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  • 12 Feb 2021 5:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brooklyn's Down South Restaurant and Bar depends on a team approach to provide fresh and delicious foods in a welcoming setting. General manager Mirna Lemus and Chef Andrea Garcia have worked with owner Brooklyn Robertson since the doors opened in Buda eight years ago. Originally known as Cleveland's before Robertson became sole owner, Brooklyn's has undergone name and interior redesign. Chef Andrea has, over the years, developed a diverse menu that reflects local, regional, and customer preferences. She said her menu is eclectic, and health conscious. Days of the week feature themed specials, such as Mexican, southern, sandwich, and fine cuisine, but all reflect her love of food and freshness.  Lemus' team of servers delivers the home-cooked offerings with a smile. Lemus and Chef Andrea want customers to feel "at home" while enjoying quality food at affordable prices, with a menu that offers something to a variety of palates and ages. And, while the food revolves "around the chef," development of creative cocktails revolves around the foods, Lemus added. 

    Chef Andrea said her evolving menu is expanding away from meat-centered meals, with more plant-based dishes being offered. She said that people have an increased awareness of foods and an increased exposure to unfamiliar foods because of the popularity of television food shows, and, as a result, now are more likely to try something they have heard about but not yet tasted. Chef Andrea is able to innovate and test out ideas through her changing specials each day. She also maintains awareness of seasonal foods and preferences. 

    Brooklyn's, located at 100 N. Main Street, offers indoor and patio dining, but is happy to provide take-out, delivery, and curbside service as well. Open daily except Mondays, it serves lunch and dinner, as well as a popular weekend brunch. 

  • 7 Feb 2021 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Time to start cleaning out your closets...

  • 31 Jan 2021 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Buda Bike Company is all about bicycles—from start to finish.  Shop owner David Barrientos loved his childhood neighborhood’s bike shop in Austin so much, he bought it after college.  He has spent his lifetime riding bikes and working on them. He has enjoyed leisurely riding as well as competitive, on roads and off road.

    Four years ago, when Austin rent got too high, he opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Buda because research, and personal experience in the area, confirmed a need for bicycle sales and service here--Buda Bike Company.  It offers everything a bicyclist needs, including bicycles, parts, gear, clothing, service, and repair.

    Over 20 years ago he got his first contract with Austin Police Department to maintain and repair its fleet of bicycles.  He has added on a few more area police departments, including Buda’s.  Having gained instruction in bicycle repair throughout his life, Barrientos also attended Colorado Springs’ Olympic Training Center in order to become a team mechanic for the Team USA’s Paralympic Triathlon Team.

    Barrientos said COVID 19 interrupted bicycle and parts production around the world because manufacturing, parts and basic raw materials mostly come from Asia.  The pipeline has slowed even as demand has increased due to more people choosing to enjoy themselves in outdoor pursuits, such as bicycling.  It is beginning to rebound, but may not reach pre-pandemic availability for many more  months, Barrientos explained.  Nevertheless, he still offers a selection of bicycles for all ages, and, always, service and repair.

    Buda Bike Company is located in the Buda Mill and Grain complex, at 304 South Main, Suite 102.

  • 30 Jan 2021 9:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you, Texas Lehigh Cement Co., for your donation and your support of the Friends of the Buda Library. 

    It takes a lot of people working together to get the job done.  Our goal is help the Buda Library continue to add new programs, media and tools for our community to learn and grow.

  • 16 Jan 2021 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The “antique” of Old Town Buda Antique Mall isn’t just what’s inside, but also the building itself. Built in 1914, it has hosted businesses, apartment tenants, and maybe even served as an “overflow” nursing site for desperately ill victims of the 1918 flu pandemic.  Now it holds the vast and varied collections of 15 vendors offering items representing decades of “treasures”.

    Owners Robert and Mary Ann Gomez started their retail endeavor eight years ago when they began “picking” through offerings at estate sales, antique or “second hand” stores, and flea markets throughout Texas as they neared retirement from state government careers of 32 and 27 years respectively. They rented sales space from the Antique Mall’s previous owner in November 2017, and then bought the building and business in May 2018. They began renovations and opened up spaces the public had not seen in many years as they expanded the two stories of sales floor. Asked about their favorite sources for buying, Gomez said he likes estate sales because of the interesting international items he finds. He and Mary Ann also recognize the emotional value of items that held cherished memories for original owners. Mary Ann used to be drawn to Christmas memorabilia. Others of the 15 vendors look in many places to accumulate stock, such as one shop-keeping couple that takes an annual vacation and extended shopping trip to more distant locales like Germany and New England.

    Now that he has turned a hobby into a business, Gomez said he still enjoys it. “I never say I’m going to work. I say I’m going to the store. It’s fun and enjoyable. Best job I’ve ever had!” Due to COVID restrictions, they had to close for some time last spring, were able to reopen on weekends, and now are gradually adding back weekdays approaching “more normal times”, Gomez explained.

    Not unusual for an aged building that has hosted many people over time, this one has its share of ghost stories. Yes, ghost hunters have explored the building. There are a few tales.

    Old Town Buda Antique Mall stands stately at 212 Main Street in the middle of downtown.  There is plenty to explore—something for everyone—and maybe even a ghost story or two.

