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Annie ray :: Caroline Mowry :: Cory ryan :: Derris Lanier :: ed verosky :: Jennifer nichols :: Karin Dreyer :: Shannon Cunningham :: PHOtOGraPHerS

Carrie Crowe,

Associate Publisher & Editor

here’s my confession: no matter how hard I try to be as ecoconscious as possible, one of my sometimes less flattering qualities seems to get in the way — I’m a creature of habit. My husband, in an effort to exercise his occasionally not-so-subtle and slightly clever personality, has taken it upon himself to govern my forgetfulness. Our large stainless steel trash can, which resides in our kitchen, now has a large label taped to the top of it that reads, “Sweetie!” This is his nice way of reminding me (and rubbing my forgetfulness in my face) every time I throw something away that it just might be recyclable. Does it work? Well, about 99% of the time. The other 1% has me digging in the trash to

Carly Kocurek Cynthia houchin Darcie Duttweiler JB hager Kathy Farley KT haik Linsey Krauss Sarah Morgan Tolly Moseley

retrieve my mishap. now, if I can just apply the same training


tactic to get him to put the toilet seat down! In the debut of rare’s first “Green” issue, we chose to highlight some of our local Austinites and businesses that are doing their part to save the environment. The next time you go shopping, exercise that green thumb! Ladies, don’t miss our first ever “eco-Chic” fashion spread, showcasing product that’s both eco-

Taylor Perkins, Publisher Carrie Crowe, Associate Publisher & editor Justin esquivel, Senior Art Director Kristen hurd, Graphic Designer Paul Kimbiris, Account executive Leah Mize, Account executive

friendly and fashionable (okay, fabulous!) at the same time. You’ll also notice that this issue’s cover is a slightly different weight and texture than the norm. We consulted with Clampitt (our paper supplier) and decided to kick it up a notch with an 80% post consumer and 20% FSC fiber cover. Feel it for yourself! Special thanks to featured artist Darvin Jones for your ability to take nature’s floral elements and transform them into gorgeous abstract-expressionist style drip paintings. Your interpretation of nature’s beauties is completely unexpected yet surprisingly harmonious — the perfect combination! Photo by A La Vie Photography

Staff Darvin Jones | Grün Kunst 30" x 40," Acrylic On Canvas


On The Cover: Darvin Jones


JB Rants


Fashion Spread: Eco-Chic






Perspective: Cori and Gunnar Hedman


Hill Country Outdoors


Rare Recycled




Perspective: Amanda Hyde


Eco Clean




The Picky Maid


Perspective: Michael Hsu


Eco Series




M.J. Neal


Blue Avocado


Perspective: Lisa Wiedemann and William Gurasich

William K. stidham The sacred heart of charlie sexton 22" x 30," Watercolor




Casa de Luz


Perspective: Jodi Holtz




Urban Moto Shop




Daily Juice


Perspective: Kathy Johnson




Olive Green Dog


Keep Austin Beautiful


Rare Gives Back: Austin Yellow Bike



Each issue, Rare Magazine chooses a local Austin artist to feature on our cover and section introduction pages. This month’s feature artist is Darvin Jones. Make sure you check out his art scattered throughout the magazine.

Our Theory of Darvin’s Evolution

On The Cover: Darvin Jones, We Think While It Just Knows

30"x 40," Acrylic On Canvas 6

Darvin Jones’s studio in East Austin is wedged into a former industrial space, the interior a study in minimalist function with concrete floors and white walls. But the order is illusory — a closer look reveals inspirational images taped to one wall, a coating of paint splatters on the floor, and (occasionally) the splatters and swirls congregate around the hung canvases. The effect suggests that the images are on the verge of creeping like kudzu across the otherwise orderly surfaces, colonizing the sterile walls and covering them in swirls and splatters of blue and spa green until they resemble some sort of abstract garden.

Those paintings on display in the studio, now featured in this issue of Rare, reflect a departure for an artist known for his crisp graphics and clean lines. In fact, many of Jones’s works contain elements so precisely rendered as to sug gest they might be silkscreened (for the record, they aren’t).

“I just love graphic arts. I should be a graphic designer, but I’m a painter,” Jones jokes. Logically, Jones should probably be working outside of the visual ar ts entirely — he trained for years in music and soundscape composition. He took up painting somewhat impulsively when he leased an available studio space a friend mentioned to him. N o w, s e v e r a l y e a r s a n d a m o v e t o Austin later, Jones is pursuing painting professionally, a career track he likely could n o t h a v e p r e d i c t e d a d e c a d e a g o. A willingness to experiment drives Jones’s art just as it has driven his career trajectory. The pieces in this magazine are just the latest of his experiments. “They’re completely different from anything I’ve done in the past, and nothing like what I thought I would do,” Jones says. “I have no met ho d to my ma dness. I use d to brainstorm a lot and have clear images in my head, but now I’m into layering.”

F or these wor ks, Jones layered f loral elements with abstract-expressionist style drip painting and a pop art color palette, which looks simultaneously organic and graphic. The paint accenting the concrete in his studio is actually from this series, which Jones painted on the floor, Jackson Pollock style.

“Normally, I try to keep things within a minimal color palette. I definitely explored color more for these. One of the things I wanted to do in this series was to take all my ideas and visual languages and combine them into one,” Jones says. The resulting layered works are surprisingly harmonious, with stylistic elements merging visually into a cohesive visual landscape, muddled with swirls and splatters of paint The sharper graphic elements seem like billboards being overtaken by greenery, or a parking lot being reclaimed, bit by bit, by sturdy bunches of grass. Carly Kocurek Photo by Jennifer Nichols


It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green I recently upgraded all my windows to more energy efficient ones. The Result? My electricity bill has gone down a couple bucks a month. Now, take this into consideration. There were at least 10 guys driving individual trucks to my house to do this work for almost six weeks. Think of all the fuel burned to get them there, the emissions from their vehicles, the amount of food and drink


consumed during the work. The windows showed up on an 18 wheeler, transported from another state. Where’s the break-even point on environmental impact, the year 3000? I won’t live long enough to see the financial break even. The correct answer: homes should not have windows. If you want to see what’s on the other side, go to the other side.

Some people suggest waterless car wash products. I’ve tried them. It works, if your car is already clean. The real green answer is to stop washing your car. Who says we have to drive shiny metal objects as long as they still stop and go? Cows are bad for the environment because of all the methane gas they produce and the land required for them to graze. I totally swi tc he d to f ish onl y to b e guil te d by environmentalists that say we are overfishing, and it has to stop. I am now on a strict diet of circus peanuts and Twizzlers. Should I eat out or eat at home? Judging from the mess I make and the amount of trash I produce when cooking at home, I would have to assume a restaurant would be far more efficient, but I have to drive to get there.

I wonder, is it environmentally irresponsible to have a huge family? But, then I read that nothing is more energy inefficient than a single person living alone. Should we blame massive homeowners for having a home gym, home theater room and a billiards room, or thank them for being entertained at home and going out less? Am I bad for the environment because I cycle 6 days a week? Think about it. I consume massive amounts of ox ygen, which results in more carbon output. I consume twice the average calories needed and hypothetically, I will live 20 years longer — two more decades of impact on the planet. Would I be greener if I was as lethargic as possible and malnutritioned? You know, just take in enough to cling to life? Should I start smoking to insure I go earlier?

How much energy and trash do we produce taking care of our pets? Should we rid the world of cats and dogs? Do they really have a place on the ecological food chain? Then someone would complain about all the leashes and scratching posts going into landfill. I think we would all be just fine giving up the “shoogie woogie boogie baby talk” when we get home.

Is the pressure to be “worldly” too much? I feel guilty for the environmental impact of travel. Guess I’ll stay home this summer.

Who do you think has a bigger environmental impact, men or women? Should one be taxed higher? My first guess would be women, with the amount of clothes they purchase and beauty products from all over the world. Men go through massive amounts of electronics, consume more food products and certainly emit more toxic gases.

It’s better to purchase clothing made of natural fibers with natural dyes. I tried. You should have heard the woman on the other end of the phone when I tried to order a “Romo” jersey made of hemp.

I have gone back to drinking tap water to eliminate water bottles, but still manage to accumulate beer bottles. Would it be better to just install a keg in the house?

Should I move in with my parents? Should we ALL move in with my parents? Does it make sense to throw down for the “Sham Wow” towel?

I gave up paper towels and started using natural sponges. Wrong? Apparently seas sponges are becoming endangered. Did you know there are at least a half d oz e n p r o g r a m s o u t t h e r e t o r e c y c l e your toothbrush?

Think you are doing the right thing by using cloth diapers instead of putting massive amounts of disposable diapers into a landfill? Think again. The detergents and the amount of energy used in the washer/dryer might be worse. Do you wash your dishes? Studies show this to be less efficient than a dishwasher. Showers and baths are a big issue now. Seems everyone I know is so proud of their newly installed mega shower. I kid you not — a friend of mine has a shower with 12 showerheads including one coming straight up from underneath. I guess this allows him to float in mid-air? The “new thing” is a green roof. Literally grass on your roof. I thought I was doing well to get the metal roof, which is supposed to last a lifetime. I can’t keep a violet alive on my kitchen windowsill, but now I’m expected to maintain a golf course on my roof? The green living tip that made me laugh the hardest: use crayons instea d of toxic markers. Yeah, that’ll impress the board of directors. Apparently, the goal of all of this is to ensure that eventually there will be enough polar bears so everyone can have his or her own. I always wanted one. They look cute, wearing a scarf and drinking a coke. I can’t wait. Two things I know for SURE? Junk mail should be illegal, and if we all live a truly green lifestyle, the economy will tank. JB Hager is half of the hit morning-show duo “JB and Sandy” on Mix 94.7. Photo by Jennifer Nichols 9


Photos: Karin Dreyer Stylist: Carrie Crowe Models: Zion Francis & Sarah Johnson Makeup: Chad r. Cromer, SALOn by milk + honey hair: Monique Poonawala & robin hughes, SALOn by milk + honey Clothing: Solid Gold, Montage Location: Austin Museum of Art: Laguna Gloria

