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Carrying on a family business is not an opportunity that many people have. But for these three business owners, their families and the support from the community have given them the motivation they need to sustain a local business throughout the years. Discover how these longtime, family-owned operations have called East Austin home for decades.

31 Faces of East Austin

Places may come and go, but it’s the people that truly make up a community. Our annual Faces of East Austin special section aims to highlight the individuals behind the businesses and nonprofits that make up the Eastside. Whether offering services, providing entertainment, or lending support, these locals are making an impact. Meet the faces of some of Eastside’s local businesses and hear about how they are serving the community.

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fter hearing their stories in person, tried and true is the thought that kept running through my head as I learned a little more about these long-time businesses and how they’ve been serving our community for decades.

One of the hardest things in starting a business is keeping it going, especially in a town that is changing as fast as Austin. We are nowhere close to being a long-term business, but we are family-owned and operated. We try to build a community-centric culture at the micro level with our team and at the macro level with our reach. In the process, we have also faced some of the same challenges as the businesses featured in these pages, which I believe produces a greater passion for the community as we serve alongside these establishments. We appreciate and applaud businesses who put their own time, heart, money, and family into their dreams. Most, if not all, start-ups have huge risk factors involved; this is what makes a great story when they are successful and are still surviving or even thriving years later. What we also found is that when this dream is handed down to the next generation and the next, big things happen. In this issue, we highlight a lot of multi-generational businesses that have survived the test of time, and what they all have in common is a community serving mindset. They don't just go to work; they live their work. It’s not because they have to, but because they love what they do and they love doing it with their family. That’s what I desire for our family business. I want us to always be passionate about what we do. I want to learn from these legends who have been successful through the years, from these people who have passed down a legacy of work ethic and passed on big vision to their children and grandchildren.

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I hope this issue inspires you to make your dreams become a reality or maybe encourages you to inspire another individual to pursue their dreams. And lastly, we hope that you will support these local hard-working businesses so that they can continue for many years to come.

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Classes and World-Class Exhibits Abound at the Carver Museum WORDS BY JESS HAGEMANN PHOTOS COURTESY AUSTIN HISTORY CENTER

It was named for George Washington Carver, noted African American agricultural scientist and inventor, but it’s less an ode to an icon and more a commemoration of place: specifically East Austin.


ppropriately, artifacts from and even a bust of Mr. Carver decorate the Carver Museum’s spacious, stone-tiled lobby. Beyond its frosted double doors, however, await photos and

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names you’re equally likely to recognize— simply because you see them every day. E. M. Franklin and Ada B. Simond are streets in East Austin; but did you know they were named for famous Austin residents?

In 1979, a group of community activists, recognizing what stood to be lost to time and gentrification, decided to preserve East Austin’s history. They advocated for a museum that would showcase its citizens and its stories. That repository of cultural and historical records became the Carver Museum—now a time capsule honoring East Austin in particular, and African American history more generally. Today, site coordinator Para LaNell Agboga says, the Carver is a “place of celebration, a gathering spot, and an opportunity to learn something that you didn’t know before.” Alongside a core exhibit that explores Juneteeth, the abolition of slavery in Texas, a new exhibit opening in early 2020 will highlight nineteenth-century African Americans in

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When the original Carver Museum opened in 1980, it was housed in a small square building now sandwiched between the current museum (built in 2005) and the George Washington Carver branch of the Austin Public Library. Since then, its high ceilings and hardwood floors have been restored, and today the historic building functions as a full-service genealogy center. As site coordinator Para LaNell Agboga explains, the purpose of the center is to “help African Americans, who have always had a hard time tracing their genealogy, get a family history going.” Inside, a bank of public computers offers free access to databases like Ancestry.com, and staff are on hand to assist with research questions.


Classes, concerts, film screenings, and town halls round out the Carver’s commitment to community. “What we do,” Agboga affirms, “is [not only] honor the past, all the time, but we also respond to the issues of the day and look forward to where we’re headed.”

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Still, according to Agboga, the Carver Museum’s most popular attraction is its youth programming. Between the Mommy, Daddy, & Me Book Club that meets once a month, weekly fitness and piano classes, regular cultural spotlight events (the last one featured Afro-Brazilian food and language) and a new after-school program coming Spring 2020, for the Carver, it’s all about engaging tomorrow’s leaders. “Here, it’s not just Black History Month in February—it’s all the time,” smiles Agboga. That’s important, she says, because “We all need to be educated about one another. The more we talk about our stories, the more we realize how much we have in common. And it starts when they’re babies in strollers.”

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The average person makes 35,000 decisions each day. Each choice can carry consequences that leave lasting impressions for a lifetime: good and bad. Though at the time, Scott Fondren’s decision to entertain with his band instead of show up for his early morning interview with Jack Brown Cleaners seemed reckless. He would later find out just how taking the job at an embroidery shop would instead change the trajectory of his life forever. 14 EASTside | Dec2019/Jan2020


rom 1993 to 2003, Scott set his groove in the embroidery business, starting by threading machines and eventually taking on more responsibilities. Once he began enjoying the management role he had moved into, Scott decided to open his own embroidery shop with a small amount of money that his parents had saved for his college tuition. Thus, in July 2004, A-List Embroidery was born. A-List Embroidery now employs over 20 lively humans and 7 gigantic machines. In a typical day, the mighty task force completes between 40 to 50 jobs, specializing in everything from personalized snap-backs, tote bags, and T-shirts. They even mass produce items with company logos for clients such as Austin Energy and William Murray Golf Apparel to name a few. The company prides themselves on their stickler quality, turn around time, and affordable prices. Their slogan is “You reap what we sew.”

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Did you Know? A-List Embroidery machines have 50 heads, allowing them to complete countless items with the same design.

“Our end goal is for the embroidery to be the highest quality possible and for the final product to be a garment that people can be proud of wearing in public,” General Administrator Chris Obal shares. Chris credits their flowing business to their clients. “This business was built on word of mouth referrals. So with each job, all customer experiences, and every piece we produce, they serve as a reflection of our high standards and commitment to keeping our customers happy.”  Since early 2000, A-List Embroidery has expanded from a tiny one unit office space to four additional units on South 183. Scott says he dreams of one day owning his own building to create a scene for like-minded entrepreneurs.

Scott chose East Austin because of its proximity to downtown.“I think our location is key. We love it here in Southeast Austin. There’s a lot of breweries around town. We do a lot of work for them.”

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November 20December 29, times vary The holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol is back at ZACH Theatre! With exciting new songs and cast members, this adaptation of the Dickens classic is a musical show full of fun for the entire family. Tickets are available starting at $30. 202 S. Lamar | zachtheatre.org

Community First! Village of Lights

December 6-7 and 13-14, 5:30-9pm Explore Community First! Village as it transforms into a grand display of light shows choreographed to holiday music during its fourth annual Village of Lights. Family-friendly activities include light displays, Christmas movies on the big screen, shopping in the Advent Market, food, and more! Entrance is free while proceeds from the gift and concession purchases help the Community First! Village neighbors earn a dignified income.

Trail of Lights

December 10-23, 7-10pm Celebrate the magic of the holidays while enjoying more than 60 displays and two million twinkling lights. Soak up the season with nightly entertainment, holiday activities, and some of Austin’s favorite food trucks. Admission is free December 10-12 and 15-18, while tickets can be purchased starting at $5 for the remaining nights. 2100 Barton Springs Rd. | austintrailoflights.org

Lighted Christmas Parade

December 14, 6-8pm Head to downtown Bastrop for their famous Lost Pines Lighted Christmas Parade to enjoy a night of holiday cheer. The parade will begin at dusk and include more than 100 decorated floats making their way down Main Street with local shops lining the path with holiday decorations on display.

Redeemer Festival of Nine: Lessons & Carols

December 24, 4:30pm & 6pm Celebrate Christmas Eve at Redeemer Presbyterian Church with the telling of the Christmas story, carols, and songs for the season by the Redeemer Choir. The night’s festivities are patterned after the King’s College in Cambridge, England, which has held its services annually since 1918.

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All That 90s Party

January 4, 9pm-2am Flash back to the 90s at The North Door during the All That 90s Party. With DJ Marco playing songs from the decade by artists like Janet Jackson and Prince, partygoers will enjoy a night of fun while blasting into the past. General admission tickets are $10.

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December 7-8, 10am-5pm Start the holiday shopping off right at the 18th annual Cherrywood Art Fair. Showcasing local artists, live music, kid’s activities, and food, the fair provides the perfect place to find unique, handcrafted items from Texas artists and makers. Cherrywood Art Fair is free to attend. Proceeds benefit Little Artist BIG ARTIST, Chula League’s free after school arts mentorship program. 3808 Maplewood Ave. | chulaleague.org

Family Movie Night

December 19, 6-9pm Grab the family for a free public screening of Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse at Austin School of Film. While the movie is the main attraction, the event will also promote different ways youth can steer away from the potential use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

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12th on 12th

January 12, 4-8pm Join the East 12th Street Merchants for an evening of specials, prizes, art, and music at 12th on 12th. This free monthly event brings business owners along the East 12th Street Corridor together to help support the work their neighbors are doing while meeting locals in a community-centric familyfriendly atmosphere. It’s a great place to grab dinner or to do some shopping while supporting local businesses. E 12th St. | facebook. com/East12Merchants


Photo Fantastico

January 15-17, times vary Photo Fantastico Photography Festival combines the fun and networking of a photo retreat with a highlycreative photo scavenger hunt, done in teams of 2-4. Vying for a $1000 prize, participant teams will shoot 8 photo challenges based on clues. All images are screened at AFS Cinema the next day, with judging, awards, and a boat party to follow. Tickets are $250 per team. Kick-off begins at 900 Red River. photofantastico.com

Martin Luther King March & Festival

January 20, 9am-3:30pm Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the annual parade. March from the MLK statue on the UT campus to Huston-Tillotson University to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. The festival, which starts after the march, holds a variety of vendors and local musicians the whole family can enjoy. Marchers and festival goers are encouraged to bring canned goods or non-perishable food items to be donated to the Central Texas Food Bank.


