Written by Linda Morris (Plainview Chamber of Commerce), Meagan (Furniture Expressions-Plainview), and Sarah (LITL).
Who are we and what do we have to offer? Well, the list is so long it can’t be done in this one article, but let me see if I can begin to share Plainview. This mid-size community that centers around agriculture and education is on the verge of changes. In the center of the Panhandle and surrounded by farm and ranch land, we are seeing that change with large wind energy turbines going up and the cattle market going down. Plainview is the home of Wayland Baptist University and has a satellite of South Plains College and has to begin a focus on vocational and technical training to change the work force to skilled labors. The City of Plainview, Hale County, the Chamber of Commerce, the Plainview Hale County Industrial Foundation are working as close as they have in years to retain their business and industry level and to recruit newcomers to our area.
With an abundance of antique shops and boutiques, Plainview is a fun and diverse place to visit. The downtown area is still busy and can easily be walked from shop to shop with options of eating, great coffee and some unique art. The restoration of a downtown theater that is open to the public and a wonderful museum on the WBU campus that depicts the history of our area is an added benefit for a day in Plainview. The choices of restaurants is unbelievable for a community this size, from major chains to individually owned you can get almost anything your taste buds desire. Nice, clean hotels are easy to find and can give you a break when you come in for all the activities and events going on in Plainview. Cowboy days in September are such fun — chuck wagon meals and a bike ride. The “best” fireworks display and a dairy sponsored activity of Red, White and Moo is a fun day in Plainview in July. The Chamber Christmas Parade of Lights is worth a trip on the first Thursday in December. In October several groups come together to bring a cooking show, Hi Neighbor luncheon, and 3 days of an Arts and Crafts Festival. Also The Blackness Haunted Houseduring the month of October. We are Plainview’s only professional haunted house as well as West Texas’ first and only 3-D themed attraction.
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As you can tell, if you miss visiting Plainview you may miss something worth the trip.
We have a campaign at the Chamber of “What pays here, stays here” and we encourage our community to shop and spend at home. The grassroots campaign of Support Plainview has done so many positive things in placing signage encouraging the citizens to shop Plainview first and created a Facebook page with issues and encouraging words to the community. Some web sites and locally owned businesses have info below. So come visit us and we will do our best to make you feel welcome for a day or a lifetime.