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Posted to Adventure Friday by Gabriela Moore
Steve Harris, a second generation artist to call Buda home, was born in the 70’s to a professional potter who owned a studio along-side the many artists in downtown at that time. He thinks back on life in the “good old days” as a child running around downtown, generally creating mischief, but always admiring the people behind the art.
“I remember the unique sense of unity between the artists and craftsmen,” Steve says. “Every time one would take a break from their work they would walk down Main Street and stop in to visit the neighboring studios to share ideas, discuss upcoming art shows and swap bad jokes.”
It’s this exact history that the #budaartmovement we saw at Art in the Heart tips its hat to. The explosion in population across the Austin area in the 90’s brought in more shops and dining into downtown spurring an inevitable rise in property taxes and slowly pushing the artist to seek lower rent. But with the Buda Main Street Program starting the initiative to create an arts district in downtown, and the city-wide support of the Inspired Minds Art Center opening in downtown, we are seeing a resurgence of this history come to life.
“Buda is once again becoming a prosperous location for both the established and emerging artist. This is showcased by the local businesses offering there space to display artwork, companies such as Two Wheel Brewing sponsoring art events and the highly reputable Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery calling Downtown Buda home,” Steve said. “The efforts put forth by Sinead and Susan of Inspired Minds Art Center has created an opportunity for local artists to network and support each other much like the early days that I remember.”
Today we look to a future that not only showcases the arts, but gives it a place to grow and call home. With its resurgence, arts and culture has become its own economic influence that brings tourism and invites visitors to not only explore but also contribute to our community. And I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty thrilled to know that no matter what changes a community faces—arts and culture have the power to push through and bring people together as it has for millennia.
As Marcela Kourkova from Fine Art Buda says, “[Art] connects community and teaches us to imagine and dream.” The #budaartmovement may be just beginning in 2019, but it has a strong history and a lot of soul deep in its bones. Take a look.
Posted to Happy Trails by Gabriela Moore
1. Two Wheel
Two Wheel Brewing Co.
535 S LOOP 4
Buda, TX 78610
Wed 4pm-9pm (Roll of the Dice)
Thu 4pm-9pm (Happy Hour ALL DAY)
Fri 4pm-10pm (Happy hour 4pm-7pm)
2. The Cigar Vault
The Cigar Vault
210 N MAIN STREET
Buda, TX 78610
Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
3. Willie’s Joint
If you’ve been to Buda and you haven’t checked out Willie’s yet then you’re missing out. This BBQ restaurant and bar has room for everyone and is ideal for large groups of people to have a good experience, while enjoying some live entertainment outside. They have live entertainment on occasions, and we just so happened to come on a day where they had open Karaoke outside (and as always, Margaritaville was the top hit). Whether you’re throwing washers with the boys or owning jumbo Jenga, the experience outside at Willie’s is unmatched with so much to do, and if you come with an appetite, their BBQ won’t disappoint and is sure to fill you up. Recognized as one of the top margaritas in town and plenty of drink options from both inside or at the outdoor bar, there is no doubt you can find a drink here that satisfies your sips--or gulps.
824 MAIN STREET
4. Growler Express
Further down the strip, you’ll find this local taproom that works to serve local Texas breweries straight from the tap. They currently carry 24 taps that offer a unique variety of craft beers like (512) Brewing Company and SpindleTap Brewery. Invite your friends here to watch sporting games and events inside or compete with the collection of board games they offer (they even have dominoes). Everyone here is very conversational and friendly which helps to keep the bar vibe very laid back and open. This is a remarkable place to bring your friends to try top craft beers around Texas, while avoiding the large crowds of Austin taprooms. You can drink pints from the tap, in a can, or try multiple at once with flights. If you’re out during the day, you definitely want to invite some of your buddies out for a refreshing selection of beers to choose from at Growler!
1567 MAIN STREET #800
Hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-10pm; Sat 2pm-10pm; Sun 2pm-9pm
5. Pinballz Kingdom
Have you ever noticed a red dragon on top of a castle going up I-35 North? Well, it’s not just your imagination or a renaissance shop, it's actually an arcade! But not just any arcade either, Pinballz is an arcade designed for both the young and young at heart. With many classic game
machines from Space Invaders and Galaga to the newer generation of games -- and of course plenty of pinball machines -- there are more than enough games for your group to play while you’re here. They also have a full-service bar and kitchen, which kept us there playing games longer than we expected. Although the variety of top-notch games featured at Pinballz tends to be the highlight of this place, the food there is simply undeniable--not to mention they have earned recognition for the best burger in town. We got to try their Pulled Pork sandwich and The Kingdom Burger, but we all were so full that we had to take a minute to rest before testing out the arcade games.
15201 S IH 35
Hours: Sun-Thur 10am-12am; Fri-Sat 10am-2am
Posted to Historic Preservation in Buda by Gabriela Moore
The post office would see a few short years of delivering mail, servicing horses, and hosting overnight travelers until the International and Great Northern Railroad would lay iron from Austin to San Antonio and Cornelia A. Trimble would sell her first commercial block of land to postmaster J.A. Chandler in 1881. Just a quarter mile from the post office and platted along the new railroad, Trimble would name her town Du Pre. It wouldn’t be until the around 1885 when Chandler moved the post office into town that the name would inevitably change to Buda at the command of the U.S. Postal Service after noting there is already a town named Du Pre in east Texas.
Newly vacated and surrounded by 234 acres of land, T.E. McElroy purchased the Onion Creek Post Office and Stagecoach House in the mid-1880’s. Within a few short years he added over 1,000 acres of land to his name and turned the old post office and stage stop into a ranching estate where he raised livestock and cultivated the fertile soil. With wealth and ambition on his side, McElroy transformed the rugged cabin into the elegant home we see today by enclosing the dogtrot, expanding the home and adding the luxuries one would expect in a home like flooring and a ceiling. Remnants of an old porch under what is now the back room point to a re-orientation of the front porch to look towards Loop 4 (Main Street) heading into a now thriving Buda and away from the abandoned stagecoach bridge.
Throughout the years as pieces of land were sold off, the home would continue to bare the markings of each decade with hand-hewn joists in the attic revealing its pre-railroad construction and french doors showcasing the the trend of the 1920’s when European styles reverberated throughout American homes. Though the home was renovated back to its circa 1920s appearance, one lasting mark of those who lived there in later years still exists in the west room. On the fireplace mantle you will find it to be painted blue with gold stars on either side and a gold arch enveloping the opening. It was dated by historians as a 1970’s style work-- a time when the house was rented out by owners Victor and Joe Stanzel to a group of college students in the artist community.
In 1998 the Stanzel Brothers Trust would transfer the 51 acre property to the City of Buda and the Stagecoach House would once again welcome travelers from far and wide as the Visitor Center for the thriving town of Buda.