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the love issue february 2008

Special Wedding Section


Bridezilla has finally met her match.

An event to tame any style. W E D D I N G

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{ D E L I C I O U S F O O D . C O S M I C C O C K TA I L S . W E D D I N G S WA G . } March 3, 2008 | 6 – 9 p | Austin Museum of Art - Laguna Gloria | $25 for Brides, $15 for their Guests | Purchase tickets at RareAustin.com | (Rain Date: March 10, 2008)

Event proudly produced by:


Vendors include:

A La Vie Photography Austin Catering Blue Note Bakery Chocolate Fountains of Austin Coco Paloma CRAVE Crescent Video Deanfredrick Eclectic Images Go Dance Hooked On Photography Ilios Lighting Inviting Affairs

Jennifer’s Gardens Marquee Rents Melange Bridal Michelle’s Patisserie Primizie Catering Prive Floral Simon Lee Bakery Soiree Events Studio 563 Photography Trigger Studios Verbena Floral Design Wild Poppy And More!


Yep. We did it. You didn’t think that Rare Magazine of all magazines would do a cheesy “love” issue did you? Prepare yourself for the “warm and fuzzy.” The truth is, in our infinite quest to be little media moguls, to get you to shop where we think you should shop, and well, to get you to like us more (we were picked on as kids), we sometimes forget to be at least a little bit on the fromage-y side. This issue, we’ve taken five married couples and showcased their wedding photos in a special wedding section. We’ve also asked several couples to answer very frank questions about what keeps their relationship alive and kickin’. We couldn’t resist tossing in the scantily clad Ruby Rockit just to make sure you know we haven’t gone completely soft, but generally speaking, we’re dripping with brie. And of course, Brian Gilbert’s art throughout the magazine brings our street cred back — it adds a bit of sexiness to this issue’s sweetness. I hope you agree. I should also pitch our Rare Weddings event here. Seriously, all of you aspiring brides or brides-to-be won’t want to miss this event — it’s worth the ticket price. The best vendors in the city will be setting up camp, and you’ll walk away with some fantastic swag. Oh, and the fashion show will be off the hook. Ok, that’s my sales pitch. I hope all of you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day with your significant other or your significant other for the night (yes, this includes your favorite pint of Ben & Jerry’s). Make sure you eat lots of cheddar during the month of February and think of us.

Matt Swinney Publisher matt@rareaustin.com P.S. - Sorry to Knox Photographics. We listed the wrong photographer in the “Old-Fashioned Doc” piece last month and want to give her credit!

Staff: Matt Swinney, Publisher Carrie Crowe, Associate Publisher & Editor Jake Bryer, Business Development Director Roxanne Wilson, Account Executive Mike Turner, Account Executive Missi Jay, Lead Designer Kristen Hurd, Junior Designer Cameron Jordan, Lead Photographer Writers: Carly Kocurek Cynthia Houchin JB Hagar Paula Kothmann Laura Hensley Linsey Krauss Patrick Courtney Tolly Moseley Whitney Priddy

Photographers: Andy Peterson :: studio563.com Ashley Garmon :: ashleygarmonphoto.com Bryan Davis :: bryandavisimages.com Cameron Jordan :: cameronjordan.net Chad Harlan :: lapistola.com Chanda Hopkins :: musecube.com/chanda Cory Ryan :: coryryan.com Davis Ayer :: flickr.com/photos/davisayer Michael Hooks :: hookedonphotography.com Heather Mabry :: eclecticimagesphotography.com Pam Hults :: hultsphotography.com Ryan Wiley :: bluebirdaustin.com Shawn Kennedy :: skimages.com Tom Zinn :: adrenalinimages.com


6 On The Cover: Brian Gilbert 8 JB Rants 14 Rare Weddings: Easter/Noland 18 Rare Weddings: Ohlendorf/Harp 22 Rare Weddings: Kearby/Wilde 26 Rare Weddings: Hanning/Kalpakis 30 Rare Weddings: Goodchild/Crites 38 It’s Just Lunch 42 Perspective: Ron & Peggy Weiss 47 Hot Spots for Singles 50 Perspective: Moya & Khotso Khabele 52 Lisa Renee Jones 54 Go Dance 55 Love Forever Symbolized 58 Russell Korman 61 Sage Salon 62 Perspective: Aaron & Niki Hayes 65 Family Friendly Places 68 Perspective: Michael & Erin Portman 71 Romantic Patios 74 Love on the Lawn 78 Perspective: Gail Chovan & Evan Voyles 81 Make-Up Spots 84 Ruby Rockit 85 SXUL Chocolate 86 Perspective: Michelle & Rhys Ulerich 89 Romantic Getaways 92 Perspective: Brian & Amanda Gordon 95 Aphrodisiacs 100 Perspective: Mike & Rhonda Kolar 102 Robin Rather 105 Love Your Environment


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

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When I met with Brian Gilbert at Cafe Mundi, he was in what one might describe as — a candid mood. However, I quickly got the feeling that this wasn’t a mood, it’s his general way of operating. Over cups of hot coffee on one of the few cold days this November, Gilbert told me about his art, his tattoos and his book collection. He is, at 23, just celebrating the opening of his first solo exhibition at Aviary on South Lamar. For Gilbert, the show is the fulfillment of a personal goal and a chance to start turning his creative work into a vocation a — goal he’s been pursuing in some form or another since early childhood.

Although Gilbert is no longer active in the graffiti scene, he continues to draw on his experiences and utilize the skills he picked up in street art.

“I’ve always wanted to be an artist,” Gilbert says. “It helped that my parents did not like anything evil while I was young. So, naturally I wanted to be a makeup artist and do horror films…that was like devil worship. I eventually got into oil painting, which wasn’t devil worship.”

“Sometimes, it’s really cool, there will be drawings of animals that are extinct or that don’t really exist,” Gilbert says. “I just got a book from the 1700s that includes illustrations of animals. I like things that are the idea of an animal, but you can’t tell what it really is.”

Gilbert’s art relies on layering and mixed media. Inked illustrations of animals, teeth and people are superimposed over backgrounds bright with lines, bursts and splatters of color or refined tapestry prints. His paintings are the culmination of a series of experiences and obsessions. He developed a fascination with graffiti while in junior high, when his parents allowed him to keep a board in the backyard to “tag.” He completed a degree in fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he started out studying illustration and wound up graduating with a focus on painting. Unsurprisingly, his paintings seem to exist at the intersection of painting, illustration and graffiti. This aesthetic is produced in part by a radical mixing of media.

At present, Gilbert is looking increasingly to tattoo artists as a source of inspiration. Among his favorites — Tony Hundahl of Rock of Ages Tattoo, who he’s recently traded works with.

“I don’t really have one specific medium that I like working in. I just buy everything,” Gilbert says. “Ink. Spray paint. I guess coming from a graffiti background, you learn to utilize all different tools to get what you want. You learn to make your own markers and inks because, especially back when I started, there wasn’t really a market where you could just go out and buy your markers.”

“I had to stop doing graffiti, and start focusing on ‘real’ art, but I just can’t get away from it entirely,” Gilbert says. “I do keep a marker on me.” Gilbert’s love of vintage and antique books, a habit he calls one of his “main vices,” is another strong influence. Many of the animals featured so prominently in Gilbert’s work come from obsolete studies of animals.

