Breakfast Bites: Crafting Your Business Narrative through Social Media on Sept. 12

The next Breakfast Bites meeting on Sept. 12 will feature Rachel Hancock, on the topic of #SocialSells: Crafting Your Business Narrative through Social Media. 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.

Hancock will address the benefits of implementing social media marketing strategies into day-to-day operations, as well as teach business owners how to post memorable, interesting, and valuable content. She will also teach the basics of how to read page insights to understand what posts are effective and why. She will also address ad management and how to get the most return out of ad campaigns.

Rachel Hancock is the owner-operator of Something Social, a local social media marketing agency that specializes in promoting Georgetown businesses on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. She graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in Theatre and uses her theatre background to collaborate with business owners to create the ideal social media marketing strategy.

At the Sept. 12 meeting there will be updates from City staff on:

  • Art Center and Public Library events
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau updates
  • City Hall campus project update
  • 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update
  • Environmental Services update
  • Transportation updates
  • Parking updates

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. 11, to Kim McAuliffe, downtown development manager for the City of Georgetown, at (512) 930-2027 or at kim.mcauliffe@georgetown.org.

City, nonprofits celebrate Preservation Month in May

In May, the City of Georgetown, The Williamson Museum, and Preservation Georgetown will host a series of Preservation Month events in Georgetown to celebrate Preservation Month.

Events include:

  • May 1: Rededication of the Emzy Taylor historical marker at 5:30 p.m. at Seventh Street and Austin Avenue in front of Burger University.
  • May 5: Plein Air Painting with Preservation Georgetown at Grace Heritage Center, 817 S. Main St.
  • May 12: Historic Walking Tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., beginning at Founders Park, 814 S. Church St.
  • May 17: Texas Treasures Award presented by the Main Street Program during Preservation Georgetown’s Third Thursday event. Two businesses that have operated in Georgetown for more than 50 years will be recognized.
  • May 19: “Marking History,” highlighting historical figures around downtown, The Williamson Museum

Preservation Month helps celebrate preservation projects throughout the city, including the rehabilitation of Grace Heritage Center and Founders Park, which were completed last year.

To join the theme of Preservation Month, take a “This Place Matters” photo at a place you love and post it on social media. Download a sign at savingplaces.org. Go to williamsonmuseum.org or georgetownheritagesociety.org for details on events. More information about the City’s historic resources can be found at historic.georgetown.org.

Downtown parking ambassadors to start

Later this month, two downtown parking ambassadors will start working in the downtown parking zone around the Williamson County Courthouse Square. The primary roles for the part-time City of Georgetown employees will be to provide information to residents and visitors on the Square and enforce the three-hour parking ordinance. The downtown parking ambassadors are expected to start by mid-March.

The downtown parking ambassadors will help to direct visitors to free parking lots in the downtown and also provide directions to restaurants, shops, and government offices. Free parking lots are located at 10th and Main streets, Sixth and Main streets, Seventh and Rock streets, Austin Avenue and Fifth Street, Martin Luther King and Eighth streets, and Martin Luther King and Seventh streets. There is a public four-story parking garage at Fourth and Rock streets. The free parking lots and garage do not have a three-hour limit.

The downtown parking ordinance limits on-street parking in the downtown parking zone (see map) to three hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The three-hour limit does not apply on Saturday or Sunday. A violation of the ordinance can result in a warning followed by a fine of $20 for a second offense, $50 for the third offense, and $100 for a fourth or subsequent offense.

The goal of the three-hour limit for on-street spaces in the downtown zone is to provide for the turnover of these spaces and increase the periodic availability of spaces in the zone throughout the day. The three-hour limit does not apply to disabled parking spaces in the zone. Residents who live in the downtown zone may apply for a residential parking zone permit.

To find out more about events, shops, restaurants, and attractions in downtown Georgetown, go to visit.georgetown.org or arts.georgetown.org or mainstreet.georgetown.org.

Seek the unique on Small Business Saturday

Shoppers will have the chance to Shop Small at local merchants during the annual Small Business Saturday event on Saturday, Nov. 25.

This year’s theme is The Art of Shopping Small…Seek the Unique. Visit local businesses to find one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays.

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 and participate in a bingo card game for the chance to win a gift basket filled with restaurant gift cards, art, and local goods.

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

For more information, visit mainstreet.georgetown.org/play/shop-small.

Collectible Christmas Ornament: Mileham Building

A limited-edition collectible brass Christmas ornament featuring the Mileham Building at 708-710 S. Austin Ave. is now on sale. The 11th annual ornament sale is a project of the Georgetown Main Street Program. A limited number of the ornaments are available.

Ornaments may be purchased at the Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St. The cost of the ornament is $20. Payments by cash, check, or credit are accepted.

The Mileham Building is one of several Mesker Brothers storefronts in the downtown area. The City of Georgetown is home to one of the largest collection of Mesker storefronts, which incorporate a crest or shell design in the columns and cornice lines.

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

Breakfast Bites: Inside the Millennial Mind

Matt Glazer headshotThe next Breakfast Bites meeting on Sept. 20 will feature Matt Glazer on the topic of Inside the Millennial Mind. The informal meeting starts 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. Breakfast Bites is a quarterly meeting of the Georgetown Main Street Program.

