The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new businesses to the City of Irving with ribbon-cuttings the week of Sept. 15.

Dan and Elaine Niemeier (from left) , Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Susan and Rick Fairless at the Big State Fountain Grill ribbon-cutting.

Dan and Elaine Niemeier (from left) , Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Susan and Rick Fairless at the Big State Fountain Grill ribbon-cutting.

Big State Fountain Grill

The Irving Chamber hosted a ribbon-cutting for the remodeled Big State Fountain Grill in the heart of the city at Main Street and Irving Boulevard in the Downtown Heritage Crossing District on Monday, Sept. 15.

Mayor Beth Van Duyne welcomed Big State owners Rick and Susan Fairless, as well as longtime building owner Dan Niemeier, and thanked them for revitalizing Big State — one of two soda fountains in existence in Dallas County.

Van Duyne was joined by City Council members Oscar Ward, John Danish, Gerald Farris, Allan Meagher and other city officials. Niemeier and his wife Elaine also attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Irving Chamber Ambassadors, were joined by downtown Irving business owners and Chamber members Phillip Dye, Larsen Dye & Associates, and JoAnn Goin, Glory House Catering.

For more information, ‘Like’ Big State on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/bigstate

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Million Dollar Pawn & Gun

Celebrated Dallas Cowboy Ed “Too Tall” Jones and other retired NFL players helped Million Dollar Pawn & Gun celebrate their grand opening by signing autographs at a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Dallas Cowboys legend Ed "Too Tall" Jones signs an autograph for Shirley Dobson with State Rep. Linda Harper Brown's Office at the Million Dollar Pawn & Gun ribbon-cutting.

Dallas Cowboys legend Ed “Too Tall” Jones signs an autograph for Shirley Dobson with State Rep. Linda Harper Brown’s Office at the Million Dollar Pawn & Gun ribbon-cutting.

Million Dollar Pawn & Gun Owner Bill Hollingsworth, Jr. said his pawn shop is a family-owned and operated business. Hollingsworth previously owned and operated pawn shops in the ’70s and 80’s, and wanted to return to the business.

Other retired NFL athletes that signed autographs at the ribbon-cutting included Dallas Cowboy Michael Downs, Miami Dolphin Cliff Odom, NY Giants’ Byron Williams and Green Bay Packers’ Phillip Epps, as well as former NBA player for the Dallas Mavericks Erick Strickland.

The shop features fine jewelry, fur coats, art, guitars and more in more than 35,000 square feet. The shop is home to a 1,250-pound alligator that is more than 100 years old.

For more information, ‘Like’ Million Dollar Pawn & Gun on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MillionDollarPawnGun

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Envoy Air, Inc.

Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne attended her second ribbon-cutting of the week for Envoy Air, Inc. on Thursday, Sept. 18

Irving City Manager Chris Hillman (from left), John Nicks, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, Envoy CEO Pedro Fabregas and Irving Chamber President and CEO Beth Bowman attend the Envoy ribbon-cutting.

Irving City Manager Chris Hillman (from left), John Nicks, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, Envoy CEO Pedro Fabregas and Irving Chamber President and CEO Beth Bowman attend the Envoy ribbon-cutting.

Envoy’s move to Irving from Fort Worth this summer created the airlines’ first headquarters. Envoy provides regional flight service for American Airlines and ground handling services for American and about 15 other airlines.

Van Duyne thanked Envoy employees for “having faith in your executives” and making the move to Irving. Envoy CEO Pedro Fabregas thanked Irving Chamber officials and the economic development team, as well as Transwestern for their work in helping broker the deal.

Irving Chamber President and CEO Beth Bowman attended the ribbon-cutting along with Irving City Manager Chris Hillman and City Councilman Oscar Ward.

Envoy’s Irving headquarters is home to about 600 employees and is the training hub for its pilots and flight crews.

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