“I believe that a cool tattoo is going to be a cool tattoo no matter how long you have it,” Gilbert says. “But, if you try to put too much meaning into something, ten years from now your values are going to change. That’s what you’re going to get sick of. It’s hard to get sick of cool.” Written By: Carly Kocurek Photos By: Cameron Jordan

www.myspace.com/jailbones Brian’s artwork can be found at: Austin Art Garage 2200 S. Lamar, Suite J 512-351-5934 www.austinartgarage.com

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was the year I was a

mad lover.

I had some serious game. I had sweet Scott Baio feathered hair, apparently some wicked pick-up lines and four different ho’s in four different area codes. That’s right. I had managed to land four different babes in completely different parts of the country. Too bad I was 13 years old, finding love for the first time and lacking the appreciation to take in these finer moments. This was the year that John Lennon was shot, Ronald Reagan was elected President and people were flocking to the theaters to see The Elephant Man. I was clueless about these significant things, just as I was unschooled in the ways of love. It was a magical time — love was truly pure and simple, never complicated and always optimistic. Looking back, I’m amazed at how resilient a young teenager can be when it comes to love and heartbreak. Was the heart built to bounce back easily, and we’ve just made the process complicated? Maybe we were designed to handle found love and lost love much more easily, but too much talk, movie watching and daytime TV made it more difficult. Perhaps we’re over-thinking it. You decide. Let me recap 1980 for you.

Ho #1. 912 Savannah, GA.

Susan.

This was no doubt the first girl that I fell for because of her brain. Sure, I was shallow in my pre-teen years and went for petite blonds. But, I outgrew that and matured at age 13. Susan was smart, always had the answer in class and seemed to be one of the teacher’s favorites. She was a model student at Myers Middle School. It was my first year with this group of kids, and I didn’t really fit in with the “old south.” I was still a daydreamer — a punk Kansas kid. It only took a few months to call Susan mine. I did it the way any crafty, puberty-stricken kid with girls on the brain would have done it — through her friend. I don’t know if Libby and I were truly friends or if I was just using her to get to Susan, but it worked. It only took a few dropped hints to Libby and some prowess on The Presidential Test on Physical Fitness, and Susan was mine. Perhaps she was impressed that I had memorized “Rappers Delight” — the long version. I enjoyed the time we spent together playing four square on the playground and exchanging glances during choir, but it all came crashing down one fateful day. I had skateboarded over to Susan’s house, as I often did, only to be met at the back door by Libby. I knew immediately something wasn’t right. Libby asked me to “hold a minute,” as I stood in the middle of the lawn. Moments later, she opened the door, tossed my “JB” bracelet out onto the lawn and said that Susan didn’t want to “go with me” anymore. After sifting through the tall zoysia for a good 15 minutes, I grabbed my skateboard, threw on my giant radio headphones and started skating home. I’ll never forget…“Please Don’t Go” by KC and the Sunshine Band came on the radio. I started to cry. Then, it started pouring rain and I really started to cry. It was hard to say goodbye to the first girl I cared about beyond her appearance. I wonder how successful she became…Does she still rub her wrist where the bracelet used to be and feel an “empty space?” Was this all just bad karma for using Libby? I’ll never know. A few weeks later we moved.

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Lisa.

Laura.

Ho #2. 2. 713 Spring Branch, TX.

Ho #4. 4. 512 Georgetown, TX.

Having a relationship with Lisa was the best and worst thing that could have happened to me that year. I was the shy, new kid in a booming suburb of Houston. Keep in mind, the TV show Dallas was just hitting its stride, and anyone and everyone at my new school seemed to have money, wealth and power. I looked ordinary in my rolled up, no name jeans — sporting nautical themed clothing that made sense on the Georgia coast, but not in Houston. The class size at this school was over 60 students, and I felt lost. Everyone looked pretty and seemed to be dialed in to the prosperities of the time. I barely remember talking to Lisa, but one glorious day, her friend passed me a note asking me if I wanted to be Lisa’s boyfriend. I played it cool since she was watching me read it. Then, slowly and smoothly, I reached behind my ear for my number two pencil, checked YES, folded it up into a tight triangle and flicked it perfectly back. All of a sudden, I was somebody at this school. Everyone was a stranger, but they were very forward in asking about my relationship with Lisa. What had I just done? I really thought about it and realized I was in over my head. Lisa was the epitome of an “extra”…right off of Dallas. She looked the part — long, wavy blonde hair, extremely glossy mirror-like lips and fur, fur, fur! Just like any good Houstonian, she wore fur every day (regardless of the weather). I was so intimidated by her Hollywood glam look that I used to walk home as quickly as possible, pretending not to see her. I didn’t know what to say or how to act around her and her cover girl friends. I broke it off soon after, with a note, through a new friend. I felt stupid and humiliated because she seemed so grown up, and I still liked after school specials. Luckily, about two months after my Houston arrival, it was time to go spend the summer with my dad.

As I returned to school in the fall, my mother had moved…again. This was my fourth place to live while I was in 7th grade. I’ll never forget the first day I got off the bus. I was the new kid…again. There she was. The first girl I saw on my first day at the new school. It was cheerleader tryouts for the new school year, so the current cheerleaders wore their uniforms. She had her hair up in pigtails, blue and white streamers hanging down and a cast on her broken arm, which she had taken the time to decorate in blue and white. I was smitten, and I remember having the movie moment conversation with myself and thinking, “she will be mine…oh yes, she will be mine.” I must have been pretty smooth in penny loafers and pastels. I was just brave enough to flip up my collar, but didn’t quite do it with confidence. It was the year before I got my braces, so the kids quickly gave the nickname “Bucky” to the new guy. That’s okay because within no time at all, I was going steady with Laura. It didn’t mean much. I don’t think we even ate lunch together — cliques were starting to form, so we would hang out with our respective friends. I made friends quickly with an endorsement from Laura. I lacked the maturity to have a meaningful relationship. I’m sure I thought I would be in another school by the time 8th grade started, so I probably subconsciously kept my distance. I recall many birthday parties we attended that year. Laura and I would sit and wait for Journey to play. Then, we’d head to the dance floor to show that we were a couple. The hormones, Dr. Peppers and pixie sticks would possess me and kill my ability to control myself during a slow dance to “Open Arms.” I’m sure I thought air humping was a smooth move. But, before I knew it, a chaperone was tapping me on the shoulder. Laura soon dumped me for “moving too fast.” Hey, at least there was a reason and an explanation. That was the first and last time I was ever given a reason, so I owe her that debt of gratitude.

Ho #3. 3. 913 Kansas City, MO.

Mia.

