Tirzah Ribbon Cutting and Open House

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It was a cold winter morning.  In fact, it was the coldest day of the year!  As I was driving to our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Tirzah, the temperature in my truck displayed 15 degrees Fahrenheit.  I was thinking that we would have to resort to Plan B and have the Ribbon Cutting inside the building; however, around 10:00 a.m., the temperature warmed up enough so that it was bearable, not comfortable, but bearable so we had the Ribbon Cutting outside.

Tirzah is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places as a contributing building in the Downtown Belton Historic District in Belton, Texas.  We are not sure when the building was built, but through our research, we found documentation supporting the building’s existence in the 1880’s.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - National Register of Historic Places - Preservation Efforts

This building had been abandoned for over 20 years and had been marked as condemned by the City of Belton, Texas.  The Ribbon Cutting was held in celebration of the restoration of this grand iconic structure, and our guests will be the first to see the preservation efforts. I tend to refer to the preservation efforts of the historic building as ‘Saving Yesterday for Tomorrow!’

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Facade

We had the honor of Adam Lozoya, the traveling pianist, performing beautiful prelude music before the Ribbon Cutting as guests were arriving.  The music started the event with a festive spirit.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Piano

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Piano
Adam Lozoya, the traveling pianist

The event was opened with a prayer by Reverend John Heckmann from St. Paul Lutheran Church, in The Grove, Texas. Pastor Heckmann also gave a blessing for Tirzah as we dedicated our business to His glory.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Pastor Heckmann Invocation
Reverend John Heckmann from St. Paul Lutheran Church, in The Grove, Texas

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Pastor Heckmann Dedication

The prayer was followed by the Presentation of the Colors by Boy Scout Troop 118.  Cory Roberts was the Color Guard Commander.  I was so proud seeing the flags as they were walking down N. East Street with the Courthouse in the background, hearing Cory give the commands, seeing the Scouts salute the flag, and everyone saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Boy Scouts in front of Courthouse Belton Texas

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Boy Scouts Flag - N East Street Belton Texas

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting - Boy Scouts Flag - N East Street Belton Texas
Boy Scout Troop 118

Dean Winkler, a General Contractor with CRW Construction was introduced, and he said a few words about their experience.  It was a daunting task to renovate this building, but this trusted crew gave our condemned building a productive life; a building that was once abandoned will now thrive for future generations to enjoy.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Dean Winkler General Contractor

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Dean Winkler, a General Contractor with CRW Construction with his family and crew

Our vintage venue is steeped with history.  Frederick Gillmeister owned the building in the 1880’s and used the building as a restaurant.  Around 1889, Mr. Gillmeister sold the building to William Froderman.  Interestingly, both families, were born in Germany and found themselves living in Belton, Texas.  Mr. Froderman used the building for a bakery and boarding house.  Over the years, they made numerous wedding cakes.  He also used the building as a venue for weddings and banquets.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Gillmeister Family
The Gillmeister Family

Both families, the Gillmeister’s and the Froderman’s, ran the business downstairs, and they lived upstairs.   Fred and Julia Gillmeister lived in this building along with their only child, Louis Gillmeister.  And the Froderman’s raised six children here.  Imagine what it would have been like to live here growing up as a child.  To give you a glimpse, Louis Gillmeister was quite athletic, and he would entertain the restaurant guests by walking up and down the staircase on his hands.

Louis was an only child; however, he went on to have six boys of his own.  His son, Leonard Gillmeister and several family members of the Gillmeister family were present with us at the Ribbon Cutting.  Leonard is 91 years old and remembers going into the building once as a little boy and seeing a display of cookies and donuts.

I feel like our families have a special connection with each other, and they even showed up early and helped us get ready for the celebration.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Leonard Gillmeister
Leonard Gillmeister

Interestingly in 1914, Belton’s Downtown “Historic District” was called the “Paved District.”  The Temple Daily Telegram had an article titled “Splendid Sidewalk Work” which stated “the grade of the walk is being raised and new concrete walks laid in front of the building owned by William Froderman and other surrounding buildings.”  Since this building existed numerous years before the pavement was ever added, our guests were cautioned as they enter the building to notice that they will need to step down.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Chalkboard Sign

