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Curbside is the best!Two businesses in the McCrory Timmerman Restoration Project made the finals for the Texas Downtown “Best Interior” awards competition, which was held in McKinney last week. 2nd Street Farm 2 Market and Curbside Coffee, near neighbors on Second Street, both made the finals and Curbside got the nod. In the program notes, the entry is described as humming “with the chatter of local entrepreneurs, artists and musicians.” Local artist Norma Jeanne Maloney with Red Rider Studios executed the interior designs by hand. Judy Blundell, the manager of the project, traveled to McKinney to accept the award.
Photo by Jason Hennington
November 8, 2017
Curb Side Coffee House was awarded The Texas Downtown Association President’s Award for 2017 Best Commercial Interior (city with less than 50k population). Congratulations.
Come grab some coffee, pie, or sandwich and find out why Curb Side won this award.
Austin-American Statesman: The 6 best coffee shops to get work done in Round Rock, Georgetown and beyond
Coffee combats the sluggish feeling we all know too well in the mornings, so it’s to no surprise that finding the perfect coffee shop is the key to focusing on getting work done. Starbucks could be go-to for coffee fanatics and workaholics, but who wants to go to a crowded spot when there are many local coffee shops that are more authentic?
Below are the five best coffee shops based on location, free Wi-Fi and aesthetic that will keep you focused on your to-do list.
114 W. 2nd St.
This quaint coffee shop is the perfect spot to eat lunch while sending a few emails. Curb Side Coffee House makes simple yet delicious lattes sourced from local coffee purveyors Kiva Han and Steel Cup, and bakes all of its good in-house. The shop serves fresh food they prepare each morning, and customers can choose from creamy chicken salad sandwhiches, specialty bagels and more.
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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017
Small town Texas flavors flourish in Taylor.
When you’re craving an escape from city traffic and crowds, travel just beyond the outskirts of Austin’s bustle for a taste of the true small town Texas flavors that flourish in Taylor. This quintessential pint-size Texas town boasts finger-licking barbecue, a quaint Main Street lined with historic buildings being revitalized by independent, locally focused businesses, and hometown pride that radiates from just about every person you meet. On a recent sunny and scorching summer day, I sauntered through this less-than-20,000-population town with my family to discover a quieter side of Texas steeped in history and homespun charms and brimming with a burgeoning small town scene that is decidedly Taylor-made.
Distance from Austin: Taylor sits a little over 30 miles from downtown Austin. But if you feel like derailing from your typical mode of transportation, consider traveling by train. Amtrak departs from Austin at 9:31 a.m. and arrives in Taylor at 10:22 a.m. daily, dropping passengers just steps away from the shops and restaurants surrounding Main Street ($8.50 per reserved coach seat). There’s a return trip each evening that will get you from Taylor back to Austin in less than an hour for the same price.
Don’t miss: Get a feel for Taylor by meandering along Second and Main streets, sprinkled with everything from unique boutiques and vintage shops to a farm-to-market deli and a new but thriving local craft brewery. Stop into the Texas-owned, Texas-brewed Texas Beer Company (texasbeerco.com), which opened in the historic McCrory-Timmerman building just over a year ago and has already outgrown its three-barrel pilot brewhouse with the need for a bigger 30-barrel expansion brewery down the street. Sip on a pint of pale ale or porter while chatting with co-founder and CEO Ian Davis about how Texas Beer Company has been the catalyst for transforming Taylor’s once lifeless downtown, or while playing a board game with your kids — the windows of this family-friendly brewpub are lined with an array to choose from, and there’s root beer on tap. If there was such a thing as barhopping in Taylor, you could make it happen by swirling vino next door at Pilot Knob Winery’s tasting room (facebook.com/pilotknobtaylortx) or enjoying live music across the street at the new Black Sparrow Music Parlor (facebook.com/blacksparrowmusicparlor).
Duck into Cherry Tree Creative (facebook.com/CherryTreeCreative), where longtime Taylor resident and owner Curie Humphreys stocks her charming homegrown boutique tucked inside a 100-year-old historic building with locally made, one-of-a-kind finds that prove good things really do come from your own backyard. Pop in next door to her sister shop, the Nest Box (facebook.com/TheNestBox), to round out your shopping experience with a carefully curated collection of unique home decor spanning metal and wooden signs, high-end candles and gifts that ooze with nostalgia.
Pick up something healthy at 2nd Street Farm 2 Market, which beckons passersby with its selection of farm-fresh organic produce and provisions as well as made-to-order sandwiches served on house-made baguettes, sourdough and focaccia. Refuel and relieve fatigue, as suggested upon entry, at Curb Side Coffee House, where the espresso is strong, the milk is locally sourced from a creamery in nearby McGregor and the chocolate milk is the best on the planet according to my three kids — the baristas make it with their in-house ganache.
Eat here: There are more than a dozen places to eat in Taylor, all within walking distance, so come hungry. Located smack dab in the heart of the Texas Barbecue Trail, it’s best to work up an appetite inhaling the sweet, smoky scent of Louie Mueller’s legendary ’cue that’s been smoking since 1949 (louiemuellerbarbecue.com). Just as Franklin draws a line of devout barbecue fans here in Austin, this top-ranked Texas spot (No. 5 on Texas Monthly’s latest Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas) pulls in carnivores with an impressive line that pours out of the doors, streams along the sidewalk and wraps around the side of its Texas-flag-painted building well before noon. The line proves worth the wait once you sink your teeth into Louie Mueller’s pepper-crusted brisket, tender oak-smoked turkey breast and melt-off-the bone ribs. Just be sure to save a little room. Taylor Cafe, just a stone’s throw away, was established the same year by World War II veteran Vencil Mares and still pleases folks from near and far with delicious barbecue washed down with a cold beer.
