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From the State of Texas and Office of the Governor:
Celebrate Staff President & Publisher Judy Barrick Executive Vice Presidents Linda Olson Marilyn Crawford
Greetings: As Governor of Texas, I am pleased to welcome you to Austin. With world-class entertainment, historic landmarks, beautiful scenery, fantastic food and a vibrant cultural scene, Texas’ capital city has s omething for everyone. Celebrate Austin is your guide to all the fun. More than 20 million travelers visit Austin and other destinations in the Texas Hill Country each year. Top attractions in Austin include the State Capitol, the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, Lake Travis, the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge bat colony, The University of TexasAustin and the Bob Bollock Texas State History Museum. Austin is also home to world-class events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest. Residents of the great State of Texas pride themselves on greeting friends and strangers alike with a warm welcome. Our famous hospitality, along with our state’s great natural beauty, abundance of attractions and exciting travel experiences, make Texas one of the most visited states in the United States. First Lady Anita Perry joins me in wishing you a wonderful time. Sincerely,
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A Letter From the Publisher Welcome to Austin! Austin has tall boots to fill as the Texas state capital, but does an incredible job of representing all that the Lone Star State has to offer in one city. Full of incredible historic landmarks, breathtaking vistas and a skyline that grows and changes every year, this capital city has so much to offer, you would be challenged to fit it all into one trip, or even one year. Find nestled within the heart of Austin a seemingly endless selection of live music venues, acclaimed resorts and spas, awardwinning dining, nationally acclaimed film and music festivals and dozens of parks and natural sites to explore. Austin is a multi-dimensional city known for being the home of the prestigious University of Texas- Austin, for being an international center for the high-tech industry and for maintaining an ambiance of fun and coziness. Not many cities can pull off a small-town feel and still manage to offer a bustling downtown filled to the brim with pedestrians, but Austin certainly has succeeded in this endeavor. You will find here a thriving cultural city, recognized by the world as the home for the South by Southwest Film and Music Festival, as well as the Austin City Limits Festival, both events which bring millions of visitors into the streets of Austin every year. Smaller events are the staple of Austin, like fun First Thursdays on Congress Avenue, the annual Eeyore’s birthday party, and a bi-annual Pecan Street Festival featuring live music, arts and crafts. There’s so much to share about what makes Austin exciting, but if we’ve sparked you’re interest here we’ve succeeded! We’ve been celebrating Austin for thirty-one years now and we never tire of informing locals and visitors about everything we love and respect about our beautiful city. We encourage you to visit the attractions, retail sites and dining options in this book. Almost every store has a story, and almost every attraction a history, and it’s all waiting for you to walk through their doors! As a locally owned and operated publication itself, Celebrate Austin proudly supports its local businesses. Our annual book is full of fun information, but be sure to visit our Web site at www.celebrateaustin.com to find continually updated information on events, attractions, dining, retails option and more! Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes our hearts, our minds, our fun attitudes and our sense of adventure. This issue we’re encouraging locals and visitors to celebrate Austin and the surrounding Hill Country “Texas Style” and to embrace the eclectic culture that makes Austin, and Texas, so very unique. So get out there and enjoy The Live Music Capital of the World, a city we know and love, and let us be your guide! Allow Celebrate Austin to be your handy tipster to all that Austin and the Texas Hill Country has to offer! Y’all come back now! Warmest Regards,
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Touring Austin, Our Special Capital City 11 Discover Where the Locals Go 12 Ode to Historic Austin 13-15 Tipping Guide 14 Did You Know? 15 Favorite Tours & Attractions 16-17
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Nearby Wimberley, TX, An Oasis of Art 31 Artistic Austin, Galleries Galore 32-33 Art at a Glance 33
Business Austin Ranks High in Strongest Cities Nationwide 34 Austin 2010 City Rankings 35
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Visitors come for the beautiful environment and the interesting tourist attractions. They stick around because of the infectiously positive vibe.
