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March 2013 - Insite Brazos Valley
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1. BV Food Bank
Because hunger
won’t wait.
by Adam Amaya
Page 5
2. Style
Annual House
& Garden tour
preview.
by Jessie Lin
Page 6
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3. Sneak Peek
New shopping
sensation hits town.
by Jessie Lin
Page 12
Bride Guide
Sources for
successful brides.
Resource Directory
Page 23
4. My Way
The wedding you
want.
by Allison Rhodes
Page 16
Skin Deep
6 Spring health &
beauty tips.
by Brittany Gordon
Page 24
by Angelique Gammon
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Spring iS the eaSy SeaSon,
sort of the middle child of seasons.
nobody likes bossy winter – put on
your coat! only lizards and beach
weekenders really like the moist miasma that passes for most of our local summer. Spring: butterflies; new
growth, anticipation of summer. it’s
almost a stacked deck.
now that you stop to really analyze the situation, that Spring thing
is sort of working all the angles, here.
almost … premeditated. Manipulative. Cute baby bunnies. Who can
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Publisher/Editor: Angelique
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Editor & Editorial Assistant:
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interns: Adam Amaya; Brittany
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Get Fit
These runs won’t
bore you.
compiled by
Brittany Gordon
Page 30
5.Outside
Gardens where you
least expect them.
by Adam Amaya
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compete with that? opportunity to
refresh for the hot haul ahead. and
that whole flowers, gardens, fix-upthe-home-so-you’re-ready-to-play
this summer shtick?
i’m mean, so tom Sawyer! Who’s
toting that paintbrush, anyway? not
Spring.
and don’t even get me started
on that old “spring into health” kick.
Who’s getting tweezed, and waxed,
and exfoliated and taking care of
those pesky spider veins – no, that’s
not wine running down my leg thank
you for your concern – you just had
to point out how to get those fixed
when you’re so naturally beautiful,
Miss perfect Spring? Thanks, loads.
Manipulative. i told you. Well isn’t
that just so absolutely kind to point
out the ‘why yes, it’s really the perfect weather to go for a brisk run so
you’ll be all hard body by summer,”
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Miss helpful. not Spring breaking
a sweat. Should be known as passive
aggressive Spring, you want my take.
Unions, life, birth, growth yadda
yadda yadda whole spring wedding
thing. yeah, yeah. Bride is busting
her bunions and beautiful Spring
gets the wedding credit. Sheesh.
But we’re on it anyway. got all
that Spring jazz-up home, body,
bride stuff covered in our “Spring”
(say it with a mocking lilt) issue.
Sure, it’s beautiful, useful stuff.
pretty sure Spring is gonna take all
the credit. Be just like Spring.
So i’m ready to go on record here.
Spring is a very nice season, i’m sure.
Very…agreeable. Simply everyone
loves Spring and we have fully prepared you to enjoy it.
Me? i’m into summer. Straightforward, know-your-melting point
kind of season if you ask me.
So enjoy the Spring issue. i’m
really looking forward to the
summer issue. Did i mention my
family nickname is ‘the lizard?’
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Hunger
THE BRAzOS VALLEy FOOD
Bank has been a primary
contributor to the fight against
hunger, stocking the shelves
of countless food pantries
and other feeding programs
across the Brazos Valley. in
the past year, the food bank
distributed 3.8 million pounds
of food to their hunger-relief
partners: it may seem like a
tremendous amount, but sadly,
it is not enough. according
to the Food Bank, they have
experienced a nearly 150
percent increase in demand for
food in the past five years as
more residents find themselves
in a situation where visiting a
feeding program is necessary
to make ends meet.
Unfortunately, an average
of one-in-six Brazos Valley
households is at risk of hunger.
even more alarming is the fact
that if the household includes
children, the risk of hunger
increases to one out of four.
reflecting on the issue at
hand, Food Bank executive
Director Theresa Mangapora
says, “although we distributed
nearly four million pounds
of food, there continues to be
more demand than we can
meet. We simply do not have
enough space to accept all the
donations available to us, and
the variety of food we would
like to have, which directly
impacts the individuals and
families of the Brazos Valley
who are in need.”
as a result, the Food Bank
has launched the “Because
hunger Won’t Wait,” a $2.5
million Capital Campaign
warehouse expansion project.
The project will enable the
Food Bank to accept and
distribute more than triple
the amount of dry food it
can currently handle and
increase the amount of fresh
and frozen food available for
those in need by five times.
With a larger building—along
with new high-capacity
refrigerators and freezers—the
Food Bank will become more
efficient and effective.
While most of us have
never had to worry about
having food on the table,
tens of thousands of Brazos
Valley residents annually
are faced with a problem
known as “food insecurity”—
households that lack consistent
access to adequate food
for one or more household
members. This problem
not only leaves children and
adults with empty stomachs,
but also affects many aspects
of their lives. Without an
adequate amount of food—if
any— children cannot learn
and adults cannot work
productively. The expansion
will help solve this problem.
Mangapora, who has been
serving as the Food Bank’s
executive Director since 2005,
says, “When i first came here,
i never thought we would
outgrow our warehouse,
but we have. it’s very
disheartening that we need to
expand our building because
that means more people are
in need. We need donations
as soon as possible - we can
do so much more but we’re
limited by space.”
in her first year at the
Food Bank, the Food Bank
distributed 1.7 million
pounds of food. now in her
eighth year, that number has
skyrocketed to nearly four
million.
The drastic increase in
the amount of food the Food
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Bank is distributing to partner
agencies also reflects the hard
economic times. Despite
misconceptions, those in need
visit a feeding program on
average 3.5 times in a year,
receiving less than 75 lbs.
of food each year. The Food
Bank and the agencies and
programs it supports are a
safety net for those who have
fallen on hard-times, not an
entitlement that individuals
live off of day-to-day, week-toweek.
Currently, the Food Bank’s
“Because hunger Won’t Wait”
Capital Campaign has raised
nearly 45 percent of necessary
funds they need for the
expansion project. once they
have 50 percent of the funds,
they plan to break ground and
begin building.
Mangapora says, “There
are many ways people can
help support our ‘Because
hunger Won’t Wait’ Capital
Campaign. The immediate
need is monetary donations to
the campaign. We are willing
to present our case to anyone
– businesses, foundations,
churches, civic groups. if a
major gift is not possible, the
Because hunger Won’t Wait
Square Foot Campaign may
appeal to you. a $75 dollar
donation pays for a square
foot of the expansion. in
addition, we would love people
to educate others about this
important project.”
With a sense of urgency
resonating through her voice,
Mangapora added, “residents
of the Brazos Valley deserve a
Food Bank that can do more.
With this expansion, the
possibilities are endless.” i
When to help?
As soon as
possible. Hunger
is a problem that
won’t wait and
help shouldn’t
either.
How to help?
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Donate: Monetary
donations of all sizes
are needed to make this
needed facility a reality. Inkind donations of materials
from professionals in the
building industry are also
welcome.
2
InvIte: A member of
the Food Bank’s team to
speak at your business,
church, professional or civic
organization about the
campaign
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SpreaD tHe
worD: Inform your
friends, family and
colleagues to support the
campaign.
ContaCt
InformatIon:
WeBsIte: www.
becausehungerwontwait.org
theresA MAngAporA:
(979)-779-3663, ext.100 or
[email protected]
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Tour
The Woman’s
Club of Bryan
will host its
annual House
and Garden
Tour in April.
The service
organization’s
signature
fundraiser
provides
outreach within
the community.
It is never too
early to plan
to attend. The
2013 theme
“Distinctive
Homes with
a Different
Palette” will
be carried
out in the
three elegant
homes in wellknown Bryan/
College Station
neighborhoods.
Tickets to the
April 10 tour
and luncheon
are available for
pre-purchase.
