An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
Tiffany Mendoza & Mackenzie Dunn
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
And what does he look like? That’s the question that musician Rich Malley pondered while envisioning his latest album, My Mouse Finger Is Insured for $10 Million. The result is as irreverent (and ironically awesome) as it sounds. After playing in several Austin bands (Kamikaze Refrigerators, Happy Family, and Horsies) throughout his career, ManChildATX (Malley's fictional persona) is his first go at fronting a solo act. His latest work delivers alternative pop songs with influences of punk, funk, rocksteady, and electronic. To conceptualize the album, Malley teamed up with Leslie Bonnell (owner of Stitch Lab sewing school) and husband Ron Marks (graphic designer and owner of WorkMarks) and local photographer George Brainard to create the image of ManChildATX. Inspiration came straight from the album’s tracks. “The title song is my ManChildATX persona boasting about how talented and popular he is. I was trying to strike a balance between a character who's pompous and over-important but also totally ridiculous,” says Malley. The result has plenty of swagger, and complements Malley’s humor. For instance, in lieu of a release party, Malley livestreamed the album from his bathroom for a few selected listeners. The quirky idea evolved into a full-fledged concert complete with lights, lasers, and a fog machine. If you missed the loo-based debut, ManChildATX is available from local stores, iTunes, Spotify, and manchildatx.com.
From Abraham Lincoln to the men of Duck Dynasty, beards have adorned men of all stripes throughout history. “Beards are ingrained in our DNA. It is the most natural thing to wear a beard. The key is to have confidence,” says Eric Bandholz, owner and founder of Beardbrand, a line of grooming products that offers everything a gentleman might want or need to make sure his whiskers look their best. “In previous years, beards held a certain stereotype. I wanted to create my own kind of beard community, where professionals and stylish men felt like they belonged,” Bandholz says. Enter the target audience: the urban beardsman. “The urban beardsman is a bit of a Venn diagram—he is both stylish and rugged. He’s a man who cares not only about his facial hair, but also about style, career, and independence.”
When you’re ready to sweat your sins away, you can belly up to the other barre at MOD FITNESS. Located in a stylish bungalow on South Lamar, the studio offers classes that combine Pilates, yoga, cardio, and strength and resistance training. Devotees of the method (instructors demonstrate a series of conditioning exercises targeting thighs, glutes, core, and arms for a well-rounded workout) think barre work is the method to slim and tone, develop energy and endurance, and improve posture and flexibility. "After 60 minutes your body will feel strengthened, lengthened and refreshed after a night on the town,” says the studio’s founder, Marnie O’Donnell. “For the ultimate hangover cure, try MOD Burn, a 45 minute amped-up version of MOD’s signature class infused with cardio bursts to burn fat, detoxify the body, and boost the heart rate. You will leave this class feeling strong, accomplished and rejuvenated.” You’ll have fun, too, powering through the burn to upbeat playlists. Whether you want to balance a weekend of excess or jump-start your fitness goals, a trip to this barre is time well spent, sans hangover (although you will definitely feel a burn the next day).
We’ve all been there—after an enthusiastic night on the town you find yourself with less than lucid thoughts and a headache to boot. Your excess can be diminished in a few delicious sips if you know how to order at Juiceland, Austin’s go-to juice bar, with 11 locations (10 in Austin—the newest is at 29th and Guadalupe—and 1 in Brooklyn, NY). Juiceland’s owner, Matt Shook, suggests redemption with a Brazilian Kisses smoothie (fresh apple juice, açaí, and banana) on the morning after, especially if you add supplements of mate and ginger. “The smoothie is packed with açaí, which has antioxidants and nutrients out the wazoo. Ginger will soothe an upset stomach, and mate is just stimulating enough to get the blood flowing again,” says Shook. He stresses that the most important things to focus on, for a hangover cure, are replenishing vitamins and rehydrating. “Go for drinks that are nutrient-dense and easily digestible,” Shook adds. “Alkalizing greens and B vitamins always help.”
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