Touring Austin, Our Special Capital City
By Christy Wink
ou’ve made it to Austin – congratulations! Take one look around and it becomes clear that this is not your ordinary capital city. What is it, then, that makes this place so unique? What exactly is the special recipe for such a splendidly off-beat creation? Start with the biggest ingredient – literally – the capitol city is home to the largest state capitol building in the United States, a feat of architecture that brings to life Texas’ proud and independent history. Add to that Austin’s unique politics; long known as a single blue dot in a sea of red, Austin’s colorful political views reflect the extreme diversity of the city. Stir in a rich, deep-rooted musical history, a significant selection of art houses and museums, and a generous handful of locally owned and revered restaurants and businesses. Top it off with the picturesque and culturally rich Hill CounThe Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is try that surrounds the city, and you’ve a local favorite that shouldn’t be missed. Check started to create the melting pot that out a show at the IMAX or visit an exhibition is Austin. celebrate_austin_1_10.pdf PM Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm and1/6/10 Sun- 3:18:07
The people of Austin thrive in this self-styled environment. The temperate weather encourages outdoor activity, and the folks make good use of the multiple outlets in which to hike, bike, walk, run, or swim. The art and music scene is a living, breathing thing in Austin, and you couldn’t throw a rock without hitting someone of such persuasion. Hippies and hipsters alike bump elbows with the forces of gentrification without sacrificing their soul. Ask anyone on the street and they’ll tell you – Austin is proud of its eclectic heritage and fiercely protective of its free-thinking, liberal spirit. So where do we end up? Visitors come for the beautiful environment and the interesting tourist attractions. They stick around because of the infectiously positive vibe. And in the end, they get carried away with the thrum of Austin’s lifestyle until finally they realize – they’re not a tourist at all, but instead another piece of what makes Austin unique in the first place.
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Come view the famous Congress Avenue Bat emergence and take in some vestiges of scenic Lady Bird Lake! Offerings include Bat Watching and Sightseeing Excursions, boat rentals, and a wide variety of private events including dinners and entertainment. Book today and have the ultimate Austin experience! Reservations at 512-480-9264; Located on the lake below the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd. www.capitalcruises.com
AIRSCAPE PARASAIL Fly high above Lake Travis for the thrill and the view. Take off and landing is on the boat’s deck, so parasailing is fun for all ages anytime of the year! Fly alone or double. Great special occasion celebration, gift certificates available. Pick up available from various locations. 512-257-9675; www.airscapeparasail.com
AUSTIN DUCK ADVENTURES For a unique tour of downtown, hop on-board this amphibious vehicle that travels the city streets before splashing into Lake Austin. Tours depart daily from the Austin Visitor’s Center. 1605 W 5th Street Austin, TX 78703; 512- 477-5274; www.austinducks.com
ARABIC BAZAAR Find beautiful treasures directly imported from Syria, Egypt and Morocco. Selections include jewelry, rugs, furniture, antiques, lamps, brass and glassware, leather goods, mosaic boxes, Egyptian hookas, belly dance costumes, clothing, perfume oils, cosmetics and soaps. Custom design and shipping available. Arabic Bazaar; 5013 Duval St.; 512-533-9227; www.TheArabicBazaar.com
LUCKY LIZARD/ MUSEUM OF THE WEIRD In the heart of Austin’s famous 6th Street lies the city’s most curious and mysterious gift shop, featuring an intriguing blend of local art, imported goods, jewelry and unusual one-of-a-kind items and, of course, lizards! Featuring the Museum of the Weird-a must-see experience for visitors! 412 E. 6th St.; 512-476-5493; www.luckylizard.net
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LBJ WILDFLOWER CENTER Explore 279 acres of Texas heritage and 650 native plant species at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Visit our butterfly garden, walk two miles of nature trails and take your kids to the Little House. Don’t forget our café and store. Open daily except Mondays. 4801 La Crosse Avenue. 512.232.0100.
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began almost immediately, and although there were decades of work still left to complete the structure, government in its entirety arrived from Houston in oxcarts in October 1839. Years passed as the population inflated and Austin grew into a bustling capital city. Residents saw the secession of Texas into the Union in 1845, the development of new landmarks including the Governorâ€™s Mansion and the Driskill Hotel, and the foundation laid down for a â€œuniversity of the first class.â€? Edwin Waller, elected as the cityâ€™s first mayor in 1840, engineered a grid plan for the streets of the city, most of which is still in-tact as modern downtown Austin. The original grid designated all northsouth streets to be named after the rivers of Texas (with the one exception being Congress Avenue). All east-west streets were named after trees native to the region, with Pecan Street (now 6th Street) being the major east-west thoroughfare. It wasnâ€™t until 1888 that our beloved state capitol, made of local Texas Sunset Red granite, opened its doors for the first time. The building was lauded as the â€œ7th largest building in the world,â€? larger in square footage than all other state capitols and surpassing the national Capitol in height by 14 feet. In the winter of 1871, Austin acquired
Tipping Guide Skycap It is customary to tip $1 per bag, $2 for very heavy bags.Â An additional $1-$2 is optional for curbside check in. Valet Parking Attendant $1-3 is an appropriate tip to thank your attendant for parking or returning the car. It is not necessary to tip for parking, but always tip when your car is returned. Hotel Doorman/ Lobby Attendant No tip is necessary for opening the door for you. If he hails a cap for you, $1. If he is especially helpful, offering dinner recommendations, directions, or other information, tip $5-$10.