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The Printmaker’s Ball

January 31, 7-10pm Join Print Austin for a whimsical expo preview party. Whether dressed in mask or ball gown, guests will enjoy conversations with art vendors, an art lecture by art historian Karen Pope, and a silent auction, all while learning about printmaking. Although the event is free, a $20 donation is suggested.

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V is for Victory The Lounge that Established Eastside’s Music Scene WORDS BY JESSI DEVENYNS PHOTOS BY TARY OWENS

While Winston Churchill was throwing victory signs to news reporters across the Atlantic, the celebration of the Allied victory in World War II looked a little different in Austin, Texas. Already weary from battle, soldiers from the Western front were coming home to another kind of conflict where the line was drawn in black and white.


lthough not originally intended to blur those lines, Victory Grill was established in 1945 by Johnny Holmes to offer returning African American soldiers a place to enjoy live music and a cold beer, emblematic of the changing times. The original venue was a small café that served up burgers and provided live entertainment on the front porch. It was an intimate setting quintessential of the 1940s Eastside, but it soon began to defy its boundaries. By 1949, Holmes had expanded the grill to include a bar and a performance stage that, in short order, solidified its spot on the “Chitlin’ Circuit:” a nickname for juke joints and blues halls across the segregated South. African Americans who were banned from entering white establishments on the West side of town instead arrived at Victory Grill to carouse, cut a rug, and see some of the best acts of the era. Acts such as James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, Billie Holiday, Chuck Berry, and Etta James all tripped across the stage at Victory Grill.

With such a roster regularly patronizing the joint, it wasn’t long before curious University of Texas students and other white patrons from the West side began drifting over to East 11th Street. Although history archives record tensions between the two groups during the Jim Crowe era, it wasn’t long-lasting. The year 1954 brought tumultuous change to the United States and Victory Grill. Segregation was declared unconstitutional that year, and Austin opened up to African Americans in a way that had previously been inaccessible. However, this freedom to move had unexpected consequences for the bar and grill that had made its name and thrived in the cohesive, albeit segregated, community of East Austin. Musicians who were previously barred from playing shows east of I-35 now joined larger pools of talent that performed all over town. At the same time, musical tastes were changing. Jazz and blues had long ruled the airwaves, but a new generation was ushering in the sounds of rock-n-roll and progressive country music that was amplified in

Austin by the addition of iconic venues like the Armadillo World Headquarters and Antone’s. As new venues arose in the 70s, Victory Grill eventually closed down its stage. Though it still operated sporadically as a café, a fire in 1988 finally forced the institution to shut its doors permanently. For nearly a decade, the property languished until R.V. Adams, a friend of Holmes, and Eva Lindsey funded the club’s restoration in 1996. Since then, Austin’s oldest blues venue still operates and hosts shows periodically for the likes of South By Southwest as well as private events. Even if it’s no longer a weekend destination like it was 80 years past, when the doors are open, the opportunity is not to be missed. So, if the lights are on, come on in.


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In a city that prides itself on supporting homegrown businesses, running a family-owned company does not come without its challenges. But for these East Austinites, family pride, relentless support from the community, and the desire to give back have allowed them to withstand the ever-changing landscape for decades. And they don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.

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hen Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayle first laid eyes on the farmland that sat along Boggy Creek, it was overgrown, run down, and in foreclosure. “The roof was caved in, there was garbage everywhere, and nobody wanted it,” Carol Ann recalls, “so we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, let’s try to get it.’” That was late summer of 1992. By February 1993, the farm had been restored and was open for business. "Lettuce grows fast!" remarks Tracy Gibson Geyer, Carol Ann's daughter. Larry and Carol Ann were pioneers of the urban farming industry. As one of the first urban farms in the United States, Boggy Creek Farm was unlike anything Austinites had ever experienced. The couple first introduced their farm to the city by setting up a card table outside of Wiggy’s on West 6th to sell their organic produce. This was not common at the time, and even the concept of “organic” was foreign to most. “People would say, ‘What do you mean organic?’” Carol Ann remembers. “Once people knew about us, we were able to stop going ‘off campus’ to sell at Wiggy’s and other farmers’ markets but did continue to sell to Whole Foods for many years,” Tracy recalls. And so, after a few successful years of sidewalk sales, they began to focus their efforts on selling directly at the 24 EASTside | Dec2019/Jan2020

farm, making Boggy Creek Farm stand—which still runs today—one of the first farm stands in Austin. Before coming to Austin, Carol Ann had very little farming experience. However, with Larry by her side, she was able to learn the ins and outs of farming and face all of the challenges that come along with it. “You have to be tenacious and creative to be a farmer,” says Carol Ann. “But it turned out, we were perfect for it.” After 26 years of running the farm together, Larry passed away in June 2018. But just before his passing, Tracy left her job as a dental hygienist to join the farm full-time. Tracy has been involved with Boggy Creek Farm since its inception, helping out wherever she could. But now, as she’s preparing to someday take over, she knows there’s a lot more that she needs to learn. “It’s scary,” she admits. “But my plan is to see it continue for 500 years.” Built in 1841, the farmhouse that sits in the middle of the property is among one of the oldest homes in Austin, along with the French Legation. For nearly 100 years, the property

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In 1994, unfortunate weather ruined a ripe crop of tomatoes at the farm, just before they were in season. Larry used this opportunity to get creative. The weather was too humid to sun-dry the tomatoes, so instead, Larry built a small smokehouse to smoke the tomatoes resulting in his now famous smoke-dried tomatoes that Carol Ann says, “taste and smell like bacon.”

served as a farm, even accommodating guests like Sam Houston when he was president of the Republic of Texas. When Larry and Carol Ann bought the property, they dedicated themselves to preserving the rich piece of history that lives within the walls of the farmhouse. Boggy Creek Farm regularly gives tours of the property, educating people not only on the process of urban farming but also on the history that’s rooted there. They want to be able to offer visitors an authentic farming experience and a chance to slow down. “This house belongs to the community, this land belongs to the community,” Tracy states. “We’re taking care of it so that the community has a place to come and take a step back in time.” Boggy Creek Farm’s loyal customer base has long shown their support, something that Carol Ann and Tracy never take for granted. When a tornado hit the farm in 2001, it left everything in disarray. The next day, the community showed up, unprompted, to help. It’s this type of support that has proven that Boggy Creek Farm has an impact on the community and that same spirit motivates the family to do everything they can to keep it going. “We’ve had a lot of regulars who have been coming since the beginning,” says Tracy. “And they tell us that they want to leave Austin, but they can’t because they’d miss the farm.” As Tracy is preparing to take over the farm, she’s thinking ahead, too. She has three kids who are all “very passionate” about the farm and are prepared to carry on the role of farmer one day. Tracy admits, “It’s comforting to know that there’s an additional generation here.” When it comes to the future of Boggy Creek Farm, Carol Ann shares, “We were the first ones here, so we figured we’ll be the last ones to leave.” 3414 Lyons Rd. | boggycreekfarm.com @boggycreekfarm


Founded in 1973 by owner and publisher Tommy Wyatt, The Villager is Austin’s longest-running black community newspaper. The free weekly paper has long been an essential resource for the community and covers news, events, and announcements. There’s also a popular section called “Youth Brigade” that gives local students the opportunity to submit articles about recent happenings in their school or neighborhood. Be sure to pick up the latest issue on stands. 4132 E 12th St. theaustinvillager.com 


Perched on a hill at East 12th and Poquio streets, Marshall’s Barber Shop has been an integral part of the neighborhood for more than 30 years. Serving as a place to hang out and commune while getting a cut and shave, Owner Eldrick Jermaine Cooper has made his mark here by starting at the shop as a barber before stepping into his current role of owner. 1915 E 12th St.


This family-owned butcher shop has been serving fresh cut meats to the neighborhood and beyond for 50 years. James Jackson Leach recently took ownership at Longhorn Meat Market, making him the fifth-generation owner and allowing him to continue his family’s legacy of serving quality meats in Austin. 2411 E MLK Jr., Blvd. longhornmeatmarket.com


Founded by Reed Murray, White Mountain Foods has been producing high probiotic Bulgarian yogurt since 1980. The family-owned business, which is now run by Reed’s brother, Jeff Murray, is a veteran of the health food industry in Austin and has called East Austin home since 1995. wmfoods.com

“His energy was his allure,” Matt says of his grandfather. “[Seeing] the way he treated people definitely molded who I am today and how I run the business,” Matt shares fondly.

A Piece of History Earlier this year, Cisco’s was designated a Historic Landmark by Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission. This official validation ensures that Cisco’s story will always be remembered and preserved on the corner where it all began.

