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November 27, 2014

Island businessman prepares for sixth seawall concept

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:30 am

On board: Look for a May 30 opening of Longboard Pool Bar, 1702 Seawall Blvd. Longboard, a swim-up bar at the Galveston Beach Hotel, replaces the bar Captain Jack’s and will offer up mojitos, fruit-infused drinks and other cocktails. The venue will feature a frozen drink bar within the bar.

Longboard is isle entrepreneur Dennis Bryd’s sixth seawall concept. His other five concepts — restaurant The Spot, Tiki Bar, Squeeze Ritas & Tequilas, RumShack and SideYard — all are at one 3204 Seawall Blvd. complex.

Byrd earlier this year acquired the hotel from Mark Wyant, who in 2005 opened the 97-room property as Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort. Byrd also is working on a complete makeover of the hotel. Stay tuned.

The scoop: Judging by the emails, some readers are missing their frozen favorites from Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream, which is working to open any day in its new space downtown. Owner Mike Bouvier reports that everything’s ready and he’s just awaiting the final inspection by the Galveston County Health District before swinging open the doors to his new shop, 2120 Postoffice St., next to Mod Coffeehouse. If all goes well, Hey Mikey’s could open by the weekend. But Bouvier said he’s at the mercy of health district inspection schedules.

Bouvier opened Hey Mikey’s nearly two years ago at 902 Postoffice St. on the island’s East End. But the popular parlor quickly outgrew the space.

The new space will allow for indoor and patio seating and an expanded product line.

Hey Mikey’s no longer will serve coffee, but will add fruit pies and desserts that complement ice cream.

The shop offers such flavors as German Chocolate, Almond Joy and Moose Tracks, a confection made of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, to name a few. Also, look for the downtown shop to feature a snow cone section. Stay tuned.

Brushing up: Paint purveyor Sherwin-Williams on Wednesday celebrated its new island building on the shores of English Bayou. Members of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce and Galveston Economic Development Partnership, along with contractors and some island dignitaries, gathered for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the new building, 1014 61st St. Billy Joe Strawn, sales representative for Sherwin-Williams, and the store’s manager, Jackie Booth, were on hand to greet guests.

Cleveland, Ohio-based Sherwin-Williams, which has 4,000 stores, opened its island location in 1935. Read more about the store in Tuesday’s Biz Buzz.

Paper cuts: The announcement earlier this month that Office Depot would close at least 400 stores generated some buzz.

Boca Raton, Fla.-based Office Depot operates stores in Galveston, Kemah and just outside the county in Webster.

“We do not have a list of stores to be closed,” Office Depot spokeswoman Karen Denning said.

“We will share information on our quarterly calls, as appropriate.”

Although officials aren’t naming stores targeted for closure, the local Office Depots appear to be in good shape. That’s because the pending closures are a result of Office Depot’s $1.2 billion merger with Office Max completed in November. Closures likely will take place where there’s market overlap of Office Depot and Office Max. Office Max no longer has stores in Galveston County.