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The Greek American Dream

Family bring traditional Greek cuisine to Waco Story and Photos by Cameron Bocanegra It is a sunny afternoon in Greece by the time 3-month-old and first generation Wacoan Kalliroi Kelly-Lentis wakes in her crib. She has her father’s blue eyes, with a tint of gold from her mother. The...

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...

Baylor University’s State-Of-The-Art Briles | By Rebecca Malzahn

Art Briles: The Rebuilder   Photos by: Kyle Beam, Travis Taylor and Matt Hellman In just under five years, a very hopeless crowd of green and gold has become one of the most enthusiastically expectant fan bases in college football. Baylor University football hadn’t finished in the top 25 rankings of...

The Men Behind The Plan

Story by: Rebecca Malzahn Photo by: Kyle Beam Before Shane and Cody Turner became two of the most sought-after property developer and construction duo, they grew up learning everything they know from their father in Groesbeck, 45 minutes from the stirring streets of downtown Waco. “It just happened. You...

Greater Things Are Still To Be Done In This City

Story by: Austin Eck Photos by: Rebecca Malzahn Bang. The earth trembled as the shockwave traveled through the nearby neighborhoods. The French doors of a house were blown off their hinges and lodged themselves into an interior wall. Glass shattered and formed small missiles that took aim at anything...

Down But Not Out

Story by: Malory Green Photos by: Kyle Beam A house destroyed by flames, a family of six children left with nothing and no time to develop a young business, would be enough to crush anyone’s spirit. For a father, the immediate question is not how to rebuild a home,...

Say Good Morning To Your Neighbor

Story and Photos by: Jordan Corona On a brisk November morning, the Brazos rolls away, pensive with stories from a hundred years ago, ducks quacking along with it. It’s a murky flow, ebbing glinted bits of yellow Texas sunrise at its Waco banks. The river runs against this flat...

Awake My Soul

Intro by: Kelli Betner Photos by: Kyle Beam As the city of Waco grows stronger every day, local fitness groups rally to promote health and wellness in the community. This is not only the idea of physical health, but mental health as well. CrossFit Waco and REFIT Studio are...

Beans To Brew On Austin Avenue

Story by: Danny Huizinga Photos by: Mallory Olivier, Amanda Rubio and Jill Swartzentruber Walk down Austin Avenue sometime on a beautiful, sunny day with a light breeze. Glancing around at the old buildings and ornate architecture, you can imagine what Waco looked like years ago. But for some reason,...