Weatherford Democrat

Aledo ExtrA

June 24, 2014

Holy Grounds now open

WEATHERFORD — By JUDY SHERIDAN

There have been a few changes since Agape Coffee Haus Bookstore, at 108 Jearl Street in Aledo, emerged as Holy Grounds Coffee and Gifts June 1, according to new owner Judy Wallace.

Those changes include the return of Tropical Tea and 100-percent fruit smoothies, she said, but the biggest one has been establishing longer, more consistent business hours.

“We’ve expanded our hours to 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday,” Wallace said. “We’re open both earlier and later than we used to be, and the hours are the same every day. It’s too confusing and hard for people to remember when they’re not.”

The difference is a welcome one for commuters, Wallace said, who can now pick up their morning coffee on their way to Dallas.

“On the retail side, it gives people a chance to shop later,” she added.

Wallace is also the owner of Agape Gifts, located in the same building.

She set up shop there four years ago and sells faith-based decorations like crosses and plaques, as well as products from Willow Tree, Thymes Bath & Body and Colonial Candle.

A supporter of local artists and authors, Wallace offers a venue for the sale of hand-crafted items, such as the striking cross with the face of Jesus carved between the crossbars.

“I host book signings whenever an author or publisher calls me,” she said. “We recently had one for Martha Faulkner, a third-grade teacher at Stuard Elementary. She wrote a book about a dog that survived Katrina, made it to Aledo, and was eventually reunited with its owner.”

To combat typical summer slowdowns, Wallace said she will have a Christmas in July sale. She also plans some summer entertainment.

Wallace was quick to give a shout out to other business owners who share the building: Lea Wallis and Lazeta Singleton, of Garden of Eat’n; and Aledo resident Jeanne Crutsinger, of ReVint Boutique, who sells vintage clothing, cowboy boots and luxury accessories.

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