Once a month on First Fridays, Downtown Bryan showcases their talented creators—from musicians and artists to farmers and chefs. Smelling the aroma of a sizzling hot homemade pizza or watching a play unfold before your eyes with close friends and family is a moment worth savoring. The kindness of local residents is especially highlighted during this event where the one of a kind Bryan/College Station community can come together during these trying times.
While some of the activities we usually participate in with First Friday are still curtailed due to pandemic restrictions, many shops and restaurants are participating in First Friday on June 5.
Why not stop by, visit a few stores, then grab your local food favorites and bring them home to enjoy with friends and family? Here’s a few suggestions to help!
Texas Rose Boutique – 205 N. Main
Formerly ‘The Texas Store,’ Texas Rose Boutique is ready to see their customer’s smiling faces again! With brands like Ivy Jane and Keep It Gypsy, their clothes are fit for those who rock that classy southern style. Whether searching for some cute new items for yourself or for a friend, Texas Rose Boutique’s team is ready to help! This boutique sells adorable home decor, accessories, and gifts for any need and keeps you up to date on the latest trends. Texas Rose Boutique is open for customers at their Downtown Bryan location and online at https://bit.ly/2ADoSd5.
The String & Horn Shop – 119 N. Main
Even Elvis had to start somewhere. From the noisy garage band down the street to a high school band member, this business is ready to lend a helping hand! Small, locally-owned businesses are well-known for their unmatched customer service skills, and The String & Horn Shop is no exception. No matter what a customer plays, owners Susan and Paul Rieger are experienced in different genres of music, which allows them to cater to a wide range of musicians. During this time, there is a set limit to the number of customers in the storefront, but they are delivering instruments and allowing pick-ups for all instrument needs. Voted Best of Brazos Valley, this quaint shop has been supplying the Bryan/College Station Area with music for over 30 years! Stop by on Friday to check out the wide range of instruments available to rent and buy. Visit them online at https://bit.ly/2Y1jdWd.
3rd on Main – 201 S Main St #201a
Seeing a face light up after taking a bite of food specially made with some good ol’ southern love is exactly what fuels 3rd on Main. This family owned restaurant showcases “food that makes you feel good” that is sure to make bellies rumble. Dishes like “The Morning After” and “The Main Event” make their regulars crave this modern establishment. “The Morning After” is a house favorite, featuring cornbread pancakes and pulled pork and egg with a little white cheese queso. Mary Beckham, one of the owners of 3rd on Main, says they are so excited to “see our guests. As a restaurant owner, that is what fuels us. It’s like missing family and friends!” 3rd on Main is offering most of their dishes listed on their menu along with house-made Sangria for $10 per half gallon, 6-packs of craft beer that customers can mix and match, and delectable bakery items such as cinnamon rolls and muffins created by their baker Carla Cordova. Go to https://bit.ly/2Y6rtnD to view their menu.
Rx Pizza – 200 W 26th St
The delicious smell of freshly made pizza is definitely enough to make the mouth water. At Rx Pizza, their 11 craft pizzas are specially made with passion. The handmade, vegan-friendly crust is proof enough that Rx Pizza puts their heart into every order. Rx Pizza is owned by Jake Mitchell, who wanted to create a restaurant that combined his two passions, pizza and cocktails. When he attended Texas A&M, he fell in love with the community and decided that Bryan/College Station is where he wanted to found his restaurant. Jake says, “We don’t make pizza the easy way, we make it from scratch in a brick oven at about 670-800 degrees.” On June 1, Rx Pizza opened its dining room from 4-10 p.m. seven days a week. “We are excited to serve our regulars again,” says Jake, “and hopefully see some new people come in!” Visit https://bit.ly/2MA0wU0 for more info.
These wonderful establishments along with many others are participating in this month’s First Friday. For more information on the restaurants participating, visit https://bit.ly/2ACwRGY.