An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more