“Welcome to Mia’s Mirror” or “Right this way for Healthy Living” are words local shoppers will soon be hearing after one of Bastrop’s largest construction projects is completed.
Shoppers will also be treated to cooking demonstrations – and taste delicious samples – at “The Cooking Connection” from master chefs, and perhaps learn the difference between Rhone or Rhine wines from onsite wine experts.
One morning in September, 1989, Dan Kinney unlocked the doors for the first time on a brand-new McDonald’s, the first establishment on the south side of State Highway 71 passing through Bastrop.
“We were out in the middle of a field and when cars came over the hill, all they could see was our bright lights,” Kinney recalled recently. “Now, there’s been so much growth, you can barely see our golden arches from that hill.”
The little trailer beside the car wash near Wal-Mart dispenses much more than just New Orleans-style shaved ice snowballs and a friendly smile. In fact, after 13 years in business in Bastrop, Richard Giro, owner of Snowball Express, has customers from as far away as Houston who time their trip to Austin so they reach Bastrop during his business hours. But Richard’s customers can get so much more.
Brittney Horn, 16, is learning about the business world at the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation this summer, and having quite a bit of fun, too.
The Bastrop High School junior is participating in a six-week paid program that allows youth to gain exposure to “industries of interest” to them, build job skills and network for possible future employment. The program is called the Rural Community Development Summer Program. It is a partnership between the Rural Capital Area Workforce Solutions and The Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University.
The Griesenbeck family’s roots run deep in Bastrop. B. J. Griesenbeck represents the fifth generation of the clan to live here. His forefathers include a county judge, a furniture store owner, and a rancher to name a few.
He first began welding when he was 15. Growing up on a ranch, there were always things to fix. His dad’s tools were usually just a hammer to hammer in nails and a screwdriver which doubled as a crowbar. So, B. J. learned early on to be creative and to make things from what he had on hand.
Bastrop Economic Development Corporation received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of General Purpose Promotion for communities with populations less than 25,000 from IEDC.