We are locally owned by a 5th generation New Braunfelser, Kat Balmos, who is carrying on a family tradition of “up by the bootstraps” persistence and ingenuity that began when her great-great-great-grandfrather, Julius Voelcker, made the treacherous journey from Germany to New Braunfels in 1845. The young pharmacist was only 24 when he sailed across the open ocean toward the promise of free land for settlers in the Texas hill country. After landing, he made his way to New Braunfels shortly after its founding, where he laid claim to Lot 59, built a home there, launched a pharmacy business in the downtown building that now houses the Red Stag, and dug in the roots of a family that is still here almost 170 years and many successful businesses later.
“Lot 59 is my ode to my family, I am proud of who they are and what kind of people they are and were. It’s the culmination of my dream of owning my own store and being my own person, on my own. ”
- Kat Balmos, owner of Lot 59
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