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• Women in Business • Senior Care Volume 1: Issue 6 2012 Photograph by Laura Blomstedt


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Volume 1: Issue 6 A l l T h i n g s Te x a n

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Thrive Home Health Care of College Station and Billie Fowler of Brenham Real Estate Flowers designed by Tricia Barksdale Designs of College Station Photography by Laura Blomstedt and Sarah Chelf

Table of Contents Women in Business Bellville Holland Street Gallery’s Kathleen Bernard..................................................18 Silver Saddle & Texas Ranch Life.................................................................17

Hempstead Bluebonnet Herb Farm’s Linda Wood........................................................19

Brenham Aesthetic and Acupuncture Clinic of Texas’s Linda Aldama........................14 Brenham Real Estate – Billie Fowler..............................................................6 Brenham Toy Company’s Linda Aldama......................................................14 Coldwell Banker Properties Unlimited’s Lindi Braddock and Camaron Surovik.....................................................................................12 Countryside Lighting’s Diane Pieper...........................................................10 Creatively Yours’ Debbie Wesneski...............................................................4 Downtown Art Gallery’s Sara Parker and Patsy Supak...................................5 Hermann Furniture’s Jennifer Hermann.........................................................7 Home & Ranch Mortgage’s Kellie Rodenbeck............................................13 Mobius Coffeehouse’s Patty Dalrymple.........................................................8 Prime Properties’ Mary Bonner Ragland.....................................................17 Ranch Antiques’ Tami Redshaw...................................................................12 Smitty’s Café & Bakery’s Callie Schmidt......................................................10 Texas Heritage Country Real Estate’s Cathy Cole.........................................9 The Barnhill House Toys & Books................................................................11 Town & Country Realty and Mortgage’s MaLisa Hampton..........................16 Van Dyke Rankin Insurance Company’s Women..........................................15

Bryan-College Station Better Homes & Garden Real Estate’s Jennifer Fredericks..........................20 Tricia Barksdale Design’s Tricia Barksdale....................................................20 Carmen’s Cosmetics’ Carmen Sweet.............................................................6 Dance Centre’s Ella Trumpfeller....................................................................6

Chappell Hill Two S Realty’s Melanie Holton.......................................................................3

Round Top It Fits!’ Molly Johnson..................................................................................22

Senior Care AMA Home Care.........................................................................................27 Covenant Dove............................................................................................25 Golden Years Homecare..............................................................................29 Kruse Village................................................................................................28 Optimum Rehab..........................................................................................26 Team Optimum Home Health.....................................................................26 Thrive Home Health....................................................................................25 Social Snapshots Hot Nights Cool Tunes................................................................................30 IN THE SPOTLIGHT Brenham Clinic Association.........................................................................32 LaRoche Celebrates 50th Anniversary.........................................................34

Giddings The Grapevine’s Michelle Newman...............................................................2

Ad Directory Advertisers...............................................................................................Page 7iL Ranch.....................................................................................................39 All Star Restaurant Sales..............................................................................39 Ant Street Inn..............................................................................................39 Bellville Rent-All..........................................................................................39 Blinn College...............................................................................................36 Brenham Tire & Auto Center, Inc.................................................................39 Budweiser Distributing Co..........................................................................23 Capital Farm Credit.....................................................................................37 Carmen’s Cosmetics....................................................................................21 Covenant Dove............................................................................................25 Dance Centre..............................................................................................21 Farm to Market Produce Co........................................................................ 39 Funky Art Café................................................................................................... 39 Glasco & Co. Landscaping, Inc........................................................................ 37

Jancy Ervin Interiors........................................................................................... 37 J&S Studies........................................................................................................ 25 Kay’s Real Estate Café....................................................................................... 36 Must Be Heaven................................................................................................ 23 Nathan’s BBQ “ Big Daddy’s Barbecue”......................................................... 23 Ram Optical....................................................................................................... 39 Reba’s.................................................................................................................. 36 Red Oak Ranch Event Center........................................................................... 37 Riviera Day Spa.................................................................................................. 25 Spiess Insurance................................................................................................ 31 Tegeler Chevrolet............................................................................................ IFC Tegeler Toyota................................................................................................. IFC Texas Log Homes.............................................................................................. 39 Wellmann Insurance Agency............................................................................ 23 Washington County Chamber.......................................................................... 36

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Perfectly located off the main road of Giddings stands a quaint boutique filled with an array of high-quality, high-fashion merchandise. The Grapevine is your one-stop shop filled with everything from clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories, candles, home décor, and more. Owner Michelle Newman and her friendly staff offer a welcoming and fun experience as they help customers shop through endless options of current yet hard to find trends. Serving as a central point for Giddings, the surrounding area, and regular customers from Houston and Austin, The Grapevine will have just what you are looking for to brighten your day. The Grapevine’s large selection of merchandise includes brands such as Brighton, Miss Me Jeans, Yellowbox, Corral Boots, Grace in LA, !iT Jeans, Old Gringo, Lollia, Drake Design, Waxing Poetic, and others. Focusing primarily on women and children, the store offers something for all ages. Michelle makes regular trips each year to the Dallas Market to select just the right items for her customers. Ranging from high-end to average price, The Grapevine offers something for every budget while keeping with the most current and stylish selections. Weekly updates are posted on the store’s website, and The Grapevine Facebook page is always being updated with current sales and deals. Be sure to also ask Michelle and The Grapevine staff about registries for babies, bridals, graduations, and more. Stop by The Grapevine today for a memorable, fun-filled, one-stop shopping experience!

The Grapevine 790 East Austin Street, Giddings, Texas 78942 www.grapevinegiddings.com 979-542-1250 grapevinegiddings@yahoo.com Facebook: Grape Vine Giddings

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Two S Realty, conveniently located in the center of Chappell Hill, offers over sixty years of experience in all aspects of real estate with its nine talented and professional agents. Leading the team is owner and broker, Melanie Holton, who recently took over the business after working for Two S Realty since its beginning years. A graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in political science and an emphasis in pre-law, Melanie worked in litigation for eleven years before changing career paths, earning her real estate license in 2004 and her broker license in 2011. Serving Washington and surrounding counties in areas of residential, commercial, farm and ranch, and property management real estate, Melanie and her Two S Realty team work around the clock to present exceptional and ethical services. In addition to Two S Realty, Melanie is also the owner and broker of We Manage Properties, strictly a property management company for Washington and Austin counties, as well as manager of her husband’s company, Custom Care Remodeling, also located in Chappell Hill. Besides working full-time as a successful businesswoman, Melanie is happily married to John, her husband of six years, and is mother to four children, Ashley, Carson, Madeline, and Makayla. As pastimes, she and John love spending time outside with the kids and going on adventurous travels in the family RV. Melanie is actively involved in the community as she serves as member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chappell Hill Historical Society, and as PTO Secretary for Krause Elementary School in Brenham. She also spends much of her time serving at St. Paul’s Christian Day School in Brenham and giving back to the Chappell Hill community through generous donations to events and fundraisers. Professionally, Melanie is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Texas Association of Realtors, and the South Central Board of Realtors and is passionate about people and meeting the needs of her clients with only the highest standards. Since Melanie has become owner, Two S Realty has continued to grow and expand, particularly with the addition of their new office located off Highway 290 East near downtown Chappell Hill. Two S Realty recently celebrated the new office with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony presented by the Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce. Over two-hundred and fifty guests came to support the new location as they enjoyed good company, great music, delicious foods and treats catered by Olde Towne Bakery, and beautiful floral arrangement created by Brenham Floral. The new office features welcoming accommodations, an integrated media system, a built-in display for property listings, and a comfortable lobby and conference room, perfect for client meetings. Stop by Two S Realty to see their new office and let Melanie and her talented team meet your real estate needs.

