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Big Smith’s Bar-B-Q: Doing something right - Owners Donna and Steve Smith provide inviting, traditional dining experience for customers

A sit-down, all-you-can-eat style of restaurant, Big Smith’s Bar-B-Q has been serving the people of Hopkins County for more than 23 years. Owners  Steve and Donna Smith  work alongside their employees in an attempt to provide kind and courteous service in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

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Family Owned Business: Over 75 years of Toliver family history and joy lies in the auto dealership business

The total price of a new Ford pickup was $295. It was the 1930s. That’s how long the Toliver family has been in the auto dealership business.

The family got its start when Brian Toliver’s grandfather, R.L. Burton, purchased a gas station, adding a new car franchise to the dealership, in Haskell.

Burton advertised, “Pick your dealer first and then choose your used car. …Today we are offering some of the greatest bargains in our history.” Included in the advertisement were cars priced starting at $10.

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Family Owned Business: From rehab to recreation, the family at Carriage House Manor offers it all

It really is all in the family at the Carriage House Manor, Sulphur Springs’ only locally private-owned and operated rehabilitation and 24-hour skilled nursing facility.

Arvis and Sheila Tanton, owners of the facility at 210 Pipeline Road, took over the business in 2000 from its former corporate owner, R.W. and Belle McDonell.

Considered the representative smiling face of Carriage House Manor, Arvis is the administrator and owner of the business while Sheila, also a co-owner, remains a “silent partner.”

Arvis’ roots in the nursing home business run deep. After graduating college, he began as a social worker for the Department of Public Welfare, advancing to a nursing home surveyor before rounding out his 14-year service to the state.

“This experience was beneficial in learning how to run a nursing home,” said Sheila, noting that her husband of 35 years spent the next 21 years working as a nursing home administrator in Sherman, Honey Grove, Cooper and Terrell.

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Family Owned Business: Sulphur Springs ATA Martial Arts is more than just hitting, kicking and punching

The family that kicks together sticks together. This is the motto the Daron and Melissa Bilyeu family, owners of the Sulphur Springs ATA Martial Arts, stick by daily.

“This is the first time the ATA Martial Arts here in Sulphur Springs has ever been owned by a family,” Melissa, a fourth degree black belt and nationally certified instructor, said. “The business has been around for a long time, but we have owned it for the past four years. This is not like the movies. It is much more than just hitting, kicking and punching.”

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Family Owned Business: RE/MAX Advanced siblings are at the heart of real estate

Home is where the heart is.

RE/MAX Advanced owners Chris Brown and Karen McMahan know Hopkins County – residential, land and commercial. The brother and sister team have been uniting clients with their ideal properties since 2001.

For this family, there are many homes – or home properties – at the heart of their family.

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