Solid Gold 1601 e. 5th St. 512-473-2730


Montage 508 e. 53rd St. 512-459-8081

Austin Museum Of Art: Laguna Gloria 3809 W. 39th St. 512-458-8191

SALOn by milk + honey

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Kris nations “Wildfl ower Crescent earrings” (recycled 14K gold) from Montage $56

hair: Phytolisse Serum $30

On Zion: Peel “noble Dress” (56% soy, 45% organic cotton) from Solid Gold $138

makeup: Glominerals Pressed Foundation Tawny Light $36.50, Bronzer Sunlight $36, Shimmer Brick Gleam $31.50, eyeshadow Trio Amythest $29.50, Blush Guava $24, Brow Duo Brown $16, Lip Pencil Natural $17, Lipstick Willow $15.50, eyeliner Black/Brown $18, Mascara Black $15


On Sarah: Kelly B. “Sophie Strapless Dress” (65/35 hemp silk blend) from Montage $170

Kris nations “ rectangle Dagger hoop earrings” (recycled sterling silver) from Montage $52

Hair: Phyto Mousse Intense $20 & Phytolisse Serum $30 Makeup: Glominerals Pressed Foundation Natural Medium $36.50, Bronzer Sunlight $36, Shimmer Brick Gleam $31.50, eyeshadow Trio Palm $29.50, Blush Rosebud $24, Lipsheer Fiji $16, Brow Duo Brown $16, Brow Gel Clear, $17, Mascara Brown $15


On Sarah: roberta Oaks “Twiggy Dress” (skirt-bamboo organic cotton blend) from Solid Gold $176 On Zion: Taxicdc “re-deigned 1980s Mini Dress” (poly blend) from Solid Gold $72 Kris nations “Wildfl ower Crescent earrings” (recycled 14K gold) from Montage $56


On Zion: Linda Loudermilk “Bella Dress” (100% organic cotton) from Solid Gold $286

esther Designs “vintage Chanel Chain” (agate) from Solid Gold $140 hair: Phytolisse Serum $30


makeup: Glominerals Pressed Foundation Tawny Light $36.50, Bronzer Sunlight $36, Shimmer Brick Gleam $31.50, eyeshadow Trio Amythest $29.50, Blush Guava $24, Brow Duo Brown $16, Lip Pencil Natural $17, Lipstick Willow $15.50, eyeliner Black/Brown $18, Mascara Black $15

Hair: Phyto Mousse Intense $20 & Phytolisse Serum $30 Makeup: Glominerals Pressed Foundation Natural Medium $36.50, Bronzer Sunlight $36, Shimmer Brick Gleam $31.50, eyeshadow Trio Palm $29.50, Blush Rosebud $24, Lipsheer Fiji $16, Brow Duo Brown $16, Brow Gel Clear, $17, Mascara Brown $15

On Sarah: raw earth Wild Sky “Shanghai Dip Dye Dress” (100% organic linen, recycled leather straps) from Montage $268



Darvin Jones / Understanding The Contemporary Cityscape / 24" x 36," Acrylic On Canvas


FURNITURE YOU CAN’T CAN REF-USE “WHY WOULD YOU MAKE FURNITURE OUT OF TRASH?” Adam Edwards and Nicholas petersen have heard this phrase before. Both 29 years old, they are the two-man team behind ref-use, a company that creates furniture and shelves entirely from recycled ply wood destined for landfi lls. “We literally hop inside dumpsters for some of it,” says Edwards. “We’ll hit up manufacturers in town, and ask them if we can come haul away their leftover wood. some companies even leave the wood out waiting for us these days, so we’re not dumpsterdiving as much.”

Adam edwards and nicholas Petersen


high school buddies from north Texas, edwards and Petersen reunited in Austin during college. edwards grew up practicing woodworking with his family, and with several years of business training between the two of them, they hatched an idea for a green furniture company in 2004. In June 2007, they drafted a business plan, and today, stores from Austin to San Francisco carry their wares. “Austin and cities on the west coast have been the most receptive to our stuff,” says Petersen. “They really like the environmental benefit of furniture made from recycled wood. It’s nice for the manufacturers that give us wood too — they don’t have to pay for someone else to come over and haul away their scraps.” So from scraps to stylized furniture, how does this magical recycling process work? After rescuing leftover plywood from a sad landfill fate, edwards and Petersen mill the pieces into a variety of pre-determined shapes and sizes. next, they laminate and assemble these pieces into chairs, shelves or benches. each piece is then painted and clear-coated using nontoxic and formaldehyde free products. Once fi nished, the furniture is delivered to retailers all over the country, including cities like Seattle, Portland, houston, San Antonio, Lubbock and Fort Worth. Prices range from store to store, but here in town, ecoWise sells chairs ranging from $199.95-$299.95.

“Since there’s just two of us, we have to get really creative with our templates, so that they allow us to be as effi cient as possible,” says edwards. “We are still careful, though, to make sure our production results in as little waste as possible. To do that, our processes are very standardized, so we can fill bulk orders quickly.” Speaking of bulk, edwards and Petersen will debut their biggest completed project this month. They’ve teamed up with local architect Michael Parks — himself a modern, eco-conscious designer — who has contracted ref-Use to do 1500-square-feet of wood flooring in his home, located near 51st and Cameron. “Adam is drowning in plywood,” laughs Petersen. “This project is the largest-scale thing we’ve ever done, but we can’t wait until it’s finished. We’re using more recycled wood on one project than ever before, which we hope will make a big impact on local landfi lls. hey, let’s be honest — we’re ok making things out of trash.” Tolly Moseley Photo by Cory Ryan


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Jewelry s Handbags s Gifts 5th & Lamar 512-478-SASS

Cori and Gunnar Hedman

Owners, Wildower Organics


Photo by Jennifer Nichols

From organic mattresses, furniture and baby clothes to bio-diesel delivery trucks, Cori and Gunnar Hedman have successfully taken their business to a whole new “green” level, from start to finish. What does “going green” mean to you?

Any new product lines that you’re incorporating?

Gunnar: It’s always meant the same thing to me — putting thought into the choices you make each day, until they become ingrained. I’m happy that the world at large has adopted this catch phrase because it has made it easier for people to incorporate healthy living into their world. I have been around long enough to see the results of the original environmentalists’ efforts in the 1960s and 1970s, so I believe we can make a difference individually and collectively as a society.

Cori: The new John Derian line — sustainable and organic furniture that is very stylish. We are also doing an in-home design service. Back in the day, the market for sustainable organic products was very different. The look was a little more bland, and there wasn’t much of a selection. now, there are many designers that I am very inspired by. The world of home furnishings has embraced the concept of incredible design with organic or reclaimed materials — it’s a very fresh and exciting time in the world of design and style.

how long have you been “going green?” Cori: For me, it started with organic food. The results of simply choosing the most natural path in the food you feed your family has a huge impact. When we had our two children in the early 1990s, we naturally wanted the most pure bedding for them. But at the time, nothing was commercially available, so we made our own organic cotton bedding for their basinet. When we moved to Austin in 1994, we were inspired by the strong environmental community. People were truly passionate about causes like preserving Barton Springs and recycling. When we leased our building, Whole Foods was still next door and a great inspiration for the possibilities of a “green” business. We opened up at the end of 1994, and thanks to the support of Austin, have explored many areas of sustainable and pure home furnishings.

how does Austin compare to other cities?

What do you do on a daily basis to keep Austin “green?”

Cori: Its fun and challenging to find eco-friendly products that are stylish and people will buy. It’s my obsession! We have wonderful organic mattresses from royal-Pedic, that are more comfortable than any other and can last 10 years, incredible sheets from Legna, made from Birch trees yet finer than silk, and organic baby clothing…so cute! Gunnar: We also practice recycling. We recycle all our shipping materials, usually for shipping out items ourselves. Our delivery service, el Sol, uses bio-diesel in all their trucks.

Gunnar: It’s helpful to understand that people don’t have to totally change their whole lives and everything in their home in one day. You can slowly incorporate new patterns into your life, such as eating local produce, buying organic products for your home and teaching young people to practice healthy habits.

Cori: We travel all over the country meeting designers and seeking out new products. When we go to a new city, we try to absorb the energy of different cities and see what we can bring back to our communit y. But, as we have experienced almost ever y major cosmopolitan city, we have become more in love with Austin.

how can Austinites get more involved? Gunnar: Check out the Austin eco network. It’s a great clearinghouse for info on local “green” events. I love the Green Corn Project, a local group that helps bring organic gardening to the inner city.

how does your business contribute?

Cori and Gunnar Hedman, Wildflower Organics, 908 Lamar Blvd., 512-320-0449,



Hill Country Outdoors (HCO) is Austin’s own outdoor sport and social adventure club. Founded in 2001 by two brothers, Steve and David Dahill, the organization was purchased in November 2004 by Bill Talbot, who currently runs HCO along with about 45 other event leaders. “One brother actually met his wife through the club, and they moved to Boston,” says Bill. “The other had his hands full with twin babies, so that’s where I came in.” With a membership around 540 strong, couples, families and singletons alike are encouraged to join the group and participate in the 80 plus outings each month, and whether you’re a “weekend warrior” or just attend a few excursions each month, there’s something for everyone. HCO’s easy to navigate website keeps members informed and up to date, and a new member meeting each month usually brings in about 35 people. “We’re a very friendly, welcoming group. It’s a great way for people to meet like-minded folks, outside of bars,” says Bill. “Or, sometimes in them,” he says, smiling, gesturing to the beer in his hand as he leans against the counter. Partnered with the umbrella organization of American Outdoor Adventure Network, there are several sister city adventure clubs that allow the flow of members whenever the mood strikes — including San Antonio, DFW and Houston. For a monthly membership fee just under $25, you’ll have access to everything from hiking and biking to chilli cook offs, paintball, sailing and scuba diving. Besides having a great time, keeping Austin green is also a priority for the club, especially for Bill, who is on the board of both Austin Parks and Central Texas Trail Tamers. HCO Helping Hands regularly volunteers for park cleanups each month, as well as Habitat for Humanity every year.

has a suggestion about an event, they are welcome to sign on as event leader and get it on the group’s calendar,” he says. Local discounts are another perk of membership. “We’ve worked with a lot of retailers, and we try to support local businesses that do stuff we enjoy,” explains Bill. “I think my favorite trip so far has been skydiving. It was a blast for me and I was definitely the most nervous I’ve been!” A new convert to the club? Yours truly. Attending Dodgeball on Ice with 40 of my new best friends was enough fun to be illegal and totally exhilarating. “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball,” yells Bill as he motions for the game to begin. Though not as injury provoking as it might sound, with tennis shoes instead of ice skates and hockey helmets to protect the noggin, the hilarity that ensued pelting the blue team with NERF balls was priceless (go red team, go!). Cynthia Houchin Photos by Derris Lanier

Hill Country Outdoors 512-383-1191

Gil Glasgetter is a two-year veteran who became an event leader last year, and can often be found leading hikes along with Bo, his Beagle/German Sheppard mix. “The attitude here is great. If anyone


32 Whenever possible, Clampitt encourages use of products created from recycled fiber content and alternate energy resources. To protect future generations of people and forests, Clampitt is currently conver ting its fleet of forklif ts from gas-powered to electric.