Two S Realty

9000 Highway 290 East, Chappell Hill, Texas 77426 www.twosrealty.com

Melanie Holton (Cell): 979-277-4190 Office: 979-277-9944

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS At Creatively Yours in Brenham, custom-designed shirts and fun, one-of-a-kind merchandise can be found at every corner of the store. Owner Debbie Wesneski and her staff have been serving Washington and surrounding counties for the past three years, creatively working with clients to dream up unique gifts and personalized items. Whether it is a school spirit outfit for the big game, a birthday gift for that special friend, or a traveling suitcase that needs a little extra bling, Creatively Yours has it covered with that personal, unique touch. Creatively Yours provides services ranging from monogramming, screen-printing, applique, embroidering, and heat press. Offering a one-on-one design process, the staff works closely with each client to customize creations to exact specifications. Having worked with schools, businesses, and clients from around the area, including Brenham, Burton, Giddings, Bellville, Hempstead, and Montgomery, the Creatively Yours team has designed everything from staff uniforms for local companies to family reunion shirts to monogrammed pillow cases for slumber parties. Clients can come into the shop to select from an assortment of t-shirts and merchandise to be personalized or they can choose to bring in their own, while also having the option to purchase only one custom design instead of in bulk. With an average one to two day turnaround for most services, or two weeks for screen-printing, Creatively Yours provides a timely and convenient process for your custom creation. In addition to custom design work, Creatively Yours offers an assortment of fun, trendy jewelry and gift items at the store. Products include their best-seller school spirit jewelry, hair bows and bloomers for babies, stylish jewelry for everyday wear, luggage, purses, and more. The store also provides merchandise for Breast Cancer Awareness where 100% of proceeds go directly to breast cancer support. The store regularly holds clearances and sales, so be sure to stop by the store or check their Facebook page for weekly updates. Whether you are in need of a customized shirt for your next school function or a fun, unique gift for a friend, let the Creatively Yours team help you in adding that extra little personal touch.

Creatively Yours 2210 South Market Street, Brenham, Texas 77833 www.creativelyyoursbrenham.com 979-421-6443 creativelyyoursbrenham@yahoo.com Facebook: Creatively Yours

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Want to know what is the best-kept secret in downtown Brenham, Texas? The Downtown Art Gallery! In 2008, owners Sara S. Parker and Patsy Supak opened the doors to provide a space for local artists to display and sell their finest art pieces. Stop in to view the various art mediums on display in this wonderful gallery. Find watercolors, oils, acrylics, and photographs. The Downtown Art Gallery works as a co-op, displaying work from about 50 artists, ranging from beginner to nationally known. Some popular pieces are Texas landscapes, florals, and of course, Texas Bluebonnets. The paintings are changed out quarterly, so make sure to visit often to see the new works of art. The Downtown Art Gallery is visited by art-lovers from around the world for the chance to purchase bluebonnet art for their homes. Art pieces range from small tabletop displays to large wall portraits that could be used as a showcase piece in a large room in your home. Wall art is not the only art on display; peruse the great selection of jewelry and wood turning specialties. Have you always wanted to try your hand at painting or drawing? Classes are provided through the Brenham Fine Arts League for adult and children’s classes. Co-owners, Sara S. Parker and Patsy Supak are also class instructors. Sara struggled with drawing as a child and was determined to learn as much as possible about it. In 1999, Sara took a five-day intensive drawing workshop called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, at Louisiana State University, where she became certified to teach the course. “Now I’m glad that I struggled, because it helps me understand how the kids are thinking,” says Sara. Patsy has always had a love for painting and drawing. She joined the Brenham Fine Arts League twenty years ago so that she could take classes to study with many well-known local artists. Some of her favorite mediums are oils, acrylics, and watercolors. She now enjoys teaching the adult classes to help others like herself. The Downtown Art Gallery really has something for everyone. Do yourself a favor and stop by to view the beautiful art on display and take a piece of it home with you!

Downtown Art Gallery 113 W. Alamo, Brenham, Texas 77833 (Next door to Must Be Heaven) 979-836-1622 • www.downtownartgallery-brenham.com Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS For the past thirty-five years, Billie Fowler has served in the real estate industry helping countless families and individuals in selling and purchasing homes. Beginning her career with twenty years in the corporate relocation industry working for lead clients such as Exxon, Chevron, Shell Oil, and others, Billie helped families employed with the companies in selling homes and relocating, both domestically and internationally. Her career has since led her to work within franchise operations and eventually to her most current and more independent role as owner and broker of Brenham Real Estate. Located in the Bluebonnet Shopping Center in Brenham, Brenham Real Estate serves as a full-service real estate brokerage for Washington and surrounding counties. Billie and her team of dedicated, licensed professionals tirelessly work alongside clients to ensure the most excellent service and results. The company stands apart as the only company in Brenham offering a reduced commission alternative program to sellers, helping to save thousands of dollars in commission and offering more practicality in pricing strategies. Providing experienced service in residential, commercial, farm and ranch, and property management real estate, Billie and her team work around the clock from beginning to end making sure the process is as convenient as possible. Billie is a lifetime member of the National Association of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors, Bryan and College Association of Realtors, and the local association of South Central Board of Realtors. Designated by Texas real estate consumers and named by Texas Monthly Magazine as a Five Star Professional Service, she has earned a leading and trustworthy role in the real estate industry. Stop by the office today or give Billie a call and let her assist you with your real estate needs.

Brenham Real Estate Billie Fowler

www.brenhamrealestatehomes.com www.billiefowler.com Cell: 979-251-4568 Office: 979-830-8830 billiefowler4@gmail.com

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Since 1876, Hermann Furniture Company has been a historic fixture in downtown Brenham. The store is currently owned by fourth and fifth generation family members, John Hermann and his daughter Jennifer Hermann, operating as the oldest familyowned furniture store in Texas. Jennifer grew up helping her dad at the store, whether it was dusting merchandise or helping the guys in the back assemble furniture. Always having a love for art and design and the family business, it was only natural for her to return to the store, putting her drawing talents and creative eye to use as she sketches fun, elaborate floor plans, arranges inspirational vignettes, and visits market each year for fresh new finds. When not helping manage the store, Jennifer can be found playing a round golf or doing anything creative, especially at her home, where she enjoys decorating and being with her three dogs and two turtles. Jennifer Hermann and John Hermann invite you to experience Hermann Furniture, where there’s always something for everyone. Stop by and browse at their five shops, consisting of a Floral and Design Center, Antique Mall, Craft Mall and The General Store. The General Store is now carrying full lines of baby clothing by Mud Pie, Stephan Baby, and Good Lad. Hermann Furniture not only provides a vast assortment of home furnishings and unique accessories, but they also provide design consultations and workshops. This year marks the 136th anniversary for Hermann Furniture, so be sure to help the Hermann family celebrate at their grand open house and sale in November. More upcoming events and sales can be found on their website. If you haven’t experienced these extraordinary shops, what are you waiting for? There’s always something new at the oldest furniture store in Texas!

Hermann Furniture 213 West Alamo Street, Brenham, TX 77833 979-836-7231 888-836-7237 • www.hermannfurniture.com Visit their blog at hermannfurniture.blogspot.com • Facebook: Hermann Furniture

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Brenham’s favorite meeting place, Mobius Coffeehouse, has become the community hub inspired by the creative vision of its two leading ladies and mother-daughter team, Patty Dalrymple and Sarah Bevers. Before opening the shop in 2009, Patty and Sarah previously worked together running a coffeehouse in East Texas, preparing them for their current adventure as co-owners of Mobius. A strong believer in her Christian faith, Patty sensed the leading of the Holy Spirit to create a welcoming environment where people of all backgrounds could come together and connect. After parting ways as Patty accepted a teaching position in Brenham and Sarah pursued her passions in Austin, that dream became a reality as the two eventually reunited to offer not only a delicious and original hand-crafted menu but also a creative outlet where the community and future generations are poured into through the promotion of local artists, foods, and businesses and the training of practical life skills. The Mobius team is currently made up of girls and women of all ages, with the exception of their lone yet favorite main pizza man. Each team member is trained in almost every area of cooking, cleaning, customer service, barista skills, and more, furthering the vision of equipping staff in life skills. Patty’s love for training and youth come from her former background as a math teacher, which she still puts to use through tutoring students when she is not helping run the shop. Having developed relationships built on mutual respect, many of Patty’s former students have even played key parts in making Mobius what it is today, whether through working as a barista, covering all the technical and Wi-Fi details for the shop, painting the fun, whimsical backdrop for the live performance stage, or sculpting the gigantic red coffee cup that prominently graces the roof of Mobius’ exterior. One of Patty’s former school co-workers, Mary Ann Chelf, has also joined the vision, serving as “the heart of the kitchen” as she pours her love and passion into cooking Mobius’ original tasty creations. Mobius’ relaxed eclectic atmosphere continues to be a place where relationships are formed, ideas and creativity are exchanged, or a cup of coffee is simply enjoyed. The Mobius women, and man, work hard to bring only the best, original new tastes to the ever-evolving menu and overall experience. Serving breakfast, lunch and, dinner, stop by today to kick up your feet and enjoy one of their hand-crafted desserts, a flavorful coffee, an authentic New York or Chicago-style pizzas, or the refreshing chill of their natural fruit smoothies.

