An East Texas Retreat 


First Monday Trades Day   

Less than 15 miles AWAY 

First Monday Trade Days, Canton, Texas is considered to be the worlds largest Flea Market.

An Adventure as Big as Texas... World-Famous - The greatest shopping experience, a true Texas tradition since the 1850s! A "County Fair" atmosphere offering shoppers more than 5,000 booths makes Canton's First Monday  the largest flea market in the country. You'll find antiques & collectibles, arts & crafts, old & new merchandise, tasty treats and great fun. Treasure hunting throughout the 150-acre park. Over 3000 vendors in open-air booths, under covered pavilions, and indoors. Open Thursday-Sunday before the First Monday of each month. Be sure to start at the original First Monday Grounds, on the west side of Hwy. 19, two blocks north of the downtown square. 

Ben Wheeler's Downtown District:  MOORE'S STORE


Fueled by childhood memories of a once-thriving town and a desire to give back to the community, the late Brooks Gremmels bought property in and around small, unincorporated Ben Wheeler along Hwy. 64 and FM 773 in southern Van Zandt County. His plan: to return the town back to its 1935 look and to bring new businesses, and inspire a new community-friendly attitude and sense of pride back into the area through events, festivities and other social projects.

Brooks’ basic project through Ben Wheeler Development Company (BWDC) will take some time before his full vision comes to fruition. But when complete, Gremmels will have provided Ben Wheeler with a downtown and surrounding areas with sustainability and profitability for future generations to enjoy easy-living-conveniences life in Ben Wheeler can afford each of its residents – an endeavor that strives to afford the community with restaurants, a winery, downtown shops and artisans’ wares, a fully restored downtown park complete with gazebos and stages for entertainment, a farmers market, a classic car museum and motorcycle hall of fame, and much, much more.

Located in Historic Downtown Ben Wheeler, Moore’s Store features a home style menu with handmade burgers, chicken fried steak and many other options.  Tuesday’s kids eat free, Wednesday’s features Unplug and Wine Down (Acoustic Music and Wine Specials), and Live Music on Fridays and Saturdays (starts about 9 pm).  We hope you make a trip to Ben Wheeler and stop by and see us. 

Music Line Up –


(Less than 8 miles away and across the street from MOORE'S STORE)

For a full monthly line up of artists, go to  

Wednesday • 8:00 am – 10pm
Thurs • 8:00 am – 10pm (Kitchen & music until 10 p.m.)
Friday • 8:00 am – 11pm (Kitchen & music until 10 p.m.)
Saturday • 8:00 am – 11pm (Kitchen and Music until 10 p.m.)
 Sunday • 8:00 am – 9pm
Try our amazing breakfast menu!
Come try our eggs Florentine or The Hippy, an omelette that makes you just want to smack your lips with everything in it but the kitchen sink!  Breakfast is served from 8:00 am-11am every day we are open!  (903) 833-5970

JUNE BUG FESTIVAL (June 21-23) in Ben Wheeler, TX:

The Junebug Festival is highlighting a growing culture in Ben Wheeler.

"The art community is a very tight community. It's all about making art not war."

"We kind of like to call ourselves the little Austin of East Texas," Kerian, organizer, said. "And I mean you know we want the weird people, we want them to say hey, they're like me!"

It's an outlet for musicians and artists to share ideas and talents. The organizer of the event says it's a showcase of many colors.

"We celebrate the artists here in every format. When a community begins to build and grow, it's usually when arts starts to become a part of it."

"It's wonderful, we all get to talk to each other and share our experiences and talk about our artist woes."

"When I get to come to places like this, I meet so many new friends."

And at the festival, there was a community weaving. Each person brought one piece of fabric to be woven together.

"We have found a sense of community here. So it's just fun to be apart of it."

"With everything that's going on right now, politically and everything, we kind of need something to weave us back together as americans, so I think these events are important for our community."

The Junebug Festival got it's name from an ancient legend. The Junebug was a bug that looked after the community, and stayed close to the children. They say that the Junebug is a good representation of the event, as the artists look after each other in Ben Wheeler.

Writer~Karah Rucker


For more than 45 years, the small artists’ community of Edom in East Texas has hosted a festival for working artists presenting their talents to an appreciative audience of gifters and collectors. The festival is the premier art show in East Texas. High quality art, fine crafts, live music and great food fill the festival grounds behind the resident artists’ studios on the one main street in town, Farm to Market road 279. This year’s festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15. Admission is free. Visit the resident artists’ studios on the main street, for which Edom is well known. While in town for the festival, visitors can enjoy local restaurants, The Shed and Yesy’s Café, and tour the gardens of Edom: Blue Moon Gardens, Blueberry Hill farms, and Glenda Mae’s Daylily Farm. The “artistic” atmosphere of Edom brings forth the “creative spirit” in everyone who visits. Edom, an easy daytrip from the metroplex, is located halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, 10 miles south of Interstate 20. Go to for a detailed schedule of events, local lodging and a map.
For More Info:  Farm to Market Road 279
Edom, TX 75754
Phone: 903-852-6473
Cost: FREE
Attendance: 10,000
Reocurrence: yearly, 2019 date:  October 12-13
Time: 10 am - 5 pm



Visit the local store in downtown Martin's Mill for a good old-fashioned burger and bottled soft drinks.  The grill also serves breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. is open until 6:00 p.m.  The store closes at 8:00 p.m.  You can purchase gas, ice and basic items including bread, eggs, milk, chips, toiletries, etc.   (903) 479-0141