OLD TOWN VILLAGE ANTIQUES & UNIQUES
2 HUGE EVENTS THIS WEEK - Ladies Night Out Thursday & 2nd Saturday/Sunday Storewide Sale
COME JOIN OUR LADIES NIGHT OUT December 12th, 2013 from 5-8pm (next Thursday) Yummy Treats & Storewide SALE!
Everyone is having a BLAST at our Ladies Night Out & we can't wait for the next! Our wonderful dealers are bringing in some yummy treats.
The BEST part is our Ladies Night Shoppers will get a jump start to our 2nd Saturday Sale! 20% off All Regularly Priced Items $10.00 & Over (Not Valid on Firm, Sale & Previously Mark Down Items. Must be $10.00 or more PER ITEM.)
Candle Light Tour and Bethlehem Revisited
This is probably one of Waxahachie's most famous Christmas events along with the Candlellight Home tour. Get into the holiday spirit by strolling the glimmering streets of Waxahachie. Six unique homes, spanning from the Victorian era to the 21st century, will don their holiday finery for two weekends. Each dazzling weekend will showcase three decked out properties. We welcome you and your family to visit downtown for Christmas in Waxahachie around the picturesque Ellis County Courthouse. Plan early for a heartwarming weekend filled with wonderful touring, dining, and shopping. Sponsored and supported by the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association.
Wine Tasting at Bruno & George Wines
"As a wine maker, you have to represent the fruit." - Shawn Bruno
Tucked away in the historic oil town of Sour Lake, Texas, North of Beaumont on Hwy. 105, is Bruno & George Wines, in business here for more than 12 years. Its owner, Shawn Bruno, a multi- generational Italian, started this winery in hopes of sharing with the public his family's fantastic Raisin Wine.
Raisin Wine is old as life itself. Shawn's grandfather brought his Raisin Wine recipe from Salaparuta, Sicily when he immigrated to the United States in the early 1900's.
When Shawn began setting up his winery, he found an antiquated law on the Texas books prohibiting the selling of alcohol made by using dried fruit. It seems that during Prohibition the making of elicit alcohol with dried fruit could be easily hidden. He succeeded in getting the Legislature to change
this law in 1999.
Welcome to Waxahachie Texas - The Downtown Square in Waxahachie, with its charming turn-of-the-century architecture and friendly people, is truly a time capsule of an era long since past. One can easily take a step back, for just a little while, to a place and time when values were a little clearer and life a little simpler. Waxahachie offers the visitor this opportunity to use their imagination to go back to another era such as turn of the century 1905, or perhaps the roaring 1920's by just walking the downtown square. Your imagination is your only limitation!
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Header Photo - Painting by Kent Brewer
The Rogers Hotel – Several years back, the owner of the Rogers Hotel said he believed that the historic hotel was haunted then he told me about this incident with his maintenance man. When the owner arrived at the hotel one morning he could not find the maintenance man. When he finally found him, the man had locked himself in his room and would not come out. After talking with him through the door, he finally convinced the man to calm down and open the door and tell him what was wrong.
The maintenance man said that the previous night there was a knock on his door. When he opened the door a stranger was standing there. He was surprised because the hotel was still undergoing renovation and this area was off limits to the public. The man was wearing old dusty clothes that appeared to be from another era.
You would think that, with the multitude of barbeque joints in Ellis County, there would be many standouts, but, sadly, there are not. I had heard that Leon's BBQ, new to downtown Waxahachie, was worth a visit. I heard that the restaurant had such a good response that they served until they ran out of BBQ, which happened often and early on an evening. Perhaps this was the holy grail of BBQ I had searched for. And it is.
Located at the corner of West Monroe and Franklin, just west of the square in downtown Waxahachie, Leon's BBQ has already received an award for best reuse of a historic building. My appetite was whetted by the faint wood smoke and meat aroma when we opened our car door. Open at 11:00 am until the meat runs out, they are open Thursday through Sunday. I was advised the best time to go was for lunch, since I could be assured they would still have plenty of meat.
At one time, Waxahachie was home to four nice Bed and Breakfast Inns. At some point, a city ordinance was passed which placed such severe restrictions on the type of events, the number of people and even the number of cars allowed to park at the B&B Inns, it actually was forcing them out of business. These restrictions were so limiting two of the four went out of business. The most famous of these was the Rosemary Mansion, now a private residence. This was a beautiful and historic Bed and Breakfast and would have been a great place to have weddings and such not to mention the historic tourists it would have brought to Waxahachie.
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