Joshua Community Guide 2020 - Page 38

Joshua restaurants connect with community W hether it’s providing their free time or food items, restau- rant owners and managers who are members of the Joshua Area Chamber of Commerce all say their goal is to help the community in any way they can. For Joshua’s Dairy Queen store, Manager Amanda May said em- ployees can be seen at just about every local event you can think of. Some of those events include hosting the store’s bi-annual car show; buying toys for Johnson County children in the An- gel Tree program; hosting a back-to- school apple tree for students at Staples Elementary School; and attending the Joshua Police Department’s annual National Night Out event, chamber lunches, school Parent Teacher Orga- nization fundraisers and Joshua Pee Wee Football Association fundraisers. They also partner with First United Methodist Church Joshua to ensure local families don’t go hungry and host a night where Joshua police officers serve ice cream to residents. “We just like to do local things,” May said. “I think it’s very important because your community is what drives your busi- ness. “At Dairy Queen, we believe in supporting our kids. The kids are our future. Our community supports us, so we need to support them.” Mojo’s Texmex Smokehouse & Grill Owners Terry Hodges and his cousin, Barry Hodges, said it’s important for local businesses to be a part of the community. “I think it really starts with providing job opportunities,” Terry Hodges said. “I also feel that it gives the residents another option as far as eating out.” They donate gift cards and coupons to residents at events throughout the year, he said. They recently hosted a booth at the city’s annual Christmas parade, tree lighting and mistletoe holiday shopping market. “It starts with the approach from the community,” he said. Burleson’s Mr. Jim’s Pizza store donates to Harvest House and several local churches. “We provide pizzas for athletics, band and choir,” Store Owner Carl Swaynie said. “We go to great lengths to make sure they’re all fed.” It’s important to immerse yourself in the community, he said. “If you’re not, you’ll never get recognition and people won’t know you’re here,” he said. “It’s a good idea to let the community know who you are.” At Napoli’s Pasta & Pizza, Manager Billy Shemo said they also support the schools, local churches and the city. Sometimes they give away food and gift cards. “I’ve been here for 18 years and love helping the community,” Shemo said. Supporting youth is also important for K&S Bar-B- Q, Owner Kim Herron said. Herron and her hus- band, Steven, sponsor students in rodeos, prin- cess contests and sports teams. Pictures of stu- dents they’ve helped can be seen framed throughout the store. “We do hire a lot of the local kids to pro- vide them with a job and give them some money to learn what life’s all about before they get out of school,” Kim Herron said. “We help individuals in need.” With the help of a resident, they are starting a coat closet where those in need can receive a coat for the chilly months, she said. They also give police officers and fire- fighters a first responder discount. “It’s very important cause the community is what backs you,” she said about helping the community. “We are a business that loves to help. Everybody needs help every now and then. Whether it’s a school or an individual, we’ve all been there. Our main goal is to make sure our com- munity a good place. We’re here and we support our community. They know we are in it for the long haul.” Phillis Alexander, Sunday Dinner Catering Services owner, said they cater at different local events. She gives food to the homeless when she has leftovers and sometimes gives discounts for nonprofit organizations and veterans. Their main location is in Burleson, but Texas Snow’s food truck can be seen at many Joshua events serving sno cones and other con- cession stand items. Owner Amy Roberts they attend the chamber’s Farmers Market, the schools’ fall festivals, the city’s Fourth of July parade and the opening of the park’s splash pad every summer. “We definitely try to immerse ourselves in the community as much as possible,” Roberts said. “I think local businesses are the backbone to communities. It creates a lot of camaraderie and helps families make memories with their kids. “Instead of going to Fort Worth or Dallas, they can go right here in their own backyard to do things. That’s what I like about it.” Becky’s Cafe Manager Josue Leal said they would like to be more involved in the community, but right now they are understaffed. He said it’s important to be a part of the community. “It’s part of having a business,” Leal said. “We’ve got a lot of support from local residents around the county.” 38 Joshua Community Guide 2020