When Matt and his partners acquired the business, they wanted to preserve the traditional aspects that lie within. Everything from the decor to the recipes has remained the same, aside from a few upgrades that have helped Cisco’s adapt to its surroundings. The first upgrade they made was to get a liquor license so they could also operate a bar. Next, they added a dinner service and extended the operating hours until 10pm. With their prime location on East 6th Street, these adaptations have allowed Cisco’s to connect with the community in new ways. With his grandfather’s legacy as his guide, Matt ensures that any decision they make for the business “is as fitting as the one that would’ve been made 50 or 60 years ago.” When it comes to passing the restaurant on to his son, Matt smiles, “There’s no pressure, but I’d love to keep that lineage going for sure.” He adds, “We’re here to stay.” 1511 E 6th St. | ciscosaustin.com | @ciscosaustin


n September 2017, three weeks after his son was born, Matt Cisneros and his business partners purchased Cisco’s Restaurant. The moment was significant, not only because they were preserving the oldest Tex-Mex restaurant in Austin, but also because it was founded by Matt’s grandfather, Rudy “Cisco” Cisneros. Although Matt, a native Austinite, didn’t work at the restaurant regularly growing up, he knew that one day he’d have a bigger role. “When I was younger, I oddly had this inkling that at some point I would be involved,” Matt recalls.    Since 1950, Cisco’s has been sitting at the corner of East 6th and Comal streets in the same teal brick building that longtime residents have come to instantly recognize. A staple in the community, Cisco’s has been considered more than just a go-to spot for traditional migas and warm biscuits. The establishment has served as a gathering place for the neighborhood, bringing people together from West Austin, East Austin, and everywhere in between. Whether politicians were sneaking away from the Capitol to have meetings, or celebrity figures like Willie Nelson and Darrell Royal were popping in for a meal, or regulars were claiming their usual spots, the familial atmosphere provided a comfortable space to let your guard down.   Although everyone who enters Cisco’s comes from various walks of life, they were (and are) drawn in by the man at the helm of it all. “His energy was his allure,” Matt says of his grandfather. “[Seeing] the way he treated people definitely molded who I am today and how I run the business,” Matt shares fondly. Rudy, who on any given day could be seen sitting at his favorite table in the restaurant with a cigar piped in his mouth, made it a point to give everyone the same experience at Cisco’s. His lasting influence is still apparent to this day. According to Matt, it’s not uncommon to walk into Cisco’s on a Saturday and see multiple generations watching a UT football game together as a tradition. Matt’s goal is to continue giving families the same experience they had when his grandfather was running the show.  “For people to be able to say, ‘I’m ordering migas today the same way I ordered them 50 years ago’ is really cool,” Matt says. “It’s emotional because you can’t do that in a ton of places.” 

Did you know? Family runs deep in the Cisco’s company culture. Rudy made it a point to treat his employees like his own family, resulting in some employees working at Cisco’s for more than 25 years. Even the annual Christmas party is open to all members of an employee’s family rather than limiting it to a plus one.

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The Royal Treatment One of the most notable customers Estrada’s has had over the years was Prince Charles. When the royal family member visited Austin in 1986, he made a stop at Estrada’s Cleaners to get his clothes cleaned. Danny remembers, “His secret service had to clear the whole place out.”


hen Fidel Estrada Jr. retired two and a half years ago, he left his longtime business, Estrada’s Cleaners, in the hands of his son, Danny Estrada. “Now I’m the boss,” says Danny. “Unless he’s here.” Adding with a grin, “when he’s in here, he’s the boss for a little while.” The transition into the role of owner was natural for Danny since he’s been working in the family business his entire life. “I’ve learned everything over the years,” he says. “This is my dad’s life, but it’s also my life. I want to keep the legacy going.”  As one of the longest-running businesses on East 7th Street, Estrada’s has played a central role in East Austin’s history. The patriarch of the entire operation, Fidel Estrada Jr., worked for various dry cleaners before opening

Business of a Lifetime It’s been said that the only guarantees in life are death and taxes, so it’s safe to say that funeral homes will always have a role to play in serving the community through life and loss. But for an industry so grim, these long standing family-owned businesses have made it their mission to provide a place to celebrate life in East Austin.




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his own in 1960. He began their operation in the backroom of a garage and gas station on Webberville Road before eventually opening up shop at their current location in 1962. Estrada’s celebrated their 60th anniversary in September, an impressive milestone for a small, family-run business. After years of immense growth and changes in the surrounding community, it’s safe to say that consistency has been the key to Estrada’s longtime success. Not much has changed at the shop over the years. The Estrada name is still displayed in large script above the arched entryway. Diana’s Flower Shop— Diana is Danny’s sister—still sits next door. For the most part, things have remained the same, except for the fact that the price of cleaning a shirt used to be 19 cents and the price of a suit was a whopping 38 cents. Danny firmly believes if there’s one practice that will always help their business prevail, it’s consistency and convenience. “That’s the thing about funeral homes and dry cleaners,” he adds, “everybody needs them at some point.” Growing up at Estrada’s, Danny was witness to the influential business leader his father was. Like other well-known businessmen in the community, such as Rudy Cisneros of Cisco’s and Roy Velasquez of Roy’s Taxis, Fidel was very involved in East Austin’s community and the politics that surrounded it. These leaders were the voices for the rest of the community at the time. Fidel was also a master negotiator: “As you can see, there are no Jack Brown Cleaners in East Austin,” Danny points out. “My dad and Jack had an arrangement that he don’t mess with our side of town, and we don’t mess with his side of town.”  It’s clear that Danny didn’t mind taking over the family business as it was something he prepared for his whole life. However, he doesn’t want to put that pressure on his own kids. While Danny has seven children of his own who could potentially carry on the family profession, he made sure they all went to school and pursued their own careers so they don’t have to run Estrada’s if they don’t want to. “They can always come back,” he smiles. “But I’m never gonna die, so I’ll be here for another 50 years.”


Opened in 1980 by school teachers Juan and Myrna Meza, the homegrown Mexican restaurant has been a staple in the Holly neighborhood for decades. Their popularity is marked by a line that wraps around the building during eating hours. They serve up hearty breakfast and lunch plates, including the famous Don Juan taco, a massive taco filled with bacon, eggs, potatoes, and cheese that’s large enough to feed a family of four. 2300 E Cesar Chavez St. | juaninamillion.com

2618 E 7th St. | (512) 476-8656 | @EstradasCleaners

GENE JOHNSON AUTOMOTIVE The Manor Road auto shop has been operating since 1937, making it one of the oldest and longest-running businesses in East Austin: doing business on a hand-shake for nearly a century and servicing even the classics. 2300 Manor Rd. | genejohnsonautomotive.com  

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The Road to Success

Manor Road is home to several longtime, family-run restaurants that have established their place in the community over the years.

El Chile

established 2003 After working at acclaimed West Austin restaurant, Jeffrey’s, Carlos Rivero opened his own restaurant, El Chile, in 2003. He has since opened several restaurants around town and continues to build upon El Chile Group’s presence on Manor Road with El Chilito and Peruvian restaurant Yuyo, which he opened with his sister, Maribel Rivero.

Mi Madre’s

established 1990

Thunderbird Coffee

After nearly 30 years of serving the community, Mi Madre’s is one of the oldest brick-andmortar restaurants on Manor Road. Founded by Aurelio and Rosa Torres, Mi Madre’s has grown with the neighborhood. What began as a small mom and pop eatery has become an Austin staple with several extensions to the brand, including nextdoor School House Pub and Pura Vida Juicery located just down the road.

Longtime residents of the Cherrywood neighborhood have been frequenting Thunderbird Coffee ever since its early days under the name of Clementine Coffee. The coffee shop has successfully evolved with the Manor Road district and has established itself as a go-to spot to work and hang out with either a coffee, panini, or a beer in hand.


established 2010


In 1927, Frank McCoy founded a small roofing company in Galveston, Texas. After more than 90 years and several generations of McCoys at the helm, McCoy’s Building Supply operates as an all-encompassing building supply store with 88 locations across Texas. The San Marcos-based company has proven that strong family ties and dedication are just a couple of the secrets to longtime business success. 6200 Burleson Rd. | mccoys.com

established 2006

S-H Donuts

established 1998 A native Eastsider and fifthgeneration Texan, Hoover Alexander opened his namesake homestyle restaurant in 1998. The restaurant was inspired by the now defunct Night Hawk, where Hoover worked in college.

For ten years, S-H Donuts has cemented itself into the morning routines of nearby Windsor Park and Springdale residents. Opened in 2010 by Sochea Hav, he and his family serve up fresh pastries and a warm welcome to hungry, on-the-go patrons each morning.

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Tucked away off Cameron Road, Carousel Lounge is one of the few remaining bars that embraces Austin’s affinity for weirdness and its live music reputation—and it’s been doing so since 1963. With a circus theme as its foundation, the bar features live music every night and is BYOL, or Bring Your Own Liquor, making it a truly unique dive bar experience.    1110 E 52nd St. | carousellounge.net



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Year round, EASTside Magazine writes about notable individuals and groups in business, education, and nonprofit fields. Once a year, however, we have the pleasure of pulling out all the stops to introduce you to the dozens of folks who work tirelessly to make East Austin a vibrant, creative, diverse, and compelling place to live, eat, drink, work, and play. As a community, we are fortunate to have many entrepreneurs and business professionals whose talents have a positive impact on our community. EASTside Magazine invites you to meet some of the faces behind those local businesses. They are leaders in their field. They are game-changers. They are the faces of East Austin. Photos by Shelby Bella & Eric Morales

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Creative Entrepreneurs Adé Randle & Kamaryn Truong Welcome to C.E.R.C.

