Black business owners making strides in Bell CountyCelebrating black business owners for Black History MonthBELL COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) Some black owned businesses in Bell County are offering unique services to Central Texans.
So Natural is a hidden gem off of Veterans in Harker Heights.
Lavina Sabree is a former veteran and former nurse. She says her family always shopped at wholesale markets and she wanted to bring healthy living to the area.
“I wanted to make a way so that the people here in the Central Texas area would have a way to eat natural foods and have natural organic things to eat,” Sabree said.
Her successful business was featured on the Food Network in 2016 helping her renovate her space.
Temple resident Irma Gottshalk owns Igott Island cuisine. She says she’s the only Jamaican restaurant in Temple.
“It was hard and it’s still hard to work the business and to make it come to make it come to fruition. From all different walks and cultures and enjoy my food it just makes me proud,” Gottshalk says.
Toni Ringgold opened one of the newer spots in Temple called the Premier Music Academy for children and adults.
“We have to really believe in what we’re doing, it’s extremely difficult for me this business is all or nothing,” Ringgold says.
She says her motivation has been doing what she loves to do.
“It’s because I love what I do and that’s what gets me up in the morning,” she says.
Other business owners like George Davidson are from the Fort Hood area. Davidson is a mechanic and says he’s just happy to get your car running. His business in Killeen has been open since 2004.
“It’s been really really challenging but it’s rewarding at the end because I try to help people and I’m in business to help and there’s a lot of broken cars in Killeen and I have a motto that my business is to help people,” Davidson says.
Premier Music Academy will have a grand opening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at 1604 S. 31st. Street in Temple.