Chispas: Week of 5/2

‘Chispas’ is the Spanish word for ‘sparks.’ Here are some things that have sparked us recently!  

Photo courtesy of SMRAS.

Foster or adopt a furry friend 

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) recently reported on social media that they went beyond the maximum capacity of their kennels, and were urgently seeking people to adopt, foster or rescue animals. Since April 28, there have been a total of 28 dog adoptions, 20 dogs transferred to rescues and 26 dogs are in foster care. There are currently 91 dogs at the facility and there are two empty kennels. 

SMRAS said that while this is great news, help from the Hays County community is always needed. Adoptions cost $97 and include a spaying or neutering, an exam from a veterinarian and a microchip. For more information, visit


Photo via Factory Gym.

Factory Gym opens in Buda

A new local Buda business, Factory Gym, held their grand opening on April 23 and 24. The gym offers numerous amenities and facilities, with a focus on powerlifting and bodybuilding. Day passes for the gym are $15, and week passes are $30. 


Hays Fusion Soccer state champions 

Photo via Brittany Arndt.

The HYSA (Hays Youth Soccer Association) Fusion Academy U12 select team, coached by Roy Gaitan, brought home the gold for the South Texas State Cup over the weekend in Houston. Congratulations, ladies!  


Photo via Mighty Fine Burgers.

Burger joint coming to Kyle, Dripping Springs

Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries and Shakes announced updates on three new locations opening in Central Texas. The restaurant coming to Belterra Village in Dripping Springs will open later this year and the location coming to Interstate 35 and Kyle Crossing in Kyle will open in mid-2023. Mighty Fine Burgers will also make an appearance in Hutto early next year.



Photo via Dutch Bros.

Dutch Bros coming to Buda

Drive-through coffee continues to be a hit! Buda City Council approved a special-use permit for Dutch Bros Coffee at 2090 Main St. in Buda during the April 19 council meeting. The permit was unanimously approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission during its April 12 meeting. The shop will be around 950 square-feet and feature a drive-thru and walk-up window, and is expected to employ at least 40 people. Construction is set to begin this summer.


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