Friday, April 1, 2016


We are excited to announce that Gruene Antique Company will celebrate 30 years in business this year! The shop, which is housed in one of the many historic buildings in downtown Gruene, opened its doors in July of 1986 by current owners Pat Molak and Mary Jane Nalley.

Gruene Antique Company (GAC) will celebrate this milestone in several ways including a newly refurbished website, in store promotions and celebratory merchandise. The new website at offers visitors an easy to navigate experience with professional photography, a virtual tour and other additional features.

In addition to the new website, GAC will hold an Anniversary Sale from Monday, April 18th to Sunday, April 24th. The sale will offer 15% off a single item of $30 of more, with some exclusions applying. GAC is also selling commemorative 30th Anniversary Christmas ornaments as well as t-shirts.  

Gruene Antique Company is fashioned in the form of an antique mall in that the store houses 21 different individual vendors within the 6500 sq. ft. space. This offers antique shoppers much more variety in their treasure hunting than if you were to visit the shop of just one dealer.

The setting of Gruene Antique Company also adds to the uniqueness of the store. Housed in the HD Gruene Mercantile building which was built in 1904, much of the original interior remains intact and accentuates the feeling of days gone by. Built originally by Henry D. Gruene as a place where tenant farmers could buy and sell their wares, the building’s function remains quite the same today.

The building, along with many others in the surrounding area of historic Gruene, is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Today, the store is open daily at 10am and allows its many annual customers to take a walk back in time when they visit.

For more information on Gruene Antique Company, please visit the new site at

Monday, January 12, 2015

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Gruene!

Looking for the perfect way to celebrate with your Sweetheart on Valentine's Day this year? Grab your boots, and two-step your way to Gruene for celebrations to suit any couple!

Start the celebration early with Gruene Hall's Sweetheart's Gospel Brunch on Sunday, February 8th. In the tradition of a New Orleans-style gospel brunch, we serve up awe-inspiring gospel music featuring The Gospel Silvertones and Bret Graham, coupled with a mouth-watering buffet, catered by Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar. Brunch hours are 10:30am-12:00pm. Want to make it extra special? Book a night at the Gruene Mansion Inn for you and your sweetie on Saturday! Tickets available at

Looking for a little dancing to spice up your romantic celebrations? You're in luck - Chubby Checker & The Wildcats - yes, the same Chubby Checker who invented 'The Twist,' will be at Gruene Hall on Thursday, February 12th! So, come on, baby - let's do The Twist! Tickets available at

During Valentine's Day weekend, Gruene Hall will host William Clark Green (Friday, February 13th) and Shinyribs (Saturday, February 14th). Before the show, be sure to stop by one of the fabulous dining options in Gruene for a romantic meal! Here are a few suggestions:

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar (Special Available February 13th - February 15th)
A tender and juicy 8 ounce New York Strip accompanied by the Gristmill’s award winning bacon-wrapped stuffed Texas gulf jumbo shrimp. Served with loaded mashed potatoes and served with an iceberg wedge salad ($24.99). Don’t forget dessert…Indulge yourself with a most decadent favorite…Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake, creamy cheesecake with rich fudge, topped with caramel, pecans, chocolate chips and whipped cream. Served with two spoons, just the right ending to a truly romantic meal. Available Friday through Sunday.

Mozie’s (Special Available February 13th - February 15th)
Steak! Specials include a succulent 6 ounce filet and a 16 ounce porterhouse t-bone. Both flat top grilled, covered in Hoffbrau lemon butter and served with a bleu cheese wedge salad and a choice of side ($29.95). To “sweeten” your dining experience, try specialty martinis, including Strawberry Cheesecake, Godiva Chocolate or Key Lime Pie! Available Friday through Sunday.