Clampitt was the first Texas-based paper company to meet all of the requirements of the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC). The council is an independent source that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially benefi cial and economically viable forestry practices throughout the world. Clampitt also carries papers that meet SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) standards, developed by the American Forest and Paper Association. By sourcing from American mills, Clampitt knows those mills are in compliance with the ePA.

enter Clampitt Paper — our ongoing paper supplier. After several discussions with our friends at Clampitt, we decided to kick it up a notch for this issue and go with an 80% post consumer and 20% FSC fiber paper for the cover. I’m sure you can feel the results for yourself!

Before our decision to become as “green” as possible, we sourced the least expensive paper we could find from China. I don’t know if you saw the Olympics or not, but let’s just assume that “responsible forestry” is probably not the norm for our friends in the east.

paper sourcing

At that moment, we decided to do something about it. We decided to become more proactive in the choices we make as a magazine. Yes, we’re going to go through a lot of paper, but how can we minimize the impact as much as possible? We did our research, and here’s what we found:

Around the same time, we were discussing our 2009 issue plans and a “Green” issue was on the table. For the first time, we took a good hard look in the mirror about our own carbon footprint. After all, we are in an extremely wasteful business, but at least we recognize it.

About a year ago, a good number of readers and clients started sending us random photos of various things they’d done with back issues of Rare Magazine.

– 3,694,100 kilowatt hours of energy

– 2,973 cubic yards of landfill space

– 342,380 gallons of oil

– 15,317 new trees

– 6,307,000 gallons of water

the equivalent of:

products. In doing that, they helped save

they had recycled 901 tons of paper

After auditing 2007, Clampitt found that

recycle e r d ra


If you’ve ever done anything creative with Rare back issues, we’d love to know about it. You guys have us inspired! email photos to and let us know your inspiration for being “green” too!

We had such a hard time choosing from the items that have been submitted to us over the years, but the photo in this piece sort of tells the story. rusty Irons, the owner of The Irons Austin, a luxury boutique hotel in South Austin, loved her back issues of Rare so much that she decided to wallpaper a pantry with them.

We’ve also found out from our readers that you like making things out of old copies of Rare. We, of course, LOve it when you do that! It’s truly fl attering and a great use of back issues.


Any excess we do incur will either be passed out as back issues to those who request them, distributed at an event, or (in a last case scenario) dropped in our recycle bin.

Maybe we’re unique, but rarely is there a copy of Rare that doesn’t get picked up. The Rare return rate (meaning those that readers don’t pick up) is typically less than 100 magazines out of our entire print run each month. To ensure they still get used, we ask our distribution company to leave the back issues under the stack of new issues each month. eventually, they’ll all get out to the end consumer, leaving no excess.


The Ginny’s house paper stock is partially recycled. Ginny’s has several vehicles in its fl eet that use alternative fuels. Though Ginny’s is one of Austin’s largest recyclers of paper (ALL waste gets recycled), they still have helped Rare come up with a perfect size for the magazine that minimizes the amount of paper trimmed away as waste.

Ginny’s is FSC Certified. This means that they have been independently certified that the papers they source come from forests that are managed to meet more than minimum standards regarding social, economic and ecological needs. Ginny’s uses only soy and vegetable based inks, decreasing toxicity to its workers and consumers that handle their printed products. Ginny’s purchases wind power from Austin energy to run the entire print shop.

So, after we bought all that paper, then what? What was our printer doing to ensure that they too were minimizing their impact? We knew we were doing our part by printing locally with Ginny’s — at least not trucking our finished product all over the country. Little did we know how incredibly responsible Ginny’s really is:


Matt Swinney Photo by Cory Ryan


Darvin Jones / Pop Hysteria - The Shy Gun / 30" x 40," Acrylic On Canvas


Amanda Hyde Owner, Montage Eco-Fashion


Photo by Jennifer Nichols

Amanda Hyde has been on a path to green living since she was born, so it seems only natural that her eco- and ethicallyfriendly boutique would also reflect this lifestyle. She shows us how to be eco-friendly and fashionable, at the same time. What does “going green” mean to you? “Going Green“ was actually listed as one of the top eight phrases banned for 2009, and I feel this is very sad. I understand people are annoyed with this phrase, as it has been seriously overused in the past year. But, “going green” is about our environment, and if you care about the environment, then you will naturally want to save it. It is clear that there is global warming present, chemicals and hormones in our food supply, groundwater that is being contaminated. To me, “going green” is about reducing these effects. This change does not come about immediately. The idea is not to throw away your entire wardrobe because you own items that aren’t organic. Think about what you can do right now, and carry it out always — not just as a fad.

how long have you been “going green?” Well, I’ve been going green my entire life. My mother gave birth to me at home without the use of any drugs. I am not saying this makes me any greener than anyone else, it’s only to point out certain values that have always been present as a result of the lifestyle my family led. We shopped at Whole Foods before it was CheAPO discs. When I was about nine years old, I actually went to the Austin City Council to protest the development of Barton Creek Country Club. We used to swim a lot at the Barton Creek greenbelt. The water was incredible during the eighties — clear and very soothing. I remember often being the only family swimming at Sculpture Falls. now, I don’t visit very often. The water is mucky and there are crowds of people drinking beer and leaving much of their trash all over the place.

how does your business contribute? everything sold in the store is eco-friendly and/or ethically-friendly. We have very special vintage pieces, and most of them can be hemmed or slightly altered, free of charge. reusing these beautiful garments

is the best way to be eco-friendly and fashionable at the same time. Also, the new items in the store are made from either sustainable or organic fabrics. Organic cotton is very important because the chemicals used in the growing of average cotton contaminate the environment, particularly the groundwater. Most of the items sold in the store are manufactured in the U.S. in small batches. This reduces a lot of waste that occurs in larger operations. We also try to send our customers away without bags and too much unnecessary wrapping.

What do you do on a daily basis to keep Austin “green?” First, I am not perfect. I do not own a hybrid vehicle. I am holding out for electric. I am genuinely annoyed when gas prices fall, because it takes the focus off the importance of switching to alternative fuels. But, I do live very close to where I work. I try to eat as locally as possible and organic.

Eco-friendly product lines that you’re incorporating? We just recently included an eCO cert perfume line called Patyka. This spring, there will be some great pieces by SheBible. We will have some really cute eco-friendly bathing suits by Kelly B and Loyale Clothing. Also, we just incorporated these adorable tea sets and indoor gardening kits made out of recycled milk jugs.

changes you hope to see in the next 10 years? I am really excited about the light rail. I hope this turns out to be a really useful mode of transpor tation. As of now, it will just be a commuter rail, but I hope to see it develop into a whole new way of getting around town. I want to see the neighborhoods more compact and full of life, less people driving alone in giant SUvs, wasting precious resources. Texas needs a makeover.

Amanda Hyde, Montage Eco-Fashion, 508 E. 53rd St., 512-459-8081,



ecoClean 2915 Guadalupe St. 512-236-8645

...Than Wear PERC. John Dorgan and Conrad Bejarano have already successfully graced Austin with I Luv video and Spider house Coffee Shop, so why on earth would they get involved in the only “green-friendly” dry cleaning business in Austin when it might be a big flop?

“We were very concerned! Non-toxic dry cleaning has not been easy and many have failed trying. We really had our hands full with Spider House and I Luv Video, yet our appreciation for the importance of the

“Originally, we bought the building from them with the intention of bringing the blues back to Guadalupe, but we just couldn’t stand to see Austin lose it’s only green cleaning option, so we rechristened ourselves ecoClean to reflect the change,” says Dorgan. ecoClean is unique because it’s the only green cleaning option in Austin. Instead of using traditional methods that involve PerC, a labeled carcinogen and the number one ground pollutant in the country, ecoClean essentially uses traditional laundry soaps and conditioners that are very highly evolved. These products are about 90% biodegradable within 24 hours and completely safe for the municipal water supply. Their method leaves your garments clean and free of dangerous chemical residue that you’d find from most dry cleaners.

service had only deepened, and we discovered that even more advanced technology was now available. We soldiered on!” - John Dorgan Originally, ecoClean was ecoMat, a struggling and technologically out-dated alternative to traditional dry cleaning methods. The dangers of traditional dry cleaning have been well-known for some time, and most used PerC (percholorethylene), which is known to be harmful to plants, toxic to aquatic animals and, though the chemical itself does not deplete the ozone layer, it breaks down into chemicals that do. By the mid 1990s, attention was paid to fi nding alternatives. In 1997, ecoMat (the dry cleaning and laundry mat franchise) was born, thanks to John and Sarah henderson. ecoMat opened in the former home of Antone’s on Guadalupe. It took up just half of a building, with I Luv video occupying the other half. In 2006, the hendersons expressed interest in retiring, and Dorgan and Bejarano couldn’t help themselves — they decided to keep the business open, while enforcing new methods.