It was odd building summer relationships. That’s all they were. I lived somewhere else all year, but for two months out of every summer, I would live with my dad. The best thing that can happen to a young man with raging hormones is to have sisters. I have three of them, and they brought around plenty of girls for me to harass. Just like any pervy younger brother, I would lurk around, flirt with their friends and wait in the weeds for a weak one to wander off from the herd. There was no alcohol involved in breaking down a woman’s resistance (like there would be later in life), so the only way to do it was pure exhaustion. After an evening of playing neighborhood “Kick the Can,” Mia’s energy was low from running and hiding all evening. I got her to settle down with me in the backyard hammock, hold hands and eventually kiss. I was always a gentleman and not one to kiss and tell, but let’s just say it went farther than a 13-year-old should. I didn’t go “all the way,” but it was pretty hot — I looked like I was smugglin’ Twinkies in my shorts. We acted like nothing ever happened after that night, and never revisited it on future summer visits. What a great summer. I got to meet George Brett the very same year they finally topped the Yankees and won the American League Pennant. And, she “touched it.” Wow.

Sweet junior high love — I miss those days. My relationships were all fleeting, precious and wonderful. I doubt any one of those girls could recall my name or photo, but somehow they kept me afloat and helped me survive four moves in one year. Truth be told, I was just scared to death and awkward…just like everybody else. Maybe my lessons learned will be helpful to someone out there who is single and wondering what’s next for them. I’m approaching ten years of marriage. I found the smart one. I again had that “she will be mine" moment. She’s helped a painfully shy guy feel accepted into a new world over and over. The best part of being married is that I won’t ever get the “moving too fast” lecture.” But, asking for love “too often”…that’s a whole other thing. JB Hager is half of the hit morning-show duo “JB and Sandy” on Mix 94.7 Photos By: Cameron Jordan

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Photo By: Ashley Garmon Photographers


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PhotogRaPheRs A La Vie Photography | 512-913-3340 | hultsphotography.com Cameron Jordan Artistry | cameronjordan.net Hooked on Photography | 512-282-8846 | hookedonphotography.com Studio 563 | 866-251-0677 | studio563.com

c at e R e R s Austin Catering | 1106 W. 38th St. | 512-467-8776 | austin-catering.com CRAVE | 14611 Burnet Rd. | 512-828-5797 | tccaustin.com Primizie Catering | 1050 E. 11th St. | 512-472-9299 | primizieaustin.com Suzanne Court Catering | 512-762-5447| suzannecourt.com

cakes/BakeRies Blue Note Bakery | 512-797-7367 | bluenotebakery.com Michelle’s Patisserie | 2208 Buffalo Gap | 512-736-6771 | michellespatisserie.com Austin Fountians| 512-291-7604| austinfountains.com

J e W e l Ry Deanfredrick | 902 E. 5th St. | 512-493-0943 | deanfredrick.com Russell Korman | 3806 N. Lamar | 512-451-9292 | russellkormanjewelry.com

i n V i tat i o n s Inviting Affairs | 2105 Justin Ln. | 512-331-2133 | invitingaffairs.com

FloRists Jennifer’s Gardens | 512-302-1922 | jennifersgardensaustin.com Wild Poppy | 877-997-6779 | wildpoppytexas.com Verbena Floral Design | 9 Jefferson Square | 512-420-0720 | verbena.com

B R i d a l B o u t i qu e s Melange Bridal | 3742 Far West Blvd. | 512-345-8780 | melangebridal.com Unbridaled | 1106 S. 1st St. | 512-444-2743 | unbridaled.com

Re n ta l s Austin’s World of Rentals | 3110 S. Lamar | 512-444-7522 Ilios Lighting | 1406-A Smith Rd. | 512-440-7045 | ilioslighting.com Marquee Rents | 9402 United Dr. | 512-491-7368 | marqueerents.com

Photo By: Eclectic Images Photography


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Soiree Event Production austinsoiree.com

Michelle’s Patissierie michellespatisserie.com

Ph o t o g R a Phy:

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Ashley Garmon Photographers ashleygarmonphoto.com

Last Petal lastpetal.com

ceRemony/ RecePtion:

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Austin Museum of Art – Laguna Gloria amoa.org

Avant Salon avantsalon.com

Band:

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The Nash Hernandez Orchestra nashhernandezorchestra.com

CRAVE tccaustin.com

Re n ta l s : Marquee Rents marqueerents.com

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Elite Weddings eliteweddingplan.com

Verbena Floral Design verbena.com

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Studio 563 Andy Peterson studio563.com

Rae Cosmetics raecosmetics.com

Band: ceRemony/ RecePtion:

The Lucky Tomblin Band luckytomblinband.com

Star Hill Ranch starhillranch.com

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Marquee Rents marqueerents.com

Pappasitos pappasitos.com

B a k e Ry : The Wedding Cake Artist theweddingcakeartist.com

ReheaRsal B Ru n c h : Green Pastures greenpasturesrestaurant.com

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c o o R d i n at o R :

FloRist:

Designz By Barbara Barbara Shorts designzbybarbara.com

Barr Mansion barrmansion.com

B e au t y: Ph o t o g R a Phy: Hooked On Photography Michael Hooks hookedonphotography.com

ceRemony/ RecePtion:

Jackson Ruiz Salon jacksonruiz.com

dJ: Austin Party Machine austinpartymachine.com

Barr Mansion barrmansion.com

ReheaRsal dinneR:

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Iron Cactus ironcactus.com

Barr Mansion barrmansion.com

B a k e Ry : Barr Mansion barrmansion.com

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Ph o t o g R a Phy:

haiR:

Cameron Jordan Artistry cameronjordan.net

Gaston’s Salon gastonssalon.com

ceRemony/ RecePtion:

dJ:

Firefly Inn fireflyinn.com

CB Songz Carl Bradt cbsongz.com

c at e R i n g :

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Rudy’s BBQ rudys.com

Marquee Rents marqueerents.com

B a k e Ry :

ReheaRsal dinneR:

Sugar Hill Bakery sugarhillbakery.com

Gristmill gristmillrestaurant.com

FloRist: The Garden Abloom thegardenabloom.com

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haiR:

Designz By Barbara Barbara Shorts designzbybarbara.com

Bollecine Spa Ric McElyea

makeuP: Ph o t o g R a Phy: A La Vie Photography Pam Hults hultsphotography.com

Kiss N’ Makeup Karen Powanda kissnmakeup.us

Band: ceRemony/ RecePtion:

South Austin Jug Band southaustinjugband.com

Private Ranch in Driftwood, TX

Re n ta l s : c at e R i n g : Catering by Rosemary austin.cateringbyrosemary.com

Aztec Party & Rentals aztecusa.com

B a k e Ry :

ReheaRsal dinneR:

Russell’s Bakery russellsbakery.com

Shoreline Grill shorelinegrill.com

FloRist: Vella Events Christi Craven vellaevents.com

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So, you’re single and looking. But, don’t want to look like you’re looking. Hence, the low-key Match.com profile (“I’m Tracy, I’m fun, I hardly have time for men — haha!”). The blasé attitude toward your friends’ set-up suggestions (“a date with a real estate mogul? So 2007!”). And, viewings of The Bachelor, Season 57, that are absolutely, positively secret (your cat won’t tell). You could say you’re not exactly “putting yourself out there.” You’re just waiting for the right person to come along. And that’s ok, according to local dating service, It’s Just Lunch. “The biggest appeal to our clients is that It’s Just Lunch (IJL) deals with busy professionals who have their lives together,” says P.J. Osgood, Austin area rep. “And busy professionals aren’t going to head to the bar or 6th street to meet people after work. They also wouldn’t do a video service, or spend time online researching profiles.” You might say that It’s Just Lunch is the dating service for people who don’t do dating services. “Normally, the first thing a client will tell me is that they have ‘never done this kind of thing before,’ and that they are pretty picky or selective,” says Osgood. So, if that’s the case, how does IJL round up dating hopefuls, while still affording their clients a low-profile? “Before joining, everyone must come meet with one of our Dating Experts for a one hour interview,” says Osgood. Oh dear — “Dating Expert?” Don’t worry, that’s about the only dating-service-speak you’ll hear from this point forward. “We don’t ask someone to join unless we feel that we can make them happy. The membership is for one year, $1800, and clients are guaranteed to meet at least 12 people.”

