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Didn't Make It to "Yes Way, Rosé!"?  See What You Missed HERE!

Didn't Make It to "Yes Way, Rosé!"? See What You Missed HERE!

As many of you know, back in April we co-hosted an event with Alice's Table San Antonio called "Blooms for Boerne" which we held at Maker's Place.  You can read all about that fun experience HERE

"Blooms for Boerne" at Maker's Place: the one that started it all!

"Blooms for Boerne" at Maker's Place: the one that started it all!

We had such a great time at that event that we hosted a second one in May!  That one was a "Mompreneurs Mixer" which we held at Boerne's newest bar, Salvador DOBBS.   You can read about that event and the amazing women in business who attended it, HERE

"Mompreneurs Mixer" at Salvador DOBBS

"Mompreneurs Mixer" at Salvador DOBBS

Well, that event turned out so awesome that we did it again this weekend!  This time we made the short trip out to Sisterdale to Saint Tryphon Farm & Vineyards for "Yes Way, Rosé!" and lunch at Blackboard Bar B Q.  If you missed it, don't worry, I've got all the details on the event right here.  Of course, it was super exciting to get to meet every single person who came, but in order to avoid discussing personal details of attendees, I'll focus this post only on those who I know to be small business owners.  Please note that most of the photos below come from the business owners' websites or social media pages.

First and foremost, our gracious host Silouan Bradford of Saint Tryphon Farm & Vineyards:   As I wrote in THIS POST for the Boerne Visitor's Center back in February, "Saint Tryphon is the fruit of a unique vision and years of hard work on behalf of Silouan and Mary Elizabeth Bradford (and judging from their Instagram feed, their ten-year-old daughter Anna as well).  Sil and Mary Elizabeth first began dreaming about Saint Tryphon nearly a decade ago, purchased the property on which it now sits in 2013, and bottled their first wine (made entirely of Texas grapes) in 2017.  They dreamed of proving wrong the naysayers who insisted that it was impossible to craft true, natural wine in Texas….believing instead that it was entirely possible to 'farm cleanly, promote life in the vineyard, and allow Mother Nature to guide your hand in the cellar.'"  In the five months since Saint Tryphon opened its doors, it has seen booming success, and for good reason: this is a Hill Country wine that is truly not to be missed!  Find Saint Tryphon on the web, Facebook, and Instagram.

And in a "sweet" unexpected surprise to all of us, Alexandra Keys was on-site in the winery offering tastings of her practically perfect Pairing Chocolates from Truffle Gateau.  Alexandra's business is based out of Austin, but you will find her at various events and establishments throughout the Hill Country.  

Fernando Ortega founded I Love Aceite in 2009, but his family has produced exquisite Spanish olive oil for more than 60 years.  In 2016 his company's headquarters was established right here in San Antonio and I Love Aceite is now a proud GO TEXAN member.  You can read all about Fernando's story on his company website HERE, but you might also want to check out this piece he penned for The Texas Wildflower magazine about a recent adventure photographing "A Charreada at Rancho El Unico".  Yes, he's a talented photographer too!  Find I Love Aceite on the web, Facebook, and Instagram.  

Speaking of The Texas Wildflower magazine, founder and publisher Pamela Price joined us at "Yes Way, Rosé!" as well!  Pamela is based here in Boerne and her publication provides "cultural coverage from San Saba to San Antonio"...meaning, she covers all the Hill Country's best events, things to do, places to eat and shop, and more.  Easy to see why we quickly became friends, right?  You can find The Texas Wildflower on the web (be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter so you don't miss a thing!), on Facebook, and on Instagram.  And my apologies for the blurry selfie! 

Next up is Alyssa Mantooth, co-owner of Boerne Handmade Market (BHM), Plexus Ambassador, and foster parent.  "Boerne Handmade Market is a bi-annual, handmade only market with anywhere from 65-100 handmade vendors selling anything and everything you can imagine!" (source)  The market is one of Boerne's most popular events with not just shopping but music, a coffee bar, snacks, food trucks, and crafts and activities for the kiddos.  The next market is scheduled for October 26th and 27th and this is the first time that it will be a two-day event!  Vendor applications are being accepted now and you can find that information on the website.  Also, find BHM on Facebook and Instagram.

Annie Tumlinson of Tumbleweed Babies creates baby products, "including trademarked diaper cakes, high-quality baby bedding and nursery furniture, nursery decor, baby gift baskets, cute baby shower supplies, and [an] ever-growing, eco-friendly baby collection" (source).  But one look at her online shop tells you that it's really so much more than just that!  You'll also find handbags, home decor, Christmas stockings and tree skirts, backpacks and lunch boxes, and so much more.  You can find Annie and her adorable things on the web, Facebook, and Instagram

Jessica Lynn Strom is a local blogger based out of Boerne and San Antonio and she's got you covered when it comes to the latest happenings, eats, and even fashion in the Hill Country and the Big City.  Jessica considers herself a "Texifornian, caffeine addict, lover of shoes, and backyard explorer" and says her blog "is a place for foodies, fashionistas, and lovers of exploration both local and afar" (source).  You can find Jessica on the web, Facebook, and Instagram...or at just about any latest and greatest spot around town!

And finally, Rachel Russo is a wellness educator, doTERRA essential oils Advocate, photographer, foster parent, and non-profit founder based out of Boerne.  Rachel's local non-profit, Vault, lends essential items, provides a community, and equips local foster families with information and resources they may need in their fostering journey.  You can find Rachel on the web, Facebook, and Instagram.

And that's just a FEW of the wonderful folks who came out for this event.  I wish I could tell the stories of every single one of them, but this will have to do for now.  It was so great getting to see some friends again and meeting new faces too...and doing that over a glass of fantastic wine is just about the perfect way to do it, I think!  Unless doing that over a heaping plate of amazing bbq is better...but you know we drove right up the road to Blackboard Bar B Q and did that too!

Just as with our previous two get-togethers, the proceeds from "Yes Way, Rosé!" will be donated to the Boerne Community Coalition.  And as long as there's an interest in these types of events where we can get together, support local businesses, give back to our community, socialize, and network, we will continue to do them!  Keep an eye out for July's event details on Facebook, Instagram, and through our weekly newsletter.  And join us next time to see for yourself what the fun is all about!

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