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1 month for an ad on the page of your choice: $125

3 months for an ad on the page of your choice: $300

6 months for an ad on the page of your choice: $500

12 months for an ad on the page of your choice: $900

If we need to create the ad, it will come with a one-time $100 fee, and you can approve it before it goes live.

If you want to talk page views, SEO, click rates, etc., schedule a meeting by sending an email to james@wacowise.com. Make it happen, Cap’n!

Waco Wonderland List of Events

There’s a lot going on downtown for the Waco Wonderland celebration, Nov 30-Dec 2. The following is a handy little guide:

November 30

5pm-10pm: Mistletoe Market

5pm-10pm: Santa House & Crafts with HEB

5pm-10pm: Downtown Ferris Wheel

7pm-7:30pm: Tree Lighting & Fireworks Show

December 1

8am: Waco Wonderland Run - 5K/10K/1-mile walk

10am-10pm: Mistletoe Market

10am-10pm: Downtown Ferris Wheel

11am-10pm: Santa House & Crafts with HEB

3pm-10pm: Snow Tube Hill ($5)

December 2

10am-10pm: Mistletoe Market

12pm-6pm: Petting Zoo

12pm-6pm: Santa House & Crafts with HEB

12pm-6pm: Downtown Ferris Wheel

12pm-6pm: Snow Tube Hill ($5)

2018 Halloween Events!

Want some candy? Hey wait nevermind that sounded creepy. Let’s try this again: Below is a listing of all the Festivals and Trunk or Treats that we could possibly hope to find for this evening you can spike your kids’ blood sugar right before bed (and then finish off their pile of candy right before you go to bed). Keep in mind that the following listings could be affected by the weather.

October 31

Harley-Davidson of Waco: 3pm-5pm

Waco Escape Rooms: Waco Escape Games. 5pm-12am.

MCC College Athletics’ Trunk or Treat (Level D of the Highlander Drive Parking Garage): 5pm-7pm

Austin Avenue United Methodist Church: Costumed showing of Wallace & Gromit: 6pm-7:30pm

St. Albans Episcopal Church: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Heartis Senior Living: 6pm-7:30pm.

First Baptist Church of Hewitt: Trunk of Treat: 6pm-8pm (rain or shine)

Columbus Avenue Baptist Church: Trunk or Treat. 6pm-8pm

Warren Park: Creekside Spooktacular. 6pm-8pm

Skate Country (Bellmead): 6pm-8pm

Skate World (Towne Oaks Drive): 6pm-8pm

South Waco Community Center: 6pm-8pm

South Waco Library: Halloween Carnival. 6pm-8pm.

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church: 6pm-8pm (Teal Pumpkin site)

Cameron Park Zoo Boo 2018: 6pm-8pm

Concord Baptist Church: Trunk or Treat. 6pm-9pm

Grace Church Hewitt: S’mores & Candy. 6pm-9pm

New Beginnings Christian Fellowship: Trunk or Treat. 6:30pm

The Pumpkin Patch (201 S. Old Robinson Road): Trunk or Treat. 6pm-8pm

Waco Baptist Church: Trunk or Treat. 6pm-8:30pm

Bare Arms Brewing: Night of the Living Dead (not for kids): 7:30pm

If you know of any others we might have missed, let us know at james@wacowise.com

A Lovely Visit with...Slow Rise Slice House

I’m generally of the opinion that all pizza is good. Chicago-style? Heck yeah. New York-style? Sure thing. You got a Totino’s? Let’s party. Pizza is the reason I don’t have abs. One of the newer establishments in the Waco area is making sure that my ab-less existence will continue: Slow Rise Slice House in Woodway.

Open since April, and sharing a space with Common Grounds, the first thing you notice when you walk in is how refreshing the space is: impossibly clean with high ceilings and perfect lighting. Slow Rise offers a relaxing atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. But once you’ve settled in, it won’t take long for you to notice how good the pizza is.

It starts with the dough, an uber-secret special family recipe. Now, we lived in upstate New York for three winters, so I know my way around legit New York-style pizza. This is legit. The crust is perfect, the toppings are wonderful, too.

Are you subject to some dietary restrictions? Slow Rise offers cauliflower crust as well as a gluten-free crust. Slow Rise also has vegan cheese available, so you can come in and customize your very own vegan pizza. Or you could laugh at those people and get a slice of The Butcher - mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, hamburger, and bacon - and end up with the Meat Sweats. It’s worth it.

You know how some people wear leggings as pants? Slow Rise does appetizers as meals. Loaded French Fries, Mozzarella Sticks, Wings, and home-made meatballs. They have drink specials and will be unveiling their Fall Menu soon. Need a catered meal? Slow Rise has you covered.

Slow Rise, ultimately, is a community restaurant here to serve the community. It’s not uncommon to see one of the owners busing tables, or serving food, or walking you out to your car with an umbrella. And with a patio that has everything from cornhole to movie nights, Slow Rise is a family-friendly establishment. Bring them kids.

So it’s our fervent recommendation that you hit up Slow Rise, hang out, play some games, maybe get some coffee afterwards, and leave happy knowing you’ve eaten at a legit Waco establishment.