Mobius Coffeehouse 1120 South Market Street, Brenham, Texas 77833 979-251-9955 www.mobiuscoffeehouse.com Facebook: Mobius Coffeehouse

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For Cathy Cole, her position as a realtor and sales manager is more than just a job, it is her passion. Serving in the Brenham office of Heritage Country Properties for the South Central Texas region, Cathy goes above and beyond to insure complete buyer and seller satisfaction and a smooth, safe real estate transaction. Known for her energetic, enterprising, and upbeat personality and her reputation for integrity and professional excellence, Cathy Cole can be trusted to provide an outstanding and simple process of either selling your existing property or finding your perfect new home. Since earning her license in 1991, Cathy continues to move forward as a top producer. A strong believer in continued education, Cathy has acquired immense knowledge over the years that have equipped her with exceptional market knowledge and industry expertise. She has earned her CRS, e-Pro designations, and the titles of Accredited Luxury Home Specialist and Accredited Home-Staging Specialist. She has also earned her title as Accredited Land Consultant from the National Association of Realtors Land Institute and is only one of two people in Texas certified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to market Historical Properties. Her drive for professional performance and gaining new knowledge has led to much success and recognition. Cathy was honored by the South Central Realtors as “Realtor of the Year” in both 1997 and 2005, being the first member to do so. Cathy sits on the Professional Standards, Grievance and Arbitration Committees as well as Land Use Subcommittee and she is the region’s Political Involvement Committee Liaison for Texas Association of Realtors. For the National Association’s RLI she serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee. She has lobbied in Washington DC for the National Association of Realtors® and in Austin for the Texas Association of Realtors® presenting Realtors® views on legislation. She is a proud supporter of Brenham, Washington County, and surrounding areas. Her passion for service is seen as she is actively involved in the Brenham community having served as the Publicity/Marketing Director for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for several years and as a Board Member for the Volunteer Services Council for Brenham State School since 1987. In her own words, “In a market that will always be about service and commitment, I dedicate myself to providing you the very best with the courage to represent you fairly, to pursue creative solutions with the utmost integrity.” Specializing in residential, farm and ranch, acreage, and commercial properties stretching from Houston to San Antonio and Austin, Cathy stands ready to help you find the perfect property that meets all expectations. Let Cathy Cole serve you with your next real estate needs, and expect nothing less than outstanding results.

Cathy Cole

Sales Manager/Realtor 605 South Austin Street, Brenham, Texas 77833 www.cathycolerealtor.com Cell: 979-251-0603 • Office: 979-836-3633 Toll Free: 888-663-6461 • Fax: 979-836-6444 cathy@cathycolerealtor.com

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Countryside Lighting in Brenham has been serving Washington and surrounding counties

for the past fourteen years, providing beautiful selections of affordable residential lighting, ceiling fans, energy saving lamps, table lamps, and accessories. Located off Hwy 290 E near 36 S, customers are welcomed to a showroom with the industry’s latest lighting fixtures by the woman behind it all, Diane Pieper. Having grown up in the electrical business with her parents, Diane offers extensive knowledge and experience in custom lighting design. Her membership and continuing education with the American Lighting Association furthers her expertise as she presents clients with the best possible lighting plan and layout for their unique homes. Diane and her assistant Juanita Atkins regularly attend the Dallas Lighting Market where they gather the latest styles and up-to-date knowledge in the lighting industry. Diane invites you to stop by the store today to explore the showroom and catalogs available and to assist you with your custom lighting needs. Be sure to also visit the website for Countryside Lighting’s full listing of nationally renowned vendors and selections.

Countryside Lighting 1105 Industrial Blvd, Brenham, Texas 77833 www.countrysidelighting.com 979-836-4364

Everything is bigger and better at Smitty’s Cake and Bakery in Brenham. Owner Callie Schmidt and her team of talented, creative staff never settle for anything less than the most flavorful, unique culinary creations. Known as the place “where it’s all made from scratch,” Smitty’s offers an ever-changing menu made from the freshest ingredients and original hand-crafted recipes. With her passion for baking and cooking and refined training from the renowned Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, Callie brings excitement and a touch of something different to each of her delicious dishes, making each visit to the restaurant nothing less than a fun and tasty experience. Smitty’s offers a full menu with an assortment of made-to-order items and freshly-made baked goods. Everything hand-battered is made with Callie’s personal flour recipe, and the homemade buns seal the deal with Smitty’s one-of-a-kind specialty hamburgers. Each one being different, these custom-created burgers are made with only the most creative selections, ranging from the spiciest sauces and “hottest peppers on the planet” to the crowd favorite peanut butter and jelly. Also popular on the menu is their original liver recipe, made with unique flavors and mouthwatering bacon, the firecracker chicken fried steak, made with homemade queso, pico de gallo, and jalapenos, and the chicken salad, an original recipe made with almonds and cranberries. And no meal at Smitty’s is complete without finishing it off with their custom desserts, including homemade chocolates, cake pops, pies, cakes, cookies, and more. Be sure to also try Smitty’s breakfast items, served only on Saturdays, including some of the best, custom-created pancakes in town. Smitty’s offers an inviting, comfortable space with touches of small-town country charm for guests to enjoy the endless array of tasty, creative cuisine. Also offering full-catering services, Smitty’s is ready to take your event to the next level with their one-of-a-kind menu. Stop by Smitty’s today and taste for yourself their delicious selections.

Smitty’s Cake & Bakery

1600 North Park Street, Brenham, Texas 77833 (In front of Brenham High School) 979-277-1133 • Facebook: Smitty’s Café and Bakery, Inc.

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS The Barnhill House Toys and Books in Brenham has been offering a children’s dreamland for the past twelve years, providing a sweet, happy environment overflowing with classic, hard-to-find toys and beloved storybooks. Owner Betsy Barnhill Newman enlarged the store in 2000 after being in business since 1990, in what was originally her grandparents’ home. Betsy’s love and passion for children and books shine as she and her assistant of eleven years, Faith Kemen, invite customers to experience the wonder of The Barnhill House Toys and Books. Betsy is a graduate of The University of Texas and a former kindergarten teacher of five years. Her experience with teaching children both at school and Brenham Presbyterian Church gives her that extra insight and knowledge of what children love. When not at the store, Betsy’s spare time is spent with her husband, Jerry, going to their two sons’ UT and Brenham Cub football games, and watching their two daughters cheer and dance. Faith is a retired licensed practical nurse who first met Betsy at church and eventually helped as the Newmans’ babysitter. Her love for children is evident having served as the Brenham Presbyterian Church Nursery Coordinator for the past twenty-five years. When not assisting Betsy at the store, Faith can be seen enjoying a great book and faithfully volunteering at Hospice Boutique and Higgins Branch in Brenham. Betsy and Faith welcome you to stroll through their wonderful selection of classic toys. Christmas items will soon be arriving to prepare for the store’s extended everyday hours during mid-November to Christmas Eve. New Plasma Cars, rocking horses, board games, and dolls are also coming soon. As always, books are 10% off and special appointments may be scheduled during closed hours. Stop by and experience The Barnhill House Toys and Books today.

The Barnhill House Toys and Books 606 South Austin Street, Brenham, Texas 77833 Open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (10 am to 4 pm) 979-836-1817 betsy.newman@yahoo.com Facebook: The Barnhill House Toys and Books

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS It’s 8:30am in the office and Lindi Braddock is already on her second cup of coffee, printing a contract and reviewing the day’s schedule with her daughter Camaron Surovik. Coldwell Banker Properties Unlimited represents three generations — Lindi’s own mother, Yvonne Hastings, helped found the real estate firm with Lindi in 1988 and worked side by side with her for over twenty years. Now Lindi’s daughter, Camaron, is also a broker and works alongside Lindi to serve clients in Washington and surrounding counties, continuing the real estate legacy. “Lindi has just about bought, sold, or helped someone else buy or sell every house in Brenham,” jokes Camaron. Lindi, voted The Brenham Banner Press’s “Best Realtor in Brenham” for the past two years and Brenham Board of Realtors’ “Realtor of the Year” in 1993 and 2007, is dedicated to service and professionalism. Having served as vice president of the South Central Board of Realtors and President of Brenham Rotary Club, Braddock has been involved in major developments and community events for decades. As a team, Lindi and Camaron are almost always available for their clients because they live and breathe real estate. “I had always dreamed of living in the country and after driving out Highway 290 across the Brazos River and seeing these lush, rolling hills, I knew I was in Heaven,” says Lindi, about why she is so passionate about helping people make Brenham their home. Camaron, having grown up in Brenham, enjoys “helping people transition to the community that I have loved all my life.” Lindi’s thirty-plus years of experience in the business and Camaron’s extensive knowledge of Brenham make them the most successful pair in Washington County real estate. Having attended dozens of seminars and training conferences, the duo is also proud to offer cutting edge marketing plans to bring their services to the highest level. “We are ready to serve your real estate needs and to create raving fans! We would love to meet with you for a free consultation. Just mention you read our feature in Texas Live Magazine and you will receive a free Coldwell Banker Home Protection Plan when we represent you on the purchase of your home!”

