COMMUNITY, MUSIC & COMMERCE

HEALTH | FITNESS
2016
November/December

Once upon a time…

This story starts with an extraordinarily talented and beautiful teenage girl from Lindale, Texas wanting to share her music with the world. Being underage, she found very few places that would allow her to showcase her unique style of country music. The young lady then found a new family-friendly music venue outside of Dallas called Love & War in Texas. There she approached the owner, Tye Phelps who agreed to let her play a set now and then, in exchange she could sell her decorated cowboy hats to make a little tour money. Tye began to recognize her talent and gave her the opportunity to sing on stage with country superstar, Rusty Wier where she brought the house down.

Soon after the young singer-songwriter celebrated her 16th birthday at Love & War in Texas, Tye had an idea to book her at a festival in Greenville for the Terlingua North Chili Cook-off where she would open for Charlie Robison. Impressed with her performance, Robison encouraged her to audition for the TNT television show, “Nashville Star,” where he happened to be a judge. She took his advice and won a spot on the show. She finished third at the end of the show’s first season and then soon after, in March 2005; she released an album that amazingly debuted at Number One. The album was titled “Kerosene,” and by now you should know that this hometown girl is the Grammy award-winning, Miranda Lambert. 

16 years later…

Miranda Lambert has always been proud of her hometown of Lindale. She along with her parents, Rick and Bev Lambert, have always desired to see prosperity for the town. Once they heard that the City of Lindale had purchased the old Allen Cannery, in Downtown Lindale, a vision transpired. East Texas was in real need of a family-friendly music destination where Texas singer-songwriters could showcase their talents, and persons of all ages could enjoy live music. Of course, their first call was to Tye Phelps at Love & War in Texas, who at first, was a bit skeptical. Ironically, on Miranda’s 32nd birthday, Tye signed the lease that would make Love & War, along with The Pink Pistol, the first and anchor tenants for the new Cannery project. On October 22, Love & War and The Pink Pistol celebrated their grand opening with the first annual “Pinktoberfest.” Getting back to their roots and in true East Texas style, the event came back around full-circle, appropriately featuring the Terlingua Chili Cook-off with a performance by Charlie Robison. Paying homage to the town that built her and those that took a chance on this small town girl and gave her a start. 

The Cannery at Lindale

The Cannery at Lindale is a partnership between the City of Lindale and developers, Lindale CBC, LLC who utilize the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF), which allows the city to divert future property tax revenue increases for the economic development of this project for the community.

Once complete, The Cannery at Lindale will be a beautifully landscaped 50-acre development of retail, restaurants and residential that will revitalize Downtown Lindale. It will include a city park and five concert venues including, the already existing, Pickers Pavilion. The largest, of the concert venues, will accommodate up to 15,000 people, which surpasses the capacity of any other venue in East Texas.  

Phase I of the 21-acre city park is near competition. Awaiting approval on a promising Texas Parks & Wildlife matching grant, Phase II will include a pond with a fishing pier, a splash pad, and an 18-hole disc golf course. Seong MacLaren, Director Downtown Development & Tourism for the City of Lindale, expressed genuine excitement saying; “Along with the Mayor and City Council, seeing this project come together is a dream come true. It is has been a real passion for all of us. We are extremely proud and feel so privileged to be able to provide such a cool and amazing place for the community to gather and fellowship in our City.” 

Along with Love & War in Texas and The Pink Pistol, Tyler Junior College has started construction on their new campus at The Cannery. The concert venues and the park will provide built-in foot traffic for future tenants. The whole concept being that the music will bring listeners, the beauty will bring visitors and the synergy will bring commerce. According to Laura Adkinson of Real Edge Real Estate Lindale, much interest is rolling in from franchises and privately owned businesses including other restaurants, bakeries, unique boutiques and gift shops.

Lindale’s location at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and Highway 69, along with the new connection of Toll 49, make accessibility to The Cannery extremely viable, generating an anticipation that it will become the hub of entertainment for all of East Texas. 

Love & War in Texas

The Love & War in Texas concept was created by native Texan Tye Phelps to promote Texas, Texas artists, Texas food and Texas Heritage. You will not find any “sushi” or “Alaskan snow crab” on their menu, but fresh Texas Gulf seafood, Texas produce and Texas grown meats all cooked into authentic Texas recipes. Sticking with the Texas theme, Love & War has an extensive “all-Texas” wine list and an equally impressive collection of Texas Beers.

Live Texas music has become a tradition at Love & War featuring Texas singer-songwriters from all around the state. It is not your typical “honky-tonk” but a refreshing family-friendly atmosphere where those of all ages can enjoy live music. As a part of their personal dedication to assisting Texas artists in achieving their dreams, they have even included a recording studio in their new building here in Lindale.

The atmosphere, in general, is welcoming; the staff is friendly, the food is fabulous, and there is a fun factor that makes you want to invite all your friends.

The Pink Pistol

The Pink Pistol is a very fascinating “lifestyle boutique” that reflects the unique personal style of Miranda Lambert. Much of the clothing, jewelry, and accessories have been hand chosen by Miranda, herself. They seem to have something for everyone, in every price range, including the Miranda by Miranda Lambert boot line, lots of statement t-shirts, Pink Pistol novelties, and gifts. 

The Pink Pistol also carries a full line of pet accessories that benefit the MuttNation Foundation. MuttNation Foundation, founded in 2009 by Miranda Lambert and her mother, Bev Lambert, is a donation-supported organization with the mission to end animal cruelty, neglect, and homelessness. 

Equipped with a quaint old-fashioned soda fountain, wildly fun décor, and memorabilia, you cannot help but pick up on the happy vibe. 

Red 55 Winery 

Inside The Pink Pistol, you will find the Red 55 Wine Tasting Room, serving the highly decorated, award-winning, signature wine line of Miranda Lambert. Red 55 Wine, developed by Rick and Bev Lambert, was named after Miranda’s 1955 red Chevy step-side truck which she still has today. This is a warm and cozy tasting room with rustic décor, fireplace, and intimate music performances.

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