Cantina del Rio (Special Available February 13th - February 15th)
Featuring a Sizzlin’ Valentine’s Special all weekend with happy hour prices! Try our tender chicken or beef fajitas marinated in our special fresh squeezed lime marinade, served with beans, rice, real guacamole, fresh pico and your choice of fresh flour or homemade corn tortillas. $11.99 for one or $20.99 for you and your sweetie. Enjoy a frozen margarita or sangria or an ice cold beer on our relaxing deck tucked into the trees of Gruene Historic District. Available Friday thru Sunday.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Americana Jam Saves a Life!!

Not only were we able to raise $67,122.40 for the Braunfels Foundation Trust at this year's 18th Annual Americana Music Jam at Gruene Hall, we were also able to assist in saving a life! Kathy Flynn, with Love Hope Strength, set up a tent at the event sponsored by Gruene Hall and 92.1 KNBT to register potential bone marrow survivors, and it was there that she was able to MATCH a donor to a patient!! Only 1 in 541 people in the United States are ever matched, so we are overwhelmed that we were able to make this happen at the Jam. 

A little more about the wonderful organization who made the match...

Basically, Love Hope Strength does bone marrow donor drives at rock concerts. It is a great, painless way to get involved in the war on cancer.

Registering is simply filling out a form and doing a painless cheek swab. It takes about two minutes. But if someone is found to be a match for a patient, they go through more intensive testing to find out if they are healthy enough to actually donate. Donation is MUCH easier than people think... in most cases (about 85% of the time) it involves a few days of injections, a bit of soreness as the bone marrow makes more cells than it needs and then spills the extra cells into the blood stream. Donation day is a few hours and a couple of movies. And the incredible opportunity to extend a life when nobody else can!
Most of the patients who need stem cell / bone marrow transplants never find a match, because less than half of them have a match on the registry. About 40(ish)%.  We hope you will register to be a donor at the next Americana Music Jam in May. Who knows how many more lives could be saved!

Thursday, July 31, 2014


It's Thursday, so we thought it would be fun to take a stroll down memory lane, Gruene Hall-style! The old dance hall has been through a lot, and we are fortunate enough to have pictures that depict different times in the building's history. 

Originally built in 1878 as a social center for members of the surrounding cotton farming community, the Hall would be a gathering place for any and all events. Weddings, funerals, even badger fights! Recognize that wood burning stove? 

As the years passed, the cotton farming town failed, but the old Hall stood its ground. After all, it is the longest continually-operating dance hall in the state. 

Finally in 1975, the Hall was purchased by its current owners and began its transformation into the music venue it is today. Although it took some time to get there... Free keg beer, anyone? 

As the Texas music scene started gaining ground, so did the little old dance hall. With the help of some really great artists like George Strait and Hal Ketchum, and some loyal patrons, Gruene Hall began to transform into the venue it is today.

And aren't we glad!! It's been a turbulent ride, but the Hall is still standing with most of its original infrastructure 136 years later! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

5 Ways to Celebrate America in Gruene!!

July is upon us, which means Independence Day is just around the corner! And there is no better place to celebrate our great country than in Gruene Historic District. Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate July 4th in and around Gruene this week.

1. Float the River!
We caught up with some Instagrammers who recently showed their American spirit as they floated down the Guadalupe. Like @travnasty20 says, "Livin the American Dream!!" Hey, even the fish get the patriotic picture!

2. Two-step in Texas' Oldest Dance Hall
After you've had all the fun in the sun you can handle, throw on your cowboy boots (or keep your flip flops, those are OK too!) and head up to Gruene Hall, Texas' Oldest Dance Hall. Built in 1878, the whole building will make you reminiscent of good ol' days in the USA. Stop in for free live music all day starting with South Austin Moonlighters from 12-4pm followed by Cody Jinks at 8pm.

3. Shoppin'... American Style
From Antiques that resonate the American spirit to home decor perfect for celebratin' Independence Day, there's something for everyone in Gruene. Stop by Lone Star Texas Eclectic to stock up July 4th goodies, then head over to Gruene Antique Company for some older treasures!

