Brazos Nights

Waco is almost exactly in the middle of Dallas and Austin on the I35 corridor, so if you don’t live here you probably just pass through not realizing what a cool place Waco really is.  Every summer the City of Waco puts on a free admission concert series called Brazos Nights and this year Whisky Myers and the Toadies came through town.  If you were around in the 90’s... [more]

 

From Punk Rock to Bluegrass

Everyone has their favorite songs, bands, and music genres – some more eclectic than others.  I fall into the extremely eclectic category.  I got into American punk rock and ska around the age of 13.  I loved the energy; I loved the passion; and I loved the crazy hair (i.e. liberty spikes and mohawks). When I was 15, I waked into a store and over the speakers I heard what would... [more]

 

7 Tips for Fabulous Summer Skin

I’m a native Texan. I love Texas, but there’s no denying that the summers are hot and harsh. I pride myself on having healthy skin. As the Texas summer rears its ugly head, I’d like to share my secrets to keeping happy and healthy skin.

1. Exfoliate
Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers. I exfoliate in the mornings before I apply moisturizer... [more]

 

Everything is Better in Color

Wedding trends and color trends are something I look forward to researching every season. Not only do I have to know what colors are popular here at Hole In The Roof, but also I need to know what is trending for my wedding coordinating business, Blush & Bashful. When I meet with brides, I definitely want to hear what their vision is for their special... [more]

 

Wacotown: Real-World Development


Waco wall near dichotomy by @mtrozzo

I am a web developer, but does that really mean I can only talk about web development? Heck no! Instead, let’s talk about developing for the real-world. You know, the world that isn’t online? I’m talking about developing cities, businesses, communities, and people.

Let’s talk about Wacotown. You may have heard about it. You may even have a t-shirt... [more]

 

Sunning, Sweet Tea, and Saturday Nights

The coming of these warmer days brings my excitement for summer. To me, summer means three things: sunning, sweet tea and Saturday nights.

Sunning

Whether I’m boating on the lake, lounging at the pool, or enjoying brunch on a patio, I can’t get enough. While I’m not one to partake in tanning beds, I am guilty of wanting a little color, and summer is when I get it. While others might be neck... [more]

 

The Importance of the Creative Process

As a graphic designer, I’m interested in getting creative on a daily basis. I graduated in 2012 with a BFA in graphic design from Arkansas State University. In my early design classes, I learned about THE Creative Process. I don’t say “THE” to imply that there is only one creative process in the world, but to place emphasis on the importance of these practices. Just like I wake up, brush my... [more]

 

It’s Not Always Sunny in Texas

Last summer, I decided to take an opportunity to move to Waco, TX from my native state, Arkansas, and start a new life at a new job. Prior to my moving here, I had never been to Texas, and most of my ideas about the Lone Star State were derived from the movies and the western TV shows my dad watched. I’ve never been under the impression that everyone in Texas... [more]

 

Young Life: Redefining Christian Ministry

Around the office, I'm known as the Young Life (YL) guy for two reasons: One, I work with about 70 YL areas around the country. Two, before I came to work at Hole in the Roof (HTR), I ran my own YL area. Even before that, I was a volunteer leader at YL throughout college.

YL became one of the first things in life I found real passion in. There are so many reasons that... [more]

 

5 of the Most Undervalued Women in Literature

This post goes out to all those phenomenal overlooked female characters in literature. It’s not that they’re weak characters, in fact quite the opposite! However, due to either lack of book time or perhaps in comparison to a more prominent female character, these women are sometimes not given the attention they deserve. While I’m sure there are a multitude of other characters that I have also had the indecency to overlook... [more]

 

An Awesome Waco Pastime You Probably Hadn't Considered

One of the greatest features Waco has to offer, and my favorite pastime on a nice day, is the disc golf course at Cameron Park.

Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, is growing vastly in popularity and is now played in over 40 countries. The Waco area alone offers three full disc golf courses. The premises of disc golf is to throw discs into a baskets, which are sometime hundreds of... [more]

 

You Mean There Are Buttons on the TV?

It never ceases to amaze me how much technology has advanced during the course of my lifetime of 32 years. I’m part of the generation that had to tune their TV to channel 3 to play video games, who had to use the phone in the front office at school to call my parents, and who still had to go to Blockbuster to rent VHS tapes.

Being the father of a 2-year-old girl, I am starting... [more]

 

Keeping busy at HTR

 

The interview we’ve all been waiting for

The queen of candor. The pundit of punctuality. The ace of aesthetics. The pirate of professionalism…you guessed it. We ARE talking about the girl in the picture. Lesli Hill.