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A date a month? That’s better than books! Or fruit baskets! But, to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, how do these dates work exactly? Once you’ve become an IJL member, you’re matched up regularly with people who sound like your type (and viceversa). Your IJL rep calls both parties, tells them about one another, then sets up lunch reservations at a mutuallyagreed upon location and date. Sound business-like? It is. The pro and con to IJL dates is that they move fast. Lunch isn’t a long time to get to know a person, or to have more than a glass of wine to loosen up. But, it’s nice that you don’t have to spend more than an hour with a person you’re only mildly interested in, and there’s no awkward doorstep kiss to worry about when the date is over. If you watch Oprah or read People magazine, where It’s Just Lunch has been featured, it’s possible you’ve heard of the service before. IJL began in Chicago in 1992, founded by a plucky girl in true need of a casual date: six weeks before her wedding, her fiancé bailed. So, after getting fed up with traditional dating services, she started It’s Just Lunch, which now has 100 offices worldwide including such far-flung locales as Singapore and Amsterdam. Osgood believes that Austin, which has harbored an IJL office for about 10 years now, is particularly well-suited for the service. “Austin is such a fantastic city. It used to be a well kept secret, but now everyone seems to know about Austin,” says Osgood, who likes to send IJL first-daters to Iron Cactus, Z Tejas and Truluck’s. “Something like 4000 people move to Austin each month, and it’s difficult to meet people. The Austin IJL office is amazing. Usually our clients end up exchanging numbers after their first lunch, so they can set up the second date.” Written By: Tolly Moseley Photos By: Shawn Kennedy

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how long have you been together and how did you meet? PEGGY: It was the sixties, UT, Dr. Ginascol’s Philosophy 101.

What first attracted you to your significant other? RON: She sat in front of me in that class, and she ALWAYS came in late. Then, she’d take out her Daily Texan and read it during class. I was intrigued. I still am.

What is the most romantic thing your significant other has ever done for you? PEGGY: He brought a bottle of 1975 Roederer Cristal Rose Champagne to the hospital delivery room, so we could have a glass after our son was born.

how do you keep the romance alive (Pg-13 please)? RON: Date nights! PEGGY: A friend of mine once told me “don’t advertise your man.” I think that’s excellent advice.

(Fill in the blanks.) RON: My significant other’s best quality is her legs, but she thinks it’s her mind. PEGGY: My significant other’s best quality is his patience, but he thinks it’s his body.

What is your significant other’s most annoying habit? PEGGY: Tailgate driving.

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RON: Complaining about my tailgating.

What are you doing for Valentine’s day this year? PEGGY: Since Jeffrey’s will be booked, we’ll do the next best thing and enjoy a home-cooked meal with a nice bottle of wine and dark chocolate. Ron has become the executive chef in our home.

tell us about the most romantic Valentine’s day you’ve had together. RON: I remember the Valentine’s Day that we climbed Enchanted Rock at sunset and had a picnic. There was no moon, and when the stars came out, it was incredible. PEGGY: How about the time we were in the Yucatan near Tulum…in that little cabana on the beach? The water was heavenly.

What does “true love” mean to you? PEGGY: Morning coffee served in bed. RON: I’m not sure what true love means, but I feel incredibly lucky to have found my Valentine.

Jeffrey’s 1204 W. Lynn 512-477-5584 jeffreysofaustin.com Cipolina 1213 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5211 cipollina-austin.com Shoreline Grill 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-477-3300 shorelinegrill.com Photos By: Cameron Jordan

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KEY BAR 617 W. 6th Street 512-236-9389 keybaraustin.com

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how long have you been together and how did you meet? KHOTSO: Seven years. We met at a Capoeira Martial Arts class. We lived in the same neighborhood and carpooled together. One day, I realized that I couldn’t stop thinking about her.

What is the most romantic thing your significant other has ever done for you? KHOTSO: She created a beautiful book for me with meaningful quotes about me from all the important people in my life. It also had pictures of our family and love letters. MOYA: For my birthday, he cooked me a gourmet dinner and put rose petals on top of the fan. When he served me dinner, just as I was about to eat, he turned the fan on and all the rose petals fell on me. Unfortunately, they fell super fast, so it was hard for me to realize what was going on.

What is your significant other’s most annoying habit? KHOTSO: She has absolutely no sense of direction. She has asked me for directions home from work. MOYA: He gets really busy and sometimes doesn’t take care of his health…he literally forgets to eat. He’s getting better, but it still happens and it makes me worry.

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tell us about the most romantic Valentine’s day you’ve had together. MOYA: We never made a big deal out of Valentine’s Day because it always seemed so ordinary. I will tell the story of our marriage because it is the most romantic day of our relationship. We actually eloped and exchanged rings in South Africa on top of a mountain in Lesotho. We meditated and shared our vows. It was an auspicious beginning to our life together.

What does “true love” mean to you? KHOTSO: True love is something that’s divinely inspired. It’s not something that is constructed by us. It’s an aspiration to walk through life with another person who is the perfect mirror to facilitate your own development. MOYA: True love is a profound acceptance of someone else…how they are and how they are not. I believe that true love grows out of a spiritual connection that you have with someone else. If that deeper connection isn’t there, it’s hard to cultivate that acceptance…especially in hard times.

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The Secrets of Attraction Romance and the paranormal both embrace mystery — the thrill of the unknown with surprising twists. Author Lisa Renee Jones captures that excitement in her books on the paranormal and contemporary romance. “I get to write about that early stage of love that excites, thrills and enchants us,” Lisa enthuses. Yet attraction can terrify. Will I get hurt? Those dangerously alluring “bad boys” often have redeeming qualities. Lisa creates complex characters that can’t be categorized as all-good or all-bad. For example, meet Jag — an immortal who battles demons. “[Jag] felt the Beast in him, calling his name, calling for ownership and command…And there seemed only one answer. One way to resist the beast. He had to get lost in this woman.”

Lisa’s ultimate heroes learn how to overcome their flaws, often with the help of a woman who finds that soft spot. Many a man, even a bad boy, has realized he was in love because “she makes me a better person.”

I write about men who are bad enough to be good. They are rough, tough and willing to live and die for their women. They can be bad, but they know how to be good in all the right ways.

