OUR TOWN: Canyon's Charm

All week long we are featuring Canyon, a town full of history, thriving business and hometown charm.

We at Pronews 7 believe the Panhandle Spirit resides in the people who live, work and give back to our communities. That's why we're featuring the people of our area in a special series called "Our Town."

All week long we are featuring Canyon, a town full of history, thriving business and hometown charm.

Canyon is known for many things, picturesque Palo Duro Canyon, West Texas A&M University, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (the state's largest history museum), Big Tex Randall, Palo Duro Creek golf course, competitive sports, fun for families, dining....the list goes on and on, and at the heart of it all is the square and its shops.

Canyon native Melissa Wright owns Thompson's, one of the many stores found along the square.

"I started working here in college and I grew to love it and loved the aspect of the business and the people and wanted to help it succeed," Wright said.

Her shop is a staple in the city's downtown, it's been around since 1908.

"With Thompson's being here so long, we have people that come in and say, I registered for my dishes here 30 years ago," she said. "There's a lot of neat stories that come along with Thompson's having such a rich history in Canyon."

Another "store" full of charm can be found on the west side of the square, Canyon's Edge Plants set up shop just a few weeks ago.

Owner Neal Hinders says he's been in business for 16 years on the outskirts of the city, but just recently moved into town.

"We have native and xeriscape plants, plants that take our weather really well, take the wind and the drought and that sort of thing with as little water as possible," Hinders said.

"I love helping people try to figure out which plant they might like and which one would be the right height or color for them."

During a day of shopping the stores, the Rock N Roll soda shop invites you to take a break and a step back in time.

"Just like a blast from the past, everyone likes to bring their kids in with their grandparents and how to show them everything," Owner Jennifer Mashburn said. "It's just a neat place to come and look around and eat dessert."

T he old-fashioned soda fountain is part of the appeal of the city, maybe why it was just recently named one of Texas' best destinations.

"We were just ranked 16th in Texas Highways as the 16th best town to live in Texas ," Canyon Chamber of Commerce Director Roger Remlinger said.

"I think it's the hometown feel , o ur square and all the businesses along 4th Avenue and here in Canyon, it's really vintage, it gives you a great homey feeling. Obviously the people here are amazing."

Join Pronews 7 as we feature Canyon all week long in our special, "Our Town: Welcome to Canyon."