Category: Fall 2014

A Century of Barbecue | By Elizabeth Arnold

Nearly 100 years ago, Jasper DeMaria set up a fruit stand on the side of Waco’s interurban railway station, the last stop before Dallas. Weary travelers came to fill their hungry stomachs before continuing their long journeys. About three years after opening the fruit stand, Jasper expanded the business....

An Old-Fashioned Burger |By Ashlyn Thompson

Hair pulled back into a John Deere cap, a busy woman hollers, “Mom, more buns!” as she throws fresh patties on a sizzling grill. Antique pallet-framed photos line the wood paneling and half-empty white trash bags find their home stuffed in corners. Six generations of grandkids are slapped unevenly...

All Who Are Hungry |By Elizabeth Arnold

Inside the kitchen, a smoothly operating staff hustles to keep up with the rush of customers. They wear personalized white aprons speckled with faded yellow stains. The 15-by-15-foot space is crowded, walls stacked floor to ceiling with an array of pots, pans and canned vegetables. A worn paper sign...

Metal Meets Jesus | By Ashley Altus

For young metal fans in Waco, finding a space to experience roaring vocalists and shredding guitars used to be challenging. All-ages venues closed their doors in recent years, making metal shows largely inaccessible to fans under 18. Instead of drowning in nostalgia because their favorite venues had vanished, two...

Renewing the Heart & Soul of Wacotown |By Rayne Brown

It’s hard to imagine downtown without the colorful murals, an abundance of local businesses and community engagement, but when Baylor alumnus Mike Trozzo lived in Waco, that was the reality. “When I was in school, the only part that was downtown was the Ninfa’s corridor,” Trozzo said. “It felt...

A Finely Tuned Craft | By: Kristen Bennett

Throughout the last century, emails have replaced handwritten notes and washing machines have replaced hand-washing clothes. No one uses encyclopedias anymore, because looking up something in a book is so 20th century. Changing camera film? Nope, we’ve gone digital. These technological advances have spawned a society in which very...