Waco Auto Glass

The Waco Auto Glass building at South 11th Street and Franklin Avenue (foreground) has been bought by Balcones Distilling (back), located at 11th and Mary Avenue. At left is the Milo All Day restaurant.

Waco Auto Glass has been repairing windshields at 1100 Franklin Ave. for more than 40 years, but a local whiskey-maker has sent it packing.

Award-winning Balcones Distilling, located next door at 225 S. 11th St., reportedly has bought the building, though it has not yet announced plans for the site. Waco Auto Glass, meanwhile, has relocated to 921 Enterprise Blvd., south of the new Walmart superstore at I-35 and Sun Valley Boulevard, reachable via I-35 exit 325, office manager Tina Roberts said in a phone interview.

Balcones, which offers tours, tastings, whiskey and novelty items in its gift shop, is celebrating 10 years of turning heads with its product, having relocated from humble beginnings under the 17th Street overpass to a remodeled Texas Fireproof Storage building it filled with distilling hardware from abroad.

The company now turns out 350,000 liters of product annually, according to a feature in Forbes magazine celebrating Balcones’ achievements.

Across 11th Street on the same corner, Milo All Day opened its new airy and inviting space last spring, transforming the old Big Green Automotive building. A Round Top Collection store has also opened adjacent to Milo.

First Presbyterian Church of Waco and the Oak Lodge Motor Inn occupy the other two corners at the intersection.

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