An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
“Oftentimes we’re rushing so much in life that to take time to slow down is a gift,” says natural perfumer Jessica Hannah. After discovering an affinity for perfume while studying interdisciplinary art and media at Columbia College Chicago, Hannah decided it was time to stop and smell the roses. Since her move to Austin in 2012, she’s amassed an impressive collection of natural oils and essences from around the world. This intoxicating ammo is being put to use in Hannah’s natural perfuming workshops. Taught in group setting or privately, the classes offer an escape from the present with essences that transcend the confines of time. Each workshop begins with an exploration into variations of the three notes that make up a natural perfume—the lingering base notes, floral middle notes, and effervescent top notes. From there, the conversation starts: “Which scents excited you?” “Which were offensive?” With Hannah’s guidance, the mixing commences and a perfume, unique to its creator, begins to take shape. The end result: taking home a bottle of combined scents that may awaken the senses, trigger memories of, say, a grandmother or Barton Springs. “In some ways the most important part of the perfume is the person wearing it,” says Hannah. Hannah’s next workshop, a perfume blending and flower arranging collaboration with Pollen Floral Art, will be held August 10. Find details at jhannahco.com.
We’re crazy about porcelain designer Keith Kreeger’s newly released mezcal cups. Having made their debut at Texas Tiki Week in June, Kreeger’s festive cups, inspired by his love of mezcal and his relationship with Kenny Flores of Wahaka Mezcal, are a combined style of both traditional mezcal sipping vessels, the bowl-like clay copita and the round-bottomed jicara cup. Kreeger’s special-edition cups can be purchased at Keith Kreeger Studio at Canopy (916 Springdale Rd., Bldg 2, Suite 104), Austin, TX 78702. For more information, contact Keith Kreeger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Known for her eclectic arrangements, Samantha Jensen, founder of Bricolage Curated Florals, is setting a new precedent for the Austin wedding and floral scene. Her designs can be spotted weekly at Apothecary Cafe and Wine Bar, Contigo, Houndstooth Coffee on N. Lamar, and Tom’s Café, among others. For more information, contact Samantha Jensen at email@example.com.
“My flower venture started a couple of years ago creating the floral arrangements for Houndstooth Coffee. In the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing, but I felt fulfilled working with these beautiful, organic mediums. As weeks went by, my attention to detail grew and guests began to take notice, including Ben Edgerton of Contigo. He approached me about taking on floral arrangements for Contigo, I said YES, and the rest is history.”
“Currently, hellebores are my favorite. They come in these deep, dark purples or stark white with green speckles in the petals. The stems are leggy and reach out in all different ways. If I use a hellebore, it’s not going to look the same in every arrangement.”
This September, Bricolage is partnering again with Ben Edgerton on his new dining concept, Gardner. The look will be very minimalist and Nordic: lots of big branches and a neutral color palette.
We’re psyched about South Austin’s new neighborhood café, Radio Coffee and Beer. And why is that? Well, the answer is in the name. Musician and Austin native Jack Wilson and his father, Greg, officially opened their shop on Manchaca in mid-June, just in time for the thirsty public. With its refurbished wood interior, wraparound bar, and outside patio sprinkled with food trucks, Radio Coffee and Beer is as warm and welcoming as its old-school South Austin neighbors. And these guys are serious about what they supply: a hospitable staff, all with extensive coffee backgrounds, quality coffee from veteran roasters, Stumptown (including its killer nitro cold brew), carefully prepared food from vendors like Veracruz All Natural, and 24 local craft beers on tap. It also doesn’t hurt to add that Wilson’s résumé boasts years of experience from Seattle’s Victrola Coffee Roasters and craft beer brewers Hopvine Pub. This full-service café is the perfect gathering spot for those looking to work outside of the office, recaffeinate, or just take a load off. To find out more, visit radiocoffeeandbeer.com, 4204 Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78704.
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