4. Good Ol' American Eats!
All that dancing and shopping making your stomach rumble? Head towards the Gruene Water Tower and you'll find the Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar. Situated on the bluff of the Guadalupe River, sit back, relax, and enjoy some American classics as you take it all in! A juicy burger and some strawberry shortcake...doesn't get much better!

5. Stay a day longer and see the Texas Tornados at Gruene Hall on Saturday!
The Texas Tornados, with their infectious, party-ready sound, blending early rock & roll, R&B, blues and whatever other roots music crosses their paths, are back! This is one party not to be missed!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Summertime in Gruene!

Whether you're looking for a quick getaway, or a family-style road trip down South, Gruene has activities for the whole family, all summer long! With live music and river-floatin' every day, you can't go wrong! Here are a few highlights to help you plan your trip: 

When: Everyday!
WhatRiding the River & Live Tunes at Gruene Hall
Beat the heat with the cool water of the Guadalupe River.  Whether you choose an inner toob, a raft or a SUP (stand up paddle board), jump in the water and enjoy a leisurely float along one of Central Texas' most beautiful waterways.  Contact outfitters Rockin 'R’ River Rides or Gruene River Company for information. Dry off and head on over to Gruene Hall! Gruene Hall features live music everyday year ‘round. Shows are free most Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Friday and Saturday evenings are generally ticketed or cover shows. For band schedule and availability, visit

When: Every Tuesday beginning June 3rd
What: Two Ton Tuesdays and Swing Dance Lessons
It wouldn’t be summertime without popular rock-a-billy band Two Tons of Steel holding court in Gruene Hall every Tuesday evening.  If you haven't caught Two Ton fever yet, grab your dancing shoes and get ready. The band takes the stage at 8:30pm. Come early for Swing Dance Lessons from 6pm to 7pm. Learn simple, fun East Coast Swing steps in this one-hour class held before each Two Ton Tuesday show all summer long at Gruene Hall. This class is perfect for beginners or those wanting to polish their wraps, tunnels, turns and spins! The one-hour lesson begins at 6pm and is just $8 per person. You don’t even need a partner to join in on the fun! Hang around Gruene for dinner and try out your moves with popular rock-a-billy group Two Tons of Steel that evening.  

When: June 19, July 17 and August 21
Meet Texas’ best winemakers and craft brewers at The Grapevine the third Thursday of each month except January. Throughout the year, eleven wineries and the winemakers are showcased on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room in Gruene Historic District. Complimentary tastings will be offered of the craft beer and three of the wineries newest releases, top-selling and hardest to find wines. This a great opportunity to learn direct from these craftsmen, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and prize giveaways. 

When: June 8, July 13, August 10
In the tradition of a New Orleans-style gospel brunch, we are serving up awe-inspiring gospel music featuring The Gospel Silvertones and Bret Graham, coupled with a mouth-watering buffet, catered by Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar. Known for his Evangelical work and inspiring messages, Buckner Fanning drops in when his schedule allows and it’s always a special treat. Brunch hours are 10:30am-12:00pm

When: June 21-22, July 19-20, August 16-17
Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods.  Market hours are 10:00am-5:00pm. Free admission. 

When: June 23
Also known as Frank’s Tranquilizer Hour, this event commemorates the legendary former “Mayor” of Gruene with special offers at Gruene Hall, including 50¢ beers noon to 2pm, or until 4pm with an original Frank t-shirt! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Picture Perfect

Spring is upon us in Gruene, and as every day passes, there are more and more families, couples and individuals who use Gruene as the backdrop for their portraits. When owners Pat Molak and Mary Jane Nalley purchased land in the district, they purposefully kept large areas of open spaces and landscaping for people to enjoy, and we are so happy that so many people choose Gruene as a place to make memories. If you had to pick one place in Gruene to take a portrait, where would it be?