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.
Real Estate Council of Austin gathered at Neighbor’s Kitchen in Bastrop on Monday
Bastrop's success in maintaining its “small town feel” during recent years of impressive business growth is one of the strong attractions for retailers who have recently located here – and those who may be eyeing Bastrop for a move.
Owners Bryan and Rachel Bracewell stood at the front door on Tuesday during the opening day for Bastrop’s new Southside Market and Barbecue, greeting customers eager to taste their great barbecue. And the customers couldn’t wait to taste the delicious brisket, sausage and pork steaks, not to mention great desserts which include new menu items such as banana pudding and pecan pie.