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by Jessie Lin
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The
Stribling
Home
5306 Jupiter Hills,
Pebble Creek,
College Station
The Striblings’ youngest son
Michael, who appeared on
the famed hgtV program’s
2008 “Design Star”, designed
the home owned by Linda
and Danny Stribling. Built by
Clay Kolby and known for its
bold, elegant décor, the house
contains various unusual
pieces selected by Michael
for his parents’ house. The
house features clean, straight
lines and a transitional style
throughout, combining
elements of contemporary
and traditional furniture,
materials, fabrics and
finishes.
Linda’s dream kitchen
is the center of the house,
opening onto the living area,
so the whole family can stay
truly connected. you’ll find
a large island, countertops
of leathered granite with a
cracked edge, and genuine
honduran mahogany
cabinets. part of the kitchen,
the casual dining area
includes a round wood table
with metal base, along with
touches of the same stacked
stone found on the home’s
exterior.
The media room, also
known as the “grandkids’
room,” is a fun area for
watching movies and playing
games. The four built-in
bunk beds give each child
a unique and comfortable
place to sleep.
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The
Surovik
Home
3231 Walnut Creek
Court, Traditions,
Bryan
Belonging to Bob Surovik,
this home epitomizes
understated elegance. Built
by Larry Marriott in 2008,
the home was designed by
Bob’s son, Wade Surovik,
the current resident. as
you tour the house, you’ll
realize Wade loves antiques
and auctions. in the formal
dining room, the china
cabinet contains beautiful
green Majolica Wedgewood,
Staffordshire from the 19th
century and Mrs. Surovik’s
white Montclair bridal china.
a highlight of the kitchen
is the large and special
collection of Majolica. Most
pieces are from england.
The master bedroom is
decorated with various
english prints. The best piece
in the house is the Scottish
antique chest seen in the
bedroom, and Wade chose
to paint this room a warmer
color than the rest of the
home.
The playroom, at the
top of the strairs, contains
a 1940’s pool table and
amusing animal prints from
england over the sofa. The
first upstairs bedroom has
unique bird prints, also
from england. The second
upstairs bedroom has
lamps from Mrs. Surovik’s
home and nightstands
that belonged to Wade’s
grandmother.
in addition to the
delightful decorations,
the study is full of
aggie memorabilia and
awards, including Bob’s
Distinguished alumnus
award. Mr. Surovik is a
past chairman of the texas
a&M Foundation Board of
trustees.
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IF YoU Go
the Woman’s Club
annual house & garden
tour is Wednesday,
April 10, from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. house &
garden tour is the
major fundraiser for
the Woman’s Club of
Bryan and is used in
local outreach to the
community. A luncheon
at the Woman’s Club,
1200 Carter Creek
parkway in Bryan,
will be held on the
day of the tour from
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon tickets must
be purchased separately
from tour tickets.
tickets for touring
the three houses
are $15 and can be
purchased by contacting
Club Director Betty
Davis at (979) 8225019 or by emailing
[email protected]
verizon.net. Luncheon
reservations are $15
per person, available by
calling sandra petty at
(979) 775-2449 before
April 3.
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The
Wood
Home
3207 Walnut Creek
Court, Traditions,
Bryan
Woman’s Club member
Sissy Wood and her husband
pat have opened their
intimately elegant traditions
home for the tour. Built in
2006 by Darrell Bairrington,
visitors always comment on
the heirlooms and treasures
displaying their family’s
interests.
The formal dining
room boasts a 19th century
chandelier from Louisiana
which belonged to pat’s
parents and arrived in
a barrel in 1944 as well
as a large mirror from a
Louisiana plantation which
hung in Sissy’s parents’
home.
The living room and
great room feature
a trumeau mirror, a
wonderful collection
of Limoges pill boxes, a
captain’s desk with beautiful
marquetry from a Dutch
ship, and several Jacob petit
perfume bottles from paris,
all of which have entertained
the Woods’ guests through
the years. Sissy’s pride and
joy is the Louis XV chair, a
35th birthday gift, which not
only became Sissy’s favorite
piece but also opened her
mind to antiques.
The master bath is a
perfect example of the
home’s intimate elegance:
two small chairs in front
of the bathtub are from
england. These low seats,
called “Slipper Chairs,” were
designed for women to sit
and put on their shoes. i
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Premiere
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For everything from
easter, Mother’s Day
and graduation gifts
to distinctive remembrances suitable all year
long, The Brazos Valley
Symphony Society is
preparing a singular
shopping experience
for Bryan/College Station dwellers. Those in
the know will present
themselves Friday,
March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at The
Brazos Center in Bryan
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to enter the shopping
wonderland that is the
inaugural premiere
Market. Sponsored by
FedStar Credit Union
and The Matthews
group, the premiere
Market will feature 50
of the finest merchants
from across texas with
each offering specialty
gift items, home accessories, the latest spring
clothing, gourmet
foods, designer jewelry
and much more. admission to the event
is $5 per person and
includes both days of
public shopping.
premiere Market
is more than just a
shopping sensation as
all proceeds benefit the cultural and
educational programs
of the Brazos Valley
Symphony. Lou ellen
ruesink, merchant
coordinator and Brazos
Valley Symphony board
member, suggests that
shoppers come for
lunch and enjoy an
afternoon of fashioning collections suitable
for themselves, others
and their homes. pies
and treats created by
royer’s Café of round
top will be available
during shopping hours.
area school choirs and
chamber groups, as
well as Brazos Valley
Symphony musicians,
will perform for customers. a silent auction
will offer the tempting
possibly of a bargain on
top-selling items from
all vendors.
The Brazos Valley
Symphony orchestra is
a community organization comprised of
professional musicians
from Bryan/College
Station and across
texas that is financially
supported by the Brazos
Valley Symphony
Society, a non-profit
association. each year,
the orchestra performs
five classical subscription concerts, a holiday
Concert, two Children’s
concerts, the Symphony
goes to school program,
and a free outdoor
Fourth of July performance at the george
Bush presidential Library and Museum. as
a non-profit, the Symphony Society relies on
fundraisers to support
the many educational
programs provided by
the Brazos Valley Sym-
phony in addition to the
premium performances
the orchestra fashions
for audiences.
“We have been
working on [the premiere Market] for two
years,” says ruesink.
Though the Symphony
Society hosts the annual Derby Day extravaganza, it has been
seeking a new fundraising event for several
years. inspired by the
houston Ballet guild
nutcracker Market,
the premiere Market
will bring to spring
the same exclusive
shopping experiences
holiday markets offer
each fall. a judging
panel has reviewed all
vendors to create a topshelf, texas shopping
experience: big-city
by Jessie Lin
markets such as houston’s Bella Becho Book
and print Bindery with
their award-winning,
handcrafted photo
albums, wedding photo
albums and memory
books; me&re Design,
Dallas-based artists
who will awe and tempt
shoppers with their
cheerful products ranging from iphone cases
to party favors, to name
just two. a complete
vendor list is available
through the premiere
Market tab at the bvso.
org website. additional
shopping perks available through some
vendors will include
the opportunity to
place orders and design
customized products
for an upcoming party
or soiree.
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wHat
the premiere
Market
wHen
preview party,
March 21, 5:30 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
premiere Market
Day 1, March 22, 10
a.m. to 6 p.m.
premiere Market
Day 2, March 23, 10
a.m. to 3 p.m.
wHere
the Brazos Center,
3232 Briarcrest
Drive, Bryan
How
Admission is $5 per
person for both days
of premiere Market
public shopping and
will be on sale at
the door. premiere
party reservations
are $25 per person,
available by calling
the symphony
office at (979)-6966100 or booking
online through the
premiere Market
tab at bvso.org by
5 p.m. March 9. For
more information,
contact the Brazos
Valley symphony
society at (979)696-6100 or email
[email protected]
Through planning
and process, explains
ruesink, the spring
premiere Market has
been designed to gather
texas’ best shopping
experiences and conveniently deliver them to
Bryan/College Station’s
front door.
