Radio Shack and hobby shops while taking it to another level by offering new and cutting-edge technology along with personalized customer support to help you along with your projects. Regardless of whether you’ve been working on a complicated robot or you’re just getting into electronics and programming, hobbyists, students, educators alike are welcome to come in for help finding what they need.
The shelves are stocked with Legos and other children’s toys designed to introduce them to electronics and robotics, alongside quadcopters in every shape and size right behind the Arduino and Raspberry Pi aisle. They even have a few 3D printers set up and welcome your one-off printing projects at reasonable rates. Soon they plan to start offering seminars for varying skill levels on a number of different topics. So if you’re desperately needing to build an automated dog toy launcher like I am, you should make a trip over to Wired.
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