The passionate encounters that set fire to her pages reflect her characters’ romantic consumption. The reader feels both the physical tingling and the emotional turmoil that her figures experience. Often, her characters must determine whether or not their partners are demons in disguise. Sex brings discovery. Likewise, real-life new couples must discern whether or not their partner remains a good person despite the circumstances. “We’re all looking for true love,” Lisa justifies her characters’ actions. “But you can’t force it. It has to be the right person. Find someone who lets you be yourself.” Befittingly, the romance author met her own fiancé at a bookstore (a sensational singles’ scene, she insists). Lisa points out that although young and aggressive Austinites may focus on the bar scene, our city has many other places to find love. Where? When? Who? Relish the mystery as it unravels. Written By: Paula Kothmann

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Mylie Arnold fell in love on the dance floor. But, her crush wasn’t with a tall, dark, salsa-dancing stranger — it was with the dance floor itself. After fumbling through her first swing lesson at Go Dance, she was smitten. She started out as a student. Now, ten years later, the ambitious 30-year-old owns the sprawling facility, which includes 20 staff members teaching 500 students a variety of dance styles in three ballrooms. “Dancing did not come naturally for me, but I’m very dedicated,” Arnold said. “I’m a better teacher than dancer, and management is just another form of teaching.” Go Dance offers an assortment of classes for students who want to learn everything from the foxtrot and two-step, to the tango and the hustle. The studio also teaches wedding dance lessons for couples looking to brush up before their big day. Dancing is what brought students Paul and Peggy Daniels together. The pair met more than ten years ago at a dance class, and now they compete in national competitions. “It keeps us closer,” Paul Daniels said. “Some couples stop touching but we have to…and that’s a good thing.” While couples do make up a large portion of the dancers at Go Dance, about two-thirds of their clients come to classes alone, and many relationships have sparked on the dance floor. “We have couples that met here and got married,” Arnold said. “If you don’t have someone, it’s a wonderful way to meet someone.” So, what is it about dancing that gets the romantic juices flowing? “Dancing gives me this great feeling of excitement inside,” Arnold said. “When you are dancing, you don’t think about anything else. It’s very in the moment. It really does take you away from everything else.” Written By: Laura Hensley Photos By: Chanda Hopkins

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clockwise from the top left: ATOMIC TATTOO 5533 Burnet Rd. 512-458-9693 15301 IH-35 N. 512-252-8537 309 W. MLK Jr. Blvd. 512-476-1161 atomic-tattoo.com

C. KIRK ROOT 10000 Research Blvd. 512-346-1780 kirkrootdesigns.com

AMERICAN LASER CENTER 500 Canyon Rdg. 512-299-9988 630 W. 34th St. 512-450-1800 americanlaser.com

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Austin’s Timeless Tradition At first glance, you’d never guess that Russell Korman got his start selling beads on the UT Drag in the early 1970s. Specializing in silver, with dreams to move into more high-end pieces, Russell eventually opened up shop over 30 years ago, and has since added 14-karat gold, platinum, diamonds and the largest selection of fine Swiss Watches in Central Texas to his versatile collection. But the road to success wasn’t paved with gold. Forced off the Drag due to a change in city codes for street vendors, Russell ultimately moved inside to his first retail location in Dobie Mall. With continued growth year after year and over 10,000 customers, Russell was eager to expand and called on his brother Hank to fill that position. “I was originally hired seven years ago to help with customer service, human resources and to oversee watches,” explained Hank. Customer service, not only with clients but also vendors, has always been their specialty — treating both sets as part of the Korman family.

Self-educated and uncompromising in the quality of his merchandise, Russell took a stand early on and decided not to artificially inflate prices just to lower them for a “sale.” Consequently, Russell Korman Fine Jewelry and Watches is now one of Austin’s favorite places to buy fine jewelry. With prices ranging from $7 to $70,000, there is something at Russell Korman for everyone. Every watch and jewelry piece has the manufacturer’s warranty and Russell Korman’s guarantee of quality service and merchandise. From the early 1970s to today, Russell Korman Fine Jewelry and Watches is an Austin original, and it’s here to stay. Written By: Linsey Krauss Photos By: Cory Ryan

In fact, when it comes to the knowledgeable staff, it truly speaks to experience that their diamond specialist has been an employee since high school…over 20 years now. Their certified watchmaker has been with them for eight years, and is President of the American Watchmakers Association. Staff members, including brother Hank Korman and his wife Monica, enjoy educating their customers, so they can make wellinformed purchases. The supportive sales staff does not work on commission, which adds to the relaxed atmosphere and high energy you’ll find in the store. These qualities are only part of what makes Russell Korman a special place to find special treasures. “Russell is probably the most generous person you’ll ever meet,” beamed Hank. “He’s involved with over 100 charities, so it’s very important to him to be a part of the greater Austin community.” Charitable contributions have been at the heart of the business from the beginning. Korman wants nothing more than to give back to the community that has given his business so much support. Russell Korman Fine Jewelry and Watches is a proud supporter of many Austin charities including The Settlement Home of Austin, The Nolan Ryan Foundation, The Junior League of Austin, The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas, Seton and Children’s Hospitals, Helping Hand Home for Children, River City Youth Foundation, 100 Club and over 50 others during the past year.

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That’s Making Heads Turn Inside an unassuming building in midtown Austin lives a hidden gem. With the help of an award-winning staff, Sage Salon’s clients have been making heads turn for over four years. Maris Stella Ostrewich has always been interested in fashion and helping people look their best, but she always seemed to let her practical side dominate. After a bout with cancer, she decided to make the most of her life and start a career that she was truly passionate about. Beginning as a receptionist, Maris Stella quickly learned the ropes and eventually created Sage Salon. Sage’s name was chosen to reflect the relaxed atmosphere and cool tones that have come to represent the salon. Not only is the salon’s interior inspired by French design, hairstylists specialize in French styling techniques that focus more on the style of the hair than the cut. Sage houses only the best products including Rae Cosmetics, breathable makeup that contains no oil and is perfect for the Austin climate, and Davines and Leonor Greyl hair products, which are used exclusively at Sage. But, products are just the beginning. Sage prides itself on its close, personal atmosphere. Maris Stella and her employees strive to keep a relaxed “Austin” feel. “Though we cater to an upscale clientele, people feel relaxed coming in here in shorts without anyone looking at them,” explained Maris Stella.

Sage Salon 4111 Medical Pkwy. 512-458-2133 sagesalonaustin.com

Sage has recently returned to their previous location on Medical Parkway. You’ll also find many of their stylists on location at weddings and special events, attending to their clientele and creating the perfect hairstyle for that special occasion. Written By: Whitney Priddy Photos By: Chad Harlan

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the three most important qualities to maintaining a healthy relationship: AARON: Honesty, communication and putting your significant other ahead of yourself. NIKI: Patience, listening and unselfishness.

What is the most romantic thing your significant other has ever done for you? AARON: She married me! That is the single most romantic thing she has ever done. Every day is romantic because she is with me.

(Fill in the blanks.) AARON: My significant other’s best quality is her honesty, but she thinks it’s her organizational skills. NIKI: My significant other’s best quality is his faith, but he thinks it’s his ability to stay calm in stressful situations.

tell us about the most romantic Valentine’s day you’ve had together. AARON: Our first Valentine’s Day after we were married is memorable. I was still in college, and Niki came up to my school and tried to decorate my car while I was in class (not knowing that I had cut class to go shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts). She finally tracked down my car at work, and decorated it with all kinds of stickers, lipstick, balloons, etc.