Creative Entrepreneurs Resource Center is comprised of Adé Randle and Kamaryn Truong, both of whom incorporate photography and other trades into their daily creations. This unassuming space formerly housed a political party and a t-shirt design store but is now home to a team of nontraditional creatives. When an innovative solution is needed, Adé and Kamaryn provide homegrown expertise for which the city is known. Adé’s talents in styling, producing runway shows, and photography stem from studies in visual expression. Kamaryn’s skills in photography, videography and editing, and marketing originate from diverse experiences and resumé. C.E.R.C. is the non-profit arm of A.R.E.A. Group, Inc. 1105 E 6th Street | @kamarynt info@kamaryn.com | kamaryn.com | @dayrandl3

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At Union Implantology, we provide dental implants in a convenient, simple, modern and efficient way. We chose the name Union because we have effectively unified restorative dentistry, implant surgery, and the laboratory in a single stateof-the-art facility. By bringing these three disciplines together

under one roof, the entire dental implant process is simplified: reducing costs for our patients and shortening their treatment time, while increasing overall quality at the same time. We accept a maximum of five patients per day by appointment only at our East Austin clinic, and all consultations are free of charge. Additionally, our flat fees are transparent, affordable, and easy to understand—qualities which are designed to help people overcome the frustrations associated with replacing their teeth. Whether it’s a single tooth, or a full set of teeth, the mission at Union Implantology is to become the new standard of care for dental implant procedures and to help people reclaim their awesome.

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Contemporary Printmaking Katherine Brimberry & Team Welcome to Flatbed Press

Katherine Brimberry, owner, director and Master Printer for Flatbed Press has been creating, exhibiting, and selling fine art prints in Austin since 1989. In this 30th anniversary year, Flatbed changed locations and expanded its operations to include a studio for community use and printmaking classes for all ages. Flatbed is dedicated to promoting the art of printmaking to artists, collectors and the general public through artist residencies, exhibitions and workshops. Now known as Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Flatbed is one of very few such centers in the United States. They are well known for the museum quality prints created at their studio and are a resource to artists and the community. Flatbed has helped hundreds of artists over the past thirty years to create

hand-pulled etchings, lithographs, relief, and mono prints. Artists oftentimes travel from afar to Flatbed’s professional publishing studio which is fully equipped and provides opportunities for a full range of printmaking techniques. With Flatbed’s technical assistance, these artists have created museum quality original prints. In the new Community Press studio, local artists have access to a wide array of printmaking and digital processes to create their work independently and 24/7 access to the studio. Flatbed also has a commitment to teaching printmaking to people of all ages and skill levels through frequent workshops and demonstrations. Flatbed’s new gallery and showroom features exhibitions by artists with a printmaking practice and a deep inventory of prints created at Flatbed for sale. Working behind the scenes are Mike Brimberry, Head Preparator and Archivist, Alex Giffen, Printer and Community Press Manager, Emily Weiskopf, Digital and Marketing Manager, Katrina Pisetti, Workshop Coordinator and Alfonso Huerta, Assistant Printer and Community Press Assistant.

flatbedpress.com | 3701 Drossett Dr., Ste. 190 | info@flatbedpress.com

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Dog Boarding Julie Jones and Kelly Edmondson Welcome to SkyBlue Kennels

After years of managing kennels in west and central Austin, Julie Jones heard about the sale of Austin’s longest running kennel property, Canine Hilton, from a friend who lived nearby. She sold her dream property in south Austin and gambled the proceeds, and everything else, on the purchase. SkyBlue Kennels, named after

one of Jones’ first dogs, opened its doors on November 1, 2016. Jones brought along her long-time friend and employee, Kelly Edmondson, to manage the place and offer training and grooming services in addition to boarding, making it a onestop-shop for their furry friends who visit. SkyBlue sits on six acres of wooded east Austin land and offers ALL dogs the chance to run around multiple times a day in one of its eight play-yards. All kennels are climate-controlled and have large indoor/outdoor runs. SkyBlue has a highly trained and devoted staff, and Jones lives on the property. SkyBlue Kennels has 3 top priorities: safety, sunshine, and dogs just getting to be dogs.




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Beauty Rituals Lorie Young & Team Welcome to WAx That

Wax That is an Austin native boutique waxing studio founded over 9 years ago by Lorie Young. Inspired to bring women a new perspective on beauty rituals, Lorie re-established Wax That to encourage acts of self-love and celebration for one’s body through personal beautification.

From inside their beautiful East Austin sanctuary, clients can experience face and body waxing services, as well as brow and lash tinting. Wax That’s selfcare goes beyond the skin by offering a holistic approach including crystal therapy, aromatherapy, and acupressure with every service. Wax That also carries a curated selection of beauty and selfcare products with a focus on supporting local and women-owned brands. Wax That was named Austin’s “Best Brow Wax” by Allure Magazine’s 2018 Best of Beauty Awards and Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin “Best Wax/Skincare” for two years in a row: 2018 and 2019.

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INSPIRATION Lyndsee Nielson: Member Experience, Monte Monreal: Visitor Experience, Randi Ragsdale: Community Experience WELCOME TO THE RANSOM CENTER

Just two blocks north of the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Guadalupe Street, nestled at one end of the university drag, is a concrete, cubical structure that houses some of the most fascinating artifacts in the world. Inside, the Ransom Center offers a unique gathering place for inquisitive minds – a space where all Austinites can think outside the box and discover their own creativity. Known worldwide for its extensive collections, the Center offers unique insight into the creative process of some of the world’s finest writers and artists. Highlights include one of only 20 complete copies in




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the world of the Gutenberg Bible, the earliest known surviving photograph, original works by Frida Kahlo (including her iconic self-portrait with thorn necklace and hummingbird), Gabriel García Márquez’s manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks (all digitized online), and much more. Come meet us! Explore special exhibitions in the galleries, take a guided tour any day of the week, and check out our calendar of dynamic programs online. Become a member for a full, rich experience of the best the Center has to offer. There is no admission charge, so visit often for endless inspiration.

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Community Coffee The Buzz mill Team Welcome to the Neighborwoods!

At the Buzz Mill, we have a deep love and appreciation for the great outdoors. Our main message – besides “Cultivate Community” – is to “Log Out.” Simply put, we want folks to get back into nature. Logging Out is different for everyone. Some folks want to talk over coffee or a beer, or attend a market, or maybe take in a comedy show or some great live music. As a result, Buzz Mill offers all those things. We encourage you to log out and tune in to your community. This can be seen as a calling for you to get off your phone or computer, even just for a short while. But hey, we understand you can have a community online too … but maybe sit outside on the patio, enjoy the fresh air, and pet a dog while you’re at it. We love to showcase local products and organizations that strive to give back to the community as well. Make sure to check out our Lumber Society: the equivalent of Boy/Girl Scouts for adults – with drinks! 5012 E 7th St. | buzzmillcoffee.com | @buzzmillcoffeecom

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Easy Button Mortgages Tiffany hentrup Welcome to UFCu Mortgage Loans

As a longtime Eastside resident and homeowner herself, Tiffany makes mortgage lending a breeze. From first time homebuyers to luxury clients, time and time again her borrowers are amazed at how easy the process is made for them. As a homeowner herself, Tiffany is intimately aware of the importance of financing a home and, therefore, works to

understand borrowers’ specific needs to ensure they are supported throughout the homebuying process. From offering advice, helping clients research financing options, and even attending closings, Tiffany makes it her mission to go above and beyond. Her goal is to make sure that clients not only get their dream home but also find the entire process smooth and efficient. Because of her commitment to client satisfaction, Tiffany enjoys significant repeat business and referrals--even the realtors she partners with remark on how well she works with borrowers. UFCU Mortgage was named the #1 Mortgage Lender by the ABJ and have been #1 2016-2019. Tiffany has made it into the ABJ’s Top 25 Mortgage Producer list 2013-2015 and again in 2017.

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Massage Therapy Becki Meier, LMT PLLC Welcome to RM Therapy

Becki Meier LMT is the owner of RM Therapy and co-owner of Marisol Spa. She is a Northwest trained Massage Therapist who relocated her massage practice to Austin 12 years ago. Becki is a certified LMT in 3 states and is a nationally recognized therapist through NCBTMB. She utilizes her 18 years of experience and her deep knowledge of kinesiology and techniques in structural realignment and sport-specific deep tissue massage to affect change in every session. Becki creates personalized treatment plans for every client from elite athletes to weekend warriors to clients rehabilitating from surgery or injury. She has worked with the University of Texas men’s basketball team, professional cyclists, PGA golfers, as well as NFL and NBA athletes. Her attention to detail and her unique skillset make her sessions a transformative experience. Becki’s passion for running, surfing, and her dedicated yoga practice all round out her ability to connect and understand a client’s goals and mindset.




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Fast Food Done Right The Flyrite Team Welcome to flyrite on East 7th

When we opened Flyrite, we set out with a mission to provide a convenient, all welcoming, on-the-go, food option that tastes great and makes you feel good about what you are putting in your body! We believe

that fast food should be "real food made with real ingredients.” That philosophy doesn’t just apply to our food. We only work with and source from companies that have a similar vision and share our belief in the bigger picture: the health and sustainability of our planet itself. We also believe that real food doesn’t have to be so complicated, that’s why we keep Flyrite’s environment fun, with real furniture, great music and local beer and wine. It’s Real. Good.

flyritechicken.com | 512.284.8014 | 2129 E 7th Street | @flyritechicken

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Day Spas Becki Meier & Montana PiĂąeyro Welcome to Marisol Day Spa

Marisol is a concept spa that strives to bring all the services of a luxury spa but with a much lower environmental impact. All of our services have been designed with respect for the planet. Our products are sourced with an eye towards sustainability. We like to think we pamper you while also being kind to the environment. Our services include structural realignment massage therapy, aesthetic offerings including facials, microneedling, dermaplaning, chemical peels, and waxing absolutely any part of the body, including manzillians. Respecting our dry climate in Austin, we provide soakless manicures and pedicures to help save our natural resources. 512.220.0077 | marisolaustin.com 2009 E Cesar Chavez Street



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BioHacking Ryan Frisinger & Julieta Benavides Welcome to Xenogenesis

