One Stop to Sip and Shop
Mesquite Creek Outfitters (MCO) opened in late 2016 on the Square. Since then, it hasn’t been unusual to see people milling about or sitting at tables on the sidewalk in front of the store, often with a shopping bag in one hand and a glass of beer in the other. MCO owners Cody Hirt and Brad Strittmatter also run Shepherd Aviation, a corporate aviation sales business in Georgetown. Here, they give the View their thoughts about why their latest enterprise is so popular.
What made you want to open a storefront in Georgetown?
We fell in love with the town and the community. The Square is the perfect spot—the epicenter of all things great about Georgetown: people, businesses, food, and events.
Were you inspired by other stores with a similar vibe?
No, we just decided to incorporate the three things we were interested in—a craft beer and wine bar, a clothing store, and food. So far, all three are working great under one roof. The biggest compliment we’ve received is that we’re “Georgetown’s Living Room.” That’s the level of comfort we were striving for with this place!
Are you a clothing store with a bar, or a bar that sells clothing?
Yes! It’s whatever you want it to be. For some, it’s a place to shop and then grab a beer, and for others, it’s a bar where they can also grab a shirt.
What is it about MCO that has made it so popular with locals?
Mostly, it’s the people who come in and hang out. Between the clientele, the beautiful building on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, and the overall family vibe, it just feels right . . . like we’re all one big family! We have something special here, something we do not take for granted.
What else would you like the community to know?
We run our charity, Veteran Outdoors, out of MCO. Veteran Outdoors surprises veterans with their dream outdoor adventures. All of the mounts on display belong to veterans who’ve gone on our hunting trips and who are either deployed or just don’t have a place to hang them yet. So the displays are always rotating.
Mesquite Creek Outfitters was recently awarded Best Downtown Business by the Texas Downtown Association.