2019 in review: 12 featured businesses in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

Lisa Tan and Gina Nguyen opened their Round Rock craft studio, Toast   Timber, in September 2018. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lisa Tan and Gina Nguyen opened their Round Rock craft studio, Toast Timber, in September 2018. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lisa Tan and Gina Nguyen opened their Round Rock craft studio, Toast Timber, in September 2018. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Each month, Community Impact Newspaper features a different locally-owned business. Here’s a round-up of the 12 businesses featured during 2019.

Bloomin’ Across Texas

Almost 30 years ago, Carlene Wells left her corporate career to pursue “something different,” she said. Her next step followed about a year later when she saw a “for sale” sign on a Pflugerville flower shop. In 1992, Wells opened Bloomin’ Across Texas as a full-service florist for special occasions, sympathy, gift items and more. [Read the full profile here.]

Camp Bow Wow Hutto

Roxanne and Curt Hill say they “speak dog”—a passion that led them to open Camp Bow Wow Hutto, a dog care and boarding service center, in March 2018. The dog care center is open 365 days a year and employs around 24 staff members, including certified caretakers, a groomer, a certified trainer and managing staff. [Read the full profile here.]

Centex Combatives & Fitness

Tyrus Cox opened Centex Combatives & Fitness, a martial arts and fitness center, three years ago in Pflugerville. Cox said he sees martial arts as both an art form and a means of protection, working with customers one-by-one to find a price point that makes the practice affordable to them. [Read the full profile here.]

Ceramic Lodge

Patricia “Patsy” Deaver took over ownership of Ceramic Lodge in 2017 after its previous owner, Carolyn Cowan, retired. The creative arts studio offers walk-in crafting hours and scheduled classes for pottery painting, glass fusing, acrylic painting, metal bracelet stamping and clay building as well as kids camps and birthday party packages. [Read the full profile here.]

Flying Man Brewing Co.

Co-owners Matt Barker and Adam Caudill bonded over a shared passion for aeronautics in southern California years ago. For the past two years, the two have co-owned Flying Man Brewing Co., now selling six-packs in more than 80 stores throughout Central Texas. [Read the full profile here.]

Jungle Movement Academy

With years of kung fu, gymnastics and two seasons on TV show “American Ninja Warrior” under his belt, Josh Grant opened Jungle Movement Academy—a gym that teaches gymnastics, yoga, martial arts and more—two years ago in Round Rock. [Read the full profile here.]

Love Barre

Kristin Crawford opened Love Barre in Round Rock in December 2016, fueled by her passion for fitness and the mental and emotional clarity that comes with an active lifestyle. Barre—a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates elements—is a low-impact workout that is ideal for practitioners with joint pain or limited mobility, she said. [Read the full profile here.]

Thig’s Diamond Kutz

Four years ago, William Thigpen opened Thig’s Diamond Kutz—titled after a nickname Thigpen received in high school—in downtown Hutto. Thigpen said his shop is the first black-owned barber shop in Hutto and the first multicultural cuttery in downtown Hutto’s history. [Read the full profile here.]

To Have & To Hold

Dixie Doss-Marburger said when she opened To Have & To Hold in November 2016, she hoped to provide a unique service that residents could not find elsewhere. She opened To Have & To Hold with the intention of it acting partially as an everyday gift store and partially as a bridal registry. [Read the full profile here.]

Toast + Timber

Lisa Tan and Gina Nguyen opened their Round Rock craft studio, Toast + Timber, in September 2018. The sisters-in-law said they share a passion for do-it-yourself art and empowering customers to create crafts they are proud to display in their homes. [Read the full profile here.]

Two Maids & A Mop Round Rock

Angela Spencer opened Two Maids—a household cleaning service—in August 2018, inspired by 10 years of working with entrepreneurs at a law firm in downtown Austin and driven to find a new job opportunity that allowed her to spend more time with her wife and two daughters. [Read the full profile here.]

West Pecan Coffee + Beer

Josh and Mary Foss opened West Pecan Coffee + Beer in Pflugerville in April 2018, seeking the coffee shop culture commonplace while previously living in the Pacific Northwest. West Pecan serves a variety of coffee and tea-based drinks, wine, beer, light bites and pastries. [Read the full profile here.]
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


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