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Our story...

As a struggling single mother in the early 1950’s, Alice Amason left her home town of Weimar for Houston to provide for her two young daughters, Patsy and Donna. Landing a job at a local pharmacy, she quickly became a customer favorite, as she demonstrated an aptitude for understanding and serving the individual needs of her customers.

Over the course of several years and a variety of employers, Alice recognized a consistent theme among her customers that until now, was going largely unmet: a demand for fine tobacco products and a wider range of options. She saw this as an opportunity to not only create a business for herself and her daughters, but to meet a growing market need.  However, this proved to be more challenging than she could have imagined.  In the primarily male-dominated tobacco industry, banks were less than willing to entertain a woman asking for a loan to start a cigar and fine tobacco business. Steadfast in her convictions that she could meet the needs of the customers, Alice persevered until longtime friend and customer, Richard (Racehorse) Haynes, extended a loan of $500. And with that, the Briar Shoppe was born.

       Patsy O'Connor (Left), Alice Amason (Middle), and Donna Wheatley (Right)

       Patsy O'Connor (Left), Alice Amason (Middle), and Donna Wheatley (Right)