Glazer’s talk will provide a deeper understanding of myths surrounding generational workforces, tips on how to engage diverse age groups within our economy, and knowledge of trends in Central Texas. Glazer is an entrepreneur, a community engagement expert, and the former executive director of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce.

With this meeting, the Breakfast Bites event is now combining with the Downtown Lowdown meeting. The new meeting format includes a speaker on a downtown topic followed by updates on events and initiatives in the downtown. The new combined meeting will be scheduled quarterly.

At the Sept. 20 meeting there will be updates from City staff on:

  • Art Center and Public Library events
  • Historic street signs update
  • Austin Avenue Bridges update
  • Downtown sidewalk projects
  • Founders Park update
  • Best of Georgetown and Convention and Visitors Bureau updates
  • Downtown sales tax trends

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.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, to Kim McAuliffe, downtown development manager for the City of Georgetown, at (512) 930-2027 or at kim.mcauliffe@georgetown.org.

Downtown Lowdown Meeting April 5

Come find out about upcoming City of Georgetown project and event updates at the next quarterly Downtown Lowdown meeting on Wednesday, April 5.

The informal meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. at Roots Bistro, 118 W. Eighth St. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided. There will be updates from City staff on:

  • Art Center and Public Library events
  • Historic Resource Survey update
  • Austin Avenue Bridges update
  • Downtown sidewalk projects
  • Founders Park and VFW Park update
  • Red Poppy Festival 2017 preview
  • Red Poppy Festival Zero-Waste Initiative
  • Downtown sales tax trends

Also, find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, to Jackson Daly at (512) 819-3115 or at jackson.daly@georgetown.org.

Breakfast Bites focuses on male entrepreneurs on the Square

Four male entrepreneurs will discuss doing business on the downtown Square as part of a Breakfast Bites panel discussion Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Mike Valencia, owner of Mikey V’s Hot Sauce Shop, Mesquite Creek Outfitters owners Cody Hirt and Brad Strittmatter, and Sincerely Yours 1848 owner Danny Solano will join moderator Jeff Baker of First Texas Bank to share a young man’s perspective of doing business on the Square.

The quarterly event is sponsored by the Georgetown Main Street Program and features current downtown topics and trends. In 2016, Hirt, Strittmatter and Solano opened their businesses that feature men’s and women’s clothing and accessories and, along with Valencia, created a space for a market that was often underrepresented in a shopping district noted for having products and services targeted toward women.

The event on Wednesday, Feb. 22 is from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. in the Friends Room on the second floor of the Georgetown Public Library at 402 W. Eighth St. Breakfast snacks, coffee and drinks will be provided. Networking begins at 8 a.m.

The event is free and open to all.

Attendees should register by contacting Shelly Hargrove, Main Street manager for the City of Georgetown, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 at mainstreet@georgetown.org or (512) 930-2027. Main Street is a program of the City of Georgetown.

Lighting of the Square on Nov. 25

ChristmasLights18b-450Celebrate the holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving at the annual Lighting of the Square event on Friday, November 25. The event will be held on the east steps of the historic Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, in downtown Georgetown. The festivities include entertainment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Williamson County Commissioner Lisa Birkman and Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross will flip the switch illuminating the Courthouse lights and grounds at approximately 6 p.m. The lights around the Square are supported by Georgetown Utility Systems, your community-owned utility making our city 100% renewable in 2018.

Entertainment during the Lighting of the Square will be provided by the Austin Carolers and refreshments will be provided. Stores will be open until 8 p.m. Stop by The Williamson Museum on November 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. for children’s activities including making a luminaria.

Williamson County Brown Santa will offer pictures with Santa in the historic Courthouse after the lighting event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enter the courthouse on the south side. Photos are for an $8 donation.

Toy donations to Williamson County Brown Santa and the Georgetown Police Department Blue Santa are encouraged. Look for donation barrels at the Courthouse and at All Things Kids on Main Street. More information and applications are available at www.wilcobrownsanta.com for Brown Santa or bluesanta.georgetown.org for Blue Santa.

For details on holiday events and activities in Georgetown, call the Georgetown Convention & Visitors Bureau at (512) 930-3545, or visit or VisitGeorgetown.com.

Collectible Christmas Ornament: P.H. Dimmitt Building

ph-dimmitt-ornament-2016-webA limited-edition collectible brass Christmas ornament featuring the P.H. Dimmitt and Co. Building at 801 S. Main Street is now on sale. The 10th annual ornament sale is a project of the Georgetown Main Street Program. Only 400 of the ornaments are available.

Ornaments may be purchased at the Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street.

The cost of the ornament is $20. Payments by cash, check, or credit are accepted.

Built in 1901 as a hotel, the P.H. Dimmitt & Co. Building was later occupied by mercantile stores, a movie house, auto agency, drug store, dental office, and bus depot. The building was remodeled in 1960 by Georgetown Savings and Loan Association. Notable architectural features include Spanish arches, columns, and turrets of native stone.

All proceeds from the ornament sale fund Main Street projects and Façade Fund Grant Program.