Conrad Bejarano and John Dorgan

Their typical customer? Austinites that think about their actions and are supportive of positive change, and realize the risks of traditional dry cleaning methods to their families and the environment. The best part? ecoClean’s prices are very similar to other cleaners, with the same ability to turn around your garments clean, safe and in a timely manner! Kathryn-Terese Haik Photo by Annie Ray 43


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I have a freak of nature roomie who practically adores the smell of bleach. My cats and I, on the other hand, hate the harsh, toxic smell and quiver at the thought of what it could be doing to our well-being. If you are like me and want a clean house, but don’t want to sacrifice being environmentally conscious, give Picky Maid a try. Owned by Mary Tello, Picky Maid was started by her mother in 2000 as a cleaning service for her neighbors. “I think she has OCD,” laughs Tello. “She was really picky, and she did things other services weren’t providing.”

everything, but we don’t do pet clean up.” When asked if she gets any unusual requests, Tello laughs, and says that most requests are fairly basic, but “one customer did specify his cleaner be a pretty lady.”

Tello started using all nontoxic and natural products when she noticed she was getting sick around all the traditional cleaning products. her employees also complained of headaches and asthma. “I went 100 percent nontoxic because I figured if I was get ting sick, others might be too,” she says. “Once we implemented the nontoxic products, our customers said they were never going back.”

When Tello looks towards the future, she think of expansion. She would like to open Picky Maids in larger cities, namely new York City, which is already pretty eco-friendly with its public transit system, but also not-so eco-friendly houston. “They don’t have our great recycling program there. houston can definitely use some help,” she says.

Pick y Maid ser vices use Method, Meyers, Bon Ami and holy Cow products, which Tello says “are the best, yet reasonably priced.” Though they have switched to eco-friendly products, Tello says “ t he custom er ser v ic e a n d q ua li t y of wor k have stayed the same,” (and Picky Maid will still use bleach, if requested). Picky Maid services include basic cleaning, detail or deep cleaning and spring-cleaning (where your living space will be scrubbed from top to bottom, including behind the fridge). It’s also Picky Maid’s policy to send the same cleaner to a customer’s house, so that privacy and comfort are never compromised. Just don’t ask them to clean up after Fido or Fluffy. “We get those requests a lot,” Tello says. “We’ll clean practically

Tello also plans to start posting tricks of the trade to her website on how to keep your home clean without major cleaning. When I tell Tello my roommate’s love of bleaching our bathtub, she scrunches her nose and gives me a tip for a Clorox-free home: good ole vinegar. She says that if you spritz vinegar in your shower and tub once a day, it will keep away that soap scum completely. “There is just so m u c h t ha t c a n b e d o n e without using chemicals.” Darcie Duttweiler Photo by Cory Ryan

The Picky Maid 401 Congress Ave. 512-264-4490


Michael Hsu

Principal, Michael Hsu Design OfďŹ ce


Photo by Jennifer Nichols

Michael Hsu asks us to take a reasonable and practical approach to sustainability — do what you can incrementally, but also, be aware. He’s an advocate of sustainable design and smaller projects that use fewer resources. What does “going green” mean to you? It means taking responsibility for how we live and what we pass on.

how long have you been “going green?” About 10 years, since I met my wife Kim. She’s a great example of someone that has a reasonable and practical approach to sustainability — doing what you can incrementally, but more importantly, being aware.

What do you do on a daily basis to keep Austin “green?” I live close to my offi ce and to the areas where our work is built, and that translates to other aspects of my life. Minimizing transportation time and energy with the places we live, shop, eat and play with my family. There is so much to be said for living locally. We recycle everything (which feels quite soothing for some reason). We use low vOC and biodegradable household products, organic and local foods, organic furnishings (such as natural rubber mattresses) and do our best to teach our children about sustainable living.

In your opinion, what can Austinites do differently? encourage a building code that is friendly towards adaptive re-use, density, urban planning, new green building materials, systems and techniques and a green building code that is more performance-based as opposed to prescriptive, which allows for more invention and creativity in design. Develop and encourage growth in businesses that contribute to a green economy.

What changes do you hope to see in the next 10 years? I hope that the technology and materials that make green buildings continue to become more affordable and available, so that green building will soon be commonplace and a matter of fact.

how does your business contribute to an ecofriendly lifestyle? We’re advocates of sustainable design, incorporating green building technology (such as Pvs, low energy usage systems and automated lighting) along with traditional design practices (including taking advantage of site conditions such as the prevailing Se breezes we have in Austin), and orienting the massing of a home or building to make better use of day lighting, while minimizing solar heat gain. But almost more importantly, we advocate smaller projects that use fewer resources, questioning how large does a room or a house need to be. We push and specialize in adaptive reuse projects (recycling existing building inventory), taking old underused buildings and making them into new mixed-use neighborhood oriented nodes. Our work tends to be more urban, encouraging density, local living, and taking advantage of existing infrastructure instead of expanding the limits of the city.

Eco-friendly projects that you’re working on? 1) A new house for the Parade of homes at the Mueller development. It will be one of fi ve that may be the most densely green projects in Austin. The homes are being built under the Green Strategies program, a combination of the Green Builder Program and LeeDS. 2) Akoya Condominiums is a dramatic apartment to condominium conversion that was the first four-star rated, multi-family commercial project in Austin. 3) 701 S. Lamar is an adaptive re-use of an old warehouse, transformed into a mixed-use building with offi ces, workshops and retail. Photovoltaics will provide almost all the energy use for the main tenant. 4) A new retail center at riverside and Willow Creek. The client is building a regional wet pond on the development to clean up dozens of acres of upstream storm sewer run-off. The building will also have a substantial Pv array to power the public areas. We’re happy to see new green developments happening in the riverside neighborhoods.

Michael Hsu, Michael Hsu Design Office, 3423 Guadalupe St., 512-706-4303,



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When it comes to going green, it’s not all talk for Amanda Ogden and Roland Galang of Eco Series. These two realtors put their heads together to create a platform for environmental discussion. The goal? Promote the latest in green building techniques, clean energy, sustainable materials and more for Austin. Kathy Farley Photo by Annie Ray

“Sustainable passion.” This is the phrase that Amanda Ogden and Roland Galang use to describe Eco Series. For them and for those that attend their eco-events, it is exactly that. A passion for sustainability that brings them together to discuss, to learn and to brainstorm how to make Austin “greener.”

“When Roland and I met, we both shared an interest in promoting green proper ties,” recalls Ogden. “But the more we talked, it was really about our joint passion to create a sustainable lifestyle.” Galang, a realtor for Urbanspace, and Ogden, realtor and owner of E3 Properties, knew where to start. By gathering experts, community leaders and industry innovators in one place, they could study best of breed communities, techniques, products and ideas. Eco Series does just that. From architects to agriculturalists, entrepreneurs to engineers, designers to politicians, visionaries and more, Eco Series is attracting some of the most innovative minds in the world. And a growing Austin audience. “We wanted this to be a platform for change,” says Galang. “It’s a grass-roots effort that stemmed from our passion for enhanced understanding and the search for solutions to some of mankind’s most pressing issues: clima te c ha n ge, ener g y ind ep end en c e and sustainability.”

With their first event launching nearly a year ago during the Eco Home Tour, Eco Series celebrated Earth Day by discussing green living through architectural design, native landscape, home energ y ef ficiency and sustainable farming. “We’re always going to have an Earth Day event,” says Ogden. “We want to take a holistic approach to sustainability. That means not only having this platform to discuss eco issues, but to raise money for programs that promote sustainability.”

“Last year, we raised money for Urban Roots,” adds Galang. “It’s a great program that uses sustainable agriculture to nourish East Austin residents.” This year’s Earth Day celebration planning is already well underway. Eco Series will host its event on April 19, during Earth Day weekend, at Urban Roots Farm. “This is a chance to better serve our community. And our goal is to keep growing this forum — to keep bringing big ger and better ideas to Austin,” says Galang. “We want to be the p la c e f o r t h o u g h t l ea d e r s, w h e t h e r in technology, farming or elsewhere, to share their thoughts and help bring changes to people in their daily lives.” And as Austin continues to grow, Ogden and Galang acknowledge that the need to live a more eco-friendly life will continue to grow, as well. “It’s a journey,” says Ogden. “We want to invite ever yone to join us and to contact us to see how they can get involved.”



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mother nature Tw e n t y - f i v e y e a r s a g o, M . J . N e a l developed a fascination with the Anasazi Indians. “I was intrigued by the way they used the position of the sun to light their homes at different times of the day,” says Neal. “It seemed so logical to work in harmony with the natural world, and that’s especially true if you’re creating a home for yourself.”


Today, M.J. Neal is still studying homes. He’s creating them, too. As founder of the award-winning local architecture firm M.J. Neal Design, he is helping humans get back in sync with nature, with a little help from their homes. “We like to call all of this” — gesturing to his miniature architecture models — “low-tech sustainability.” “All of our designs are site-specific, and we try to use materials in an appropriate, honest way. That usually means inventing creative solutions to the challenges each site brings, and establishing a symbiosis between home and surroundings, rather than charging in with pre-set ideas about what the home should be like,” says Neal. But what do these sustainability solutions l o o k l i k e, ex a c t l y ? B e s i d e s u s i n g eco -friendly materials, one of Neals’ favorite things to do is provide his clients clever ways to reduce their energy use. At the spacious Farley Studio in nearby Johnson County, for example, he designed a two-story box that cradles the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. On all sides of this compartment, sliding walls close to allow cool air to be trapped, or open so air c a n m i x w i t h t h e s t u d i o’s n a t u r a l ventilation. This domestic nest is the only air-conditioned space inside the whole building, and at 540-square-feet, it’s much less costly to cool than running central air through the entire studio — a total of 2,430-square-feet. M.J. Neal Design 4220 Duval St. 512-320-0764

At times though, space presents the opposite challenge for Neal — as in, there isn’t enough of it. This was the case with his Twin Peaks home residence project in

