Working for a Brighter Future! I really like that motto on the Jewett, TX Chamber logo. It tells me a lot about the town, the people, and their vision for the future. It shows others that they are proud of their community and understand that towns can't stand still.
OK, how did I pick Jewett, TX to be the subject of my very first "virtual tour" story? For that matter, how did I even know about this small Texas town? I am writing a bit about it to explain how I came up with the subject for the column. (note to readers, I don't blog) It all started 2 or 3 years on Twitter when I casually started following Becky McCray, at first just SBSurvival, but quickly starting following her and a few of her followers. This led me to Sheila Scarborough. Fast-forward a few hundred tweets and blog posts to a few weeks ago. Sheila was in Jewett, TX doing a business presentation for the Jewett, Texas Area Chamber. I think she was wearing her Tourism Currents hat. Naturally Sheila did a story and tweeted about the area. And just as naturally, I clicked on her links and did a few more Bing searches. (One the nice thing about virtual tours is that you don't have to get in the heat.)
The Jewett CoC is also on Facebook, click here to visit their page. Kristy Vandegriff does a fine job of telling us about the various businesses and stores in the area. Be sure to follow the chamber to learn of specials and events in the area. For instance via the Country Living Quilts Facebook page:
Shop hop on the East Texas shop hop and with every $10 you spend here your name goes into a drawing.I am going to close this short story, but I shall return to the Jewett area often; there is so many places to explore and people to meet. Please come back once a week or so and take a virtual tour with me.