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Bridezilla has ďŹ nally met her match.

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





{ 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 . } February 16, 2009 | Texas Womens’ Federation | $20 | Purchase tickets at

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When it comes to your “mind and body,” which is top priority? This is the question I asked myself as I prepared to enter 2009. As we get older, we all probably agree that the first to go is our memory. Next is perhaps our hearing, and it’s definitely all down hill from there (hello gravity!). But for some, there’s the mystery of hair loss — and why it’s never the hair that you’d want to lose (if you know what I mean). Just think about it, how many hours a week do you spend waxing/ shaving to get rid of that unwanted stubble in unwanted areas? Yuck. Okay, I’m keeping this PG-13, so I’ll skip the unnecessary details and let you use your imagination. My 2009 New Year’s Resolution? Maintain the “mind” and do more for the “body.” Eating right and working out are already a given, so it’s time to step it up a bit and go bold — or bald. No, I’m NOT planning on “Pullin’ a Britney.” These locks will stay intact. It’s the other areas that deserve immediate attention. After a lot of research and several referrals, I found the perfect solution — Alite Laser. I like to call them: My New Best Friend! They just might be one of Austin’s best-kept secrets (for all of your best-kept-secret areas), so of COURSE I have to tell everyone! Ladies and Gentlemen, I declare 2009 the year to Bare It All! A special thanks to Nishi Kumar, our featured cover artist, for her beautiful, abstract interpretations of the “mind and body.” Here’s to a happy and healthy 2009!

Carrie Crowe, Associate Publisher & Editor Photo by Chad Harlan Editor’s Note: We would like to make a correction to the Torchy’s Tacos editorial that was featured in the December ‘08 Issue. Mike Rypka was the former corporate chef for Chuy’s and opened Lucy’s Boatyard.

STAFF: Matt Swinney, Publisher Carrie Crowe, Associate Publisher & Editor Justin Esquivel, Senior Art Director Kristen Hurd, Art Director Roxanne Wilson, Account Executive Liz Farrar, Account Executive Analee Paz, Intern Jillian Tto, Intern WRITERS: Ashley Gwilliam Beth Ranson Carly Kocurek Cynthia Houchin Darcie Duttweiler JB Hager Kelly Saxon Laura Hensley Lauren Wolf Tolly Moseley PHOTOGRAPHERS: Annie Ray :: Carlos Benavides :: Caroline Mowry :: Chad Harlan :: Cory Ryan :: Dakota Sumpter :: 29thofdecemberphotography Derris Lanier :: Gregg Cestaro :: Jaime Ibarra :: Jennifer Nichols ::


JB Rants


5 Step Workouts




Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop


Perspective: Joie De Vie


Alliance Training


Copa Bar & Grill


campus/hyde park


Dandyland Tattoo


Perspective: BJ Friedman

40 Midtown 42

Embellish Nails & Boutique


Perspective: Pretty On The Outside


Farm To Work

52 East 54

Domy Books


Feng Shui Places

60 Body Builders: Abby Lindermann &

Melissa Merritt

Nishi Kumar / Solar Women / 40" x 30," Oil On Canvas




Shambhala Meditation Center


Perspective: Keith Kesler, DO


Bridget's Balance Buddies


Lady Bird Lake Etiquette




Peach: A Body Boutique


Kinsei Center




Master Gohring


Perspective: Dr. Gregg Ueckert


David Sunde


Rare Gives Back



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


ON THE COVER: Nishi Kumar Liquid Emotion


30" x 24," Oil On Canvas

When I pull up to Nishi Kumar’s home in North Austin, there is a canvas on the porch, the first layers of paint already applied, brushes and paints at the ready. Kumar says she normally works inside, but the weather has been cooperating, so she’s moved her workspace outside temporarily. The interior of her house is filled with completed paintings. A portrait of the artist’s children on one wall echoes the rich, warm color palette of the more plentiful abstract works. Kumar trained as a painter from a very early age during her childhood in India, starting so young that she would often paint from literally on top of the canvas — she was too small to reach otherwise. She began teaching painting in the 8th grade, and eventually completed a BFA and masters degree in graphic design at the JJ School of Arts in India. As she’s continued to work on her style, Kumar has increasingly moved toward abstraction. “My style is evolving to be in the abstract now,” Kumar says. “My style is much more relaxed than it was initially. I feel that I can express things better — in a more subtle way — if I do more abstract work.” While her older works echo the style of Edgar Degas (a favorite of Kumar’s), her newer pieces, even those that incorporate similar themes, are much less figurative, and the colors have moved more and more toward lush reds and vibrant shades of orange and yellow. “I have a consistent color palette because I want all the paintings to be in harmony with each other,” Kumar says. “I’ll use a different color scheme sometimes, but there’s some consistency. I like warm colors, and I like paintings with contours.”

To create the contours that characterize her work, Kumar begins by sketching designs in Adobe Illustrator (using a graphics tablet), then editing the colors and textures in Photoshop. She often sketches pieces that never come to fruition, pursuing only those that she likes best. The combination of classic oil painting techniques and digital technologies makes sense for someone who has not only a masters in art, but a degree in computer science — a field Kumar became interested in after several years of working at advertising agencies. Currently, in addition to pursuing her art, Kumar works as a systems architect. While Kumar conceptualized the pieces in this issue of Rare to fit with this month’s theme­­— ­M ind and Body — she normally works more intuitively, even with all that planning. “Usually when I do a painting, it is how I feel at that moment, and trying to express that,” Kumar says. “Every painting has a story. It’s about my exploration of life. Whatever I’m painting, that’s what’s in my heart.” Carly Kocurek Photo by Jaime Ibarra


Average adult white male, looking for friends who want to share an average life. I just posted this ad on craigslist: No sports. No running. No cycling. If you have a gym membership, need not apply. If you have a coach or take more than one vitamin, please move on. If in the past 24 hours, you have made mention of your heart rate, metabolism or body fat count, you are not for me. Do you ever find yourself sore from an evening of drinking, horseshoes, beer pong and general horseplay? If so, you might be my new best friend. Please reply with all pertinent information, although I’m dubious that such a person exists in Austin .

Okay, I didn’t really post this ad, but I am seriously considering fi ring all my friends and recruiting all new ones. I’m not sure if it’s just my circle of friends, or if all of Austin is fi tness obsessed…it’s ridiculous. Maybe I need to move to a less fi t city. Houston is actually looking rather appealing, having been rated the “fattest city in America” in several recent years. Don’t get me wrong. I like fitness! I just do it as a means to enjoy the finer things in life, like Stella Artois, Herradura or the holiday cheese fiesta from Hickory Farms. It seems as if every year, another close friend of mine becomes so fitness crazed that they are about as fun as Al Gore at the Burning Man Festival. It’s annoying. It’s as if they have joined a cult. They lose all social skills and become little nutrition robots. Unless you are getting paid to do a sport, it should never define you. If you are known as Bob the Triathlete, and you’ve never won a dollar doing it, someone needs to bludgeon you with a warhammer!


I’ve come up with an official Fitness Freak Loser Test. Again, this does not apply to those who actually get paid for participating in the sport, only amateurs. Answer YES or NO to the following questions. 1. My profile picture on MySpace, Facebook, etc. is of me participating in a sport.

If you answered NO to all of these, I love you.

2. I have a printed photo of myself (larger than 5x7) participating in a sport and hanging in my home.

If you answered YES to 1-2 of these, it’s good to see you are taking care of yourself. Drop a workout once in

You are my new best friend.

awhile, and go tubing on the Guadalupe or something. 3. I won’t have a beer the evening before a race, although I typically come in somewhere after 3,000th place each year in the Capital 10k.

If you answered YES to 3-5 of these, it’s really time to get yourself in check — stop wearing Pilates pants to lunch.

4. I have used tape, lube or band aids to prevent chafing on my reproductive organs.

If you answered YES to 6 or more, you are a sick F#@$.

5. I have a collection of my event number pin-on’s and/or bracelets displayed somewhere in my home.

Get help ASAP. You are annoying and no one wants be around you. You are probably too busy weighing your food or rubbing Tiger Balm on your @ss to even read this.

6. I have talked to my nutritionist, coach and massage therapist all in the same day. 7.

I have a tattoo related to my sport of choice somewhere on my body.

8. I am concerned about the color of my pee. 9. I have turned down nookie because it was within 24 hours of an event. 10. I laugh at fitness infomercials instead of thinking “Hey, the Pubic Shocker” might be just what I need.

There was a time when I would have answered YES to more than 6 of these questions. What an annoying human being I must have been. Why didn’t an innocent bystander beat me up? I could have used it. I am officially done sharing my athletic endeavors with innocent bystanders. The joke used to be on the guy who couldn’t let go of his sports prowess from the past, much like Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite. Now, I think the joke is on the adult who can’t let go of their future accomplishments. No one cares if you are planning an Ironman, Iditarod and Base Jump in Dubai in January. WE DON’T CARE!!!! JB Hager is half of the hit morning-show duo “JB and Sandy” on Mix 94.7. Photo by Chad Harlan





David Wenger FROM

Bicycle Sport Shop 12



Prep bike by pumping up tires to 110psi, calibrating SRM cycling computer, fi lling bottles with water and electroly te mix, cleaning your fancy sunglasses, strapping on specialized helmet and s t u f f i n g p o c ke t s w i t h organic granola bar with chocolate chips. Vegan chips are optional.

