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Happy American Business Women’s Day

American Business women’s Association was founded on

September 22, 1949

American Business Women’s Day is a day set aside to honor and reflect upon the contributions and accomplishments of the millions of U.S. women in the workforce, and women business owners. Find out more about ABWA and read a few great stories and profiles of Inspiring women at balance Cheers to all the hard-working women in Williamson County and thought-out Texas. Together we stand and support each other.

Observe This Amazing day with a  #AmericanBusinessWomensDay added to your posts for the day


Through small businesses and corporate leadership, women provide a variety of skills in the business world.

They set examples for young women driven to become leaders themselves. Generations of women are paving the way for new and inspiring professionals.

This day honors each and every one!


  • Give a shoutout to a businesswoman you know. 
  • Support businesswomen in your area, whether they’re experienced or just starting out.
  • Join forces with other business leaders and create a positive environment for women in business.
  • Share your business style, strengths, and creativeness in a meeting today!



Circle 81 Rustic Designs and Bakery – more than a Bakery!

Circle 81 bakery

Every business has a story because every business owner has a story.

Today we bring you, Circle 81 Bakery

I love to listen to the stories of business owners regardless of what kind of business they own.  Most times, there’s a deep connection to something that has happened or to someone who inspired them to dream big.  For Shawnn, Circle 81 allows her to use the gift of baking, passed on from her mother and grandmother, but the name itself also holds a meaning that’s very close to her heart.

Before she was even born, Shawnn Casagrande’s mom baked cakes, pies, and cookies for her family

The house would smell like freshly baked bread and homemade cream cheese frosting regularly.  Although Shawnn never asked her mom to teach her how to bake, she was there in the kitchen watching the magic happen every day. Just being in the same space with her mom enabled her to learn skills that she would later use to create Circle 81 Rustic Designs and Bakery.

Growing up on a military base in Sacramento, CA, Shawnn learned that discipline and dedication were key to making things happen.  Her roots are deeply planted in a family serving our country and ensuring our safety and freedom are secure.  Those deep roots helped her withstand life’s roller coaster rides and expanded her vision for life.  She wanted more out of life and knew that she would get it.  She watched her family fight for it.  She wanted to do it for her daughter, for her family, and for herself.

Shawnn’s grandfather was a racecar driver and he was a huge part of her life.  She would visit the raceways to watch him speed past his competitors and be victorious in his car, Circle 81.  That feeling of winning and staying the course was instilled in Shawnn.  Those special moments with her grandfather created a desire in her to pay homage to him in some way.  Although she didn’t quite know how she would do it, she knew that she would.  Besides, he had modeled a winning spirit.  The same spirit she had in her all along.

I’ve had the privilege of sharing the same space with Shawnn

Her spirit is radiant and her heart shines bright.  She is soft-spoken and compassionate, leaving all who encounter her with a sense of being seen.  Shawnn sees you and wants you to be happy and you know it.  She’s nurturing and extends herself to make sure everyone is okay.  There’s no way you won’t know it.  Her presence can’t be missed even though she never commands attention.  Her hugs are warm, and she genuinely cares.

That radiance, compassion, winning mentality, dedication, and nurturing spirit can all be experienced when you taste her baked goods and/or use her handmade bath and body products.  There is no doubt that her heart is invested in everything that she does.  Her creativity is in her intention as each charcuterie board is filled with handpicked goodies for you to enjoy on any occasion.  Boards filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious cheeses, meats, crackers, and fruit spreads are perfect for a night with girlfriends or even for an at-home date.


Shawnn’s creativity is not limited to baked goods

She also handcrafts foot scrubs, lotions, and various bath and body essentials.  Her products encourage self-care and inspire you to love the skin you’re in.  With natural ingredients, she puts the time and attention into making these products are evident that they are all made with love in mind.  Her bath and body products are reminders that we are to love ourselves and take care of ourselves.  They speak volumes about who Shawnn really is and what she has created Circle 81 Rustic Designs and Bakery to be.


In addition to Circle 81, this heart-centered powerhouse has started a new, joint business venture called Picnics & Parties.  Picnics & Parties provide the ambiance of a boho-style picnic or tea party for the occasion of your choice.  Sounds awesome, right?

So where can you find this baking beauty?

Follow Circle 81 Rustic Designs and Bakery for upcoming events and new product announcements. Be sure to share the love and also click “Like”.  Visit her website at to check out her extensive menu of baked goods and self-care essentials.



Visit Georgetown: Events, Attractions, & Things to Do

Hello From Georgetown Texas WilcoWellness



Georgetown, Texas is arguably one of the most picturesque towns in America



Hosting everything from Instagram hotspots to mysterious caverns that give outer space a run for its money (you’ll see). Georgetown is considered by many as one of the best places to live in Texas, and possibly, the whole United States. But it’s also a fantastic town to spend the day in, attracting more and more day-trippers with each passing year.

Where is Georgetown, exactly?


Where else but our wonderful, Williamson County? Georgetown is located 26 miles north of downtown Austin’s central business district and is centered around a historic square where, each year, upwards of 30,000 visitors flock to the town to take part in the vibrant, Red Poppy Festival.

As the seventh fastest-growing city in the United States, Georgetown boasts a population of 79,604 people as of the 2019 census. Perhaps this has something to do with the town playing host to Southwestern University, a private, highly-respected liberal arts institution established in 1840 that sits just a half-mile away from the historic square. The town is spliced with the North and Middle Forks of the San Gabriel River; approximately 8.42% of its square mileage is covered in water. Residents and visitors have plenty of opportunities to escape the heat with Georgetown’s numerous watering holes.


Where to eat in Georgetown


First thing first, we have got to talk about South Fork Fun, Food, & Brew. This one-of-a-kind venue is a local hotspot renowned for its live music, local food and craft brews, and open-air dining. Expect to taste-test from a variety of food trucks beneath the lights in the trees while kids enjoy the playground. The venue is nicely fenced in and dogs are welcome; it is a safe and friendly town favorite (with some of the best shrimp burgers you can find).

