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TRIBEZA Talk | July 2013

An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.

Rigel Thurston's Georgian Acres

"I think community can happen wherever people are," Rigel Thurston says. He's a resident of Georgian Acres, a neighborhood that focuses on community living with intention. Located just northwest of the I-35 and 183 intersection, the neighborhood is bordered on the western side by a white fence Thurston painted with the phrase "Beauty will save the world." "We thought it would be neat to do something cool for the neighborhood," Thurston explains of the Dostoyevsky quote, which can be seen by travelers on North Lamar between Peyton Gin and Rundberg Lane. Having moved to the neighborhood two and a half years ago, Thurston devotes time to community-building activities, including Austin Community Living, a meet-up and discussion group, and the Georgian Acres Family Band, a 15-member folk music band. As for the fence, he'd love to see it become a mural and inspire others in the neighborhood to create their own public art. "I hope that more people will see the opportunity of living on a busy street and do something really cool and beautiful." To learn more about Rigel, visit austincommonplace.com.

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Sicilian Mondays at Home Slice

Every Monday this summer, Home Slice Pizza brings a taste of Sicily to SoCo with their authentic Sicilian-style square pizzas and slices. Made with soft artisan dough and cooked with olive oil to ensure crust crispness, the sauce-on-top pizza is available first come, first served until they sell out. Home Slice Pizza is located at 1415 South Congress, (512) 444 7437.

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Travaasa's Man Cave

Let's face it, we could all use a little R&R. But if you're inclined to think of the traditional spa experience as being for women only, Travaasa Austin wants to change your mind with their new Western Sky men's treatment room. With fiber-optic constellations decorating the room's ceiling and a carpet designed to look like cowhide, the room has a masculine feel from top to bottom. The walls and trim are made of reclaimed wood from a school and library in Texas, and the steam punk–inspired magnifying glass sconces give the lighting a rugged edge. Take a load off with the "What Ales You" package, featuring an 80-minute massage and energizing foot treatment, rounded out with an ice-cold organic Texas brew. Travaasa Austin is located at 13500 Farm To Market Road 2769, (877) 261 7792.

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Oysters at Hillside Farmacy

Transform your typical Monday night with craft cocktails and oysters on the half shell at Hillside Farmacy. All oysters—including east, west, and Rockefeller—are half-price from 6 to 10PM. Pair them with a wasabi bloody mary or refreshing hibiscus lemonade. Hillside Farmacy is located at 1209 East 11th Street, (512) 628 0168.

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TOMS + Jonathan Adler Collaboration

It was a match made in style heaven when TOMS Eyewear joined forces with Jonathan Adler, who now has an Austin shop at 1011 West 5th St. TOMS, the philanthropic one-for-one shoe company, branched into eyewear a couple of years ago, with every sale going toward helping restore the vision of those in need. Now they're partnered with designer Jonathan Adler to create a line of unisex red, white, and blue sunglasses. The patriotic frames carry the motto "our glasses make you look smarter" on the inner temple, and they come in custom hand-stitched needlepoint cases. Available at toms.com and Jonathan Adler retail stores.

Credits

Home Slice photography by Jessica Pages

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