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Celeste Hollister

It’s back: The rebirth of Sundance Records

Above, Left to right, Parker Wright, Sundance manager, Nancy Barnard and owner, Thomas Escalante: the team who continues the legacy of Bobby Barnard. Daily Record photo by Celeste Hollister

It’s back: The rebirth of Sundance Records

“When people are walking in now, they smell this incense and look at the walls and they’re like, “This is it!’” Nancy Barnard said. Daily Record photo by Celeste Hollister

It’s back: The rebirth of Sundance Records

San Marcos lost an icon last August when Bobby Barnard, the legendary owner of Sundance Records, died unexpectedly. Since Barnard and his wife, Nancy, opened the store in September 1977, it had been a much-loved staple to generations of San Marcans.

Common Unity

The Dunbar Heritage Society board members, from left to right: Wayne Thompson, Alex Banbury Jr., President; Mittie Miller, Vice President; Jonafa Banbury, Secretary; Claudette Blythe, Treasurer. Photos submitted by Jonafa Banbury

Common Unity

This year, San Marcos organizations are coming together in a sense of community, commemoration and fellowship to host the first ever countywide Juneteenth celebration. The Dunbar Heritage Association, the Hays County Historical Commission, Cephas House and the Calaboose Museum will hold a series of events — some of which are already underway — to share the history and culture of Black Americans in our community.

Wake the Dead to celebrate milestone anniversary on Sunday

The celebrating skeleton statue, designed by Kevin Huffakers, greets guests in the Wake the Dead courtyard. Photo by David G. Prewitt

Wake the Dead to celebrate milestone anniversary on Sunday

Above, coffee art by Dana Dacy. Top right, the cozy interior of Wake the Dead. Bottom right, a turkey and swiss sandwich, piled high. Submitted photos

Wake the Dead to celebrate milestone anniversary on Sunday
Wake the Dead to celebrate milestone anniversary on Sunday

Wake the Dead to celebrate milestone anniversary on Sunday

Anyone who has ever visited Wake the Dead Coffee House instantly remembers the Tim Burton-esque skeleton statue rising triumphantly from an urn with a cup of coffee. The iron statue, designed by Kevin Huffaker and his brother, Zach Volnor, who added the soft-hued, mellow lights, sits at the heart of Wake the Dead courtyard.

The Write Stuff

The Central Texas Writing Programs at Texas State University has been lowering creative inhibitions of young writers since 1998.

The Write Stuff

Some writers take naturally to the art of storytelling, embracing the flow of the written word from the moment they pick up a pen. Others come to the craft with trepidation, feeling their way forward around the words as they write.

A Time for Renovations

A rendering of the completed main auditorium of the University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall.

A Time for Renovations

Theatre enthusiasts who have been yearning for in-person performances will have another reason to be excited as Texas Performing Arts (TPA) at The University of Austin prepares to open its newlyrenovated Bass Concert Hall this May.

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Squaredeal is an online market that showcases the work of artists in the Central Texas corridor. Graphic from Squaredeal.app

Buying Better

Last March, in response to a growing need for connectivity and commerce within the Central Texas corridor, Davis and Patton Jones launched Squaredeal CTX, a digital marketplace for local artists to sell their goods online.

Yin & Yang Music

Your favorite love story continues... Destiney and Gabriel Jackson form the unique wife-and-husband powerhouse duo with a message of love, loyalty and connection. Submitted photo

Yin & Yang Music

From their first-ever music video, Destiney and Gabriel Jackson show off their matching Yin & Yang tattoos.

Yin & Yang Music

Their signature drink, the Yin & Yang Daiquiri, available at Longhorn Daiquiris. Submitted photos

Yin & Yang Music

Many people these days feel that the world has become a more divisive place. After a year-long quarantine, political turmoil and a plague of hate crimes, perhaps it’s no wonder that so many people feel more disconnected than ever before.

Twice Blessed celebrates 20 years

Twice Blessed Consignment Shop sells a variety of fine glassware and unique knick knacks.

Twice Blessed celebrates 20 years

Twice Blessed also sells high-quality clothing. Photos by Celeste Hollister

Twice Blessed celebrates 20 years

Twice Blessed shares 20 years of history serving the San Marcos community. Photo by Celeste Hollister

Twice Blessed celebrates 20 years

In the first week of March, the Twice Blessed Consignment Shop celebrated its 20-year anniversary serving the San Marcos community. To date, the shop has raised nearly $1 million dollars since opening its doors on Feb. 20, 2001, giving the volunteer-based staff ample reason to celebrate.

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