Xenogenesis is Austin’s only dedicated biohacking lab. Our cutting edge tools assist the body’s innate biology. We work to restore the bio-electrics of the body by using “medicines” to which the body is designed to directly respond: light, oxygen, electromagnetic frequencies, and electricity. Our custom protocols are sequential and intentionally designed to mirror the body’s physiological pathways for maximum benefit in the least amount of time. By using the right inputs in the right amounts, we can maximize the body’s capacity to heal while still allowing for time to live life. Xenogenesis offers something for everyone: cellular repair for those suffering from chronic illness, optimization for the performance athlete, and anti-aging for preserving a youthful vitality (which is basically everybody!). We offer memberships and guided protocols to tailor specialized technologies to each individual need, ensuring high success rates for each client. 512.758.3498 xenogenesis.co info@xenogenesis.co 2823 E MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 115

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Custom Screen Printing Justin Weems and Team Welcome to Fine Southern Gentlemen

Founded ten years ago in a small, unkempt Nacogdoches garage, Fine Southern Gentlemen has grown into a fixture of the East Austin community. Whether it’s providing custom

t-shirts for local bands and businesses or live screen printing at events for corporate behemoths like Facebook, Kia, and Home Depot, the company strives to bring its customers quality products while maintaining a laid back attitude. Where rising property values have driven many local print shops to the outskirts of North Austin and beyond, FSG has called East Austin home for years – first at Delta Lumber Mill on Springdale, then to East 4th Street, and finally its current locale on Calles Street. “I just wanted to be where things were happening,” says co-founder and owner Justin Weems of his company’s last three locations, “and around here seemed to be the perfect place to be a part of a dynamic and genuine community.”

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Atop the hill at East 7th and Chicon Street sits Barbon’s Barbershop, an Austin original quickly making a name for itself. Barbon’s was founded by powerhouse duo, sisters Sarita and Clarita Sanchez, who combined their

business savviness and artistic eye to create a unique barbershop experience. Since opening its doors in July of 2017, Barbon’s talented team of barbers have been committed to giving every guest quality service and superb craftsmanship in Austin. Offering a classic menu of services, including hot towel shaves and beard trims, and an impressive selection of local libations, Barbon’s is bound to be your new favorite Eastside hang. The talented team consists of Sarita & Clarita Sanchez, Founders and Lead Barber; Vivian Mercado and Ethan Hahkklotubbe the barber crew; and Ana Flores who manages shop bookings and coordinates events. Barbon’s was voted Best Barbershop by Austin Monthly in 2019 as part of their ‘Best of ATX’ issue. They are open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm.

512.284.7125 | BARBONSBARBERSHOP.COM | 1912 E 7th ST., STE C. | @BARBONSATX

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Real Estate Advocacy Marshall Sanders, Nicole Jones, Frances Moreno, & Jasser Awad Welcome to Austin Advocacy Group

Buying and selling real estate can be a confusing and overwhelming process. Fortunately, Frances Moreno and Nicole Jones with Magnolia Realty, Marshall Sanders III with Guild Mortgage, and Jasser Awad with Awad Legal Group PLLC have come together to form Austin Advocacy Group. Led by two realtors, a mortgage lender, and a real estate attorney, they have joined forces to heed their passions and demystify every aspect of the home purchasing and selling process.

As Austin natives, they have deep ties to the community and hold monthly gatherings within the community to help educate consumers about the home-buying process and the ever-changing options. Their mission is simple: to educate the public so that they are informed, empowered, and at ease during one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. Frances and Nicole embrace the Magnolia values as they lead with a servant’s heart and bring in their knowledge of real estate to each client when they need it most: when buying, selling, or investing in a home. Marshall manages a team at Guild Mortgage who has the financial strength, products, and underwriting flexibility to serve local buyer’s specific needs. The team is rounded out with Jasser who not only has the escrow side covered but also makes it his mission to smoothly guide clients with legal needs as he answers questions and finds solutions. It is important to this team that consumers feel secure and well-informed throughout the entire process.

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Quality eye care Dr. Sawhney and team Welcome to Envision Eye Center

There’s no such thing as too many pairs of glasses that’s the mantra at Envision Eye Center where the love for exceptional quality eyewear runs deep. Each pair of frames is hand selected by their skilled opticians, Frank and Carolin, who will always find the perfect pair of glasses for your face and style.

Dr. Dimple Sawhney opened the doors to this locally owned private optometry practice five years ago with a vision to offer the highest quality eye care and eyewear for the growing East Austin community. Dr. Sawhney and her associate Dr. Kathryn Smith practice comprehensive medical optometry and have state of the art equipment to help diagnose and monitor eye conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration. They also specialize in dry eye testing and treatment so you can stop relying on artificial tears throughout the day to get more effective long term relief. So the next time you need an eye exam or a new pair of glasses, you know where to ‘’look.” *pun intended*

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The Nigro Agency’s mission in life is to protect everything that is important to you. When Kyle Nigro left the companyside of Farmers Insurance to serve the community by opening an agency, it was clear that he wanted to open up shop in Austin’s Eastside. He partnered with long-time entrepreneur and life-long Austinite, Brandon Weber III, to re-invent insurance. Drawing on the powerful Farmers brand and mixing it with innovative business practices, personal concentration, and a love for East Austin Heritage and tradition, the agency is driven to be convenient, simple, and above all--friendly. So, if you want true peace of mind, knowing that what’s important to you is covered, stop by the office at Chicon and 13th streets where their professional team is ready to help! 512.222.7925 | KNigro@farmersagent.com agents.farmers.com/tx/austin/kyle-nigro 1301 Chicon Street, Ste. 104



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Piercing & Body Modifications Pineapple tangaroa & team Welcome to shaman modifications

For close to a decade, Pineapple Tangaroa and the talented team of professional piercers at Shaman Modifications has brought beauty through body art to East Austin, and starting this November, they will be located in their own building

at the corner of 7th and Chicon. Drawing on their love of historical and modern interpretations of piercing and body modification, the staff at Shaman Modifications brings decades of experience to a quickly evolving industry. From organics to gold, piercing has continued to grow and be adopted by a broader swath of society, and Shaman Modifications finds themselves at the heart of that evolution. Shaman Modifications also has locations on 6th Street (inside Sacrament Tattoo), north near Cedar Park and an additional location in Dallas. The new East Austin location is open every day 12pm to 10pm. Come in and chat about your next piercing project or just browse the beautiful jewelry selection.

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Well & Being Michelle Paris and Team Welcome to Whole Family Chiropractors & RejuvaWell

Whole Family Chiropractors opened in 2009 by Michelle Paris, DC, focusing on head, shoulders, knees, and toes. RejuvaWell, by Whole Family, opened in 2018 to add services addressing eyes, ears, mouth, and nose! Both sides of the thoughtfully designed regenerative medical boutique offer a veritable health revolution in East Austin, connecting the dots between internal health and external aesthetics. Dr. Paris and her team fill in all the gaps: literally and figuratively! With expertly trained top-talent professionals from the Chiropractic, Medical & Regenerative Medicine disciplines, RejuvaWell offers a wide variety of solutions for the entire body.  Dr. Paris and her team believe that aging should be seen as a journey, understanding that priorities change over time. Focusing on patients’ preferences, the team tailors solutions to each individual’s needs and goals. 512.505.8500 | rejuvawell.com 4818 Berkman Dr., Suite 100



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In the summer of 1978, Grease hit theaters, the first test tube baby was born, and Lucy and Earl Callahan opened Callahan’s General Store.

your yard, we can sell you seed; and if you need to control grass,” Charley jokes, “we can sell you herbicide.” Pet rabbits, free-range chickens, and domestic pigs round out a warehouse full of fertilizers, feed, garden supplies, and more.

One Family, Multiple Stores

One Store, Multiple Generations

It was a long time coming. Lucy and Earl, along with some business partners and extended family, had owned and operated multiple small businesses on the same 13-plus acres for years. There was a cattle auction, a hardware store, a John Deere implement store, and the self-explanatory Capitol Feed & Milling. Determined to meet “the complete agricultural, home, and business needs of the Central Texas community,” explains Lucy’s grandson Charley Wilson (now president and general manager), the Callahans decided to combine these various storefronts under one umbrella venture in 1978. They called it Callahan’s General Store, and for 41 years, it’s done just that.

Ask Charley if he ever saw himself taking over the family business, and he’ll laugh. As a teenager, he worked a month in the chicken room and warehouse, then went away to college thinking he’d never look back. Only when his uncle Verlin Callahan, one of eight children born to Lucy and Earl, decided to retire in 2016 did Charley consider transitioning from his advisory role on the board of directors to a position with more direct responsibility.

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“While it was a big commitment,” Charley admits, “it wasn’t anywhere as big as when my grandparents put their name on the sign and went for it. I always admired them for doing what they did.” Thus he decided to heed the inner call—what Charley describes as a “professional and a personal and emotional tug”—to pick up and carry the family torch.

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Christmas at Callahan’s Every year, Callahan’s assembles themed gift baskets ranging in price from $35-$75. They feature local goodies like jams, jellies, seasonings, sauces, and candles. Enjoy live music December 14 and 24 while you shop, as well as two Saturdays a month throughout 2020.

Through the years, dozens of Callahans have worked at the store. Charley’s cousins, Marla Dial and Mike Young, still do, serving customers in the Housewares and Feed departments. He’s been joined part-time by his youngest son, Curtis, a student at Texas State University. His middle daughter, Danielle, helped install and train Callahan’s employees on a new sales and inventory-management system. Even Charley’s oldest daughter, Karen, occasionally sells her handmade crafts in the store.