Exclusive
Preview Party
The eager shopper can beat the rush
Thursday, March 21,
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
at an exclusive preview
party sponsored by
Sterling auto group
that offers “first pick” of
merchandise offered at
this upscale shopping
celebration. Complimentary champagne,
live music by eugene,
eugene and fine food
from Christopher’s
World grille are included with the reservation.
no invitation is necessary, but reservations
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are required for this
private event, no later
than 5 p.m., March 9
by calling the Symphony office at (979)
696-6100. previewers
also may book online
at https://bvso.ejoinme.
org/Myevents/premiereMarket2013home/
thepreviewparty/
tabid/436450/Default.
aspx
even before the
preview, some lucky
shoppers will win free
admission by following
premiere Market on
twitter @premiereMarket or liking premiere
Market on Facebook.
For more information about the premiere
Market, the preview
party and the March 3
“afternoon of Magic”
performance featuring
Kaylie Kahlich’s debut
with the Brazos Valley
Symphony, visit bvso.
org or call (979) 6966100. i
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My Way
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Brittany Warren’s wedding goals
were clear: culturally welcome her
fiancé Brandon Fisher’s new orleans
family while retaining a soupcon of
her own texas background, all while
honoring her fiancé’s mother who
passed away in 2000. “i wanted them
to feel welcomed,” she says. “none of
them had really been to texas, and
i didn’t want them to think we were
Her fiancé
wanted to
be involved
in wedding
planning.
“Groomzilla,”
she says
succinctly.
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all about cowboys and indians. i
didn’t sacrifice what i wanted. This is
the one day i can be selfish.”
With a traditional wedding in
mind, Brittany chose a fall wedding
at The greenbranch, an ideal outdoor
venue located just east of Bryan/
College Station. With a beautiful
gazebo view of a waterfall, lake,
bridge, trees, and exotic animals, the
venue accommodated Brittany and
Brandon’s 165 guests easily.
There were some geographic considerations to consider. The ceremony
took place across a bridge Brittany
somehow had to cross. allergies
nixed a horse-drawn carriage. it was
Brittany’s mom who suggested a cousin’s ownership interest in a luxury
rental car business in houston might
offer up an elegant solution: she drove
up in a 2012 Maserati Quattro porte
driven by her father. equal rights
meant that when Brandon found out
about the Maserati, he pulled up in a
friend’s 2012 yellow Corvette. Besides,
it’s always good luck to embark on
marriage in perfect symmetry.
The unique bridge crossing solution wasn’t the only singular selection Brittany made for her wedding.
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like
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created because she wanted
something that would be
a “forever keepsake.” nine
months searching yielded
earrings and broaches for the
creative process. it took longer after a bag of 72 earrings
and broaches went missing;
it still cannot be found today.
Minor speed bump overcome, she shopped: Charming Charlie’s, Charlotte
russe, Macy’s, Dilliard’s.
Debbie Brooks of postoak Florist applied her
considerable skills over a sixweek period. The stunning
result incorporated some
175-200
broaches
and
earrings. “it was a good
thing i had a little muscle
then,” Brittany says lightly,
describing carrying the
heavy bouquet down the isle.
But worth it.
interestingly, this was a
wedding that no one thought
would ever happen. Brandon
Fisher and Brittany Warren
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met at a backyard barbeque
in May 2006. it was not
love at first sight. “We did
not get along,” say Brittany
candidly. “he thought i
was…difficult.” The idea
they might be compatible
emerged while playing
pool with mutual friends.
it seems they had more in
common than they thought.
a few dates followed, but it
was a massive tree branch
falling on Brittany’s car at a
concert in the Woodlands
that made them realize they
were a couple that could get
through anything together:
besides busting the back
windshield and crashing
the concert date, the branch
busted surprise plans involving an astro’s game the
next day.
Fast-forward three years
to dinner at Cracker Barrel
when Brandon popped the
question. “i didn’t know it
was coming,” Brittany says.
Brandon and Brittany were
on their way to the prenatal
Clinic’s annual “you’re
The tops” event where her
mom, Katheryne Warren,
was among the women
being honored. The annual
fundraiser both recognizes
top volunteers as “you’re
the tops,” while funding
the clinic’s mission ensuring
every mother-to-be and her
unborn child receive the
prenatal care they need for a
safe, healthy birth and baby.
So when Brandon rose
to speak, Brittany thought
it would be about her mom
… “i really love this family.
Brittany, will you marry
me?”
it is crystal clear when
Brittany comments that both
she and Brandon are very
family orientated people.
That he asked her to marry
him in front of her family
means a great deal.
The couple was engaged
for about two years before
the ceremony, plenty of time
to find creative ways to meet
Brittany’s goals. new orleans flavor at the wedding
was delivered with a menu
created by global event Catering of College Station:
cornbread-stuffed chicken
covered with endue sausage
and tomato Creole. Brandon had specific ideas for
the groom’s cake: tie their
backgrounds together with
a new orleans Saints dome
and an oil rig alongside. Fabulous Faire made it happen.
Brittany’s response? Surprise at how much her fiancé
wanted to be involved in
wedding planning. “groomzilla,” she says succinctly.
The requests continued.
“he became so vocal i was
shocked,” she recalls. “i
thought he would just show
up.” Balance continued to
rein.
Brandon describes the
wedding planning process
as, “a little bit fun, but a
little stressful at first.” his
main request was the food,
because he wanted his
new orleans background
to show, and not to have
everything about texas. at
the end of the reception the
bride and groom practiced
a useful new orleans
tradition called “The Second
Line” that signals the end
of a great party. Brandon
and Brittany danced during
the last song, Grazing in
the Grass, with personally
made parasols while their
family and friends danced
and waved handkerchiefs
stitched with Brandon
and Brittany’s name and
wedding date.
honoring Brandon’s late
mother included reserving
a seat in her honor at the
front of the ceremony and
Brandon’s dad and godmother holding her portrait
as they walked down the
aisle. Brandon’s dad also
held her picture at the reception. it was important to
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“Truly one of the most unique
and artistic atmospheres you
will ever find, for any event.”
Brittany to show Brandon
that even though his mother
was not present at the wedding, she was there in spirit.
Marriage photos of both sets
of parents joined Brandon
and Brittany’s engagement
picture on display at the
reception.
eschewing
traditional
wedding favors, Brittany
chose a popcorn Bar inspired
by a houston wedding planning event and provided
by poparazzi’s gourmet
popcorn. The company not
only caters to “celebrities like
you” as their website puts it,
but other luminary events,
such as the 38th annual
Daytime emmy awards.
guests chose flavors to take
home in provided bags.
Mississippi deejay DJ rod D
was a hit with everyone. The
bride was impressed by both
the music and music videos
he projected with each song.
The bride’s summary
review? Brittany says that
while she loved every bit of
her wedding, two moments
stand out. one was when
she first saw the aisle she
would enter as Brittany
Warren, and leave as Mrs.
Brandon Fisher – a fairy
tale paisley path of flower
petals sculpted on the grass
by Debbie Brooks. The
second was when she first
viewed her reception décor.
“everything was displayed
so gorgeously,” is her
summation.
it is a rare bride with
no regrets. Brittany says
it’s because she planned
her wedding the way she
wanted. She stayed calm
until 24 hours before the big
day, when she gives herself
the label “Bridezilla.” She
was late to the wedding by
about 15 or 20 minutes,
because she was making
sure everything was in place
and ready to go. “i wanted
everything to be perfect,”
she says. “i didn’t let go of
the reins and was there for
everything.”
as for Brandon, he says
he loved his wedding, but his
worst memory was… “the
final bill.”