Ride to Mt. Bonnell at a moderate pace for a warm up. Ride star ts soft for five minutes to warm up muscles, then gradually increases to a faster pace, but still a comfortable pace for conversation.

Photos by Cory Ryan

3 Start three interval sets up Mt. Bonnell — four times up the hill and back down each time. Each repeat takes between one hour and thirty-five to one hour and forty-five minutes from the bottom to the top. The descent takes about a minute. Ride the whole loop between Mt. Bonnell and Balcones as a nice recovery between sets. No bet ter way to start the day!

4 E a t g r a n o la ba r w hil e cooling down on the ride home. The hard VO2max hill climbing efforts are fueled by muscle glycogen (carbohydrate/sugar), so it is pretty normal to feel like you have low blood sugar af ter the climbs. Thus, the feast ensues. Tr y to hold the highest conversational pace possible and focus on fueling for the next day’s workout by...

5 ...grabbing a Greenbelt smoothie from Joy Rides Cafe.




sQuat Stand with your feet shoulder width distance apar t. Rest a pair of dumbbells comfor tably on your shoulders. Keep your shoulders back and chest lifted. Lower your body until your thighs are p a r a l l e l t o t h e f l o o r, squeeze your glutes and stand yourself back up.

stIff-legged deadlIft Stand with your feet hip width distance apart, legs straight but not locked. Hold a pair of dumbbells in front of your thighs. With shoulders back, draw belly button toward spine and bend forward from the hips, keeping your back flat. Squeeze your glutes, tighten your core and lift back up to your starting position, then press hips forward slightly.

reverse lunge Hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides, stand up straight with your shoulders back and take a big step back until your front thigh is parallel to the floor. Push off your back foot, keep hips square and return to your starting position.

4 stabIlIty ball hamstrIng curl Lie supine on a mat and place your heels on top of a stability ball. Extend your arms along your sides with palms down. Lift hips up until your knees, hips and shoulders are in a straight line. Bend your knees, lift hips as you roll the ball in towards your buttocks and then extend the legs back out to your starting position.

5 WeIghted standIng calf raIse Place the balls of the feet o n a p la t f o r m. H ol d a dumbbell in one hand and place the other on a fi xed bar if needed for balance. Slowly lower heels to a full stretch, then lift heels to your highest point.

Photos by Cory Ryan


Body Business



Sherri Lepley






Mallory Cox FROM


vertIcal pull-up on the hangIng rocK rIngs Builds finger streng th, simulates the movement used in climbing, builds back strength.

hangIng leg raIses B uil d s c o r e s t r e n g t h, simulates climbing feeling of hanging. Use both arms to hang, while the legs lift a n d l o w e r. A l t e r n a t e straight legs and bent legs. Bring them straight up and lower down slowly. Stay in control to keep abdominal muscles engaged.

dIps Support body weight on two parallel bars, bend at the elbows, lower the body and straighten the arms out to raise the body back up. Builds tricep muscles, engages core strength.

Pure Austin




Photos by Cory Ryan

4 reclIned pull-up on hangIng rocK rIngs Builds finger, forearm and shoulder strength, and simulates a mantle technique used in climbing.

5 clImbIng

Get on the wall!

dynamIc yoga A classical form of Hatha yo ga, d er i ve d dir e c t l y f r o m P a t a n ja li’s y o ga sutras. It focuses on the inherent dynamics of


integrity by activating the bod y as an indivisible whole, which opens each



joint symmetrically, so


t ha t t he bod y is f reed f r o m a ll tensio n. T his style of yoga is extremely safe and allows the student to sprea d the negative effects of gravity evenly throughout the entire body, so that no one muscle group or joint takes all of the tension that gravity brings with it. Dynamic yoga is suitable for all levels of practice, and


is completely interactive with any other style of yoga.

utKatasana Ground your feet into the mat, bend the legs deeply and pivot the pelvis. Allow the arms to be a direct continuation of the spine as you lengthen from the sacrum to the crown of your head.

baKasana Ground fi nger bases into the mat and bring knees in towards armpits. Slowly shif t your weight onto your hands as you inquire into t he p os sibili t y of straightening the arms.



hasta malasana Inquire into the possibility of grounding your heels into the mat while leng thening from the shoulders to the fi ngers. Allow wrists to relax as you broaden through your fi nger bases.


Seventh Street Yoga

hasta tadasana Ground the four corners of each foot while lengthening up through the legs. Allow the hand hip contact to support a leng thening from the sacrum to the crown of your head.



Jon Dollar


urdhva dhanurasana Ground hands and feet evenly into the mat, inviting relaxation into the neck and lower back as you move into a backbend. Lengthen ribcage away from the pelvis, spreading weight evenly across your foundation.

Photos by Cory Ryan





Tonia Patterson FROM

Jazzercise (NW Rec Ctr.) 16





step hop/flea hop R/L step hops traveling forward. Bent arms swing throughout. R/L flea hops (step, hip lift) traveling back. Arms in 4th position (arms push out on diagonal). (4 reps)

travelIng plIes 2R/2L no turn-out plies. Ar ms down near sides throughout. (8 reps)

hIp WalK Slow R/L hip walk in place. Arms press R/L in high 4th position (arms push out on diagonal). Head looks R/L. (4 reps)

Photos by Cory Ryan

4 march hop R/L march forward, 2 hops back. Pump arms. (4 reps)

5 step hop abduct R step lift L as arms follow in arrow position. L step lift R as your arms follow in arrow position. R step lift L as your arms follow in arrow position, hop on R leg and hold. Reverse.




pIlates: cat WIth a ball

Rolling the ball forward with your hands, roll your spine bone by bone for ward. Roll by tightening the abdominal muscles. Hips remain over your knees. Exhale while rounding.

When the spine is in the most rounded position possible, keep rolling the ball for ward, moving the spine fr om a r ounded position, to a parallel position (tabletop). Again, keep the abdominal muscles tight throughout the movement and the hips over the knees. Inhale during this movement.

Kneel in front of a ball. Hands on the ball, back straight, spine long, upper abdominal muscles tight and aware. Inhale in this position.

4 From the tabletop position, move the spine into an arched position and exhale while adjusting the arm bones back into the shoulder joints, pulling the navel to the spine and keeping the hips over the knees. Hold this position while inhaling deeply and opening the chest.

5 Begin the movement back reversing the previous step: from arched spine, to fl at spine, to rounded spine and finally back into an upright kneeling posture. Make sure and use the abdominal muscles to pull the spine back into an upright position. Use a long, deep exhale during the return.

Photos by Cory Ryan


Castle Hill Fitness



Deborah West




Nishi Kumar / Blue Heaven / 48" x 36," Oil On Canvas


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A bike a day keeps pollution away. Lance Armstrong’s bike shop, Mellow Johnny’s, opened last February and caters to the cycling commuters, rather than solely focusing on the racing crowd. Besides offering classes for commuter safety, Mellow Johnny’s actively helps these commuters by offering downtown workers a commuter station. “We wanted to address all types of cycling,” says Mellow Johnny’s general manager, Craig Staley. “In Austin, we were lacking the commuter aspect of cycling, and our weather is too nice not to have that. The downtown location is functional for daily life, and if we grow like they say we will, cycling will be really important.” Commuters ride their bikes to Mellow Johnny’s, hand them off to an employee who will then store it in the 9,000 sq. ft. basement, pay $1 for a towel, take a shower using Kiss My Face natural products and then walk to work. At the end of the day, commuters walk to Mellow Johnny’s, change out of their business attire, get their bikes (which have been looked over and checked for adequate air pressure) and then cycle back home. The concept sounds ridiculously easy, so the question is: why hasn’t Austin always had a commuter station? “We haven’t needed one yet,” Staley says. “We’re so spread out here, but we’re hoping with the downtown living community, people will start to look at their carbon footprints. The commuter station was part of our mission, but it’s not a solution for all of downtown.”

Regular bicycle commuters Casey England and Chris Earthman concur that commuting to work on bike has a greater effect on the environment and the city. “I feel good knowing that I’m doing a little bit for the environment while at the same time, helping out others in our great city by taking a vehicle off the road each day I ride in,” Earthman says, who cycles six miles to work each day. England, who bikes 17 miles each way, says that he hopes the commuter station will “help to promote and encourage biking and bike safety that has otherwise been ignored.” Both commuters acknowledge that biking to work each day has become their new exercise routine. “I started biking to work for the gas savings, but now I ride for enjoyment,” England says. “It’s my daily exercise, and it has expanded into giving me a pleasurable way to get into downtown every day.” Earthman agrees: “The health benefi ts were obviously one of the main reasons I decided to start riding to work, but the clarity and efficiency of my lifestyle is what has really kept me going strong month after month. It’s just a huge part of the balanced lifestyle that I think attracts people to Austin in the first place.” Darcie Duttweiler Photo by Derris Lanier Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop 400 Nueces St. 512-473-0222


Michael & Cynthia Vasquez Owner/Manager: Joie De Vie


Photo by Jaime Ibarra

As we emerge from the hectic holiday season, we generally have one thing on the mind — ME time. For Michael and Cynthia at Joie De Vie, that means relieving your stress, clearing your mind and enjoying yourself. What do you do to focus on your “mind and body?” MICHAEL: It may sound crazy, but every morning after my shower, I take a dry brush and brush my body — it gets my lymphatic circulation going and keeps my skin smooth.

rules to live by to be happy, healthy and balanced? CYNTHIA: Ever ything you put into your body comes out in your hair, skin and nails, so be good to your body. Unfortunately, there is stress in life, so you have to find ways to deal with it and get it out of your system.