  • 22 Dec 2020 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Energy, creativity, and continued growth are valuable assets for anyone venturing into the world of retail fashion.  Amy Krell, owner and face of Ellipsis Boutique in downtown Buda, demonstrates all of the above on a daily basis.  Anyone following Ellipsis Boutique on Facebook and Instagram can view Amy’s daily postings that usually involve her imaginative quick-change modeling of numerous outfits.  She embodies the fun of shopping at her store.  She offers clothing needs from top to bottom, including hats, handbags, shoes, and jewelry to pull together a trendy outfit.  Amy’s customers range in age from 15 to 70, so her offerings are varied.  There is a cohesive style, though, reflecting Amy’s young-at-heart and contemporary eye.  The store’s name, “Ellipsis,” that dot-dot-dot punctuation mark indicating there is more than just what is stated, signifies, for Amy, that there is always more to come in fashion.  Her collection is ever-changing.

    Before moving south from Montana with her family, Amy gained experience working in retail fashion.  Once in Buda, she decided to embark on her first adventure in running her own business, and opened Ellipsis Boutique just over three years ago.  Amy said she has been surprised and pleased with the amount of support she gets from the entire community.  Businesses in downtown Buda work closely to help each other, and customers embrace the concept of “shopping small” and locally to keep them open.  She said her challenge is just to get people into the store.  Once there, they usually find something to buy for themselves or others.  During COVID-related shutdown, Amy still made an effort to remain “relevant” and visible to customers through social media postings, and expanded online sales.  But, as stores have reopened, she finds that her clientele prefer to come in to feel the merchandise, try it on, and get her personalized service.

    Ellipsis Boutique, located at 306 S. Main, in the Buda Mill and Grain complex, is open every day but Monday.

  • 5 Dec 2020 12:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    It's not easy wearing a mask, social distancing and still hanging out with your "Friends".  President, Joan Givens and Rita Powell managed to do just that with the help of their little pups!  Thanks for sharing!

  • 27 Nov 2020 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After 25 years working as gallery director for others, Jacquie Hollis Martinez returned home to Buda to open her own. Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery, located in the Buda Mill and Grain complex at 306 S. Main, reflects the talent and skill Martinez developed while managing galleries in Santa Fe, Telluride, and Austin, as well as her connections to artists, artisans, and customers. With her natural eye for art, and passion for building collections, Martinez maintains an assemblage of pieces by fine artists and craftsmen so that customers can find a variety of mediums to suit an array of budgets and needs, from personally collecting to buying a handmade gift not found elsewhere. The gallery is a feast for the eyes—hanging art, both original and limited reproductions; pottery that is functional and decorative; contemporary as well as traditional southwestern jewelry; and assorted sculpture, décor, and textiles. 

    “I know the people (artists) and deal directly with them,” Martinez says of the living American artists represented in her gallery. She explained that they are working artists and craftsmen who need the money to continue doing what they love, building and producing their works. This is key to her as she curates their creations—making a difference.  In getting ready for holiday season shopping, Martinez says she asks them, “What is your go-to gift for the holidays?” For the most part, except for a few recent COVID-related accessories, customers will not find mass produced items in the gallery.

    Timing has worked well for Martinez. As a graduate of Texas State University in interior design, she quickly landed a gallery director’s job in Santa Fe. She later moved to Telluride, and finally ended up back in central Texas. With her credentials as a gallery director, she also worked as an art broker and consultant.  When she realized the Buda Mill and Grain complex was in development, she invited her old high school friend, Theresa Jones, to return from artistic pursuits on the east coast to partner with her in establishing the Assemblage. As the gallery neared its recent third anniversary, Jones decided to relocate to New Mexico, and Martinez now is sole proprietor. Martinez said Buda is in the beginning stages of becoming recognized as a city for the arts in Texas. There has been strong community backing of the arts as evidenced by the opening of Inspired Minds Art Center, and the establishment of the Buda Area Artists Collective. “Art is getting a foothold in Buda, and only gaining momentum,” she said. “There is strength in numbers.”

  • 20 Aug 2020 6:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Buda Public Library exists, and has grown, as the result of community partnerships. One of its most constant partner organizations has been the Buda Lions Club, established here in 1975. The Lions Club is a group of volunteers with stated intent to “make as much money as we possibly can to give back first, to this community, and second, to people all over the world.”

    The usually-annual Wiener Dog Races is a nationally known effort of this Buda group, and throughout the year members also operate food concession stands at school sports events. They give much of their money to help people in need get access to vision services, and to send youth with physical disabilities or diabetes to the Texas Lions Camp. It also awards college scholarships.

    But, for decades the Buda Lions Club also has continued to be a valued supporter of the Buda Public Library. When a variety of organizations and individuals united to raise money to build a permanent library building in 1990, the Buda Lions were there to pledge. The resulting Anthony Moreau Memorial Library opened in 1993, and continued to serve the Buda community until the newest Buda Public Library was built as part of the new municipal building in 2018.

    Committed to supporting public library programs and needs, the Buda Lions Club has continued to donate funds annually through the Friends of the Buda Library. Why the library? Charles Handrick, an active and long-time member and leader of the Buda Lions Club, explained how this is in line with its mission to help provide opportunities to the disadvantaged. “The library is a vehicle for less advantaged people to utilize because a library enhances their ability to make life better for themselves.”

    Quality of life is always better when communities pull together. Our community partnership with the Buda Lions Club is a testament to what’s possible when we work together.

    By: Joan Givens

    Pictured above: Michael Criner, Buda Lions Club, and Marc Hunter, Friends Past President, at the Annual Meeting in January.

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