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Our Chamber’s mission is to contribute to making our city and region a better place in which to live, visit learn and do business. The Wharton Chamber of Commerce is a 501 ( C ) 6 non-profit, tax exempt corporation.

July 10 Lunch and Learn


Wharton participated in the Texas Main Street Project as an official Texas Main Street City in the 1980s. You can hear from the person who directed the Wharton downtown revitalization project in 1986 to 1987. He’s Dwayne Jones, who is now the executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation. Jones will express his thoughts about his Wharton experience and about Wharton’s future opportunities at the next Wharton Chamber Lunch and Learn. It will be from 11:30 to 1 pm Tuesday, July 10, at the Simply Divine Event Center, 314 W. Milam, in downtown Wharton. Tickets, including a catered lunch, are $15 each. Contact 979-532-1862 or helpdesk@whartonchamber.com.

Hollub, Oakbend ribbon cuttings


Hollub Financial Services
Friday, July 13
10 am to 2 pm open house, ribbon cutting 10 am
727 N. Alabama Rd., Suite A

Oakbend Medical Center
Tuesday, July 17
Gathering in main entrance lobby at 5:30 pm, comments and ribbon cutting at 6 pm
10141 US Highway 59 Road

Business Breakfast

Gregory Magyer, executive director of the Plaza Theatre, will be the special guest at the Business Breakast, 7:30 to 9 am Thursday, June 28, at Milam Street Coffee. Coffee provided. Sponsored by the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Wharton Economic Development Corp.

060 Loan Program

The program, called the Wharton 060 Loan Program, is specially for Wharton businesses damaged by the flooding. “We want to do everything so our impacted business regain ground, succeed and remain a vital part of our economy,” said Marshall Frances, president of Wharton Economic Development Corp., or WEDC. “The Wharton Chamber Small Business Relief Fund is the perfect partner for this program,” Frances added. Business and Community Lenders of Texas has set aside $1 mill. in relief loan money to be distributed locally in amounts no greater than $100,000. The businesses will have to be approved for credit to comply with the lending standards of BCL of Texas. The Wharton Chamber Small Business Relief Fund and WEDC are partnering to get this relief to the Wharton community, but, beyond the debt payment, will have no input into the judgment of loan approval. “We are happy to be getting a tool on the streets of Wharton that will assist our flood impacted businesses, said Chad Odom,
WEDC executive director. “We are blessed to have BCL of Texas as a partner to assist in our recovery.” The loan application can be found at whartonchamber.com. Odom noted that BCL of Texas — at the invitation of WEDCO and the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture — has already assisted in bringing more than $250,000 in grants to the Wharton community. “The fundraising will be ongoing and we hope to have more grants going forward,” said Ron Sanders, president of the Chamber Small Business Relief Fund. “WEDCO made this commitment in good faith to our local impacted businesses in the hopes that the Chamber Relief Fund could find additional funding.” The additional funding can be used as a match for […]

Stay a day or two or three

Below are some of the great Day Trips that you can take when coming to Wharton. There are plenty of options to choose from or you can always plan your own custom trip that meets the things you are interested in.


9:30a.m. – Downtown Wharton

Visit Monterey Square, with its antique shops, coffee house, gift stores and the exquisite, historically-restored Wharton County Courthouse. Built in 1889, the courthouse was designed by noted architect Eugene Heiner and was brought back to its original glory in 2007 at a cost of $7.4 million.

The east side of the square is called the Burger Block, and includes the Burger Robertson Building, constructed in 1909, and the W. Roberts Building, constructed in 1919.

Don’t miss the murals. Completed by Texas artist Dayton Wodrich, they detail the county’s rich agricultural, religious and medicinal history.

Noon – Lunch Time

There’s a host of restaurants in the city, including some in the downtown area. For those craving some Tex-Mex, try Cuevos Mexican Restaurant, Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant, or Larry’s Mexican Restaurant, all located in the downtown area or nearby. There’s others, too — see our visitor’s guide. You can get one at the coffee shop or the chamber office, 225 N. Richmond Road.

1:30 p.m. – Morris Ranch Carriage House Museum

Among the meticulously restored and maintained carriages is the one that carried Vivien Leigh in the movie “Gone With the Wind.” Call ahead to make an appointment: 979-532-1862. The museum is located at 2110 CR 117, east of the city. There may be a fee.

3:00 p.m. – Back to town

For a late afternoon pick-me-up, try a specialty frappe or an iced tea at Milam Street Coffee (the kids might enjoy a scoop of […]

Texas Gulf Coast Antique and Junkin’ Trail


Introducing the new Texas Gulf Coast Antique & Junkin’ Trail!

Bohemian Rhapsody II
134 W. Milam St., Wharton, 832-434-8374. Email: Boh_rhap2@att.net Over 32 vendors! Everything from rustic, metal décor, painted furniture to chalk paints and knobs for you next project. Vintage & upcycled! Candles, jewelry and more. Open 10 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sun.

JT’s This & That
232 W. Milam St., Wharton, 979-532-0977.
Vintage salt/pepper shakers, doors and windows, furniture, nik-naks and more! Open 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., by chance on Mon.

Milam Emporium
238 W. Milam St., Wharton, 979-531-3103.
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Closed on Sundays.
Email: dougsmolik@gmail.com

Montgomery Gallery and Frame
110 S. Houston St., Wharton,979-532-3929.
Website: Montgomerygalleryandframe.net.
Email: mogie@sbcglobal.net. Vintage look, ready made, and custom made frames. Oil paintings restoration. Photo restoration. Frame restoration. Open 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. Sat., closed on Sun.

Glen Flora Emporium
103 S. Bridge Ave. Glen Flora, 979-677-3249.
Email: emporium@glenflora.com. Dealers who rent space to sell their merchandise and consignments. On Facebook as “The Glen Flora Emporium.” Open 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sun.

Burr Trading Company
411 CR 123, Wharton, 979-453-0860.
Website: thegalleryinwharton@gmail.com. Buying, selling and repurposing old things. We are in Wharton’s Bohemian Rhapsody II, the Glen Flora Emporium, Bar W Field and Warrenton. Personal picks by appointment! Find us on Facebook as Burr Trading Co.

Junk & Stuff
709 Main St., East Bernard, 281-450-6219.
Email: jamesdcollector@aol.com. The store is mostly antiques and collectibles. Neons, beer signs, old truck doors, tailgates. One stop man cave store! Open Saturdays or by appointment.

The Birdhouse and Boutique
421 S. 17th St., West Columbia, 979-345-2560. Email: 421coffeehouse@gmail.com. Open Mondays to Fridays 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. We use reclaimed wood hardware and build beautiful birdhouses and planters.

Carta Valley Market
229 E. […]