efforts austinites make to focus on their health? Austin is such a progressive town in this fi eld. Yoga is very popular here, and more people are recognizing and understanding the spiritual aspects of massage and spa treatments. Becoming a “Green City,” exercise and healthy lifestyles are all a testament to Austin’s quest — a connection with nature and self.

how does your industry revolve around the “mind and body?” We acknowledge that the mind and body are connected and cannot be separated. We keep this in mind while developing and providing each service. Our rose treatment helps to soothe stress, irritability and pain, while the clay wrap helps strengthen emotionally and spiritually. Our spa menu includes what you would expect: facials, nail services and massages, but we also offer acupuncture, body talk and an energetic balancing massage.

trends in the salon industry that focus on relaxation and health? CYNTHIA: Massage and body treatments are quickly gaining popularity in salons. Body wraps are a bi-service on the rise. We are taking a more natural approach to body treatments. We use pure products that you have heard of and can pronounce like seaweed, cocoa butter, shea butter and evening primrose oil. I think there is a “back to nature” trend that’s happening. If not, we would be more than happy to lead it.

describe the experience your customers receive. MICHAEL: When you first walk in, you are in our salon. It’s not minimal, it’s Austin and it’s family in here. You’re greeted warmly, we take you to our café area, give you a beverage of your choice and just let you relax. When you walk downstairs, you enter another world. It’s all about relieving your stress, clearing your mind and just enjoying your time.

efforts you make to improve the “mind and body?” We believe that everyone needs to relax, and the best way to do that is to sit back and enjoy a beverage while you get a fantastic manicure and pedicure, massage or custom facial. Everything we do is about our clients, from beginning to end. Whether it’s making a package especially for them or using a particular scent just for them, we cater to the individual needs of a person, whatever they may be.

Michael & Cynthia Vasquez, Joie De Vie, 713 E. 6th St., 512-542-9220,


Have you ever been stuck in a

workout rut? Or better yet, have you

been working out in the gym for

what feels like forever, but haven’t

lost much weight? Or maybe you

lift weights religiously, but get

winded climbing stairs? Alliance

Training could be that extra kick

your workout needs to take your

body to that next level — and it

doesn’t take place in a gym!

Jake Saenz

Alliance Training 512-350-3970 26

Don’t tire easily.

Alliance Training offers multiple services for getting in shape, from nutritional counseling to personal training, but the most popular (and perhaps most effective) method is its conditioning camp. Owner and trainer Jake Saenz incorporates his Army Ranger training into his camps. Don’t you dare call it a boot camp, though.

“I hate that term. There is no yelling, no crawling in the mud,” Saenz says. “They’re here to work out and have fun.” S t a r t e d i n J u n e 2 0 0 8 , A llia n c e Tr a i n i n g’s conditioning camps utilize not only Saenz’s military training but also his own tried-and-true fitness regimes used to train for decathlons, cycling races and jiu-jitsu tournaments. Saenz had just fi nished his business degree from Texas State University when he decided to help train a friend for a fi ght. Afterward, this friend told him it was the best workout he ever had. This statement, coming from an Olympic athlete, meant that Saenz knew his stuff. “I center my workouts on intensity exercises, where you’re pushing your comfort zone. That’s when you see the maximum benefits,” Saenz says. And although Saenz, who is in incredible shape, is paid to work out every day, he says that working out shouldn’t be a chore.

It clearly takes a certain type of person who would put flipping a 200 pound tire or running up and down the stairs at City Hall into the “fun” category. That’s why Saenz says that his camps are aimed at those who already have an athletic background, but want to step it up a notch and take their workout to the next level! While the “fun” factor is subjective, the effectiveness of Alliance Training’s camps is not. Saenz says the camps work because he uses interval training, where each person has to push themselves 100 percent for a short period of time and then recover, like rounds in a fight. Such intervals include running up flights of stairs, using sledgehammers and even carrying each other — a skill that Saenz says is also helpful in real life situations. Though Alliance Training is unique in its methods with a variety of exercises, equipment and locales (such as Barton Springs, Mount Bonnell and City Hall) Saenz admits that his camps have another distinctive factor: the “water baby,” which is a 50 pound exercise ball fi lled with water that Saenz makes his class carry. “It’s a fun but painful tool,” he laughs. “When we first got it, I had never seen my buddies break like that. It’s pretty funny.” Darcie Duttweiler Photo by Jaime Ibarra

“People should have workouts that are fun,” he explains. “It’s way more fun to workout with people who aren’t stressed about having to perform or compete, and they are there to get into shape while having a good time.”


Ring in the New Year

Jewelry s Handbags s Gifts

5th & Lamar 512-478-SASS

If you visit Copa Bar & Grill on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you are bound to see a packed crowd of couples getting their groove on to a Latin beat. Among the brick walls and dark lighting, women sling their hair and men gyrate their hips, creating a sea of sensual dancers. Sounds pretty hot, huh? Cause it is.


In addition to live music and deejays spinning salsa tunes, Copa offers salsa dance lessons Thursday through Saturday for salsa virgins or for those salsa addicts looking to learn some new moves. Since its opening in 2004, Copa has always incorporated dance lessons into its business because it’s an integral part of Latin culture. Copa owner and general manager Silvio Ramos says that salsa draws people into the club because “it’s Latin, fun and sexy. Everyone wants to know how to salsa!”

Sengson, who met his wife Georgette while teaching his Friday class at Copa, also says that salsa enables a dancer to embark on a “five minute relationship with another person. It’s all about connecting with someone.”

Copa is the only salsa club in Austin that allows patrons to take lessons three nights a week from different instructors. Friday night instructor Mitch Sengson, who teaches New York-style salsa, has been with Copa since its opening and has more than 10 years of experience.

Although Sengson and his wife travel with the salsa scene and teach at studios, he says that Copa is their home away from home. “Silvio has given us a consistent venue to get our salsa groove on. He renovated the floor and adjusted the building for us. He is so welcoming, and it makes a world of difference when choosing where to dance.”

Like most men who didn’t grow up in the salsa culture, Sengson got started in the salsa scene to meet women. “As an engineer in Silicon Valley, there weren’t too many women, so I decided to improve my odds,” he says. “Because there were just so many more women at salsa clubs, it was never my motivation to pick up salsa just to exercise.” While Sengson did not get into salsa for a new workout, he does admit that you do work up a sweat dancing. “When I first got started, I lost a lot of weight,” he says. “But for me, salsa was beneficial to my mind and soul because it’s a physical expression of the music. You dance what you feel, and it’s rare not to be inspired to move by the music.”

With no end in sight for Copa and its salsa nights, Austinites will be able to work up a sweat in a sexy way while connecting with others in a fun environment. Nothing could be better for the body, mind and soul than that. Darcie Duttweiler Photo by Jaime Ibarra Copa Bar & Grill 217 Congress Ave. 512-479-5002



Nishi Kumar / Vortex Of Light / 24" x 30," Oil On Canvas


feeling Fine in


At age 17, Daniel Upton dropped out of high school. At age 18, he received his first tattoo kit. Fifteen years later, his San Antonio-based tattoo shop Dandyland won “Best Tattoo Parlor” seven years in a row in the San Antonio Current, and is now expanding operations to Austin. “Dandyland isn’t my first shop, more of a ‘third-time's-a-charm’ situation,” laughs Upton. “I am completely self-taught, and it was hard at first to get into the tattooing community. But I’m nice to people, and I think that’s ultimately what made our business grow.” Formerly dubbed “Golden Apple Studios” here in Austin, Dandyland nabbed a sweet piece of 6th St. real estate four years ago, assuming the old home of Forbidden Fruit. It’s an art gallery and tattoo/piercing/ henna parlor in one. With paintings by local artists and refinished hardwood floors, it’s quite possibly the prettiest tattoo parlor you’ve ever seen — making its namesake all the more fitting. “A friend told me once that I live in a constant state of ‘dandyland,’ and he’s right! I do!” says Upton. “I’m a big believer in the notion that we create our own reality, so the name was perfect for my business.” When Upton was a young tattoo artist in San Antonio, word of his talent spread quickly. It spread all the way to Dennis Rodman, whose famous sun tattoo (the one around his belly button) is Upton’s handiwork. “One day, this really tall guy walked into the shop, and asked for a sun around his navel. I didn’t know who it was at the time, but my friends started freaking out and telling me I had just tattooed Dennis Rodman,” says Upton. “He hadn’t gotten into his hair dying thing yet, so he looked more, you know, like a regular dude.” But the story doesn’t end there. 34

“My own hair was actually bright green when he stopped by,” says Upton. “Two days later, I turned on the TV, and guess who also had bright green hair? Dennis Rodman!” Thus began Rodman’s love affair with artificial hair color and Upton’s career as a serious tattoo artist. His mom eventually left her job at USAA to do bookkeeping for the original San Antonio Dandyland, and today, his brother runs that shop full-time. Upton and his team of Austin tattoo artists offer a wide-ranging tattoo por t folio, from sprightly Disney characters to M.C. Escher- like tessellations. And for the more permanent-paranoid among us, mehndi artist Kim Eitze offers henna body application. With a mixture of henna powder imported weekly from India, fresh lime juice, tea, coffee, tamarind paste, fenugreek seeds, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil and filtered water, it’s an all-natural way to get temporarily inked. “I think body art helps people express themselves, and we like to help people on that journey,” says Upton. “Once you are a tattooed person, you’re never the same again.” Tolly Moseley Photos by Cory Ryan

Dandyland Tattoo 513 E. 6th St. 512-476-4596


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BJ Friedman

Professor of Nutrition and Foods: Texas State University


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Ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat?” Well, believe it my friends. BJ Friedman explains why it’s more than just eating your fruits and vegetables. What do you do on a daily basis to focus on your “mind and body?”

as a dietician, what best practices do you encourage your clients to follow?

