Beer in the bar
Temple soap maker has a whole lot of scents.
Misty Van Staaveren, owner of Through the Dutch Door, holds a bar of limited-edition soap made with beer produced at Fire Base Brewing Co. Through the Dutch Door specializes in bar and liquid soaps, hand sanitizers and beard products. David Stone photo
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
Misty Van Staaveren isn’t the new sheriff in town, but she is on a mission to clean up Bell County.
Misty has been making and selling homemade soaps since 2015, and she’s been a fixture at local markets. She’s even collaborated with other Temple-area businesses to create new and unique products.
“In 2013 I was running a little day spa in Fresno, California, and we had a little boutique where we sold soaps from local wholesalers,” she said. “I thought: ‘I could do that myself.’”
Two years later, Through the Dutch Door was born.
The business produces bar soaps, liquid soaps, hand sanitizers and beard products, and also sells stickers, bath bombs, lip balms and soap dishes.
Misty and husband Daniel — he helps with the soap making and accompanies her to pop-up market events — moved to Temple in June 2021 and brought their business with them. The couple wasted little time in setting up shop online and at markets in Temple, Salado and Belton. Their products are also on the shelves at Razzle Dazzle Specialty Shoppe in downtown Belton.
A few years back, Misty began adding a new ingredient to her soap — beer.
“I started using beer because of the benefits to the skin,” she said. “Beer contains antioxidants and it’s antibacterial, anti-cancer and anti-aging.”
So what kind of beer goes Through the Dutch Door?
“We use a lot of Bud Light,” she said. “It’s a lighter beer and it makes a light-colored soap. When we were in California, we used Sierra Nevada, which is a higher-end beer that produces a darker soap. A dark ale, for instance, produces a dark brown soap. When we moved to Temple, I started experimenting with local beers.”
The search for local beer led the Van Staaverens to Fire Base Brewing Co. in Downtown Temple.
“Fire Base makes a high-end craft beer that creates a very sudsy soap,” Misty said. “A higher sugar content makes high-quality soap with a lot of suds — that’s what people want.”
While beer helps create suds and adds to the scent of the soap, it would be foolish to consume a spiked bar.
“No,” Misty laughed. “The alcohol is cooked out during the soaping process. It tastes like soap.”
Through the Dutch Door has several products in the development stage.
“I’m always working on something new,” she said. “Right now, I’m working on a line of Texas-themed soaps. The first one will be Dark Starry Night, which will be a black charcoal-based soap with white flecks as the stars. I’ll probably use a lighter soap or even oatmeal for the flecks.”
“I’m also working on a shampoo bar, which is like a bar of soap but it’s for your hair,” she said. “Also in the works is a bath-and-flea bar for pets, plus a lot of new scents.”
Ahhh, the smell of soap. Misty’s customers have plenty of aromatic options.
“One of our biggest sellers is Lumberjack, a masculine scent for men that smells like a forest,” she said. “Monkey Farts also is popular — kids love it. It’s a blend of pineapple, banana and vanilla.”
Other top sellers are Date Night, a romantic scent for both sexes, and Drunken Stupor, a beer soap that smells like beer.
“All of our products are pet and kid friendly,” she said. “At pop-up events where we set up a booth, we always have our soaps out so people can pick their favorite colors and scents. We offer a three-pack of sample-size soaps so customers can try new scents and products without buying a large bar.”
Through the Dutch Door sets up a mobile store at markets in Temple, Belton and Salado. Courtesy photo
Las Fenix is one of six bands that will be Downtown on Sunday for the Heritage y Familia Music Festival. The festival celebrates Cinco de Mayo and Mothers Day. Courtesy photo
Cinco de Mayo events continue
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
Tejano sounds will fill the Downtown air Sunday in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
Bobby Pulido, Rick Trevino and Las Fenix, a group consisting of five sisters, will be the headliners for the Heritage y Familia Music Festival, which will be held in the City Hall parking lot. The festival will begin at 5 p.m. and end around midnight.
Tickets for the six-band show will be $25 at the gate.
“It’s a Cinco de Mayo celebration, but we decided to hold it Mother’s Day,” said Roney Castor, event coordinator and fundraising chairman for the Temple Breakfast Lions Club.
“Money raised during the festival will help support the Lions Club’s charity efforts,” Castor said.
These charities include McLane’s Children’s Cancer Center, Operation Feed My Sheep, Operation Feeding Temple, the Un-Included Club, Family Promise and the Ralph Wilson Youth Center. The club also supports the Texas Lion’s Camp, Texas Leader Dogs for the blind and several missions related to vision and glasses.
“We want to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of our community,” Castor said. “We want to make sure Temple stands out as a hub for diverse community activities.”
“We’re really excited about the six bands we have lined up for the festival,” he said. “They are very diverse.”
The big names for the event include Bobby Pulido, Rick Trevino and Las Fenix, a group consisting of five sisters from Houston. All three have massive fan bases and would normally headline a concert.
Also performing at the Cinco de Mayo celebration is Roberto Pulido, father of Bobby Pulido, Max Baca and David Beck.
Robert’s career has spanned five decades and he is responsible for pioneering the Tejano sound by introducing accordions and saxophones into his music.
“That sound helped bridge the gap between traditional Conjunto music and modern Tejano,” said Roney, who has been a Tejano DJ for many years.
Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs have been around since the mid 1990s and the band won a Grammy in 2010 for Tejano album of the year.
