Representative Ken King was in Levelland Tuesday morning to recognize two Levelland businesses, Atchison’s Jewelry and Billy Price’s Ace Hardware and Furniture Mini Mall each with a Texas Treasure Business Award from the Texas Historical Commission.
The Texas Treasure Business Award program pays tribute to businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for 50 years or more. Created in 2005 the program recognizes well-established Texas businesses and their exceptional historical contributions to the state’s economic growth and prosperity.
A special decal identifying the business as a Texas Treasure will be displayed in each business. Consumers will know when they spot the familiar Texas Treasure Business icon, they are doing business with a well established, Texas owned and operated business that has long contributed to job growth, stimulated the local economy, and generated state and local tax revenues.
Both Atchison’s Jewelry and Billy Price’s have been family owned and operated businesses since their doors opened! “Bo” Atchison opened the jewelry store in 1948 in Sundown and moved to Levelland in 1957. Gary and Meleta Atchison have run the business since 2005. Their son Chad, and grandson, Cody, also work at the store with them. Billy Price opened a Western Auto dealership in 1959 with his wife Nancy. Eventually Ace Hardware became a part of their brand and the business expanded into two locations, Billy Price’s Ace Hardware and Billy Price’s Furniture Mini Mall. Kim and Dusty Price took over operation of the business after Billy’s passing in 2013.