Ride my bike 10 miles or 35 minutes on an elliptical machine (while looking out the window at my flower garden), then 30 minutes of floor and weight work — three to four days/week). Eat well. Walk to lunch. Soak in our hot tub before going to bed. Basically, keep in touch with the environment. We also have beautiful rugs and art in our light-filled home, which I love to look at daily.

I recommend that people eat whole foods, including lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and exercise daily. I saw a sign (on a new shop that is opening soon) that said you should sweat at least once a day. I’m going to adopt that slogan. I also recommend using meat more as a condiment than as the center of a meal. I also recommend eating at home more and eating out less. That means people need to know how to cook. Everyone should learn how to cook.

What efforts are austinites making to focus more on their “mind and body?” We have incredible access to healthy foods in our grocery stores and farmers’ markets. More folks are gardening, keeping chickens and on the hike and bike trail walking, running and biking in my neighborhood. Lately, I’ve noticed more and more people riding bikes for transportation. We also have so much music and art in the city that feed our souls.

how does your expertise revolve around the “mind and body?” I teach nutrition, and conduct research about how to improve the nutritional health of children. One of the things I teach about is how to develop a nutrition prescription for individuals. A nutrition prescription not only includes what you should eat, but also a recommendation for physical activity.

any common misconceptions when it comes to a person’s diet? While I personally eat as much organic and locally grown food as possible, it’s expensive. People can eat a healthy diet by choosing foods that are as unprocessed as possible. So if fresh vegetables are too expensive for your budget, buy frozen. Basically, stay on the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the aisles where the processed foods are located. Another misconception that I think is fading, is that carbohydrates are bad for you. We need carbs, just not highly processed carbohydrate foods. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans are filled with nutrients and phytochemicals. It also makes me crazy when I hear people say that dairy is bad for you. Reduced fat dair y products are a good source of nutrients. I couldn’t live without cheese!

BJ Friedman, Texas State University, 601 University Dr., San Marcos, 512-245-8342,



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Embellished Details Gal pals Lisa McQueen and Wendy Pursch have always had a sweet spot for monthly mani/pedis. Even during their cash-strapped days in graduate school, the duo made pilgrimages to the nail salon for just a bit of pampering and a fresh coat of Plugged-in Plum or Big Apple Red polish. But, they didn’t love the questionable cleanliness and chemical stench that typically accompanies most strip mall nail salons. And, upscale salons were just too expensive. So, the industrious




began using their trips to the nail salon as research for starting a new business. 42

“In (business) school, we were always told to be on the lookout for business ideas,” says Pursch. “There was a need and a market for something different.” After receiving master’s degrees from the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business, the two 31-year-olds decided to go for it and open up their very own unique nail salon. The result — Embellish Nails & Boutique at The Triangle. One step into Embellish and you know this is not your typical nail salon. The air is filled with the scent of mulled cider — the pleasant byproduct of a yummy-smelling candle burning nearby. And since Embellish only works with natural nails, there is no acr ylic dust fog ging the air. Also not in attendance? The ubiquitous massage chairs. In their place: soft brown armchairs lined up in a row facing a flat-screen TV that’s playing a recent episode of “Project Runway.” Another key difference? Hygienic practices. Nail technicians never use the same file or buffer twice and feet are soaked in big bowls — eliminating the sometimes-unsanitary whirlpool tubs. “It’s a great environment at a great price,” Pursch says. “We are providing a safe and hygienic service in a fun atmosphere.”

Along with a manicure and pedicure, customers are offered refreshing cucumber water or mimosas and free chocolaty snacks like M&Ms. It’s a girl’s pampering paradise complete with pink walls and a boutique filled with cute handbags, tees and jewelry. The fun slumberparty-like atmosphere at Embellish also makes for great pamper parties, which have become a hit for bridal showers and birthday parties. “I love being here,” said nail technician Taneil Gage. “It’s like a party every day. I love it when someone walks in and is surprised by what they find. It’s like being in your own living room.” Laura Hensley Photos by Caroline Mowry

Embellish Nails & Boutique 4615 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-452-7465


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Julie Warenoff & Sari Warenoff Partners: Pretty on the Outside


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The Warenoff sisters’ motto is simple: when you look good, you feel good. And we couldn’t agree more. Just like the Mind and Body, the two go hand in hand. how does your business revolve around the “mind and body?” JULIE: Our motto is “when you look good, you feel good,” and even though we know that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, we also know that your outward appearance can affect the way you feel about yourself. Why do you think women like to wear fi ve-inch heels? SARI: Pretty on the Outside. You may think, “they can’t be serious,” and you’re right. In life and in the world of fashion, you just shouldn’t take anything too seriously. And that’s what we love about it, the humor in it. We know that the pursuit of glamour is not going to save the world, but when you look good, you feel good and vice versa. Just like the mind and body, they go hand in hand.

best practices you encourage your clients to follow? JULIE: Especially this season, with the state of the economy, I have been urging clients to go with quality over quantity — splurge on classic pieces with staying power that you will wear season after season, rather than jumping on the season’s biggest trends.

What efforts do you make to improve the “mind and body” of your clients? SARI: I want to send my clients out into the world feeling special, confi dent and beautiful, so it is important to get to know my clients inside and out. I want to hear it all. The more I know about someone, the easier it is for me to help them look and feel their best. Ever heard of retail therapy? This is what they’re talking about, and it’s real.

Why did you choose to start this type of business?

What trends are you seeing in your industry?

JULIE: As a stylist, the best part of my day is when a client walks out of their closet or dressing room with that huge, confident smile that says, “I look and feel fabulous.” In my eyes, fashion and style are a huge part of self-expression. It’s a creative process, and sometimes people need that little extra push to take risks and be bold.

JULIE: We lead frantic and frenzied lives. The vast majority of my clients are working women. They juggle career and family and social calendars that make my head spin. More and more, people are turning to stylists and personal shoppers because they simply don’t have the time or the patience to do it themselves.

What types of services do you offer your clients? SARI: Wardrobe consultations and closet audits. Fashion styling and image consulting for special events (including engagement parties, weddings and wedding parties, anniversaries, birthdays, sorority rush, public appearances, etc.), travel (assistance with suitcase packing), editorial photo shoots, runway and fashion shows, personal shopping and gif t buying (holidays, bir thdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduation, special occasions, etc.)

Julie Warenoff & Sari Warenoff, Pretty on the Outside, 512-633-4719, 512-431-9311,


Food & Work Balance That is what we have all grown up hearing from our Moms and Dads at the dinner table. However, it isn’t always easy. You are rushing to get ready in the morning, dashing off to work, scurrying off to social functions and running errands after work, so the only thing that you have had to eat all day are sour cream & onion potato chips from the office vending machine. I mean, really, who has time for fruits and vegetables? This is where the Obesity Prevention Program at the Texas Depar tment of State Health Services steps in. It is their job to make sure Texans are eating healthy and getting their proper number of fruit and vegetable servings. Thus, Farm to Work was born. Through Farm to Work, participating employers order weekly baskets of fresh produce, harvested within 24 hours of delivery from local farms. This allows their employees access to wonder fully delicious and fantastically fresh fruits and vegetables — making it more convenient to eat a healthy snack. So, why is the Obesity Prevention Program offering this to worksites? “Adults are a captive audience at their worksite,” says Lindsay Rodgers, registered and licensed dietician and Farm to Work creator. “Farm to Work is very appealing to employers, as it fits into their internal wellness programs.” With employers looking to reduce costs, especially in healthcare, encouraging a healthier lifestyle by implementing wellness programs has become quite popular. And, it appears that Farm to Work has as well.


Since it began in November 2007, Farm to Work has delivered more than 100,000 pounds of farm fresh produce to more than 1,800 unduplicated customers. “When Farm to Work first began, we worked with one local farm and delivered to two worksites,” states Rodgers. “In April 2007, we expanded to fi ve worksites, and now we are working with six local farms and deliver to nine worksites.” The demand for Farm to Work keeps growing — there are at least 25 worksites that are on a waitlist to participate in the program. However, the process involved in training and bringing on local farms is long, and currently there aren’t enough participating farms to allow for any new worksites at this time.

If you are lucky enough to be an employee at one of the worksites that participates in the Farm for Work program, there should be no excuse for not achieving your daily fruit and vegetable requirements. And, as for the rest of us…may be we should consider changing jobs. Beth Ranson Photos by Carlos Benavides



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Dan Egan believes the goal of art should be that of music: to have as many people as possible owning a piece of it. “The greatest inspirations I’ve had are artists like (Takashi) Murakami, who have really amazing pieces of work and do a lot of multiples,” Egan says. “You can get ideas out more in multiples, instead of having that one cherished piece you keep in a museum, have strange hours for and usually have to pay to see.”


The desire to make art more accessible and a disenchantment with the institutional art world inspired Egan to convert his Houston gallery into Domy Books, a progressive, contemporary art and culture bookstore. The store opened in April 2006 and was received with such fanfare that he opened an Austin location last July.