Several people have asked what we are going to do with the building.  Our business is founded on Christian principles.  Our name, Tirzah, was inspired by Song of Solomon 6:4, “Thou art beautiful, oh my love, as Tirzah.”  The focus of our business revolves around Love and Romance.  We strive to transform Dreams into Cherished Memories.   Our primary repertoire encompasses the following, but we offer so much more!  We are romance travel specialists, and we assist with wedding design including traditional and destination.  Additionally, we will be carrying on the tradition of hosting memorable events in this unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting.  The very first couple under our ownership, Jake Roehl and Whitney Joeckel, will be celebrating their dream day, their wedding, in this beautiful historic venue.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Jake and Whitney Roehl
Jake and Whitney Roehl

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - First Wedding - Belton Journal

As we took a few more photographs to record a little more history for this building, the City of Belton council member, Jerri Gauntt, was present for the Ribbon Cutting.  Belton’s Director of Finance, Brandon Bozon, and Temple’s Director of Planning, Brian Chandler, were also present.  The members of Belton’s City Council are Visionaries in Preservation, and they have been very supportive in our endeavor.  We were awarded the Facade Improvement Grant by the City of Belton, and in addition, the Belton City Council approved a five-year 100 percent Tax Abatement.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Belton City Council
City of Belton council member, Jerri Gauntt

The Downtown Belton Merchants have been very welcoming.  A community that supports one another maximizes everyone’s chances for success.  My supportive new neighbors include Leila Valchar with My Giving Tree, Robert Potts with Cochran, Blair, and Potts, Melitza Rivera with Southern Comforts, Maria Aida Riddle with Aida’s Outlet, Michael Cox with East Street Barber Shop, Laura McWha with McWha Bookstore, David Tuma with The Belton Journal, and many more.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Downtown Belton Merchants
Downtown Belton Merchants

My family is my Circle of Strength.  We are founded on faith, joined by love, and kept by God.  I could not have made it this far without their help, guidance, encouragement, and prayers.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Circle of Strength Family

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Sunday Dinner Family
My Circle of Strength

A friend is what the heart needs.  Friends divide our sorrow and double our joy. Our joy was definitely doubled at our Ribbon Cutting.  Many friends joined us in our celebration even with the cold temperature.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Friends

I prayed about the decision to purchase the building.  Was it the path that I should take?  The Sunday before the auction, I noticed a bulletin board at church that said, “If you are walking with God, you will always be going in the right direction.” So as we are walking by Faith, we keep taking the next step.  At the tax auction, we became the blessed owners.  We then took the step in the restoration, and we are celebrating today with the Ribbon Cutting.  My children, Cory and Candice, my greatest blessings did the honors of cutting the ribbon.  We saved the ribbon in between the two cuts, and the rose-gold scissors have been engraved with Tirzah and the date of 1/7/17.

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Diana Cory Candice - The ActualCutting of the Ribbon

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Diana Cory Candice - Holding up the Ribbon

These two pictures touch my heart. I love how Candice and I are so proudly smiling as we watch Cory make the final cut to the ribbon. This is a memory that we will always cherish.

Cory then turned the “Sorry We’re Closed” sign to “Come In, We’re Open” and said, “We’re Open!”

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Cory We Are Open

We thanked everyone for coming on this cold winter day and spending part of their day with us. We were excited to have them see the wonderful preservation efforts.  We asked Leonard Gillmeister to do us the honor of being the first guest to enter the building followed by the remaining Gillmeister family.

During the Open House, refreshments were served. Tidbits of history were on display with historical articles, vintage photographs, and various artifacts such as a giant baker’s mixer.

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Our Ribbon Cutting was a very memorable moment as we reached a milestone. Thank you and welcome!  To God be the Glory!! 💕

Tirzah Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Invitation

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If you would like additional information about event coordination, planning a romantic adventure, or about the other services that we offer, please contact us at info@tirzah.biz.

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Copyright 2019. Tirzah. All rights reserved.
About Us:
A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah! We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love."

Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the late 1800’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration.

Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings.

Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area.  We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories!

Tirzah Diana Rose



Diana has fun playing with her grandkids, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes.




Tirzah Candice Rose




Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy and baby girl! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.

 

Help for the Homeless

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Our initiative for this holiday season is to provide Socks for the Homeless.

Footprints of His Love Sock Collection Drive for the Homeless

There are several organizations within the Heart of Texas that provide support for the Homeless.  If you feel led, please help support one of these worthy causes and leave a footprint of God’s love.

  • Central Texas Youth Services

The Central Texas Youth Services organization provides services to runaways, homeless, troubled youth, and their families throughout the Central Texas region.