Coldwell Banker Properties Unlimited - Brenham 2402 S. Day Street, Brenham, TX 77833 • 979-836-0011 • www.BuyBrenham.com Creating Raving Fans

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS In the heart of historic downtown Brenham stands Ranch Antiques, a unique furniture store owned by Tami Redshaw and Vicky Briones. Since Tami and Vicki took over the store in 2010, their passion has been to create a wonderful and classic shopping experience with distinctive, one-of-a-kind pieces hand-picked on their many trips to Brazil. Vicki is originally from Brazil and offers much knowledge and insight when selecting pieces and working with the vendors. Together with Tami, an experienced entrepreneur and a Texan at heart, they make the perfect business team as they bring a unique cultural experience to the store. Ranch Antiques offers beautiful, hand-crafted and personally picked antiques and reproductions that give insight into Brazil’s colonial past, with many of the pieces colorfully painted in the traditional style. Reproductions are made from heirloom woods, salvaged from the 18th and 19th century Brazilian haciendas, ranches, and churches. Among the most popular items offered from Brazil are magnificent single-plank tables, custom made in any size. In addition, domestic items by local artists and artisans make their presence in the store, most notably dining tables, Western art, home elements and gifts, accessories, their newest line of beautiful leather furniture available by custom order, and a pair of gorgeous American-made, metal horse sculptures that greet customers at the store entrance. New Brazilian finds arrived this spring, and the store is now overflowing with beautiful items. Always looking for new, fresh merchandise, Vicky recently returned from Brazil again after selecting the newest array of gorgeous pieces that will be available this fall. With thanks to the Brenham community, Ranch Antiques is committed to continue growing its business with beauty, elegance, and quality.

Ranch Antiques

www.ranchantiquestexas.com • 117 West Commerce St., Brenham – Texas • 979-277-0008 • shop@ranchantiquestexas.com Home and Ranch Mortgage Company serves clients across the grand state of Texas specializing in rural lending, residential and commercial mortgage loans. With their office in Brenham, located at the heart of Washington County and the birthplace of Texas, their services extend far beyond the average mortgage company. Home and Ranch Mortgage is the only exclusive lender for real estate loans in Washington County and the largest lender in five counties. Their focus is first-time buyers and clients looking to relocate to the country. Home and Ranch covers everything from conventional loans to farm and ranch loans, FHA loans to Veterans Administration loans, and Texas Veterans Land Board loans to USDA loans. Their philosophy is simple--to encourage the dream of home ownership through realistic steps and great problem solving capabilities. Licensed Mortgage Loan Broker and Owner of Home and Ranch Mortgage, Kellie Rodenbeck, joined the company in 1995. Kellie has lived in Brenham for over eighteen years and has three children with her husband, David. Together they love showing cattle and going on family vacations. Professionally she is a member of the Texas Association of Mortgage Brokers and the Cambridge Who’s Who of Mortgage Brokers. An active member in the community, Kellie is a member of the Cowboy Church of Brenham and has served within several organizations, including as past president of the Washington County Rotary Club and as member and supporter of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and two of its most distinguished programs, the Junior Leadership and Washington County Leadership programs. Always dreamed of living in the country? Let Kellie and Home and Ranch Mortgage Company finance and bring that dream to realty.

Home & Ranch Mortgage Company 1904 South Market, Brenham, Texas 77833 • 979-830-1567 • kellie@homeandranchmortgage.com Find more exciting pictures and stories at southcentral.texaslivenetwork.com

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS As owner of The Brenham Toy Company and Teacher Supply, Linda Aldama is celebrating over ten years in business in Brenham.  The retail store offers toys, games, puzzles, books and project and art supplies for kids of all ages. In addition to its unique selection of toys, local teachers and schools are able to enjoy the convenience of having access to a wide variety of educational and classroom supplies plus laminating services. The store also offers free gift wrapping and an online store for special ordering.

Not just a toy store! • All time favorites, incredible new merchandise • Teacher/classroom/school project supplies • Specialty and developmental toys designed to enhance developing minds • Art Supplies • Complimentary gift wrap • Layaway available • Online store and special ordering available

 

CELEBRATING OVER TEN YEARS! 1401 S. Day Street, Brenham, TX Tel. 979.836.8484 www.thebrenhamtoycompany.com Linda Aldama, Owner

Store Hours M-F 10am-6pm; Sat. 9am-4pm

Dr. Al and Linda Aldama opened the Aesthetic & Acupuncture Clinic in 2008. Linda is the physician assistant, providing all acupuncture and a multitude of aesthetic treatments while Dr. Aldama serves as the Medical Director. Utilizing both eastern and western medicine, they have had much success treating patients for a variety of conditions. Services offered include acupuncture, muscle and joint injections and aesthetic treatments that include Botox and dermal filler injections, laser treatments and chemical peels to name a few.  A licensed Esthetician is also on staff to perform facial and acne treatments and make-overs.

Superior Medical Care Incorporating Eastern and Western Medicine

• Acupuncture and herbal medicine • Muscle and joint injections • Deep muscle stimulation therapy • Toxic Metal screening/supplements • Botox® and dermal filler injections • Laser treatments for skin resurfacing, hair removal, veins, sun damage • Customized facials, chemical peels and acne treatments • Physician formulated skin care line and medical grade mineral cosmetics • Online store

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Van Dyke Rankin Insurance in Brenham has celebrated over thirty years of successful business in the Washington and

surrounding counties. With what started as the partnership of two local businessmen, the company continues to thrive with the help of its staff of skilled professionals, most notably its group of thirteen committed females. Though everyone plays a significant part, it’s the women of Van Dyke Rankin who serve as the backbone in keeping the company moving forward. Whether serving as a top performing salesperson, customer service representative, marketing agent, or receptionist, each woman is a vital force in a team dedicated to maintaining the integrity and trustworthy relationships built with both clients and each other. With half of the women having been with the agency for the past twenty-five years and ranging from one to forty years for the group as a whole, the ladies of Van Dyke Rankin have formed quite the support team, each with their different yet complementary set of traits. Working mainly behind the scenes, each one brings their unique skills, personalities, and experiences to the benefit of the company as a whole, working to encourage, uplift, and strengthen the long-developed relationships formed over the years. Due to their close bond and great team relationship, it was no surprise when each one gave the same response to their favorite part of working for the company, commenting on the great staff and friendships formed, the wonderful client interaction, and exciting new challenges that each day brings. Their thoroughness, commitment, and positive representation of all areas of Van Dyke Rankin truly serve as one of the most important aspects of the company’s success. Looking for a trustworthy and dependable insurance company? Contact the agency today and experience for yourself the friendly character and dedication of the women of Van Dyke Rankin.

Van Dyke Rankin Insurance

211 South Austin Street, Brenham, Texas 77833 www.vandykerankin.com 979-836-5636 mail@vandykerankin.com Facebook: VanDyke, Rankin & Co.

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Her passionate drive, comical sense of humor, upbeat personality, and professionalism built on honesty and integrity make MaLisa Hampton of Town & Country Realty and Mortgage in Brenham one of the most trustworthy and sought after realtors in Texas. With eighteen years of experience in the industry, MaLisa brings a well-rounded scope of knowledge and expertise specializing in all aspects of real estate as she serves the Washington and surrounding counties. Now realtor and co-owner, along with her husband Nelson, of Town & Country for the past six years, MaLisa works tirelessly alongside her team of nine realtors, and most notably her right-hand lady, Kaci Kasprowicz, to bring only the best and most efficient results for your real estate needs. MaLisa is a proud Ragin’ Cajun graduate of The University of Louisiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She and Nelson have been married twenty-seven years and have been blessed with their three daughters, Madison, Macie, and Morgan. MaLisa is an avid volunteer and representative in the community, having served on the Brenham ISD School Board for nine years, in the Aggie Moms Club, and on the City of Brenham’s Board of Adjustments and Appeals. Apart from restoring the current Town & Country office to its former grandness and housing some of Texas’ best Rangers and State Troopers, her most prized accomplishments include being selected for Who’s Who of American Business Women, nominated for Blinn’s Excellence in Business Award, having received the Multi-million Dollar Sales Award, and being in the top 2% of Coldwell Banker Realtors nationwide. When not selling homes or serving the community, MaLisa can be found at one of her favorite pastimes, soaking up the sun with margarita in hand as she floats the waters of her backyard pool. MaLisa’s esteemed teammate and trusted realtor, Kaci, brings seven years of her own experience in the real estate industry. With a Bachelor in Marketing from The University of Houston, Kaci has been serving alongside MaLisa from the starting years of Town & Country. Born and raised in Brenham, Kaci loves leading clients to settle within the beauty of her hometown community. Kaci and her husband, Dusty, are devoted fans of the Dallas Cowboys. Together they love cheering on their favorite team with the help of their pet Yorkie, Romo. Both MaLisa and Kaci are licensed realtors and members of The South Central Board of Realtors. Together, along with the rest of the Town & Country realtors, they make an outstanding team dedicated to providing a fun experience with only the best services and topnotch results. Contact Town & Country Realty and Mortgage today and let them find the perfect property for your current real estate needs.

