If you’ve seen someone wearing imaginative jewelry that made you wonder, How was that made? you may have spotted one of Melissa Borrell’s creations. Through jewelry design, installation commissions, public art projects and home goods, Borrell has curated a world of carefully-placed, intricate artwork lines.
I met with Borrell to learn how she has developed such a large body of visually-eloquent work. [Read more…]
Austin is home to multiple dog parks and businesses featuring a flurry of pup companions seated or strolling alongside their owners. There is no lack of dog presence, and the city of Austin is positioned at the forefront of the no-kill cause due to the efforts of Austin Pets Alive!
However, dog owners are still left with questions about which Austin venues are accessible to their furry family members. Could an app exist to detail dog-friendly places, and connect dog owners for puppy play dates? Ninis Samuel posed these questions after adopting his dog Kerby and noting how much Kerby enjoyed adventuring with him. He decided to do something about the need for information. [Read more…]
This isn’t your kid’s crafting room. At its new location on East Cesar Chavez Street, CRAFT continues to offer open crafting hours, group events, workshops and various shades of glitter. [Read more…]
One small book will make your friends want to hang out with you all the time. Austin Passbook is full of buy one, get one free coupons for local food trucks and activities in Austin. The first edition launched in 2014, and this awesome resource is more popular than ever.
Simple, but fabulous! With Austin Passbook in hand, you can treat a family member or friend to a hip and delicious meal or fun activity in our area.
You can even use Austin Passbook to create a fun and hyperlocal date night. 50% off a meal and activity = date that won’t make your wallet spontaneously combust. [Read more…]
Guest article by Dana Minney
What do babies and businesses have in common? They both have moms! Well, with babies, it’s literal. But in a manner of speaking, businesses have to be birthed into existence, too.
Read on as three entrepreneur moms in Austin tell the truth about raising kids, running a business and the common thread of making failure work for them. After all, what prepares kids for real life better than learning how to recover after a fall?
If You Fail, Make it Fun: Laura Beck, Striped Shirt
“I wanted my kids to see how you can decide to change course in life,” said Laura Beck, who started, then stopped, Striped Shirt. “I envisioned my business being successful and wanted my kids to see me running it and being a role model for them.” [Read more…]
Guest article by Laurie Engle
For the past six years, this Austin business has operated by appointment only, creating fun, funky and earthy botanical designs like living walls, interior plantscapes and sustainable landscape design. You may recognize their work at Whole Foods Market or The Four Seasons Residences.
Now, Articulture Designs has a boutique and event space with over 2,200 square feet of awesomeness. The south Austin location features home decor items, gifts and one-of-a-kind creations.
Living in Austin comes with serious responsibility. There are rules you must abide by, such as 1) eat breakfast tacos, 2) support musicians and 3) buy local everything. If you break the rules, you get kicked out. No exceptions.
If you’re up for the challenge of living in one of the greatest cities in America, you’ll be in like-minded company alongside businesses that are socially conscious. We want to celebrate 10 of these cause-oriented, socially responsible companies in Austin.
What Austin resident hasn’t heard of Jester King Brewery and Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza? Adjacent to these local favorites is a relatively new sustainable farm you may not have heard of, but don’t doubt that Logro Farms has been gaining massive traction over the past three years.
Two friends from Houston, Ryan Sansbury and Jeremy Bastian, conceived the idea of a sustainable, full-cycle farm in Austin. After trying their hand at brewing kombucha and beer, and then making cheese, gourmet oyster mushrooms proved to be the ultimate choice. With oyster mushrooms, the duo could create a quality, healthy product while enabling its accessibility to the public through home-growing kits.
In 2013, with an outpouring of support from the Austin community through a Kickstarter campaign, Logro Farms came to fruition. “Our mission is all about low-waste local farming. We sell our products to local Austin and Central Texas restaurants, and we ship our kits all across the world. We can do fresh for local, and we can also do grow-at-home for everybody,” said Sansbury.
Guest article by Dana Minney
“Play is the work of childhood,” Mr. Rogers once said. In Austin, play seems to be the work of not just children, but pretty much everyone. And what would you expect from a city fueled by play? Well, of course, TOYS! Lots and lots of toys.
In fact, Austin is home to some of the most unique and even internationally-known toy stores. Check out these six locally-owned Austin toy stores.