  • Family Promise

 

  • Feast of Hope

 

  • Feed My Sheep

The organization is faith-based and provides fellowship, ministry, and mentoring, but they also provide daily meals, haircuts, wellness checks, shoes, clothing, hygiene necessities, sleeping bags, and other basic needs.

Their objective is to re-establish the Homeless as productive members within the local workforce and community with dignity, love, and respect.

For more information, www.feedmysheeptemple.org.

Organizations that help the Homeless - Feed My Sheep

  • Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition (HOTHC)

This coalition provides support to homeless individuals and families by fostering public education and awareness about the issue of homelessness, improving outreach to homeless persons, identify gaps in support, develop strategic plans to provide a continuum of care for the homeless, and advocate for quality treatment for the homeless individuals who are mentally ill.

For more information, www.heartoftexashomeless.org.

Help for the Homeless

  • Helping Hands Ministry

This ministry provides aid and advocacy to our neighbors experiencing the effects of poverty with sustainable solutions.  Their vision is to eliminate all physical and spiritual poverty in East Bell County through relief, development, and advocacy.  They have a food pantry, provide clothing, and offer educational classes.

For more information, www.helpinghandsbelton.org.

  • Homeless Liaison

Help for the Homeless

  • Living Word Harvest
Help for the Homeless - Leila Valchar - Living Word Harvest
“God Works Through People” — Photo Credit: Leila Valchar, My Giving Tree
  • St. Vincent de Paul

Organizations that help the Homeless - St. Vincent de Paul

  • Texas Homeless Network

Help for the Homeless

HOMELESS
H is for Hello. Look into your mirror of life.  You can make a difference.
O is for Open. Open your mind to the possibilities that can come true for you. A closed door can be reversed and opened.
M is for Move. Stand up wherever you are and take action. Move so you can move on and move ahead.
E is for Exchange. Let others know who you are and what you are trying to accomplish.
L is for Love. In Corinthians, it says that “Love never fails!”
E is for Expect. Raise your expectations daily by breathing life into your dreams.
S is for Seek. Search for what you can become and what you can help others become.
S is for Share.  Share the love! Be the reason someone smiles today.
Share the Love Help for the Homeless Sock Collection Drive

For more information regarding Tirzah and our mission to leave a Legacy of Love,  see www.tirzah.biz.

Warm feet, Warm Hearts, Give Socks!

Warming the hearts of the homeless in our community, two feet at a time!

Tirzah 

If you would like additional information about event coordination, planning a romantic adventure, or about the other services that we offer, please contact us at info@tirzah.biz.

Join us in our exciting endeavor!
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Copyright 2017. Tirzah. All rights reserved.
About Us:
A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah! We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love."

Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the late 1860’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration.

Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings.

Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area.  We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories!

Tirzah Diana Rose



Diana has fun playing with her grandson, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes.




Tirzah Candice Rose




Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy and little girl! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.

 

Warm Feet, Warm Hearts, Give Socks!

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Footprints of His love! ❤

Our initiative for this holiday season is to provide Socks for the Homeless. Countless families the world over are enjoying Christmas traditions; however, not all individuals are so blessed. Christmas gifts, shoes, and socks are most likely something we take for granted.

Did you know that socks are one of the least donated items to shelters but one that is most needed? Socks illustrate a concern for public health. For the Homeless, the lack of clean, dry footwear is a discomfort that can lead to serious foot problems including frostbite and infections. Socks are a sought-after item because heat often escapes through feet. When your feet are cold, everything is cold. Access to something as basic as a clean, dry pair of socks can literally save lives within our country’s Homeless population. There is a desperate need for socks as the cold weather approaches.

Footprints of His Love Sock Collection Drive for the Homeless

Embrace the Christmas spirit and make the holiday season a little warmer. We are collecting socks for less fortunate families and raising awareness of the plight of the Homeless! The Homeless rarely get anything new, so clean, warm socks are a true treasure.

Just think about how a nice new pair of socks feels when you slip them on your feet, and then imagine life independent from these paired prizes. In the words of Sidney Falken, “Walking a mile in someone’s shoes takes on a much different meaning when that person is Homeless.”

Help for the Homeless - Sock Collection Drive
Photo Credit: Rick Robb, Kind Spring

How can you help? Share some socks!! We need socks for all age groups and gender. If you feel led, then consider donating a pair of socks. This simple kind gesture does not take much time or money, but it will have a big impact on the individuals you help. The socks will then be distributed to our local organizations that help the Homeless.