Town & Country Realty & Mortgage

www.liveinbrenham.com 979-830-3497 • malisa@liveinbrenham.com • kaci@liveinbrenham.com • Facebook: Town & Country Realty and Mortgage

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Serving as a trustworthy and one of the most qualified real estate agencies in the area, Prime Properties located in historic downtown Brenham provides years of expansive knowledge in residential, commercial, and farm and ranch real estate. Broker Mary B. Ragland and Realtor Associate Beverly Rice are the ladies behind the company and together they are dedicated to faithfully serving their clients in Washington and surrounding counties. Mary Ragland offers forty years of experience in the industry having served in multiple South Central cities, held the position of director for both local and state level Board of Realtors, and earned the title of “Realtor of the Year” in 1998. She is a lifetime lover of horses, having competed in numerous cutting horse events, and an avid gardener. Mary is also involved in numerous local organizations, including The Rotary Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Eastern Star, and the Washington County Fair Commercial Steer Committee. Beverly Rice joined Mary at Prime Properties in 2006. In 2000, Beverly and husband Ben bought and restored a 1911 cottage in the Gay Hill community where she enjoys gardening and country living. A passionate lover of the arts, Beverly previously owned a multimedia art gallery in Houston’s Highland Village. When not showing and selling real estate, Beverly loves cruising the waters on Lake Travis with her family aboard their sailboat the “R B Dahrr.” Both Mary and Beverly are members of The South Central Board of Realtors and The Texas Association of Realtors and work diligently to maintain their mandatory continued education. Whether you are looking for a cozy cottage in the peaceful countryside or an elaborate mansion in the city, if you can dream it, Mary and Beverly can help you find it! Contact them today at Prime Properties for reliable, trustworthy service.

Prime Properties

124 West Commerce Street, Brenham, Texas 77833 • www.primeproperties.com • www.brenhamrealestatelady.com 979-836-7829 • marysnow@sbcglobal.net • beverlyrice@primeproperties.com

The smell of barbeque fills the air in the heart of Bellville, Texas. The source is the outdoor wood fire grill at Silver Saddle Smokehouse. Authentic Texas culture and history come to life as Western décor completes the space while classic John Wayne movies play in the background. Family-owned by John and Taunia Elick, the two are seen regularly enjoying lunch with their daughter, Lacey, and other family members. Taunia and Lacey are Silver Saddle’s leading ladies, a mother-daughter team working together with their staff to offer customers an environment where guests become part of the family. As owner, Taunia oversees the new challenges and adventures that each day brings while keeping the menu fresh and consistent with clever planning of recipes. Every recipe is original and most come from the family’s own collection. Taunia also maintains the gardens at the family’s other business, Texas Ranch Life, the source of freshly picked vegetables that are added to the menu each day. Also from the ranch, are eggs used for original homemade desserts and Texas Ranch Beef, the family’s own label of sausage and hamburger meat provided from their grass fed and free range longhorn cattle. Lacey’s main duties involve marketing and promoting Texas Ranch Life as she dreams up new products, handles guest relations, and schedules corporate retreats and weddings, provides up-close Kawasaki mule tours of the ranch, and teaches a step or two in line-dancing. Together Taunia and Lacey love working together planning corporate events as they introduce the great state of Texas while hosting thousands of friends from all over the world. Lunch and dinner is served daily at Silver Saddle. Lunch specials are fresh each day as customers can enjoy a buffet including a main dish of sausage, brisket, chicken, or ribs, a side, vegetable, homemade bread, a drink, and dessert. Be sure to also try some of their tasty barbeque sauces, and cool off from the heat with a Henry Weinhard Gourmet Soda. Silver Saddle’s recipes and meat have been featured in cookbooks, magazines, and television programs. Stop by Silver Saddle Smokehouse today to see what the nation is talking about and get a taste of real Texas barbeque!

Silver Saddle Smokehouse

www.silversaddlebbq.com • 312 East Main Street, Bellville, TX 77418 • 979-865-8800 Find more exciting pictures and stories at southcentral.texaslivenetwork.com

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Kathleen Bernard, owner of Holland St. Gallery in Bellville, has always had a love for the arts. Growing up as a military child, Kathleen traveled the world with her family and father, a retired army soldier as well as exceptional painter, gaining a well-rounded and unique perspective that is still seen in her work today. Now owner of her own gallery located on the square in one of Bellville’s historic buildings, Kathleen offers a variety of art pieces created by 180 different talented artists, with 160 of them being local. With multiple spaces, the gallery offers everything from traditional oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, black-smithing, wood working, and textiles to pottery, jewelry, glasswork, weaving, gourd art, and more. Kathleen herself is a talented artist and watercolorist, known for the balance found in her work inspired by earlier years living in Japan. Her extensive training is quite noteworthy, having studied art in junior high and high school under renowned American artist, Al Sprague, received an international college scholarship for a degree in Art Education from CZ College in Panama, and refined her skills in watercolor under the mentorship of Arthur Turner at the Glassell School of Arts Houston. After finishing school, Kathleen gained seasoned experience in custom framing, volunteering to teach art for Bellville’s schools, and working for Houston art companies, which prepared her with the insight for opening a successful art gallery that continues to grow. Professionally, Kathleen is a member of ARTS, Professional Picture Framers Association, and is one of the founders of Bellville Inc, a local merchant group existing to promote community events and activities in support of Bellville’s businesses. When not at the gallery, Kathleen can be found gardening with her husband, Lester, spending time with her son and two daughters, or exploring the deep waters during her life-long love of off-shore fishing. In addition to showcasing and refreshing artwork every three months and offering her specialty of forty years in custom framing, Kathleen provides classes and workshops for both adults and kids in her classroom located in the back of the gallery. Kathleen plus guest artists, both local and from around the state, teach on various topics and all different mediums. Workshops are offered monthly and kids classes for ages five through high school are offered every week during the school year. Summer art camps and private lessons are also available. With the help of her three main ladies, Jane McKinley, events coordinator & artist at the gallery, Susan Sheets, an artist and workshop teacher, and Vickie Hajdick, her faithful volunteer creator of the gallery’s displays and vignettes, Kathleen continues to provide a unique space to display Texas’ most talented artists. Prices for the gallery’s art vary to accommodate all budgets.

Holland St. Gallery

14 North Holland Street, Bellville, Texas 77418 www.hollandstgallery.com 979-865-4278

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Since opening in 2001, Bluebonnet Herb Farm & Landscaping in Hempstead, has been a favorite one-stop shopping and dining experience for large selections of outdoor plants, gardening gifts and accessories, and fresh cuisine found at The Garden Café. The familyowned business is now operated by its president, Linda Wood, a passionate enthusiast for plants, herbs, and all things landscaping. The farm specializes in offering medicinal, culinary, and hard-to-find herbs as well as native Texas plants. Whether it’s helping to manage the farm or designing landscapes for clients, Linda’s natural gift and vision for nature and love for the outdoors are a matchless gift to all those who experience the services of The Bluebonnet Herb Farm. Linda’s love for nature began during childhood while growing up on a working ranch. Her strong work ethic keeps clients happy as she works on each creative landscaping project. She is known to go to extremes, offering her natural talents and seasoned skills. Having previously worked as a sales representative for garden centers, her only other training comes from hands-on work and practice on the family farm growing up. Linda and her team bring lawns to life, transforming them into gorgeous, relaxing havens using native plants, rich stones, refreshing waters, and anything else to make your dream landscape a reality. The Bluebonnet Herb Farm’s herbs are available for customers and used fresh each day at The Garden Café located at the farm. Guests can savor chef specials, handmade soups, and delectable desserts while relaxing in the private back gardens or in the banquet room for up to forty people. The café is also available for catering. The farm, with its private event room, is the perfect venue for weddings, birthday parties, church groups, garden club events, and more. Be sure to check the farm’s website for upcoming events, new announcements for gardening classes, and practical tips for maintaining personal gardens. Visit the Bluebonnet Herb Farm today and shop through their endless array of herbs, relax in the back garden, dine at the delicious Garden Café, or host your next big event.

