There are businesses in Spur which cover the basic necessities, but there is a lot of room (and plenty of demand) for an entrepreneurial spirit to come into town and open up something spectacular.  This is a small town with many people who were born and raised here, but that doesn't mean we live in a bubble.  Many of our existing residents have traveled to and lived in cities at some point in their lives and very much miss the amenities provided there, from coffee shops and specialty foods to childcare, laundry, and tailoring services.  To be clear, there are not many jobs available in Spur, in that very few if any existing businesses are hiring, but if you can set up your own operation, Spur may just be the right place to do it.  That said, Lubbock is a city with a metro population of over 305,000 (2014) with an unemployment rate of 3.4% (Sep '15) and only a 1 hour's drive away.  If you've ever dealt with commuting for an hour in city traffic, then cruising along the county roads at 75mph to Lubbock through beautiful canyons and cotton fields should be an improvement.  Many people in town commute daily for work in Lubbock.

Also take note that it's not just consumer-facing businesses or web-based entrepreneurs and freelancers that could thrive in Spur.  With the lower costs of living and all the space you could need, it's possible for any mechanical wizard, carpentry master, or artisan craftsmen of any variety to set up shop in Spur and sell goods/services in Lubbock.  All you need to succeed in a small town is some innovative thinking and an energetic passion to see your ideas through.  The American Dream is alive in Spur.

Below is a list of all the existing businesses in town that City Hall has on file:

Recreation & Entertainment:
Dickens County Library
Spur/Dickens County Museum
The Texas Spur - Newspaper

Accommodations:
The Backdoor Inn
The Mesquite Inn
Duck Creek - Trailer Park

Grocery & General
Lawrence Brothers
The Rowel Variety Store
Dana's Pharmacy

Retail:
DC Auto - Auto Parts/Mechanic
Hawg and Dawg Treasures - Antique/Collectibles Store
Hawg and Dawg Computers - Computer Service/Support
Lazy Dazies - Florist
Curl Up & Dye - Hair Salon
Hair by Anita - Hair Salon
His & Hers - Hair Salon
The Lucky Spur - Womens Clothing and Jewelry

Food Service:
BJ's Chuck Wagon - Mexican/American food truck
Dixie Dog - Hot dogs and burgers
Idle Times - Pizza
Ole Town Cafe
Turnaround Cafe

 

Farm & Garden
Chastains Hardware
Duck Creek Processing - Animal Processing
Star Feed Store - Supply
Farmers COOP Gin - Supply
Mikes Mowers - Mower Repair/Sales
Wyatt Tractor Service - Tractor/Auto Repair
Spur Vet Clinic
Gruesendorf Welding - Welding/Tires/Misc

Banking & Insurance:
Spur Security Bank
Capital Farm Credit
Post/Spur Insurance Agency

Utilities:
South Plains Electric - Electric
WTG - Natural Gas
Caprock Telephone - Phone/TV/Fiber Internet

Church:
Hwy 70 Church of Christ
Community Bible Chapel
First Assembly of God Church
First Baptist Church
First United Methodist
Freedom Church
Bethel Baptist
Lakeside Baptist
St Marys Catholic Church

Miscellaneous:
Allsups - Gas/Convenience
US Post Office
Spur Health Clinic
Tom Brian Law Office
Zapata Funeral Home
R&R Monument - Cemetery Stones

 

We've also been speaking with locals to get an idea of what they'd like to see in town, and the results are as follows:

  • Gym
  • Yoga Studio
  • Health food store
  • Butcher/Meat market
  • Laundromat and tailoring services
  • Childcare
  • Personal Chef/Prepared meal delivery
  • Cool place to hang out in the evenings (for kids and adults - right now everything closes at 7)
  • Eco building materials provider

Light Manufacturing that could do really well exporting to Lubbock

  • Cabinet Shop
  • Machine Shop

Any locals got any ideas for more businesses you think could be successful in town?  Or any potential newcomers want to know if your idea could do well here?  Let's talk.

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