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Where do you see yourselves and your relationship in ten years? AARON: I see us happily married, and maybe with a couple of kids by that time. I am happier every day, and I don’t expect that to change. We have a few business goals as well. NIKI: We will be very successful in our careers and probably be parents. Our relationship will be even stronger. With every challenge, we learn how to make better decisions and conquer the next challenge.

What does “true love” mean to you? AARON: True love is finding someone who fits with you in every possible way, and being with that person is something you just can’t get enough of. NIKI: To give love expecting absolutely nothing back. When two people are giving and receiving unselfishly, they have found true love. N Salon 3027 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-323-3600 nsalonaustin.com Photos By: Cameron Jordan

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SHADY GROVE 1624 Barton Springs Rd. 512-474-9991 theshadygrove.com

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how long have you been together and how did you meet? MICHAEL: We met in February 2000 in Los Angeles. I’d just moved there from Dallas to be a writer and was feeling very existential and loner-ish. That lasted five seconds after meeting Erin. She’s the one who swept me off my feet.

What first attracted you to your significant other? ERIN: He was the smart writerly type plus tall and cute. Actually, lots of folks say we look like brother and sister. Michael doesn’t like to talk about that. MICHAEL: I thought she looked like Ally Sheedy, and I have a thing for John Hughes heroines. Even though we’re from different places, we grew up at the same time, so the 80s are kinda like our rock.

the three most important qualities to maintaining a healthy relationship: ERIN: Being able to make each other laugh, talking it out and sharing everything (except fries). MICHAEL: Honesty, knowing your strengths and never go to bed mad.

What is the most romantic thing your significant other has ever done for you? ERIN: He sent me a small music box in the mail when I was traveling the country without him. It played “And I Love Her” by the Beatles. It ended up being our wedding song.

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What are you doing for Valentine’s day this year? ERIN: The ball is in his court. MICHAEL: If I say “loving Erin,” will that make me look like less of a jerk for not having anything planned yet?

Where do you see yourselves and your relationship in ten years? MICHAEL: I can’t wait. Every year since I’ve met Erin has been the best one of my life, so ten years from now should be pretty great. Having moved around a lot, we’re so happy to be in Austin, and in ten years from now, I would hope that we’ve done something to make this incredible place slightly more awesome.

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11 Maudie’s Too | 1212 S. Lamar | 512-440-8088 | tex-mex 12 Doc’s Motorworks | 1123 S. Congress Ave. | 512-448-9181 | bar & grill 13 Satellite Café | 7101 W. Highway 71 | 512-301-1883 | coffee house 14 Satellite Bistro | 5900 W. Slaughter Ln. | 512-288-9994 | bistro/cafe 15 Doc’s Backyard | 5207 Brodie Ln. | bar & grill 21 Shady Grove | 1624 Barton Springs Rd. | 512-474-9991 | comfort food 22 The Woodland | 1716 S. Congress | 512-441-6800 | upscale diner

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Taking a date to a live show is an undeniable archetype of romance in Austin. Surely everyone can recall taking that special someone to see the band of the moment only to realize that, despite the obvious coolfactor of the Austin club scene, sweaty, loud and crowded do not make for good romance. Thanks to boutique owners Cindy Hill and Ginger Leigh, starry-eyed lovers of all ages need look no further than Love on the Lawn, an outdoor music series hosted by Love, for the perfect date — without any pretense. “[Your date] will be so impressed that you found this place. Pack a picnic basket with some bread, cheese and wine, and be prepared to rock someone’s world!” says Hill. And rock their world you will, whether it’s with the outstanding musical performances, fabulous clothing and accessories or laid-back south Austin vibe. The “small town, down home” feel of this tucked away spot is no accident. “I came here four years ago from a very small town, and wanted to create my own little village,” says Hill, “a place where you walk in and are greeted by someone who knows who you are, and probably remembers your name.” Though Love wasn’t the first attempt by Hill and Leigh to blend retail and music (their previous company called “Rock n Jewels” combined house shows and jewelry parties), it definitely represents their highest achievement. They’ve been remarkably successful in taking their original idea and anchoring it at their store, without losing any of the aesthetic that made it a great idea in the first place. In Hill’s words, “there is no ‘scene.’ It feels like we’ve invited some friends over for an outdoor house concert.” And what friends they are! Ginger herself was the first artist to perform at Love, and some of Austin’s favorite artists — including Guy Forsyth, Patrice Pike and Trish Murphy — have also been performing (and hanging out) at Love on the Lawn since the beginning. The owners made the decision early on to take donations of five to ten dollars and give 100% of the money back to the musicians. “Our pay comes from the opportunity to have shared our space with the musicians’ fans and the hope that they will remember us when they want to buy something fabulous,” remarks Hill. Though this business model may not be for everyone, it certainly helped gain the support of the Austin music community. Trish Murphy even described it as “the ultimate anti-gig.” When asked to describe the type of crowd that can usually be found at a Love on the Lawn show, Hill quips, “Type? Did you say type?” She believes concert-goers “love Austin because of what it is,” and that “they are the type that is comfortable sitting on a blanket and sharing their picnic basket with the group sitting next to them.” But, don’t forget the clothes! Written By: Patrick Courtney Photos By: Tom Zinn

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how long have you been together and how did you meet? EVAN: We met at a Hollywood bungalow backyard wedding in 1993 and later went shopping for vintage clothes together on Melrose. But, we didn’t become friends and start dating until she became the manager of Tesoros Trading Co. and had to call the sign maker (me) for “service” (11 years ago).

What first attracted you to your significant other? EVAN: Visually: her hair, nose, height and the way she walks down the street. Intellectually: her sharp mind, quick wit, engaged attention and sense of humor. Viscerally: the ring in her navel. GAIL: His intelligence and the way he wore his Levi’s.

the three most important qualities to maintaining a healthy relationship: EVAN: Communication, trust and perseverance. GAIL: Communication, honesty and a sense of humor.

What is the most romantic thing your significant other has ever done for you? GAIL: He’s given me everything I’ve ever wanted. Most recently, our 2-year-old twins Creed and Zelda.

how do you keep the romance alive? EVAN: These days, we try to schedule “date night” with a babysitter once a week and do our best not to spend that time working at the stores. G-rated. Anything else takes place after the twins are (finally) asleep.

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GAIL: We constantly share ideas and inspirations. Our romance is a combination of shared creativity and productivity.

(Fill in the blanks.) EVAN: My significant other’s best quality is her ability with our twins, but she thinks it’s her fashion sense. GAIL: My significant other’s best quality is his ability to adapt to any situation, but he thinks it’s his ability to control any situation.

Where do you see yourselves and your relationship in ten years? EVAN: On the same course — achieving our creative dreams, as well as (hopefully) financial security. GAIL: Stronger, wiser and still making things that add to our community.

What does “true love” mean to you? EVAN: That feeling of certainty. The voice inside that says, “This is it.” GAIL: Not being able to imagine yourself without the other person.

