The city of Lumberton is known throughout S.E. Texas to investors and new business owners as a great place to risk your capital when building a business or attempting other commercial endeavors. During the recession that hit in 2008, it was the one city with positive growth. The town has gained a quite a few strip centers and individual businesses in the last few years.
One of the newest to the town is the Tamale King, a uniquely styled restaurant concept that is owned by Mark Martinez. It was built by D&R Construction, also a Lumberton Commercial Construction company that formed in Lumberton, a few years ago. If heading north it is on the right immediately before Gracelake Estates on Hwy. 69. Mark said he can remember when he was considering Lumberton, for his second location, that a friend told him they had seen on the Texas Channel in 2014 that Lumberton was the fastest growing city in Texas. He made up his mind then and hasn’t look back. He actually likes the town so much he has decided to move here. His restaurant is a little different than most in the way it operates catering largely to the takeout market. It has continued to grow as the word has begun to spread about its delicious menu options. There are tables outside for those who wish to eat at the restaurant.
Another new business in town is Respawn Games. It’s right next door to Lumberton’s latest coffee shop, Hard Bean Coffee. These two businesses are in the strip center in the Walmart parking lot near Forest Dr. The owner said Respawn choose Lumberton for a second location, having a Beaumont location also. They started out in a little flea market in Vidor and have spread considerably over the last year. They also monopolize a niche market in that 90% of their business is in Vintage Gaming. They sell vintage gaming systems and games. They even work on gaming systems. Lumberton was the perfect place to grow their business. They are now pulling in business from Kountze, Silsbee, Buna, Woodville and all over this part of East Texas. Hard Beans is open till 10 pm on weekends and 8 pm on weekdays. The atmosphere is peaceful and feels cozy with nooks and sitting areas throughout. Their mission statement says “Hard Bean feels like home. We take inspiration from around the world and bring this to the people of Lumberton, Texas. Using incredible local produce and our amazing coffee and espresso beans, we strive to be your hometown coffee shop.”
Lumberton is a great community for new business to thrive. If you are out and about support one of our local businesses. Remember to “Shop Lumberton First” whenever possible. Many residents have wanted new business to come into the area, naming a coffee house as their top desire. So here is our chance to get out and support these guys and making it possible for other new business to also consider Lumberton home.