Brittany’s advice to other
brides to be includes: use a
videographer. Looking back,
she wishes she had added
this amenity so she could
watch everything, all the
while pointing out her
photographer, Jim greenlee,
did a fantastic job. “Know
what you want and go for
it,” says Brittany, “all the
way and don’t sacrifice or
alternate what you want.”
Carry a wedding binder
everywhere; never leave the
house without it. you never
know when you might find
something you love.
Maybe even while playing
pool with friends. i
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Health & Beauty
by Brittany Gordon
Bikini ready,
ladies? No?
So, bros…you a
Speedo pro? No?
There’s lots of ways
to get healthy and
hot for spring. Just
for you guys, we
went and found
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Body
Treatments
one of the most popular body
treatments at galleria Day
Spa is their exfoliating sugar
scrub called Sea Salt glow.
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Jayden Quenstedt, day spa
manager, says this treatment
exfoliates the skin followed
with an aroma steam shower.
Through the process, skin
pores are opened and skin
is hydrated along with the
exfoliation. Quenstedt says
the steam shower can help
you lose water weight and
after the treatment your skin
is left glowing. Sea Salt glow
is $75 and some people like
to follow with a soothing
massage.
another popular service
galleria Day Spa provides
for $75 dollars is facials.
Fortunate writer that i am, i
enjoyed their most popular
european Facial first hand.
it was extraordinary creating
a huge difference after the
facial: the skin on my face felt
lighter, healthier, glowing,
and as if my skin could really
breathe. Salon aesthetician
Lucia adams performs the
facials. She starts by making
Springy
Health &
Beauty
Preps
you so comfortable and
relaxed you could just fall
into a deep, peaceful sleep.
First she does a skin analysis
and applies a cleanser based
on your individual skin type.
after the skin is clean, she
exfoliates, puts vitamins
back into the skin and then
closes the pores to enhance
beauty. adams has custommade treatments and masks
she uses according to your
skin type with the most
common being dry, oily, acne,
sensitive, aging, and normal
to combination.
adams has ready
anything and everything your
skin may need and provides
very helpful feedback on what
you can do to improve your
skin and keep it beautiful. She
advises that it is best to get a
facial every four weeks due
to the cycle of skin growing
new cells and getting clogged.
The primary purpose of the
european facial is to provide
deep cleansing for your skin
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and make sure it is healthy
and hydrated so it can absorb
nutrients, enzymes and
vitamins. ancient secrets for
facial rejuvenation are what
give european facials their
effectiveness, says adams,
adding that it is a holistic, nonsurgical approach to youth and
radiant beauty.
adams has been
performing facials for 40 years
and says it is truly her love.
adams’ mother opened the
first ever spa in nicaragua,
she shares, and the following
year, adams moved to Bryan
where she has lived and been
performing facials ever since.
The spa provides other facials
as well as microdermabrasion
and dermasound. adams
counsel is that in order
for those treatments to be
effective, the skin must first
be clean and unclogged. “in
order to have healthy skin, we
must have clean skin,” adams
says. “Facials are something
we cannot live without.” That
means both men and women.
machine works, and ensure
every client gets the service
they pay for.
First step: schedule a
consultation where you will
fill out a medical form and
Childs will test a strand
of your hair to make sure
the procedure will work.
The ideal patient is whitewith-dark skin, but laser
hair removal can work on
anyone except individuals
with white, gray, or red
hair. The laser is attracted
to the melanin in the hair
follicle, burning the follicle
without burning the skin,
penetrating beneath the
skin to remove the follicle.
The process will only work
during the growth cycle so
you cannot wax, tweeze, or
use any kind of product that
removes the root of the hair
for at least three weeks prior
treatment. plan ahead.
Depending on the area of
the skin, the process usually
requires two to 10 treatments
that range from $100 for
underarms to about $600
for legs. Childs uses Variable
pulsed Light technology,
the Energist Ultraplus® VpL
machine to perform the laser
hair removal procedure. This
amazing machine is not only
tailored to hair removal, but
also rejuvenates skin and
Laser Hair
treats acne, sun spots, and
Removal
Body-ready for spring means cherry hemangiomas, also
known as strawberry spots.
unwanted hair has to go
Childs says she absolutely
away. Throw away the razors
loves this machine because
and go to Brazos Valley Med
it is so versatile and, unlike
Spa for laser hair removal
other machines that are
and never shave, tweeze or
painful and uncomfortable,
wax again. Vicki Childs,
this machine provides mild
a nurse practitioner at
discomfort and is very
Brazos Valley Med Spa, is a
Certified Laser hair removal tolerable. She describes the
process of hair removal as a
professional, Certified
rubberband pop or catching
aesthetic Consultant, and a
a speck of bacon grease.
Certified Women’s health
nurse practitioner. This means people of all ages purchase
these treatments – both
Childs has gone to school
men and women. The price
and passed an exam in order
does vary depending on
to legitimately perform laser
hair removal and she has been individual factors, but if you
purchase five treatments,
doing it for many years. She
you receive a 20 percent
believes it is crucial to know
discount. taking advantage
what you are doing, how the
of this wonderful technology
gets that unwanted hair gone
for good!
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Waxing
if laser hair removal isn’t
your thing, but you don’t want
to spend your time constantly
shaving, you can remove
unwanted hair by waxing.
MediSpa and Salon offers
waxing services for any area of
the body. neal Maracchini, coowner of MediSpa and Salon
with his wife, Kim, says the
most common service people
come in for is Brazilian and
hollywood waxing. Brazilian
waxing is the front of the
bikini area and hollywood
waxing includes both front
and back. This service is
usually done using soft wax,
which includes applying the
wax and removing it with a
piece of fabric.
For people with sensitive
skin, there is also hard wax,
which is applying wax, waiting
for it to dry, then peeling the
wax away. Clients usually
prefer the soft wax because it
only takes about 15 minutes;
hard wax takes approximately
40 minutes. The pain level is
minimal with both methods
and chamomile and tea tree
oil are applied to sooth the
skin and reduce irritation.
With most waxing, the hair
is removed for three to four
weeks, but the time varies
depending on the area of the
skin you choose to wax.
prices vary from $8 for
forehead to $80 for chest and
stomach. The Brazilian and
hollywood waxing are just for
women, but other areas such
as chest, back and sideburns
are available for men, as well.
no matter your age or gender,
you can swap razor burn and
constant shaving for smooth,
beautiful skin just in time for
spring.
Reserve Your Spot
for SPRING BREAK!
Spider and
Varicose
Veins
Did you know
approximately 80
million people in the
United States suffer
from a vein disorder
of some kind? rebecca
price, a registered
vascular technologist
and a coordinator
at Brazos Vein
institute, says these
unwanted veins can be
embarrassing, painful
and can lead to worse
symptoms such as leg
swelling, damage to
the skin and venous
ulcers. Spider veins are
usually small, purple
veins that appear on
the surface and are
more of a cosmetic
issue. Varicose veins are
larger, bulging, more
prominent underlying
veins that can cause
aching, swelling and
pulling of the blood.
Brazos Vein
institute offers free
vein screenings on
Saturdays, typically on
the first Saturday of
the month. a specialist
will consult with you
and provide an ultrasound
to determine which method
of treatment is best for you.
price says the screenings are
great because many people
don’t know what is wrong or
come in for cosmetic reasons
only to find out they also have
underlying medical issues that
need to be taken care of first.
With the ultrasound, clients
can see exactly what is wrong
and what needs to be taken
care of.
treatments to remove the
veins include sclerotherapy,
microphlebectomy and
Families head to Galveston each
year with family and friends.
radiofrequency ablation.
typically, sclerotherapy
takes care of the very small
veins. Microphlebectomy
and radiofrequency ablation
are for the larger veins that
need to be removed or shut
down. This varies depending
on your individual condition,
and sometimes one or all
three of the treatments may
be necessary. price says
the pain level is, on scale of
one to 10, generally a two.