“Austin appears to have more creative energ y and more ar tistic outlets than Houston,” Egan says. “There is a bigger art scene in Houston, but it’s more institutional as opposed to young people doing creative things.”

Etchen, who has a background in graphic design, said Mad Magazine first got him interested in the world of art and popular culture.

Many of today’s academically trained artists are so preoccupied with how they should be presenting their work, applying for grants and curating shows that their work suffers from a lack of spontaneity, Egan explains.

“Growing up, I had no idea the things people at mom and pop record stores were introducing me to would alter my perception of what music and books could be,” he says. “For me, the most important thing is that we are creating a space that promotes community involvement in the arts. It’s fun turning on customers to things they may not be familiar with or may never have encountered.”

“I wanted to work with something that was more reality-based and had something to say about contemporary culture,” he says. “During the past 15 years, street art has blown the doors off everything because it’s fresh and it doesn’t necessarily fall into a definition like academic work so often does.”

Domy carries a varied assortment of books, periodicals, video and toys that focus on national and international contemporary art. Additionally, the store maintains an active gallery, featuring the work of a new national artist every six weeks. Both Egan and Etchen hope to inspire and empower the community to tap into their own inner-artist.

After graduating from UT’s school of architecture, Egan opened a gallery and cof feehouse in Houston. During his travels, he came across progressive bookstores that left him wishing he had something similar back home. He soon partnered with three friends, including Russell Etchen, current manager of Austin’s Domy, to create the store they believed Texas was missing. In an effort to assure Egan of his preparedness for the venture at hand, Etchen confided he had been planning for the job since he was 13.

“I think it was Merle Haggard that said ‘all you really need for a country song is three chords and the truth,’” Egan says. “It’s like that with good artwork — you don’t have to draw really well, you just have to be saying something that’s relevant.” Ashley Gwilliam Photo by Dakota Sumpter

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


Find Your Inner


FenG SHui iS SoMeTiMeS AS eLuSiVe To deFine or Pin doWn AS iTS LiTerAL TrAnSLATion FroM CHineSe: Wind-WATer. THiS AnCienT SYSTeM oF AeSTHeTiCS, WHiCH CAn Be TrACed BACK To 2100 BC WiTH THe inVenTion oF THe MAGneTiC CoMPASS (WHiCH ALL CHineSe CAPiTAL CiTieS uSed For deSiGn And LAYouT), TodAY TrAnSLATeS inTo An ArTFuL ArrAnGeMenT oF oBJeCTS in Your HoMe or BuSineSS. Amy Boreland of Feng Shui Places is here to take you in the right direction. “It was diffi cult at first to know what to say in the yellow pages,” says Amy regarding her company’s start six years ago. After graduating from UT with a degree in interior design and working in the fi eld for over ten years, Amy felt the urge to go deeper and discovered a much more personal connection with her clients using Feng Shui. “It’s really about making your home work for you in an elegant way,” she explains. “It gets people more aware of how their surroundings affect them and what they feel in their space.” Sometimes a cure to reach positive energy (or chi) can be simple — a recent client, who was ill, kept all her pills out instead of tucked up in her medicine cabinet, which served as a constant visible reminder of her health problems. Other times, the answer is subtle — a homeowner trying to create a safe haven for her children to explore their spirituality. The Feng Shui answer there was the placement of various crystals (which stand for clarity) next to assorted books that explore a wide spectrum of different religions.

The five elements necessary for proper flow and balance, something we all strive for in today’s hectic world, include wood, fi re, earth, metal and water. Amy uses a bagua, an energy map superimposed over a floor plan, to evaluate the different ebb and fl ow of energy in each space — locating which areas need work. The results can improve different areas of your life reflected in the floor plan — such as family, fame, wealth, marriage or career. “Most people do specifi cally ask for an improvement in the wealth or prosperity section,” laughs Amy. Feng Shui Places offers consultation for your home or business, as well as one-day home makeovers and home staging for people who are putting their house on the market. With the one-day home makeovers, your abode is creatively rearranged (using your existing furniture and accessories) for a fresh new feel. Cynthia Houchin Photos by Carlos Benavides

“Feng Shui is about setting your intentions,” says Amy. “Some people start their morning by walking out of their house or apartment everyday into a wall — they may not consciously notice that discomfort but it translates to being blocked by obstacles.”


SomeBODY to Melissa Merritt

Reckon With Abby Lindermann

Melissa Merritt 512-740-0448 Abby Lindermann


Walk into any gym during the month of January and instantly you’re engulfed by New Year’s resolutions. Tons of motivated people mill about. Once-vacant treadmills now command lines. Even the homely stair-stepper is treated with a newfound zeal. But, let’s face it: Once the gym-going zeitgeist wears off, you need some inspiration. Look no further than local body builders, Abby Lindemann and Melissa Merritt. “I got into fitness because I liked a guy,” says Merritt, a Texas State alum. “He was someone who always went to the gym, so I started hanging around hoping he would notice me. He did, and soon, we were dating and working out every day.” Though the relationship didn’t last, Merritt’s gym affair did. She eventually moved to Austin, where she became a trainer at Lifetime Fitness. There, she met fellow fitness fanatic, Abby Lindemann. “I went to Texas A&M, and did club gymnastics,” says Lindemann. “My event was floor, and I absolutely loved it. As soon as I got out of school, I knew I wanted to keep par ticipating in f itness competitions – but I got pregnant instead! So, I made a goal that I would be back on stage competing one year after giving birth.” For the record, neither Merritt nor Lindemann look like they’ve ever had anything in their bodies besides whey protein — much less a human child. Both recently participated in Fitness America, a national fitness competition that draws participants from all over the world, and at the event, there were several categories to compete in: Figure, Fitness and Bikini. Merritt entered in Figure, while Lindemann went for both Figure and Bikini. I ask what it’s like to prep for a competition.

“I usually do about 45 to 60 minutes of cardio a day, and lif t weights 6 days a week,” says Lindemann. “For most people, exercise is stress-relieving, but preparing for a big competition can be sor t of stressful. So, I actually relax in non -fitness ways — like scrapbooking!” It’s refreshing to hear that a commitment to exercise can be challenging, even for body builders. I ask them what their favorite vices are when they’re not in training mode. “I absolutely love pizza,” laughs Merritt. “I’m a salty foods kinda girl, so pizza and margaritas is one of my favorite meals.” “I like a big glass of Merlot,” says Lindemann, before I point out that heart-healthy red wine doesn’t really count as a “vice.” “I also like to sneak in some Amy’s ice cream,” she admits with a grin. Tolly Moseley Photos by Cory Ryan

“Food is definitely the hardest part,” admits Merritt. “There’s been several times where I’ve wanted to go hang out and watch football with friends, but I can’t! The temptation is just too great – beers, chips, queso. You can’t have any of that when you’re training for a competition.”



Nishi Kumar / Essence Of Life / 48" x 36," Oil On Canvas



Just Be

Focus can be a struggle sometimes. And in our horn honking, cell phone ringing, construction banging, advertisement spieling, alarm clock breaking world, it can get quite noisy. Between those ambient noises we unintentionally swallow throughout the day and the endless thoughts that dance around our minds and drive our emotions, it can be said that I was frustrated by the irony of being unable to focus on writing an article about a meditation center. Rewind two weeks.

I walked down a gravel pathway (to the soundtrack of a trickling stream), past a smiling Buddha and into the Austin Shambhala Meditation Center. I was there to participate in meditation instruction and a Wednesday evening meditation session. The Center was established in 1976 and is part of Shambhala International Worldwide, a community of upwards of 150 retreat and workshop centers. Recently feeling stressed from work and life in general, I entered the center with a heavy but open mind. Several friendly members, dressed casually in what I imagined were regular clothes from their day jobs, greeted my unfamiliar face as I looked around the casual home-like setting. My first step was instruction, so I followed one of the instructors, Charlotte, into a small room where we sat, facing each other, on two blue rectangular pillows. Here, I was taught to sit with my legs crossed, hands down on my thighs, gaze a few feet in front of me and focus on my breath and in a sense, release the thoughts that came to my mind. Even when I heard a sound, I was to dismiss it as a thought and return to my breathing. In and out. After my short training session, I skimmed through Shambhala magazines and reading materials before entering the main meditation room. Shambhala is rooted in Buddhism, and the center holds various workshops and classes for those wishing to engage the teachings. It is also an all-inclusive community, welcoming people regardless of religion, race, opinions, sexuality, culture…you name it. The style of meditation practiced by Shambhala teachings is called Shamatha, which in Sanskrit means “peacefully abiding.” It is a simple form of sitting meditation that focuses not on ignoring thoughts — as the

director of the center pointed out, the only way to do that is to get knocked unconscious. I think perhaps the 1990’s Calvin Klein perfume ads put it best when they stated, “Just be.” Meditation allows the mind to Fast forward to a girl and her laptop. The dogs are barking, the neighbor is mowing his lawn, the fridge is stirring up ice and refilling the water trays and the laptop music is just adding to the auditor y clutter. She disappears to her room. Emerging after 10 minutes, she returns to her laptop — refreshed and focused. The noises are still present, but they are no longer clashing with the previous shuffleboard of thoughts in her mind. Focus does not have to be such a struggle. Just be. Lauren Wolf Photodesign by Gregg Cestaro Cat’s Hair/Make-up by Photo Caption: Charlotte Keith, Toby Bernal, Cat Smith, Ian Powell, Melinda Rothouse Shambhala Meditation Center 1702 S. 5th St. 512-443-3263


Keith Kesler, DO

Physician, Psychiatrist & Psychoanalyst


Photo by Jaime Ibarra

When it comes to the Mind and Body, where would we be without therapy? Through Keith Kesler’s therapeutic optimism, we begin to see the “Wizard of Oz”-like therapists disappear and the relationship-focused therapists emerge. What do you do to focus on your “mind and body?”

