Billy Bob's Texas opens shop at Dallas Love Field

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Fort Worth has grabbed a hold in Dallas Love Field's new terminal in the form of a Billy Bob's Texas gift shop, the world's largest honky-tonk has informed us.

The shop in Terminal 2, which opens on Tuesday, will be managed by the Hudson Group, corporate parent of Hudson News, as a joint venture.

It will pay Billy Bob's a fixed monthly royalty and buy all of the merchandise from the Stockyards venue, which has created some apparel specifically for the airport spot, said Concho Minick, Billy Bob's manager.

The Love Field shop will display concrete handprints of some of the stars who have played at Billy Bob's along with autographed guitars, and a replica of its backstage wall with autographs of even more performers. Large flat-screen TVs will show concerts and its signature indoor bull riding, while a listening station gives travelers a chance to preview Live at Billy Bob's country music CDs.

What about DFW Airport?

Billy Bob's had a store there 16 years ago and was forced into a kiosk on wheels during a terminal refit, which became too much of a hassle to manage, said Pam Minick, the night spot's spokeswoman.

But Concho Minick said that if another opportunity for retail space opened, it would consider making a bid.

"It would be awesome for us get into DFW," he said. "It's just not in the cards yet."

Staking their claim

to an unusual name

Attention, Hooters and Twin Peaks: Austin-based upstart Bikini's Sports Bar & Grill has just laid legal claim to the word "breastaurant," the informal category for the industry subgroup.

Doug Guller said he spent about $10,000 securing a trademark on the term, which he said prevents rival chains from using it in their commercial communications.

"I think that brings a lot of advantages," said Guller, 39, an out-of-the-box-thinking bar maven from Ohio who last summer bought the tiny Hill Country town of Bankersmith and renamed it Bikinis.

Asked if any of those advantages are material, he replied: "I don't know if it will translate into more business." But Guller said, "I don't think there's going to be an article written about that category without including us."

Before, his chain of 14 outlets called itself "America's only sport's breastaurant," he added. With the trademark, "we started calling ourselves 'America's breastaurant'" The chain has a location in Arlington on Copeland Road near Interstate 30.

Startups make finals

for IMPACT awards

Nine startup companies with innovative technologies have been named finalists for the 2013 TECH Fort Worth IMPACT Awards.

In the community category, finalists are: Create Labs, a social media provider; Inception Lighting, which developed an outdoor-rated LED lighting system, and Student Success Academy, a consulting agency that pairs high school students with college students for guidance.

Finalists in the energy and environment category are: AutoEvolve, an auto recycler; iLumi, which developed LED lights controlled wirelessly from a mobile app; and Pulsar Energy, which developed proprietary technology to harness the power of the sun and generate low-cost electricity and heat

And in the health category, finalists are: Applied Regenerative Technologies, which focuses on restoring nerve function after trauma, tumor resection or neurological disease; eMist, which developed a method for applying disinfectants and anti-bacterial chemicals to surfaces; and MedHab, which has patented technology in the medical device field.

The program is in its fifth year. The awards will be presented at a May 15 luncheon that will feature Jasper Welch, CEO of the National Business Incubation Association.

The luncheon will be held at the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom at Texas Christian University. For sponsorships and information on tables and tickets, go to www.impactourworld.com.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

sabaker@star-telegram.com

Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552

jfuquay@star-telegram.com

Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

barry@star-telegram.com

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