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All Up In Your Business: Walk-On’s

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Who better to open a Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux in College Station than a former walk-on to the Texas A&M football team? Cory (’08) and Jenny (’01) Davis are poised to open their business in south College Station — their first foray into the restaurant business — and talk about how College Station was the only city they ever considered for such a major endeavor.

Also in this episode, Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and Communications Director Jay Socol talk about how the City of College Station sometimes spots opportunities to help new businesses or developers find just the right location for whatever they want to bring to the market.

Finally, Nat shares updated info on some additional restaurants under development in south College Station or, as Jay calls it, “SoCol.”

All Up In Your Business is now available via Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher.

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 11th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


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Aiden, Olivia CS’s most popular baby names in 2019

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Friends, it’s time we had a talk. Some feelings are going to be hurt, but I’m just going to be straight with you.

With all due respect, some of you should’ve asked for help when naming your baby. While there are some wonderfully creative names among the 1,556 babies born in College Station during 2019 — I’ll get to that shortly — too many of you are afraid to color outside the lines.

Hear me out.

Since 2014, it feels like every other crib in College Station has a new Aiden (68), Jackson (82) or Emma (93!). But originality really dips when it comes to the middle names you’re choosing. See any patterns?

  • 2019:   Grace, Rose, Marie
  • 2018:   Rose, Grace, Marie
  • 2017:   Grace, Rose, Marie
  • 2016:   Grace, Marie, Rose
  • 2015:   Grace, Marie, Ann
  • 2014:   Grace, Marie, Nicole
  • 2019:   James, Lee, Michael
  • 2018:   James, Lee, Alexander
  • 2017:   James, Alexander, Wayne
  • 2016:   James, Michael, Alexander
  • 2015:   James, Michael, Lee
  • 2014:   James, Wayne, Alexander

I’m not saying you guys need to go all Boaty McBoatface with your baby names; I’m just saying you might want to consider options besides Emma Grace and Aiden James — no offense, of course, to these specific, mighty cute, newly-minted College Stationites.

Okay, end of the lecture.

Here are some College Station birth statistics from 2019, according to Yvette Dela Torre, our award-winning local registrar who handles vital statistics reporting.

  Births Girls Boys Twins Triplets
2013 2,159 1,066 1,093 36 sets
2014 2,460 1,264 1,196 30 sets 1 set
2015 2,494 1,245 1,249 50 sets
2016 2,307 1,206 1,164 44 sets
2017 2,398 1,168 1,230 48 sets 1 set
2018 2,016 970 1,046 27 sets  
2019 1,556 772 784 22 sets  

You might’ve noticed the continuing decline in births that began in 2018. Yvette says that’s due to another year without labor and delivery services being offered at CHI St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital (formerly College Station Medical Center). All hospital births in College Station in 2019 occurred at Baylor Scott & White Hospital.

Most popular BOYS’ first names

  • Aiden (11)
  • Liam (11)
  • Grayson (10)

Most popular BOYS’ middle names

  • James (35)
  • Lee/Leigh (24)
  • Michael (21)

Most popular GIRLS’ first names

  • Olivia (17)
  • Emma (12)
  • Harper (11)

Most popular GIRLS’ middle names

  • Grace (55)
  • Rose (34)
  • Marie (26)

More 2019 birth stats

  • Month with the most births: December (153)
  • Month with the fewest births: March (94)
  • Days with the most births: June 6 (11)
  • Home births: 4

In the spirit of high school yearbooks, here are some superlatives being handed out to a few of our 2019 babies.