David Beck’s Tejano Weekend was formed in 2017 when Beck was looking for a new musical direction. He attended a house party where he found his new groove. At the party, a huge TV was blasting a Selena concert and he was captivated. Soon, he gathered up his friends, hired an accordion player and created English-language Tejano music.
“It’s traditional Tejano, just in English,” Castor explained. “Every song is a dance track and every show is a party.”
Along with music, the festival will feature arts and crafts, clothing vendors and a variety of food trucks.
For more information about the Heritage y Familia Music Festival, contact Castor at Ritmotejano@aol.com.
Cinco de Mayo/La Raza celebration
A celebration of Cinco de Mayo and La Raza will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Main Street Courtyard, 5 S. Main, in Downtown Temple.
The celebration will be presented by Artist 2 Artist Showcase, and will feature food, music, arts and crafts and more.
SATURDAY | MAY 7
Snow White Ballet at CAC on May 14-15
Our Town Temple
Mirror, mirror on the wall, what ballet is fun for one and all?
The Classical Ballet Conservatory at Lisa’s Dance Connection invites you to experience a spring ballet production of The Snow White Ballet on May 14 and 15 at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple.
Local Ballet Conservatory dancers ages 5 through adult — including our Dancers With Possibilities (dancers with special needs) — will bring to life the traditional tale of Snow White, the Seven Dwarves, and the Prince as they outwit the Evil Queen in her plans to take over the kingdom, said Marci Beeksma, director of Classic Ballet Conservatory.
Shows will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Tickets are $15 per person and are available now online at cacarts.org.
Half-priced pet adoptions today in Temple
The Temple Animal Shelter is offering half-priced pet adoptions today.
The Temple Animal Shelter is located at 620 Mama Dog Circle, near the intersection of South 31st Street and Avenue H, under the overpass.
Standard adoption fees for animals that are not spayed or neutered are normally set at $20 dogs and $10 cats but are currently offered at $10 for dogs and $5 for cats, Strunk said.
Animals that are spayed or neutered are normally set at $50 for dogs and $40 for cats but are offered at $25 for dogs and $20 for cats during this special. Spay, neuter, and vaccine requirement fees will still be required by the pet owner.
People interested in adopting an animal must bring an ID to the shelter. If the address on the ID is not up to date, people must bring a utility bill with their ID.
To meet adoptable animals, visit the Temple Animal Shelter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Appointments are not required to meet or adopt an animal. Adoptable animals may also be viewed online at templetx.gov/animalshelter.
today’s best bets
Steel Magnolias at Temple Civic Theatre. Visit templecivictheatre.com for tickets and show times. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser,; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on their underlying strength and love.
Chanticleer live at the Cultural Activities Center. 7:30 p.m. Adults, $25; Students, $5; Military and dependents, free. Chanticleer is known around the world as "an orchestra of voices" for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices and its original interpretation of vocal literature, from renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.
Troy Farmers Market Arts & Crafts. 9 a.m. Local foods, arts, crafts and small businesses with products and services.
Summer Crawfish Boil at Shakers Backyard. Spare Time Texas. Summer is getting closer and closer, so we're kicking things off with our 1st Annual Summer Crawfish Boil at Shaker's Backyard in Temple!Join us for an afternoon of great food, live music, and fun all around. The Backroads Band will kick things off at 1:00pm, with Crawfish being served starting at 2:00pm. Free Sand Volleyball and Yard Games will also be available throughout the event. For those not hungry for Crawfish, our team will also have burgers and hot dogs on the grill for purchase, plus our full menu being served inside Shakers Smokehaus. Get Full Details Here: https://bit.ly/36h7BX8
Cinco de Mayo/La Raza at Main Street Courtyard, 5 S. Main. 2-6 p.m. Presented by Artist 2 Artist Showcase. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food, music, art and crafts vendors and more.
Kentucky Derby Watch Party at 3 Texans Winery & Tasting Room. 3 p.m. Free to attend, drinks available for purchase. Visitors can head to this local attraction to watch the much-anticipated derby race. Dress your best, enjoy some delectable wine or a mint julep, and participate in the best-dressed contest at 5 p.m. Get gussied up and enjoy an afternoon of class, tasteful wines and the fanciest hats.
National Train Day at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum. Join us for our annual celebration of the Transcontinental railroad from 11 am to 3 pm. National Train Day has something for everyone interested in trains. Guests can expect photo opportunities, caricature and balloon artists, face painting, drawings for prize-filled suitcases, a barrel train on the Santa Fe Plaza, model train displays at CentraMod, and the return of Speeder Cars on the tracks behind the Museum. Tickets are $5.00 per person, children 2 and under are free. ALL tickets are advance purchase only through Eventbrite. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Temple Heritage y Familia Music Festival. Downtown Temple. Featuring Las Fenix, Roberto Pulido, Max Baca & Teximaniacs, David Beck’s Tejano Weekend and Rick Trevino. 4 p.m. to midnight. A day to Celebrate Heritage and Family on a Cinco de Mayo/ Mother’s Day Weekend. Food Vendors & Crafts, all beverages available. Bring your lawn chairs. Fundraiser for Temple Breakfast Lions Club. For more info, call (254) 228-9484
Crawfish Boil at Granny’s Shaved Ice, 208 N. Penelope in Belton. 2-8 p.m. Join us for our Cinco de Mayo bash! We will have Texas Boil Masters serving up crawfish, Granny’s will have snow cones in a pineapple, our neighbors at Bold Republic will be serving up cold beer & you can do some shopping at Pink Bulldog! Such a fun Saturday!
Disney Trivia at Fire Base Brewing. Free! 7:30 p.m.
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