Next up, a newer eatery in town is one we are fond of for their fresh, ultra-healthy menu. Between the poke bowl and the avocado roll, Nancy’s Sky Garden has one of the most colorful menus you can find, along with a delicious drink menu that includes kombucha and a list of unique, hot teas.


Speaking of hot, we would be remiss if we failed to mention two special places in Georgetown to pick up a refreshing drink to start another hot day in Texas. We are big fans of Hydrate, a delicious and healthy cafe with two locations in Georgetown, offering smoothies, juice, and sandwiches. And if boba tea is your thing? It doesn’t get better than Adelyn Bakery Boutique. Don’t be fooled by the decadent celebration cakes and macaroons; this bakery also offers smoothies, Taiwanese boba tea, slushies, smoothies, and more.


Georgetown is a Cyclist’s Dream

 Georgetown has fully embraced one of America’s favorite pastimes—cycling. All throughout the town, there are cycling trails that follow the river and take you exploring through diverse nature parks, where you can camp, swim, climb, and more. But before you head to the trails, you’re going to need a bike! Fortunately, Georgetown is home to two bike shops that are equally as welcoming for recreational bicyclists and competitive cyclists alike.

First on our list is Cyclewerx, a well-respected bike shop where you can purchase a bicycle that suits you and whatever terrain you will be exploring. Commuter bikes, electric bikes, mountain bikes, and kids bikes all aplenty here, along with a strong supply of safety gear so that you’re ready for whatever the trail throws your way. Not to mention, Cyclewerx also offers bike servicing, so that you never have to slow your roll. As a second (but just as worthy) option, cyclists in Georgetown are big fans of a special place called Bikeology, which offers properly maintained used bikes in addition to bike servicing.

To get you in shape for your big cycling journey, you may want to start with some indoor cycling classes. Enter, Georgetown Truecore, known for its reformer Pilates, barre, boxing, and cycling with Real Ryder bikes. Truecore is known for its small class sizes and tight-knit community. It is the perfect place to get your muscles in gear.


And now for a hodgepodge of places, you cannot miss in Georgetown:


Inner Space Cavern: A supremely preserved cavern that was hidden for over 10,000 years before the Texas Highway Department discovered it in 1963. Thousands of visitors visit the cavern year, which is as close as it gets to visiting Mars.

The Blue Hole: A turquoise lagoon on the South San Gabriel River bordered by limestone bluffs, and a favorite spot among locals for swimming and photographs.

The Quarry Splash Pad: A splash pad for kids to frolic featuring a water slide and picnic area.

Lake Georgetown: A reservoir along the North Fork of the San Gabriel River managed by the Forth Worth District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A popular recreation destination for camping, fishing, and boating.

Downtown Historic District: Top sites include the Williamson Museum, Georgetown Art Center, the Palace Theatre, Berry Springs Park and Preserve, and Veteran’s Memorial Plaza.

Instagram Heaven: There are Instagram murals galore in Georgetown. You’ll find a great guide to them on Jesse Coulter’s blog.


No matter what you are into, Georgetown has something in store for you. Beyond cycling, walking, and taking photographs of the town, there are innumerable events all year long, from the Red Poppy Festival to the Georgetown Wine & Music Festival, and of course, First Fridays on Georgetown’s historic square. The community is bustling, romantic and creative and full of life, and there’s a little something for everyone.



Why is Salsa month in May?




May is National Salsa Month so we decided to seek out and talk with some of

the local Williamson County salsa vendors

We promise to provide you with a little pomme d’amour history lesson and share a little from each Salsa Chef about their secrets to a good salsa.


Early Saturday morning and a few afternoons later in the week, our local blogger at Wilcowellness went out to find and interview a few local Salsa experts at the Williamson County Farmers Markets  It turns out this was not such an easy task.

Why, would this simple task be so complicated? There are always wonderful Salsa products at the markets. Returning to our own local garden, it became clear… Are your Tom Tomatoes ripening on the vine in May? Alas, the Texas Tomato growing season begins in May and the best tomatoes are ready during the summer.

Never fear, our salsa producers are way ahead of the game. Turns out the tomatoes that ripen in November are the best of the crop. With a little tender loving and secret recipe care, those tomatoes become May’s salsa.


First a Little History Lesson about Salsa

Salsa is traced back to the times of the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans. The native people created their own versions of salsa using tomatoes, chilies, and squash seeds. The “official discovery” to the rest of the world did not occur until after the Spaniards conquered Mexico in the 1500s. This mix of ingredients became popular throughout Spanish civilization, and in 1571, Alonso de Molina named the dish ‘salsa.’

Salsa today is a favorite appetizer and snack in Texas, salsa is used at tailgates, in restaurants, and at all parties. Besides the fact that it is so tasty, salsa also has numerous health benefits, large popularity, and is easy to make.


Health Benefits

With its use of tomatoes and fresh vegetables, such as onions and chili peppers, salsa is very healthy. Low in calories, high in fiber, and full of numerous vitamins, salsa can be used to boost your immune system and can be incorporated into weight-loss diets. So, with no more hesitation, let us introduce you to a few of the Salsa Vendors in Central Texas.


Chef Flaco’s Salsa

We spoke with Adam who gave us the lowdown on Flaco’s salsa:

“We are local to Central Texas and our owner is a culinary school grad with 25 years in the business”. “We primarily operate out of central Texas markets and shops between Waco and Austin”.

Tell us, Chef Falco, what are the best ingredients for flavor? “Fresh lime juice and cilantro”.

Do you prefer Pico de Gallo or Salsa? There is nothing wrong with a good Pico of course but we’d have to say SALSA ALL DAY!!

The weekend was on its way so our Correspondent picked up a few jars of the Verde sauce and whipped up some chicken Verde enchiladas.

Perfection! Is all we can say. The enchiladas were amazingly tasty, moist, and a smooth creamy flavor! Made from avocado, sour cream, jalapeno, lime, and cilantro.


You can find Chef Flaco’s Salsa at:

Wolf Ranch Farmers Market on Saturday mornings

Order from the Website:

On Facebook: – A little birdy told us there is a new product launch. Find out more on Chef Flaco’s Facebook site.