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Bellman/ Bell Captain In most situations, $1-$3 per bag is suitable. Housekeeping $1-$3 per day is customary, depending on the amount of mess and the grade of the hotel. For higher-end hotels, you should leave $5-$10 per day.Â Leave the tip someplace obvious along with a note that clearly says â€œHousekeeping.â€? Remember that chambermaids often rotate, so you need to tip daily. Room Service Gratuity is often included in the room service bill. If not, 15%-20% of the bill is appropriate, depending on service. Concierge For ordinary advice and simple reservations, tipping is
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its first connection to the railroad, triggering a decade-long growth spurt. With the railroad came more people, more trade, and more commercial and educational opportunity. Although the original Forty Acres were set aside for would become the University of Texas, it wasnâ€™t until 1882 that construction was started on the university. In the meantime, Austin opened its public school system in 1881 and became host to multiple other universities, including St. Edwards and Tillotson Collegiate and Normal Institute. Today, Austin is seen, among other things, as the educational center of Texas. As the heavy industrialization of Austin in the late 1800s and early 1900s gave way to more modern times, a new industry took hold: technology. The 1950s saw the first of the cityâ€™s think tanks and research labs. Tracor Industries moved to northwest Austin in the 1960s, and many others tagged along, including IBM, Texas Instruments, Samsung, 3M, and Motorola â€“ so many that, in the 1990s, Austin adopted the unofficial nickname of â€œSilicon Hills.â€? The University of Texas produced many a bright techno-centric mind, including Michael Dell, who established his own Fortune 500 company in the suburbs of Austin. The technology industry continued to be a major influ-
unnecessary.Â Difficult restaurant reservations or tickets to a sold-out event, $5-$20 (or more)Â is the norm, depending on the difficulty.Â You can tip at the time of service or at the end of your stay. Pool Attendant No tip is necessary if you are only provided a towel. If your attendant gives you exceptional service by reserving lounge chairs, lending reading material, or giving you sunscreen, tip $3$5. Tour Guides If you are pleased with the tour, you can tip $2-$5 to the tour guide for a full day tour. Tip a private guide more, 10%15% for the entire party. Donâ€™t forget the driver! Give $1-$2 to the driver, or more.
ence into the late 1990s and early 2000s with the dot-com boom and subsequent bust. Although the fall was far, Austin is still seen as a hub in the industry. It was in the 1970s that the city began to truly establish itself as a non-traditional, free-thinking, liberal society. As political parties realigned and strong political leadership established itself, Austin became a blend of downtown liberalism and suburban conservatism, with a heavy dash of libertarianism. A strongly determined and vocal majority brought to the forefront the issue of preserving the natural environment and historical neighborhoods of the area, distinguishing Austin as a place of constant vigilance in the preservation of quality of life. These same political movements continue today: Austin purists clash with development companies as the appearance of downtown changes dramatically, with emphasis being placed on downtown living and development. The 1970s also brought with it a musical revolution. Although it was the jazz and blues clubs that sprung up east of downtown in the 1920s-1940s that established Austin’s musical heritage, it was the country and western musicians who, 30 years later, sought refuge from the corporate overtaking of Nashville and brought the city’s underground music scene to life. These influential musicians found a home in Austin at a time of political and cultural upheaval. Austin became a breeding ground for the alternative music industry, and anti-establishment musicians flocked to the city where they could play to a receptive audience. Not surprisingly, this tradition continues today: Austin has become a city where national acts and struggling musicians alike can come and receive recognition in the form of appreciative audiences. From the beginning, Austin has been a cultural, ethnic, political, and professional melting pot. Germans, Swedes, and Mexicans were prominent settlers in early years, with Mexican immigration growing more prominent in the mid-1900s. Educators and politicians have historically inhabited the city in large numbers, with the additional influx of writers, musicians, artists, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and more adding to the eclectic mix every day. With the population of Austin at least doubling in size every 20 years, it is to be expected that people from all walks of life will come and leave their imprint on the city. Whether it’s the strong economy, the educational, business, or musical opportunity, the lovely environment, or the alternative culture, each has their own reasons for coming. But the overall attraction is the same: Austin is a beautiful place to be.
Did You Know? Fun Facts about Austin! The unofficial slogan “Keep Austin Weird” refers partly to the eclectic and liberal lifestyle of many Austinites, but is also the slogan for a campaign to preserve smaller local businesses Mt. Bonnell, at 785 feet, is one of the highest points in the city. Legend has it that the first time a couple climbs the steps, they will fall in love. The second time, they will get engaged. Beware the third time… Congress Avenue houses the largest urban colony of Mexican free-tail bats in North America. Their evacuation of the bridge can be seen every night at sunset between March and October. Austin has been called the “violet crown,” a saying penned by writer O. Henry, because of the wintertime violet glow of color across the hills just after sunset. The Austin Moon Towers were created and built in the 19th Century to shed light on the early downtown streets. Among the most famous artists that migrated to and developed the Austin alternative music scene are Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. The Armadillo World Headquarters was the premier place in Austin at the time, where you could see these musicians perform their acts. Both US presidents with affiliations to Austin have an association with the Driskill Hotel: it was the site of Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird’s first date. It was also the site that both Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush set up office to await the results of their respective elections.
