Written by: Claire Jones, Intern
As a retired paramedic, Nanette Pace understands careers that revolve around long and late hours. This is one of the reasons why she opened 4 Legs of Love. She recognized a need for high quality pet care with late night hours for medical, fire, and EMS personnel. In addition, she wanted to provide a comfortable place for pets that was affordable and still offered high quality pet care.
4 Legs of Love has a mission statement that reads “we love to love your pets!” 4 Legs of Love offers full-service grooming 6 days a week, extended daycare 7 days a week, and long-term boarding. The list does not end there! They also host a boutique/retail store with pet accessories, treats, clothes and more. When you take your pet to 4 Legs of Love, you can guarantee that they are getting personal attention during playtime with the staff.
4 Legs of Love is the only facility in Bell County that offers extended daycare hours 7 days of the week. Nanette’s own pets are the inspiration behind 4 Legs of Love. Her love for the animals is evident!
In the next 5 years, 4 Legs of Love will be expanding into a larger facility, with indoor and outdoor play areas, larger boarding suites, and more groomers. They are also adding a self-wash area to their grooming station! Go see Nanette and 4 Legs of Love for your extended hour needs.
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Written by: Claire Jones, UMHB Intern
Much like the lightning bug, Firefly Yoga & Movement Studio brings light to dull places. In fact, that’s how owner Kelly Partyke chose the studio’s name. She wanted their mission of bringing light to the community to be clear. Kelly fell in love with yoga after her youngest of three boys was born. Yoga was the perfect balance of wellness and family, allowing her to feel successful in both. After discovering her passion for yoga, Kelly decided to become certified to share the gift of yoga with others. Kelly’s certification is in Holy Yoga, which is a form of Christian Faith based yoga.
The studio offers a variety of yoga classes, including chair yoga for the less mobile, aerial yoga, and adult yoga classes. Firefly Yoga & Movement Studio also offers a semi-private program that serves those who are looking for a more goal-oriented wellness routine. Firefly is the only yoga studio in the Temple area. Not only do they offer yoga services but located in the studio you will also find a boutique. The boutique hosts an array of yoga apparel, supplies, and wellness lifestyle products.
Firefly Yoga & Movement Studio states that, “when people feel better because of the benefits of yoga, they are generally kinder, and the world is just an all-around happier place.” They are grateful to be in the Temple area, because the fast-growing pace brings in new faces who are looking for a studio “home.” It is to the ones who come in daily, no matter their schedules or what is occurring inside their personal lives, that inspires Firefly to continue to spread its wings. People from all walks of life step in Firefly’s doors. What they experience inside is a new, supportive, and inclusive community. In the next 5 years, Firefly hopes to expand, and open other locations. Kelly closed by adding that what makes Firefly so unique is their teachers and students, and she challenges you to stop by and see it for yourself!
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Written by: Claire Jones, Intern
Did you know that “cha” means “tea” in Chinese? Jaja and Devin, co-owners of Cha Community, told us that the meaning behind the name of their business represents their mission. Cha Community is here to bridge cultures, foster collaborations, and provide premium boba tea.
While attending Baylor University, Jaja and Devin saw the lack of Asian American community in Central Texas. They wanted to bring Taiwanese and Chinese culture to the area and doing so in a way that would leave an impact. Not only was there a lack of Asian American community, but there was a lack of quality boba tea in the area. Devin explains to us that in Asian countries, boba tea is the equivalent to Starbucks. This inspired the duo to open Waco Cha at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.
Waco Cha moved from the Farmers Market to a trailer, then eventually in 2020 Waco Cha opened its first storefront. Now, in 2022, Waco Cha has rebranded to Cha Community, and has just recently opened its second store in downtown Temple. Jaja and Devin are beyond excited to be in Temple, and are looking forward to spreading diversity, empowering others, and fostering a place of belonging. There is little that Cha Community enjoys more than collaborating with other small businesses in their area.
Not only does Cha Community offer a wide variety of delicious and quality tea, but they also offer coffee, lemonade, and noodles. They are going to introduce their dumplings soon, as well as dumpling workshops where you will learn to make homemade dumplings.
Go visit Jaja and Devin, and order one of their most popular drinks- the Milky Way Thai Tea or a Galaxy Lemonade!
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