If you are looking for a little spice in your life, remember to

“Put some Flaco on your taco”


Nanny Goat Salsa


A wonderful Family-owned small business. Often touted as the best homemade salsa around. The salsa is fresh, gluten-free, and no sugar added. This is a seriously addictive salsa.

Nanny goat currently offers three flavors of salsa- Original, Cilantro Lime, and Chunky. All three flavors are available in Medium, Hot, and XXHot heat.

They promise us – “No goats were harmed in the making of our salsa”


What makes a good salsa?

Finding the perfect balance between flavor & spice. Fresh ingredients are a must! It also must be visually appealing and have an aroma that makes you want to dive in. If it looks good, smells good chances are it will taste good.


Tell us, Chunky or smooth?

Both but, it really depends on what you are eating. “Nanny Goat tends to lean more towards smooth salsa for enchiladas, fajitas, nachos, and tacos or using it in a recipe”.  ” Chunky salsa if the salsa is to complement queso, tamales, or guacamole”.

There is nothing better as a quick snack than mushing up an avocado and stirring in a little good chunky salsa!


You can find Nanny Goat Salsa at:



Stop by the Farmers Markets in:

Elgin Farmers’ Market Thursdays from 4-7 pm at Veterans’ Memorial Park

Taylor Farmers’ Market Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm at Heritage Square Park



Beba’s Pfresh Salsa


All of Beba’s Salsas are made with 100% natural, fresh ingredients. None of her salsas include any additives, imitations, artificial ingredients, or preservatives. All salsas are gluten-free with no added sugar. After opening, each jar will last in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks – and have an unopened shelf life of up to a year.

Green Jalapeño is one of our go-to’s for Migas. This salsa is made with serrano and jalapeno peppers. It is best on breakfast tacos, chilaquiles, and hamburgers. The hottest salsa that Beba offers makes a great addition to any meal.


Please tell us, Beba Silva, What makes a good salsa?

“Always use fresh and quality ingredients. Keep it simple, let the flavors of the fresh ingredients come to float. If you start adding too many ingredients the salsa will lose its simplicity and fresh ingredients flavors will change.

What do you consider to be the best ingredients for flavor?

“I like to pick tomatoes that are ripe but not completely ripe. For me, it makes a difference”. “When it is completely ripe the salsa tends to be a little sweeter from the tomato but thinner for the extra juice in the tomato if the tomato is not as ripe the salsa will be thicker and still have great flavor”.” I must have fresh garlic, no powder, it makes a difference in flavor”. “I like to use sea salt, this is very important, regular salt is pretty strong”. “Sea Salt is smooth and will let the fresh ingredients float”.

You can find Beba’s Salsa at:

On the Web:



Farmers Market locations in Williamson County:

Wolf Ranch Farmers Markets – Georgetown

Lakeline Farmers Market – Cedar Park/Austin

Stores in Williamson County:

Central Markets in all of the Texas locations

Westphalia Meat Market in Hutto

Eli’s Road Side on HWY 79 – Round Rock



Tia Nana’s Authentic Salsa – Family owned Perfection


Tia Nana’s Authentic Salsa is a female-owned small business and was established in 2011.

Tia Nana’s is a homemade family secrete authentic salsa. You have to get your hands on this unique multi-cultural salsa. It’s a whole vibe in itself. You will enjoy every single bite and then find creative ways to enjoy it with every meal of the day. Every bite is a delight to the taste buds!


Please tell us, what makes a good salsa?

A good salsa is great texture balance and consistent flavor from the beginning until the end and if you want more afterward.

What would your team say are the best ingredients for flavor?

Balanced fresh veggies and secrete spices

You can find Tia Nana’s Salsa at:



Web: Tia Nana’s Authentic Salsa


There will be more Salsa Chef’s pop up at the Farmers Market as summer visits Texas. Please stop by and pick up some fresh, homemade local salsa for your picnic table. Send us your favorites on Facebook and we will share the love.


Happy Taco’n to all the Salsa fans in Williamson County, Tx!


Who Will Rescue Who this National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month?


April is National Adopt A Shelter Pet month and today,

April 30th, is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day!

What could be better than going out and enriching your life by adopting a pet from your local animal shelter? Adopting a shelter pet can be one of the best things you do for you AND your new furry friend! Here are five reasons why we think you should adopt a shelter pet this month. It’s National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month!

Adopting a shelter pet helps you save a life

Shelter animals across the nation wait every day, every year to be adopted into a new family. On average, the ASPCA estimates that there are over 6.5 million companion animals in the United States that are housed in shelters every single year. That’s a lot of dogs and cats looking for homes! The sad truth is that over 1.5 million of these animals will be euthanized. If you step up and adopt a dog or cat from the shelter, you could be saving their life as well as the life of another animal who can come to the shelter and receive help.

You can help fight back against puppy and kitten mills

on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month!

There are millions of dogs and cats produced every year through irresponsible backyard breeders and the abusive commercial breeding facilities known as puppy and kitten mills. These puppy mills force female animals to remain in a near-constant state of impregnation, producing litter after litter, to meet the demands of buyers and pet stores. Oftentimes, these poor animals remain in small cages, with inadequate bedding and food, and no access to true, happy life. By adopting a shelter pet, you can help put an end to the vicious cycle of puppy mill abuse.

Shelter pets are usually healthier than store-bought animals

Shelter pets will undergo a thorough physical exam, receive the necessary vaccines to keep them healthy, and are usually spayed or neutered before you adopt them. This thorough exam done by a licensed veterinarian helps to catch any serious medical issues that the animal may suffer from. Pet stores and breeders that are not reputable will not go to these lengths to ensure you receive a happy, healthy pet. Shelter pets are also typically microchipped before you adopt them.

Shelter pets are less expensive than purchasing

from a breeder National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month

If you are looking for a purebred dog or cat and feel that you just have to purchase one from a breeder, think again! Shelters across the nation are housing more and more purebred animals. If you remain patient in your search, you will be able to find the purebred pet you have been hoping for. You will also have a rescued pet that costs significantly less and comes with more veterinary care than a pet store puppy or kitten.