South Austin, now one of the city’s most venerated examples of modern home design. The moniker comes from the h o m e s’ c o lu m n - like a p p ea r a n c e, and during a drive through the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, you may have even passed by them. “ T his wa s a t i g h t si te,” sa y s N ea l. “But even though we had to be ver y economic in our space considerations, we wanted the homes to be experienced as structural spaces too.” The result? Homes that grow upwards rather than sprawling out, affording a roominess one w o ul d n’ t n e c e s s a r il y ex p e c t i n a 1,600-square-foot home. The massive windows, which take up one whole wall of both structures, gather enough sunlight to maintain a suburban cheerfulness — even while materials like steel and copper project an overall edgy, modern mood. “We’re always operating from a standpoint of high design first, and our “greeness” is just an extension of that,” says Neal, who was one of the original Advisor y C o m mi t te e m e m b er s f o r t h e G r e en Builder Program, during its inception in 1992. “Our hope is that through the buildings we design, we can star t a dialogue in this city about the way we live. We want to see Austin really pursue more vernacular buildings.” Vernacular ? “Just like the Anasazi,” Neal laughs. “Homes that respond to their environment.”  Tolly Moseley Photos by Derris Lanier



Melissa Nathan, Amy George, Paige Davis

Like most people, I probably go grocer y shopping once a week, and although I like to think of myself as an environmentallyconscious person, I also tend to be quite forgetful. I don’t know how many times I mean to grab my reusable bag, but just flat-out forget. If this scenario happens to you more times than you’d like to admit, the ladies at Blue Avocado have just the thing for you: a pod. Now, picture this: a tiny little egg-shaped ball of fabric attached to a carabiner that fits neatly in your purse (or, gentlemen, clips onto your pants). Once you untuck the fabric from the egg and turn it inside out, that little pod becomes a reusable bag that replaces three plastic bags per trip. It’s literally that easy. “Our whole mission is to help people take the first step on their green journey,” says cofounder Paige Davis. Their solution is to have a chic alternative to those hippy dippy reusable bags that are also eco-friendly and super functional. In addition to the adorable and handy pod, Blue Avocado has an entire gro-pak system, which replaces 15 plastic bags per trip. The pak bag holds a gro bag (a multi-use bag), a chill bag (an insulated bag that keeps food hot or cold for three hours), a veg bag (a mesh bag for fresh produce) and a pod. Although initially started with vibrant colors such as lime, raspberry and blueberry, Blue Avocado recently incorporated black and grey bags to reach out to men — and it totally worked, as my boyfriend stole both my black and grey pods immediately. “We had to make it fun, inspiring and cute,” Davis says. “People didn’t want an old school canvas bag. It was important for it to be fashionable and chic.”

Blue Avocado was star ted by Davis, her sister Melissa Nathan and their friend Amy George. Their first bags sold last November. Two months later, in 2009, the ladies had already successfully eliminated 2.5 million plastic bags from purchases of their bags. Davis initially came up with the idea for a cute reusable bag when she moved to Austin from San Francisco, where plastic bags had just been banned. “I was in Whole Foods with my sister, and she stared at my reusable bag and just had the look of a deer in headlights,” Davis says. “She wanted something cute to use.” On every bag Blue Avocado sells, there is a carbon emission tag which tells the consumer how much carbon emission has been saved by purchasing that bag. Although air quality was a main concern in star ting an eco friendly company, the ladies were also interested in protecting marine life, such as baby turtles that have been found dead from ingesting the plastic bags. Blue Avocado also donates one percent of their proceeds to, the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending site that empowers individuals to lend directly to entrepreneurs in developing countries. “It’s all about the larger issue, not just being green,” Davis explains. Darcie Duttweiler Photo by Ed Verosky Blue Avocado 512-461-1603


William Gurasich

Owner, Mansion at Judges’ Hill

Lisa Wiedemann General Manager & Co-Owner, Mansion at Judges’ Hill


Photo by Jennifer Nichols

Lisa Wiedemann and William Gurasich have teamed up with Dick Clark Architecture to bring us a new 90-room boutique hotel in SoCo. Together, they strive to create the “greenest” hotel in Austin. What does “going green” mean to you?

Eco-friendly projects that you’re working on?

LISA: Being environmentally conscious in your everyday life, both personally and professionally. Sharing this consciousness with your coworkers and staff is also important. Using less gas, less water, recycling, turning off lights, eating organic and free range whenever possible.

LISA: We have our 90-room boutique hotel on Congress Avenue that’s in the design stage. We are using Dick Clark Architecture. Besides being brilliant designers, they are eco-conscious and want to help us build the “greenest” hotel in Austin. BILL: Our hotel in SoCo. We are doing 4 things: First, we have a capital intensive cooling system called an ice cube system that should allow us to operate the entire building and never use peak electrical power to air condition our property. Second, we don’t want to waste resources, so we’re utilizing compact florescent lighting, automatic room sensors and rain/condenser water storage and recycling systems. Third, we have a compact, well-insulated energy-efficient building. Fourth, we’ve designed our project to accept a solar film energy conversion product.

how long have you been “going green?” LISA: I started going green back in 1994 when I borrowed money to buy my own bed and breakfast inn. As a fi rst time business owner who was mortgaged to the hilt, I began by using less water, turning lights off and composting. BILL: Going green started with my grandfather making fish head soup. The eyeballs in the bottom of my bowl scared the heck out of me — he laughed and said I should never waste anything! The soup was fabulous.

What do you do on a daily basis to keep Austin “green?” LISA: At the mansion, we only turn lights, music and the air conditioning/ heat on right before a guest checks in. We take care of our guests (who have chemical sensitivities and allergies to airborne particles that reside in carpets, drapes and bedding) by offering hypoallergenic bedding and organically-grown cotton sheets and towels.

list your best eco-friendly practices? BILL: Compact fluorescents, native plants, dillo dirt for fertilizer (every two years for my home lawn and garden) and replace faulty weatherproofing.

In your opinion, what can Austinites do differently? BILL: Austin needs to adopt a big picture vision. We need to be energy neutral by the year 2050. We need to remove 70% of the calcium from our drinking water — this will extend the life of our hot water and AC systems (and taste better). And we need to build vertically not horizontally.

What changes do you hope to see in the next 10 years? BILL: We need to encourage the University of Texas System to be at the forefront of research and development of alternative energy systems that employ local entrepreneurs. We need to take the sun’s energy and convert it to power this world. We need to develop systems that are paid back in five to seven years. everyone needs to be a stakeholder.

What “green” trends are you seeing in the real estate industry? LISA: In hotels, we see more usage of rainwater collection for landscaping. Also, use of computerized room sensors that automatically shut off all systems in the room when a guest leaves the room. Lisa Wiedemann, William Gurasich , Mansion at Judges’ Hill, 1900 Rio Grande St.,



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souL food Casa de Luz 1701 Toomey rd 512-476-5446


Eduardo “Wayo” Longoria, owner of the Casa de Luz Center for Integral Studies, greeted me with a handshake and a hug — a perfect introduction to the evening’s experience. Making the choice to eat at Casa de Luz means you are part of the family.

Family is an obvious component of the Casa de Luz atmosphere. Several children buzzed about in the dining hall, and many employees had their young children with them, most of whom Longoria greeted by name as we entered the hall.“There is nothing natural about making a child sit at a table for 30 or so minutes, Longoria says. “It’s a delight for me with my children. We are all unstressed and happy in this environment.” In the amber-lit glow of the dining hall, food is served in a sort of family-style manner and for a fixed price. Soup, salad and beverages are self-serve, and everyone eats the same entrée, a well-balanced mix of grains, lentils and greens. After loading our plates with salad, borscht and a delicious “pepita” sauce, we took a seat beside three Casa de Luz regulars. Throughout the evening, we were joined by others who pulled up a chair and chatted with us about everything from Chinese Medicine to green cabinetry. “You know what this place used to be?” Longoria says, gesturing toward the buildings and grounds of Casa de Luz. “A meat-packing plant.” One would never guess the immaculately kept grounds, classrooms and dining hall were once home to animal carcasses. Now, all the food served is vegan, and, like the table talk, almost everything at Casa de Luz is “green” — uneaten food is composted, and only cloth napkins are used. Despite the greenness of the food (the absence of processed ingredients, cheese, sugar and all the factors we usually associate with “good” food), the offerings at Casa de Luz were actually quite tasty. Even my

fiancé, a card-carrying member of the meat and potatoes society, was tempted to ask for a second helping of the vegetable-stuffed empanadas. Each component of the well-balanced meals incorporates healthy, yet delicious sauces and spices. However, Longoria notes, “You have to be hungry to eat this food.” Inhaling a bowl of ice cream does not really require hunger, but eating a healthful plate of grains, lentils and vegetables seems to require a grumbling stomach. Though Eduardo said the dining hall is “the heart” of Casa de Luz, they also offer Yoga and Tai Chi classes, cooking classes through the Natural Epicurean Culinary School, volunteer opportunities, relaxation classes and, their most recent addition, a health food and book store. The Center continues to grow closer and closer to Longoria’s vision of what the Center could be when he opened it 18 years ago — a sustainable, green village.

“We humans have lost our village, and we are all yearning for the connection, support and well-being that is fostered by living in one,” Longoria says. Their next big project, he said, is to find some land and star t a macrobiotic farm. Sarah Morgan Photos by Caroline Mowry 67

Jodi Holtz

Owner, The Waxing Studio & Pure Nails


Photo by Jennifer Nichols

Its name speaks for itself — no fake nails, no fake smells! Pure Nails owner Jodi Holtz tells us why her conscientious customers keep coming back for more. What does “going green” mean to you?

Eco-friendly practices customers will find at pure Nails?

Caring for the legacy I will be leaving my three children. Caring about the earth and the environment. But, you don’t need to do it all at once. Do it slowly. Make one change and then make another when you are ready.

I’m from Marin County in northern California. So, my whole life I was raised to be conscious about what I put in and what I take out of the earth.

I own Pure nails, which we market as Austin’s only eco-chic nail spa. We don’t do fake nails and we use products for people that are conscientious about what chemicals they are putting onto their nails, skin and body. Our polishes are all formaldehyde free, so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your body, which is especially benefi cial for the moms-to-be. In fact, our little marketing line is “no fake nails, no fake smells.”