Blackmail 1202 S. Congress Ave. 512-326-7670 blackmailboutique.com Photos By: Cameron Jordan

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clockwise from the top left: FOUR SEASONS 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-478-4500 fourseasons.com/austin

WILDFLOWER 908 N. Lamar 512-320-0449 3801 Capitol of Texas Hwy. 512-732-2145 www.wildflowerorganics.com

DORADO SOAPSTONE 2157 Woodward 512-444-8600 doradosoapstone.com

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Make no mistake, Ruby Rockit may be exotic, but her burlesque and pin-up modeling is a little more PG-13…or maybe a soft R. There’s never a pole involved and no nudity, but there are plenty of pasties and maybe a feather fan or two. For Ruby Rockit, burlesque is all about the thrill of dressing up in glamorous costumes, combined with the celebration of women — no matter their shape or size. “That’s the beauty of burlesque — it celebrates all types of women,” she says. “A woman on stage with some curves, some attitude and a sense of humor — that’s sexy. You don’t have to be perfect to look sexy.” Ruby Rockit has lived in Austin for more than 10 years. But, it wasn’t until 2004 that a friend asked to take some photos, which kick-started her modeling career. Those photos were featured in ads for Ann Kelso Salon, where the saucy brunette works as a stylist during the day. Later that year, Ruby Rockit joined Red Light Burlesque, Austin’s longest running classic burlesque troupe, and she’s been performing ever since. Burlesque was the perfect combination of dance and costume making — two things Ruby Rockit has been doing since she was a little girl. “When burlesque came knocking on my door, it was the perfect fit,” she said. “I get to make up dances, make my own costumes, have fantastic hair and make-up and flirt with the audience. I love it.” Ruby Rockit’s style is 40s and 50s glam, with a twist. Think Marilyn Monroe and Betty Page meets hot rods and vintage rockabilly music. Throw in a little Dolly Parton spunk and sparkle, and…tah-dah — Ruby Rockit can melt any audience. “Burlesque is bringing back a little bit of classic glamour and sex appeal,” she said. “I do classic bump and grind. You won’t find any Christina Aguilera on my song list. It’s a sexy show, but a classy show. Anyone with a pulse has a good time.” Written By: Laura Hensley Photos By: Ryan Wiley

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Break Me Off a Piece No, you’re not pervy…you supplied the missing letters to “SXUL” Chocolate just fine! “I’ve always thought that chocolate is very sensual,” says SXUL (pronounced “sexual”) Chocolate creator Rick Bristow. As an Austinite, you might recognize the product’s black box with gold lettering (“gender neutral packaging,” Bristow laughs). Or, you might remember the feeling of ecstasy you experienced after trying a piece: SXUL Chocolate’s recipe ups the amount of natural compounds found in dark chocolate, which release all those feel-good endorphins. The effect is so strong, SXUL Chocolate even comes with its own warning — “do not consume more than 4 pieces of SXUL Chocolate in any 4 hour period,” says its website. Kinky. And good news for lovers: this handmade Austin treat is about to get a little sexier. “Our chocolate has always been really successful,” says Bristow, who has sold the product at Grapevine Market since 2004. (Tip: Grapevine Market samples the stuff every Saturday afternoon.) “During its first week at the store, it outsold all of the other chocolates combined. And in a year, we had sold 100,000 boxes.” With the popularity of the chocolate, Bristow decided to launch a new product that combines his favorite vice with everyone else’s — alcohol. The name? “SXUL Chocolate Vodka,” Bristow sighs, as if he had just taken a long, indulgent sip. “The bottle is onethird pure ganache, then blended with top quality vodka,” he explains. “There are plenty of clear, chocolate-flavored vodkas out there right now that taste disgusting. This is the world’s first real chocolate vodka.” How does it taste? Sinful — just like the city it’s launching in. “Our goal is to distribute this stuff in Vegas,” says Bristow. “It will be more expensive than your everyday vodka — nothing crazy, but about what you’d pay for Grey Goose.” Do Austinites get a taste? “Absolutely!” says Bristow. (Tip: Head to Grapevine Market for a bottle). “This is not only my home, it’s a city full of creative, adventurous, open-minded people.” As if our minds needed ‘opening’ to the notion of chocolate vodka. SXUL Chocolate 512-731-9904 sxulchocolate.com

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how long have you been together and how did you meet? RHYS: Almost three years. My friend Mike was dating Michelle’s friend Ashley, and they assembled a dinner at the Clay Pit one Friday night in February. Though Michelle and I sat nearly opposite each other at the table, we didn’t talk much. She didn’t think I was interested in her, and I kept thinking that there was no way someone that attractive was single. After dinner, the group went to Rain. When Michelle walked into the club, I felt like I had a 20 second window to ask her to dance before someone else did. I asked, and she said yes. We hung out that night, the next night, and we saw a show at the Elephant Room on Tuesday. We’ve been together ever since.

the three most important qualities to maintaining a healthy relationship: MICHELLE: That’s hard, because he has a million great qualities. He is very loving, a great listener and he makes me laugh. RHYS: Understanding what’s important to each other, being supportive of one another and loving to spend time together.

What is the most romantic thing your significant other has ever done for you? MICHELLE: Asked me to marry him. It was very romantic and exciting! RHYS: It’s going to sound dumb as a “romantic” answer, but she packs my lunch every day. It’s really sweet of her.

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MICHELLE: Lots of hugs, kisses, etc. Letting him know how much I appreciate all that he does. Saying “I love you.” Eye contact. Red wine. Exploring new things. RHYS: I tell her how much she means to me and how beautiful she is.

What is your significant other’s most annoying habit? MICHELLE: I like being early and he tends to be running 10 minutes late. RHYS: She’s not so good at putting things away after she’s used them.

tell us about the most romantic Valentine’s day you’ve had together. MICHELLE: He gave me a beautiful ruby necklace this past Valentine’s Day. I perform on Valentine’s Day every year, so it’s hard to plan a big dinner or trip. This past year, we went to Kerbey Lane after the show because I was super hungry. We just talked and sat with each other. It was very simple and very romantic at the same time. RHYS: I’m going to get in trouble here. I’m blanking on the details from 2006. I just remember it being really good.

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clockwise from the top left: AUSTIN’S INN AT PEARL STREET 1809 Pearl St. 512-478-0051 innpearl.com

BRAVA HOUSE 1108 Blanco St. 512-478-5034 bravahouse.com

PARK LANE GUEST HOUSE 221 Park Ln. 512-447-7460 parklaneguesthouse.com

ROBIN’S NEST 1007 Stewart Cove 512-266-3413 robinsnestlaketravis.com Photos By: Chad Harlan

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What first attracted you to your significant other? AMANDA: His honesty and the fact that he didn’t want to “play games” when we started dating. I always knew where I stood with him. BRIAN: I don’t think there was just one thing. I found myself always wanting to be in her company.