These treatments were made
available to take the place of
vein stripping, which required
hospitalization and included
much more pain, recovery
time and a dramatically higher
cost. These newer treatments
are done at the Brazos Vein
institute, which is part of
Central texas heart Center.
The goal, says price, is
to help patients get back on
their feet as soon as possible
using preventative methods
such as walking and wearing
a compression garment. each
case is unique to the patient,
but price says some patients
can already see results after
48 to 72 hours. The cost
also varies with each case
and will be discussed at the
first screening. Most health
insurance policies cover
treatments that are medically
necessary. price also says
patients come in all the time
who are so happy with their
results they cannot believe
they waited so long.
Don’t continue hiding
your legs or dealing with
unnecessary aches and
pain. arrange for a free vein
screening and kiss those
unwanted veins goodbye!
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Airbrush
Tanning
you want a nice tan for that
day at the beach, but you
don’t want to harm your skin
with UV rays lying in the sun.
French Door Salon’s airbrush
tanning is a perfect solution.
Joanna trejo-Salazar, an
operator at the salon, says
to start by coming in with
your skin exfoliated, your
unwanted hair gone, and no
moisturizer, make up, lotion,
or anything on your body.
Wear loose fitting clothing,
such as a sundress. you will
be sprayed with a handheld
airbrush gun in order to get
every inch evenly, as opposed
to going into a booth.
French Door uses bronze
body formula offering three
levels: light, medium, and
dark, but the levels can be
combined to fit your skin’s
needs. The airbrush gun
provides a natural-looking
tan, while keeping your skin
moisturized and hydrated.
tans typically last up to a
week, and the salon has a
lotion to help the tan last an
additional week. another
way to ensure your tan
lasts is to wait 24 hours
before showering, advises
trejo-Salazar, and use mild
soap and no sponge when
showering. pat, don’t rub,
yourself dry. Many clients
come in for spray tans every
three weeks around
summer and some
come all year
round to keep that
summer glow, she
says, adding that
spray tan is great
for big events –
pageants, weddings,
portraits. price for
full body is $35; half
body, $20. Buy up to
4 tans and you get
the 5th tan free.
on having a
tan, “it just makes
clients feel better
about themselves,”
says trejo-Salazar.
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Treating
Overex­
ertion
While working
on getting that
perfect spring body,
make sure not to
overexert yourself,
or as Dr. Karen
Campion advisers
her patients, don’t
let those new
year’s resolutions
you made end
up hurting your
back. in addition
to being a doctor
of chiropractic
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medicine, Campion is
certified in a variety of
techniques including active
release, acupuncture,
chiropractic sports
practitioner, and fellow
international academy
of medical acupuncture.
her practice is Campion
Chiropractic in College
Station.
to properly take care of
your body, Campion offers
the following pointers:
avoid overuse, listen to your
body, lift with your knees,
be patient and modify, work
shorter times and longer rest
periods, stay hydrated, do
daily stretching, maintain
a nutritious diet, and most
importantly, if you think
something is wrong, find
out. The best time to come
in is when you first start
feeling pain, not after you
have dealt with it for weeks,
months or years, she advises.
however, Campion says she
takes people as they are when
they come to see her, with
no problem is too big or too
small. treatment methods
include spinal decompression;
massage therapy, cold laser
therapy, sports rehabilitation
and acupuncture. on-site
x-rays and access to other
radiology facilities allow
evaluation for the best
treatment based on the
severity of the issue.
patients will be
given recommend therapy
homework and advice with
the goal to get clients back
on their feet, recovered, as
quickly as possible. Because
Campion Chiropractic offers
free consultations at no
obligation and accepts most
health insurance policies,
there really is no excuse:
if you overdid it springing
into spring, don’t let aches
and pain grow and ruin this
beautiful season! i
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The Bride Guide
Benjamin Knox
Special Event Venue
& Services
405 University Drive East
College Station
979-696-5669
BenjaminKnox.com
Besco Custom
Jewelers
Custom Designed Jewelry
2405 Texas 6 Business
College Station
979-764-8558
BescoJewelers.com
Buppy’s Catering
Catering and Rentals
506 Sulphur Springs Road
Bryan
979-779-6417
Buppys.com
Caffé Capri
Special Event Venue
22 N. Main Street
Bryan
979-822-2675
ThePlaceForItalian.com
Fidelis Photography
Special Occasion Portraits
210 W. 26th Street
Bryan
979-476-2846
fidelisstudio.com
Gabriel & Co.
New York
Jeweler
522 University Drive East
College Station
979-693-0898
Gabrielny.com
Global Event Group
Catering & Event Planning
PO Box 9037
College Station
979-778-9101
GlobalEventGroup.com
MediSpa & Salon
Hair, Make-up and Spa
Services for Special Occasions
2205 Longmire Drive
College Station
979-693-7999
OfficialMediSpa.com
Messina Hof Winery
& Resort
Special Event Venue &
Services
4545 Old Reliance Road
Bryan
979-778-9463
MessinaHof.com
Post Oak Florist
Floral Services
900-12 Harvey Road
College Station
979-764-0092
Weddings.PostoakFlorist.
com
Red Oak Ranch
Special Event Venue
& Services
52715 Hwy. 290
Hempstead
979-826-6339
RedOakRanchEvents.
com
Texas A&M
Rec Center
The Kyle House
Special Event Venue
800 S. Bryan Avenue
Bryan
979-775-8375
TheKyleHouse.com
Special Event Venue
& Services
West Campus
College Station
979-845-3076
RecSports.tamu.edu
The Lemon Wedge
Special Event Venue
& Catering
308 N. Main Street
Bryan
979-703-4052
TheLemonWedge.com
The Clary House
Special Event Venue
& Services
601 East 30th Street
Bryan
979-703-7916
TheClaryHouse.com
The Jewelry Store
Zone Club
Custom Jewelry
3601 East 29th Street
Bryan
979-846-3898
facebook.com/pages/
The-Jewelry-Store/
159501217457467?fref=ts
Special Event Venue
& Services
Bernard C. Richardson
Zone at Kyle Field.
Suite 12
College Station
979-862-5378
AggieAthletics.com/
facilites/zone
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INSITE | Get Fit
Take “Exercise
is boring,” off
your excuse list.
Forewarnment:
that dog won’t
hunt. Though
interestingly
enough, there is
actually a hunt
on the list. Cost
isn’t an excuse
either. Buck up:
several of the
events charge
exactly $1 to
enter.
compiled by Brittany Gordon
MARCH 2 | Texas Birth­
day Bash Dash (Formerly Rattler
Run), Navasota City Hall. The 1 mile
begins at 8 a.m., the 10K at 8:30 a.m.,
and the 5K at 8:45 a.m.. Cost: $35
online; $40 race day.
MARCH 2 | Fuel To Be Fit
5K, Texas A&M Campus, College
Station. Free Zumba stretching and
warm up at 8 a.m.; 5K race begins at
8:30 a.m. Cost: $20.
MARCH 2 | CASA Su­
perhero 5K, Sam Houston State
University, Huntsville. The 5K begins
at 8:15 a.m, the 1 mile walk/run at
8:30 a.m., and the free kids’ 100 yard
dash at 9:15 a.m. Cost: $25; $30 late
registration; must have registered by
February 4 for guaranteed t-shirt.
MARCH 3 | Armadillo
Dash Half Marathon & 5K,
Veterans Park, College Station. Races
begin at 7 a.m. Cost: Half Marathon,
$70; 5K for 14 and younger, $25; ages
15 and older, $35. Late registration
prices begin March 1; must have registered by February 10 for free t-shirt.
MARCH 23 | Girls Just
Wanna Have Fun 5K, College
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Station High School. SOLD OUT. For
future race planning, race begins
at 8 a.m.