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Celebrate Austin’s Favorite Tours & Attractions by Catherine H.N. Tran
The Texas State History Museum 1800 N. Congress Avenue (866) 369-7108 www.thestoryoftexas.com
Being greeted by a 35-foot-tall bronze Lone Star defines how much we care about our history…BIG! With three floors of interactive exhibits, the special effects show in the Texas Spirit Theater, and Austin’s only IMAX theatre in town, what’s not to like?
Haunted Bat Segway Tour in Austin 6th Street, (888) 881-3285
Do you enjoy listening to eerie ghost stories? Here’s your chance to do so in a unique way…on Segways! Watch bats and visit supposedly haunted places! Make 48 hour minimum advance reservations.
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French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St. Austin, TX 78702 www.frenchlegationmuseum.org
What building has the oldest wood structure in Austin? Why, that would be the French Legation. Now a museum, it used to be the residence of a French government representative in the Republic of Texas in 1840
Austin Nature & Science Center 301 Nature Center Drive Austin, TX 78746, (512) 974-3888 www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc/default.htm
Explore nature with your family at the Austin Nature & Science Center. Come see a coyote or red-tailed hawk in Wildlife Exhibits, dig up fossils in the Dino Pit, and much more!
Elisabet Ney Museum 304 East 44th Street, Austin, TX 78751 (512) 458-2255 http://www.cityofaustin.org/elisabetney/html/main.html European sculptress Elisabet Ney was one of the most influential women in early Texas history. She sculpted the life-size figures of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston, which are now standing in the national and state capitols. See her art!
George Washington Carver Museum 1165 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702 (512) 974-4926 www.carvermuseum.org
The George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center used to be Austin’s first library. Today, it is the first African-American museum in Texas and features a dance studio, conference room, darkroom, theater, archival space, and four galleries!
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LBJ Library & Museum 2313 Red River Street (512) 721-0200, www.lbjlibrary.org
Lyndon Baines Johnson declared at the dedication of his library on May 22, 1971 that he wanted his library to “…show the facts, not just the joy and triumphs, but the sorrow and failures, too.” It is the only one of thirteen presidential libraries with free admission to all!
Texas State Capitol http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/capitol/texcap.htm
The Texas State Capitol is one of the top destinations for tourists visiting Austin. It is the second largest capitol building in the U.S. You can buy a gift from the gift shop at the end of the tour as a piece of memorabilia of your visit at the capitol.
Texas State Cemetery 909 Navasota Street Austin, TX 78702 (512) 463-0605 www.cemetery.state.tx.us
Honoring those who have made what Texas is today, stop by and pay respect to those like Stephen F. Austin and Bob Bullock.
Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78746 (512) 477-8672 http://www.zilkergarden.org/
Known as “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. It is filled with a diversity of garden life. See gorgeous arrays of butterflies. Listen to the gush of waterfalls. Enjoy breathtaking themed gardens. Open and free to the public.
Sixth Street www.6street.com
Most of you know Austin to be “The Live Music Capital of the World”. Well, 6th street is the place to be. Loads of stuff to be excited about: art galleries, casual cafes, upscale restaurants, eclectic shops, live entertainment venues, and so much more! Of course you’ve got your live music! Hey, you might even see a celebrity! Come have a great time on 6th street.
Austin Zoo 10807 Rawhide Trail Austin, TX 78736 (512) 288-1490 www.austinzoo.org
Home to exotic, domestic and rescued wildlife.
Texas Governor’s Mansion Corner of 11th and Colorado www.txfgm.org/
Since June 1856, the Texas Governor’s Mansion has been the official residence for all Texas governors. Exquisite rooms are filled with ornate furnishings. Feel the richness of Texas history as you walk through the halls.
Lake Travis has an abundance of things you can do…sail, wind surf, ski, scuba dive, etc. There are also many other things around the lake that you can do if you’re not the water type like golf and parks. It’s full of ways to enjoy the wate.
University of Texas Campus 24th and Rio Grande
Founded in 1883, the university boasts some of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Texas. One of its most visible features is the Beaux-Arts Main Building, including the famous “bell tower” designed by Paul Philippe Cret and in mid-campus. The tower usually appears illuminated in white light in the evening but is lit orange for various special occasions
The Blanton Museum 200 East MLK Jr Blvd Austin, TX 78701 (512) 471-7324 blantonmuseum.org
The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art is the art museum and research center of the University of Texas at Austin under the College of Fine Arts. The museum is one of the largest university art museums in the United States, housing some 18,000 works from Europe, the United States and Latin America.
