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Posted to Adventure Friday by Veronica Tierno
My second adventure was to Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skatepark!
Everyone in the skateboarding community has their reasons for becoming interested in skateboarding. Mine rooted from my dad being a skateboarder when he was younger. He bought me my first skateboard when I was in late elementary school. I picked up nickelboarding in college and later had the urge to learn tricks and go to skateparks to be able to do more than I could ever do on a nickelboard. My dad helped me pick out a skateboard about six months ago, and I’ve been keeping up with it ever since. Buda’s park has been helping me ease back into it at a pace that works for me. One thing I enjoy about Buda’s skatepark is the fact that it’s a fun park to go to even when you can’t do tricks.
The Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skatepark holds a lot of sentiment to the Buda community, skater or not. This park was opened in late 2013 as a memorial to Jackson Norris to provide a safe space for skaters of all skill levels.
Though skating on the street can be fun, it can also be dangerous. Founder of Buda’s own Inspiration Skateboard, David Sweet says, “The skatepark has made a huge positive impact on the community by giving skaters a place to be safe and stay out of trouble.” Having a skate park in town gives local skaters a place to go to try out their new tricks in a safe environment.
There is no doubt that skateboarders have long had a negative stigma attached to them. Skateboarding is a great exercise. It gives kids and adults a fun, challenging sport to be a part of, while staying a tight knit community. Sweet has long been an advocate of spreading the positivity of skateboarding. “Skateboarders often get a bad rep, and I get it. There are always those bad apples out there, but Inspiration is about how skateboarding can be a healthy part of your adolescence, and teach you life lessons that you’ll use for years to come,” Sweet says.
Stop by Buda and check out the park! It is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Posted to Happy Trails by Lysa Gonzalez
Posted to Valentine's Day - Your Gift Giving Guide by Lysa Gonzalez
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if your like most of us here at the Buda Visitor Center, you've probably procrastinated on your Valentine’s gifts this year. In effort to help you skip the marathon gift search and make your Valentine’s astronomically more enjoyable - we have put together the perfect local gift guide. This guide skips the ransacked aisles of the big box stores and offers gifts as unique as your Valentine from Buda’s locally owned businesses.
1. Rachel's Plan Bee Body Butter; Little Blue Bird on Main
Give the gift of silky soft skin. Rachel’s Plan Bee Body Butter is made locally in Buda with organic products and free of those scary words like phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, and artificial fragrances.
2. Trekz Air Wireless Open Ear Bone Conducting Headphones;The Budaful Hiker.
The Budaful Hiker has the best gear for novice and avid hikers. These headphones are one of our favorites. If your loved one loves music you need to check these bad boys out. These headphones sit right outside the ear. This technology allows you to hear surrounding noises while still listening to your favorite music or podcast. You can now safely wear headphones while riding your bike, running, and hiking.
3. Swig 12 oz. Wine Tumbler: Lavish Leathers
Springtime is on its way and this tumbler is the perfect accessory to keep your favorite wine chilled for festivals, cookouts and sporting events. Not to mention, that you’ll look stylish while sippin’.
4. Morse Code Bracelet; Ellipses Boutique
With this adorable bracelet you don’t need to say anything, it does all the talking for you! The placement of the beads are placed in morse code. With so many other phrases available at Ellipses Boutique now everytime your spouse, girlfriend, mom, or special someone looks down they’ll always be reminded of your special words.
5. Texas Wall Decor; Thatcher
When you’re from Texas, that Texas pride don’t stop y’all. Especially when it could be hung for all to see. This handmade wall decor is made deep in the heart of Texas, Austin. It makes for a perfect piece to tie any room together.
6. Throw Blanket; Lavish Leathers
Embrace your loved one in warmth with a throw that spreads it. For that home decor fanatic stop by Lavish Leathers for a unique throw that can elevate any room while keeping guests cozy and warm.
7. Artisan Earrings; The Mercantile at Mill Grain
When time has caught up to you and you still feel like gifting a handmade gift we suggest you go straight to these stylish handmade earrings.
8. Magnolia Home Candle; Ellipses
These candles not only look good, but embrace the whole room with a clean and refreshing fragrance. With these candles candles, it’s hard to go wrong.
9. Dog Cookies; Shaggy Dog
Don’t forget your loved one’s best friend this Valentine’s Day. These dog cookies look so good that it deceives the human eye. You might even get a little green with envy seeing your favorite K9 enjoying these cute cookies.
10. Premium Cocktails; Proof
They say there’s no better way to get to your love’s heart than through their stomach. Why not stop by Proof for a delicious sandwich and picking up one of their premium cocktails. They feature curated premium cocktails with several flavors such as the cosmopolitan, the aviator, margarita, and pineapple jalapeño just to name a few. This gift will be perfect for the end of a long day.
Can’t find your man’s favorite six pack? Let Growler Express do the work this Valentine’s Day. The experts at Growler Express will help you find the perfect brew to match your partners taste and steer you towards new innovative beers.
2. Trekz Air Wireless Open Ear Bone Conducting Headphones;The Budaful Hiker
A gift so nice, it’s on our list twice. See ladies guide item number two to see why we would give this to any of our Valentines.
3. Golf Bag Humidor; The Cigar Vault
This stylish humidor fits up to eight cigars. This funky gift also comes with a cigar cutter that fits nicely into the set, as well as a premium humidifier. This gift also doubles for our ladies gift list. According to the Cigar Vault, almost 40% of their customers are women.
4. American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye Guide; Thatcher
Most of us have heard of Whiskey Bourbon and Rye, but do we understand the differences that make these spirits unique and popular? Probably not, that’s why we thought Valentine’s is the perfect time to crack open this book and learn a little something with your love while enjoying a fine spirit. They will become an expert and impress their friends at the bar or party in no time.
5. Drunken Pup Dog treats.
For your man’s best friend, Drunken Pup is an innovative, local dog biscuit company. This unique dog eatery creates their delectable snacks with beer grain. That’s right, beer grain! Another cool fact, local brewery, Two Wheel provides Drunken Pup with the grain needed for the treats!
6. Two Wheel Brewing 6-pack.; Two Wheel Brewing
Local brewers at Two Wheel are pleased to announce that they will now be selling 6 packs of their Racepointe IPA and the Xlerated American Lager. These craft brews run from $8-12 and are brewed right here in Buda. Make it a date and visit Two Wheel this Valentines Day for flights, games, and good people.
7. Rye Barrel Aged Maple Syrup; Mercantile at Mill & Grain
This sweet treat will give your pancakes that extra oomf this Valentine's Day. Make your whiskey lover’s dream come true with a big plate of flapjacks, covered in this rich and unique maple syrup.
8.Mix-O-logie Roll-On Cologne; The Red Door
Yes ladies it’s the truth! Your favorite Roll-On Perfume has come out with a Men’s line. You can choose from four different fragrances at The Red Door. For Valentines Day we recommend No. III (Seductive and Sophisticated), it expresses notes of clove, rose, timber, and vanilla.