How to Help Sour Lake Local Businesses

Helping Sour Lake Local Businesses | Sour Lake, TX | Sour Lake Ford

Sour Lake, Texas, is populated by an assortment of fabulous local businesses. Unfortunately, those businesses are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Still, if the future viability of these businesses is important to you, there are several ways you can help them out during this tough time.

Ordering Supplies via Delivery

While many of the brick and mortar store locations in Sour Lake are currently still in the process of being reopened, there are several local stores that are actively delivering goods and supplies. Continuing to order supplies from them will help them maintain a profit during this time, while providing you with the goods you desire.

Tip a Little Extra

Restaurants have been especially affected by COVID-19. While tipping is a practice that restaurant guests should engage in throughout the year, it is especially important to servers and delivery workers right now.

Purchase a Gift Card or Certificate

Many of the local businesses in Sour Lake offer gift cards and gift certificates for their stores. Purchasing one of these is a great way to help produce some revenue for store right now, even if you won’t redeem those gift cards until a future date.

Here at Sour Lake Ford, we are proud to serve a community filled with people that come together to help each other out during even the most trying of times. Remember to contact us for any questions about caring for your Ford this season. 

Upcoming Ford Compact Pickup to Start Under $20K

2020 Ford Ranger SuperCab | Sour Lake, TX
2020 Ford Ranger SuperCab | Sour Lake, TX

We’ve all seen compact cars and subcompact SUVs, but how about a compact pickup truck? Well, you can soon expect such a thing to head down the line. After the recent redesign of the Ranger a few years back, Ford is re-entering the small truck segment. The upcoming Ford compact pickup truck’s codename is P8758, though it might possibly adopt the moniker of “Courier,” the truck design that the Ranger replaced back in the 80s. Whatever the model’s name, this will be the first time in a long while that Ford has a small pickup in the U.S. market. The “Courier” is slated to be built on a unibody frame.

Ford CEO Jim Farley articulated that the company is “investing in more affordable versions of our truck business.” It plans to produce over 100,000 of these compact pickups priced under the $20,000 mark — that’s about $5K cheaper than the current Ford Ranger. This will give Ford a nice four-truck lineup to offer to drivers.

It’s not the only upcoming Ford development to anticipate, however. You can start getting excited over the expected redesigns for the Ranger and F-150, as well as new hybrid and all-electric F-150 models. Word on the street also has it that Ford might design an off-roader based on the Bronco platform, to further extend the brand’s truck lineup.

Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming compact pickup truck. In the meantime, test-drive our current Ford trucks here at Sour Lake Ford.

Great Barbecue Restaurants in Houston

Gatlin's BBQ - Kitchen Sink Sandwich | Sour Lake, TX
Gatlin's BBQ - Kitchen Sink Sandwich | Sour Lake, TX

Barbecue is a Texas tradition. You won’t find more tender meats or more delicious sauces anywhere outside of Texas. Houston is America’s fourth-largest city and it is located just over an hour west of Sour Lake. Space City is home to some of the country’s best barbecue joints. If you take your Ford out to Houston for a weekend, be sure to check out some of these great barbecue restaurants:

Killen’s Barbecue

Beef ribs, brisket, bone-in pork belly, fried chicken and more come together in Chef Ronnie Killen’s famous smokehouse. Stop by Killen’s on a Tuesday for the brisket tacos, on a Sunday for the sought-after fried chicken, or any day for the dry-aged brisket. For dessert, grab a slice of cake or pie, or try the banana or bread pudding.

Gatlin’s BBQ

Greg Gatlin’s restaurant is known for its ribs, and they promise not to leave you disappointed; only wanting to come back for more. Dishes range from St. Louis-style spare ribs and wings to pulled pork and burgers. Sides include cucumber salad, creamed corn, baked beans, and collard greens.

Jackson Street BBQ

The fried mac and cheese and the dirty rice side options alone are enough reason to chow down at Jackson Street BBQ. Try the smoked brisket, German-style sausage, or barbecue chop salad paired with jalapeno cheddar biscuits or cole slaw. Conclude it on a sweet note with a slice of pie or a chocolate chip cookie.

For more local dining suggestions, contact us at Sour Lake Ford. We’ll be happy to recommend more of our favorite dining venues near Sour Lake. 

Top 5 Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts

Hand Holding Valentine Box | Sour Lake, TX
Hand Holding Valentine Heart | Sour Lake, TX

At a loss for Valentine’s Day gifts? These five suggestions aren’t your typical choices — they can all be made at home. Opt for handmade Valentine’s Day gifts this year.

