Tomball Night

I’m starting to get excited about this coming Friday which is when Tomball Night happens. Last year we parked our barbecue trailer out in a messy front yard at a very unfinished Craftory to serve some food and show some folks how our vision was starting to take shape. Tomball Night feels like its own special patriotic party too me.

What started as a Tomball Chamber event to promote business on the tax free shopping weekend has blossomed into a prideful community event. People are in a darn good mood enjoying their town Tomball. It’s stories like the one I’m going to share with you that make Tomball a great town.

This last Saturday, while in the midst of barbecue & chocolate lines at a lively & loud Craftory retail counter, a lady found money lost on the floor. She ended up at the chocolate counter with a note for Janie; here is my number and if someone asks you about lost money and they can call me with the amount I will give it to them. Janie found me a little later and explained what happened. It dawned on me who might have dropped some cash on the floor. Michael Fulmer, Houston Barbecue Festival Committeeman, had been at the counter fumbling around in the 37 pockets his shorts has looking for a receipt trying to remember whether or not he paid for chocolate we were holding for him in the display. I called Fulmer asking if he lost some money. Sure enough he had, so he headed back for the lady’s number. Fulmer had this to say in his tweet about what happened.


He dropped a Benjamin Franklin on the floor,


left the building, came back, called this lady, she brought it back to him and refused a $20 reward for the effort. That is pretty strong.

When I saw the tweet I replied like this.


That’s how we roll in Tomball. What a proud moment for Tomball and that’s what Tomball Night feels like too me. Tomball is just a solid community. I dig it the most.

I’m going to take partial credit for this warm lost & found story because on Monday I spontaneously decided to plant some Old Glory out by the barbecue sign which brought onto The Craftory good vibrations for the entire week.


The only picture to get more hits than this one I posted on Monday was a picture I posted back in April of another proud Tomball moment.


Officer Jeff Williams serving desserts that a anonymous lady bought for the 5 Police Officers in the building that day. These two pictures got a lot of run on social media. People love these moments.

Flag Planting

Monday afternoon’s weather looked innocent enough.


It seemed like a good time to plant a 20 foot flag pole. I was wishing someone had a camera as Chef Greg and I were channeling our inner Iwo Jima.

FILE - U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945 during World War II. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)

FILE – U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945 during World War II. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)

Except I was in flip flops and Greg was working with busted readers. Those Marines were true bad asses, but they didn’t have electrical wires to deal with on a windy afternoon.


Piece of cake.


We also had a storm brewing that I didn’t realize how intense it might be until I was fueling up on my way home. The flag pole installation was thankfully done before this storm rolled all the way up on us.


I was glad we took the flag down like we do every evening.


Every morning I raise the flag, thank God for this great nation, and say the Pledge of Allegiance. This happens around 6:10 – 6:15 AM.  Come join me if you’re up for it. I’d be the first to admit that I often would say these words just going through the motion.


Here lately, I think about every word in the Pledge of Allegiance and consider the power of their meaning. We’s a lucky bunch us Americans is how I see things. I’m going to keep working to remind myself of that very fact. God made America a bright light in a dark world. I’m so thankful for that.


I’m thankful for good coffee and friends that roast good beans.


Matt Toomey introduced me to the greatness that is artisan coffee back in 2010. In 2011, Boomtown Coffee in The Heights gave us our first retail counter space. I always enjoy chatting coffee with Toomey.  He’s fired up about great coffee. Norman, who doesn’t drink coffee, was thinking about giving coffee a go after a 5 minute conversation with Mr. Boomtown.

The Boomtown gang came out for lunch and dropped off some of their Costa Rica Sonora Honey coffee. I just love this coffee bean with it’s chocolate, toffee, and light fruit notes. Coffee beans of this caliber in the hands of a talented roaster will make for a tasty brew.

We need to tell you more about the quality of our local coffee craftsmen. We’re going to work on that.


Tomball’s District Roasters, Magnolia’s Orazure Hand Roasted Coffee, and Houston’s Boomtown Coffee is in our line up. There’s a lot of great coffee roasted within 20 miles of The Craftory, We want to bring more of this too you.

Good Drinks

Fresh squeezed lemonade was on a roll this week. Add a strawberry kick to it for a truly refreshing sip.


Whenever I take a picture of something on this shelf it reminds me of the scene in the movie Arthur when Dudley Moore sets his cocktail down on the fender of his car and in his drunken stupor he thinks the drink might slide off the fender. This shelf on the fence is like the fun house. It messes with your sense of gravity.

Speaking of refreshments, here is a mint plant progress update for you. We use our mint plants for the tasty mint syrup we make for your tea.

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Our Lebanese Mint plant gift seems rather cozy in its new home after just six weeks.

Business picked up this last week.  We appreciate that everyone.

As the week rolled by, briskets were trimmed, pinto beans simmered, mushrooms were braised, and Reuben’s were made.

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The new Tejas House Prime was a star this week. A full pound of barbecue sandwich was crushed by many.


The House Prime is only available on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Just a couple of reminders: Tomball Night is Friday. We will be open until 9:00 PM serving sliders and sausage on a stick. Should be a lot of fun.

We will be closed for vacation August 14th – August 22nd. We are open Saturday August 13th and then not again until Tuesday August 23rd.

See you around the hood.

Cheers! Scott


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