What is the most romantic thing your significant other has ever done for you? AMANDA: On our 1st Anniversary, he surprised me with a nice dinner at the Trattoria at the Renaissance Hotel. When the waiter brought our bill, inside was a room key. The room was filled with roses and champagne.

how do you keep the romance alive (Pg-13 please)? AMANDA: It’s as simple as remembering to always appreciate each other. When times are tough, remember the love you have for one another, and always make time for fun…romance will happen! BRIAN: Keep communicating physically — foot rubs, spontaneous hugging, etc. As easy as it is to forget those little things with children and jobs, they play a big role in romance.

(Fill in the blanks.) AMANDA: My significant other’s best quality is his smile, but he thinks it’s his hair. BRIAN: My significant other’s best quality is her honesty, but she thinks it’s her driving.

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What is your significant other’s most annoying habit? AMANDA: His mind is always going. When I’m trying to explain something, he’s looking at me but thinking about something else. I always tell him to “quit looking at me when I’m talking.” That way, I know he’s listening. BRIAN: She is always cleaning the house (OCD). I appreciate her cleanliness, but I always have to help and that’s annoying.

Where do you see yourselves and your relationship in ten years? AMANDA: Hopefully, still happily married with more children. I hope to do more traveling with the family, but without baseball games interfering! BRIAN: Hopefully, the family will be complete and healthy. Maybe do some traveling. Still here in Central Texas.

What does “true love” mean to you? AMANDA: It’s unconditional. It’s powerful. It’s something you can’t control, but something everyone should have. BRIAN: I think “true love” is when you constantly want to be consumed with your partner…like I do.

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Yin & Yang Chocolate Fondue: $28.00

MELTING POT 305 E. 3rd St. 512-401-2424 13343 N. Hwy 18 512-401-2424 themeltingpot.com Oysters Rockefeller: $17.95

TRULUCK’S 400 Colorado St. 512-482-9000 10225 Research Blvd. 512-794-8300 trulucks.com Arugula and Fennel Salad: $7.00

THE WOODLAND 1716 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-6800 woodlandaustin.com Fig, Proschiutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza: $11.00

NoRTH 11506 Century Oaks Terrace 512-339-4400 foxrestaurantconcepts.com/north Photos By: Chad Harlan

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Urbanspace Realtors | 800 W. 5th St | 512-457-8884 | full service real estate Fidelity National Title |901 S. Mopac | 512-328-0980 | title company Twenty One 24 | 2124 E. 6th St. | 512-786-6356 | lofts SoCo Lofts | 3801 S. Congress | 512-451-2422| lofts


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how long have you been together and how did you meet? MIKE: My college roommate introduced me to Rhonda in 1972 at an Astros baseball game. It was love at first sight — at least for me. But, then again, it was “nickel beer night” at the Astrodome, so I might have been in love with a lot of things that night. RHONDA: What was really funny…Earlier that day at school, I was in the auditorium, and my clog fell off. A friend decided to hike it to me, and it hit me above my eye. I ended up with four stitches and the biggest BAND-AID over it. Mike says it was love at first sight. I still wonder if he sees that well.

the three most important qualities to maintaining a healthy relationship: MIKE: Patience. Rho has that one nailed down. Sharing somewhat similar goals and aspirations. Rhonda’s heart and ability to manage people (as her longest project, I’m told I still have a long way to go) has blended well with my persistence and sense of mission. Finally, the desire to constantly seek out and share new things.

What is the most romantic thing your significant other has ever done for you? MIKE: While it may not sound romantic, the finest thing she ever did was understand and commit to “I do” when her minister asked her if she would take me for better or worse. My priest (a dear friend) asked her if “she wanted to take a moment to think about that?” We laughed, and she said “no.” Whenever business or life causes me to question things, all I have to do is remember what one woman committed to and for that, I owe her all my love. RHONDA: Mike is the romantic one in our relationship. I had always wanted to travel to Italy. My fave movie — Under the Tuscan Sun. Last Christmas, he surprised me with a two-week trip to Italy. We spent four days in Cortona at Il Falconiere, Relais. To get to our room, we had to take a small spiral staircase to the top of the villa. Our room overlooked the Cortona hillside where you could see forever.

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how does working together affect your relationship? RHONDA: We complement each other in so many ways. When we don’t, I remind him who is boss. MIKE: Sharing problems and solutions from work has made our relationship stronger and brought us much closer. She is the empathetic one…I’m the one with smarts, business sense and good looks. Did I mention her good sense of humor and ability to cut me off at the knees?

Where do you see yourselves and your relationship in ten years? RHONDA: Well, Mike will be playing golf most afternoons. He will think he can still hit from the back tees. MIKE: I see Rhonda working in a garden at our house, walking our Irish Setters and being a great mom. I’ll be riding my bike every morning, working as a greeter at Wal-Mart until lunch and playing golf most afternoons. Kolar Advertising & Marketing 114 W. 7th St. 512-345-6658 kolaradvertising.com Photos By: Cameron Jordan

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Around Robin “ ...if you reflect on our change from thoughtless trash-tossing to virtually universal recycling, or from the past in which smokers didn't hesitate to blow smoke in anybody's face to our present restrictions on smoking in public places, it's clear that shared ideas about acceptable or desirable behavior can change markedly…Further changes will come...” Ecotopia: The Notebook and Reports of William Weston, Ernest Callenbauch, 1975

Some say you never get over your first love. It was after relocating to Austin fourteen years ago and leaving the technology industry that Robin Rather rediscovered her love of nature. She leveraged her twenty years of market research experience into work with an environmentalist twist. “I’m a fourth generation Texan on both sides,” she explains. “I love the natural beauty of Austin, the informality and the people here.” Robin breezes into Café Caffeine, greeting employees by name. Her long dark hair is accentuated by dangling turquoise earrings, offsetting sparkling eyes. Daughter to news anchorman, Dan Rather, and tireless crusader, Robin is involved in numerous community activism projects. She spent a three year stint as chair to the Save Our Springs Alliance, works on the Austin Network’s 360 Summit, is on the board of Environmental Defense, serves as director for Liveable City, is a founder of the Hill County Conservancy and runs her own consulting firm, Collective Strength, devoted to sustainability. “I help promote understanding of how far we can push the envelope and how fast,” Robin says. “[The goal] is not just assessing what is wrong and formulating a game plan for a cleaner future, but also implementation.” Despite all her work in the field, her advice to Austinites is not more activism, but merely taking the time to appreciate the city’s many green spaces. When she’s not in meetings, Robin can be found at Barton Springs under a full moon, at Sculpture Falls in the early morning hours, out hiking at Bastrop State Park or her favorite — fishing with Andy (her adopted six-year-old son) at McKinney Roughs. “Someday I would like to see fossil fuels in museums. Austin would remain a laid-back, affordable place. Our air would be sweet to breathe, with water still flowing in Barton Springs and all the creeks. The whole economy would be built around sustainable enterprises of all kinds.” Robin’s vision echoes that found in the pages of 1975’s groundbreaking book, Ecotopia. After all, she says, “If Austin can’t do it, who can?”

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CALVIN’S 3818 Far West Blvd. 866-794-1911 calvinsjewelry.com Torker Bermuda Tandem: $495.00

UNIVERSITY CYCLERY 2901 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-474-6696 universitycyclery.com Natural LEE Sofa in Barca Linen: $2,499.00

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