Bluebonnet Herb Farm & Landscaping 2015 13th Street, Hempstead, Texas 77445

www.bluebonnetherbfarms.com • 979-826-4290

The Garden Café

www.gardencafebrazosbakery.com • 979-826-0404

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS A cheery voice belonging to Tricia Barksdale finds customers throughout the day. After making temporary homes in places like Martha’s Bloomers in Navasota and the Old Bryan Marketplace in Downtown Bryan, her flowers found a permanent home four years ago when Barksdale opened her shop, Tricia Barksdale Designs: A Floral Gathering in College Station.

With more than 18 years experience in residential and investment real estate, Jennifer’s goal in every one of her transactions is to have happy buyers and sellers. She works hard to achieve this goal in today’s competitive market, and her friendly and professional style is ideally suited to the experience of selling and purchasing real estate.

A Master’s Degree in Horticulture Therapy from Texas A&M came alongside her love for gardening. This love found her at a young age as she remembers long days with her mom, harvesting their gardens and reaping beautiful bounties. Closely following graduation, Barksdale integrated her knowledge of floral culture and her love for people and dedicated herself to special needs therapy. In 1982, Barksdale started a non-profit in the Bryan Garden Center which existed to employ those with physical, emotional, and mental needs. Repetitive work in the gardens such as watering and weeding coupled with adult interaction in the workplace served as therapy for the first ten employees.

Outstanding service has led to numerous referrals and repeat clients. As a consistent top producer, ranked in the top 2% of all Realtors nationwide, Jennifer prides herself on her knowledge of the market, her use of technology, her pursuit of continuing education and her concern for negotiating the best possible outcome for all of her clients.

After four years, Barksdale resigned from the non-profit to have children and nurture her own family. But her heart for people and her emotional tie to the floral culture led her to start her own business. A place where collections of buds and herbs find one another in tightly wound bundles, ready for a bride’s hand or a table’s centerpiece. Barksdale’s trade is beautiful, natural arrangements. She is an artist. And her shop, her sanctuary. Tricia is a full-service florist creating unique, custom designs for everything from newborns, birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, and more. In addition to floral design, the store offers an extensive line of ever-changing gifts. New in September will be the addition of a live feed on the website where fresh daily arrangements will be announced for store pick-up. Order online, by phone, or stop by the store to visit Tricia and see her creativity blossom into beautiful custom floral designs.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, she relies on an extensive education and background in marketing and management to successfully deliver results. Active in the community, Jennifer supports local organizations by serving on boards and committees with the Chamber of Commerce, Texas A&M’s MSC OPAS and Alumni Association, College Hills Homeowner’s Association and Habitat for Humanity. If you are seeking a highly experienced real estate professional to help you buy or sell your home, look no further. With an excellent reputation within the industry and with past clients, Jennifer is dedicated to your goals.

Visit www.JenniferFredericks.com

“Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Preferred Living”

Tricia Barksdale Designs: A Floral Gathering 112 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, Texas 77845 www.triciabarksdale.com ~ 979-693-5387 tricia@triciabarksdale.com Facebook: Tricia Barksdale Designs

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1251 Barron Road College Station, Texas 77845

979-777-4299 cell • jennifer@jenniferfredericks.com

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS After opening just this year, It Fits! in Round Top has become a preferred shop for fashionable finds for both local and out-of-town women. Offering fashions for real women with fuller figures, the store focuses only on flattering, comfortable, and stylish plus-size clothing. After fifteen years working in the antique business and thirty years of wishful dreaming of opening her own store, owner Molly Baldwin Johnson found Round Top to be the perfect place to make her dream a reality. Located in a charming red bard in Henkel Square, It Fits! is conveniently found among the area’s most popular destinations. Every day at the shop is an exciting adventure for Molly and her business manager, Robert Barrett. Whether greeting new or returning customers or making her way to the annual market, Molly has enjoyed every moment as owner of It Fits!. A real on-going learning process, Molly has gained the most from the valuable input of her visitors regarding the fashions and styles that women desire. Every label has been a great seller, including several popular lines and brands, such as Bleu Bayou’s casual, colorful cotton t-shirts, Comfy USA’s sophisticated knit clothing, Ezze Wear’s everyday cotton wear, Dunes’ brightly-colored, light and airy cotton clothing, Winter Sun’s hand-painted linens, and OKA b’s stylish, comfortable shoes. Also a best-seller is everyone’s favorite and most flattering Miraclebody Jeans, a featured fashion on The Oprah Winfrey Show and now offered at the store in black. Constantly selling and reordering shoes, clothing, jewelry, and accessories, Molly is getting ready to head to market to find new items for the fall season. New jackets made with designer fleece by Ezze Wear, casual, softly-colored everyday linen wear by Cheyenne, natural linens by Flax, black tops with spandex inserts, lots of Comfy USA knit wear, and more are expected to arrive before fall. Be sure to visit the store soon for fresh new finds and take advantage of their on-going 50% clearance rack. When not at the shop, Molly enjoys her long-time love of antiques and decorating her home. However, it is her dream-come-true of owning her own store that has become her everyday passion and delight. Visit It Fits! today for a one-of-a-kind experience as you meet Molly and shop through her unique selections of casual yet stylish clothing and accessories.

It Fits!

195 Henkel Circle, Round Top, Texas 78954 * www.itfitsshop.com 979-249-3570

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SENIOR CARE It is the unique combination of professional skill, shared vision and compassion of the Thrive team that has kept Thrive Home Health Care, Inc at the forefront of service providers in the Bryan/College Station area. Continually striving for excellence, Our highly trained professionals are poised and ready to take on an ever changing healthcare environment by incorporating technology and surpassing standards in the industry with confidence.

Patients depend on the success of Thrive’s aggressive H2H (hospital to home) program which relies on being proactive rather than reactive and insures that re-admittance to the hospital is kept at a minimum. At Thrive, enabling independence is a top priority and with a multidisciplinary team, we can deliver a care plan truly based on individual needs. Some of the comprehensive services that Thrive utilizes to optimize our patients treatment at home include Skilled Nursing, Wound Care, Diabetic Teaching and Care, Tracheotomy Care, Physical and Speech Therapy, Cardiac Pulmonary Care and Medication Management. When searching for a home health care solution, Thrive encourages potential patients to request information and check out our website at www.thrivehomehealthcare.com. Patients are allowed the comfort of home while receiving top of the line care from skilled professionals who look forward to addressing specialized needs. Realizing that the whole of a person contributes to healing, Thrive is pleased to incorporate the support of a Master’s certified dietitian to assist in nutritional planning for wellness. This added element is a testament to Thrive’s commitment to the comprehensive strategy they employ for their patients. Thrive embraces technology as evidenced by our quick adaptation to the CHAP system of computerized record keeping designed to improve communication between healthcare providers and the families of patients. The CHAP system mandates that policies and procedures are above and beyond the state imposed standards and though several home healthcare providers are registered, not all are accredited. Thrive has been accredited since 2007 and continues to advance in all areas of care. Enthusiasm and support for our community is exhibited through the ongoing participation of the Surviving and Thriving, Breast Cancer Awareness event. This community event provides resources and support for local breast cancer patients and according in keeping with our philosophy, “Support for this event is a no brainer!”.

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SENIOR CARE

Covenant Dove

Fortress Health & Rehab of Rock Prairie

2821 Rock Prairie Rd., College Station • 979-693-0350 w w w. r i v i e r a s a l o n a n d d a y s p a . c o m • M - F : 9 - 8 , S a t : 9 - 6

Lampstand Health & Rehab of Bryan

Magnified Health & Rehab of Anderson

“Serving the needs of our communities, one patient at a time.” Specializing in Short Term Rehabilitation

Three Convenient Locations 2001 E. 29th Street ~ Bryan, TX 77802 ~ 979.822.6611 1105 Rock Prairie, College Station, TX 77845 ~ 979.694.2200 1115 Anderson Street, College Station, TX 77840 ~ 979.693.1515 Accepts: Medicare, Medicaid, Private Pay and Private Insurance.