Custom Candy Box

Tired of store-bought boxes of chocolate? If your loved one has a sweet tooth, surprise them with a homemade mix of all their favorite candies. You can even create the box and decorate it yourself if you want to.

Date Night Jar

Brainstorm lots of different, unique date ideas for you and your partner. Once you have a list, write all those ideas on Popsicle sticks and put them in a jar. Decorate how you see fit, and now, you and your partner have a gift that can be used all year long.

Bath Essentials

Did you know it’s easy to make bath products at home? Make things like homemade bath bombs or sugar scrub for your loved one’s skin. They’ll feel refreshed knowing you made them their own custom goods.

Pop Up Card

3D cards will never get old. Try your hand at making a Valentine’s Day card with pieces that will pop up when your partner opens it.

Coffee Sleeve

Have a knack for knitting? Try hand-making a custom coffee sleeve for your significant other’s travel mug. They can get their morning coffee fix knowing you helped protect their hands from getting scorched.

Need a brand new vehicle to impress your beloved with this holiday? Stop by Sour Lake Ford to fall in love with one of our shiny 2020 models.

Places to Boat or Paddle near Sour Lake, Texas

2019 FOrd Ranger with Boat Accessories | Sour Lake, TX
2019 Ford Ranger with Boat Accessories | Sour Lake, TX

If you are looking for a place to spend your day boating or paddling on a different watercraft, consider visiting one of the many scenic areas near Sour Lake, Texas. The area offers a number of spots, where you can enjoy the view with your loved ones.

Village Creek State Park

Located in Lumberton, the Village Creek State Park sits within the Big Thicket National Preserve. As such, you can expect to see cypress swamps, yaupon trees, and river birch trees. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may also catch sight of white-tailed deer, snapping turtles, herons, and egrets. You can make the most of your experience here cruising down the 21-mile Village Creek Paddling Trail and stopping at popular swimming or picnicking spots.

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is a great place in Anahuac to go fishing, whether you want to wade in the water or relax on your boat. You could catch southern flounder or speckled trout and potentially spot an alligator or bobcat.

Pleasure Island

Stretching from the Sabine Causeway to the Neches River, Pleasure Island has lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. You can go sailing or fishing off the island. When you’re not on the water, you can also play basketball, hike or pitch a tent.

We at Sour Lake Ford hope you have an incredible time boating or paddling around Sour Lake, Texas. Be sure to head into our service department for any necessary maintenance before driving to these fun locations.

Ford Unrolls Roadside Assistance Program Updates

Mechanic charging battery | Sour Lake, TX
Mechanic charging battery | Sour Lake, TX

For Ford, customer satisfaction has always been a top priority. It’s not totally surprising then that 88 percent of customers rated the brand’s service as good or excellent.

Ford recently revealed Roadside Assistance Program updates to further boost client satisfaction. For starters, it’s made its call service even more efficient, cutting the time drivers spend on hold by half, while streamlining the process. Ford is also offering a Spanish language option for Latino customers, to save them time and make it easier for them to get answers to their auto-care questions.

Ford’s Roadside Assistance program covers the first five years of ownership, or up to 60,000 miles traveled — whichever one comes first. The program provides services such as lock-out assistance, tire changes, jump starts, and fuel/fluid delivery. It also offers towing service to a nearby Ford dealership within a 35-mile radius.

“Roadside assistance is one of the most meaningful touchpoints we have with our customers, aside from selling them a vehicle,” said Sterling Black, manager of Ford and Lincoln Roadside Operations. He says it’s important that staff creates an experience that fosters a sense of trust with the customer.

Celebrate Ford’s emphasis on customer contentment when you stop by Sour Lake Ford to test-drive a shiny new 2020 model.

Holiday Events Near Sour Lake, Texas

Family finding Christmas Tree | Sour Lake, TX
Family finding their Christmas tree | Sour Lake, TX

Looking for some seasonal pastimes to do with the family? These holiday events near Sour Lake are sure to help you get in a festive mood.

Light Up Vidor – Dec. 1

Nothing kicks off the Holiday season like attending a gorgeous tree lighting ceremony. Families and individuals are invited to attend Eastgate Church’s fourth annual Light Up Vidor. After watching the lighting of the 28-foot Christmas tree, grab something to eat from one of many food trucks, get some Holiday shopping done at one of over 40 vendors, and enjoy a performance by the Vidor ISD Wind Ensemble.

Kingwood Christmas Market – Dec. 1

Whether you’re looking for unique gifts or the perfect outfit for your office’s Holiday party, you’ll find it at the Kingwood Christmas Market at Kingwood Town Center Park. This free market showcases local and small businesses, featuring creative and thoughtful options that are sure to get you in the spirit of gift giving.

