Brownwood Chamber Gives Donation to Lyric Theatre

lyricdonation2014The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce recently gave a donation to the Lyric Theatre in Downtown Brownwood to help with the historic theatre's restoration project which is currently underway.

Brownwood Chamber board members presented a check for $25,000 to the Lyric board. This money will be doubled thanks to a pledge from another donor to match every dollar up to $500,000 given to the Lyric between now and May 31st.

Lyric officials encourage the public to take advantage of this matching funds offer and consider making a contribution to the project now.

"If we can rally everyone now, we will be in the theatre this summer celebrating our 100th anniversary," said Lyric Managing Director Eric Evans.

While fundraising for the theater’s restoration has been under way in recent years, the Lyric Performing Arts Company has been producing major musicals and dramas along with children’s theater camps in other venues, including those at Brownwood High School and Howard Payne University.

The reopening of the Lyric will provide a “home” for LPAC productions, and will give the community a new location for a variety of other shows, productions and meetings not sponsored by the company. It is also expected to be a major draw for tourists to the downtown area, where they will also find shopping and dining opportunities.

Including the balcony, the restored Lyric Theatre will seat 364 people.

The Lyric Theatre, located at 318 Center Ave. in the heart of the downtown business district, officially opened its doors Sept. 18, 1914.  For a city the size of Brownwood, it was a large facility and became popular with theatrical troupes and performers from all over the nation and the world. Its offerings included traveling stock companies, dramatizations of famous novels, hypnotists, ballroom dancing, novelty musical numbers, vaudeville comedy acts, dramas, performances by the Lyric Orchestra, and major motion pictures.

Early in the 20th century, the Lyric evolved into a movie house. The Lyric continued to serve the area as a movie theater until 1959, when it was closed. From 1963 until 2003, the building was home to an upscale clothing shop.

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Congressman Conaway to Speak at Brownwood Chamber Luncheon Friday, April 18th

ConawayHeadshotThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their next monthly luncheon on Friday, April 18th featuring guest speaker Congressman Mike Conaway.

The luncheon will be held at the Brownwood Country Club from 11:30 AM - 1 PM and is open to Chamber members and guests. The luncheon will include door prizes, introduction of new members and the “Aces Wild” Cash Drawing—which features a guaranteed winner each month.

Congressman Mike Conaway is currently serving his fifth term representing the 11th congressional district of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A CPA for more than 30 years, Congressman Conaway knows firsthand the burdens that excessive regulations and high taxes place on small businesses, and he is working to help small business owners by reducing regulations and reforming the tax code.

A conservative Republican, Rep. Conaway believes in the principles of lower taxes, smaller government and a secure nation. A veteran of the United States Army, the congressman believes in a strong and prepared military and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and as the chairman of the House Select Permanent Committee on Intelligence’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence.

In Congress, Rep. Conaway serves as the chairman of the House Ethics Committee. He is also a leader on agriculture issues, fighting for the American farmer and rancher as the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Quick Lane

QuickLane450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 19th for their newest member Quick Lane.

Recently opened at 518 W. Commerce Street in Brownwood, Quick Lane specializes in auto services including oil and lube, tire sales and service as well as fluid exchanges and alignments.

They are open Monday through Friday 7 AM to 7 PM and Saturdays 8 AM to 5 PM.

For more information, call Quick Lane at 325-646-7000.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Buffalo Wild Wings

BWW 450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Buffalo Wild Wings on Tuesday, March 11th to welcome them as new members.

Buffalo Wild Wings is a casual dining restaurant and sports bar franchise with locations throughout the United States and Canada. Their new location opened in Brownwood in November of 2013.

Visit their location in Commerce Square at 511 W. Commerce or call them at 325-641-1400.

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Free Passes Now Available for the 7th Annual Spring Business Showcase April 3rd

LOGOpatch250The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and KTAB/KRBC TV are teaming up to host the 7th annual Brownwood Spring Business Showcase on Thursday, April 3rd at the Brownwood Coliseum, and free passes to the expo are currently available for a limited time.

The show themed "Superheroes for Success" will feature local businesses showcasing their products and services. Door prizes will also be given out each hour, compliments of participating vendors, and at the end of the day, visitors who play "Expo Bingo" to be eligible to win the Grand Door Prize.

Fashion shows will also be featured starting at 3:30 PM by Dazzling Diva’s, Maurice’s, Dot’s Closet Boutique and Tiny Tot’s Trunk.

Vendors will be decorating their booths and displays with a superhero theme for their chance to win one of three Booth Awards – Best Overall, Best Themed and Best Newcomer.

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Brownwood Chamber Welcomes Dazzling Diva's to New Location

DazzlingDivas450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Dazzling Diva's on Friday, February 28th to welcome them to their new location.

Now located at 1601 Coggin Avenue, Suite C in Brownwood, Dazzling Diva's is a fashion accessory boutique to fit anyone’s style, lifestyle, and taste. Dazzling Diva's offers the newest trends in clothing, jewelry, purses, and accessories at affordable prices.

Store hours for the new location are Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM.

For more information about Dazzling Diva's, call (325) 643-2564 or visit their website at

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Downtown Brownwood to be Focus at March Chamber Luncheon

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The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will focus Downtown Brownwood at their monthly luncheon scheduled for Friday, March 21st.

Presentations scheduled for this luncheon will feature the Lyric Theatre, the upcoming Fisk Street construction project, update on the Brownwood fire station and the Brown County Museum of History.

Residents and business owners will learn the coming plans for each of these topics and how they will impact the community and local businesses.

The luncheon will be held at the Brownwood Country Club from 11:30 AM - 1 PM and is open to Chamber members and guests. The luncheon will include door prizes, introduction of new members and the “Aces Wild” Cash Drawing—which features a guaranteed winner each month.

This month's luncheon is sponsored by Bruner Auto Group.   Door prizes will be provided by Academy Lanes, Baird Brothers Express Car Wash, Dumas Portraits, Superior Essex, and Trees Forever Nursery.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Rusty Anchor Cafe

RustyAnchor450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the Rusty Anchor Cafe on Thursday, February 27th.

Established in 2008, the Rusty Anchor Cafe serves home-cooked food served cafe style. They are located in Harbor Point at Lake Brownwood at 3071 Harbor Drive and are ready to serve great food.

For more information, contact the Rusty Anchor at 325-784-5342.

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New Brownwood/Early Community Guide Now Available

communityGuide2014 450The Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to produce the 2014-2015 community guide and membership directory which has recently been released.

The new full color magazine is an ideal community reference guide and will serve as the areas' informational publication for relocation and tourism as well as the local business guide for Chamber of Commerce members.

"The new magazine will be a valuable tool to find information about our communities," said Early Chamber Director Wanda Furgason.

The new publication is currently available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Early Chamber of Commerce and soon will be distributed throughout the community through local businesses, hotels and relocation packets.

"The magazine outlines area activities and attractions as well as history of the communities, government services, education, medical services and much more," said Brownwood Chamber Director of Member Services, Missi Malone. "It also serves as a Chamber membership directory for Brownwood and Early."

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