MARCH 23 | Run With the
Lions, Sam Houston State University,
Huntsville. Race begins at 8 a.m.
Cost: 5K, $20; 10K, $30; kids fun run,
$12. Register by March 23.
MARCH 24 | Run the
Trails 3.5 Mile Race, Hunts-
ville State Park Nature Center. Race
will begin at 2 p.m. Non-competitive.
Medals for all finishers. Cost: $3 race
entry, plus park entry fee.
MARCH 30 | Ukraine Do
It 5K, College Station. Race begins
at 9 a.m. Cost: $30. Must register by
March 28.
MARCH 31 | Kappa Alpha
Theta’s 27th Annual Rock
the CASA 5K, College Station.
Race begins at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $15
preregistered; $20 on race day.
APRIL 6 | Texas 10 Series,
Huntsville. The 5 and 10 mile run
begins at 7:30 a.m.; kids’ 1 mile fun
run begin at 10:30 a.m. Cost: $65, 10
mile; $51, 5 mile; $20, 1 mile. Prices
increase on race day.
APRIL 6 | Scholar’s Cup
5K, 10K & Neighborhood
Run/Walk, Saint Michael’s
Episcopal School, Bryan. Races begin
at 8 a.m. Cost: Historic Downtown
Bryan 10K,$25; Family Pack 5K (up
to 4 runner) $50; Neighborhood Run/
Walk 5K, $20. Preregister by March
1 for a t-shirt; Dri-Fit shirt available
for an extra $10. Registration closes
April 4.
APRIL 6 | School of Rural
Public Health Annual 5K
Fun Run & 3K Walk, College
begin at 7 a.m. and cost $55. The 10k
begins at 7:30 a.m. and costs $45.
Registration closes April 11.
Cost: $1 entry fee.
APRIL 13 | Fightin’ Texas
Mud Run, Texas World Speedway,
Huntsville State Park, Huntsville.
Race begins at Huntsville State Park
at 8 a.m. Cost: 5K run, $40 until June
2, $50 until race day but no guarantee
of shirt; 15K, $50 until June 2, $60
after until race day, but no guarantee
of shirt.
College Station. Run begins at 8
a.m. and includes a 3 mile challenge
with 15 obstacles. Cost: $60 through
March 31; April 1-8, last-minute
registration, $70, but t-shirt not
guaranteed.
APRIL 13 | G.I. Kids Mud
Run, Texas World Speedway,
College Station. This 1 mile race
includes several obstacles. Waves
start at 4 p.m. Register early to select
your wave time. Cost: $30.
APRIL 13 | Blue Bell Fun
Run, Brenham. The kids’ 1 mile
begins at 8 a.m.; cost is $25. The 5K
and 10K both begin at 8:15 a.m. and
both races cost $30. Price increases to
$40 on race day.
APRIL 15 | Race for the
Reefs 3K & 5K, Texas A&M
Recreation Center, College Station.
Races will run from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
More information will be available at
a later date.
APRIL 20 | Spring Fling
5K & 1 mile Run/Walk,
Huntsville. Races begin at 9 a.m.
Register at the starting point. Cost:
$1 entry fee.
APRIL 20 | Teal Ribbon
Run, College Station. Run begins at
8:30 a.m.. Cost: adults, $20; children,
$10; family packs, $50. Registration
ends April 18.
APRIL 20 | 15th Annual
5K Run &3K Walk for
Shoes, Central Park, College Sta-
tion. Run and walk begin at 9 a.m.
Cost: $15 by April 5; $18 April 6 and
after.
APRIL 28 | Bucket List
Triathlon, College Station. Transi-
JUNE 16 | Gator Bait Trail
Run, 15K & 5K Tail Run,
JUNE 23 | TRI Aggieland
Kids Triathlon & Corporate
Relay Team Competition,
Texas A&M Recreation Center,
College Station. Event begins at 6
a.m. Cost: Kids Tri is $75 until April
1; $80 until June 1; $85 until July 5.
Cost for a Corporate Relay Team is
$300 through May 31.
JULy 13 | XTERRA Mag­
nolia Hill 21K XDURO &
6K Trail Run, Navasota. Events
begin at 8 a.m. Cost: 6K, $35; 21K,
$45. Early registration ends July 9;
$10 additional charge for will be
added for on site or late registration.
JULy 14 | TRI Aggieland
Sprint Triathlon at Texas A&M
Recreation Center in College Station
at 6 a.m.. Cost is $75 until April 1,
$80 until June 1, $85 until July 5, and
$300 through May 31 for corporate
relay team.
JULy 14 | XTERRA
Magnolia Hill Off­Road
Triathlon in Navasota at 9 a.m..
Age-based category is $80, 2 person
relay is $100, and 3 person relay is
$120. Early registration ends July 9;
additional $20 fee added for on-site
or late registration.
JULy 27 | Dog Days 5K &
1 Mile Run/Walk, Huntsville.
Event begins at 8 a.m. No additional
details available at press time.
AUGUST 10 | Blues
Capitol of Texas 5K, Navasota.
tion area will open at 6 a.m. Cost:
$70 until spaces fill. Registration will
close April 26.
Details not available at press time.
MAy 4 | Rock the Mind 5K
Run & 2 Mile Walk, Wolf Pen
Huntville. Races begin at 8 a.m. in
Huntsville. Location to be determined. Registration at the starting
point. Cost: $1 entry fee.
Creek Plaza, College Station. Races
begin at 8 a.m. Cost: $20. Registration will close May 1.
AUGUST 24 | Heat Wave
5K & 1­Mile Run/Walk,
Station. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost:
$20 preregistered; $25 on race day.
Register by March 21 for guaranteed
shirt size. Pet friendly: have a picture
taken with Reveille!
MAy 18 | Nighttime Trail
Run 15K, 10K & 5K, Royalty
APRIL 6 | BCHS Panther
Prowl 5K & 1 Mile Run/
Walk, Lake Bryan. Race begins at 8
MAy 27 | Memorial Day
5K & 1­Mile Run/Walk,
held behind Slovacek Sausage, 9500
Slovacek Road, Snook. Open to preregistered teams including corporate,
college student, or any combination
thereof. Event details available soon.
JUNE 15 | June Bug 5K
Run &1 Mile Run/Walk, Sam
Whew. This race info is as complete as
possible, but please verify. Go to InsiteBrazosValley.com for links to individual event
websites if available and to see updated
event details as new information is released. i
a.m. Cost: 5K, $25; 1 mile Run/Walk,
$15. Register by March 15 for t-shirt;
registration closes April 5.
APRIL 13 | Hog’s Hunt
Trail Run at Huntsville
State Park. The 50k begins at 6
a.m. and costs $65, and the 25k will
Pecan Farms, Caldwell. Details available and registration opens March 1.
Huntsville. Races being at 8 a.m. Registration is at the starting point. Cost:
$1 entry fee.
Houston State University campus,
Huntsville. Events begin at 8 a.m.
Registration is at the starting point;
AUGUST 24 | 3rd Annual
Hospice Brazos Valley Hogs
Splash Mudd Volleyball
Tournament, Snook. Event
INSITE | Outdoor
Agriculture
where
you
least
expect
it
W
When most of us think about
agriculture, we tend to link it
with the thousands of acres
of countryside for which
our state is known. interestingly, agriculture is not as
countryside distinct as many
think. For Brazos Valley city
dwellers, agriculture closer
to homes may be just around
the corner.
Bryan is a city that
flourished throughout the
1900s, partly due to rich
agricultural farmlands.
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traversing Bryan today,
the familiar may make you
forget the city’s fertile history. advent gX, an industry
leader in innovative tourism
and economic development
here since 2004, is connecting Bryan residents to a little
slice of agriculture heaven –
an urban garden flourishing
in historic Downtown Bryan.
