Austin Based Criquet Shirts Redefines the Polo

Criquet Shirts in Austin

The clubhouse is open to shop for the latest styles, 10am-5pm Mon-Fri.

The city of Austin is hot, really hot. And not just outside, but in the eyes of the rest of the country. We’ve always been known for live music, and our food scene is gaining nationwide attention, too. But men’s fashion? Not so much.

Billy Nachman and Hobson Brown knew as much, but they noticed an unaddressed gap in the market and thought they could tap into the “cool Austin” vibe our city has become known for. So they founded Criquet Shirts.

What started as a vintage-preppy golf shirt morphed into a brand that fully embraces the Austin aesthetic. “We couldn’t have selected a better city, Austin represented cool, yet still accessible,” founder Billy Nachman told me at the Criquet Clubhouse on South 1st Street. [Read more…]

The Ultimate Long Weekend Itinerary for Austinites

Long Weekend Itinerary for Austinites

Whether it’s Memorial Day, Labor Day or the Fourth of July, everyone loves long weekends. But there always seems to be a lot of pressure to plan the perfect weekend. And with so much happening within city limits, it’s hard to know where to go and what to do.

No matter which holiday is coming up, I’ve put together the ultimate long weekend itinerary for Austinites. [Read more…]

5 of the Weirdest Things You Can Do in Austin

Guest article by Andrew Chase

Keep Austin Weird. What does that even mean? Is it just a self-proclaimed slogan we slap on coffee mugs to sell at gift shops? Is Austin even that weird, or are we just a bunch of hipsters who want you to think so?

I’ve been doing a bit of exploring to get to the bottom of this. My verdict? Yep, Austin’s weird.

Before I get into some examples of said weirdness, here’s a fun fact: “Keep Austin Weird” was adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance as a way to promote local, small businesses. Since being introduced, the slogan has inspired a cultural evolution, opposing commercialism and encouraging the city to instead adopt a sense of individuality. So think of it as a movement, rather than merely a slogan.

Anyway, enough with the history lesson. Let’s get to it. You want weird? Here are five can’t miss things to do in Austin that keep our weirdness alive. [Read more…]

Little Free Library Makes Books Accessible Along Austin Roadsides

Roadside Lending Libraries in Austin

Little Free Library mounted on fence in front yard

Libraries need to be easy to access, like this one in West Austin mounted on a fence

Perhaps you’ve seen one — a small case in a neighbor’s front yard filled with books. A sign attached encourages passers-by to “take a book, return a book.”

Curious? These Little Free Libraries combine social good with signature Austin weirdness to encourage reading in the community.

I first discovered these unique lending libraries while walking in my East Austin neighborhood. One morning, I noticed a clever little case fashioned from a tree stump in a neighbor’s front yard. Sometime later, I realized my regular Friday morning group run through West Austin passed another little library, this one built into a fence. Once aware of their existence, I started spotting little libraries all over town.

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Top 6 Unique Wedding Venues in Austin

Barr Mansion Unique Wedding Venue in Austin

Picturesque moment underneath Barr Mansion’s pecan tree (Credit: Barr Mansion)

The question’s been popped, the ring presented and your heart is aflutter with pre-marital bliss. Love is in the air. You excitedly share the news with loved ones and what are the first questions they ask?

“Have you set a date? Where’s it going to be?”

And that’s when it hits you. You have to plan a party for hundreds of people with no past experience. Among the catering, DJs, linens and favors, the most crucial factor is probably first on your list: pick a magical venue. [Read more…]

5 Favorite Places to Meet People in Austin

Places to Meet People in Austin

Guest article by Andrew Chase

So I packed up all of my things and decided to move to Austin because, you know, nobody else is doing that nowadays. On my way down here, I had that restless feeling that I was forgetting something. We’ve all experienced this. It didn’t hit me until I had arrived, but there were actually two things I had forgotten to bring with me: a belt and friends.

While a belt is an easy item to replace, attempting to build an entire social network from scratch can be a tad arduous. Luckily, Austin is a remarkably welcoming city filled with tons of events and activities designed to bring people together.

In just two months of exploring what Austin has to offer, I’m here to tell you that making new friends in Austin is a lot easier than you think. Here are some of the best places to meet people. [Read more…]

20 Social Media Posts That Capture the Essence of #AustinTexas

Social Media Posts About Austin

When you see a gentlemen biking through Austin in a beige colored g-string and you don’t do a double take, is when you know you’re a true Austinite. In Austin, we see some crazy things: dogs being pushed in baby strollers, hipster beards for days, festivals for everything and endless tacos. So many tacos….

In the spirit of “a picture’s worth a thousand words,” check out these posts from Twitter and Instagram, all of which sum up Austin beautifully.

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Latika Body Essentials Is Lathering Austin, Naturally

Latika Owners Mazzi and Erez Peled

Latika owners Mazzi and Erez Peled (Credit: Batch Austin)

There is a place in Austin that will leave you feeling fresh and renewed. On a recent Sunday afternoon, warm smiles and the scent of honey and almonds greeted me and my daughter as we entered Latika Body Essentials. The inspiration for the trip: soap!

The couple behind Latika exude a healthy glow. It helps that beautiful skin is practically a birth right in their home country, Israel. But it isn’t fair to give all the accolades to their country. Mazzi and Erez have made it their passion to pamper their skin and educate others on the benefits of natural ingredients. They’re beaming from head to toe, and their passion for their soap is infectious! [Read more…]

Dog House Drinkery Is Playground for Dogs and Owners

Outside dog house drinkery dog park

Dog House Drinkery Dog Park in Leander

Attention dog parents! You know that feeling when you come home from a long day at work and your best buddy is super excited to see you? You pet him and feed him, but after a long day you really want to go out and have a drink with some friends. The guilt of leaving the poor little guy at home without sufficient playtime starts to set in…

Turns out, you can have the best of both worlds at this bar/dog park. Bring your dog or dogs to Dog House Drinkery Dog Park in Leander and both you and your best buddies are sure to go home happy. [Read more…]