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The Barn Identity: The Barndo Effect

In early America, barns marked the march of civilization across the new nation. “Barns were the center of the pioneers’ daily lives,” said Mark Bowe, who owns Barnwood Builders with locations in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia and

The Barn Identity: A Party Barn

There were ulterior motives when a Washington County couple decided to build a barn on their ranch. “We wanted our four children to want to come home,” the wife says. “So far, none of them have missed a Spring Break yet.” The

Lazy Q Ranch

Tucked between FM 153 and the Colorado River, the Lazy Q Ranch is a picturesque setting with pine trees mixed with oaks, cedars, elevation changes, big skies, and the expected Fayette County flora and fauna. Unseen from the main road,…

Kooper Family Whiskey Company

Troy and Michelle Kooper, owners of the Kooper Family Whiskey Company in Ledbetter, found the meaning of life in a whiskey barrel. “We found something we wanted to do—and did it at all costs,” said Troy, whose career in…

Stirring the Pot

Introduction: Johnny Kopycinski, who owns Chappell Hill Bakery & Deli & BBQ with his wife Carolyn, is a man on the move. In addition to the restaurant, the family ranches under the banner of Oak Creek Farms. The best time to…

Kaspar Companies

Kaspar Companies has left its imprint on Shiner as surely as Shiner has left its imprint on the international business and the family who has owned and operated it since the founding in 1898. “Ours is an All-American story,” said Doug…

Alicia Tegg

Tegg Art Studio in downtown Brenham is built on artist Alicia Tegg’s passion for horses, country living and oil painting. “I came out of the womb horse crazy, but, despite all my begging, my parents couldn’t afford to buy me one,” said…

Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival

For almost 50 years, the Chappell Hill Historical Society has celebrated Texas’ state flower and the arrival of spring by hosting its Bluebonnet Festival. “Our bluebonnet festival has something for everyone—food, drinks, music, kids’…