When given the opportunity to write about a personal and precious architectural spot in Austin, we quickly began running through all our favorite buildings, streets, alleys, nooks, and crannies, but none of them felt personal enough. We realized what we truly love about Austin, as architectural designers, is our neighborhood. What ours provides is the most valuable commodity afforded by any urban environment: time. More specifically, our neighborhood is home to a cherished grocery store called Fresh Plus.
To those who have lived in Austin for several years, Fresh Plus is no secret. But it’s something special to most anyone who has been in one of the three locations around town. Fresh Plus gives us the intangible gift of time better spent, returning to us moments that would have otherwise been consumed by driving. One of our favorite pastimes/hobbies/joys is cooking. And because of our proximity to the market, we’re able to spend time as a family walking to the store and deciding what’s for dinner after glancing at the weekly specials and local seasonal produce.
We also find that Fresh Plus is an urban catalyst. It’s a place that helps give this community identity. It provides a place to run into people again and again until you eventually say “hi,” learn their name, and know it for next time. It creates friendships and knits threads across the community in a way that a car-oriented, big box grocery store is unable to do. Sure, we spend a little extra on groceries, but we save in gas, sanity, and most critically, time. We will continue to support this local gem and we hope this might encourage those reading to shop small and more often by walking to and supporting your neighborhood market.
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