Summerwood Winter Festival 2019 – Dec. 7

Even though you live in Texas, you can still get into the winter spirit at the annual Winter Festival at Summerwood. For this dynamic event, Summerwood morphs into a winter wonderland with fun family activities like bounce houses, crafts, a petting zoo, plus a special guest all the way from the North Pole.

Call us here at Sour Lake Ford if you need to schedule your vehicle’s winter service appointment. Or stop by, to browse our inventory of shiny new 2020 Ford models, if you’re in need of a new ride.

Our Favorite Fall Events in Southeast Texas

Favorite Fall Activity | Sour Lake, TX
Favorite Fall Activity | Sour Lake, TX

Whether you’re a Texas native or just passing through the state this fall, one thing is for sure: there is no shortage of awesome autumnal events in Southeast Texas to enjoy. From Terrifying haunted houses to family-friendly festivals, here are some of our favorite events you shouldn’t miss this season.

Texas Maze of Terror

If you’re looking for a hearty scare this fall, be sure to visit Vidor’s Texas Maze of Terror. Considered one of the spookiest haunted attractions in the area, the Maze of Terror is not recommended for young children. Open every Friday and Saturday in October as well as Halloween night.

Scarecrow Festival

On Oct. 12 and 13, the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival is a great small-town fall festival that the entire family will love. Featuring more than 250 exhibitors, local vendors and food, and much more, this charming festival should be on every Texan’s calendar.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas Boos and Brews

For adults 21 years of age and older, the Art Museum of Southeastern Texas will host the 4th annual Boos and Brews Monster Mash. This costume-friendly event will feature live music, seasonal beers, and festive fall foods.

We here at Sour Lake Ford hope to see you at one or more of these fun events. And remember to give us a call if you need to schedule a fall service appointment for your vehicle.

Best Ford Vehicles to Tailgate in For Football Season

2019 Ford Expedition | Sour Lake, TX
2019 Ford Expedition | Sour Lake, TX

Football has returned and there’s no better way to celebrate than by going tailgating. Ford vehicles make great tailgating companions. Here are just two models that make hosting your next party more convenient.

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 boasts many tailgating-friendly features. The bed comes in different configurations — 5.5-, 6.5-, and 8-foot lengths — to accommodate different tailgating setups, whether you’re hosting a party with just few friends or your extended family.

It also has available LED lighting in the bed and on the side mirrors to illuminate late-night games. Still not enough? The F-150 has best-in-class towing so you can bring a grill station or a huge camper to maximize the party. You can also set up a projector to watch the big game outside thanks to the available 120-volt in-bed outlet.

Ford Expedition

For those who prefer an SUV profile, the Expedition offers plenty of space for people and things, while delivering the latest tech perks. Pack in the whole crew with up to eight seats. Or, load all the gear you need in the capacious trunk area that expands to 104.6 cubic feet of space when you collapse both back rows.

Wi-Fi hotspot capability provides a strong signal for 50 feet and enables you and your friends to connect up to 10 devices so you can stay up-to-date on team scores. Or watch the game inside of the Expedition if the weather gets chilly, via the display screens of the Dual-Headrest Rear Seat Entertainment System.

Contact us at Sour Lake Ford if you’re in need of a new Ford to help make this tailgating season the best one yet.

Essential Back-to-School Car Maintenance

Ford Tech Completing Tire Rotation | Sour Lake, TX

The end of summer signals the beginning of a new school season. Whether you’re dreading the drive or can’t wait to return, make sure you perform these essential back-to-school car maintenance steps before hitting the road this fall.

Lights and Wipers

Few things are as important to safe driving than visibility, which is why it’s an absolute must to inspect all vehicle lights and wipers before heading back to school. Make sure all headlamps, turn signals, brake lights, and tail lights are working. And test your vehicle’s windshield wipers to make sure they’re doing their job. If the wipers are cracked, bent, or damaged, it’s easy and inexpensive to replace them.

Brakes

Minor brake problems can gradually turn into major ones, so it’s important to address these issues as soon as they arise. If you’ve noticed any squealing or grinding while driving or braking, have your vehicle’s brakes serviced right away.

Tires

Healthy tires are key to great fuel economy as well as safe driving. Make a habit of routinely checking your vehicle’s tires for proper inflation and tire pressure, as well as tread condition.

Sour Lake Ford is here to make back-to-school auto care as easy as it should be. Contact us to schedule your fall service appointment today.