Harry Ransom Center 300 West 21st Street Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-8944 www.hrc.utexas.edu
A library and archive at specializing in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts from the United States and Europe. The Ransom Center houses 36 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, and more than 100,000 works of art. The Center has a reading room for scholars and galleries which display rotating exhibitions. The Gutenberg Bible, the first substantial book printed with movable type, is one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom Center’s collections.
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Sixth Street is one of the city of Austin’s most eclectic and famous roads, well-known for its fun, boisterous night life and live music scene. What many people do not know is that Sixth Street is also one of the most historic districts in town and contains a large range of unique retail, restaurant and entertainment venues that are pedestrian friendly during the daytime as well as the nighttime. Before Sixth Street became the bustling urban center that it is now, it was once called Pecan Street, and was the main thoroughfare into town (a nice flat trail) for the farmland communities to the east, and soon became a major commerce district. By the 1860s, log and frame houses, wagon yards, livery stables, and saloons were present along Pecan Street, as were pigs and cows from time to time. What is now modern day Buffalo Billiards was once Missouri House, erected in 1861, and was Austin’s first boarding home for weary travelers on their way to the Wild West. The beautiful Littlefield Building, at the northeast corner of Sixth and Congress, was built in 1910 and displays the beautiful architecture know as Beaux Arts Style. At the time of it’s completion, it was undeniably the most modern and opulent building in the southwest part of the nation. This building was the tallest skyscraper between New Orleans and San Francisco at the time (be sure to ask on the local shop owners about the fun rivalry that added a ninth floor to this impressive building). Located within Littlefield, in modern day Austin, is Hatbox, a haberdashery that combines old world charm with contemporary style, and is well-recognized for being “every man and woman’s” hat store. Right next store is the beloved Wild About Music store, the worlds first and only art and gift gallery dedicated entirely to music. This unique retail treasure represents over 100 locals, national and international artists and carries thousands of items all entirely dedicated to music. No trip to Austin is complete without visiting these locally recommended stores. Within easy walking distance is Lucky Lizards & Museum of the Weird, a beloved Austin favorite that cannot be missed! The museum features mummies, unexplained phenomena, and self-proclaimed “freaks of nature,” as well as a clever curio and gift shop on the street front which carries a large inventory of local artisan’s products as well as unique imported goods and souvenirs. Right across the street is Bobalu Cigar Co., which proudly presents fine boutique cigars made live in the window by real Cuban born cigar rollers. This locally renowned shop also carries a fantastic selection of cases and accessories. Although historical Sixth Street is extraordinarily pedestrian friendly, don’t miss out on your chance to tour Austin in the most fun way possible at Seg(continued on page 21)
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Your Key to Historic Sixth Street Retail Aaron’s Rock & Roll Bobalu Cigar Co. Hatbox Keeper’s Men’s Clothing Littlefield Market Lone Star Souvenir Lucky Lizard Hollywood Rock n Roll Old Pecan Street Market Scruffy’s Texas Souvenirs Shop 24 Sole Fresco Tears of Joy Hot Sauce
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Austin Segway Tours Austin Visitor Center Musuem of the Weird Texas Lottery The Driskill Hotel
Entertainment *Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz Esther’s Follies
1886 Cafe & Bakery Bikini’s The Boiling Pot Chupacabra El Sol y La Luna Extreme Pita Geisha Sushi Habana Hoek’s Pizza Iron Cactus Jim Jim’s Jimmy John’s Sandwiches Louie’s 106 Marisco Grill Mekong River Mi Casa * Paradise Cafe Parkside Roppolo’s Pizzeria Roppolo’s Pizzeria
311 Club 512 Bar Agave The Aquarium Blind Pig Pub Barcelona Bat Bar * B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub * Beale St. Tavern * Bikinis * Buffalo Billiard’s * Casino el Camino Cheers Shot Bar Chuggin’ Monkey Coyote Ugly Darwin’s Dirty Dog Bar Dizzy Rooster Emo’s Flamingo Cantina BODY STUDIO Friends Joie De Vie Salon & Spa The Jackalope Black Cat Tattoo Parlor Klub Krucial Custom Tattoos From the Soul The Last Stand Golden Apple Studios The Library In the Flesh Tattoos
100 Block (Congress - Brazos)
300 Block (San Jacinto - Trinity)
200 Block (Brazos - San Jacinto)
400 Block (Trinity - Neches)
500 Block (Neches - Red River)
600 Block (Red River - Sabine)
The Lodge * Logan’s Maggie Mae’s Malaia Mooseknuckle Pub Nuno’s The Parish Peckerheads Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar Pure The Rooftop Shakespeare’s Pub Soho Lounge Spilz The Thirsty Nickel Toulouse Touche Treasure Island The Treehouse Trouphy Room Velveeta Room Venue 222 Vice
