The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce held it’s monthly coffee July 8 at Bette’s Gift Shop, located at 2011 Texas Avenue.

Their Employee of the Month for July is Candace Todora of Bette’s Gift Shop.

Todora is a native of Bridge City and a graduate of BC High School. She attends First Baptist Church in Orangefield.

In 2004, Todora met Bette Smith, and a fast friendship formed.

Todora worked at Gala Hallmark Shop when Hurricane Rita blew through Bridge City in 2005. After Hurricane Ike came through and flooded most of Bridge City, Hallmark’s owner decided not to reopen the store.

Smith bought the store front and Bette’s Gift Shop was born.

Todora stayed on to work with Smith and has worked with her for the past 4 1/2 years.

 Smith says “Candace has always come to bat for me and is willing to do whatever was needed to get a particular task finished; like coming home from Disney World ASAP to be my assistant manager.”

 Smith added that “her attitude and good cheer were important and appreciated. Candace is now being promoted to assistant manager, and I know she will do a great job.”

 Chosen as Business of the Month was Luv Lingerie, located at 2215 Texas Ave.

 Luv Lingerie was opened 28 years ago by Kathy Pruitt and was located on Roundbunch Road. Lou Raburn bought Luv Lingerie in 1989 and moved the shop to Texas Avenue. 

 Raburn had 19 successful years before Hurricane Ike came and she lost everything in the store. 

Vincent and Raburn credit their success to a lot of hard work, long hours and caring about people’s needs. Also the support of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce and many years of their many loyal customers.

 The shop grew from a small lingerie shop to a specialty shop that carries size small to 5X in lingerie as well as bras which range from 32-A to 53-L.

Pam Vincent, owner of Luv says that her specialty is prosthesis and prosthetic bras for after breast surgery, with certified fitters available.

Luv Lingerie has worked closely with The American Cancer Society and The Julie Rogers Foundation.

Vincent came to work with her mother, Raburn, 17 years ago and found her niche with helping customers. “All the customers wanted Pam to help them with their needs,” Raburn said.

“We conducted many seminars for ladies, church groups, teachers and many more.”

 After Hurricane Ike destroyed the shop and the town, Raburn decided it was time to retire as owner and sold the shop to her daughter. Raburn says she will still be around for support.

 “The building has been remodeled and looks great; Pam has done a teriffic job decorating the inside of the shop with help from her step-daughter, Julie. It really looks great.”

Vincent states that Luvs is open and ready to help with your needs or that special gift.

“We offer gift certificates and also have a bridal registry available.” “Please stop by and check out our efforts, we’re glad to finally be back in business.”