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Bastrop Adventure Book Launches

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Photos and Article by Terry Hagerty

The inaugural issue of “Bastrop Adventure Book” – the benchmark magazine of the Bastrop Creative Agency – hit area newsstands and households with quite a splash this week.

The 32-page glossy-paper magazine, which comes out bi-monthly, is chock full of advertising, shopping coupons from area businesses, news and feature articles, plus photo spreads. It all came about through the hard work of the five founding partners of the public relations/advertising agency: Jonathan Adam, Chase Wilkinson, Debbie Denny, Colin Guerra and Mark Winslett. (Freelance writer/photographer Terry Hagerty also contributed to the first issue).

“Out of my 34 years in the advertising/publication business, this is my favorite project because of the incredible teamwork,” said Debbie Denny, the agency’s sales director. Denny has been a longtime fixture in the Bastrop business scene, having worked for a decade in advertising sales for the local newspaper as well as serving with key volunteer groups, such as the Downtown Business Alliance. Speaking of the numerous coupons offered by advertisers within the magazine’s pages, Denny added, “This is one of the nicest looking publications and [it has] great savings offered for the community.”

Business leaders were also thrilled with the ‘Bastrop-centric’ magazine. “It’s looks very nice, very impressive,” said Bastrop Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Becki Womble. “I’m excited to have this piece in our community to help promote Bastrop.”

Last Thursday, the partners gathered in the agency’s office to open up a shipment of boxes containing 7,500 issues fresh off the press. They even had time to pose for a quick photo with the stacked boxes of magazines.

Guerra, who shares graphic design duties with Winslett, seconded the efficient collaboration of working with his partners on the first issue: “I couldn’t be happier about how the magazine looks. It was definitely a team effort all around and a 100-percent local effort including the photography, design, writing, editing, sales and the printing. I couldn’t think of a better celebration of Bastrop culture than calling it the ‘Bastrop Adventure Book.’”

On both Thursday and Friday of last week, the partners and their friends, family members and other supporters were ‘out in the neighborhoods’ and visiting area businesses and governmental offices, distributing the free magazine.

Stay tuned for the next issue, due to come out in Early November. Until then, visit: www.bastropmarketplace.com  to read about the new agency and read feature stories and breaking news as well as a downloadable version of the magazine. Don’t forget to call Debbie Denny to place an add in the next issue: 512-844-3930.

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