Breakfast Bites: Georgetown Hidden Histories

[UPDATED: The location of this event has changed to the Council & Court Building, 510 W. Ninth St.]

The Breakfast Bites meeting June 3 will feature Georgetown Downtown and Historic Planner Britin Bostick presenting on “Georgetown Hidden Histories.” The informal meeting opens at 8:15 a.m. in the Council & Court Building, 510 W. Ninth St. The presentation will start at 8:30 a.m.

Looking at the historic districts today, it can be hard to imagine the dirt streets, wandering livestock, and scant trees of Georgetown’s early years. Join Bostick as she takes a tour through some fun and fascinating places you may not know ever existed through a great collection of maps, photos, and documents. The presentation will also include an update on the Downtown and Old Town Overlay Design Guidelines update project.

At the June 3 meeting, there will also be updates from City staff on a variety of topics, as well as updates from downtown partner organizations and new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

Breakfast Bites is a quarterly meeting of the Georgetown Main Street Program. Limited seating is available. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, online at https://bit.ly/3beDwXB.

Participants are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering and maintain physical distancing of at least six feet. Hand sanitizer will also be available for attendees. Food and drink will not be provided during the event due to COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Shop Small Business Saturday and support local businesses

Shoppers are invited to Shop Small, Shop Local with local merchants during the annual Small Business Saturday event on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Celebrate the season and support a small business by shopping local this holiday season. Participating retailers and restaurants will have specials available just in time to kick-off the holiday season.

Join the Shop Small game and earn points to win prizes by downloading Eventzee in the app store. To join the event in the app, use event name: Shop Small GTX and join code: Shop Small.

The annual Small Business Saturday event is sponsored by the Georgetown Main Street Program, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Georgetown Association.

Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers in Williamson County, masks or face coverings are required and participants should maintain physical distancing from others not in their household. Good hand hygiene is also encouraged. Find out more at bit.ly/COVID19GTX.

Breakfast Bites: Building Community Through Arts and Culture

The Breakfast Bites meeting on Dec. 3 will feature Amanda Still, City of Georgetown Arts and Culture coordinator, and Jane Estes, the City’s Arts and Culture Board chair, presenting on “Building Community Through Arts and Culture.” The informal meeting opens at 8:15 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Council & Court building, 510 W. Ninth St. The presentation will start at 8:30 a.m. and will include both an in-person and virtual attendee option. Limited seating is available to attend in person, and participants must register in advance.

The presentation will cover the growing affect arts and culture is having in Georgetown from building community to impacting economic development and cultural tourism, as well as creating collaborative partnerships between businesses and the arts.

The meeting will also include City and community updates.

Participants attending in person will be required to wear a mask or face covering and maintain physical distancing of at least six feet. Hand sanitizer will also be available for attendees. Food and drink will not be provided during the event due to COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Breakfast Bites is a quarterly meeting of the Georgetown Main Street Program. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, online at https://bit.ly/3lr7nPF.

Breakfast Bites: PoppyStrong in a Pandemic

The Breakfast Bites meeting Sept. 17 will feature Georgetown City Manager David Morgan and Economic Development Director Michaela Dollar presenting on “PoppyStrong in a Pandemic: How the City of Georgetown is staying resilient in a crisis.” The informal meeting opens at 8:15 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Council & Court building, 510 W. Ninth St. The presentation will start at 8:30 a.m. and will include both an in-person and virtual attendee option. Limited seating is available to attend in person, and participants must register in advance.

The presentation will cover updates on city operations, projects, developments, and planning in a pandemic.

At the Sept. 17 meeting, there will also be updates from City staff on:

  • Arts and culture
  • Public Library
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau

Also, learn about updates from downtown partner organizations and find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

Breakfast Bites is a quarterly meeting of the Georgetown Main Street Program. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, online at www.eventbrite.com/o/georgetown-main-street-14992737626.

Breakfast Bites: Building Community Through Arts and Culture (canceled)

Update March 14, 2020: This event has been canceled due to concerns about coronavirus in the region. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

The Breakfast Bites meeting on March 25 will feature Amanda Still, City of Georgetown Arts and Culture coordinator, and Jane Estes, the City’s Arts and Culture Board chair, presenting on “Building Community Through Arts and Culture.” The informal meeting opens at 8 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. The presentation will start at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided.

The presentation will cover the growing affect arts and culture is having in Georgetown from building community to impacting economic development and cultural tourism, as well as creating collaborative partnerships between businesses and the arts.

At the March 25 meeting there will be updates from City staff on:

  • Arts and culture
  • Public library
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau updates
  • Downtown construction projects and parking improvements

Also, learn about updates from downtown partner organizations and find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

Breakfast Bites is a quarterly meeting of the Georgetown Main Street Program. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to Kim McAuliffe, downtown development manager for the City of Georgetown, at (512) 930-2027 or at kim.mcauliffe@georgetown.org.

Breakfast Bites: 2030 Plan Update

The Breakfast Bites meeting on Dec. 11 will feature Nathaniel Waggoner, the City’s long range planning manager, and Housing Coordinator Susan Watkins presenting “The City of Georgetown 2030 Plan Update.” The informal meeting opens at 8 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. The presentation will start at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided.

The update to the 2030 Comprehensive Plan is anticipated to be formally adopted by City Council in early 2020. The 2030 Plan is a guide for growth and development decisions in the City and is created based on input and feedback from the community.