Slow Rise Slice House

7608 Woodway Drive

Sunday-Saturday: 11am-10pm

A Lovely Visit with...Milk Bottle Cookies

Having just moved to Waco from Utah for her husband’s job six weeks ago, Makenzie Asisi has been busy making cookies. Not just cookies, though, [checks over shoulder and lowers voice] the best cookies I’ve ever eaten. Milk Bottle Cookies is legit.

Why “Milk Bottle Cookies?” The density of the cookies themselves matches the density of a milk bottle. “And my husband always needs a glass of milk with his cookie, so it just worked,” Makenzie said while I stuffed my face over coffee at Common Grounds. I nodded and waited for my eyes to uncross.

The Wife doesn’t do gluten, so the tasting fell to me. I haven’t been to the gym since Thursday so I definitely earned sampling all five of the varieties Milk Bottle Cookies currently offers:

-Pistachio Chocolate Chip (covered in homemade caramel)

-Chocolate Chip

-White Chocolate Chip

-Cookies & Cream

-Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter

The word “decadent” comes to mind, and it’s easy to taste how Milk Bottle Cookies does it. “We don’t skimp on ingredients.” It’s top-of-the-line chocolate chips, flour, and absolutely no shortening. I’ve never called a cookie “creamy” before, but the White Chocolate Chip brought that word to mind.

The cookies are dense enough to take a bite, leave and go do something else, come back and take another bite - more designed to be a whole-day treat. [Note: the cookies didn’t last the whole day. I needed a nap afterwards.]

Currently Milk Bottle Cookies takes orders at their website or by DM on Instagram and Facebook. You can either pick them up on Sunday evening, or have them deliver to you (check the website to see if they deliver to your zip code). Shipping around the lower 48 states is available, as well. The Chocolate Chip & White Chocolate Chip are $3.50/each while the premium cookies are $5/each, and are a bargain at twice the price.

If you’re looking to impress guests, or you’re tasked with arranging treats for a corporate event, or you’re just in the mood for the best cookies you could ever hope to put in your mouth, we give two gooey thumbs up to Milk Bottle Cookies. Now, off to the gym…

A Lovely Visit with...Cultivate 7Twelve

So, last week we had a wonderful opportunity to visit Cultivate 7Twelve to see what they’re up to. Downtown Waco is lucky to have Rebekah and Jeremy Hagman and their team in place to provide a cultural presence since December 2017. Thanks to the Hagmans, Art has a home in Downtown Waco in the former Keton Bakery space, in operation from 1917 to the 1970s (and famous for their cream puffs). Hardwood floors accentuate the galleries with high ceilings in a space that allows you - and the art - to breathe. As soon as you walk in, you can tell that Cultivate 7Twelve is genuinely honored for you to grace their doorframe.

I mean, from bringing Waco an actual, real-life Banksy, to providing a space for ballet, yoga, and jazz dance classes (what up, Authentic Arts), to displaying hands-on family-friendly artistic pieces, Cultivate 7Twelve is here to bring you high-minded pursuits, making sure you strengthen your mind and your soul.

Cultivate 7Twelve offers space for (predominantly local) artists to participate in a highly-functional artistic community to showcase their work. Are you looking for a space to host your next event? Cultivate 7Twelve has you covered with a wide array of opportunities to entertain your guests in a convenient downtown location.

Do you like the idea of living in the 1920s? Do you channel Nick Carraway? Maybe, just maybe, you could get on board with being Jay Gatsby (up until, probably, the last 1/4 of the book)? Cultivate 7Twelve has something just for you. Keep an eye out here, and there, for something that just might ring your bell…

Click through below for pictures. All photos copyright Kami Yasko.

Wow! What a week!

So we’re now into Week Two of Waco Wise and things are officially in high-gear! Just a hint of what we’ve done/added in the last week:

*Wednesday afternoon we had the opportunity to visit Cultivate 7Twelve Director Rebekah Hagman and see some of the new updates they’re making to their fantastic gallery/space. Pictures and words coming this weekend.

*Meal Deals. I mean, who isn’t on some kind of budget? [Put your hand down, Chip] While we pride ourselves on being your local Waco guide, featuring local restaurants, bars, and things to do, sometimes you need to know where you can take the family to eat on the cheap. That section is for those of us in that boat.

*Events tags. Overwhelmed by the number of events? Filter it by Concerts, or Theatre, or Causes, or Sports, or Races, or Art. There are currently 17 different categories (Also listed: Food, Drinks, LGBTQ, Arts & Crafts, Books, Outdoors, Cars, Gaming, Puppers, Comedy, and Family-Friendly.

*We updated the Happy Hours section. And the Trivia/Karaoke section.

*Our first Waco Wise Weekend Update email will go out to the subscriber list tomorrow morning. If you’d like to see our picks for what to do this weekend, please subscribe (at the bottom of the page)!

Until next time, we’ll be seeing you, Waco!

Welcome to Waco Wise!

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The point and purpose of Waco Wise is to let you, random visitor or random local, know what's happening in Waco. Check our continually-updating Events Calendar or Happy Hour section, explore the best local places to eat, shop, and play.

We have lived in Waco for almost five years and have loved every minute of it. We live in a house not selected on an episode of Fixer Upper, so we're basically BFFs with Chip and JoJo. Every chance we get, we're out exploring Waco. Almost five years later, we're still finding things, so we thought we'd share them with you.

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