Adopting a shelter pet leads to a longer, healthier life

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that pet ownership can help stave off feelings of loneliness, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce blood pressure. Having a pet also keeps you more active. Playing with your new cat or taking your new dog for a walk can help get you off the couch and away from the screen. The more active you are, the more you reduce your risk of developing health problems down the road. Plus, who can feel sad when you have a purring cat in your lap or a loving dog laying by your feet?

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month –

Ready to Adopt a Shelter Pet?

Are you ready to bring a new furry friend into your family? Here are just a few of the local shelters in your area that have a wide array of dogs and cats waiting to join you.

Georgetown, TX – (512) 943-3322

Georgetown, TX – (512) 930-3592

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is holding a month-long adoption special where you can adopt a large breed of adult dog for only $20.

Leander, TX – (512) 260-7722

Austin, TX – (512) 961-6519


Please share your adoption picture on social media and tag us. We can’t wait to see your new fury friends! And again, thank you for visiting our directory!

Melt Away Stress at Hotworx in Cedar Park, TX

Hot Worx Cedar Park

Spring has sprung and summer plans are beginning

Hiking and trekking, beach outings, and returning to family and friend’s events are all in the works.  Hibernating through last year has left some of us a little sluggish.

Luckily, Susan Sandoval at HOTWORX in Cedar Park, TX understands, and we’ve provided the 411 after interviewing her below. Please continue reading for the scoop on HOTWORX and how it offered lessons more valuable than any workout routine ever could!


What is Hotworx?

It’s a virtually instructed exercise program created for consumers to experience the many infrared heat absorption benefits. Goers choose between 30-minute Isometric workouts or 15-minute High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions. Classes you can choose from are Hot Iso, Hot Yoga, Hot Pilates. Step it up just a bit and attend a Hot Warrior, Hot Core or Hot Bands session. The great thing is you can mix and match the classes that best suit your needs. Virtual instructors change up the flow of exercises and scheduling on your phone helps to slide in a workout session on the fly. No guilt and no excuses, freedom to set a schedule that works best for each individual.


According to HOTWORX, “As the infrared heat penetrates your body causing you to sweat, the isometric postures further accelerate detoxification by physically removing the toxins from your organs through muscle contraction.” Even after you leave the session, your body will continue to burn off calories and detox. Infrared heats you internally, so thirty minutes after your workout, you’re still burning calories. That’s the beauty of the heat!


Inside HOTWORX, you will find eight infrared saunas and four isometric stations

An isometric workout is one that involves little movement with high muscle engagement. You choose a position and hold it. For example, Susan’s favorite yoga pose is the Lord of the Dance. As a balancing pose dedicated to Shiva’s dance, you stretch muscles in your chest, abdomen, and thighs. This famous backbend yoga pose stimulates your heart chakra known as Anahata, associated with love and compassion.


More workout, less time!

High-intensity interval training, known as HITT, is a form of interval training and gets the heart going! This cardiovascular exercise strategy encourages short bursts of exercise with brief (30 to 45 second) intervals of breaks in between. You should be out of breath by the end of your workout. No fear! The sessions are much shorter due to the intensity level.


Go when you want, for as long as you please

Being open 24-hours, our members love that there is no set class schedule. They can come and go as they please. Whereas in other gyms, if you miss your scheduled class, you will most likely not get your work out on that day.

Susan says it’s popular for goers to do a quick 15-minute HIIT and then move to something else to keep up their momentum. Many love the belly burning benefits of core compressors. It creates instant slimming results, enhances calorie burning, and flushes out toxins.


Susan reminds us: “All things in moderation, as the saying goes” – including stress

With the bustling, busy times, we tend to rush to wake up, rush to work, rush to pick up kids, and rush to get our work out done so that we can run to make dinner and do it all over the next day.

Advised by her nutritionist, “it’s not good for you to be on the go, go, go!” At HOTWORX, her stress melts away. She says that it’s really hot in there, and she barely moves her feet while her heart rate elevates and lowers stress upon the body. She can pop on a good podcast, watch a show or meditate while getting in a good workout.


Thank you, Covid-19, for a new perspective

As silly as that may sound, Susan thanks the pandemic for her newly found awareness of things she didn’t correctly appreciate before the outbreak. She has started to learn new reverence for breathing easier since life was disrupted before opening her business in 2019.

She knows that health applies both physically and mentally. It tends to affect relationships and may even cause psychological issues and raise the risk of disease. Stress can also reduce our capacity to take care of one another. There are many benefits of reducing stress within your everyday life.


 It’s so important to take care of your mental health

With a heart full of a new perspective, she realized that she was spending money on things that were unimportant and spending time where it did not matter. She no longer values being caught up in worldly things and plans to go forward to make memories with her family. She plans to create less stress in her life, including during her workouts. And luckily, with HOTWORX, she’s able to do just that!

HOTWORX offers patrons a mental break when stress and anxiety come to be too overwhelming. However, Susan wants our readers to know, “There’s no right or wrong answer as to going to a gym during pandemic times. If you’re not comfortable going, just go for a walk, and everything else will fall into place.” She continues, “It’s so easy when you’re going through stressful times to watch Netflix, but getting out of the house – even for a walk – is so important. You need to get out of the house.”


Thank you, Susan, for taking the time out of your schedule to share with our Wilco Family.

We appreciate it very much and encourage our readers to check out HOTWORX when they can.

It might just change your life!




Spot Light on Cedar Park TX: A Safe Haven for Families and a Hotbed for Business

Sunset Cedar Park Wilcowellness

We couldn’t agree more; Cedar Park TX is an incredible place to call home!

Though first established in the late 1800s, Cedar Park wasn’t incorporated until 1973. Since then, it has consistently been marked as one of the fastest-growing communities in the United States, with a current population of approximately 82,192 people. The secret’s out about Cedar Park, and it’s not just the influx of residents who are noticing. In 2020, WalletHub named Cedar Park the Ninth Best Small City in America. Year after year, this city boasts some of the lowest crime rates in America, especially when compared to other cities of a similar size. In fact, it is considered safer than 64% of U.S. cities, according to NeighborhoodScout. And it’s a great place to do business too. HomeCity called it a Top City to Do Business, and several Fortune 500 companies have relocated their headquarters to Cedar Park for this reason.
There’s no doubt about it, Cedar Park is a wonderful place to work, to live, and to spend free time. From its nature parks and cultural sites to its opportunities for entertainment, education, and entrepreneurship; Cedar Park has a little something for everyone. It’s just a stone’s throw away from Austin, but there’s no need to leave. So what else does Cedar Park have to offer, you ask?


