A Phoenix in Greek mythology is a bird that is lives many years, and according to most sources, dies in an eruption of flames. After death, it is supposedly reborn, rising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some texts say that the Phoenix could live over 1,400 years before rebirth. History implies that the Phoenix "symbolizes" renewal in general.
Whatever it represents in history, Trinity has two recent versions of the phoenix rising from the ashes, and they both rose this week. On April 28, 2016, social media lit up with reports of the Valero station catching fire. Police Chief, Steve Jones posted pictures and reported on the event. Although the fire department was practically next door, the blaze was difficult to put out because of the different layers in the ceiling, making the flames almost impossible to reach in time to save the store.
The building sat empty for months before they tore it down. Somehow seeing the empty lot where Valero once sat gave many of us a sad sense of loss. Rumors that they were rebuilding here and there flourished, but nothing came of it until recently.
According to the manager, Jessica Crain, Valero had no plans to rebuild in Trinity until they were overwhelmed with phone calls from Trinity citizens requesting that they replace the store.
Thursday, the new Valero Market, located across from Higginbotham's, opened for business. It's not simply a Valero store, but it's a Corner Market store that boasts of offering a variety of choices in products customers would seek in a convenience store.
The Trinity Café is another phoenix that rose from the ashes this week. On March 24 of this year, it seemed that we had lost another important business to a fire that completely gutted the building. Roland and Dolores Kane moved what they could salvage down to the Trinity Meat Market and set up shop there until they could rebuild. They generously donated the unharmed meat from the freezer to Martin Senior Service Center where they have used it all these months to feed Trinity's seniors.
On Tuesday, the doors opened at the Trinity Café to the approval of the many customers who wanted to see the new and improved eatery. The Kanes plan to have a Grand Opening in about a month and want to encourage their loyal customers to keep watching for more information about it.
Whether Valero and the Trinity Café are phoenixes or just hard-working business who won't give up, Trinity is the one who benefits. All in all, it has been a good week for our city.