Journals are time capsules, storing dreams, fears, hopes and insecurities. They allow you to pen your thoughts and provide refuge in a world filled with noise. And they’re forgiving. Like with a trusted childhood friend, your absence is never judged. Given the opportunity, a journal will remind you of a first kiss, as well as a first heartbreak. It might prompt the recollection of random acts forgotten with pressed flower petals between pages, the faded scent of perfume or ticket stubs from a concert. Most importantly, journals document history–our own. [Read more…]
Cele Store: Where Horror, BBQ and Hollywood Mingle
What do Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood and Leatherface have in common? They’ve all wandered into an old general store 23 miles outside of Austin, called Cele Store.
This location has been the backdrop for several movies, including Secondhand Lions, A Perfect World and Texas Chainsaw Massacre I, II and III.
So if you’re into Hollywood, horror and/or smoking hot BBQ, you might want to buckle up and drive east to Manor, TX. [Read more…]
Once Over Coffee Bar Is Worth a Second Glance
It sits quietly and unassumingly. You’ve likely walked right past without stepping inside because it seamlessly blends with its surroundings.
Once Over Coffee Bar is a well-kept secret that proudly claims the “Tiniest Dog Park In Texas,” along with stellar coffee and beer. And it happens to be owned by a likable, down-to-earth couple who live within walking distance of their patch of caffeinated utopia. [Read more…]
Vintage Is Vogue With The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co.
Shades of pink and crimson mingle comfortably among strands of shoulder-length hair. An eloquent British accent, superb posture and arched eyebrows provide an air of regalia. The contrast between playful and traditional characteristics make Sophie Parrott memorable. Like the company she founded in 2011, she’s full of surprises! As a modern day Mary Poppins, she transforms ordinary into extraordinary.
If Tim Burton and 50’s pin-up model Betty Paige had a love child [Read more…]
Modern Rocks Gallery: Your Backstage Pass to Rock Stars
I knew this wasn’t your average ho-hum art gallery when I noticed it was nestled between Sa-Tén and Blue Genie. If you’re a lover of music, nirvana is waiting.
Gallery That Rocks
A collection of rock stars silently await your arrival: The Clash, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, The Cure, Bob Marley, Elvis Costello, the Grateful Dead, Nina Simone, Miles Davis and Madonna, among others, are on display at Modern Rocks Gallery.
The list of musical legends on exhibit competes with Gene Simmons’ tongue–it’s lengthy! But what makes this sanctuary of rock truly unique are the stories behind the images as told by the photographers, beginning with the gallery’s owner. [Read more…]
SUAVS Shoes: Your Sole’s Mate
While living and studying in Madrid, Monxi Garza, local designer and creator of SUAVS Shoes, couldn’t find a shoe that met her needs. Basically, she wanted a Prince Charming for her feet, a shoe that was missing from storefronts, but resided in her imagination and on graph paper.
She wanted to create a shoe that would check every box on a lengthy list of requirements–a shoe that both men and women could wear. It had to be functional, flexible, breathable and stylish. She wanted a slip-on that didn’t require socks, one that could seamlessly take someone from meandering cobblestone streets to twirling on a dance floor. The shoe’s versatility had to keep up with the demands that often accompany work, while keeping toes happy past midnight tapas. And lastly, Monxi’s perfect foot companion had to be attractive. [Read more…]
Unfurl Your Apron and Get Cooking with Métier Cook’s Supply
If coq au vin and E.Dehillerin make your heart flutter, and if cookbooks, copper and cast iron make you weak in the knees, you’re in luck. Those who appreciate the art of cooking, rejoice! A slice of nirvana exists in Austin that will leave your kitchen fancies fulfilled: Métier Cook’s Supply.
This shop is a labor of love for husband and wife owners, Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher. Neither are new to the world of culinary arts. In January 2012, the couple opened Lenoir, a small restaurant with an enchanting outdoor wine garden.
Then one year ago, the couple opened Métier Cook’s Supply next door to complement Lenoir. In their words, “Our goal is to help people enjoy cooking with great products and helpful knowledge on how to use them. We want to help folks find [Read more…]
Day Trip to Royers Cafe to Enjoy the Good Life and Great Food
In order to enter Royers Round Top Cafe in Round Top, TX, you have to pass through a happy collection of folks chatting away on front porch sofas and chairs. Don’t let the communal gathering deter you. You wouldn’t want to miss the experience waiting inside. [Read more…]
Duke Ellington Jazzes Up the Stage at Zach Theatre
If you’ve daydreamed of stepping back into the roaring 20’s without the assistance of a time machine, head to Zach Theatre to see their production of Sophisticated Ladies.
Upon taking your seat, you’re greeted by a striking image of a gentleman’s face that consumes the stage. His head is tilted downward, warm expressive eyes gaze upward, with skin smooth as silk and a chin resting on a crisp white bow tie. The rim of his top hat casts a slight shadow, leaving an air of mystery. But there was no doubt who was watching over the crowd: jazz composer Duke Ellington, also known as The Duke for his signature dapper attire.
Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies offers a night of indulgence sprinkled with glitz and glamour. Scenes unfold on a stage that mimics Harlem’s notorious jazz venue where Mr. Ellington’s fame blossomed, the Cotton Club. [Read more…]
Royers Pie Haven Serves Old Fashioned Goodness from Scratch
The allure of “Junk Berry Pie” prompted an unexpected trip off 290, east of Austin. Royers Pie Haven, I’m not sure which part of you charmed me most: the owner, the ambiance or the pies. [Read more…]