Multiple New Products, One Core Value Driving along Highway 183, there’s an iconic green and yellow beacon standing proudly in Austin’s endless sea of construction. Callahan’s was once on the edge of a growing city. Now it’s a “farm store” in the middle of a metropolis. Originally, Callahan’s served families with cattle, horses, hogs, sheep, and goats. To meet the different needs of Austin’s changing population, greater attention is now being given to those raising backyard chickens and planting front porch vegetable gardens. Even in an ever-more urban landscape, Charley says, Austinites “recognize the benefits of an agricultural lifestyle,” and Callahan’s is only too happy to accommodate. Still, brick-and-mortar businesses everywhere—especially niche companies like Callahan’s—are struggling to keep customers coming in the door. Charley’s response has been to hire friendly, motivated employees, to “establish a relationship with our customers that is far beyond transactional.”

He’s also recently expanded store hours to include Sundays, added a new forty-space parking area, and even invited a few choice tenants with local roots to utilize previously unused space on the Callahan property. A recreational ax-throwing venue opened next door in late 2019, and a wholesale commercial plant supply business will arrive in early 2020. “Our road of opportunity here is still very long and wide,” Charley asserts. “Sure, we’re focused on transforming, but we’ll always uphold the core value we were founded on: the authentic, friendly customer service that Granny and Grandpa Callahan thought was important from the beginning.”


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day happy hour, delight the taste buds for a fraction of the price; snacks are $5, and the burgers are $10. 3235 E Cesar Chavez St.



Unleash the children and kick back under the vast expanse of the Texas sky at Contigo where, on Wednesdays, it doesn’t matter if the kids finish their plates because it’s the one day of the week where they will eat free. 2027 Anchor Ln.

Good food makes the world a better place, but so does good service. That’s why every Wednesday Buenos Aires Café thanks those in the industry for delighting customers daily by offering them 20% off anything on the menu all day. Make sure to grab some empanadas! 1201 E 6th St.




Thursday is the Achilles’ heel of the week where it’s so easy to slip into that weekend mentality. Give into fantasies of the weekend for a moment with a dinner date at the Rosewood where there is an all-night happy hour in the bar area which is filled with cocktails and Southern snacking favorites. 1209 Rosewood Ave.


Days of the Week Everyday is just as good as Sunday. WORDS BY JESSI DEVENYNS

Everyone knows about Sunday Funday, but there are six other days in the week, all of which deserve their moment to shine. Eastside has something special to offer every single day.



Sour Duck keeps patrons from rankling over the fact it is, once again, Monday by bringing all day happy hour to its menu. With a meat smoker as the centerpiece of the restaurant, get ready to extend some hearty support to local ranchers and farmers and sample craftsman cooking alongside that all-toowelcome cocktail. 1814 E MLK Jr Blvd.

For fancies that are tickled by the luxurious moment that only oysters and champagne can provide, Hillside Farmacy is a must on Mondays. With half price oysters and $5 bubbles available, the first day of 58 EASTside | Dec2019/Jan2020


the week never felt like such a treat. 1209 E 11th St.



To celebrate the accomplishment of making it to Tuesday, or because the fridge is empty, head to Colleen’s Kitchen to enjoy some uncomplicated Southern fare. The second day of the week is quite a steal because kids eat free. 1911 Aldrich St., Ste. 100 Enjoy views of the Colorado River accompanied by a juicy burger loaded with all the fixins and an overflowing helping of sides at Jacoby’s. During Tuesday’s allfind more at eastsideatx.com

Burger fiends should be salivating with anticipation for Thursday night when Cenote offers 2 for 1 burger night. Go hog wild and try the burger of the month and then sample the smoky burger for good measure. 1010 E Cesar Chavez St. & 6214 Cameron Rd.



When Friday night rolls around, nothing sounds better than a free beer and some indulgent jalapeño hushpuppies. Austin Daily Press has you covered for that on Free Beer Fridays with a rotating selection of local brews. 1900 E MLK Jr Blvd. Enjoy some upscale snacks for only $5 at Lauderette on Friday nights from 5-6pm. Pair your favorite snack with $1 off cocktails, beer, and wine so it won’t break the bank. 2115 Holly St.



If Saturday isn’t already spectacular enough, head over to Casa Colombia for a special Weekend plate that is off-menu. This special rotates weekly but is always a delightful surprise for as long as quantities last. 2409 E 7th St. Start the weekend off right at Blue Dahlia Bistro with $1 orange juice mimosas that are served every Saturday until 2pm. Mimosas pair best with their simple, yet tantalizing, tartine. 1115 E 11th St.

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Women in Business 2019 PHOTOS BY SHELBY BELLA

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Third Annual Women in Business Event! From catching up with friends to making new ones, our third annual Women In Business event was more than just an opportunity to raise awareness around the success of women all over this community. It has become a space where stories and helpful tips can be shared with other women in business. With over 200 guests in attendance, the night consisted of conversation, light bites and sips, photo booth fun, live music, and loads of networking. The open space at Inn Cahoots allowed for groups to mingle while quieter areas by the pool or roof deck allowed for deeper discussion. Whether over a cone of cotton candy or taking a string of pictures together, connections were made and strengthened. Guests sampled light bites from local restaurants and sipped on FIX Vodka cocktails. Live music from Cameron Elise welcomed guests as they entered. We also had the pleasure of listening to Lindsay Harris share her inspirational story and business tips. We loved meeting each and every one of you and hope everyone is looking forward with anticipation to next year's event. Thank you again to our sponsors for making the event so memorable: Lindsay Harris Real Estate, Inn Cahoots, FIX Vodka, Richard's Rainwater, Oddwood Ales, Austin Eastciders, Mountain Laurel Floral, The Traveling Photo Booth, Gotham ATX, Grizzelda's, Colleen's Kitchen, Pitchfork Pretty, Sweet Charli Girl, and Fancy Fluff. And a portion of ticket sales benefitted Latinitas. 60 EASTside | Dec2019/Jan2020

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Marisol is a spa concept from two of Austin’s premier service providers of aesthetics and massage, Montana Piùeyro & Becki Meier. Together, they created a space for personal well-being that now also includes nail services. They celebrated their official grand opening on October 19 with wine, polish changes, and many new Eastside friends! Visit marisolaustin.com or drop by their new East Cesar Chavez location!

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Not in Austin Anymore Barr Mansion transports visitors back in time. WORDS BY JESSI DEVENYNS PHOTOS BY SHELBY BELLA AND CODY HERRING

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One could easily imagine themselves miles outside of town and a century away when crunching down the gravel pathway that skirts the sweeping lawns encompassing the Mansion. A stately pecan tree droops under the weight of generations of memories, and the house observes the steady increase of traffic and visitors, a fixture from a time when cotton was king and Austin city limit was miles away.


onstructed in 1898, Barr Mansion was the family home of William Braxton Barr whose family uprooted from Virginia following rumors of Texas wealth and prosperity. The young Barr named the newly-established township “Sprinkle,” according to current owner Melanie McAfee, as a tip of the hat to his grandfather, Captain Erasmus Frederick Sprinkle, who brought the family to Central Texas. Though some of the links to the past are faded, others are colorfully plastered onto its walls. Painted a sun-bleached white with bay windows and breezy porches running the length of the find more at eastsideatx.com

house, Melanie has carefully restored Barr Mansion with historic integrity. When she purchased the home in 1981 from the Barr family, she remembers “I thought I would just renovate it and sell it, [but] then I fell in love with the house and didn’t want to let it go.” With the addition of some elbow grease and support from friends and family, Melanie managed to refurbish and refurnish the house in the East Lake Victorian style in which it was built. The first step across the home’s threshold reveals a staircase crafted out of curly pine, its intricacy accented by the boldly stenciled, sage-green wall

Did You Know? Barr Mansion now operates as an events venue and is available for rental year round. Parties are catered by on-site chefs, guests have free reign to wine, dine, and be merry at the three buildings on the grounds of the historic property.

A Little Bit of History The original 18th century barn burned down in early 2010 and was replaced by another one built in resemblance to architecture from the same time period. Although the barns were originally from New York, Melanie had the barn raised and thatched by experts from Birmingham, England.

paper that is a replica of the original wall covering that can still be found in the cupboard under the stairs. Victorian details dominate the whole house whose pine floorboards creak softly under foot while passing through the 2,000 square foot home. Coal fireplaces and vaulted ceilings remain as evidence of the prominence of the Barr family in generations past.

In the first few years, Melanie herself was cooking the dishes in the detached kitchen as dozens of brides walked down the aisle in the mansion’s corridors. “For a long time we [catered] the weddings in the little lean-to building that was just a tiny bitty kitchen. And we would literally wash dishes in a bus tub in the backyard with my son in a bassinet,” she remembers.

Melanie put such care into the fine period details that when her sister-inlaw inquired if she could get married in the house, it seemed only natural. It wasn’t long until one wedding turned into two turned into three and then became an accidental business for her.

Nearly 40 years later, the choreography and the landscape of the property has evolved. Now preparatory operations have moved into the carriage house while weddings take place in a ballroom that is a reconstructed 18th century barn made from trees that were alive when Christopher Columbus

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landed on our shores. Meals are still made on site, but there is an elaborate menu to select from that incorporates organically-grown vegetables harvested from the seven acres of garden on the seven plus acre property. The mansion itself is no longer Melanie’s home. However, it continues to serve as her office where she spends her days helming her business and surveying the verdant grounds in a rhythm that echoes the lives of the home’s former enterprising inhabitants.


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A Weekend In

New York City the big apple WORDS BY KATY CHADWELL

New York is a city rich in history and yet continues to constantly reinvent itself. No matter how many times you visit, you will always find something new to discover in the city that never sleeps.

