Business Beat: Gladewater assisted living center, new auto dealer, Hallsville tanning center, more – Longview News-Journal

Sentinel Gardens, a 60-bed assisted living center that opened in June in a renovated nursing home at 300 Money St. in Gladewater, plans a grand opening from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 3.

The grand opening will include refreshments, opportunities to meet staff and tours upon request, said Tina Gillaspy, administrator, and Linda Morgan, director of nurses.

Gillaspy, who has worked in the industry for more than 15 years, said Sentinel Gardens admitted its first resident June 28 and saw the number grow to 12 as of Tuesday. It became licensed in late July by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

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Roadrunner Autos opens

Dwight Johnson, who has worked in the the auto sales field for eight years, is striking out on his own by opening Roadrunner Autos at 3945 N. U.S. 259.

Johnson, who most recently was general sales manager for a year at All Star Ford-Kilgore, said he sees Roadrunner “as just another opportunity to have your own business and to be able to help people out as much as you can.”

He said another motivation is to help youths who are less fortunate, because he had a “pretty rough” home life growing up.

Roadrunner Autos has a fleet of about 35 vehicles ranging from luxury to economy cars, Johnson said. He uses the word “premium” to describe the pre-owned vehicles because he said they are low mileage in good condition.

Roadrunner Autos provides financing in addition to sales, Johnson said. It keeps business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

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New tanning owners

Jason and Paula Ainsworth recently bought Island Tans & Boutique Hallsville from Ami Dehart and are making some changes and additions.

“We’ve put new bulbs in (for the tanning beds),” Paula Ainsworth said. “We’ve added clothing lines.”

She said Island Tans, at 334 W. Main St. across from Marisol’s, has been in business for at least a decade, adding she and her husband are the fourth owners.


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