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Live Music, Sports Bar, English Pub, New Orleans Style Courtyard, Rooftop, Art Gallery and More! Edwin Kramer Gallery, Robert Hurst Artwork, Custom Gibsons Available for Private Events Beautiful 5,000 sf Rooftop Deck 323 E Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78701 Austin Favorite for 32 Years 512-478-8541 www.maggiemaesaustin.com
Four Historic Buildings (circa 1850’s), 14,000 sf of space renovated and restored Gibson Room and Les Paul Lounge
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way Tours, located near Bobalu Cigar Co. The tours take you from Sixth Street to the State Capitol and you will be amazed at what you’ll learn! On a hot Summer afternoon, don’t forget the opportunity to step inside the crisp air conditioned interior of Alamo Drafthouse, which plays movies in the early afternoon and into the evening, and features continually evolving special events and fun features. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is fun and refreshing, and you’ll be amazed at the authentic and original old movie interior, which was one known as The Ritz. After all this shopping, touring and fun, don’t forget to stop at any of the world famous bars or restaurants that line Sixth Street. Maggie Mae’s Austin has stood proud for over thirty years and is located in a beautifully restored building erected in 1874 and features an authentic New Orleans style courtyard with a staircase that extends to a rooftop that allows for a gorgeous view of downtown Austin. Right across the street is Iron Cactus Restaurant and Margarita Bar, which is located in an enchanting turnof-the-century building which was remodeled as recently as 1995 to maintain the authentic, historical aspects of its construction that make Sixth Street so charming. There are countless hidden treasures along this wonderful corridor that makes up the heart of Austin. Don’t miss the daytime opportunities that abound in the form of shopping, retail and, for the historically inclined, the beautiful monuments that abound from the legendary Driskill Hotel next to the Littlefield Building and on toward IH35.
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Got Cubans? Watch authentic Cuban cigar rollers and enjoy the best Cuban coffee in Austin’s only indoor smoking establishment on Sixth. Experience the finest cigars north of Havana. Custom-labeled and flavored cigars, lighters, accessories. Open daily. Highly recommended!
509 E 6th St., 512-469-5877; 888-33CIGAR, www.livecigarrollers.com
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The OASIS on Lake Travis is the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas and, probably, in the country! A visit to Austin is not complete without a venture out to The OASIS, which is only 20 minutes from downtown. The 30,000 sq. ft. interior boasts dining areas complemented by fireplaces seasonally, as well as spectacular views of the lake from any seating. Rain or shine, live music is performed during most of the year in the Starlight Terrace, which has a dance hall feeling and an ambiance of pure fun! Organizations, clubs, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, weddings, and receptions abound in nine private rooms with a view. Delicious food, tasty beverages, lake views, wonderful sunsets, and kick back on an outside deck. It doesnâ€™t get any better than The OASIS, Sunset Capital of Texas!
6550 Comanche Trail off Ranch Road 620 512.266.2442 Sunset Photo by Justin Lai
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(continued from page 25) one of the coolest destinations in Lake Travis! Open seasonally, Volente Beach features exciting rides and slides, a marina, rentable houses, and a restaurant known as the Blu Parrot. Craft rentals are available too. Lake Travis has some awesome dining options. The OASIS, with its fine dining, romantic atmosphere, and beautiful lakeside view, is great for booking large events—including weddings. And Carlos ‘n’ Charlies has a fun atmosphere and amazing food and drinks, as well as live music and other events such as AquaPalooza. Also on the shore of Lake Travis is Café Blue, with panoramic views, public boat parking, international coastal cuisines, Caribbean inspired cocktails, and fine wines. If you love shopping, the northern parts of Austin offer plenty of it! Visit the Arboretum (with stores such as Barnes and Noble, Cheesecake Factory, Pottery Barn, Heroes and Legacies), or the Domain (with Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Cru, McCormick and Schmick’s, and more). And don’t forget about Lakeline Mall and the Hill Country Galleria in the Lake Travis/Bee Cave area. North Austin offers excellent dining, too: try some of our favorites and visit Flemings Steakhouse, the County Line BBQ, or the Iron Cactus. Looking for something to do in Cedar Park? Try Cedar Park Cave Days: Visitors can view caves and are treated to rope climbing demonstrations at the Dies Ranch Treasure Cave. The Avery Ranch Cave takes visitors underground to see the formations. Can’t get enough of those Hill Country views? Check out the Austin Steam Train! The Hill Country Flyer and the Bertram Flyer will take you on a railroad journey through the Hill Country. Special themed rides for the kids, too, including Murder Mystery night trains. Seating is limited and goes quick, so reserve your spot soon!
