Last month, the Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times asked you to vote for your favorite businesses in the Best of Bastrop County 2017. Categories ranged from ‘Around Town’ and ‘For the Home’ to ‘Dining & Drinking’ and ‘Personal Services’.
We’re happy to announce that Lost Pines Toyota won best Car Dealership and our very own Jesse Torres won best Car Salesperson. We’d like to thank Bastrop County for the love and support you’ve given us. Lost Pines Toyota could not have achieved this without you.
This is the sixth year in a row Lost Pines Toyota has won best Car Dealership, and Jesse Torres first time winning best Car Salesperson in the Best of Bastrop County. Check out the reactions from both Carlos Liriano and Jesse Torres:
Most of the time when we think about an “anniversary,” it conjures up a pleasant memory. For Laurie and Carlos Liriano and family and the Lost Pines Toyota team in Bastrop, TX, that isn’t always true.
At the time the decision was being made to locate Lost Pines Toyota in Bastrop, TX, the state’s most costly wildfire erupted on Labor Day, September 4, 2011. It would not be extinguished until six weeks later, after charring more than 34,000 acres and destroying just under 1,700 homes and businesses.
It would have been easy to move on and locate in another city that did not face such a challenge to rebuild and return to normalcy. However, the Lirianos decided that the city needed some good news; so Lost Pines Toyota located on Hwy. 71 in Bastrop, TX.
You see, they understand the need for good news better than a lot of people. It was just before Labor Day, August 29, 2005 that Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Louisiana and Mississippi gulf coasts flooding most of New Orleans and surrounding communities and destroying numerous cities. The family had to evacuate their home in Metairie, adjacent to New Orleans and would not return for six months. Friends and family members lost everything. Good news did not come for a long time.
On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29, 2017, Hurricane Harvey finally made landfall on the Texas coast. It wiped out cities like Rockport and Port Aransas, on its way to completely inundate the majority of Houston before continuing its swath of destruction and flooding to the Louisiana border and beyond. The City of LaGrange in adjoining Fayette County, suffered severe home flooding.
It was the Lirianos’ unique understanding of the need for good news that led them to take their popular Gumbo Friday on the Road to LaGrange. Working with the city’s emergency services director, Laurie and her team arrived on the Friday before Labor Day with gumbo, rice, water desserts, and lots of smiles, prepared to serve 400 people.
The LPT Gumbo Team served evacuees, first responders, EMS personnel and firefighters, FEMA staff, and city and county employees. There were smiles and tears and hugs. Lost Pines Toyota always stands ready to help whenever there is a need. It’s more than selling cars; it’s what you do when you are part of the community.
We’d like to give a huge thank you to Edward Jones Investments – Reed W. Morgan for hosting the Smithville Chamber of Commerce August Mixer yesterday, Aug. 17, 2017. The turnout was tremendous with over 40 members in attendance including Olde World Bakery & Café, The Katy House, Centex Image Design and even Smithville Mayor Scott Saunders.
Our dealer principal Carlos Liriano, general manager Shaun Atkinson and digital marketing manager Anthony Guzman were present and had a few upcoming events they’d like to announce:
Burning Pines Run
The 6th annual Burning Pine Run 5K/10K and Junior Ranger Run is on Sept. 9 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Participants will run through Bastrop State Park in commemoration of the 2011 wildfires. Late registration ends Sept. 8.
Annual Chamber Luncheon
The Smithville Annual Chamber Luncheon is on Aug. 31, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church where Robbie Rabe with Seton Smithville Region Hospital will be speaking. This event will sell out so register soon.
Smithville Community Gardens Annual Dinner
Join the Smithville Community Gardens (SCG) for their annual dinner on Saturday, Sept. 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Smithville Recreation Center located at 106 Royston, Smithville, TX.
Sponsorships, auction items, memberships and volunteers opportunities are is available and appreciated. Tickets to the dinner at $25 each and are sold at the Smithville Public Library, by request through The Smithville Community Gardens Facebook page and by SCG members.
Thanks again to Edward Jones Investments – Reed W. Morgan and the Smithville Chamber of Commerce for this month’s mixer. We’re looking forward to next month’s!
National enforcement mobilization of the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign began on Aug. 16 and continues through Sept. 4, 2017. This campaign is aimed to bring awareness and help prevent drunk driving. Law enforcement is cracking down over the next few weeks to reduce the number of drunk drivers on our roads.
At Lost Pines Toyota, we are strongly against any driver operating a vehicle under the influence. Drinking and driving is an irresponsible act that places the driver, passengers and all others on the road in danger. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, drunk driving was responsible for 987 deaths on Texas roads in 2016.
This deadly crime is easily preventable, and we want to make sure all drivers in Bastrop County and the surrounding areas are safe. Here are three ways to avoid drinking and driving.
Have a sober, designated driver
Having a designated driver is the easiest way to avoid drinking and getting behind the wheel. Choose a designated driver before drinking begins. If you have trouble selecting a DD, alternate nights with friends so everyone can enjoy themselves.
Remember, the person who drinks the least is not considered sober and should not drive. Your designated driver should refrain from alcohol the entire night and be the one holding the car keys.
Use a ride sharing service, taxi or public transportation
As of May 25, 2017, ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are back in Austin and surrounding areas. These services provide a simple, affordable way to catch a ride home. You can download these apps in both the App Store and Google Play Store. Make sure the app and your credit card information is set up before drinking begins.
Call a friend or family member for a ride
Your DD ended up buying a couple of drinks and you don’t have Lyft setup on your phone — what do you do? Call a friend or family member and ask for a ride home. Regardless of the time of day, your friends and family want to make sure you get home safe. It may be a small burden, but the last thing anyone wants is for you to be drunk driving.
With “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” in full force, please think twice before getting behind the wheel. Law enforcement is focused on heavily reducing drunk driving through Labor Day weekend. Keep your friends, family and our community safe — don’t drink and drive.
Our team would like to personally thank you for nominating Lost Pines Toyota for best auto repair, tire dealer and car dealership and Carlos Liriano for best car salesperson in the 2017 Best of Bastrop County Reader’s Choice Poll! We’re honored for your nominations and to be apart of this community. Since we opened our doors in March 2012, our goal has been to provide the best service and vehicles possible while also doing our best to give back to Bastrop.
Over the past five years, we’ve kept true to our goal by receiving recognitions such as the 2013 Congressional Recognition – Chamber Emerging Business of the Year, 2015 Bastrop Chamber of Commerce Point of Light and winning Best of Bastrop County Car Dealership since 2012. Our community focus has brought to life events that show our love for the people of Bastrop. Gumbo Friday raises thousands for local nonprofit groups, causes and organizations, Laurie’s Play for Pink gives free mammograms and helps women discover if they have breast cancer and the Bastrop Tennis League gave students the opportunity to play a sport they wouldn’t be introduced to until high school.
We want to continue to serve the Bastrop community, and we’d like you to be apart of our mission. Please visit the Best of Bastrop County Reader’s Choice Poll and vote Lost Pines Toyota for best auto repair, tire dealer and car dealership and Carlos Liriano for best car salesperson. Your vote helps solidify Lost Pines Toyota as not only a local business leader but as a public service leader to the Bastrop community.
How to vote
To submit your votes, visit the Best of Bastrop County Reader’s Choice Poll and select the Around Town category. Lost Pines Toyota is listed under the “Auto Repair,” “Tire Dealer” and “Car Dealership” subcategories. Carlos Liriano is listed under the “Car Salesperson” subcategory. Click the vote button under our name in each respective subcategory and complete the voting form to submit your vote. You may be asked to confirm your email address before you can submit your vote.