An Epic Location with Easy Access to Cities and Nature


Cedar Park is a major suburb of Williamson County located on the northern border of Austin, conveniently bypassed from North to South with U.S. Route 183. It takes just about 20 minutes to reach Austin by car, though the line 985 bus from Cedar Park’s Lakeline Station can get you there in 35 minutes without hassle.

True to its name, Cedar Park boasts 1,000 acres of city-owned parkland and 31 miles of trails. Four different eco-systems converge there: post oak savannah, Blackland prairie, east Texas piney woods, and lush riparian. The closest lake to Cedar Park is Lake Travis, where you can catch a meal at the Oasis on Lake Travis or any one of the restaurants with their stunning lookout views. You’ll also find Lake Travis Adventures there, but we recommend taking the zipline before dinner.


Well-Preserved Cultural and Historical Sites


The pioneering spirit of the old west is alive and well in Cedar Park, and the city’s local government has taken great strides to preserve and memorialize its history as well. Before European settlers rooted themselves in Cedar Park, several Native American tribes thrived there, including Tonkawa and the Comanche.


In 1983, a paleo-archaeological site was unearthed that revealed evidence of “continual habitation” of ancient people there since 5000 BC, along with an 11,000-year-old grave of a young woman. This historical landmark is now known as the Wilson-Leonard Site.

Both human and natural history are an important part of Cedar Park’s identity. Each year in December, the 400-year old Heritage Oak Tree is decorated with 30,000 lights. The tree is located on 875 Quest Parkway and is a symbol of moral and perseverance– two time-honored values that are integral to this city.


Annual Events that Celebrate Tradition

The people of this city know how to have fun, and festivals are a big part of the Cedar Park experience. Fall in Cedar Park is especially important, and there is always a surplus of activities then.

  • The Cedar Bark Festival takes place in October, and all the dogs in town (along with their people) are invited to participate in frisbee contests, relay races, and a costume contest, or pose for a caricaturist. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of Cedar Bark Park.
  • Fable Fest is another annual event that takes place in October and is a spin-off of the world-renowned Renaissance Fare, complete with jousting demonstrations and performances, a costume parade and costume contest, music performances, and storytime for the kids. This event benefits the Cedar Park Public Library.
  • The Cedar Fest BBQ Cook-Off is a highly anticipated event that occurs in June and is hosted by the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce. Attendees enjoy live music, arts and crafts vendors, rides and games, a petting zoo, and of course, food (and LOTS of it). The event takes place at Elizabeth Milburn Park and is both open to the public and free to attend.


Indoor Attractions to Beat the Heat

The average high temperature during Cedar Park summers is a sweltering 96.3 degrees, but fortunately, there is an abundance of indoor attractions

for friends and family members to beat the heat.

  • Austin Steam Train Museum is an inexpensive and kid-friendly museum honoring Cedar Park’s rich railway history with a goal of preserving and re-creating the steam train experience. The museum offers sightseeing tours of the historic railway and the chance to explore restored vintage cars from the golden era of rail travel.
  • JumpStreet is an indoor trampoline park with everything from a spinning teapot to a mechanical bull. Kids love running around and getting their energy out at Jump Street, and parents love being able to see them from several, more relaxed vantage points throughout the space. The maze and arcade are especially fun for young adults on date night.
  • The Austin Aquarium is just a hop and a skip away from Cedar Park and the type of place any person of any age could spend the whole day enjoying. The creatures that call this aquarium home come from all over the world, from tropical rainforests to the deep sea. You might even see a mermaid while you’re there!


Outdoor Attractions to Bask in Natural Bliss

Texas is home to innumerable natural wonders, and the vastness of this state and its diverse landscapes means that there’s always something new waiting to be discovered.


  • Cedar Park Veterans Memorial honors Purple Heart Heroes, Women in Military, and people who have given their lives to protect this great country of ours. The memorial park is home to several life-size statues of soldiers that form a trail of tributes leading up to Memorial Hill. This emotional landmark is filled with artwork and historical lessons, making it an important site to appreciate both art and sacrifice.
  • Cedar Park Sculpture Garden A garden like no other. Featuring 12 original art pieces from various artists using steel, aluminum, brass, and limestone. The art pieces are an example of each artist’s personnel designs and what they may have for sale in their collections. Take a look at the website to see a brochure of the latest art pieces and find a great garden sculpture addition for your home.
    Cedar PArk Sculpture gardens
  • Adventure Trails are everywhere in Cedar Park. Backpackers, prepare your gear! Stumble across actual dinosaur tracks in nearby Leander or swim in the relaxed waterways of St. Edwards Park. The Riverplace Nature Trail will give you a nice workout as you ascend 820 feet via a natural staircase, whereas Crockett Garden and Falls are one of Texas’ best-kept (and greenest secrets).
  • Soulshine Monthly Community Drum Circle  A once-a-month rhythmic dose of drums in the park. A chance to free yourself and the week’s stress with folks who love to drum. You do not need a drum, just a smile and the readiness to connect.

Esteemed Local Eateries in Cedar Park


Choosing where to eat on any given day is not an easy feat in Cedar Park. But is that really such a bad thing? Here are our top five picks:


Exercise and Wellness in Cedar Park

Fitness fanatics will feel especially at home here. There is a wellspring of exercise gyms and studios along with wellness centers for every style. We recommend:



Eager to Learn More about Cedar Park?


For news, the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce keeps its event calendar active and updated. Stay glued to Wilco Wellness as well; we regularly update our site in our new Town News blog section. Providing you each month with fun finds such as farm-to-table restaurants, hiking trails, events coming up around Williamson County, and what is going on at the Farmers Market.  You can also find information on local health and wellness businesses in your city in our directory. Providing a great website where you can find answers to your health and wellness needs all in Williamson County, Texas.