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The beautiful Texas sunset makes a trip to the Lakeway Resort even more relaxing.
Enjoy all the comforts of home in the private condominium villas.
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An Escape Unlike any Other Courtesy of Lakeway Resort and Spa
Lakeway Resort and Spa
mid the rolling greenery of the Texas Hill Country, the Lakeway Inn has maintained the tradition of lakeside luxury in Austin since 1963. More than 40 years later, it has fostered a resort community in the Lakeway area and transformed itself to provide an exceptional destination on Lake Travis. With a wide array of activities, Lakeway Resort and Spa is the ideal getaway for any traveler – indoor or outdoor, waterfront or winery, golf or galleria, relaxation or recreation. Take time to experience life at the lake. Private Balconies with Inspiring Views Contemporary and inspiring, the sophisticated deluxe guestrooms and suites offer spectacular panoramic views. Lakeside balconies and the calm of the water lure patrons over freshly brewed coffee at the start of each day and provide the perfect ambiance for morning breakfast. From plush robes and blissful beds to oversized desks and high speed wireless internet, every comfort imaginable is available to work and relax. Lavish Villas Offer Only the Best of Home Perfectly designed for family vacations, reunions, engagement parties and bridal showers, these suites can also be utilized for small receptions and events with full catering services. Enjoy all the comforts of home with a full kitchen and applianc-
es, dining room and place settings, living room with flat panel screen and laundry room. Enhance your experience even further by adding concierge welcome packages to stock the kitchen in honor of your arrival, in-room spa treatments, or chef prepared meals brought to you. Relax, Rejuvenate, Renew Lake Travis offers its most inviting hydrotherapy from the tranquil, quiet rooms of the San Saba Spa. Austin’s signature lifestyle spa caters to the individual with treatments and techniques that adapt to each person, their pains, aches and physical features. Let the caring staff help choose the ideal treatment from among a Texas-sized menu of services for both men and women or select a unique seasonal specialty. The beautifully appointed spa offers clients his and her dry saunas and a fitness center with the latest training equipment and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden and infinity edge pool. Delights for the Palette Nourish the appetite and the imagination with the contemporary American cuisine of Travis restaurant. With expansive views of the shores of Lake Travis, subtle aromas, ambiant lighting and the sunset views of the covered terrace, this signature restaurant provides a feast for all the senses in a comfortably elegant environment. The distinctive fine dining menu complements the relaxed setting of Travis Restaurant, and it provides an exceptional culinary experience for patrons unlike any other in the area. Recent winner of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine, the extraordinary wine list only enhances each flawlessly paired dish. Casual dining is equally festive with great entrees served alongside unique cocktail creations, billiards and nationally televised sports on multiple flat screens at Josey’s Bar and Grill. To take advantage of the great outdoors, meals can also be arranged poolside, in one of the many patio areas or even aboard a chartered yacht.
Endless Possibilities Linger on the picturesque balconies, enjoy a relaxing spa treatment or select one of many nearby activities. This retreat offers all the privileges and amenities of a luxury resort, including outdoor pools, swim-up bar, lakeside whirlpool, private cabanas, fitness center and tranquil spa facility. Also look for seasonal classes, chef’s table receptions, wine pairings, poolside concerts and much more. Indulge in sports and recreation offered year-round in the amiable climate of Austin, Texas. Beginning with a full service marina, choose from among chartered sunset cruises, water sports and fishing excursions. Visit the nearby Lakeway World of Tennis or play on up to 72 holes of championship greens. Four golf courses provide links for all skill levels, including designs by Jack Nicklaus and Jack “Jackie” Nicklaus, II. Celebrate In Style From intimate get-togethers to dream weddings, the Catering and Events Team has created a distinctive menu of tantalizing gourmet dinners featuring truly remarkable culinary masterpieces. Experienced planners are on-hand to tailor an occasion that is personalized, exciting and always memorable. It’s All About Location Lakeway Resort and Spa is located just 18 miles northwest of downtown Austin and 30-40 minutes from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Take advantage of being perfectly situated on the edge of the lush Texas Hill Country, alongside stunning Lake Travis, and only minutes from Downtown Austin. As the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin offers a rhythm all its own. The culture, nightlife, museums, restaurants, shopping and eclectic spirit of the city are the perfect complement to everything that life at the lake has to offer. Visit Lakeway Resort and Spa, and create lakeside memories this year. www.lakewayresortandspa.com