During the presentation, Waggoner and Watkins will review the plan highlights including:

• Goals for 2030
• Growth scenarios
• An updated Future Land Use Map
• An updated housing plan
• A gateway vision
• A subarea plan for Williams Drive

Over the coming months an implementation plan will be reviewed by the 2030 Plan Steering Committee and City Council. For more information on the 2030 Plan update, visit 2030.georgetown.org.

At the Dec. 11 meeting there will be updates from City staff on:

• Arts and culture
• Public library
• Convention and Visitors Bureau updates
• Downtown construction projects and parking improvements

Also, learn about updates from downtown partner organizations and find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

Breakfast Bites is a quarterly meeting of the Georgetown Main Street Program. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, to Kim McAuliffe, downtown development manager for the City of Georgetown, at (512) 930-2027 or at kim.mcauliffe@georgetown.org.

Shop Small Business Saturday and be a hero

Shoppers are invited to Shop Small with local merchants during the annual Small Business Saturday event on Saturday, Nov. 30.

This year’s theme is Be a Hero! Shop Small! Celebrate how you can be a hero to a small business, by shopping local this holiday season.

The day will kick off at 10 a.m. at the Georgetown Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St., where shoppers can pick up special Shop Small shopping bags, giveaways, and compete for prizes. Shoppers are encouraged to dress as superheroes and have fun while shopping small.

The annual Small Business Saturday event is sponsored by the Georgetown Main Street Program, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Georgetown Association.

Collectible Christmas Ornament, greeting cards on sale Nov. 1

A limited-edition collectible brass Christmas ornament featuring the Georgetown Public Library at 402 W. Eighth St. will go on sale during First Friday on Nov. 1. The 13th annual ornament sale is a project of the Georgetown Main Street Program. A limited number of the ornaments will be available.

The library opened in its Eighth Street location in January 2007. The two-story, 49,500-square-foot facility was approved by voters in 2004, and is the library’s fourth location.

The Main Street Program is also introducing holiday greeting cards this year featuring art by residents and Georgetown ISD students highlighting “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.”

Ornaments and greeting card packs may be purchased at the Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St. The cost of the ornament is $20, and greeting cards are $12 for a pack of 10. Payments by cash, check, or credit are accepted.

All proceeds from the ornament and greeting card sales help fund Main Street projects and the Façade Fund Grant Program.

Three Georgetown projects, businesses selected as finalists in TDA awards

Two City of Georgetown initiatives and one Georgetown business were recently named finalists in the achievement categories for the Texas Downtown Association’s 2019 President’s Awards Program.

The City’s Red Poppy Festival, which celebrated its 20th year in 2019, was selected as a finalist for Best Promotional Event. Georgetown’s City Center project, which consolidated City offices into a civic campus in downtown just west of the Square, is a finalist for Spirit of Downtown. And the recently opened Lark & Owl Booksellers was named a finalist for Best Downtown Business.

“Having three President’s Award finalists is a huge honor for Georgetown and our community, because there are so many wonderful projects happening in downtowns across the state,” Downtown Development Director Kim McAuliffe said. “We’re looking forward to hosting the annual Texas Downtown Association conference this year where we will get to showcase Georgetown to downtown professionals from cities throughout Texas.”

Finalists were selected from 119 entries submitted in eleven categories from communities throughout the state. The judges for achievement entries included: Molly Alexander, Downtown Austin Alliance; Travis Baker, Community Impact Newspaper; Alan Bojorquez, Bojorquez Law Firm; Margo Richards, Lower Colorado River Authority; and Daryl Whitworth, Madden Media.

Winners will be announced on Oct. 30 at the Awards Gala held in conjunction with the 2019 Texas Downtown Conference at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center, 1101 Woodlawn Ave.

TDA was established in 1985 to connect and serve communities that are committed to downtown vitality. The President’s Awards program has recognized outstanding projects, places, and people of Texas downtowns.

Voting for the People’s Choice Awards in these categories will be Sept. 30-Oct. 4 on the TDA Facebook page at facebook.com/TexasDowntown.

For more information about the President’s Awards or other TDA programs, visit www.texasdowntown.org.

Breakfast Bites: Collective Success-The Power of Collaboration

The Breakfast Bites meeting on Sept. 11 will feature Judy Lester presenting “Collective Success: The Power of Collaboration.” The informal meeting opens at 8 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. The talk will start at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided.

Lester was co-owner of The Escape Fine Crafts and Gifts from 1996-2016. She now enjoys working with business owners, community leaders, and associations to enhance essential standards of practice so they can go after the success they desire. The years spent growing an award-winning Main Street business provides Lester with the perspective and experience concerning the unique challenges historic downtown businesses face. Her passion is seeing businesses thrive abundantly, instead of merely survive.

At the Sept. 11 meeting there will be updates from City staff on:

  • Arts and culture
  • Public library
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau updates and Red Poppy economic impact report
  • 2030 Comprehensive Plan update
  • Downtown construction projects and parking improvements
  • Small Business Saturday update

Also, learn about updates from downtown partner organizations and find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

Breakfast Bites is a quarterly meeting of the Georgetown Main Street Program. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to Kim McAuliffe, downtown development manager for the City of Georgetown, at (512) 930-2027 or at kim.mcauliffe@georgetown.org.