Anne Smarzik has ‘come home’ in two ways – so to speak – with a new business location on Main Street and a re-acquaintance with a town she visited as a youth. Smarzik and her family are renovating the two-story vintage building at 925 Main St., right next to the open-air plaza, with the help of a local company.
The Texas Main Street office asked me to recap the first eight years of the Bastrop Main Street Program (I’ll be retiring soon) and share any insights from this very successful effort. Let me start at the beginning;
In an expanding role, Bastrop’s Bluebonnet Trails Community Services has added medical and dental services which are being offered to the surrounding community, including people who are “uninsured or under-insured.”
From a historic setting and architecture, to less crowds, there’s a myriad of reasons that shoppers should come to Bastrop for their holiday shopping, business owners agreed during a 'man on the street' interview by the BEDC just before Christmas.
Art offerings are booming in Bastrop, especially downtown. And that situation has garnered statewide and national attention, according to several local artists who are also key community leaders.
“For a community the size of Bastrop, the increase in the last four years of art entrepreneurship has demonstrated an extraordinary growth,” said Karol Rice, a photographer as well as director for the planned Lost Pines Art Center and Commemorative Sculpture Garden on Chestnut Street.