How Athletic Trainers Keep Us Safe And Strong

Celebrate Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainer are highly-skilled and educated health professionals who help athletes and everyday people keep fit, prevent injury, and perform at their best.$$$$

Here in Texas, we do everything big. Our parks are greener and more beautiful, our barbecue is bigger than our plates, and our state is home to the best football in America. Athletes pour blood, sweat, and tears into this demanding sport, but there’s more to great football than the players themselves. For a team to be successful, each of its players must be strong and healthy. For this reason, football teams require the diligence and devotion of athletic trainers.

What is National Athletic Trainers Month?

Athletic trainers are the first to step in when an athlete is injured. They continuously strive to improve and implement training exercises and regimens that help prevent injury from re-occurring. A personal athletic trainer will help educate you on all aspects of health and fitness. Inspired fitness professionals have the proper understanding and education to help you reach individualized styled goals to help you succeed in your daily life.

Every March, National Athletic Trainers Month is observed in honor and celebration of these highly-skilled individuals who work behind the scenes to keep their clients, athletes, performers, soldiers, and workers strong, safe, and healthy.

How to Become an Athletic Trainer

An athletic trainer’s career is incredibly rewarding and offers opportunities to work with an array of passionate individuals. This career path is ideal for both individuals who grew up playing sports and individuals interested in healthcare but who have never played sports.

Education and Certification Required for Athletic Trainers

Athletic training is a competitive field, but demand is increasing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the athletic training profession will grow 21% by 2022. Most athletic trainers obtain a degree in athletic training from a college that is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

According to the National Athletic Trainers Association, 68% of trainers hold a master’s degree as well. In many states, aspiring athletic trainers must also meet the standards of the Board of Certification, which may entail additional training and exams. All in all, it takes 4-7 years to become an Athletic Trainer.

Where to go to School for Athletic Training near Williamson County

We love sports in Williamson County, and it shows. There are numerous athletic training degree opportunities throughout Williamson County. Southwestern University has a kinesiology department where courses range from human anatomy and biomechanics to sports medicine and the physiology of exercise.

The University of Texas at Austin also has kinesiology and health education programs, with one of the more popular degrees being Exercise Science. Athletic Training jobs in Texas can be found on the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association website.

What to Expect from an Athletic Training Expert?

  • They will cater to your personal requirements
  • Provide tips and support for short-term goals or an activity
  • Set long term realistic goals
  • Keep you accountable to a routine that will maximize your results and minimize wasted time and injuries
  • They make your mental health a priority by boosting your confidence and providing a support network
  • They will challenge you in ways a friend or family might not

Local Athletic Training Experts in Williamson County

Athletic trainers are hired to work for institutions and associations where athletic training takes place. They can be found at schools and universities, clinics and hospitals, performing arts studios, and the military. Appointments can be scheduled in groups in your neighborhood or business, On-Line in a virtual format, or at a local park or gym near you. For best results, one on one appointments to start with are recommended.

Not sure where to start or who to call, take a look at a few of the best trainers in your city. Each one offers injury care and sport-specific treatment programs designed to help athletes of all ages heal, enhance their performance and improve their overall ability to enjoy a healthy vibrant life without physical obstacles. 


Jas Performance & HealthCedar Park – Jas Performance & Health – Train the Brain, Train the Body. Arian Soltero is not just an athletic trainer, he spends time understanding the whole person, their unique individuality and designs a program that works towards each person’s personnel goals. Arian utilizes a neurological lens that incorporates much more than “rules” when it comes to improving performance and health.

Get Age Fit

Georgetown – Get Age Fit – For the young at heart with a few wrinkles. Theo Thurston and his team will find the perfect program for your needs. As we age it is all about “no pain is a great gain.”


Hutto – MVP Transformation Fitness – We’re Hutto’s only Lifestyle and Personal Training gym! As a woman and veteran-owned facility, we specialize in filling the gap that most traditional gyms don’t provide- a custom fitness and weight loss experience. 

Warrior WellnessLiberty Hills – Warrior Wellness– Holly at the Warrior Wellness studio is a Corrective Exercise Specialist with a passion for helping people to feel better in their day-to-day lives. She combines her education and experience in nutrition, strength training, behavior change, yoga, aerial yoga, and aqua aerobics to overcome her own personal health challenges, which has fueled her devotion to helping many others get the same positive results.


Like drinking water, stretching, and building strength, working with a qualified athletic trainer is a critical part of the training process. The right athletic trainer can help you get your body in shape to prevent injury and allow you to enjoy the sport or active life you love for as long as possible.

Without the work of athletic trainers in Texas, our state’s athletic programs wouldn’t be as strong as they are. If you have an athletic trainer in your life, be sure to thank them this month!

Ultimate Guide to Farm to Table in Williamson County

Farm to Table Guide WilcoWellness

Total body health and wellness begins with the foods we eat

Everyone measures success differently; while some measure success in the things they own, others measure success in travels, laughter, and friendships. But if there’s just one factor that we can all agree on, it is most certainly health. After all, we won’t enjoy anything else in life if our health is compromised.

Total body health and wellness starts with the foods we eat; unfortunately, eating healthy isn’t as simple as picking up produce from the local supermarket. Anytime you choose to purchase fruits or vegetables from the supermarket, particularly those that are not organic, you are at risk of being exposed to harmful pesticides. The concept of Farm-To-Table manifested both to promote overall health and to bring economic stability and self-reliance to communities.

How is Farm-To-Table different from what we are doing now?

The farm-to-table movement promotes the delivery of food straight from the farm to your dinner table. The produce we purchase at many big chain supermarkets ships from farms to distribution centers where it is stored before being shipped across the country to various grocery stores. With cross-country distribution, much time elapses between the harvest and the product’s placement on grocery store shelves.

Food quickly loses its freshness and nutritious value in the journey to reach our dinner tables. The farm-to-table movement’s goal is to eliminate the middleman and re-establish the connection between farmers and the people in their community. Instead of using preservatives and non-GMOs to keep food fresh longer, food is eaten sooner while it is still fresh.

The History of Farm-To-Table

The history of the farm-to-table movement begins with industrialization, as people moved away from the farms and into the city to find jobs. With more people in the cities, the 1950s saw a boom in food processing and storage, particularly with canned food items and frozen dinners.