Once you’ve piled enough barbecue in the belly, dine at Ricoco’s (ricocos.com) for Latin-inspired authentic Mexican plates and a margarita on the rocks. And if you’re craving an old fashioned greasy burger paired with the coldest, cheapest beer around, look no further than Ed’s Place.
Stay here: If you’re not ready to return to the big city, rest your head at Pecan Manor Bed & Breakfast (pecanmanorbb.com), the renovated 1905 home of Taylor’s founding Murphy and Dellinger families. The historic home-turned-B-and-B sits back from a sprawling green lawn shaded with century-old pecans, features five luxurious guest rooms and includes a traditional breakfast ($115-$165 per night).
Always free: Delve into Taylor’s history at the Moody Museum (moodymuseum.com), which retells the legacy of Texas’ youngest governor, Dan Moody, whose passion for justice led him to be the first to successfully prosecute a case against the Ku Klux Klan when he was district attorney for Travis and Williamson counties. Admission is free, and normal hours are Fridays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m., but donations are appreciated and private tours can be arranged.
Head to Taylor’s historic downtown for Second Saturdays, when downtown businesses host live music and special deals, and Third Thursdays, when shops stay open late, featuring door prizes, live music and local food.
Kids will love: Our kids loved running around Murphy Park, a picturesque green space fringing a pond teeming with ducks and geese that features a playground perfect for swinging and climbing and plenty of picnic tables. In the summer, cool off at Murphy Park Aquatic Center’s swimming pool and splash pad, open daily from noon to 8 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and closed Monday (admission is $2 for children and seniors, $3 for adults and free for under 3).
Post-park and -pool, enjoy a scoop of your favorite Blue Bell flavor at LuckyLoo’s Sweet Treats (inside Lucky Duck Cafe). Beat the heat with your kids by reading books at Taylor Public Library or watching a flick at the Howard Theatre (howardtheatre.com) on Main Street.
Famous festival: Taylor’s Stomp ’n’ Holler (stompnhollerfest.com) blends delicious Texas barbecue, craft beer and live bands (June 2, 2018). Witness calf scrambles, mutton bustin’ and an open rodeo at the annual Taylor Rodeo (taylorrodeo.com) at the Williamson County Expo Center (third weekend in July). Flock to Taylor for races, a poultry petting zoo, chicken splat bingo and an epic confetti egg battle at Taylor’s annual Good Life Fair and 5K at Bull Branch Park (Oct. 14).
Not to miss nearby: Head to Granger Lake, just 15 minutes from Taylor on the San Gabriel River, to enjoy fishing for crappie, catfish and white bass, boating, camping and swimming (tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/granger).
For more information: taylorchamber.org
Judy Blundell and the McCrory Timmerman Restoration Project Awarded Top Honors at Taylor Chamber of Commerce Banquet
Taylor, TX – January 19, 2017 – Judy Blundell, received the Taylor Rotary Citizen of the Year award this week at the Taylor Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Blundell has been a Taylor resident for fifteen years. During that time, she was inﬂuential in promoting Arts in Taylor and surrounding areas. In 2013, Judy Blundell and Mark Nibbelink purchased the property on 201 N. Main street and initiated the McCrory Timmerman Restoration Project.
The McCrory Timmerman Restoration Project, spearheaded by Blundell, was awarded The 2016 Business of the Year Award at the Taylor Chamber of Commerce. The McCrory Timmerman Restoration Project single-handedly pumped life back into a sleepy downtown of a once booming small town.
In essence, the McCT Project has become its own economic development company recruiting over twelve businesses to join the project and creating three more businesses including a deli, coffee house, and an entrepreneurial commercial kitchen.
As often reiterated by the citizens of Taylor; Theresa Pore, the 2017 Chariman of the Board for the Taylor Chamber of Commerce, said it best, “the recognitions are well deserved. Your [Blundell] contribution to our community is immeasurable.”
The McCrory Timmerman Restoration Project is 33,000 sqft building located in downtown Taylor, Texas. It is home to the Texas Beer Company, Curbside Coffee House, 2nd St. Commercial Kitchen, 2nd St. Farm to Market Deli and many more businesses. There is opportunity to be a part of the project with business spaces still available. Downtown Taylor has some of the most beautiful historical buildings in Central Texas. The McCrory Timmerman Building was born of the idea that community is key. Given the opportunity, most people enjoy the interaction that occurs in a small local shopping district. The success of this project reinforces the concept a country town while simultaneously challenging local residents to take a chance and start a new business, to explore their talents and ideas and add something positive to the town they call home.
The Taylor Chamber of Commerce provides support to local businesses and guidance for the business community in Taylor, Texas.
For more information, contact Kelly Eddleman, Assistant Project Manager at the McCrory Timmerman Project. You may also ﬁnd additional information on our social media links: https://www.facebook.com/McCroryTimmermanProject/
Recently, a massive crane spent a week at the site adding the final bits to the roof so we can begin to cool down this summer.
We love our coffee and soon you will too. Equipment, hand-made benches, & final prep of the 200yrs. old long-leaf pine bar top are leading up to a Spring 2016 opening.
Sanding the coffee bar counter made from 200 year old long-leaf pine.
With an anticipated Spring 2016 opening, crews are working hard to finish the microbrewery space in the McCrory Timmerman Building.