When Ailsa, author of Where’s My Backpack?, posted her Friday photo challenge, Travel theme: Square, we were headed on a Saturday to Brenham, Texas, with high hopes: tour the Blue Bell Creamery factory to see how they make that creamy goodness and then patronize the Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor near the Visitor Center.
But that didn’t happen. Open times are Monday through Friday, 8 to 5 only. So, we headed to the square in downtown Brenham. And for those of you not familiar with southern small town squares, it’s where shops, cafes, law offices, and drugs-and-sundries shops all face the four sides of county court house.
Searching for squares became a cause, thanks to Ailsa and her Friday word. And here are a few squares found in downtown Brenham, Texas.
A shot of the square from Park St. Bakery where we ate our first Klobasniky. (Sorry these are oval, not square. But they’re sooooo good. Just had to snap a trayful (Is that a word?) to share with you.
A walk down a side street revealed more squares honoring those who donated to the revitalization as a Friend of Downtown.
Ducking into Bluebird off the Square, an antiques and accessories shop, we found square wreaths and square pillows.
Ana at the Book Nook, bargain books — new and used — stood upright in square cubbies in a set of old lockers painted green.
Our last stop at Must Be Heaven, an old-fashioned ice cream shoppe complete with soda fountain and black-and-white-square-tile flooring, brought us full circle, if you will. Because it was there that we found what we came to find in the first place: a bowl full of luscious butter pecan Blue Bell ice cream!
Nothin’ square about shopping in Brenham!
For more squares, check out Travel theme: Square at Where’s My Backpack?