Located next to the
Federal Building on W. 26th
Street, the garden didn’t
simply crop up overnight. it
is the result of Advent GX’s
Distributed Urban Farm­
ing Initiative (DUFI), a
program developed to unite
agriculture with community
development, nutrition and
local economic development.
The goal is not to simply
build gardens around town.
The goal is to use local agriculture to encourage healthy
food choices, promote good
health and spur economic
growth through entrepreneurship and tourism.
as Joan Quintana, a
managing partner for advent
gX, passionately explains,
“We are a farming state and
the city of Bryan has obvious
ties to agriculture. This is
why we developed DUFi and
implemented the garden in
Downtown Bryan. it allows
us to not only give residents
the opportunity to experience agriculture, but also
helps us promote nutrition
and healthy food choices to
the community.”
primarily a vegetable
garden — complete with
a wide variety of produce
ranging from broccoli to
mint— its spacious location
and elevated stage allows
multipurpose as a venue for
events, parties and a “living
classroom” for students
learning about agriculture.
“We have held about five
events here and a few schools
have even brought students
here to learn about agriculture and nutrition,” says
by Adam Amaya
Advent GX
DUFI Garden
wHere IS It?
Located next to Federal
Building on 216 W. 26th
street in the heart of
historic Downtown Bryan.
How can I
USe It?
Quintana. “everyone has
loved it, but we hope more
people join the experience.
The sky is truly the limit
when it comes to the garden’s
effect on our community.”
More urban gardens are
coming in the near future,
she says. The city has granted
DUFi access to vacant properties in and around historic Downtown. “We plan
to implement gardens in two
other vacant lots, but that
all depends on the amount
of funds we are able to raise
through the events we book
in our current garden,” she
explains. “The best way to
contribute to our program is
to rent the garden and promote it as a unique place to
hold events, have parties and
educate children. We hope
to further contribute to the
vitality of Downtown Bryan
and our community.”
advent gX is not alone
in the notion of agriculture
as urban. one of more than
1,500 United States Department of agriculture “people’s
gardens” was planted two
years ago at the USDa/arS
building on holleman Drive
east near post oak Mall.
The 2009 national USDa
program aimed to unite
neighborhoods in a common
cause and to inspire solutions
to universal challenges.
Available as rental venue
for events and parties;
“living classroom” for
students interested in
learning about agriculture.
How can I
Help?
renting the venue,
promoting it, or both! All
funds implement more
urban gardens.
InFormatIon
http://dufi.adventgx.com
rentalS
http://seadgallery.agxdev.
com/book-your-event/
USDA People’s
Garden
wHere IS It?
next to the UsDA/Ars
building, 1001 holleman
Drive east, right across
from post oak Mall.
How can I
USe It?
Visit anytime for respite
from city life. Large gazebo
and park benches onsite.
How can I
Help?
promoting it to others,
donating agricultural
supplies like mulch and
plants. Cash donations are
not allowed; passion for
agriculture and nature is!
InFormatIon
Dr. Craig Wilson, (979)
260-9442 or visit the UsDA
Building.
click www.insitebrazosvalley.com
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INSITE | Eats & Treats
Outdoor
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION
“People’s Gardens”
are open to the public
with the mission of
helping america’s
children eat healthy
meals and to conserve,
restore and protect
our nation’s natural
resources, according to
USDa Secretary of agriculture tom Vilsack.
For Bryan/College Station urbanites,
that means visiting a
garden sandwiched
between post oak
Mall and the USDa/
arS building complete
with a vegetable plot,
a “pocket prairie” that
displays the native
grasses and wildflowers that would have
graced the area before
settlement and a pond
with indigenous water
plants. “Mosquito
fish” make sure visitors are not bothered
by the pesky critters.
officially registered as
a Monarch Waystation,
the butterfly garden
allows visitors to see
beautiful butterflies in
their preferred habitat.
“i always encourage
people to slow down
and stop and smell the
roses as they say in the
United Kingdom,” says
Dr. Craig Wilson, Director USDa/hSinp
Future Scientists
program and a senior
research associate at
the texas a&M Center
for Mathematics and
Science education.
“The garden is a fantastic place to do this.”
Wilson, a man
as charismatic as his
British accent suggests,
vigorously maintains
the garden while
advancing its mission
to engage children.
Local youth ¬¬– or
“future scientists” in
Wilson parlance when
wearing his director of
the USDa Future Sci-
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entists project hat – are
encouraged to engage
in the garden. hands
in dirt prove science is
more than textbooks.
“every semester we
bring students of all
ages to the garden for
hands-on experience
with science using all
the senses,” enthuses
Wilson. “our goal is
to not only help them
learn, but appreciate
nature.”
although the
garden is a hit with
schools across B/CS,
unsurprisingly, Wilson
sees more. “We would
love to see more people
utilizing the garden,”
he says. “They are
welcome anytime. if
anyone is interested
in learning about the
garden and speaking
with us, all they have
to do is come into the
USDa building.”
Like Wilson’s skyhigh enthusiasm, his
butterfly love flutters
freely through the site.
“The garden is full of
butterflies because
we plant ‘milkweeds,’
the only plant that the
Monarch Butterfly will
lay her eggs on,” elucidates Wilson. “There is
a lack of milkweed, so i
highly encourage people
to plant them. Just come
visit us, and i’ll provide
you with seeds.”
advent gX, DUFi
and Joan Quintana.
The USDa, The
people’s garden and
indomitable Dr. Craig
Wilson. it seems
local city folk have
the fertile ground
and hardy seed stock
to plant themself at
the center of a richly
relevant community
topic. Just exactly
how do we wish our
gardens to grow here
in Bryan/College
Station? i
dininG / CATERinG / VEnuES
BenjamIn Knox WIne Depot & event
rental, www.BenjainKnox.com, 405 University
Dr east, Cs (979)-696-5669. enjoy happy hour 5-7pm
everyday. thursday’s Wine & Food paring with Chef tai
Mobile Bistro also features live music. try new wines by
the glass every week plus live music on Friday. Ask about
our event rentals. M-F 12noon- 8pm, th-sat 12noon12am
Blue BaKer, www.bluebaker.com, 800 University
Dr, Cs (979)268-3096; 201 Dominik, Cs (979)696-5055.
Blue Baker is an artisan bakery and café featuring breads
baked from scratch, pastries, sandwiches, soup, fresh
tossed salads and brick-oven pizzas. try some cookies for
the perfect finish! open daily 7am-10pm
Buppy’s CaterIng, www.Buppys.com, 506
sulphur springs, Bryan (979) 779-6417. Any food.
Anytime. Buppy’s feeds people - Dine at Buppy’s and
let them cater your events. China, linen, table and chair
rentals for on-site catering or use Buppy’s private party
room. Lunch buffet tu-F 10:30am-6pm, closed Monday.
Dinner buffet, First Friday of each month, 5pm-8:30pm
Café eCCell, www.cafeeccell.com, 101 Church
Ave, Cs, (979) 846-7908. Café eccell is a pizza and wine
bistro located in College station’s old City hall that offers
wood fired pizza, fresh seafood and more! Lunch M-th
11am-2pm; F&su 11am-5pm; sa 12noon-5pm; Dinner
M-su 5-10pm
Caffe CaprI ItalIan restaurant, www.
theplaceforitalian.com, 222 n Main st, Bryan (979)8222675. this award winning downtown restaurant has
been serving creative and reasonably priced Italian dishes
for 15 years. enjoy their art deco interior, local art display
and upbeat atmosphere. Lunch M-F 11am-2pm; Dinner
M-th 6pm-9pm; F-sa 5pm-9pm
Casa roDrIguez, www.casarod.com, 300 n
Bryan Ave, Bryan (979)779-0916. Casa rodriguez has
been serving Bryan and College station for more than 30
years. their menu consists of traditional Mexican food
recipes that have kept the locals and visitors coming back
for more. M 11am-2pm; tu-th 7am-9pm; F 7am-9:30pm;
sa 8am-9:30pm; su 8am-8pm
Cenare restaurant, www.gotocenare.com,
404 University Dr e, Cs (979)696-7311. Cenare offers
a variety of authentic Italian cuisine and beautifully
presented dishes. Whether you are looking for an
intimate evening, a nice place for the entire family or a
place to host your next event, Cenare is a great choice.