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SENIOR CARE Optimum Rehabilitation Services Since 1994, Optimum Rehabilitation Services has helped over 10,000 patients of all ages in regaining their physical abilities. Working as a full-service rehabilitation company, the business has grown to provide two outpatient clinics, located in Brenham and Bellville, inpatient services for hospitals, and a division providing services to special needs children within five counties. Serving as the number one therapy provider in Austin County and Washington County, their highly trained staff of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, as well as their technicians and latest technology and equipment ensure maximum results and premium quality healthcare. Optimum Rehab offers specialized care for patients with physical limitations ranging from back pain, joint stiffness, and arthritis to nerve rehab, decreased range of motion, and cardiac rehab. After receiving a doctor’s prescription, their team of therapists works closely with each patient to evaluate patient needs, develops specialized plans of care, and provides treatment for full recovery. In addition to therapeutic exercises, modalities, such as ultrasounds, electrical stimulation, and cold lasers are also used. Almost every major insurance carrier is accepted to cover the therapy services provided, including Medicare, Blue Cross, Scott and White. Providing a comfortable atmosphere, convenient hours, including later appointment times for the Brenham location, and a caring, well-equipped staff, Optimum Rehabilitation Services is the area’s qualified source for maximum recovery results.

Team Optimum Home Health Working closely alongside Optimum Rehab is Team Optimum Home Health. Team Optimum provides compassionate care to clients within the comforts of home through the skills and experience of registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, certified nurse aides, and home health aides. Whatever your current needs, Team Optimum works closely alongside physicians to develop the best plan of care. Their unique relationship with Optimum Rehab allows easy transition for clients from home healthcare to outpatient care as conditions improve. Focusing on outpatient and inpatient services, school based therapy, and home care, Optimum Rehab and Team Optimum Home Health make the perfect team for healthy results. Contact them today to begin your full recovery plan.

Optimum Rehabilitation Services

www.optimumrehab.net 3120 Highway 36 South, Brenham, Texas 77833 • 1-800-277-9901 235 West Palm Suite 111, Bellville, Texas 77418 • 979-865-0875

Team Optimum Home Health Care

707 South Austin Street, Brenham, Texas 77833

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SENIOR CARE AMA Home Care, Inc. in Brenham sets the standard high in providing only the best quality care for their patients. Started

in 1995 by owner and administrator Ruth Gurka with the help and partnership of recently retired Dr. Henry Boehm, AMA stands on a strong foundation of extensive professional experience in Home Health Care and General Health Care service delivery. More than a career, Ruth and her well-qualified staff passionately work alongside local physicians and health care services to provide their patients the utmost best care and service. AMA Home Care currently serves patients eighteen years and older within seven counties. Services include Skilled Nursing Services, including RN’s and LPN’s, Home Health Aides, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists, Licensed Master’s Social Work, and Personal Care Services. AMA has been blessed with sixty-eight employees known to passionately work around the clock to offer caring and cost-effective services to patients. Thankful to God for His enduring faithfulness and provision, Ruth and her team never compromise in placing their patients first as they provide the physical, psychological, and spiritual care they need within the convenience and comfort of their homes. AMA has received numerous awards over the years for their hard work, integrity, and commitment to quality home care. They have received three Home Care Elite Awards, three Readers Choice Awards for Favorite Home Health Care, the Excellence in Business Award from Blinn College, and a Certificate of Recognition from Texas Association Home Care. In October 2011, AMA ranked within the Top 500 Agencies in the USA by HomeCare Elite. Considering there are 4,440 agencies in Texas alone demonstrates the excellence of AMA services. Do you have a loved one in need of professional, trustworthy home care? The AMA Home Care staff is here to passionately serve you and your family offering only the highest standards in professional and licensed services.

AMA Home Care, Inc.

348 Stone Hill Drive, Brenham, Texas 77833 979-830-8383 Fax: 979-830-8188

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SENIOR CARE Located in the beautiful and historically rich city of Brenham stands a retirement community filled with genuine people and values, a place where the sense of family comes alive. Kruse Village stands alone as the city’s only full-service retirement community. Providing a safe, intimate environment, countless social activities, maintenance-free living, caring relationships, and more, Kruse Village is more than a retirement center, it is a place to call home. Started in 1989, Kruse Village has over twenty years in living out its mission of providing help, healing, and hope in the name of Jesus Christ. As a member of the Lutheran Social Services of the South, Kruse serves as a non-profit community that strives to provide quality Christian care to each and every resident. Executive Director, Coy Fontenot, leads a staff with a combined total twenty years of experience. Using their knowledge and professional expertise, Kruse leads their patients in living with passion, purpose, and joy. Offering numerous, comprehensive activities and amenities, including weekly non-denominational chapel services, guest speakers, a fitness center, creative outlets such as a woodworking room and craft room, an on-campus library, fellowship gatherings, exciting trips across the state and more, Kruse provides a warm atmosphere where faith and friendships thrive. Something for everyone can be found at Kruse with their four primary services. Whether you are looking to live life independently or are in need of assistance or special care, Kruse has it covered. Active Senior Living duplexes and apartments are available with multiple floor plans and new service plans to fit your needs. Multiple amenities and services are offered making Active Senior Living perfect for those adventurous couples wanting to live hassle-free. Kruse also offers La Roche Manor Assisted Living and the Memory Care Garden Suites for residents needing that little extra care with daily activities. Kruse Village Healthcare Center offers 24-Hour Skilled Nursing and the Tiaden In-Patient and Out-Patient Rehabilitation Unit. The in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation unit offers rehabilitation for all ages. The Healthcare Center accepts Private Pay, Medicare, and Medicaid. With openings in all services at Kruse Village, it is the perfect time to join the Kruse Village family. Voted as Favorite Nursing Home in 2012 and Favorite Assisted Living 2011 and 2012 by the Brenham Banner, Kruse Village stands out as the area’s favorite senior community to call home. After visiting twenty-three places before Kruse, current Active Senior Living resident, Don Rehor, says he “couldn’t have asked for anything better.” Truly a family taking care of family, staff and residents make Kruse Village what it is today. Stop by Kruse Village and enjoy a free lunch, bowl of Blue Bell ice cream, or a cup of coffee as you seefor yourself all that this community has to offer.

Kruse Village

1700 East Stone Street, Brenham, Texas 77833 www.kruseretirementliving.org

All Inquiries, Tours, Active Senior Living: Coy Fontenot — Executive Director (979) 830-0073

Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing: Lillian Hayden, Director of Health Services (979) 830-1996 ext. 2033

Assisted Living & Memory Care: Janet Crane, La Roche Manor Administrator (979) 830-1996 ext. 2011

Skilled Nursing: Cindy Clay, Admissions Nurse (979) 830-1996 ext. 2027

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SENIOR CARE Golden Years Homecare Specialists II has been a faithful provider over the past seven years of reliable healthcare ser-

vices. Originating in the Dallas Metropolitan area, the company celebrated the ribbon cutting of their second location in Brenham this year as they expand their services to the Washington, Harris, and surrounding counties. The company and staff of certified professionals are led by owners John Harris, Cory Cunigan, and Craig and Joye Lewis. Craig, a Navy Veteran and graduate of the University of Phoenix in Business Administration, serves as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, while Joye, a Family Nurse Practitioner with degrees from Texas A&M University and Texas Woman’s University, serves as Director of Clinical Services. Together through Golden Years they provide exceptional assistance for their adult clients, covering a total area of thirty-six counties. Working with skilled nurses (including RNs and LVNs), physical, speech, and occupational therapists, homecare aides, and other health specialists, Golden Years offers numerous day services for home-bound patients, including wound care, rehabilitation, health status monitoring, individualized healthcare education, fall injury prevention, home safety, home infusion nursing, 24-hour on-call nursing, and more. The company serves as additional care to doctor treatments or as an alternative to hospital and nursing homecare. Their compassionate staff offers peace of mind and improved health as they serve patients right within the comfort of their homes. Every staff member undergoes background checks and license verification in order to insure only the most acceptable and qualified employees. Golden Years is state licensed, Medicare certified, CHAP accredited, and currently in good standing with the Texas Association for Home Care. All services are Medicare provided for qualified patients and are extended to include Veterans Administration clients. More information and details can be found on their website. Look no further than Golden Years Homecare Specialists II to assist the healthcare needs of your loved ones. Their friendly, professional staff is ready to serve you with only the most qualified and dependable services.

Golden Years Homecare Specialists II 2403 South Market Suite F, Brenham, Texas 77833 www.goldenyrshomecare.com Toll-Free: (855) 778-7705 Local: (979) 251-7705 goldenyrshomecare@sbcglobal.net

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2012 HOT NIGHTS COOL TUNES Sponsors:

The 2012 Hot Nights, Cool Tunes concert series proved to be a continued favorite summer event for the Brenham community as hundreds gathered in the city’s downtown square every Saturday in July for show-stopping live performances, antique car shows, refreshments, and more. Guests danced the streets to favorite classic tunes from today and decades past performed by this year’s outstanding line-up, including Dysfunkshun Junkshun, Abbey Rode and Already Gone, and Suede. A big thank you goes to all the sponsors and volunteers who made Hot Nights, Cool Tunes 2012 a hit!

