2019 roundup: All the Georgetown businesses featured this year

Fathom Academy is the only indoor facility designed for swift-water rescue training in the world. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fathom Academy is the only indoor facility designed for swift-water rescue training in the world. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fathom Academy is the only indoor facility designed for swift-water rescue training in the world. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

We featured 11 businesses this year. Which have you been to?

Click the business name for the full story.

February

Co-Work at Bob Rainey Farms

Growing up on his grandparents’ North Carolina tobacco farm, Michael Rainey said he saw the benefit of having a single place where a person could live, work, and have fun with friends and family.


March

Georgetown Bikeology

Hawk Harris had been the manager of AJ’s Cyclery’s Georgetown location on Williams Drive for about five years when the shop’s owner decided to close the location to focus on his main store in North Austin.

April

Georgetown Barbershop

When Esin Lau moved to Georgetown seven years ago, she said she struggled to find an old-fashioned barbershop that would hire her, so she decided to open one of her own.

May

Urban Cottage Home & Gift

Before Carrie McGraw and Cameo McGraw-Horton opened Urban Cottage Home & Gift in November, the two spent decades running their own retail businesses in different parts of the country.

June

Fathom Academy

After spending much of his life in water as an athlete, a dolphin trainer and a Navy diver—followed by time as a film producer—Barton Bollfrass decided to combine the two worlds of water training and immersive film sets to build the only indoor facility designed for swift-water rescue training in the world in Georgetown.

July

Shake’s Frozen Custard

Faith Thomas began working at Shake’s Frozen Custard when she was 15 years old. She served sundaes, ice cream sandwiches and other treats through high school, left and then returned as manager in 2017. At the beginning of this year, she bought the shop.

August

Renken Dentistry

While Dr. Josh Renken helps patients build healthy smiles every day, he also helps people with developmental differences find a job in a world where they otherwise might not.

September

South Fork Fun, Food and Brew

When Mai Lan Bradford found herself with extra land on her hands, she knew she wanted to open a food truck park.

October

309 Coffee

What started as an off-handed idea turned into a reality for six church friends in February.

November

18 Carrot Bakery

Fall is in full swing at 18 Carrot Bakery. Georgetown Square strollers may catch notes of pumpkin, apple or cherry pies; English toffee; caramel corn; homemade chocolates; or the shop’s signature carrot cake.

December

La Plaza Meat Market

Ana Montes, the owner of La Plaza Meat Market, said she was inspired to open a grocery store that offered Mexican products when she and her friends and family would have to drive to Round Rock or Austin to find items needed to cook Hispanic meals.
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By Ali Linan

Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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The first death from coronavirus was reported in Williamson County Saturday morning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County reports first death related to coronavirus

First death attributed to coronavirus in Williamson County was a male in his 70s.

Hillside Nursery has added curbside pickup and delivery options for customers who want plants and social distance. (Courtesy Hillside Nursery)
Georgetown nursery selling record amount of vegetable seeds amid coronavirus outbreak

“Vegetables have sold like no other year. Even our suppliers are low," Rosie Serna said.

The business plans to produce 100 gallons of sanitizer over the next week. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Cedar Park brewery working to mix 100 gallons of sanitizer for Williamson County

The business plans to produce 100 gallons of sanitizer over the next week.

While the agency is still tallying the number of unemployment insurance claims filed thus far in March, in the week prior to March 25, at least 150,000 claims had been filed. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Official: Increase in calls for statewide unemployment benefits is ‘almost vertical’

According to Serna, on an average day the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers statewide receive 13,000-14,000 calls; on March 22, the agency received 100,000 calls regarding unemployment insurance benefit inquiries.

Georgetown ISD has extended school closure through April 13. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown ISD extends school closure through April 13

The district will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for students.

The Austin Board of Realtors is recommending all of its realtor members suspend in-person real estate showings until further notice. (Community Impact file photo)
ABoR ‘strongly discourages’ real estate showings

The Austin Board of Realtors is recommending all of its realtor members suspend in-person real estate showings until further notice.

(Courtesy University of Texas at Austin)
Central Texas officials: 90% reduction in interaction needs to happen immediately

New modeling from UT shows region could run out of hospital beds without reducing interaction.

Matthew Bertling teaches a virtual class with his daughter Adryn. (Courtesy Valor Martial Arts)
Georgetown martial arts studio kicks off online class options

Valor is using two different platforms to stream classes: Zoom allows interaction with students by name, and Facebook Live allows students to do the classes on their own timing.

Williamson County's stay-at-home order is enforceable by up to $1,000 fine and six months in jail, officials said. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County's stay-at-home order enforceable by up to $1,000 fine and 6 months in jail, officials say

The order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. March 24 and will continue through April 13.

Leander ISD child nutrition services employees carry out a table of lunches at Bagdad Elementary School in Leander on March 25. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Texas Tribune: Students no longer need to be present to pick up free meals from schools

After pleas from Texas school superintendents and lawmakers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted school districts more flexibility on how and what they feed students in free and reduced-price meals.

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