Podcast: Is This a Thing? (Episode 10)

Podcast: Is This a Thing? (Episode 10)

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

In this episode of “Is This A Thing?” we share Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz’s recent presentation to the Economic Outlook Conference, which recapped market trends and successes from 2018, along with a look ahead through 2019 and into 2020.

Natalie then took a deeper dive into the city’s emerging Midtown Business Park and why that entire area of College Station is so important to the city’s future. Continue reading “Podcast: Is This a Thing? (Episode 10)”

Podcast: Is This A Thing? How the At Home deal was sealed (Episode 7)

Podcast: Is This A Thing? How the At Home deal was sealed (Episode 7)

On this edition of Is This A Thing?, College Station’s Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and Oldham Goodwin Group EVP Clint Oldham talk about how the At Home deal came about, how fragile this deal – and all eco-devo deals, to be honest – really was, and how retail attitudes are no longer cowering from The Amazon Effect. Continue reading Podcast: Is This A Thing? How the At Home deal was sealed (Episode 7)

Podcast: Chef Wade Barkman dishes on The Republic and Primrose Path

Podcast: Chef Wade Barkman dishes on The Republic and Primrose Path

After 10 years of owning and operating The Republic Steakhouse in College Station, executive chef Wade Barkman is finally building his own restaurants – an updated Republic, plus a brand-new concept that shares a common slab – from the ground up. In this podcast, Wade talks about life leading up to this point, and what people can expect with these new properties. Continue reading Podcast: Chef Wade Barkman dishes on The Republic and Primrose Path

Is This A Thing? What’s coming to CS and what’s not (Episode 6)

Is This A Thing? What’s coming to CS and what’s not (Episode 6)

It’s been a long time since Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and Public Communications Director Jay Socol talked rumors versus reality in terms of restaurants, retail, and more. This episode of “Is This a Thing?” covers a lot of ground, including flip-flop scenarios about In-N-Out Burger. Using examples of Academy and Gander Mountain, Nat also gives great insight into why vacant properties stay empty so long. Continue reading Is This A Thing? What’s coming to CS and what’s not (Episode 6)