Dedicated and community-minded area businesses have long been mainstays in growing the Buda Public Library. Little Bluebird and Old Main Street Station are companion shops that regularly support the library through the Friends of the Buda Library. Located in the heart of downtown, at 122 N. Main, their respective shopkeepers, Margaret Goebler and Sandra Grizzle, are friends now sharing the quaint 1920s service station long-owned by Grizzle’s family.
Currently, their shops offer an array of clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor. Margaret, who spent 10 years as a nurse before going into the floral business in Kyle and Buda, expanded her offerings into retail gift and clothing with her friend’s invitation to join her in the current location in 2013. Margaret said she decided the venture “sounded like fun” upon considering the potential shop, where everything seemed to “fit together” to make the move, including Margaret’s finding a little broken ceramic bluebird figurine behind the building, confirming the naming of her store.
Little Bluebird and Old Main Street Station have supported the efforts of the Friends of the Buda Library in a variety of ways, including contributing items to raffles, offering free space for pop-up sales by the Friends, and providing discounts as a benefit of Friends membership.
Most recently, Little Bluebird launched a community-support project that will first benefit the library by donating all profits from sales of a specially-formulated product. Margaret said she worked with Rachel Najera, owner of Rachel’s Plan Bee soaps and lotions to create Little Bluebird Shower and Shave Bars, made in Buda with a unique ingredient—a Texas beer. The resultant refreshing scent of spices, with a subtle hint of beer, makes it suitable for men and women. Four dollars of every $8 bar will benefit the library! Asked why she chose to do this in such an economically unstable time marked by Main Street road work disruption early in 2020, and followed by COVID-19 closures, Margaret said this idea has been in development for a year. “In my heart, I wanted to do something to give back.” She said she chose the library as her first beneficiary, through 2020, because the Buda Library “serves all, young and old. It is always welcoming and helpful.” Next year, she will choose a different community organization to benefit.
So, stop in Little Bluebird and Old Main Street Station. Visit with Margaret, whose favorite part of being a shopkeeper is meeting people, getting to know them, and feeling connected to her community. And, buy soap!
By Joan Givens