Why did you choose this profession?

Act from your core, central principles and values (integrity, honesty, authenticity, spirituality). Develop and foster a friendship. Make a list of what you are grateful for, and read it daily. Remember that we humans are like potted plants that need adequate nutrients, so get outside more, exercise, move your body, eat healthful food and learn to honestly evaluate and prune away destructive behaviors and beliefs. Maintain your curiosity. Find a creative outlet. Play more.

As an Emergency Medicine physician, I saw that a significant number of my patients’ presenting problems were clearly not “just physical.” I saw many suffering people in the ER after suicide attempts, with injuries that were the result of poor judgment or poor self-care. I decided to become a psychoanalyst after a period of my own personal suffering and pain. Working with a psychotherapist, I gained the necessary self-understanding and insight that offered me hope. Her therapeutic optimism was contagious, and clearly identifying with her, I changed course, entered a psychiatric residency and began training at a psychoanalytic institute.

how does therapy revolve around the “mind and body?” Arguably, I see the paradigm of Western medicine to be the “illusion of precision.” Its greatest gift is the capacity to treat emergent and urgent problems, but is lacking in the ability to treat chronic or vague illnesses. There is a tradition of separating out illness as organic (physical) or functional (mental or psychic). Such a dichotomy is false and ultimately stigmatizing to those who don’t fall squarely in the realm of organic illness. There is increasing evidence that maladies once exiled to the “crazy bin” have solid biologic and genetic origins — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, alcoholism, substance dependence, fi bromyalgia, etc. Adding to the confusion is that each of these biologic, genetically influenced psychiatric illnesses has a profound secondary effect on the personality development. As they begin to develop an identity and ways of seeing themselves, the faulty decision-making, impulsivity and poor self-care that comes from their brains creates obstacles to solid maturation and growth. They grow hopeless and at times leave family and friends confused and angry. I may recommend a meditation practice, yoga, aerobic exercise, psychotherapy, use of vitamins and psychopharmacology. All of this is in stark contrast to “take two Prozac and call me in the morning.”

Keith Kesler, DO, 1101 Capital of TX Hwy., 512-347-0650,

What trends are you seeing in your industry? With the advent of new neuro-imaging techniques such as functionalMRIs, we are now able to see where and how the brain is affected by specifi c stimuli or tasks. It has been seen that psychotherapy and medication creates identifiable changes in the function and structures of the brain that were compromised by, say, depression or anxiety. So, previous notions of the psychodynamics of our minds on the brain are now being challenged and many times biologically validated. There is also a movement within psychotherapy and psychoanalysis that appreciates the need for an integrated, eclectic mix of treatment styles that are individualized to the needs of each person. Instead of the stereotypic analyst nodding and passively asking, “So, how does that make you feel?” there is an appreciation that the patient and the therapist are involved in a dynamic, real relationship in which they both influence the other. By the therapist not hiding behind the curtain like the “Wizard of Oz,” the patient has the opportunity to further their self-knowledge by dynamic relational feedback.


bridget’s Every Thursday morning, Bridget Taylor, the afternoon voice of Mix 94.7, straps on her running shoes and heads to Auditorium Shores. Here, she’ll work out for approximately an hour and a half, in the company of other Austin women. “It’s so much more motivating since I’m not alone. I’ve got a commitment to keep with these ladies, and they’re counting on me to be there.” says Taylor.

balance buddies


Bridget’s Balance Buddies is a women-only group that started late last summer, and is the brainchild of RunTex owner Paul Carrozza and Bridget herself. Every Thursday from 9:30am to 11:00am, Bridget and an ever-widening circle of female participants get together for walking/ running, drills focused on strengthening core and balance and yoga led by Breath & Body Yoga studio director Desirae Pierce. It’s a program designed to improve the health and well-being of women specifically, no matter what their fi tness level is. Oh, and it’s free.

“T he yoga esp e cially has b e en t her ap eu tic,” says Taylor. “One time, I just let it all out. I had a mini-meltdown, right there in front of everyone. But afterward, three women were crying because it really is such a release.” But does working out with a group provide more “balancing” benefi ts than working out solo? “That’s a good question, but for me, I know it’s an accountability thing as well as a fun thing,” says Taylor. “I won’t experience enough guilt, if that makes sense, if I just skip one of my own workouts. But if I’m not there for my girls each Thursday, there is hell to pay.”

“Paul and I knew that the quickest way to get women involved with this would be to make it short and make it cost-effective, so we eliminated cost entirely,” says Taylor. “It’s really a good deal, since just yoga all by itself can get expensive. I should also point out that the bonds I’ve already made with some of the women in the group are priceless.”

To register for the group, go to and search: Bridget’s Balance Buddies. Or, you can just show up. Bridget’s Balance Buddies group meets every Thursday (9:30am) at the RunTex orange water coolers West of the S. 1st St. bridge, near Barton Springs Rd. (across the lawn from The Long Center).

So why schedule the group for Thursday morning, when many women are at work?

Tolly Moseley Photos by Annie Ray

“Basically, there are a lot of lonely women out there in Austin who could use a buddy — whether they’re a stayat-home mom, work-from-home mom or just have weird work hours,” says Taylor. “We wanted to reach out to those women who want to incorporate fi tness back into their lives again, but need a compelling reason to get dressed and get ready for least once a week.”

Taylor, who has battled depression since she was 12, says the group has already helped her find more “balance” in her life, both physically and emotionally.


Forget rules of the road: You need some “trail etiquette,� my friend. Manners are always important, but especially in a public exercise setting. We asked the joggers/bikers/dog-walkers at Lady Bird Lake to share their thoughts on trail etiquette.


runners/walkers stay on the traIl “You can see where people try to cut through the woods and make their own little short-cuts and trails, which is unfortunate because it erodes the soil,” says competitive racer, Kim Codley. “If you are tired, don’t make a shortcut — just slow down! The city can’t maintain new, offshoot trails like these anyway. It’s better for the environment to just use the main trail.” gIve a shout-out If you’re running in a group and encounter other trail-users (like moms with strollers, for example), let them know how many people are in your group so they know what to expect. “Sometimes we have to squish together and make room so all the runners can come by, and it’s helpful if the lead guy lets us know whether it’s just his buddy or 50 people,” says mom and walker Pat Ulrich. WalK three-abreast, or less Any wider than that, and it causes trail back-up. The trail at Lady Bird Lake narrows to a mere 5 feet across in some places.

bikers use your bells and WhIstles First of all, if you’re biking on Lady Bird Lake during the weekend, know that peak hours are 9am-12pm, Saturday and Sunday, and you’re likely to encounter a lot of foot traf fic. When approaching other users, make ample use of your bike bells/ horns to warn them.

stop, drop and locK It When stopping your bike ride, move OFF the trail. “Some people think it’s ok to stop in the middle of a trail with their bike,” says biker Rich Stampano. “But, most bikers go in a group, so soon you have a whole bunch of bikers stopped, and it causes a traffi c jam for everybody else.”

dog-walkers clean up! All you good souls out there with plastic baggies for your dog’s mess — thank you! As for the rest of you: Suck it up. “You’ll get used to it! I was grossed out when I first got a dog,” says dog owner Lisa Stephens. “But it’s normal. Just put the plastic part in your hand and pick it up — saves everyone else from stepping in it.” no angry poochIes, please Does your dog freak out at the sight of other canines? Then, maybe he would be better suited for a stroll around your secluded block....and not a public trail. “I have a pomeranian, and frankly he doesn’t like all the other dogs here!” laughs Stephens. “Some of them are kind of aggressive and gang up on him because he’s little. So, I would ask Austin dog walkers to keep the mean ones at home, and only bring their happiest babies!” Tolly Moseley Photo by Derris Lanier



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Peach! Did you know you could remove hair with sugar instead of wax? Tan without sun? Tint your eyelashes without mascara. Have make-up painted on that will last a day? Alright, maybe you knew that, but did you know you could get ALL of that done at one relaxing location, while also enjoying a facial and massage?

Peach: A Body Boutique 1107 Westlake Dr. 512-347-7546


Peach: A Body Boutique is nicely hidden and secluded. This little house sits next to a creek, and when you exit your car, you’re hit with a homey calm feeling. Upon entering, there’s soothing music. Typically Laurel Kagay, esthetician, owner and co-founder, appears with a very gentle and calming energy.

This spa also offers airbrush tanning with Chocolate Sun, an organic sunless tanning treatment, which Kagay blends to match your skin type. The ingredients for this line include antioxidants, vitamins, anti-aging agents, and it also protects you from the sun, carrying an SPF of 30.

Peach is more than just a spa, it’s a lifestyle — a lifestyle that Kagay embodies. A self proclaimed girly girl, this woman cares about your skin more than you do, and all she asks is that you relax while she cares for it.

Of the other services available, Kagay herself performs facials and chemical peels, like the latest “Apple Peel” that Kagay has introduced as a signature treatment for Peach.