M-F 11am-2pm; M-th 5-9:30pm; F-sa 5-10pm
ChrIstopher’s WorlD grIlle, www.
christophersworldgrille.com, 5001 Boonville rd, Bryan
(979)776-2181. A trip to Christopher’s World grille, in
the historic Andrews house in Bryan, is a fine dining
experience that can best be described as food with
Mediterranean, Italian, coastal French, and south pacific
influences with a touch of Louisiana thrown in. Lunch
M-su 11am-2pm; Dinner su-th 5-9pm; F-sa 5-10pm
the Clary house, www.theclaryhouse.com, 601
east 30th st., Bryan, (979)703-7916. southern hospitality
since 1902. Choose from four distinct suites to make
you feel relaxed and pampered. personal coffee bar
and business center. Just one mile from Bryan’s historic
downtown and five miles from the texas A&M campus.
perfect for special occasions. promising to make your visit
memorable with a leisurely stay.
lasalle hotel, www.magnoliahotels.com/
college-station/bryan-college-station, 120 s Main st,
Downtown Bryan, 1-888-915-1110. stay at the Lasalle
hotel for serious business; play after! offering corporate
and group rates, conference and meeting rooms. the
Lasalle hotel Café & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and
dinner everyday. the executive chef on staff will assist
you with your catering needs.
messIna hof WInery & resort, http://
www.messinahof.com/index_main.php, 4545 old
reliance rd, Bryan, (979)778-9463. Messina hof is
a texas vineyard established in 1977. Kick back and
enjoy the winery as well as the estate. on the estate is
a Vintage house restaurant that offers fine dining and
fresh vineyard cuisine. Attached to the guest center is the
wine bar that offers an intimate, romantic setting with
customized wine. tours and wine tastings are offered
7 days a week. the Villa Bed & Breakfast offers a night
of luxury. Designer events perfect for special occasions.
Check out the calendar of events for classes, seminars,
dinners and more.
roosters Country DInner, www.
roostershouse.com, 809 University Drive e, Cs (979)7038663. Food is made from scratch. everything is served
family style. Choice to suit everyone’s tastes. Large tables
for big groups and parties with a private room available.
served with all the sides you can eat. go see what people
are talking about, It’s dinner time! Lunch and Dinner M-F
11am-2pm, 5-9pm, sa-su 11am-9pm
shIpWreCK Bar & grIll, www.shipwreckbcs.
com, 206 e Villa Maria, Bryan in ‘the Boat’, (979)823shIp. Bringing you scary big crawfish, oysters, shrimp,
catfish, plus grilled Mahi Mahi and tailapia with plenty of
chicken and burger and fries options too. Lunch specials,
speciality drinks and desserts round out the shipwreck
experience. private parties on the deck & off-site
catering. M-sa 11am-10pm; su 11am-9pm
the lemon WeDge, www.the-lemonwedge.com,
308 n Main st, Bryan (979)703-4052. the Lemon Wedge
is an elegant, upscale neighborhood restaurant located
in the heart of downtown Bryan, serving fresh steak,
seafood and spirits. offering a wonderful selection of
UsDA prime steak and seafood dishes, as well as classical
American favorites and great cocktails. the perfect place
for couples, groups and families! tu-th 10:30am-9pm;
F-sa 10:30am-10pm; su 9-11am omelet bar/ 11am2:30pm Brunch
the repuBlIC, www.therepublic1836.com, 701
University Dr e, Cs (979)260-4120. recently receiving
the designation of AAA four diamond steak house,
the republic offers a variety of gourmet steak options,
seafood, wine, and whiskey. their focus is on the use of
fine, locally grown foods and simple texas cooking in an
elegant setting. M-sa 5-10pm
the tap, www.tapbcs.com, 815 harvey rd, Cs,
(979)696-5570. the tap is a former train depot
transformed into a sports bar and restaurant. this local
favorite has more than 30 tVs, darts, pool tables, ntn
trivia, dominoes, two huge porches, occasional live
specials, burgers, sandwiches, and free peanuts. M-sa
11am-2pm
truman ChoColates, www.trumanchocolates.
com, 4407 s texas Ave, Bryan (979)260-4519. Choose from
signature series boxes or customize your own. numerous
flavors to choose from. Made on site by well-trained staff.
perfect to leave a lasting impression for any event! open
M-F 10am-6pm; sa 10am-3pm; Closed on sunday
verItas, www.veritaswineandbistro.com, 830
University Dr, suite 400, Cs (979)268-3251. Classically
trained chefs offer creative cuisine in a casual,
contemporary setting. Veritas embraces usage of organic
and local produce, wild caught seafood flown in directly
from the source, as well as poultry and meat raised
naturally. highly-trained associates and wine stewards
can guide you through an award-winning wine list, which
has garnered Wine spectator’s Award of excellence
(2007-2010). Lunch M-sa 11am-2pm; Dinner su-th 5:309:30pm; F-sa 2-11pm
EnTERTAinMEnT & ATTRACTionS
Brazos BIngo, www.BrazosBingo.com, 1805
Briarcrest Dr across from Bryan high, Bryan (979)7760999. For charity bingo at its best, Brazos Bingo has
family nights, aggie nights, and an enclosed, nonsmoking section. enjoy great food at great prices at the
Brazos City grill or call about the party room - great for
business events. Brazos Bingo supports the following
charities: elks Lodge #859, Brazos Valley Council on
Alcohol and substance Abuse, st. Joseph Church, and
Bubba Moore Memorial group, Inc. open 7 days a week.
DoWntoWn unCorKeD, Join us on Facebook,
206 W 26th st, Bryan (979)823-4837. Join us for Women
gone Wine Wednesdays, half price Bottle thursdays,
Friday night Flights. Where adults go... Life’s fast.
Uncork. sip slow.
revolutIon Cafe & Bar, 211 Main st, Bryan,
(979)823-4837. An electric coffee shop with a laid back,
cool atmosphere, live music and great drink specials. Full
bar, premium coffees, gourmet panini and a large patio.
poetry open mic every sunday, pub quiz trivia night every
Monday, open mic every Wednesday.
LiVinG
21 gramerCy parK , www.21gramercy.com,
21 gramercy park, Bryan (979)703-1877. 21 gramercy
park is a contemporary apartment community with all
of the comforts and conveniences usually found in the
most hip and urban neighborhoods. In addition to the
clean architecture, green features and beautifully refined
residencies, 21 gramercy park offers a world-class
collection of amenities and an enviable lifestyle—all in
the heart of Bryan/College station.
BURLESON COUNTY
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maD hatter’s tea room,
www.madhatterstearoom.com, 210 s. echols, Caldwell
(979) 567-3504. the Mad hatter’s cozy eatery provides
tantalizing treats and generous portions bursting with
flavor, a unique selection of gift items, gourmet coffees,
and specialty teas. open for breakfast and lunch and
special events by appointment. W-sa 8am-5pmY
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for errors or omissions.
For menus, maps and directions,
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funKy art Café & Coffee Bar, 202 W
Commerce st, Brenham (979)836-5220. Delicious and
different, Funky Art Café in Brenham offers enticing
entrees to please the palate. or choose a sandwich or
savory soup before shopping in its companion retail
shop, the pomegranate, to find trinkets, gift ideas and
kitchen gadgets. M-Fr 11am-2pm; sa 11am-3pm
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