April 27, 2016

Spoiled Sisters Are Here!

by Bonnie Allmon Coffey

Sitting on the corner of Main and Pine Streets in downtown Bastrop is a curious little shop with an even more curious name: Spoiled Sisters. I had watched the shop take its first breath and begin to fill up with beckoning goodies. I could not, however, shake the obvious question from my brain: Which one is the “Spoiled Sister?”

So I asked.

One sunny afternoon, I popped into the front door and asked the question that my inquisitive brain had been repeating: “So – which one of you is the Spoiled Sister?” The two women turned to each other and smiled. “Well – neither of us!” said Cheryl Steiwig, the store’s owner. An area realtor, Cheryl explained that it was the name of another business she had owned and since she liked the name, it was reincarnated into its new location.

Spoiled Sisters is a comfortably cozy little shop, one of the kinds that you’d expect in a small downtown setting. It’s hard to keep your eyes focused on all that’s offered – but it’s fun trying!

An obviously multi-talented woman, Cheryl is a jewelry designer and personally creates and crafts many of the offerings in the display counter. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” she says, and she’s spent considerable time and energy in creating a little nook full of surprises. “I didn’t want to have the ‘same ol’, same ol’.” Cheryl succeeded.

Cheryl’s shop is full of bright, attractive clothing for all women but her specialty is plus-sized fashions that are of nice quality and that are affordable. Tucked in and around the most fabulous white fur chair (that you have to go see!) are not only unique offerings for women of all sizes but fashionable contemporary bags. I was especially pleased to find snazzy packing bags and totes with bright colors and perfect sizes.

Spoiled Sisters’ wonderful little shop can be found at 901 Main Street in Bastrop – right on the corner. They’re open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm with extended summer hours.

A native Texan, Bonnie Allmon Coffey is a writer and lover of learning the stories behind the people she meets. She’s lived in Japan and Belgium and is a gypsy at heart. Living in just 585 sf, she’s learned to keep only those things she loves around her. Her business (Bonnie Coffey & Associates, LLC) allows her to work on various projects that expand her brain cells.

Walmart Grocery Pick-Up Program

My life has changed forever! You can now order groceries online from Walmart Grocery, choose a pick-up time, drive to the pick-up area on the side of the store, and your order will be loaded directly into your car... for FREE!!!

I placed an order on Monday evening and chose a timeslot for pick-up of 5-6pm the next day. I got a phone call around 4:30pm on Tuesday to remind me of my pick-up time, and I told them I would be there around 5:15pm. I pulled up right on time, and I was greeted by Terri and Kimberly, two super friendly and very helpful employees.

They went inside to get my order and came out with several blue baskets. They checked to make sure everything was good, they loaded up my minivan, and I signed for the groceries. The whole process took about 15 minutes. Easy-peasy!

I can tell you that as a busy mom with three kids, this is my new favorite way to grocery shop! No more crazy grocery store visits with loud, cranky kids in tow who want everything they see!!!

Walmart Grocery is open 7am-11pm everyday, except when holiday hours apply. Tips cannot be accepted, but smiles and a heartfelt "thank you" are welcome. You can return any wrong or unacceptable item directly to the person delivering your order either at the pick-up location. If you are not satisfied with a product you receive through Walmart Grocery, simply call Customer Care for a refund, or you may also return it to a local Walmart store - just bring in your delivery receipt.

For questions about the program, click here or call (512) 718-9225. To get $10 off your first order, enter the code REALEASY at checkout.

April 26, 2016

"The North Star"

This week, the Bastrop Opera House will be featuring the film "The North Star," the story of Benjamin "Big Ben" Jones and Moses Hopkins, two slaves who escaped from a Virginia plantation and made their way to freedom in Buckingham, Pennsylvania in 1849.

Big Ben's 6 foot 10 inch size and a record bounty for his safe return make him the focus of every slave hunter on the east coast. Their journey exposes them to danger and cruelty; however it also exposes them to the unexpected kindness of the people involved in the Underground Railroad. These experiences will change Ben and Moses forever. Upon reaching the relative safety of Mt. Gilead Church on Buckingham Mountain, Ben and Moses get to experience life as free men and cross paths with historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Joshua and Jonathan Fell.

You can watch "The North Star" at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in downtown Bastrop on
Apr. 26th at 5pm & 7:30pmApr. 27th at 7:30pm and May 1st at 5pm.

Jermaine Jones, composer for "The North Star"

Apr. 26th & 27th are family nights, and tickets are only $5 per person at the door. On May 1st, tickets are $12 per adult and $8 per student/senior, and there will be a Q&A after the show with Leilani Goode, producer with Reele Goode Productions. Jermaine Jones, composer for "The North Star" and former American Idol contestant (season 11, top 10 finalist), will be performing at the Apr. 26th and May 1st showings.

April 22, 2016

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Apr 22-24, 2016)

1. Spring Invitational for Clay Artists - Apr. 22nd-24th at the Bastrop Opera House; Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.  Friday night there will be door prizes and a salsa making demonstration by Viejo's, served on plates made by local clay artists. On Saturday, there will be clay demonstrations and live music by the Rigbys. On Sunday, they will be giving away locally made mugs, and Main Street CafĂ© will be serving coffee and dessert samples as well as hosting a bake sale.

2. Friday Nite Live - Apr. 15th, 7:00-10:30pm at Mina Elementary School, located at 1203 Hill Street in Bastrop. Friday Nite Live is a kid's night out with music, a bounce house, and fun games & activities. Admission is $12/person for ALL kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade, not just BISD. It's fun, safe, and supervised! No RSVP required.

