Everything feels like life has been upended, but people in Austin have a wonderful way of looking out for each other. I’m here to spread a little joy and information, as I chronicle some of Austin’s stories of kindness and hope in the face of COVID-19.[Read more…]
Like many around the world, I’m making a mental list of businesses that value profits over people. Make the list and you loose my patronage. Simple as that.
But businesses are in a tough spot. Lay off employees so they can stay afloat, or continue to pay and everyone goes down with the ship? It’s a literal no-win situation.
But some Austin spots are trying to both stay in business and support employees via creative methods. Here are 10 local businesses that are doing right by displaced employees. Not only do they deserve your dollar when this crisis is over, but they’ve earned a virtual high five right now.[Read more…]
It’s dark days for the Austin music scene. With every venue closed for the foreseeable future, the effects of coronavirus are a gut punch to everyone from artists, to venue owners, to the fine folks slinging drinks and checking your ID.
But all is not lost. There are still several ways to support the Austin music community despite the crippling closures. Here are five ways you can make a difference.[Read more…]
The team behind Amplify Austin Day 2020 wants to see over 31,000 people come together to raise over $12 million for Central Texas nonprofits. Such a feat sounds difficult to achieve, but the Austin community has set massive fundraising records before.
Here’s all you need to know to participate yourself.[Read more…]
Austin Food Blogger Alliance serves Austin locals and visitors alike, by providing helpful resources related to a myriad of food-related needs in Austin.
The organization is made up of around 60 Austin-based bloggers supporting each other, and Austin businesses, through cross-promotion on the Austin Food Blogger Alliance website and social media outlets. At least once a year, the alliance publishes a themed blog-along mostly made up of recipes.
The organization also publishes the annual Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide in March before SXSW, featuring several masterful roundups on various places to eat, drink, and take day trips from Austin.[Read more…]
After nine profiles on downtown speakeasies, my series is coming to a close. It’s been quite a ride, filled with cocktails that stretch the imagination (and the taste buds), secret entrances, ghost stories, and reminders of Austin’s rich history. This series has provided a glimpse into the speed at which Austin is changing, as well as the importance of not forgetting our city’s roots.[Read more…]
Welcome to 2020! With the promise a new year brings, many of us have resolved to improve our lives in a number of ways. Health, happiness, and fulfillment are part of the equation to living our best life.
But how do we go about doing so? Many of us take the usual roads and quickly find ourselves stuck in our previous patterns. With an eye towards keeping those resolutions with some outside-the-box suggestions, here are six local ways you can keep your New Year’s resolution in 2020.[Read more…]
“She wanted to know if she had to be present to win our raffle,” James Whelan of SIMS Foundation told me. “She hadn’t been out since the death of her husband, and she wasn’t sure how long she would be able to stay.” He went on to share that later that night, he saw her lost in the music, dancing. To him, that moment showed just how important live music is to the people of Austin.[Read more…]
Rejoice, Central Texans! For the first time in decades, members of the public are allowed to enter the crystal-clear waters at Spring Lake in San Marcos. Exclusive yet affordable snorkeling tours, scuba diving excursions, and stand-up paddleboarding tours of the lake are now available through The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.[Read more…]
Want to know a strange secret? I imagine a world where we treat teachers with the same reverence we do musicians and actors. I also dream of a place where pop culture celebrates Nobel Peace Prize winners the same way they do Oscars winners. I know, silly right?[Read more…]