In high school, Kagay worked as a receptionist at Peach’s current location, when it was called Westlake Well Being. When that spa moved to a larger location a year and a half ago, Kagay (with the help of her mother, award-winning interior designer Jaqueline Burke) remodeled the property. “I wanted a place that was my style.” Laurel says, adding that this was her push to open a place of her own. It took six months of decorating and renovating to find the spa’s current style, which is revealed as a mix of simple, modern and posh. There was also the name to consider. With brainstorming and the inspiration of a long time friend, Kagay decided to name her business Peach. She says that this term is a nostalgic referral of a beautiful girl as a peach. “A peach has skin, is sweet and smells good. They are a beautiful color and soft like skin should be,” says Kagay. “It also really goes along with the whole hair removal theme.”

Their licensed massage therapist performs Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massages. According to Kagay, this is an important part of the beauty within, since the results of relaxation are a healthy glow. The massage therapist also performs the eyelash tinting. The most popular color so far is blue-black. Though this may look like a 1980s flashback when applied, the result is actually jet black. In the future, Kagay would like to expand the boutique to sell all her favorite products, which currently include Chocolate Sun and Inventive Organic Therapy, in addition to local specialty jewelry as well as Kagay’s favorite candles. As part of her daily practice, Kagay also uses an all - natural local line of products called MSM (Marisa Skincare Management) created by Marisa Rodriguez of Inventive Organic Therapy. She finds these products a soothing and effective way to support healthy skin care in her patients. Kelly Saxon Photos by Jennifer Nichols

The spa currently offers a form of “peach fuzz” removal called sugaring, which is an ancient Greek technique of removing hair using a sugar paste that molds to the skin. During the application, the sugar seeps all the way into the hair follicle and allows the full root to be removed when flaked off. Its effect lasts four to six weeks, while waxing results may only last two weeks. It is also a good technique to practice on those recovering from skin cancer that cannot use hot wax on their delicate skin. Kagay currently works with several sensitive skin customers. “I’m really passionate about skin and keeping the skin healthy,” says Kagay. “I really encourage sugaring as opposed to waxing and spraytanning — less risk of damage to the skin or skin cancer.” 79

M IG R ATING TO W ELLNESS IT STARTS WITH A HEADACHE. You blame it on Central Texas allergies. The next day, you are a walking candidate for a Pepto Bismol ad. Too much Mexican food for sure. In the morning, your lower back is cramped up. You were hunched over the computer at work, that’s all. If you’re the inquisitive type, you might Google your symptoms and try to find the cause of your ailments. But, what’s the use when you can drink the pink stuff and pop a couple of Advil ? R

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As he discussed his philosophy, one word he repeated, “meridian,” had me visualizing a grid over the human body, like you see in a map of latitudes and longitudes. Often used in acupuncture to describe pathways of energy in the body, I pictured health problems like a migration of symptoms. Consider a skein of Canadian geese heading South down a geographic meridian that eventually goes through Texas. Along the way, they encounter predators, weather changes and food shortages, fi nally reaching their destination. They fi nd refuge and food at Lady Bird Lake, but what caused them to migrate in the first place? Those symptoms, along the way, can be misleading. As Dr. Buckley says, “One day it’s a headache, tomorrow it’s indigestion, the next mid-back tightness and then all three after that. Who’d have thought they all might be indicative of gall bladder distress? It’s common that it’s just one of the issues stated, and it’s even more common that the problems are covered up with symptombased analgesics.” Analgesics. See: row after row of products at pharmacies and beyond that eventually fill your medicine cabinet. I know I’m guilty because sometimes chicken soup just doesn’t do the trick.

At K insei, t a kin g t he mind - b o d y c onne c tion into consideration allows the practitioner to work with the body, using it like a map, in order to provide custom therapies to address the underlying causes(s) of ailments, and not just administer some painkillers. One groundbreaking method, used at the center, is the N e u r o M o d u l a t i o n Te c h n i q u e ( N M T ) . I t s o u n d s intimidating, but current studies involving dental cavities are proving its impressive efficacy. Other conditions treated at Kinsei include allergies, asthma, anxiety, ar thritis, fatigue, digestive problems, depression, migraines, foot problems, skin problems and more. “So, Dr. Buckley, what is one small step people can take to better their health?” Cut the sugar, he tells me, as we finish our lunch and I take a sip of my sweet tea. Lauren Wolf Photo by Annie Ray Kinsei Center for Mind Body Balance 2700 Bee Cave Rd. 512-327-1771 1



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Dr. Gregg Ueckert Dentist


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Here’s one guy who’s not afraid to show us his pearly whites. Dr. Ueckert’s comforting nature, attention to detail and endless pursuit for perfection combine to accomplish one goal — a beautiful smile! What do you do to focus on your “mind and body?” I am a BIG breakfast person, and feel empty if I don’t get it. I get up every morning, make myself a healthy meal, have a cup of coffee, read and catch up on early morning news and email. I kiss my wife, Lisa, tell her I love her and off to work I go. I love riding my bike, and anybody that knows me knows that. There are many reasons why I ride, but a big one is because it helps me clear my head and think. Often my most innovative thoughts come to me while I am riding.

rules to be happy, healthy and well-balanced: One of the most difficult things to deal with is the desire to be perfect. I continually have to remind myself and my staff that we are human, not perfect. We set parameters and levels of expectation that must be adhered to in order to deliver exceptional care. Checks and balances can minimize mistakes, but to expect to be perfect every time is unrealistic. We must constantly critique our work, correct any issues we identify and be honest about it. I like to say that if I have to redo something, “I am not perfect, but persistent.”

What efforts can austinites can make to focus more on their health? In 2004, inspired by Austin’s poor ranking in a men’s fitness magazine list of fi ttest cities, Mayor Will Wynn formed the Mayor’s Fitness Council. His goal? Help Austin become the fi ttest city in the country by 2010. It takes three weeks to form a habit. Pick something you like to do and stick with it. You will feel better, think better, live longer and enjoy doing it. It brings out the kid in you!

Dr. Gregg Ueckert, 7030 Village Center Dr., 512-771-4656,

how does your profession revolve around the “mind and body?” There is nothing more debilitating than a toothache. I try to help people be proactive and treat their condition on their schedule. Teeth have lousy timing and always seem to cause problems at the most inconvenient times. Another aspect of dentistry that deals with total body health is the way teeth fit together. On average, a person’s teeth will come together 3000 times each day. If your teeth fi t together in such a way that may compromise the jaw joints and muscles that support them, you can experience chronic head and neck pain.

Why did you choose this profession? As a kid, I was interested in art and science. As I grew older, I became interested in the health care professions. I went to UT for my undergrad, and was not completely decided between dentistry or medicine. After some thought, I decided the best route for me was dentistry. I wanted to be able to own my own business and choose where I wanted to live. My dream growing up in Houston was to live in Austin. I made it!

trends you are seeing in the dentistry industry? As in many other professions, dentistry is becoming more high tech. The days of taking impressions for crowns are numbered. Virtual 3D surgeries are now being done using narrow beam cat scans that doctors have in their offi ces. Crowns in one day. Also the patient’s dental IQ is much higher now than in the past. People take the time to look on the Internet and research procedures and practitioners. The Internet is changing the way we deliver services.


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Five minutes with David Sunde, the Young Adult Pastor at Riverbend Church, and you immediately realize that he isn’t your typical pastor. He is a man who was born and raised in San Francisco, who loves to run and play golf, can’t get enough live music (i.e. Austin’s own Alpha Rev, Ray LaMontagne, Regina Spektor), has a love-hate relationship with Facebook and married his college water ski/barefoot instructor. David Sunde is just plain cool.

As for David’s thoughts on Riverbend:

Coolness, however, isn’t his only redeeming quality. David has a lot of them actually. In fact, David has seven of them — generosity, hospitality, creativity, renewal, love, healing and community. David refers to these qualities as his “Rhythms,” and he encourages people of faith to practice them whether they are “gathered or scattered.”

“There is a culture of grace there. Church usually gets written off as a place where you can’t ask questions about faith or as a place that won’t pique your curiosity. That isn’t the case with Riverbend. It’s a church for people that don’t like church.”

Attempting to always keep the “Seven Rhythms” in the minds of Riverbend’s Young Adults, David and the church host several different events and programs. “Have Two, Sell One” promotes the selling of household items for money to give back to reinvest both financially and socially into the Austin community. The “Fair Trade Boutique” utilizes America’s spending power and gives a hand-up to people in need in other countries. You may wonder how Riverbend Church and Austin were lucky enough to steal David and his family away from San Francisco two-and-a-half years ago. It was the culture of both the church and the Lone Star Capital that sealed the deal for the Sundes. “We like Austin. Culturally, it feels like home,” commented David. “The people, the arts, the flair and the attitude resonate with us. There is a small version of San Francisco here that I like.”

David also doesn’t believe that church and faith should just be reserved for Sundays, and he also feels that anything worth doing is always “better enjoyed in the company of friends.” So, that is why he and his lovely wife open their home up every six weeks or so to upwards of 90 friends. They call it a “Love Feast,” as everyone comes together through stimulating conversation and really good food. So, the next time you are in the area of Riverbend church and you want to meet a man who definitely practices what he preaches, stop in and introduce yourself to David. I guarantee that within five minutes, your spirit will feel a little refreshed and you will suddenly get this feeling that you are in the presence of a man who is just plain cool. Beth Ranson Photo by Jennifer Nichols Riverbend Church 4214 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-327-3540


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Winner, Tami Scott, points out that while she is a walker, not a runner, Marathon Kids is important to her because of what it’s meant for her son, Cameron, who has cerebral palsy. He has participated in Marathon Kids since kindergarten. While team sports haven’t been a good option for Cameron, Marathon Kids has been a great place for him to develop his physical fitness. “He feels a sense of accomplishment, and can see he’s getting stronger, faster, succeeding,” says Scott.