In the 1970s, people started to demand a return to nutritious, natural eating. The Texas Department of Agriculture was the first state to certify an Organic Label for Produce. It was during the Jim Hightower administration that Susan Kaerka, a representative for the TDA went and spoke with the California Growers Association and reported, “they were fascinated with the idea that the state of Texas was interested in  bringing the power of the state behind a state-certified Organic Label for produce, they were just shocked by that.”  Fast-forward to the 2000s, when schools pushed to use locally-grown foods in cafeterias, and people demanded to see “Non-GMO” labeled food products. By 2010, plant-based restaurants were growing in popularity. Since then, the movement has only become more mainstream.

Texas State Organic Label


What are the Core Principles of the Farm-To-Table Movement?

Beyond eliminating the middleman and strengthening the connection between farmers and consumers, the farm-to-table movement is built on several core principles:

#1 – Food Security

By developing local food systems, the entire community is strengthened. Low-income families receive the same access to healthy, organic food that the wealthier are. The principle of food security looks at how the community as a whole can benefit. Because food production, processing, distribution, and consumption all occur within the same community, there are more jobs within the community and more healthy meals for everyone.

#2 – Proximity

Keeping food production and distribution local reduces the environmental impact and forges connections within the community. Rather than purchasing food items from mass producers, restaurants build relationships with the farmers they buy directly from. In doing so, they reduce the carbon footprint of mass distribution, but it also puts the money right in the hands of local farmers.

#3 – Self-reliance

This component of the movement encourages communities to work together in meeting food needs rather than looking to outside resources. In doing so, people can reconnect with one another along with the very earth that is tilled in their communities as well.

#4 – Sustainability

The farm-to-table movement encourages people to support locally-grown organic food and to purchase only that which is needed. When national distributors haul massive amounts of food across the country, not everything makes it to the destination without spoiling. Distributors end up tossing large quantities of products regularly. By cutting out the middleman, less food goes to waste, and more fresh food reaches tables.

How the Farm-To-Table Movement Benefits Your Health

The sooner food is consumed after the harvest, the more nutritious that food is. Most fruits and vegetables lose upwards of 30% of their nutritious value just three days after it is harvested, and that number increases with ensuing each day. By purchasing food from local farmers, food is consumed shortly after the harvest and consumed while still fresh.

Furthermore, by purchasing locally, consumers know exactly where their food is coming from and what practices are used to harvest it. The farm-to-table movement gives power back to the people and helps them to make more informed choices about what they eat.

Switching to a Farm-To-Table Lifestyle

Making the switch begins with a little research, a little exploration, and a plan of action. Moving to a farm-to-table lifestyle entails eating what’s in season, and that’s exactly what you will find at local farmer’s markets. In embracing this, start by researching what produce is in-season where you live and finding new recipes that utilize those seasonal food items. Next, learn more about the farmer’s markets near you, along with farm-to-table restaurants that you can trust to serve natural, seasonal food.

Farmers Markets in Williamson County, Texas

Williamson County hosts numerous farmer’s markets every week, which means that your farm-to-table lifestyle can start right away. To find a farmers market nearby, check out our directory of Farmers Markets, and make sure to save a date in your itinerary to dine at Greenhouse in Round Rock, where you will be sure to find inspiration for your locally-grown seasonal recipes. Finally, establish a relationship with a local farmer in Williamson County from whom you can purchase products directly. You won’t just be eating cleanly and confidently, you’ll be making a new friend in your community, and that’s what farm-to-table is all about!

We also recommend a few Farm to Table restaurants in your town:

Farm to Fork in Leander – Texas Southern Homestyle cuisine with a little French flair in a new location – Yep, the Texas winter blizzard zapped the pipes, and Farm to Fork is in the process of relocation. New atmosphere and more great local food to come. Watch their posts for grand reopening! 

Mouton’s -cajun and country fusion cuisine A very cozy Southern Style Bistro serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, In Leander and Cedar Park. 

2020 Market Scratch Kitchen & Bar in Georgetown – Chef Jaime and Chef Luis’ will never let you down! Always ready to share where they picked up their local cuisine and flair. Live music and a great patio – need we say more.

The Grove wine bar /Kitchen – Located in Cedar Park, this fabulous little joint serves up American Fare paired with an extensive wine list. Stop by for a few tasty happy hour bites and a fantastic meal paired with your favorite glass, bottle, or flight of wine.

Foxhole Culinary Tavern tucked in between North Austin and Cedar Park just off 183/Lakeline rd.   A small sample of one of their many specials is social hour 3-6:30 p Tues – Friday featuring Tavern Tacos, Ponderings, flatbread snacks, and more.

Plowman’s Kitchen – A favorite spot in Taylor, serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, this family-owned restaurant has the best menu and collection of foodie love.

Be Kind to Good Strangers Cafe in Taylor, Texas – a great little lite breakfast and sandwich Café on W. 2nd street. Stop by for a bite or order online for the office lunch treat.

Inspirational Links:

Farm to Table Tx  Delivers to restaurants from local farmers all over central Texas


Grab Your Best Friend and Come on Down to The Farmers Market!


March 21st is a very special day in Williamson County. The opening day of the first-ever Couplands Farmers & Artisan Market begins at 12 pm and runs until 5 pm. 

The Coupland Farmers & Artisan MarketThe creator and founder of the Market is David Harrison a local artist and farmer. David’s goal is to create a once-a-week community activity that promotes a wholesome social gathering place. Set up as A 501c nonprofit, small-scale agriculture and specialty products can be found every Sunday afternoon.  Shoppers will be treated to a variety of handmade items from local artisans. The very freshest produce and meat products raised by farmers from the region, food trucks for lunch, sweets and treats all accompanied by a little live music.

A Texas-style event that is sure to provide a great venue to visit.

The market begins at 12 pm with the National Anthem and live music to follow at 3 pm  

Meet your friends at the market and spend a while sharing family stories, fresh air, cool breezes, warm smiles, and lots of friendly faces.

Stay safe, and give your fellow Texans a smile and a Howdie Neighbor greeting! Share a little love by stopping by your favorite vendor and post a selfie with them!