Friday Head downtown and check into The Beekman, a home away from home while visiting lower Manhattan. One World Trade Center dominates the skyline

nearby now after rising from the rubble. Pay respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, a reflective space with water features in the former footprint of the Twin Towers. Pop inside to see the Oculus,

a light-filled atrium designed to shine after the darkness of tragedy. If lightening the mood seems to be in order, visit one of the comedy clubs on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village.

Saturday Start the day with a trip to Chelsea Market, a multi-floor food hall that occupies a former Nabisco warehouse. There are plenty to tempt the tastebuds no matter the dietary restrictions. Enjoy a walk along the High Line, an industrial eyesore turned urban park and community space on an

Where to Stay: Occupying a historic 19th century building in downtown Manhattan, The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, artfully blends modern comfort with a nod to the past. Book your stay with Century Travel and receive continental breakfast for two daily in Tom Collicchio’s Temple Court, $50 food & beverage 66 EASTside | Dec2019/Jan2020

elevated freight line. It is a prime example of how cities can transform undesirable real estate into a public treasure, complete with murals and unique seating options all with a bird’s eye view of the city. Enter the Whitney Museum of American Art via the High Line at Gansevoort Street. With a collection of 20th and 21st century art and innovative exhibitions highlighting the work of younger and lesser-known artists, it’s a great way to spend the afternoon. If traveling around the holidays, make your way uptown to Rockefeller Center for ice skating and views of the

iconic Christmas tree.

Sunday Enjoy breakfast at Russ & Daughters, a Lower East Side institution serving up Jewish delicacies since 1914. There’s both counter service and a sit down restaurant. You can’t go wrong with a bagel and lox! Learn more about the history of the immigrant communities that settled in the city with a visit to the Tenement Museum where visitors can see how immigrants lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy a walk

credit and $50 minibar credit per room, per stay.

How to Get Around: The Beekman Hotel is a five-minute walk from multiple subway lines, which makes it easy to hop around the city. Use Google Maps app to direct you to the closest station and navigate

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across the Brooklyn Bridge. If the weather is nice, head over to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Time the visit for the spring and enjoy the cherry blossoms in bloom. Katy Chadwell is a travel advisor at Austin-based Century Travel and would welcome the opportunity to help you plan a trip to NYC or wherever your travels may lead you! Contact her at katy@century-tvl.com or (512) 327-8760 and let her take the stress out of planning your next vacation!

where to next. Uber and Lyft are great options if you don’t feel like hailing a classic yellow cab.

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one-on-one session geared toward your own personal goals with one of their expert personal trainers. Whatever the tonic, the workout experience is guaranteed to be fresh, challenging, and most importantly, fun.

“We’re building a community — both inside and outside the fitness studio — based upon a common love for movement, play and human connection,” says Becky Brown, owner of E + E Fitness.

“Our kickboxing room is equipped with 21 heavy bags and features kickboxing mixed with bodyweight movements that are sure to make you sweat,” Brown says. “Get your cardio fix while having fun hitting something. It’s just you and your bag for 60 minutes, pushing yourself to new, exhilarating places, mentally and physically.”

Sleek, textured walls envelop a modern check-in area and lobby with couches to invite conversation and community before and after class. E + E Fitness also features lush locker room amenities, including luxury showers and changing rooms. The real standout however is E + E’s three intently designed exercise rooms. Here, fitness newbies and fanatics can be found experiencing the best workouts in town.

E + E class offerings also include HEAT Bootcamp’s signature HIIT (high intensity interval training). An Austin South First standout for more than a dozen years, HEAT is now accessible in East Austin. The bootcamp offers a combination of strength training, cardio, calisthenics and plyometrics — all set to a killer soundtrack — to keep members sweating, motivated and craving more.

Today, it might mean 60 minutes of a full-body sculpting, strength-building bootcamp class. Tomorrow, it could be an assault on the day’s stresses in a battle against the heavy bag. Or perhaps it’s a

E + E fitness invites the Eastside community to stop by to meet some of the energetic staff or sign up online for class packages and monthly memberships. E + E’s goal is to Elevate and Evolve community fitness

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A Natural Fit in 2020

Did You Know? On the first Sunday of every month, Mr. Natural has an all-you-can-eat buffet, holding true to one of their very first practices.


Amidst the bustling streets of East Cesar Chavez and Chicon sits a neighborhood icon, Mr. Natural, where, instead of big screen TVs, plants fill every corner. Instead of butter-filled meat and cheese dishes, plates topple over with meals rich in vitamins prone to make your mama proud.


ince 1988, Mr. Natural has been showing Austin that meat isn’t a necessity in order to get the protein the body needs. Though Austin has a variety of dishes for vegetarians and vegans nowadays, this family-owned business has put their own spin on tasty vegetable options by integrating their Mexican roots—literally.   Co-owner Maria Luisa Mendoza first stumbled upon the vegetarian lifestyle in the 1970s. The appeal of health benefits intrigued Maria, and her eating habits began to evolve into a holistic approach. Overbrimming with a new-found love for vegetarianism, Maria left her job as an elementary school teacher to instead teach people across Mexico wholesome practices for taking care of their health. Along with her husband, Jesus, Maria organized retreats centered around living better: physically, mentally, and spiritually. The retreats included classes in vegetarian cooking, yoga, meditation, Kung Fu, and alternative therapies.  Eventually the couple brought their health-centric mindfulness from Mexico to Austin. When Maria and Jesus opened Mr. Natural, she remembers how money was limited, “My only investment was my energy.” But wielding

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her flaming passion, Maria recruited others to join her approach in intentional eating. Maria raised her children as vegetarians from birth. Since vegetarianism was a new idea at that time, Maria and her family were mistaken as hippies. Her children faced backlash when bringing tofu to school but that did not stop her. She was only doing what she knew was best for her family.  Today, Mr. Natural is a collaborative effort. There’s a synergy between different generations as Maria and Jesus’s children (who are now adults) step up to help with technology and everyday management of the place. The children have also helped with running their vitamin shop next door.  When it comes to their location, Maria says fondly, “The City of Austin is supportive of the Eastside being a corridor of commercial businesses offering a lot of employment on the streets.” And she doesn’t mind the change so much because it only boosts foot traffic, given Mr. Natural’s robust approach on eating fits seamlessly with Austin’s health-conscientious vibe.  Naturally, Mr. Natural offers healthy Mexican meals and pastries free of meat such as their tofu & sunflower seeds tamales and Holy Mole Vegan Enchiladas. Maria recommends ordering her favorite dish, “fish” tacos, which are made in house with wheat protein. Wash it down with a refreshing Agua Fresca. Then for dessert, mosey over to the bakery display case and try the impossible task of picking just one treat to take home. 

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Through the years, Mr. Natural has had their ups and downs figuring out how to stay ahead of growth and technologies, but they don’t let the setbacks keep them down for long. Maria remarks, “The road is not clean; you have to clean it. Obstacles are opportunities.”

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(512) 477-5228 1901 E. Cesar Chavez St. 2414A South Lamar Blvd. mrnatural-austin.com @MrNaturalAustin

The name Mr. Natural combines both its English and Spanish cultural background. According to Maria, Mr. is English and Natural is Spanish.

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On Christmas morning—different than every other day of the year—our little ones wake up first. We hardly hear the pitter-patter of their footsteps before they pounce into our bed to tell us about the presents beneath the tree and the signs that Santa surely found their cookies and milk.


he presents must be opened right away. As wrapping paper flies, grandmother arrives, then the other, then Grandpa, each with more presents. Next the cousins arrive, then Nan, then aunts and uncles, friends of family, and friends of friends. Standing majestic amid the discarded wrapping paper, the Christmas tree flashes and glitters with homemade ornaments, and old-fashioned carols play on the radio while children race in shouting packs from one room to the next trying out their new toys. Our home is filled with laughter, joy, and a raucous Christmas spirit. But there is one major problem with all of this. Mom and Dad have not had their coffee yet! We have not had a second to make breakfast, and it is still a long time until lunch. This houseful of people, starting with our sweet babes, will quickly spiral out of control if we don’t serve some tasty food to fuel their Christmas morning. Leave it to the Swedish Tea Ring to save the day. This regal cousin of the cinnamon roll makes the perfect holiday breakfast. It’s simply beautiful. The ring displays its colors as its goodness gushes out while it bakes. Then icing tops it off like an exquisite frost. The children gently tear apart their own pieces. Of all things in our house on Christmas morning, the tea ring gets the most respect. 72 EASTside | Dec2019/Jan2020

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This dish is not “health food,” but it is much healthier than the standard cinnamon rolls. The bread is dense and delicious. The filling of dried fruit and nuts gives an energy boost. The cardamom and cinnamon create a unique balance of flavor. The natural sweetness makes this dish work. Best of all, the Swedish Tea Ring can be prepared the day before and simply set out for breakfast: instant goodness on the table ready to be devoured.

Swedish Tea Ring Serves: 8 Prep time: 30 minutes Inactive prep time: 1 hour 30 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Dough Ingredients: 1 c. whole milk 1/4 c. granulated sugar 1/4 c. unsalted butter 1 T. active dry yeast 4 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 t. salt 1 egg Filling Ingredients: 6 T. unsalted butter 4 T. granulated sugar 4 T. light brown sugar 1 T. cinnamon 1 t. ground cardamom 3/4 c. golden raisins, or mixed dry fruit 1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts Icing Ingredients: 1 c. powdered sugar 1 T. milk 1/2 t. vanilla Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F.