Don’t let the name confuse you. Marathon Kids is not about training small children for the rigors of marathon running. It is, instead, about a regular fitness program that incorporates running into fitness programs at public and private schools. Participants do run the 26.2 miles that constitute a marathon, but not all at once.

“I think sometimes the name throws people off,” says board member Amy Skudlarczyk. “It’s not about running a marathon. It’s about giving them a goal, teaching them healthy life practices — to just get out there and get  physical.” Skudlarczyk first became involved with the Austin-based non-profit when her children, currently ages six and nine, began participating in the program through their elementar y school. The program struck a chord with Skudlarczyk, who is a runner herself. “It’s a great cause, it’s something I’m very, very passionate about,” Skudlarczyk says. “I don’t give my time to Marathon Kids to make a difference for my children. My children are already active. I do it for other children who might not ever be able to run on a worldclass track at UT.” Marathon Kids founder, Kay Morris, is herself a runner. She wanted to develop a program that would help cultivate a love of running

and walking and healthy food choices. Now in it s t welf t h yea r, Ma ra t hon K ids has expanded into a number of metro areas and regions, including Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, the Rio Grande Valley, Chicago and the Navajo Nation. Because the program is offered free of charge, it relies on sponsorships and donations. With organizations like Marathon Kids, even small donations can count a great deal. According to Skudlarczyk, the cost of the program works out to about ten dollars per child, which is why she has focused her efforts on smaller, grass-roots efforts to fundraise and grow the program.

Those smaller donations can help, particularly as the program stretches to new cities and areas. When Marathon Kids goes into a new location, the program is immediately available to all schools (public and private) which means that each new city added accounts for a huge increase in the number of students served. If you are interested in contributing to Marathon Kids, the organization can use financial donations, but is also eager for volunteer support. Carly Kocurek Photos by Caroline Mowry

“If we can get smaller donations, that’s where we can make the impact,” Skudlarczyk says. “There are a lot of schools where parents would write a check for ten dollars to sponsor their own kid and maybe another kid. That’s where I’ve come in.” 95


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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




Mellow Johnny’s

208 Colorado St. 512-469-0870

1112 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-478-1515

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

400 Nueces St. 512-473-0222




219 West

258 W. 2nd St. 512-477-1001

238 W. 2nd St. 512-472-9463

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

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

Copa Bar & Grill


Cuba Libre


217 Congress Ave. 512-479-5002

310 Colorado St. 512-472-6770

409 Colorado St. 512-472-2822

412 Congress Ave. 512-476-8017

J. Black’s

Mean Eyed Cat

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

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

food & drink

Alite Laser

907 W. 5th St. 512-474-1800

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

Milk + Honey Salon

Joie de Vie

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

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

Gables 5th Street Commons

901 Red River St. 866-988-7647

1611 W. 5th St. 512-474-0900

arts & entertainment Studio 563

Paramount Theatre

202 Colorado St. 866-251-0677

713 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470

Ballet Austin

Dandyland Tattoo

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

513 E. 6th St. 512-476-4596


Pure Austin

Red River Flats




204 Colorado St. 512-236-1115

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


Milk + Honey Spa

1112 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-478-4567

Austin City Living

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



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Forbidden Fruit

2405 Nueces St. 512-472-4440

2338 Guadalupe St. 512-478-5500

2532 Guadalupe St. 512-474-8787

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

Montage Clothings

Room Service Vintage

Toy Joy

Pangaea Trading Co.

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

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

2900 Guadalupe St. 512-320-0090

2712 Guadalupe St. 512-472-3533


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

Judges’ Hill Restaurant

Dog & Duck Pub

1900 Rio Grande St. 512-495-1800

406 W. 17th St. 512-479-0598

food & drink

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Mint Salon

Perfection Tattoo

512 Realty

Venue on Guadalupe

4023 Guadalupe St. 512-302-9990

4205 Guadalupe St. 512-453-2089

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

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SHOPPING Inviting Affairs

Slate Men’s Apparel

Soigne Boutique

Paper Place

2105 Justin Ln. 512-331-2133

4800 Burnet Rd. 512-300-2727

4800 Burnet Rd. 512-300-2929

4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-451-6531

Blue Elephant

Santa Fe Optical

Verbena Floral Design

Architects & Heroes

4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-371-3259

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

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

4700 W. Guadalupe St. 512-467-9393

Russell Korman

Precision Camera


Atomic Cherry Boutique

3806 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-451-9295

3810 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-467-7676

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

5535 Burnet Rd. 512-258-2226

Blue Star Cafeteria


Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina


4800 Burnet Rd. 512-454-7827

4800 Burnet Rd. 512-469-9988

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

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

Austin Diner

34th Street Café

Taco Shack

Kerbey Lane Café

5408 Burnet Rd. 512-467-9552

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

4002 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-467-0833

3704 Kerbey Ln. 512-451-1436

Rae Cosmetics

Urban Betty Salon

N Salon

Sirens Salon

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

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

3027 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-323-3600

4207 Medical Pkwy. 512-419-7789

Bob Salon

Birds Barbershop

Embellish Nails & Boutique

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

6800 Burnet Rd. 512-454-1200

4615 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-452-7465

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The Art Pad

Triangle Residences

4520 Burnet Rd. 512-323-0802

4600 Guadalupe St. 512-450-1500









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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

Clementine Coffee

Longbranch Inn

Scoot Inn

2200 Manor Rd. 512-472-9900

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

1308 E. 4th St. 512-478-6200



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

myspace: vainaustin

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

Angelica de Biase

2110 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-441-6699

3100 S. Congress Ave. 512-707-2405

1115 S. Congress Ave. 512-914-4771

2900 S. Congress Ave. 512-366-3954

Beyond Unique

Ornamental Things

Buy Definition

Fanny’s Fabrics

2900 S. Congress Ave. 512-709-5816

2900 S. Congress Ave. 512-462-2544

2900 S. Congress Ave. 512-670-7448

1150 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-442-8255

Lowbrow Emporium

Austin Furniture Consignment

Bicycle Sport Shop

Music Makers

517 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-477-3472

517 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-444-6686

2708 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-462-3739

Mercury Men’s Fashion House 507 W. Mary St. 512-462-2066

3107 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-218-1888

arts & entertainment Austin Art Garage 2200 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-351-5934

food & drink

Taqueria Arandas

Hyde Park Bar & Grill


Maudie’s Hacienda

2448 S. 1st St. 512-707-0887

4521 Westgate Blvd. 512-899-2700

4301 William Cannon Dr. 512-892-9463

9911 Brodie Ln. 512-280-8700

Maudie’s Too

Doc’s Motorworks

Doc’s Backyard


1212 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-440-8088

1123 S. Congress Ave. 512-448-9181

5207 Brodie Ln. 512-892-5200

2004 S. 1st St. 512-441-5446

Cissi’s Market

South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery

Torchy’s Tacos

1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-225-0521

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

2809 S. 1st St. 512-444-0300


health & beauty



Frenchy’s Beauty Parlor


2900 S. Congress Ave. 512-592-9208

913 W. Mary St. 512-444-6000

2200 Dickson Dr. 512-799-3777

Urban Groove Salon

Austin Shambhala Center

4301 William Cannon Dr. 512-891-7070

1702 S. 5th St. 512-443-3263

Greystar South Congress

3809 S. Congress Ave. 866-414-5508


























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HWY 290




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

Berryhill Baja Grill

Bistro 88

The Grove Wine Bar


3600 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-327-9033

2712 Bee Cave Rd. 512-328-8888

6317 Bee Cave Rd. 512-327-8822

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

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

food & drink


health & beauty


Milk + Honey Spa

Body Business

Alexan Vistas

Riverbend Center

Hill Country Galleria 512-236-1116

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

7000 FM 2222 512-794-8439

4214 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-327-9416

Peach Body Boutique

Kinsei Mind & Body

1107 Westlake Dr. 512-347-7546

2700 Bee Cave Rd. 512-327-1771









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Lights Fantastic

Junior League Resale Shop

Austin Furniture Consignment

IH-35 at Westinghouse 888-796-7722

7532 Burnet Rd. 512-452-9511

6555 Burnet Rd. 512-459-4592

7511 Burnet Rd. 512-467-1700

Personally Yours

Bicycle Sport Shop


Zinger Hardware

5416 Parkcrest Dr. 512-454-7534

10947 Research Blvd. 512-345-7460

5555 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-451-2306

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



Taqueria Arandas

The Domain 512-977-8337

The Domain 512-834-4111

The Domain 512-339-9463

6534 Burnet Rd. 512-452-9886

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


Hang Town Grill


Burger House

10205 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-832-0900

5800 Burnet Rd. 512-420-9430

10201 Jollyville Rd. 512-345-1042

4211 Spicewood Springs Rd. 512-346-7200

Pure Austin

Aesthetica Hair & Skin

Avant Salon

Body Business

4210 W. Braker Ln. 512-342-2200

13359 N. Hwy. 183 512-336-2639

9901 Capital of TX Hwy. 512-502-8268

2700 W. Anderson Ln. 512-459-9424

food & drink

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

health & beauty





















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