Sock Collection Box Help for the Homeless Belton Texas

A Sock Collection box will be located at the entryway of Tirzah at 115 N. East Street in the downtown Belton Historic District. We will also be collecting socks during the Christmas on the Chisholm Trail festival where you can celebrate an old-fashion Christmas.

Christmas on the Chisholm Trail Belton Texas

Warm feet, Warm Hearts, Give Socks! ❤

Warming the hearts of the homeless in our community, two feet at a time!

We will be delivering the gift of socks just in time for Christmas to Feed My Sheep in Temple, TX to distribute to the homeless when they come to enjoy a meal.

For more information on how you can help the Homeless population, see Organizations that help the Homeless in the Heart of Texas.

For more information regarding Tirzah and our mission to leave a Legacy of Love,  see www.tirzah.biz.

FOOTPRINTS OF HIS LOVE

Footprints of His Love Sock Collection Drive for the Homeless

Tirzah 

If you would like additional information about event coordination, planning a romantic adventure, or about the other services that we offer, please contact us at info@tirzah.biz.

Join us in our exciting endeavor!
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Copyright 2017. Tirzah. All rights reserved.
About Us:
A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah! We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love."

Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the late 1860’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration.

Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings.

Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area.  We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories!

Tirzah Diana Rose



Diana has fun playing with her grandson, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes.




Tirzah Candice Rose




Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy and girl! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.

 

Texas-size Family Fun in the Belton Historical District

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💕 Belton, Texas, Parks and Recreation hosted a Free Tubing and Movie in the Park event on Saturday, June 10, 2017, behind The Gin.

Floating on Nolan Creek was a fun way to beat the heat of the afternoon. All of the children were having a blast, but I had just as much fun as the kids riding the small rapids. People typically bring their own tubes at this event, but tubes were available for people to use.

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Tubing on Nolan Creek - Family Fun

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Taylor Tubing

We enjoyed a live music performance on the banks of Nolan Creek by a band known as Touch Of Class. As they performed on the Main Stage, they played great dance hits from the 1950’s to today as the crowd was dancing to the awesome tunes. For more information on the band and their schedule, see http://touchofclass.webs.com.

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Band Touch of Class

After tubing, we walked to Scores Sports Bar on S. East Street to get some pizza to eat while we were waiting for the movie to start when the sun went down.

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Scores Sports Bar

The movie, Sing, was played on the big screen. The story-line was about a dapper Koala named Buster Moon that presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. He took one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, there were five contestants that emerged … a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Movies Under the Stars - Sing

The community event was successful in achieving many measures such as making fun affordable for everyone with the various social activities in the Downtown Belton Historical District; people were enjoying the beauty of nature and getting some exercise while having fun; connecting with others in the community helps to form lasting friendships; and the fun family-time creates wonderful memories that last a lifetime.  All of these quality metrics strengthen the community for a wonderful place to live.

Tirzah Travels - Belton Texas - Movies Under the Stars - Family Fun

The picturesque setting, tubing on the creek, dancing in the park, pizza, laughter, and movies under the stars made the perfect combination for building memories! 💕

Tirzah 

If you would like additional information about planning a romantic adventure or about the services that we offer, please contact us at info@tirzah.biz.

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Photography:  Sing - Belton Parks & Recreation

Copyright 2017. Tirzah. All rights reserved.
About Us:
A vision has evolved between two determined individuals, a mother and a daughter, with two aspiring dreams that intertwined to create Tirzah! We have embarked on a quest to "Leave a Legacy of Love."

Tirzah is a Historical Venue that existed in the 1880’s and has the honor of being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This grand structure features crystal chandeliers, spacious ceilings, original hardwood floors, an exterior courtyard with party lights, and an outdoor rustic landscaped area. We are conveniently located in the heart of Central Texas in downtown Belton’s Historical District. Step back in time and see a glimpse of the past in this vintage venue that is ideal for those looking for a unique, nostalgic, and intimate setting for a special celebration.

Tirzah offers expertise in the Romance Travel Industry. We design romantic escapes, memorable proposals, honeymoons, anniversary trips, vow renewals, and destination weddings.

Our wedding planning services include destination weddings as well as traditional weddings in the Central Texas area.  We strive to offer a personalized experience to couples by transforming dreams into Cherished Memories!

Tirzah Diana Rose



Diana has fun playing with her grandson, loves to travel, enjoys going on nature walks, and collects quotes.




Tirzah Candice Rose




Candice is the mother of the cutest little boy! She enjoys trying new recipes and playing volleyball. She brings creativity to life.