At Conn Appliances, employees—and customers—are members of the family.
To drill for oil in Siberia, you have to overcome three things: the cold, the loneliness, and the Soviet bureaucrats.
Deadly explosions at Texas petro-chemical plants have been linked to under-trained outside workers.
Thirty-five years ago, a Harlingen publisher turned in to Hispanic radio, only to become Texas’ least-known media mogul.
A Dallas insurance firm’s big gamble—backing holes in one at golf tournaments—was right on the money.
An Austin investigator clues accountants in on how to sniff out financial shenanigans.
Williamson-Dickie of Fort Worth has a blue-collar gold mine in Dickies work clothes.
The airline’s second trip to bankruptcy court has put its future up in the air.
On the Y.O. Ranch, cattle don’t pay the bills—tourists and exotic animals do.
Two Dallasites put their heads together and opened a creative outlet for inventors.
When Art Torres tried to sell a slice of his pizzerias, Pizza Hut boxed him in.
How does NBA superstar David Robinson handle his millions? He passes them to a real mom-and-pop operation—his parents.
A year ago, Michael Dell was Wall Street’s whipping boy. Now he’s its darling.
“Guys like me like Iraq,” says Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt. “That’s the way the real world works, baby.”
For a Houston court clerk, having millions in his bank account is not a dream-it’s his job.
Whenever pro sports franchises are up for sale, appraiser Steve Matt is likely to be a major player.
As LBJ’s heirs go their own way, the family dismantles its business empire.
With clean, well-lighted places-filled with bargains-Forth Worth-based Cash America is spiffing up the sullied image of pawnshops.
A tiny Houston delivery firm did-and now it has the broadest trucking rights ever granted in Texas.
Nearly two years after the Exxon Valdez relations gurus are busy telling industries how to avoid looking bad.
Piety or passion: The trials of James Avery, craftsman.
Eastern states have hit the jackpot with lotteries. But will Lotto play in Texas?
In 1998 Neiman Marcus shelled out $119 million for Horchow Mail Order—only to have the cataloger lose $28 million within two years.
With a sweet leasing deal, Austin sister stations KASE and KVET pack a one-two punch on the FM dial.
When it’s time for that final fashion statement, a Fort Worth clothier has just the thing—complete with Velcro.
Now that Drayton McLane has sold his family company to Wal-Mart, he has no intention of retiring from the daily grind.
Don’t give up on oil yet, Texas. Come along to Pearsall, deep in the brush country, and learn how the new oil boom is different from the old.
Polybutylene plumbing systems were supposed to be a homeowner’s fantasy; they turned out to be a nightmare.
How the battle for the Southwest Airlines account turned into a long-awaited showdown between Texas’s two top agencies.
Are customers of the Comanche Peak nuclear plant better off with safety advocate Juanita Ellis on the inside or the outside?
Not since Remington and Russell has a cowboy artist sold so many works—for so much—as Fredericksburg’s G. Harvey.
A Texas businessman launches his one-man invasion of post-Communist Romania.
A new private prison brought a belated boom to tiny Venus, but the state contends that the jailhouse is a bust.
Conquering Arlington’s Texas Giant.
A Dublin bottler is the only one in Texas who’s still sweet on traditional Dr. Pepper.
Laredo initially hated Monterrey’s plan for a new border crossing but had second thoughts when it realized that there was money to be made.
The bands play on and on and on in Austin.
The eldest son of Trammell Crow used his money for drugs, guns, and high living. His wife spent a fortune on personal trainers and self-promotion. Now they’re squaring off in an L.A. divorce court.
Horizontal drilling has not only hit pay dirt in South Texas-it has also revived oil-patch wheeling and dealing.
The guy whose name is synonymous with swindling is finally a free man—but it may not last.
Daytime television isn’t just for housewives anymore; car salesmen, cops, and stockbrokers are tuning in to business networks.
When a small private bank was closed on August 7, depositors lost all of their money, a pillar of the community came tumbling down, and the town’s trusting way of life was shattered.
Having a billion dollars isn’t everything, unless you’re Harold Simmons.
In most Texas cities, tortilla making is an endangered family business; in Austin, it’s a thriving family rivalry.
A new gambling-cruise-ship enterprise out of Port Isabel makes it possible to spend an evening in a casino while going nowhere in the Gulf.
Every day each of us contributes five pounds to the growing mountain of garbage. Now the mountain looks like a volcano that’s threatening to erupt.
Through shrewd buying and aggressive marketing, Fort Worth-based Pier 1 has transcended its old head-for-the-home image and emerged into the new age a more profitable company.
One man’s obsession with kicking Perrier in the derriere.
San Antonio is shameless over Shamu and Sea World.