Lesli is a designer at HTR. She doesn’t have a nickname for her car, but she has no qualms if you do. Lesli likes thrifting and grilling things wrapped in bacon. Her well-crafted designs and chipper demeanor make her an easy gal pal to work with. Let... [more]

 

Recent goodies

We keep busy at HTR, hence why you don’t see blog updates everyday…

Here are a few things we’ve printed fairly recently. Check back soon-ish for more!

 

Thank you for helping us support Preemptive Love

Every two months, Congress Clothing picks an organization to support with a percentage of sales. In May and June it was The Preemptive Love Coalition. To say “they’re up to some great things” would be a serious understatement. They are changing lives every day, and we are so excited to be a part of it. Hole in the Roof matches the gift up to $1000, so combined with Congress we were able to give $2355.84.

This... [more]

 

HTR needs your help!

Hole in the Roof is a thriving small business, thanks to you. There is an exciting grant program sponsored by Chase and Living Social called ‘Mission: Small Business’. We just need 250 votes to be considered for this amazing opportunity. HTR has a lot to be proud of and we can’t wait to show off our stuff. We still need 100 votes — please take the [less than] two minutes to support this local business. Thank... [more]

 

What we’ve been up to

Busy bumblebees we are at HTR. Spring is always a busy season, but we’ve managed to push through and come up with a wave of great new designs. These are a few recent goodies. We love the variety of projects that come through our doors everyday. Stay tuned for more!

P.S. You can get the bottom tee at Congress Clothing.

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Just do something. In my case, it was BBBS.

I moved to Waco in August of 2010. It took a few months to get settled, but I knew that when I did, I would need to embrace my community like my community embraced me.

In college I always made the excuse that I didn’t have the time or energy to give back. I was a design student. No one understood how hard I worked and exhausted I was (this is what I told myself). I managed... [more]

 

Christmas with Congress

Don’t forget about Congress Clothing this holiday season!  As you gallivant around Waco searching for the perfect something for the perfect person, stop by and enjoy our plethora of options. Not just shirts anymore, folks!

1. GO BEARS tee, designed by our very talented Ryan. This is perfect for anyone who likes basketball games, grass green, or generally looking awesome. $24.49

2. Even the kiddos like to represent Waco. Get your tot this classy top for just... [more]

 

Don’t call him Harry!

Greetings Texans and others!

This is the first installment of the HTR-Down-to-Party interview sessions. It is here that you will get to know the soul behind your designers and sales reps and anyone else who helps to make the magic happen. Our first subject is Harrison Connally. Harristotle has been with Hole in the Roof for three years!

Let’s see what he’s up to…

Hi Harrison. My name is Becky Murphy and I will be conducting a short interview... [more]

 

Pop’stache

Cool clients, cool ideas, and cool projects are what make the world go round. I had the lovely opportunity to team up with my friend Andy from the Windy City for their first-time-limited-edition Pop’stache tees.

Popstache

A little back story about these guys:

Pop’stache is an online arsenal for album reviews, concert photography and awesomeness altogether. They’re pretty new to the scene, but they have been around the block and have been... [more]

 

New HTR Printing Facility

Exciting changes are happening around here - our new printing facility is officially up and running! So in honor of this we wrangled up the whole HTR crew and took a little field trip so everyone could check it out. . Our production manager, Genevieve, will be updating the blog with some new printing information soon, so check back to hear from her!

 

From Conception to Production… Insight from a Graphic Designer

In November of 2009 I was given the challenge of coming up with some new  shirt ideas for our retail store, Congress Clothing. I originally created this “Free Bear Hugs” design more than a year ago when I first started working for Hole in the Roof, and it is just now hanging on the wall at Congress. It’s crazy to see how many changes I could make to my original design after designing for Hole in... [more]

 

Branding…A Cost or an Investment?

As a company, Hole in the Roof Marketing values creativity and design in everyday life, but where do these elements fit in with your business? The answer is in branding. Branding is the process of creating a unique image for a product or service that establishes a presence in your target audience‘s mind. Branding helps deliver your message clearly and also aides in the credibility of a... [more]

 

Introducing the new Hole in the Roof Blog!

Well it’s a new year and here at Hole in the Roof, well, things are a changing. Over the last year we have gained new employees, new experiences and of course, new paths to creativity. Since being creative is what we love and creativity is meant to be shared, we thought we would start a blog to share our passion with you.

You can expect to find updates about what’s going on in the world of... [more]