About an hour and a half drive North of Dallas is a very small town known for its bratwurst, sauerkraut and homemade kolaches.
My spontaneous road trip visit didn’t happen during any of these festivals (darn). Instead, mine was more of a “Where can I go today that would allow me to be home in time for supper?” So of course, I just pulled up my Google map and saw that Muenster was flagged as one of the places I wanted to go.
I arrived at Muenster by 10 o’clock on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Yes, the day before one of America’s most glutinous holidays – Thanksgiving. I was expecting lots of traffic and tourists looking for antiques but instead found townspeople shopping for holiday food and decor.
Naturally I had to go through the town and take my share of selfies with some of the unique wall murals that offered a glimpse into the town’s history.
Lots of rusty radio flyers and vintage patio chairs lined one side of Main Street.
I made my way into one of the handful of storefront antique shops in search of some vintage postcards.
When I walked into www.MainstreetMercantiletx.com, I found an assortment of Americana style furniture, vinyl albums, leather crafts, random oddities and clothing that could be categorized as vintage or new.
The lone woman that was running this engaging trading post of sorts was quick to offer some Southern hospitality. She not only welcomed me with a genuine smile but she also proved to me that real customer service was not just a myth. I was pointed in the direction of some postcards and given a brief history of the store’s inception. In the end I left with some cool postcards and some images I can use to make my own postcards later on.
From the mercantile, I made my way over to Fischer’s Thriftway (www.fischersmeatmarket.com) which is the core of this town’s existence.
First opened in 1927, this meat market’s mission statement of, “We combine our German heritage with Texas hospitality…” just makes me feel all warm and tingly all over. It’s just so refreshing to walk into a grocery store that lives up to its original purpose.
The meat counter and bakery areas were my favorite. A couple of other things in this place that I found notable to mention were an old wall safe that I just had to snap a picture of.
Then there’s the ATV four-wheeler. Yep, that’s what I said, a four-wheeler. And no, I’m not on drugs. Only in Texas can you find a supermarket that is hosting a raffle to win a rugged, all-terrain, four-wheelin’ vehicle.
In the end, I was able to experience most of what Muenster had to offer considering I was there in the middle of a work week and a day before a major holiday.
I did miss out on visiting the city’s museum, lake, and enjoying some live music while dining out at Doc’s Bar and Grill (docsmuenster.com). Those I will have to save for a weekend, especially since the museum is only open Friday through Sunday (1p – 4p).