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There is nothing like the warm, delicious smell of freshly baked artisan bread or pastries to get the stomach growling and the mouth watering. This reaction has been all too familiar to residents and visitors to the Bryan/College Station area since 2001 when Blue Baker first opened its doors on Dominik Drive in College Station.
The multifaceted bakery, sandwich shop and café has continued gaining the hearts and appetites of the Brazos Valley, opening a second store on University Drive in 2007 and new this year, the marketplace innovation of hot, fresh cookies delivered to your door.
This month Dave Fox, founder of Blue Baker, has just opened the newest location in Austin at the Arboretum, a far cry from their local following. With new markets for the bakery to serve, Fox is excited about the restaurant’s move to the live music capital of the world.
“We know there is a lot of work in front of us,” Fox says. “We are not nervous, but more anxious to get going.”
Fox also points out that since the job of choosing the location is done, the new focus will be on serving Austinites and marketing in the new city. The first step, according to Fox, is connecting with people who live in Austin who already know the Blue Baker brand.
“We are trying to find ways to connect initially with people who may have lived here [College Station] in the last ten years and might know us,” Fox says. “That revolves a lot around the A&M community and how to touch base with them.”
That marketing strategy will be employed during the first three to six months of the store opening, Fox says, and once a base is established there will be a shift in focus. After the initial six months, Blue Baker will look for other ways to reach the Austin community.
“We are trying to find some groups to partner with that are analogous to what we are doing here. We are working with local publications to advertise our opening and are and finding resources in Austin that work similarly and have more of a local, small-business focus,” Fox says.
The Theatre Under The Stars presents “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” June 5-17 at the Hobby Center for The Performing Arts in Houston. Guests will enjoy big songs and big hair during this energetic musical about a real brothel in Texas.
The musical features “Chicken Ranch,” the infamous brothel that’s put into the spotlight by reporter Melvin P. Thorpe. The story is brought to life by a town sheriff, the Texas A&M football team and Miss Mona’s risqué girls. Experience favorites such as “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place” and “Hard Candy Christmas.”
Tickets are available online at tuts.com, by calling 713-558-TUTS (8887), or at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office from10am-6pm Monday through Friday and Saturday through Sunday 11am-4pm.
FREE Movie With Madden's: Ratatouille
Don’t miss the free movie at Sale Park as part of Art Step in Downtown Bryan. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy Ratatouille beginning at 8pm. Art Step will be passing out stickers to estimate attendance, so grab one from a volunteer to help them count.
Stop by the Queen Theatre to purchase tickets for a drawing to win a porch swing made entirely out of salvaged wood from the Queen Theatre.
The swing was handcrafted by Andy Ramirez, a local retired fireman and TEEX instructor, and his brother, Bobby Ramirez. Tickets are on sale for the next few months and the drawing takes place August 31. T-shirts will also be on sale.
For more information about Art Step and the First Friday activities, visit downtownbryan.com.
Enjoy a relaxing carriage ride through Downtown Bryan during the First Friday celebration from 6pm to 10pm.
The ride includes highlights of First Friday events, businesses in Downtown Bryan, and a few historical facts about Downtown. Bring your family, friends or a date – and don’t forget your camera.
Carriage Rides begin at the courtyard of the LaSalle Hotel. The rides are $25 for a group of 4 and $5 for each extra person. Call 979-778-3688 for more information.
Art Step Features
Follow the footsteps all around downtown to find original work by artists and artisans, live music from jazz to medieval to country, theater, artist demonstrations, and information about arts organizations.
Family Fest 2012 will take over Wolf Pen Creek in College Station on May 12 with a daylong lineup of music, food and kid-friendly activities all in support of a local nonprofit that has family at the heart of its mission. Country music award winner Rodney Atkins will be headlining at this unprecedented Brazos Valley family event.
Atkins’ country music career is rich with accomplishment including six number one hits like “Watching You” and “These Are My People” to his most recent smashes, “Take A Back Road,” and “Farmer’s Daughter.” His work has been nominated for multiple awards including Song of the Year, Top Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and more.
Atkins’ life hasn’t always been so blessed; his infancy seemed very bleak at first having survived three adoptions. Rodney was born to a frightened teenager who became pregnant after a traumatic first date. She chose adoption for him instead of having an abortion, but her plans took some time to hit their mark. His first adoptive parents soon returned him to the adoption agency after he developed a major respiratory illness. He was adopted a second time, but once again the adoptive parents were not prepared to handle his health issues. By the third adoption, Rodney had a permanent home with Allan and Margaret Atkins. Now, as a wildly successful country music artist, Rodney Atkins has become the spokesperson for the National Council on Adoption.