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  • Meet Vicki and Deidre, owners of The Refinery Men’s Grooming Lounge located in New Braunfels, Texas.

    Vicki and Deidre, owners of The Refinery Men's Grooming Lounge

    Vicki and Deidre, owners of The Refinery Men’s Grooming Lounge

    The Refinery Men’s Grooming Lounge is the creation of two local women who aspired to create the premier men’s salon in New Braunfels.  Their business is centered around the idea that a men’s salon can be a different kind of experience. Top notch attention to detail no matter how simple the service.

    The Prince Solms Royal Shave with steam

    The Prince Solms Royal Shave with steam

    Here like-minded stylists and barbers provide the highest quality services in a clean and masculine setting.  Their goal is to provide the best service to every client, every time. They are extremely grateful for the support they have received from the local community and strive to reciprocate that support at every opportunity.  

    Cleansing Comal Facial with steam

    Cleansing Comal Facial with steam

    At The Refinery Men’s Grooming Lounge they love to mix old school tradition with modern trends and cutting edge skill. They’re not a salon, but an uncomplicated place for men of all ages to get a cut, trim or a shave. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their new facials and waxing–they won’t tell!

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    You can find The Refinery Men’s Grooming Lounge at 2363 Gruene Lake Drive, New Braunfels, Texas 78130, United States Unit A, online at https://refinerynb.com/ or by calling 830.609.9727.

    Client Assistance:

    Vicki and Deidre used the assistance of the UTSA Small Business Development Center Satellite Office and met with Business Advisor Larry New to help with their business formation. Together, they worked on detailed financial projections and their business plan for a business loan. The UTSA Small Business Development Center’s Satellite Office is located at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and you can reach Larry at 830-214-6435.

    We are proud to be a part of The Refinery Men’s Grooming Lounge’s success!


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call us at 830-214-6435.

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  • Meet Pam Hankins, owner of Barking Lot Treats, a business based in Seguin Texas, providing delicious, nutritious treats for all of our furry friends.

    Pam Hankins, Barking Lot Treats owner

    Pam Hankins, Barking Lot Treats owner

     

    Pam and Scott Hankins started Barking Lot Treats after searching pet food industry options for their Frenchie babies Alvin & Coco and found so many chemicals/products in the mass produced food. While better pet food is available now, they found most treats still contain bad stuff like fillers, preservatives & even indigestible products being sold as treats for your pet.

    Frenchie babies Alvin & Coco

    Frenchie babies Alvin & Coco

     

    Barking Lot Treats contain only natural, safe ingredients with no preservatives or byproducts – all digestible, human grade and made in the USA! These treats are handmade in small batches in Seguin Texas & are Alvin & Coco approved.

    Barking Lot Treats Store Front

    Barking Lot Treats Store Front

     

    Their pledge is to provide the freshest, most healthy, delicious treats you can get that your pets will love. No animal by-products, no additives, NO BONES ABOUT IT!

    Barking Lot Treats Logo

    You can find Barking Lot Treats at 505 N Austin St, Seguin, TX 78155 and online at https://www.barkinglottreats.com

    Client Assistance:

    Pam and Scott used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and met with the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New to help with their move from a mobile trailer to a brick and mortar location. Together, they worked on demographics and financial projections and cash flow projections.

    We are proud to be a part of Barking Lot Treats’ success!


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call us at 830-214-6435.

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  • Mark Hauck is the owner of Hill Country Forklift, LLC, a business based in New Braunfels. He provides service for forklift repairs, rentals, maintenance, and repair.

    Hill Country Forklift work truck

    Hill Country Forklift work truck

     

    Mark had worked in the forklift industry for over 25 years as an employee. However, he had a strong desire to own a business of his own. The veteran owned business services all brands of forklifts in the San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, Fredericksburg and Seguin areas.

