Austin is amazing, fun, and special because of its people. Yes, there are a lot of transplants, including me, but y’all made this city too lovable for us to stay away. I officially blame you, the locals, for making me fall in love with this city. Speaking of locals, I recently had a chance to meet a young lady named Katie. I learned about her from my office manager, who had circulated a flyer about her wonderful service, Katie’s Snack Cart. [Read more…]
Jen Cumberbatch has been a crucial part of the Austin community since she moved here after college with her husband, Ashton. She’s an actress, activist, pastor, and amazing storyteller. But her focus has always been faith, family, and building community. These passions laid a foundation for the next generation, including her daughters and their own endeavors.
“How can I help?” Hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc on Texas and parts of Louisiana right now. Harvey arrived in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, with deadly force and several months’ worth of rainfall. The rain has concentrated along the Texas coastline in and near Corpus Christi, Rockport, Aransas Pass, and Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States. It’s hard to watch, yet difficult to look away. More than anything, Austinites want to know how to help. [Read more…]
East Austin has a rich cultural history. From segregation to assimilation, the area has been a deemed a “City within a City” at times, but continues to retain and add to the distinctly Austin vibe.
The area has come a long way since the 60’s, when it was infamous for crime and low standard of living. Amidst the infamy, a strong sense of community and culture thrived. The remnants are still visible, an integral part of what makes East Austin so special. Those who have persevered through the gentrification continue to preserve what was, and keep East Austin’s culture alive. [Read more…]
The city of Austin is home to more than 300 parks, but there’s always room for more, especially when we’re talking about accessible green space in the highly urbanized and rapidly growing downtown area. Waller Creek is a one and a half mile riparian ecosystem that begins at Waterloo Park and travels south along the eastern edge of downtown Austin to converge with Lady Bird Lake.
In partnership with the City of Austin and thanks to a $15 million grant from the Moody Foundation–the largest amount for parks and public open space ever gifted in the city of Austin–Waller Creek Conservancy will break ground on Phase 1 of its revitalization project later this year, beginning with Waterloo Park. [Read more…]
There’s an overwhelming amount of girl power in Austin nowadays, especially in the tech and startup world. We want to showcase some awesome ladies you should know in the design and illustration world. [Read more…]
Keep your ear to the ground in Austin and you’ll hear the rumblings of #bossbabesATX. This group’s near-viral momentum over the past year and a half shows no signs of slowing down. [Read more…]
It’s 4:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, the Texas sun is at your back and your stomach is leading the way. Happy hour! Those parched taste buds scream through the end of your work week fog.
Now it’s Sunday morning and your phone is blowing up. Brunch! Friends want to take a last sip of the weekend before returning to work and I-35 traffic.
But do you want a Mexican Martini for happy hour? An endless taco bar for brunch? Maybe wine and tapas are more your scene. Or there’s that new paleo place down the road you’ve been meaning to try.
We’ve all found ourselves in a similar predicament: caught in the battle of deciding what to eat and where to go. Do you stick to a favorite or explore something new? In a foodie haven like Austin, can there be too much of a good thing?
Navigating Austin’s many offerings, from BBQ lines to obscure markets can be intimidating. Heck, sometimes navigating Whole Foods can be an adventure in itself. But all your really need is a spirit guide or, in the case of Austin Food Bloggers Alliance, over 100 knowledgable foodie guides and counting! [Read more…]
Step off the plane into Austin-Bergstrom Airport, and the wafting scent of Salt Lick BBQ is one of the first indicators this town is going to woo you. Try not to swoon over the unmistakable guitar riffs of Stevie Ray Vaughan ubiquitous in bars around town. And if your heart doesn’t do a back flip when gazing at the skyline from a grassy corner of Barton Springs, then you’re beyond help.
I had to leave Austin for it to sink in: living in this overgrown college town is something that ruins a person for living elsewhere. While it’s impossible to completely describe what makes this town so lovely to call home, here are some of the reasons I can never hang my hat anywhere else. [Read more…]
As a minimalist with an interest in sustainability, excited by the challenge of living in small spaces with a fear of geographical commitment, you could say I’m an ideal candidate for the tiny home lifestyle. But this wasn’t always the case.
Living in a space more than eight times smaller than the average American home didn’t appeal to me until I moved to Washington, D.C. in 2010, where the cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment was roughly $2,000 per month. In that market, my budget afforded me a studio apartment with less than 300 square feet. To my surprise, I found that not only could I tolerate life in a micro dwelling, but I liked it. The dramatic purging of my belongings ultimately led to a feeling of liberation, not deprivation.
When I stumbled upon the tiny house movement in 2012, I was smitten by the thought of designing my own miniature abode [Read more…]