We thank you for supporting local businesses!


Sunday Market: 


The Coupland Farmers and Artisan Market – 12 – 5 pm Hosting Coupland Honey, Klanika Photography, Nava’s Soft Servefood truck, WELSS metal and leather, The Country Larder, Bricks by Marty, Meghan’s Magic, H.I.M Jewelry, Kina Ice, Harrison’s Backyard Eggs and many more. 

Saturday Markets:

East of IH35:

Georgetown – Wolf Ranch Farmers Market – follow their Facebook site for updates on available items. 8 am – 1 pm. Update for Wolf Ranch. All kinds of fresh veggies, squash – mushrooms – zucchini – farm-raised chicken- local honey – Brazilian cheese bread. Gourmet popcorn – beef jerky – fresh pickles- pecans. Grill up your favorite veggie with a little Central Texas Olive Ranch Oil!  Botanical gardens in a pot- Beautiful woodwork – cutting boards- bowls and more! Erica’s healthy Pets for some wholesome pup treats – emu oil is fabulous. Sourdough bread – and spices and rubs – They have it all, make your list, and pack up the family for a great morning at the market. Supporting your local farmers’ market is the best way to start a day.

Round Rock –Farmer George has something new stirring up every week. Cooking, crafting, health and wellness, and more: Farmer George Farmers Market Sporting 3 markets now.10 am – 2 pm every Saturday. The Saturday location is behind Ikea – fresh pies, and wonderful tasty farm-raised beef and chicken for the grill. Find gluten-free specialty bread, elderberry products to support your immune system, handmade soaps, candles, and jewelry.


West if IH35

Smooth Village Market – set in the Heart of Leander 9 am – 1 pm. look for the Airstream trailers! A few New vendors have arrived adding to your market surprise, oh what a treat! Auntie’s seasoning salts, a load of flavored jerky to include whiskey and honey jalapeno garlic and cowboy. Beautiful pottery, one-of-a-kind masks, and south porch custom-made wooden, skincare products for women and men soft, sensuous, and silky from Ellie Cat. It is another beautiful day under the oak trees. Grab the kids and enjoy the morning.  


Liberty Hill – The Market at Indian Mound Ranch – 12805 SH 29 W, 9 am – 1 pm cookies fresh baked and ready to eat. – Don’t forget to pick up your farm fresh eggs, local honey, fresh-baked bread and treats, longhorn beef, and there are more treats. Kettle chips, pecans, pickles, jams, and jellies. Handcrafted sewn items and beautiful fun jewelry. Follow and share the love on Facebook for updates. Vendors galore so grab your best buddy, head on over, and enjoy!


Very East of IH35

Taylor Heritage Square – Market on Main 10 am-2 pm Amber Oaks Ranch, Bucking Goats Farm, Coupland Honey, Farmer Al’s Eggs, Ghost Tree Farm, Kraft’s log Works, and microgreens, Nanny Goat salsa, and Yegua Creek Farm.

Local Farmers and artisans promise to provide their best in stock fresh off the farm. You can pick up loads of fresh vegetables and honey products. Organic soaps, body care products, and soy wax candles. There will be a vendor or two with sweet and savory baked goods jams and pickles. Need a unique present for a friend – Hanle’s Beautiful clay poppies and flowers.

Perfectly nestled under the Awning at the pavilion. Stop by and fill up your grocer bags with all your weekend desires.

Tuesday Market:

Isle Acre Farms in Leander CSA program invites you to come to pick up your veggies at their farm stand Wednesdays 3-6 pm. Place a Pre-order online. They also offer Farm classes for kids. Tours and events on their wonderful farm will begin in the Fall. Offering real food and real happiness!

WilCo Farmers Market in Sun City Now open and full of great vendors to help and serve you. 9 am-noon. The freshest and the best in Sun City. Take a stroll through the market and enjoy their great atmosphere and friendly faces.

Wednesdays Markets:

Savory Farmer’s Market at Travisso – At the Travisso Palazzo Clubhouse from 3 – 7 pm. A few of the vendors Include Flat Creek Winery, Michelle East, and here beautiful handmade pottery, Original Dog Treat Truck Co., Fairy Fire Candles, Brangus Best Beef, Coyote Moon Coffee, and Savory Alaska Seafood. You can find local honey, Organic-gluten free backed goods, live plants, fresh veggies, and more. A great little market in Leander to visit. Food trucks include cool ice cream treats and a rotation of great food for a quick dinner. Check out the Facebook link for the most current updates.  Coming soon on the last Friday of each month Savory Market adds a new location in the Bryson Neighborhood in Leander.

Thursday Markets:

WilCo Farmers Market 10 am -2 pm Between 7th and 8th Across from the Library. Veggies, protein, honey, pasta, and natural products. Remember to check out their market on Tuesdays at Sun City under the trees and in the cool morning hours.

Elgin Texas Farmers Market 5 pm – 8 pm. Growing weekly; Yegua Creek Farms, Sweet life Soap Co. Banner Distilling Co., Nanny Goat Salsa, Bucking Goat Farm, Rustic Manor Creations, and Body and Shine Wellness and Yoga are just a few of the new additions. Join Amber Oaks on Thursday evenings and enjoy a little hometown fun in Elgin! Follow their Facebook for updates.

Amber Oaks in Thrall is a primary supporter of the Elgin Market. You can go to their website and join their Meat Buyers Club. Organic, pasture-raised, no hormones or antibiotics guaranteed to be very best. Get daily updates on their Facebook site! Chicken is back in stock so get it while it lasts!
Contact John or Molly via the website with any questions, they deliver in Hutto, Pflugerville, Taylor, or Elgin.

Friday Market

Savory Farmer’s Market – Starting up a new market on the last Friday of every month. If you live in Leander near 183 this is a great stop on your way home. Maybe we can ask Savory Market Man to host a Red Box and Popcorn for Friday night movies! Bryson Backyard Amenity Center: 1960 Pleasant Hill Rd Leander, TX 78641. Come 3:00-7:00pm

Shoppin’ at the Farmers Market- All Local, All Original, All Organic. What could be better for holiday fun and cheer?

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