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Calendar of Events October 2 Doctor’s Bake Sale Brenham Clinic Begins at 8am Proceeds benefit Bosom Buddies October 9 Proclamation to Paint the Town Pink Washington County Courthouse Begins at 9am October 23 Cubs Dig Pink for Sideout Foundation BHS Volleyball Clinic will give away a coupon for a free mammogram October 25 Paint the Town Pink - Wear Pink! Courthouse Walk at Noon sponsored by National Honor Society Chamber of Commerce BAH at Brenham Clinic 5pm - 7pm

Paint the Town Pink We would like to thank those businesses and organizations who make Paint the Town Pink a success! 1st Baptist Church School BBVA Compass BEC Blue Bell Brazos Valley Credit Union Brenham Elementary BHS Cheerleaders BHS National Honor Society Bosom Buddies Brenham National Bank Brookshire Bros. Chase Germania HEB HOSA MIC East and West St. Paul’s School Toy Box Walmart Washington Co.

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Most women appreciate and understand the significance of getting regular mammograms. But that doesn’t lessen the anxiety that often accompanies the procedure. While the exam itself is relatively easy, waiting for the test results, sometimes for days, can be stressful. But now, a new service at Brenham Clinic is helping eliminate those worries. Along with the addition of digital mammography, Brenham Clinic is offering same-day digital mammography reads. After a patient completes her digital mammogram, Dr. John McIntire, Board Certified Radiologist, will conduct a preliminary interpretation of each mammogram and provide the patient with a preliminary report (pending comparison to previous films). If additional views are required, the Brenham Clinic team is able to complete those at that time. If ultrasound is needed, that procedure can also be provided at the same time. The goal is to give patients their results as quickly as possible to eliminate the anxiety and stress of waiting – without knowing. For patients who do not have time to review results with Dr. McIntire, we will provide a same day phone call from Dr. McIntire. Two of the many women who have benefitted from Brenham Clinic’s long history of support for breast cancer patients and survivors are Debbie Mackey and Darlene Herrmann. Debbie is a bereavement counselor with Hospice Brazos Valley – Brenham, one of the founding members of Bosom Buddies, and a breast cancer survivor. Darlene is also a member of Bosom Buddies and a breast cancer survivor for the past twenty-four years. “When I was diagnosed in December 1999, it hit me totally out of the blue,” Debbie recalls. “I discovered the lump myself and immediately got checked, but was told it was already close to Stage III malignancy.” Debbie said she was shocked to learn she had breast cancer since there was no history of the disease in her family. “What I didn’t know then, but found out later, is that 85% of women with breast cancer have no family history.” Through an aggressive treatment plan that included 12 rounds of chemotherapy, 35 radiation treatments and five years of taking Tamoxifen, Debbie is now cancer free. But her brush with the dreaded disease changed her life forever. It also opened doors to new relationships that have benefitted hundreds of Washington County women. When asked to share her story in October 2000 to the Washington County Commissioners Court, Debbie had no idea that her speaking engagement would help blossom an idea that would help breast cancer victims and survivors for years to come. That idea was Bosom Buddies. In 2001, Bosom Buddies began meeting monthly and putting to action their plan for community outreach. “From the beginning, our mission was to give back to our community which had been so supportive of all of us when we were battling cancer,” Debbie said. “Besides sharing a common experience with cancer, the members of Bosom Buddies share a common calling to ‘pay it forward.’ And that’s exactly what the group has done for the past 11 years. Through an agreement with the Brenham Clinic, Bosom Buddies has provided more than 100 free mammograms for women who couldn’t afford one. It also helps families of loved ones fighting cancer by raising funds for incidentals like food and fuel. In 2011, Bosom Buddies also began awarding scholarships to graduating seniors at Brenham High School, having awarded nine scholarships to date.

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Today, Bosom Buddies has more than 50 members, including Darlene Herrmann, all committed to supporting the community and individuals fighting breast cancer. With the help of Brenham Clinic, her surgeon Dr. Jeff Stoltenberg, oncologist Dr. Kumud Tripathy of Bryan’s Cancer Center, and nurse Betty McCarty, Darlene celebrates each new day to the fullest with her Bosom Buddies friends after being cancerfree for over twenty years. Darlene’s experience with Brenham Clinic has always been nothing but positive, caring, and supportive, and she is passionately involved in reaching women today through Bosom Buddies’ monthly meetings, annual fundraisers, and partnership with the clinic’s new, life-saving digital mammography technology. Same-day mammography reports was an idea that had been discussed at Brenham Clinic for some time. While it presented logistical challenges, the clinic refused to back down and kept looking for ways to make it happen. Then, with the addition of new digital mammography to its comprehensive Breast Health program in December 2011, the final hurdle was cleared. “Digital mammography is significantly better for the patient,” said Dr. McIntire. “It’s more precise and the procedure is much quicker.” That’s because digital mammography produces exceptionally sharp images by capturing an electronic picture of the breast in digital format. Once the digital images are transmitted to a workstation, the images are analyzed to determine the precise location and extent of the disease. Since the images appear on a computer screen, they can be adjusted and manipulated for size, brightness and contrast to see certain areas more clearly. “This technology offers the potential for significant advances in breast cancer diagnosis, including lower radiation doses, reduced breast compression pressure and improved breast cancer detection rates,” Dr. McIntire said. “The typical digital mammogram takes only 5-10 minutes and the patient is assured a much more thorough diagnosis.” The cost of the new digital mammography equipment is $600,000, an investment The Brenham Clinic and College Station Medical Center are proud to make for the health, safety and welfare of all women in Washington County and surrounding areas. Brenham Clinic is a supporter and sponsor of numerous organizations, groups, businesses, and events committed to benefiting the community. Their annual event in support of breast cancer awareness, “Paint the Town Pink”, will take place October 25 with several other events to leading up to the day in the month of October. Join Brenham Clinic in promoting breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection.

Brenham Clinic

www.brenhamclinic.com 979.836.6153

“Blue Bell employees celebrate Pink Day in 2011”.


LaRoche GM Dealership From the moment LaRoche GM Dealership in Brenham opened its doors in 1962, their unwavering commitment to their customers has remained unchanged. Their customers, whom they would deem as the “finest in the world,� have and will continue to be assured that when the LaRoche dealership makes a promise, that promise will be kept. Standing on their business policies of loyalty and integrity, this family-owned dealership promises respect and a positive experience from the moment you enter their doors to the moment you drive away. Owners Darrell and Linda Blum and Paul and Charlotte LaRoche lead the way with the help of their hard-working employees. The company serves as a full-service Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac dealer with the finest selection of quality General Motors vehicles for Brenham, Washington County, and surrounding areas. Offering competitive prices, LaRoche’s first-class sales personnel will pay special attention to your needs as they work with you to ensure you make the best decision. Financing is available for new and used vehicles as well as second-chance financing to assist with credit issues. Exciting changes are currently taking place at LaRoche. This year marks the 50th anniversary for the dealership. Major renovations to their current facilities are now taking place. Currently operating within two main facilities, with a body shop, medium-duty truck shop, and showrooms, the improvements made will modernize and organize the existing structure to ensure the best experience for both clients and employees. The grand opening and open house of the new facility is scheduled for later this year. Watch for updates and details on their website, and be sure to join the LaRoche family during their grand celebration. Whether you are looking for a new or used vehicle or are seeking vehicle maintenance, stop by the LaRoche GM Dealership today and let their staff meet your needs with first-rate assistance.

LaRoche GM Dealership

900 Hwy 290 W, Brenham, Texas 77833 www.larochegm.com

979-836-6666 1-800-352-7624

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Timeline November 20, 1962: Paul LaRoche acquires the local Chevrolet dealership then located on the corner of South Market and Stone Street in Brenham. 1965: LaRoche Chevrolet changes its location to today’s existing dealership and body shop located off HWY 290 W. 1972: The dealership celebrates its ten-year anniversary. 1976: Darrell Blum begins employment at LaRoche Chevrolet. 1981: LaRoche adds new Cadillac franchise and expands to include a medium-duty truck shop. 1990: The dealership acquires Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, and GMC located at HWY 290 and FM 577. 1992: New facility is built along HWY 290 W for Pontiac, Buick and GMC. 2012: LaRoche Chevrolet celebrates its 50th anniversary with the remodeling of its Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac facility. The grand opening and open house is set for late 2012.

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300 W. Main Brenham, TX 77833 979-830-5438 M-F 9 – 5 Sat. 9-2

The Blinn Players in cooperation with Delta Psi Omega and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology present

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