What do you do on a daily basis to keep Austin “green?”

In your opinion, what can Austinites do differently?

I make fewer trips to the grocery store for our family shopping, carpool with neighbors to get the kids to school, use canvas shopping bags and refuse the plastic ones (yuck!). I recycle and donate things that are not being used around the house.

I think we have enough high-rise construction to last a while, not to mention vacant strip centers. Let’s leave some trees and some open spaces. I think most people can agree with that.

how long have you been “going green?”

your best eco-friendly practices? Teaching my children ways to recycle, donate and reuse is huge for me. Start early and start small.

What changes do you hope to see in the next 10 years? I hope all vehicles produced in the country will see a minimum of 40 miles per gallon of gas. Cars, trucks and SUvs all contribute so much to increasing our carbon footprint, which is very bad.

how does your business contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle? We are very aware of the chemicals we use to clean our waxing studios, and we don’t use harmful chemicals on customers in my nail spa, Pure nails. We also recycle and reuse when we can.

Jodi Holtz, The Waxing Studio & Pure Nails, 3601 W. William Cannon Dr., 512-775-2169,


Since opening in 1990, Eco-Wise has been the leader in non-toxic environmental choices for a healthier lifestyle. Their website and storefront have long been established as a resource for information and products to make your body healthier and your world a greener place to live.

Eco-Wise 110 W. Elizabeth St. 512-326-4474


Just ask Black eyed Peas’ Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel, who registered at eco-Wise to ensure all of their wedding gifts were eco-minded.

down, or the wood came from a San Angelo gym floor or some reclaimed flooring from an old South Austin theater.

Owner Jim holland was an organic farmer in the 1970s and quickly realized there were no stores around that would sell eco-friendly goods. Since then, he has been the neighborhood voice for eco-friendly products and living.

One customer said, “The selection in this little room is twice as much as I’ve seen in all the other places we looked in Austin.” he immediately gave Jim his contact information, and will be moving forward with installing new cork floor, at nearly half the price of traditional flooring. The new floor won’t use any glue or nails, and dogs can scratch all they want without fear of damage.

“People are just now learning how they can simply live green. If we just change 10% of our lifestyle, that would make a huge difference,” says holland. “The great thing about Austin is that we don’t have to explain why it’s good to be eco-friendly, people understand the why.” Practicing what it preaches, eco-Wise was the first commercial building in town to harvest rain water and have paint without toxins. They are also the largest bio diesel seller in Austin, selling 99% recycled restaurant waste from the community. Personally, Jim has been organic for 28 years, and uses the same techniques he talks about with customers in his own home. Spending most of our time in the back room talking, I was amazed to hear all the stories of where the materials come from, such as recycled Sonoma wine bottles that are now being sold for countertops and backsplashes. Their wood floors also tell a story — a pecan tree blew

Although the current economy creates a frozen feeling among builders, eco-Wise isn’t planning on slowing down. They continue to sell the things people need. And if they don’t have it, they can tell you where to find it and who to talk to. According to Jim, there is a huge myth that “going green” is expensive when in reality, green is often just used as a marketing ploy for some companies — they get by with charging customers more because their products have a positive impact on the environment. Linsey Krauss Photos by Shannon Cunningham


Urban Moto Shop 600 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-535-6144

Greg Kunschik


Isn’t it amazing how you don’t notice a trend until you participate in it? Last year, fed up with high gas prices, the nuisance of parking downtown and overall expense of his car, my boy ditched his sedan for a scooter. In the beginning, I was dismayed at the notion of being subjected to the weather and nervous about my first ride, but once we got on the open road (umm okay, South Lamar) more often, I started noticing how prevalent the lit tle two wheelers were in our city. While I’ve been apparently living in denial, the dudes over at Urban Moto Shop have been waiting for a moment to catch their breath. “We have the problem of never having a full showroom,” says co-owner Greg Kunschik. “We’re just always playing catch up.” For the small shop, this isn’t necessarily a problem, considering they’ve never advertised, and they didn’t have a working website for the first three years of business. They got lucky as the scooter revolution made its way to Austin.

as I was researching, I realized I could sell them and get one for cheap,” Kidd says. “It just sounded like a good idea.” After Kidd decided to become a scooter dealer, he roped in buddy Kunschik, who helped out with the business model. Later, the co-owners brought on John Courage, an auto mechanic for more than a decade, to help repair and recycle scooters. As for the popularit y of the scooter, Kunschik says the high summer gas prices helped push national scooter sales, but would never rival Europe’s plethora of the bikes. “Although the gas prices may have been the catalyst for a lot of scooter purchases, brands like Genuine are making scooters cool now. It’s not just about Vespas anymore,” Kunschik says. What about those ramblings that scooters were actually worse for the environment than SUVs, regardless of their 100 miles per gallon? Kunschik says that all modern scooters have to meet EPA air approval ratings before they can even be shipped to a dealer.

Although Urban Moto Shop only carries a few brands, such as Stella, Genuine and SYM, they will ser vice and repair any bike brought in, regardless of make or if it was purchased at their shop. “We also get a lot of bikes in trade, and we salvage parts and recycle everything we can,” Kunschik says. “We tr y to be as green as we can,especially in our South Lamar neighborhood.” In addition to focusing on keeping a full showroom, Urban Moto Shop is shooting high for their long-term goals. “We’d love to be a South Austin icon,” Courage says. “Scooting is a subculture, and there is no better place than South Austin to do it.” Darcie Duttweiler Photo by Cory Ryan

Urban Moto Shop was the brainchild of Clayton Kidd. After getting frustrated at his beat up truck, Kidd was ready for more reliable transportation to get him around town. He did some research and decided on a scooter. “I like to get stuff cheap, and 77


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Daily Juice 1625 Barton Springs rd. 512-480-9501 2307 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-628-0782

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“When I got into this business, it was like discovering this gorgeous, amazing neighborhood — and I had to move in immediately,” explains Shook. “My friends and I wanted to start experimenting with juice and juice ingredients, and show people how nourishing this stuff can be.” Shook caught the juicing bug at Juice Joint, a little outpost on Barton Springs (now Daily Juice) where he worked in his mid-twenties after school. Together, he, Keith Wahrer and Shaun Carroll transformed the company into Daily Juice, which just opened up its third location on 45th and Duval. Once a car repair shop, it’s now a fully-stocked Daily Juice Cafe, with solid foods to complement their famous liquid delights: Think nachos, mole enchiladas, noodle bowls, “BBQ” coconut sandwich. Sound indulgent? It is — even though the menu is entirely vegan. “We wanted vegan eaters to come in here and have some fun, you know?” says Shook. “Too often they’re resigned to yet another boring meal of raw vegetables with vinegar sprinkled on top. Where’s the fun in that? We want vegans to dig in and be just as satisfied, get just as messy, as their friends in the meat-eating world.” But even if you’re not vegan, the eco-conscious among us can applaud Daily Juice for several other green reasons. The company is the first in town to use cornstarch for their to-go containers, which looks and

functions just like plastic, but is biocompostable. The company also offers a composting program through its plant refuse, and uses all organic vegetables for their many juices and smoothies. never been? Then get a taste of those organics for yourself. The Subliminator smoothie is a good one for beginners: Made from blueberry, cherry, banana, peanut butter, spirulina, flax oil and whey protein, it’s a huge crowd favorite. Add-ins range from raw coconut pudding to ginko biloba, so you can tweak your juice or smoothie to personal perfection. Gazing at the juice and food menu, I tell Shook about an insanely delicious meal I ate at Daily Juice recently — coconut-meat tacos, if you’re wondering — that left me feeling...full. In fact, a lot more full than I expected after a vegan meal. “That’s what happens when you’re body gets all the enzymes it needs from food,” says Shook. “When you’re eating food that hasn’t had it’s best parts stripped away, you find that smaller amounts are enough. Your system is getting ever y thing it needs in concentrated, raw amounts. It’s freaking great, isn’t it?” Tolly Moseley Photos by Cory Ryan


Life. On top of the World. From the moment you arrive, your eyes are overwhelmed with the picturesque Texas Hill Country view, while the Tuscan inspired architecture enraptures your soul and beckons you to the stylish home interiors. Then you discover the extraordinary resident privileges such as an exclusive Sky Lounge, Yoga Studio, Tranquil Pools with Wi-Fi Hot Spots, Wii Game Lounge, Culinary Presentation Kitchen with ongoing cooking classes, 24-Hr Fitness Studio… and you realize this is an exceptional life destination. Alexan Vistas… An Address With Altitude. Toll-free: 866.372.9738 | 512.794.8439 7201 RR 2222 • Austin, TX 78730


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Kathy Johnson Owner, Pieces of the Past


Photo by Jennifer Nichols

Kathy Johnson reminds us that pieces from our past can be transformed into cherished items of our future. With a little bit of knowledge and a whole lot of heart, we can go a long way. What does “going green” mean to you? recycle, recycle, recycle. Be gentle with our environment. rainwater collection, solar, community gardens.

how long have you been “going green?” In my professional business, over 12 years. Personally, in some ways, I think as long as I can remember. I grew up learning to reuse things, buy fresh when possible. (I remember collecting fresh eggs and shelling black eyed peas on my trips to the “country” with my grandparents.) We tore down an old apartment on my grandparents’ property and reused all the materials to build a rent house on my family’s property. I was never taught to be wasteful, and I am renewed in my attempt to “save the planet.”

What do you do on a daily basis to keep Austin “green?” Basically, offer used building materials to consumers, personally try to recycle whenever possible and use products that are more friendly to our environment. Many years ago, my grandfather told me not to use hairspray — that it was not going to be good for all that “stuff” to get out in the air. Interestingly enough, he was blind, but probably one of the most intuitive and “aware” people I have ever known.

how does your business contribute to an ecofriendly lifestyle? We provide materials that would become trash in the landfill or burned. We try to recycle whatever we can if we teardown a property, and find ways to use almost everything. We provide the materials that give people an option to include recycled material in ways they deem possible. Many items we provide are not only recycled, but actually very beautiful — a signature to the beauty found in old, but still useable material.