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Combine milk, sugar, and butter over medium-low heat and cook until butter is melted. Let cool to lukewarm (around 100°F) and add yeast. Set mixture aside and

let it ferment until foamy bubbles form. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Add milk mixture and egg to dry ingredients and knead for about 5 minutes until a smooth dough forms. Cover with a tea towel until dough doubles in size (about 1-1½ hours). Heat butter in a small pan over low heat until melted. Meanwhile, combine sugars, cinnamon, and cardamom in a bowl. Add melted butter to sugar mixture and mix until a paste is formed. On a floured surface, roll dough out to an oblong rectangle (about 6”x 16”) about ½” in thickness. With a spatula, spread a thin, even layer of sugar-cinnamon filling to cover the dough’s surface. Sprinkle dried fruits and nuts evenly across the dough’s surface. Starting with a long end, roll the dough inward, forming a Swiss roll. Bring the ends of the roll together, and pinch all of the seams together to seal them. Using a sharp knife, cut the ring ¾ of the way through, leaving the center of the ring intact. Repeat this cut, every 1½”. Rotate each piece of dough until the cut portion faces upward. Cover the ring with a clean, dry cloth and let proof. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for icing. Bake ring for 25 minutes, until dough is golden brown and sounds hollow when thumped. Let cool on a cooling rack and drizzle with prepared icing prior to serving.




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Eden East

Under the wizened oak trees of a 4-acre farm is an unmarked trailer whose plain façade belies hyper-seasonal, farm-totable dishes. Whether it’s a farm-fresh breakfast on market days or a sit-down prix fixe dinner under the stars, Eden East reinvents the idea of eating local. Be sure to visit during their a-la-carte nights on Thursday evenings. 755 Springdale Rd. | edeneastaustin.com

Arriving via a twisted trajectory through Israel, Spain, and NYC, Berty Richter landed with an inkling that Austinites needed real hummus in their lives. With Turkish and Israeli roots, his fresh-toorder hummus is bold and daring with just the right amount of spice. 1906 E Cesar Chavez St.


La Fruta Feliz

A happy place where breakfast is served all day. Of course, you can also get lunch, but why would you when you can have chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and authentic breakfast tacos at 8PM? 3124 Manor Rd.

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In an out-of-the-way shopping center is one of the freshest Asian food options around. Sip on one of their fine teas as you build your lunch – Nancy’s operates on a build your own bowl ethos. With no red meat or pork on the menu, it’s the perfect option for a lunch that is light but filling. 6448 Hwy. 290 E. #A100 | nancysskygarden.com

The fresh tropical fruit juice and the arepas are why you need to visit Artessano. As a food trailer specializing in Colombian food, expect dance music and lots of friendly conversation when you visit. 1211 E 6th St.

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Flyrite Chicken

Disrupting the fast food industry one sandwich at a time, Flyrite is a drive-thru with all-natural, antibiotic-free chicken as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options. 2129 E 7th St. | flyritechicken.com

Nancy’s Sky Garden

Hillside Farmacy

Something about Hillside Farmacy’s happy hour oysters, weekend brunches, and dinner cocktails just make you feel better. Perhaps that's due to its historical location in the lovingly renovated 1950s Hillside Drugstore. Or perhaps it’s because the fresh, carefully selected seasonal food that comes from local farms and onto your plate is just good medicine. 1209 E 11th St. | hillsidefarmacy.com

El Sunzal

El Sunzal is a quintessential hole-in-thewall that makes up for its bare-bones appearance with its exceptional El Salvadorian fare. Make sure to sample the fried yucca, seafood soup, and the pupusas. 642 Calles St.

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This unassuming store-front houses an outstanding array of donuts, kolaches, and breakfast croissants. Even if the food wasn’t enough, owners Sochea and Sarong make the trip to S-H worth it every time. 5313 Manor Rd.

Intero Restorante

Intero, meaning “whole,” is dedicated to the thoughtful use of every ingredient in their dishes. Homemade pastas, farm-totable plates, and artisan chocolates make up their bold, yet intimate, Italian menu. 2612 E Cesar Chavez St. | interorestaurant.com


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Mum Foods

Xian Sushi & Noodle

Fresh, hand-pulled noodles are the star of the show at Xian. Enjoy a bowl of Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry or the Dan Dan where noodles are pulled to guest’s preferred thickness then drenched in authentic Asian flavors. Visit for happy hour to enjoy their $5 menu. 1801 E 51st St., Ste. C370 | xianfresh.com

This local shop serves up deli-style sandwiches and is most known for their pastrami. Be sure to try The Original, which is made with hot pastrami, house mustard and served on sourdough from Swedish Hill Bakery. 2113 Manor Rd. | mumfoodsatx.com

Sour Duck Market

An offshoot of Odd Duck, Sour Duck Market is bringing the same custom approach to the fast-casual dining scene. With a menu packed with local flavors, Sour Duck so deliciously captures the spirit of Austin. 1814 E MLK Jr. Blvd. | sourduckmarket.com

Roland’s Soul Food & Fish

The soul food cooked within this bright orange building is made with such heart that it is overflowing with flavor. Ask any soul food lover and they will tell you each piece of battered fish and every bite of your smothered pork chop is a mouthful of comfort. Come hungry; Roland’s doesn’t skimp on portions. 1311 Chestnut Ave.

Designed as a cozy neighborhood pub, Oddwood Ales provides a variety of flavorful ales, home-made pizzas, and Italian dishes in a relaxed atmosphere with arcade games and a pet-friendly patio. 3108 Manor Rd. | oddwoodales.com

This Southern-inspired menu features family-raised beef that comes directly from the Jacoby Ranch, served with heaping sides of veggies to match its freshness. Enjoy their signature chicken fried steak or a juicy burger on their cozy patio overlooking the Colorado River. 3235 E Cesar Chavez St. | jacobysaustin.com 

Yellow Jacket Social Club

Come for brunch, come for happy hour, come for a good time. Whether you’re on the shaded patio or inside at the bar, the food is always good, and the drinks are always cold at Yellow Jacket Social Club. Plus, this is a pet-friendly establishment. 1704 E 5th St. | yellowjacketsocialclub.com

Cherrywood Coffeehouse

With an expansive patio and a continual rotation of events, you’ll find yourself frequenting for the community as often as food, which is an inviting array of tacos, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and smoothies. 1400 E 38th 1/2 St. | cherrywoodcoffeehouse.com

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Micklethwait Craft Meats

Although known for their beef ribs and brisket, if you’re headed to Micklethwait’s, you can’t forget about the sides. Your meal won’t be the same without a scoop of the jalapeño cheese grits or lemon poppy seed coleslaw. 1309 Rosewood Ave. | craftmeatsaustin.com


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Vixen’s Wedding

The heady mixture of Portuguese and Goan flavors immerse diners in a cloud of spice and sensation at Vixen’s Wedding. Opened by the husband-and-wife team behind Lenoir, the intense flavors in each dish demand attention. Land and sea unfold amid the scents of tamarind, cilantro, aioli, curry, and coconut that intimately blend the flavors of East and West. 1813 E 6th St. | vixensweddingatx.com



Yuyo does the Pisco Sour perfectly due to Chef Maribel Rivero’s deep understanding of their multi-faceted cuisine. She immersed herself in their culture for years as she mastered the colorful flavors while studying to be a chef. “We developed the menu to really appeal to the Austin market, while still being consistent to the source.” Maribel shares of their creative process emphasizing how “it is crucial when you’re introducing an ethnic cuisine” to a community who may not be familiar with the flavor combinations.

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Dia del Pisco Sour Peru in a Glass


In the United States, the first weekend of February usually consists of pizza, beer, and football. However, in Peru, they celebrate Dia del Pisco Sour: a day dedicated to the country’s national cocktail. If there was ever a cocktail that deserved its own day, the Pisco Sour has earned it.

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isco, which is fermented and distilled grapes, is the national Peruvian liquor. The spirit was first created as an alternative for brandy using the grapes brought in by Spanish settlers. It is very similar to brandy in its distillation process; however, brandy combines sugar and water, whereas Pisco is pure. During the prohibition era, when cocktails were being formulated all over the world,

Peruvians contributed to that creativity with Pisco. Their version—a take on the Whiskey Sour—substitutes the Whiskey for Pisco. Thus, the Pisco Sour cocktail was born. Luckily for Austinites, a delicious and authentic Pisco Sour doesn’t have to be a plane ride away because Manor Road establishment, Yuyo, has brought the flavors of Peru to East Austin. Like most of their Peruvian dishes and drinks,

Happy Hour! Start the week off right at Yuyo’s happy hour, available all night on Mondays and Tuesdays. The menu includes $3 beers, $5 Chifles and Papas, and $6 glasses of Pisco Punch and Sangria. find more at eastsideatx.com

Besides Pisco, the cocktail contains simple syrup, freshly squeezed lime juice, and egg whites for a frothy finish. Pisco seems to be the perfection between vodka and gin when it comes to flavor presence. The citrus addition to the drink not only pairs well with the liquor but also makes a tangy and refreshing cocktail to sip while lounging on Yuyo’s terra-cotta tiled patio speckled with lively greenery. Pisco Sour isn’t the only Pisco cocktail Yuyo serves. They also have the Chicha Morada Sour, a combination of two of Peru’s favorite products: Pisco and purple corn. The Chicha Morada Sour is a sweeter alternative to the Pisco Sour. And the Pisco Punch is another crowd favorite. The punch is fruity, with the addition of orange and pineapple complementing the Pisco. Truly, at its heart, Yuyo’s menu is about sharing the richness and diversity of Peruvian cuisine in its most authentic form, tweaking just the right amount to still have that familiar Austin flavor has become their art. Contact:

(512) 919-4147 1900 Manor Rd. yuyoaustin.com

All In the Family: Chef Maribel Rivero opened her restaurant, Yuyo, with her bother, Carlos Rivero, founder of El Chile Group, which consists of El Chilito, El Chile, El Alma and now Yuyo Peruano.

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