     

    Hill Country Forklift work truck

    Hill Country Forklift work truck

     

    Consulting with a skilled Forklift Repair Service is a great idea if you’re ready to embark on a repair, maintenance, or purchasing equipment. Mark Hauck, with Hill Country Forklift, can address your questions and concerns in a timely manner. You can rely on him to always perform honest and professional workmanship. Hill Country is proud to be locally owned and run, so the needs of our customers throughout the Greater New Braunfels area will always come first.

    You can contact Mark at mark@hillcountryforklift.com or by calling (210) 833-1149 or visiting his website: https://hillcountryforklift.com

     

    Hill Country Forklift work truck lifting heavy equipment

    Hill Country Forklift work truck lifting heavy equipment

    Client Assistance:

    Mark used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New. Together, they worked on forming the veteran-owned business, evaluating the financial need for capital, learning the administrative requirements of a small business and marketing.

    We are proud to be a part of Hill Country Forklift’s success!


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call us at 830-214-6435.

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  • Meet Talia Hendry, owner of Fabric Funhouse, a business based in New Braunfels, providing wholesale and retail specialty fabrics including cork fabric, straps, and piping throughout the US, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. She recently expanded her offerings to include waxed cotton canvas.

    Meet Talia Hendry, owner of Fabric Funhouse

    Talia says, “What started as a love for all things fabric and relationship building with customers came this Funhouse of cork supplies.  Knowing very little about cork except for its undeniable beauty, I began to research and discovered all of its amazing natural qualities.  It’s not only animal friendly, it’s easy on the environment and actually plays a part in reducing greenhouse gases. Selling, using, and buying cork products saves these trees, rewarding both the planet AND your creativity!  But, what I personally enjoy most is simply being part of your creative process.”

    Rolls of Cork at Fabric Funhouse

    Located in Texas, Fabric Funhouse is the USA’s premier supplier of cork fabric, straps, and piping. They are dedicated to making cork products accessible to makers and designers both big and small. They offer the largest color selection and shipping daily.

    prints and varieties of luxurious, Portuguese cork fabric

    In an interview for the 2019 International Quilt Market, Talia said, “Don’t get distracted by a plan B, if plan A doesn’t work then find another plan A.  If you ever thought of starting a creative career, remember that most people are afraid to take risks.  Go to your local Small Business Development Center.  It is free professional resources that can guide you at any stage in your business.  They are government funded and their mission is to help small businesses succeed.”

    You can find Fabric Funhouse at https://fabricfunhouse.com.

    Fabric Funhouse cork logo and sewing machine

    Client Assistance:

    Talia, a former U.S. Marine, used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New, also a former U.S. Marine. Together, they worked on business formation, evaluating the financial need for capital and learning the administrative requirements of a small business.

    We are proud to be a part of Fabric Funhouse’s success!


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call us at 830-214-6435.

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  • Meet Tom Lansdell, owner of Lansdell Recycling, Inc. He purchased a Clothes Bin franchise, which has developed a proven process for the collection, management and distribution of clothes, shoes and textiles throughout the United States.

    Meet Tom Lansdell, owner of Lansdell Recycling, Inc.
    Strategically located in the parking lots of convenience stores, gas stations, shopping centers or wherever people congregate, these bright green bins are destined to become the go-to for anyone looking for a convenient way to recycle their clothes, shoes and textiles.

    Recycling Bin of Lansdell Recycling, Inc
    Tom has recycling bins across central Texas – located in New Braunfels, Austin, Round Rock, Dripping Springs, San Antonio, and Wimberley. Some of these recycling bins are located at schools. When you do your part by recycling, Tom does his. Every pound recycled at those respective bins supports those respective School Districts. In New Braunfels, you can find a Lansdell Recycling Bin at the Shell gas station next to Chili’s on SR 46.  (1210 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130).

    Recycling Bin of Lansdell Recycling, Inc - Wimberley ISD

    Client Assistance:

    Tom used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New. Together, they worked on the business plan, lending process and sales tax.

    Tom said, “Service and Support from the local New Braunfels SBDC Rep (Larry New) was excellent!”

    We are proud to be a part of Lansdell Recycling, Inc’s success!


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call us at 830-214-6435.

    Check out more New Braunfels and Seguin success stories!

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