Any eco-friendly projects that you’re working on? We have an ongoing project at Three Points ranch in round Mountain, where almost the entire project has included recycled material. Several clients are working on revamping a house, rebuilding a barn, working on structures at an organic farm in Wimberley.

how can Austinites get more involved in preserving their environment? By embracing the opportunities given to them and continuing to learn. Make an effort to include all neighborhoods…even the small and out of the way ones.

list your best eco-friendly practices?

What changes do you hope to see in the next 10 years?

recycle and reuse. Study and learn about alternatives to help preserve our environment, both in the wilderness and the tame. I believe that without knowledge, there can be no progress.

More solar, rainwater collections and recycling in all communities and in more areas (tires, radiation and hospital).

Kathy Johnson, Pieces of the Past, 104 Hwy 281 S., Johnson City, TX, 512-784-8246,



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Olive Green Dog 8705 Shoal Creek Blvd. 512-323-6484


Sit,Stay,Sustain Barb Savidge and Gina Quiroga think it’s just fine that going green is going to the dogs. In fact, they’re making sure of it. These eco-entrepreneurs are the proud owners of Olive Green Dog, an online shop for modern dogs and their environmentally-conscious owners. Like many Austin pet owners, I consider my dog part of the family. There is no collar too cute, no matching leash I mustn’t own. And let’s not even talk about the multitude of chew toys, tennis balls, treats and yes, the occasional sweater. Olive Green Dog is familiar with this type of pet owner. In fact, both Barb Savidge and Gina Quiroga are this type of pet owner. But these business partners also have a passion for the environment. So when they combined their interests, Olive Green Dog was born. Featuring nearly 1,000 products, pet owners can find everything from durable collars and leashes made of recycled materials to organic treats and chews to spa products made without harsh chemicals and detergents. So, what led to this smart concept? Olive Green Dog owners Barb Savidge and Gina Quiroga explain. “We saw a need in the market,” explains Savidge. “People want to go green. But it has to be simple.”

And that, perhaps, is one of Olive Green Dog’s big gest draws. Not only are the products chic, the work that goes into f inding natural ingredients, recycled materials and well-made, sustainable products is done for you. “Barb and I work closely together on developing our own line of environmentally sensitive products,” says Quiroga. “We’ve created everything from organic treats to great-smelling, all-natural spa products.”

“It’s really been incredible,” says Quiroga. “We watched as our orders expanded and we started shipping out to more and more st a tes. We were even keeping t r a ck of ‘non-Olive’ states — those who hadn’t ordered from us yet,” she laughs. “West Virginia was the last one — Olive Green Dog won them over.” Featuring clever packaging, creative product names and affordable prices, it’s no surprise that this online retailer has taken off.

And as for the product lines that Olive Green Dog doesn’t produce themselves, Savidge and Quiroga search for the finest quality items made in an environmentallyconscious way. “It’s really a cot tage industry,” explains Savidge. “We get to k now our ma nufa c turer s p er sonally. We want to make sure everything is made either with biodegra da ble, recycled, sustainable or organic materials.”

“We’ve grown organically,” says Savidge. “It’s really been about word of mouth from our customers.” With prices ranging from a few dollars for toys to $2,000 for high-end leather carriers, Olive Green Dog has something for ever y dog and every price point.

Their commitment to quality and “green goods” has been a success. In its second year of business, Olive Green Dog has fans in all 50 states and has even begun to see orders from around the world.

“Green is affordable,” says Savidge. “Here, everyone has a seat at the table.” And yes, that even includes the dogs. Kathy Farley Photo by Cory Ryan


When you’re driving around town, you probably see those green signs announcing segments of streets adopted by some organization or another. Those signs may be the most tangible way to see the efforts of Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) at work. To view their accomplishments, all you have to do is look around and see how they are keeping Austin‌well, beautiful.


Started in 1985 as an organization predominately focused on litter cleanup, KAB has transformed its goals to include beautification, environment protection and community improvement. KAB lends support in cleanup projects to local community and business groups through their Tool Lending Library, where do-gooders can rent out supplies for their projects. They also donate grants for Neighborhood Beautification to support neighborhoods in their beautification efforts. “We support and build environmental leaders in their communit y projects,” K AB executive director Brian Block says. “L ast year we supp or ted over 19,0 0 0 volunte er s in t heir b ea u tif ica tion p r oje c t s.” Su c h projects included beautifying the greenbelt and creek and habitat restorations. Although the cleanup and beautification projects are a large part of what makes KAB tick, Block says that the nonprofit is also focusing towards the environmental leaders of the future. “We want to prepare kids for what Austin needs, and we’re helping to raise their awareness of our global community,” he explains. KAB’s education programs include in-class presentations, service projects and after school programs. For teenagers, there is a Green Teen program, where each week teens focus on a new topic and project, such as learning about alternate energy by building and racing solar cars. “We want people to know about the education we do with the youth,” Block says. “We still do focus on litter and cleanup, but there is so much more that we do now that people don’t know about.” Just last year, KAB participated in Austin’s Gotta Brand New Bag, where the organization helped to support and raise awareness about reusable bags. KAB coordinated a

reusable bag day and created youth contests where kids decorated their own bags. They even pass out canvas bags to urge shoppers to ditch those pesky plastic bags. Block says that every reusable bag eliminates 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime. In addition to giving advice about using reusable bags or recycling your plastic bags, Block says that the little things Austinites do in their homes could contribute to keeping Austin beautiful. He suggests using fluorescent bulbs to conser ve ener g y, purchasing reusable bot tles and containers, creating a compost pile in your yard and walking or biking instead of driving your car. “We’re out to enhance the physical beauty of Austin,” Block says. “But we also promote environmental stewardship in our community.” Darcie Duttweiler Photos by Cory Ryan Keep Austin Beautiful 55 N. IH-35 512-391-0617




Bike chains, tires in various states of inflation, naked metal frames: walking onto the Yellow Bike Project site is like entering an organ donation center. There are disembodied parts everywhere, and serious attendants scrambling to find just the right donor match.

Austin Yellow Bike Does this BMX need a new chain? Can this cruiser survive on its current bearings? I ask Jennifer Schaeffer, one of the coordinators and cycling instructors at Austin Yellow Bike (AYB), to explain what’s happening here. “Basically, we’re a group of volunteers that’s working to get as many bikes out there to our city as possible,” says Schaeffer. “So that means we build bikes and recycle parts, or teach people how to build and maintain their own bike. Nearly everything you see here has come to us through donations.” Speaking of donations, you may have glimpsed one of AYB’s signature yellow bikes around town. These bikes are available for anyone to hop on and borrow at their leisure, and then leave for the next person in need of a ride. But then again, maybe you haven’t. “Those basically get stolen,” laughs Schaeffer, who’s been involved with AYB since 2003. “But we couldn’t care less. All we care about is this: Are bikes being ridden? Great. We’re accomplishing our mission!”

So far, the mission appears to be a highly successful one. AYB originally grew out of a local “Bikes Not Bombs” chapter,” and has been around for over 10 years. It’s seen a tremendous amount of interest in local commuter cycling within the last four years, when gas prices began rising. That was about the same time our city made a big push toward a denser urban core, and suddenly, bikes began to look mighty attractive to on-the-move Austinites. “We provide classes to both kids and adults on how to ride in city traffic, which is a vital skill in Austin,” says Schafar. “After all, most of us” – motioning a hand to her fellow AYB volunteers – “have been hit before! So we also offer classes to city employees on how to find the safest route to work. We even offer training for bike-building and have an Earna-Bike program, where people can take home their very own bike after volunteering with us for just 12 hours.”

A big thanks to our friends at Kerbey Lane Cafe for supporting local austin non-profits. When you purchase Kerbey Lane Cafe gift cards in April 2009 through, a portion of the proceeds will benefit this organization.

You may be wondering where these cool courses and programs take place. At press time, AYB is operating on the east side of Treasure City Thrift Store, located on E. 12th and Chicon. This is just a temporary home until their new digs, a 3,000 -square-foot s p a c e o n 1 2 t h a n d W e b b e r v i l l e, s e e completion. Schaef fer hopes to see the project finished by summer 2009. In the meantime, AYB’s community outreach, such as their Bikes to Schools program, are making a significant impact as well. “We love watching a kid get on a bike and take off,” says Schaeffer. “If we can show them now how much more fun bikes are than cars, then we’re doing something right.” Tolly Moseley Photo by Cory Ryan



Hem Jeans


Touch of Sass

403 W. 2nd St. 512-476-5050

908 W. 12th St. 512-478-5326

916 W. 12th St. 512-478-1515

500 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-478-7277



Wildflower Organics

208 Colorado St. 512-469-0870

1014 W. 6th St. 512-477-2757

908 Lamar Blvd. 512-320-0449

Mama Fu’s


219 West


100 Colorado St. 512-637-6774

209 W. 3rd St. 512-539-7502

219 W. 4th St. 512-474-2194

310 Colorado St. 512-472-6770

Cuba Libre


J. Black’s


409 Colorado St. 512-472-2822

412 Congress Ave. 512-476-8017

710 W. 6th St. 512-296-2101

718 Congress Ave. 512-478-8899

Mean Eyed Cat

Key Bar


1621 W. 5th St. 512-472-6326

617 W. 6th St. 512-469-9610

303 Red River St. 512-236-9599

Milk + Honey Spa

Milk + Honey Salon

Alite Laser

Joie de Vie

204 Colorado St. 512-236-1115

237 W. 3rd St. 512-236-1112

1412 W. 6th St. 5112-328-1555

713 E. 6th St. 512-542-9220

food & drink

health & beauty

Avant Salon 318 Colorado St. 512-472-6357

Ballet Austin

Studio 563

Paramount Theatre

202 Colorado St. 866-251-0677

713 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470

Urbanspace Realtors

Austin City Living

Red River Flats

The Picky Maid

100 W. 5th St. 512-457-8884

1145 W. 5th St. 512-206-0959

901 Red River St. 866-988-7647

401 Congress Ave. 512-264-4490

Root Design Company

Conder Insurance Agency

504 Oakland Ave. 512-459-7665

1601 W. 6th St. 512-480-5070



arts & entertainment

501 W. 3rd St. 512-476-2163




























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Cream Vintage

Forbidden Fruit

Montage Clothings

2338 Guadalupe St. 512-478-5500

2532 Guadalupe St. 512-474-8787

108 E. North Loop Blvd. 512-453-8090

508 E. 53rd St. 512-944-7523

Room Service Vintage

Toy Joy

Pangaea Trading Co.

