Sunday, May 27, 2007

Bolivar business


Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

James Burch of Conroe Golf Carts delivers a shipment of carts to Gulf Coast Golf Carts on Wednesday, May 23, 2007. Businesses and residents along the Bolivar Peninsula are ready for Memorial Day weekend and the traditional start of the summer tourist season.


Chainsaw artist Kevin Kavanaugh works on one of his signature pieces at Tiki Loco in Crystal Beach. Kavanaugh sells his work from coast to coast.



Chainsaw artist Kevin Kavanaugh works on one of his signature pieces at Tiki Loco. Locally, his tikis are featured at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens in Tyrrell Park and at the Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation art gallery.


Chainsaw artist Kevin Kavanaugh works on one of his signature pieces at Tiki Loco. Kavanaugh said most of his raw materials would have gone in a landfill if he hadn't rescued them for his tikis.


Chainsaw artist Kevin Kavanaugh works on one of his signature pieces at Tiki Loco in Crystal Beach. He's made and displayed hie art at the roadside location more than a year. Business has been good for Kavanaugh in Crystal Beach.



Latitude 29.2 owner Russell Standridge moves a box at the store in Crystal Beach. The store recently expanded an additional 4,100 square feet.


Kimberly Voigt (left) and Kim Hebert (right) prepare Latitude 29.2 for this weekend's business. Businesses and residents along the Bolivar Peninsula are ready for Memorial Day weekend and the traditional start of the summer tourist season.


Sarah Terry hangs clothes at Latitude 29.2 in Crystal Beach. The store earns 75 percent of its annual business during the summer.


Beach-themed items in all price ranges greet customers at Latitude 29.2 in Crystal Beach. The store carries items in all price ranges for all kinds of visitors.

This is the second of a three-part series on the Bolivar Peninsula preparing for its summer season. Please also see Bolivar beaches and Bolivar batteries (historical military). Please also watch the entire slide show. It lasts one minute.

3 comments:

donna said...

Did everyone weather the storm in Crystal Beach. I'm sorry for your losses. My mom and stepdad lived near the post office. I also wanted to know if anyone has heard from the tiki guy-Kevin. He used to help my mom a lot since my stepdad is in a wheel chair. Email me with any news of Kevin.

God Bless,
Donna
artfan05@gmail.com

Light Bender said...

We had 6 tikis from Kevin and lost them all in Ike along with our house in Gilchrist. We have nothing left but a busted up slab and we're pretty sure we will not be allowed to build back. We have tried to contact Kevin, but the phone number posted says the voice mailbox is not set up. Need to get a hold of him to commission new work! Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone from Bolivar(God's Country), we feel empty & lost!

Light Bender

lazy gardener said...

Would you tell Kevin that I used one of his creations in a blog post along with his website. Hope it helps. I couldn't find an email address for him.

http://blog.chron.com/lazygardener/2011/07/so-what-should-we-plant

Thanks!

Brenda Beust Smith
Houston Chronicle Lazy Gardener
lazygardener@sbcglobal.net