Three months after J.C. Ray purchased the building that was to become Ray’s Drive-In, he tried to give it back to David Boles.

If you think starting a new business would be difficult, just consider how tough building two competing, and successful, restaurants and bars in the same town would be.

Nestled next to the Red House Winery in Nacogdoches lies Brendyn’s BBQ, a locally owned and operated food truck run by Brendyn Todd. The red food truck with fresh meat made every day has become a staple for many in the community, and even some beyond.

DeeLeon’s Fine Dining in Wells is a little place with a big taste.

Some believe freshly roasted coffee is the only coffee worth drinking. When buyers purchase a ready-to-brew beverage in the store, several weeks and stages will have passed before it makes it into their morning cup, leaving the coffee stale. So what’s there to do? Well, the two Davids at Nine Flags Coffee Roasters are here to help.

1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Seafood is almost universally considered to be healthful. But navigating the waters of how to choose the healthiest varieties of fish, mercury contamination, farmed versus wild caught choices, and sustainability issues can confuse even the savviest of seafood connoisseurs.

Some things just get better with age: historical buildings, great ideas and, of course, wine. Whether it takes 99 years, three years or somewhere in between, wine can prove to be well worth the wait. For Red House Winery, the wait is over, as they held their grand opening May 2 in historic downtown Nacogdoches.

M.D. Page didn’t eat seafood at first, but he acquired a taste for it during his time working for Kellogg Brown & Root (now KBR Inc.).

If you haven’t heard by now, Skyline Burrito Bowls has a delicious new side business, Skyline Sweets & Treats. Sharing the same storefront, the one-woman bakery tempts Skyline customers with a variety of specialty cupcakes that are to die for. From pistachio to hot chocolate, there is a treat for every palette.

Anyone native to East Texas will almost certainly feel right at home upon walking into 58 Junction Café and Ice House; anyone who prizes atmosphere in their restaurants will be enamored. Trophies, saddles, guitars, old telephones, wagon wheels and vinyl records adorn the walls. Old western shows rerun on the restaurant’s TVs. 58 Junction is like a realization of everyone’s idea of what a local restaurant is and should be, to a ‘T’.

Since the recent openings of Fredonia Brewery and Naca Valley Vineyard, it seemed only natural that Nacogdoches would soon be the site of a spirit business to complete the trifecta. The Front Porch Distillery, in the making since 2014, arrived in May.

It’s easy to love the woods. Guess what? The woods will love you right back if you pay a little attention to her.