107 E. North Loop Blvd. 512-451-1057

2900 Guadalupe St. 512-320-0090

2712 Guadalupe St. 512-472-3533

food & drink Cuatro’s

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Torchy’s Tacos


1004 W. 24th St. 512-243-6361

4206 Duval St. 512-458-3186

2801 Guadalupe St. 512-494-8226

408 E. 43rd St. 512-451-1218

Kerbey Lane Café

Food Heads


Epoch Coffeehouse

2606 Guadalupe St. 512-477-5717

616 W. 34th St. 512-420-8400

2905 San Gabriel St. 512-474-3706

221 W. North Loop Blvd. 512-454-3762

Salvation Pizza

Taco Shack

Spider House

The Parlor

624 W. 34th St. 512-535-0076

2825 Guadalupe St. 512-320-8889

2908 Fruth St. 512-480-9562

100 E. North Loop Blvd. 512-454-8965

myspace: salvationpizza

myspace: theparlor

M.J. Neal Design

Michael Hsu Design Office


512 Realty

4220 Duval St. 512-320-0764

3423 Guadalupe St. 512-706-4303

2915 Guadalupe St. 512-236-8645

600 W. 28th St. 512-322-0512

Mansion at Judges’ Hill 1900 Rio Grande St. 512-495-1900


Venue on Guadalupe 2815 Guadalupe St. 512-473-3706

































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SHOPPING Recycled Reads

Soigne Boutique

Paper Place

Blue Elephant

5335 Burnet Rd. 512-974-7400

4800 Burnet Rd. 512-300-2929

4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-451-6531

4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-371-3259

Santa Fe Optical

Verbena Floral Design

Architects & Heroes

Russell Korman

1601 W. 38th St. 512-451-1213

1601 W. 38th St. 512-420-0720

4700 W. Guadalupe St. 512-467-9393

3806 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-451-9295

Precision Camera


Atomic Cherry Boutique

3810 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-467-7676

1206 W. 38th St. 512-452-5322

5535 Burnet Rd. 512-258-2226

Blue Star Cafeteria


Mama Fu’s

Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina

4800 Burnet Rd. 512-454-7827

4800 Burnet Rd. 512-469-9988

4615 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-637-6773

1206 W. 38th St. 512-419-7482


Austin Diner

34th Street Café

Taco Shack

1206 W. 38th St. 512-451-9555

5408 Burnet Rd. 512-467-9552

1005 W. 34th St. 512-371-3400

4002 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-467-0833

food & drink

Kerbey Lane Café 3704 Kerbey Ln. 512-451-1436

arts & entertainment The Art Pad

Austin Guitar School

4520 Burnet Rd. 512-323-0802

5501 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-442-2880

health & beauty



Rae Cosmetics

Urban Betty Salon

Sirens Salon

1206 W. 38th St. 512-320-8732

1206 W. 38th St. 512-371-7663

4207 Medical Pkwy. 512-419-7789

Birds Barbershop

Embellish Nails & Boutique

Bob Salon

6800 Burnet Rd. 512-454-1200

4615 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-452-7465

1815 W. 35th St. 512-454-4262

Triangle Residences 4600 Guadalupe St. 512-450-1500
























SHOPPING Deanfredrick

Solid Gold

Tree House Gift Shop

Domy Books

902 E. 5th St. 512-493-0943

1601 E. 5th St. 512-473-2730

4900 Mueller Blvd. 512-324-0147

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-476-3669

Big Red Sun

Mode Apparel

1102 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-480-0688

1601 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-436-8924

myspace: modeaustin

food & drink Blue Dahlia

Primizie Osteria


Juan in a Million

1115 E. 11th St. 512-542-9542

1000 E. 11th St. 512-236-0088

900 E. 7th St. 512-524-2809

2300 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-472-3872

Progress Coffee

Rio Rita

Bossa Nova


500 San Marcos St. 512-493-0963

1308 E. 6th St. 512-524-0384

2121 E. 6th St. 512-478-8700

1917 Manor Rd. 512-391-9500

El Chile


Hoover’s Cooking

East Side CafĂŠ

1809 Manor Rd. 512-457-9900

2015 Manor Rd. 512-482-0300

2002 Manor Rd. 512-479-5006

2113 Manor Rd. 512-476-5858

Casa Columbia

Longbranch Inn

The Music Gym

1614 E. 7th St. 512-495-9425

1133 E. 11th St. 512-472-5591

815 East 6th St. 512-939-2524



health & beauty

Urbanspace Realtors

Urbanaxis Mortgage

Vain Salon

900 E. 6th St. 512-476-0010

900 E. 6th St. 512-473-2947

1601 E. 5th St. 512-469-0044

1803 Chicon St. 512-524-1057

The Ends on 6th

Good Life Team

2608 E. 6th St. 512-663-8847

1114 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-892-9473

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The Black Sheep

Fanny’s Fabrics

Moxie Austin Designer Co-Op

3100 S. Congress Ave. 512-707-2405

1115 S. Congress Ave. 512-914-4771

1150 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-442-8255

2110 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-441-6699


Austin Handmade

Urban Moto Shop Shop

110 W. Elizabeth St. 512-326-4474

507 W. Mary St. 512-383-9333

600 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-535-6144


Maudie’s Hacienda

Maudie’s Too

Casa de Luz

4301 William Cannon Dr. 512-892-9463

9911 Brodie Ln. 512-280-8700

1212 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-440-8088

1701 Toomey Rd. 512-476-5446

Daily Juice

Kerbey Lane Café

Cissi’s Market

South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery

1625 Barton Springs Rd. 512-480-9501

2700 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-445-4451

1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-225-0521

1207 S. 1st St. 512-366-0537

food & drink

Torchy’s Tacos 2809 S. 1st St. 512-444-0300

arts & entertainment

Austin Art Garage

Mark Herron Photography

2200 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-585-6780

2214 Iva Ln. 469-223-6196


The Waxing Studio

Urban Groove Salon

Avant Salon

2900 S. Congress Ave. 512-592-9208

3601 W. William Cannon Dr. 512-775-2169

4301 William Cannon Dr. 512-891-7070

9600 S. IH-35 512-291-5000

health & beauty




Greystar South Congress

Irons Austin


2200 Dickson Dr. 512-799-3777

3809 S. Congress Ave. 866-414-5508

2607 Stacy Ln. 512-589-5795

1910 Wickshire Ln. 512-916-8438
























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SHOPPING Cupidz Clozet


Dolce Baby

Santa Fe Optical

3345 Bee Cave Rd. 512-328-6446

701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-327-9888

701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-306-8882

701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-327-1913


Hutson Clothing Company



701 Newman Dr. 512-478-6711

3663 Bee Cave Rd. 512-732-0188

6507 Jester Blvd. 512-346-8100

12801 Hill Country Blvd. 512-263-1644



The Hip Chick

Valentine’s Too

2201 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-477-9464

3636 Bee Cave Rd. 512-306-9466

3636 Bee Cave Rd. 512-330-1701

3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-347-9488

Hang Town Grill

Maudie’s Milagro

Thistle Café

Maudie’s Café

701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-347-1039

3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-306-8080

3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-347-1000

2608 W. 7th St. 512-473-3740

Daily Juice

Bistro 88

The Grove Wine Bar


2307 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-628-0782

2712 Bee Cave Rd. 512-328-8888

6317 Bee Cave Rd. 512-327-8822

6203 N. Capital of TX Hwy 512-349-7667

Milk + Honey Spa

Body Business

La Di Spa

Peach Body Boutique

Hill Country Galleria 512-236-1116

3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-306-0557

3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-328-2288

1107 Westlake Dr. 512-347-7546

Ven Shoe Salon 3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-306-8200

food & drink

health & beauty



arts & entertainment

Alexan Vistas

Austin Museum of Art: Laguna Gloria

7000 FM 2222 512-794-8439

3809 W. 35th St. 512-458-8191






















SHOPPING Round Rock Express

Lights Fantastic

Junior League Resale Shop

Inviting Affairs

Dell Diamond 512-255-2255

7532 Burnet Rd. 512-452-9511

6555 Burnet Rd. 512-459-4592

3742 Far West Blvd. 512-331-2133

Personally Yours

Bicycle Sport Shop

Petticoat Fair

Zinger Hardware

5416 Parkcrest Dr. 512-454-7534

10947 Research Blvd. 512-345-7460

7739 Northcross Dr. 512-454-2900

2438 W. Anderson Ln. 512-533-9001



Luxe Apothetique

St. Thomas Boutique

The Domain 512-377-6857

The Domain 512-339-0011

The Domain 512-346-8211

The Domain 512-835-8300

myspace: luxeapothetique

The Steeping Room



Eddie V’s

The Domain 512-977-8337

The Domain 512-834-4111

The Domain 512-339-9463

9400 Arboretum Blvd. 512-342-2642

Grape Vine Market



300 Austin

7936 Great Northern Blvd. 512-323-5900

115 Sundance Pkwy. 512-218-9463

10225 Research Blvd. 512-794-8300

9504 N. IH-35 512-834-7733


Melting Pot


Burger House

10205 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-832-0900

13343 Research Blvd. 512-401-2424

10201 Jollyville Rd. 512-345-1042

4211 Spicewood Springs Rd. 512-346-7200

food & drink

Kerbey Lane Café 13435 N. Hwy 183 512-258-7757

arts & entertainment Dance Institute 6612 Sitio del Rio Blvd. 512-346-6612


health & beauty Vanity Rocks

Aesthetica Hair & Skin

9801 Anderson Mill Rd. 512-258-0009

13359 N. Hwy. 183 512-336-2639

Avant Salon 9901 Capital of TX Hwy. 512-502-8268

























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