It's always a treat to see something that you don't spot in normal, everyday life. Even better if it's a "secret." And yes, we have a very interesting one for you to explore not too far from us here in Temple, Texas.
Let me introduce you to a place called Bodega.
I know what you're thinking: "Tommy...this is just a regular store. Have you completely lost it? There's nothing hidden about this!" I promise there's more, don't worry.
We start outside of the establishment. From all accounts it looks like any other convenience store doesn't it? Snacks and drinks are available too!
Honestly, the only thing missing right now is fuel pumps.
Here's where things get more interesting. In the back of the little shopping area is a door that can be opened by a regular person such as yourself. What's behind that door you ask?
Behold, the hidden glory of the speakeasy. And let me tell you, this looks pretty dang sweet if you get to see it in person:
Big things truly come in small packages don't they. That saying is very appropriate all things considered. This is one place I'll definitely need to check in my spare time.
But this also makes me wonder...are there any hidden speakeasys in our area that some residents don't know about? If anyone knows,
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This Temple, Texas DoorDasher Helped an Elderly Woman Get Fresh Start
Shelby Moeller never imagined that an odd request while delivering for Door Dash would lead to a life-changing experience for him as well as an elderly woman who needed more than food.
He described his initial encounter on Facebook, thanking people who offered to help the 78-year-old woman he named 'Jane Doe' to protect her privacy. On March 20th, he was able to share some amazing news on Facebook.
"Many of you probably remember my post last week about door dashing and coming across an elderly woman in deplorable conditions. When I made the post, I was thinking that I just needed to raise awareness that our elderly right here in our community are often alone, forgotten, and in need of help. I never imagined that through my post, God was going to provide a small but mighty army of volunteers that would jump in and save Jane Doe."
Jane Doe had to be moved out of her apartment while biohazard disinfecting was done by Spotless Crime Clean. All furniture, carpet, and most of her possessions had to be thrown away. There was also no edible food, as everything in the kitchen was either expired or infested with insects.
Shelby was able to spend some time with the woman, who he described as his 'new adopted grandma'. He learned about her background, and how she had struggled throughout her entire life, being reduced to having nothing multiple times. She had developed some hoarding behaviors, and he believed that some of that was due to her fear of losing everything again.
Take a look at the before and after photos of the amazing transformation of her home that changed a Central Texas woman's life and helped her start over in a healthy environment.
Helpful Slithering: Which Snakes Could Help or Harm in Texas?
Not all snakes are bad. Some Texas snakes actually do a lot to help humans out, even if we don't always see or appreciate it. Then again, some snakes can do a lot of harm. Here's a quick rundown.
No Fares Needed: Go Back to School With This Bus Airbnb in Austin, Texas
When all of us were younger, we dreaded getting on the school bus, so why is this unique Airbnb in Austin, Texas so charming? The wheels on this bus don't go 'round and 'round, but board it and you'll be on the fastest route to rest and relaxation.
What’s the Best Thing About the Most Expensive House in Texas? Being Safe
The most expensive house for sale in Texas includes a private marina, multiple waterfalls, a media room, 25 acres of amazing views on Lake Travis, and a safe room.
You really need to see Villa Del Lago to appreciate all these amazing features. Of course, luxury doesn't come cheap! The property comes with a price tag of $45 million.