About Discover Round Rock

Discover Round Rock is a website about all things Round Rock. We’re passionate about exploring and sharing our unearthed discoveries with you! From food & music, to events, family activities, unique local businesses, and everything in between, Discover Round Rock with us.

 

Robert Butler
Owner and Lead Blogger

“I’m an explorer and a kid at heart. I’ve traveled the world, and decided to make my home in Round Rock, Texas. I love discovering new places and telling others about them, and I revel in getting to know people and their stories. I usually blog about the fun places I’ve visited with my wife and kids. We like to be spontaneous and fun.”

Likes: Meeting new people, exploring, traveling, learning languages (I speak Spanish, Chinese, and a little Maya), great burgers, classic cars, attending baseball games, and hot pretzels.

 

How did you start Discover Round Rock?

When my family and I moved to Round Rock, I quickly noticed that all my Google search requests were leading me to this great website, Discover Round Rock. At that time, and for the first 3 years, the website was owned and operated by Ken Partain. He started the site in February 2010 because he and his wife, Anne, realized that just about everything they could want was available right here in Round Rock but most of the merchants weren’t represented very well online.

Ken: “I am a firm believer in buying from the merchants in the town where I live. The money spent locally goes to the owner who typically lives here too, along with his or her employees. A portion of the money also goes to support the local tax base, which helps keep our property taxes down. As a specialist in online marketing for small businesses, this troubled me and excited me at the same time. That’s when I came up with the idea for DiscoverRoundRock.com.”

And so, the site was originally developed with two goals in mind:

1. To help the citizens of Round Rock easily find and interact with local merchants who can fill their wants and needs, and
2. To help even the smallest business in Round Rock get found online when someone searches for their products and services.

Robert Butler added two additional goals:

3. To display everything that makes Round Rock a unique city to live, work, visit, and have fun.
4. To connect residents, visitors, and businesses with the cultural and educational opportunities that are available in Round Rock to enrich their lives.

In short, we would like to be the one stop community website you can visit to follow what’s going on in Round Rock, Texas.

 

How can Discover Round Rock help me?

1. Every Local Business and Nonprofit Can Be Included

If you own a business or operate a nonprofit organization in Round Rock, or nearby, please claim your free listing. Our goal is to include every business and nonprofit in our local directory. A local directory is unique. Instead of competing on Google with thousands of similar companies all around the world, our directory only lists businesses in or near the city of Round Rock, Texas.

Business listings are free for everyone. But if you decide to sponsor our website, or advertise, we’ll deliver your ads to thousands of Round Rock residents and visitors each month.

2. Every organization gets a complete business profile, optimized for local search.

Rather than a simple directory with your company name, address and phone number, every business in our directory will have a complete business profile that is optimized to show up high in the search engines like Google and Bing.

Your profile can include the products and services you offer, your hours of operation, the type of payments you accept, organizations you are affiliated with, awards and other recognitions, and your location along with a map and a link back to your website so visitors can get even more information about your enterprise.

3. Your events can be easily found and promoted.

Even if you don’t have your own website, you can easily add your event to Discover Round Rock and be found on the Internet. Get the word out. After you post your event, you will want to share it with your friends online. Our easy share buttons allow you to share your event on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Google+, or by email with just one click.

4. Get free publicity by sharing your story ideas or inviting Discover Round Rock to your place. Is there something you would like us to write about?

We’ve made it easy for you to tell us your story. We’ll happily include any stories about what’s going on in Round Rock. Is your business growing? Will you have a grand opening? A special sale? Something fun going on? Did your child score the best touchdown ever or win a competition? Want to share your fishing hole? Let us know and we will publish your story.

Discover Round Rock is all about sharing experiences, so we often receive invitations to eat at local restaurants, attend special events, and welcome new businesses or new expansions. Invite us to visit and we’ll write a story about our experience.

5. Enrich your life with cultural and educational opportunities.

Discover Round Rock has made it a priority to help you connect with cultural and educational opportunities right here in Round Rock. With Texas State University, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Austin Community College, and an active downtown life, there is always something going on. We’re here to help you connect with all these opportunities.

 

Our Love Letter to Round Rock

Round Rock is one of the fastest growing cities in America. Our desire is to be a part of this great city for a long time to come. Please join us as we Discover Round Rock!

If you are a small business owner or manager of a small business here in Round Rock, please take a few minutes to submit your business profile, add your event, or tell us your story. We would also love to hear from nonprofit organizations and others who have stories to share.

If you have any questions about the site you can email me personally at robert@discoverroundrock.com.

With Love for this great city,

Robert Butler
Discover Round Rock