Most likely to share the same name

  • Aiden James (2)
  • Avery Kate (2)
  • Ella Grace (3)
  • Emma Grace (3)
  • Hadley Grace (2)
  • Harper Grace (3)
  • Isabella Marie (2)
  • Jordan Thomas (2)
  • Layla Rose (2)
  • Lorenzo Antonio (2)
  • Noah Michael (2)
  • Olivia Rose (3)
  • Olivia Claire (2)
  • Samuel Ray (2)
  • Skylar Elaine (2)
  • Whitley Jane (2)
  • Wyatt Michael (2)

Most likely to join the Audubon Society

  • Birdie Scout

Most likely to give credit to a higher power

  • Brontayveai Imblessed

Most likely to win all competitions

  • Champion Jkee

Most likely to kayak

  • Indie River
  • Kip River
  • River Matthew
  • River Delane

Most likely to sing/act with GaGa Lady

  • Cooper Bradley

Most likely to come through in a pinch

  • Klutch Christian

Most likely to be remembered

  • Legend Lee
  • Legend O’Mari

Most likely to make her own car repairs

  • Piston Jayne

Most likely to visit a national park in South Dakota

  • Rupert Badlands

Most likely to work with Elon Musk

  • Tesla Eden

Most likely to be a cool conversation starter

  • Wenceslado 3rd

Most likely to wear baby Tony Lamas

  • Castyn Maverick
  • Maverick Roddie
  • William Maverick

Most likely to pursue law enforcement

  • E’Mahzi Justice Lyen
  • Justice Johari
  • Justice Aubrielle

Most likely to deserve their own category

  • Alpha Dewdrop
  • Zoiimi My’Life

College Station ended 2019 with a population estimate of 122,738, thanks in part to our 1,556 newest residents. When it’s time to look back at our 2020 babies, I expect to see more Alpha Dewdrops and fewer Emma Graces — okay?

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 11th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M, Jay has also served as communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he was president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers from 2016-18.


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Podcast: College Station eco-devo 101

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

We hear it all the time: “Hey, College Station, how come you don’t bring a [fill in the blank] to town?”

The other side of that is, “Hey, bozos, why do you keep bringing more [fill in the blank] to our city?”

First, some of you have anger issues. Seriously, though, a lot of people don’t understand:

  • What the city can be credited for bringing to town.
  • What the city should not be credited/blamed for bringing to town.
  • What our economic development staff is actively recruiting to CS.

In this episode of AUIYB, Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and I discuss all these points, as well as some things about Post Oak Mall you may not know. (cliffhanger!)

Subscribe to All Up In Your Business at your favorite podcast source — Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, or Podbean.

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is starting his 11th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


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Podcast: Breakfast you’ll be la Gladeleine about

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

In this podcast episode, College Station Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz returns to talk about new restaurants, office space, commercial expansion and more. We also dive into an email from a pod listener (we have one!) who expressed concerns about what feels like constant expansion in College Station.

All Up In Your Business is now available via Podbean, Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher.


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 10th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


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Podcast: Culpeppers are legacy residential, retail developers who still have plans

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

If you’ve lived in College Station or Bryan more than a minute, then you probably know about the Culpepper family. If not, then you’re certainly living, shopping, dining or being entertained in spaces that were developed by the Culpeppers.

President/CEO of Culpepper Realty Co. Jack Culpepper and General Counsel Larry Haskins talked to me about the beginnings of the family business, its early successes throughout the twin cities (and beyond) — and even gave some hints about their next redevelopment moves on property just across from Texas A&M. Hint: Think of the space where IHOP, Schlotzsky’s and Hurricane Harry’s are located — across from Century Square.

There’s great insight from a family that’s already invested in College Station for nine decades, with its fourth generation already working on the next big announcement.

All Up In Your Business is now available via Podbean, Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher.


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 10th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


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Podcast: Real talk about Gringo’s and Buc-ee’s

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

College Station Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and I had a jaunty (thanks, thesaurus!) podcast discussion this week about some businesses either recently on the ground or that we at least have a really good shot at.

But we also talked about one that appeared to be a sure thing until it wasn’t: Gringo’s.

Others topics we cover:

  • How genuine the interest is from Buc-ee’s in a College Station location vs. Nat’s own wishful thinking?
  • Why does it matter so much that the extensions to Lakeway Drive and Pebble Creek Parkway are now open? (Hint: Midtown)

For those brave enough to sample the video version of this episode, we apologize profusely for obscuring Nat’s face with the new microphone. A partial Nat eclipse is definitely visible to the naked eye.

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 10th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


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