3. "Robin Hood" - Apr. 22nd & 23rd at 7:30pm at Playhouse Smithville, located at 110 Main Street in Smithville. Young Robin Hood takes on the evil Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham to save King Richard. Singing, dancing, sword play, archery, and more! Tickets are $10/person and can be purchased at the door or online here.

4. How to Make a Campfire & Campfire Stories - Apr. 22nd, 7:30-9:00pm in Bastrop State Park at the old golf course pro shop. Learn how to build a campfire! Then stick around to hear a Park Ranger tell stories by the campfire. Bring your own camping chairs. Admission is free after park entry fees. *More events at Bastrop & Buescher State Parks this weekend include: Tot's First Tromp, Discover the Lost Pines Guided Hike (Bastrop SP), Discover the Lost Pines Guided Hike (Buescher SP), and Picnic in the Park - Earth Day!

5. Bun Run for the Cure 5K/10K - Apr. 23rd, 10am in Smithville; both races start and finish at Pocket's Grille. It's not too late to register - you can even register the morning of the race! But even if you aren't racing, you can enjoy the after party at Pocket's with face painting, a bouncy house, DJ Aztex, silent & live auctions, a photo booth, and educational resources from Komen Austin.

6. Red Nose Day - Apr. 23rd, 10am-3pm at Walgreens, located at the entrance to Tahitian Village. The goal of Red Nose Day is to help raise awareness of children living in poverty. Enjoy musical chairs, a scavenger hunt, a bake sale, and more!

7. BOLD Women of Distinction Women's Conference - Apr. 23rd, 10am-5pm at BOLD (Breath of Life Deliverance) Church, located at 769 Hwy 95 N in Bastrop. $20/person.

8. "The Huntsman: Winters War" Event - Apr. 23rd, 1-4pm at Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8. There will be an archery game, prize drawing, photo ops, and giveaways.

9. Salsa Dance Night - Apr. 23rd, 8pm-1am at La Hacienda, located at 1800 Walnut Street in Bastrop. Lessons are from 8:00-9:30pm and dancing is from 9:30pm-1:00am. $5/person cover, includes lessons.

10. Pool at ColoVista Open House - Apr. 24th, 3:00-5:30pm at the Pool at ColoVista, located at 100 Country Club Drive in Bastrop. Learn about the summer (May 1st-August 30th) pool memberships and enjoy free refreshments.

If you would like to sponsor the Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend, please email info@365bastrop.com for more information. Or click here for more information about advertising with 365 Bastrop.

Live Music Lowdown (Apr 22-23, 2016)

This week's Live Music Lowdown is sponsored by Red Rock Steakhouse, an authentic local steakhouse and saloon, located at 101 S. Lentz Street in Red Rock, serving lunch, dinner, and drinks. Besides cooking up some of the best-tasting food this side of the Colorado, they also host private parties, fun events, and live music!


Friday, Apr. 22nd
  • Buddy Boy Vargas - 6pm at Maxine's on Main, located at Main Street in Bastrop.
  • Jimmy Watts - 7pm at Gracie's, located at 706 Pine Street in Bastrop.
  • Open Mic Night - 7-10pm at the Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, located at 106 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Caleb Clark - 8pm at Ronnie's One Oak Bar, located at 816 FM 1441 in Bastrop.
  • Wynn Taylor - 8pm at Viejo's Tacos y Tequila, located at 912 Main Street in Bastrop.
  • Allen Lee Band - 8-10pm at Veterans' Memorial Park, located at 109 Depot Street in Elgin. (In case of rain, concert will be held at El Maguey, located at 111 Main Street in Elgin.)
  • Cascade Rye - 8-11pm at Roadhouse Paige, located at 147 Old Hwy 20 E in Paige.
  • Karaoke w/Susie Que - 8pm-12am at the American Legion Post 295, located at 115 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • The Patrons - 9pm-12am at Liberty Tree Tavern, located at 117 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Wyatt Ellis Band - 9pm at Back 9 Bar, located at 834 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop.

Saturday, Apr. 23rd
  • 3 Legged Willie - 5pm at Lone Star Farm, located at 270 Lone Star Road in Bastrop.
  • Briana Adams and Barney Sledge & the Sledgehammers - 6pm at 302 NW 6th Street in Smithville.
  • Cascade Rye - 6:30pm at La Hacienda, located at 1800 Walnut Street in Bastrop.
  • The Rigbys - 6:30pm at the Spring Invitational for Clay Artists at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in Bastrop.
  • The Blues Posse - 7-10pm at Eva Mae's Kitchen, located at 313 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • D.C. Bloom - 7:30-9:30pm at the Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, located at 106 N. Main Street in Elgin.
  • Lynn's Kroaking Karaoke - 8pm at Up A Creek, located at 1374 Hwy 21 in Cedar Creek.
  • Jamie Krueger Group - 8-11pm at Back 9 Bar, located at 834 Hwy 71 W in Bastrop.
  • Shop Dawgz - 8pm-12am at Red Rock Steakhouse, located at 101 S. Lentz Street in Red Rock.
  • James Soto Band - 9-11pm at Roadhouse Paige, located at 147 Old Hwy 20 E in Paige.
  • Nathan Colt Young - 9pm at Watterson Hall, located at 1179 Watterson Road in Red Rock.

If you would like to sponsor the Live Music Lowdown or have a live music submission, please email info@365bastrop.com. Or click here for more information about advertising with 365 Bastrop.