Community October 27, 2022

Overcoming The Storm

Why Free Roam Brewery is more than just a place to get food and drinks.


Today I’m excited to share some great information from local business owner Jeremy Affeldt. We interviewed him recently, and he told us a little bit about Free Roam Brewing Company and what it’s like being a small business owner in Boerne. He has been an inspiration in our lives, and I hope that he can inspire you too.


In addition to his normal work at the brewery, Jeremy has been working on a podcast and a book. His podcast studio is set up for four to five guests to come in. He has been able to have some amazing guests record with him, like Hall of Fame catcher Buster Posey. In this podcast, Jeremy focuses on the guests’ triumph over hardship, how they did that, and what we can learn from it. 


He brings many different people on, not just baseball players. He has also interviewed businessmen, movie producers, and more, to talk about the storms they took on that shaped them into who they are, as well as how they utilized who they are as a success to navigate that storm.


“Free Roam Brewery is not just a brewery, it’s a community.”


That’s what the buffalo logo represents. Buffalos charge through storms—they don’t run from them. When you charge through a storm, it passes over you. When you run from it, you stay in it longer because it chases you. If people are having a tough time in their own storm, Jeremy invites them to come have a beer and talk about it. That’s part of what community is about, he says, we help each other. 


Jeremy’s new book about this “buffalo mentality” is coming out soon. It includes his stories of the storms he took on in baseball, losing a 22-year marriage, raising boys, and more. Storms come and go, but when you’re in them, you need people. Free Roam Brewery is not just a brewery. It’s a place to ride the sunshine, enjoy each other’s company, and help each other get through our storms. 


If you would like to be connected to Jeremy, I would be happy to help you do that. If you have any questions, reach out to me by phone or email. I’d love to help you.

Community October 14, 2022

What Rich Barkley Does for Local Businesses

How Rich Barkley supports local businesses with his company Benchmark.


I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Rich Barkley from Prime Capital and Benchmark Business Consulting. I was able to ask him all about his businesses and what they can do for you. 


Prime Capital is a wealth-management firm that has been around for about 20 years. Rich focuses on financial planning there, but at Benchmark, he takes a deep dive into people’s companies to find out what makes them tick. 


For most business owners, their companies are their largest assets, but they don’t know exactly how the ins and outs work. That’s where Benchmark comes in. They work with tons of local businesses to help them improve their footprints.


One of the best parts about Benchmark is that they’re a local company, but they’re able to pull from the larger resources of Prime Capital to help their clients. If you have a small business in Hill Country, Benchmark could be what you need to take things to the next level. 


“If you have questions about today’s topic or anything else, please call or email me. You can also call Rich at (830) 8166-5131, email him at, or visit his website here. Both of us are always happy to help!”

Community October 4, 2022

A Wonderful Organization in Our Community

What you need to know about Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries.


Have you ever heard of the local nonprofit called Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries? If not, you need to check them out. HCDBM are doing amazing things in our community, and we want to tell you about them. Recently, we had the pleasure of meeting with Agnes Hubbard, the executive director of HCDBM, and she informed us about the organization and how we can all get involved. 


HCDBM serves eight counties in our area with its unique blend of mentoring and food distribution services, all while being faith-based. Their main goal is to lift up churches and help them grow, but the organization also helps provide the community with food, clothing, pregnancy resources, and more. HCDBM serves about 65,000 people per year through its many services. 


People of all ages can volunteer, there is something for everyone to do, and there is always room for more helpers. Agnes Hubbard says that their greatest need is always funding, especially since they provide the goods for free, plus they are currently working on building new facilities. Need is growing, so never underestimate how much of an impact you can make. 


If you would like to assist in some way, start on HCDBM’s website, or we can connect you directly with Judith. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to call or email us at the Rivers Team. We would love to hear from you.

Community September 13, 2022

Give Back To Your Community and Have Some Fun!

Here’s how you can give back to your local community and have some fun.


Today I’m pleased to speak with Debi Watson, the Community Resources and Partner Coordinator for Hill Country Daily Bread. It’s always great talking to her, and today we’re focusing on The Big Give. 


In case you don’t know, The Big Give is an event all across Texas where people are encouraged to donate to their favorite charities. Hill Country Daily Bread will kick off The Big Give on September 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Singing Water Mills in Comfort, Texas. It’s located at 316 Mill Dam Road, and it’s a wonderful, kid-friendly venue. 


“There will be food and wine for sale and plenty more to do, so make sure you get out there if you can!”


Debi and Hill Country Bread will be there to give you information about their organization, provide donation opportunities, and tell you more about The Big Give. There will be food and wine for sale and plenty more to do, so make sure you get out there if you can!


While this kickoff event should be a blast, The Big Give officially starts on September 22 at 6 p.m. and ends on September 23 at 6 p.m. On those days, you can visit and give to your favorite participating organizations. There will also be matching minutes, where The Big Give will match whatever donation you provide. 


Hill Country Daily Bread is a fantastic local charity. If you’d like to learn more about them and how you can help, check out their website. In the meantime, call or email me with any questions about real estate or these wonderful events. I look forward to hearing from you!