May 14, 2012

Blue Baker Adds Local Color To Austin

Founder Dave Fox stands in front of the bakery in the newest Blue Baker location in The Arboretum in Austin. The store opens to the public Wednesday, May 16, at 7 a.m.Look familiar? The new Austin Blue Baker brings a little bit of local B/CS color to Austin.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.

May 14, 2012

The Brazos Locavores Hold Semi-Annual Luncheon

The Semi-Annual Luncheon will be at the Village Cafe in Downtown Bryan.The Brazos Locavores will hold their Semi-Annual Luncheon 12:30pm on Saturday, May 19, at the […]
May 14, 2012

Camp Hearne Hosts Radio POW Event

Camp Hearne is located north of Hearne off of FM 845. Camp Hearne is sponsoring its first amateur radio field event in the POW Camp Theatre […]
May 9, 2012

Theatre Under The Stars Presents ‘Best Little Whorehouse In Texas’

"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" will run June 5-17 at the Hobby Center for The Performing Arts.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, 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.


May 9, 2012

Tourism Showdown Thursday at Bryan H-E-B

The Mayors celebrate with their carts and the H-E-B Buddy after last year’s Tourism Showdown.On Thursday, Mayor Jason Bienski and Mayor Pro Tem Dave Ruesink will […]
May 4, 2012

It’s Art Step First Friday in Downtown Bryan

Grab the whole family and enjoy the free screening of Rataouille as part of First Friday's Art Step.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

Carriage Rides

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.

May 1, 2012

Police Officers Unite to Host Take 25 for Kid Safety

Take 25 will take place Thursday, May 24, at Grand Station from 4-7pm. The Bryan and College Station Police Departments, Texas A&M University Police Department and […]
May 1, 2012

FamFest 2012: Families Helping Families Prevent Child Abuse

Country Star Rodney Atkins will headline Family Fest 2012 at Wolf Pen Creak on May 12.

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. 

May 1, 2012

StageCenter Theatre Presents “Black Comedy”

The show begins at 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday. StageCenter Theatre will present Peter Shaffer’s Brirish comedy, “Black Comedy,” Thursday-Saturday through May 12. Struggling artist Brindsley Miller and his fiancée […]
April 28, 2012

Community Theatre Around The Brazos Valley

Bring the whole family to experience local theater at its best with these performances by Troupe Over the Hill and StageCenter Theatre.  Troupe Over The Hill […]
April 25, 2012

Brazos Valley Symphony Hosts Derby Day Gala Fundraiser

The Derby Day Gala Fundraiser will be May 5 at the Hilton Bluebonnet Ballroom. On May 5 beginning at 4pm, the Brazos Valley Symphony will host […]
April 25, 2012

Make Plans: First Friday, Viz-A-Gogo & BV Chorale

First Friday First Friday is back again for the month of May. Stop by Downtown Bryan Friday May 4 until 9 p.m. and experience live music, […]
April 25, 2012

Solve the Viz-A-Gogo 19 Murder Mystery!

The Viz-A-Gogo art exhibit is May 3-5 at the Federal Building in Downtown Bryan. Video creations will be screened at the Palace Theatre at 8:30pm Friday […]
April 24, 2012

Texas Hummingbird Author To Visit Bryan Public Library

The event will take place at the 2nd Floor Meeting room in the Clara B. Mounce Public Library.Jeanette Larson, Texas Hummingbird author, will visit the Clara […]
April 24, 2012

Sunday: The Brazos Breeze Flute Choir Spring Concert

The Brazos Breeze Flute Choir will hold their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 29, at the A&M United Methodist Church on University Drive in College […]