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Offering fashions for all Four Seasons and Year-Round Cruise Wear
The Arboretum (next to Restoration Hardware) 512.372.1600
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Where to Shop! DOWNTOWN/CENTRAL AUSTIN Arabic Bazaar The Arabic Bazaar features gifts, clothing, antiques, and home furnishings, all directly imported from Syria, Morocco, and Egypt. Shipping and custom design services are available. The building is also home to Zeinâ€™s Dance Studio, with authentic bellydance classes taught by Zein Al-Jundi. Mon & Wed 11am-9pm; Tue, Thu & Fri 11am-7pm; Sat 10am-7pm. The Arabic Bazaar; 5013 Duval St.; 512-533-9227; www.TheArabicBazaar.com
Artworks Open since 1985, Artworks in the West 6th Street district sells wonderful fine art and glass as well as woodworking, jewelry, fabrics, and more. Artworks also provides art services such as custom framing and art restoration. 1214 W. 6th St. #105; 512-472-1550; www.artworksaustin.com
Bobalu Cigar Company Manufactures and sells its own line of cigars (20 brands!), plus exotic tobaccos and a large wrapper inventory. Bobalu brand cigars made with fine long filler from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Bobalu also has smoking accessories and custom label cigars. 509 E. 6th St.; 512-4695877; www.livecigarrollers.com
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With treasures of Mexico for the discerning taste, the store has been an Austin institution since 1979. Exceptional folk art and amazing selection of handwoven textiles and timeless cotton clothing. Includes woodcarvings, silver jewelry, pottery and tin work. 1009 W. Lynn St; 512-474-8680; www.elinterior.com (continued on page 40)
A Collection of Fine Antique Galleries
Whit Hanks Antiques is a shopper’s paradise, a collector’s dream and a designer’s resource. Stroll through the galleries of Whit Hanks Antiques and discover why it has earned the prestigious reputation as Austin’s premier collection of fine antique galleries. Antique Swan // Fancy Finds Lotus Gallery // Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques Négrel Antiques // Pat Monroe Antiques 1776 House Antiques // Witte Global Antiques
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Gifts | Fountains | Jewelry | Candles
Hatbox A modern Haberdashery, known for its Austin-centric, one-of-a-kind cowboy hats with a rockabilly feel and some of the most hair-raising hat puns imaginable. 115 E 6th St # N; 512- 4761203; www.hatbox.com
908 A W. 12th Street Austin, Texas 512.472.5597
Lucky Lizard Sells model kits, toys, action figures, collectibles, comic books, posters, t-shirts, and other novelty items and Austin souvenirs. The Lucky Lizard building is also home to Museum of the Weird, which features oddities and wax figures. 412 E. 6th St.; 512-476-5493; www.luckylizard.net
Things Celtic Largest selection of Irish and Scottish wedding rings in Texas. Special order handmade kilts from Scotland and rents kilts. Art and unique crafts are featured throughout: china, crystal, books, music, flags, pewter and selection of Celtic wall crosses. 1806 W. 35th St.; 512-472-2358; www. thingsceltic.com
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Austin’s 26 Doors shopping center is a hotspot for food, gifts, original toys, and clothing. Meet up at the central plaza, which features a bronze sundial, or hang out at the courtyards with beautiful fountains, sculptures, and landscaping. Check out businesses such as Santa Rita Cantina, Adelante Boutique, Teo, Sweet Charity, Rootin’ Ridge Toymakers, Rae Cosmetics, Waterloo Ice House and more. Just head left on 38th St. from Medical Pkwy, north block.
Whit Hanks Antiques Austin’s premier antiques gallery features extensive collections of European and American antiques and accessories, including furniture, art, silver, lighting, vintage books, and rare estate jewelry. Select group of fine antiques merchants attracts the most discriminating and selective dealers and individuals from around the country. 1009 W. 6th St.; 512-478-2101; www.whithanksantiques.com
Wild About Music The worlds first and only art and gift gallery dedicated entirely to music. We represent over 100 local, national and international artists and carry thousands gift items all entirely dedicated to music We are in our 17th year of operation bringing the spirit of music and its celebration in art and gifts to musicians and music lovers worldwide. 115 East 6th Street; 512-708-8600; www. wildaboutmusic.com
NORTH AUSTIN Bella Maui When shopping in the Arboretum at Great Hills, be sure to check out Bella Maui Boutique. This unique clothing store located next to Restoration Hardware has an affordable, trendy selection and features sizes from xs-3x. 10,000 Research Blvd. #131; 512-372-1600; search for Bella Maui Boutique on Facebook.
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Dragonsnaps! Comfortable, captivating children’s clothing. Modern designs, natural fibers – durable, U.S. cottons. Go anywhere – stay cool – keep warm. Children love them; you’ll love the look. Infant-10 girls. Infant-7 boys. Accessories, jewelry, outerwear. 2438 W. Anderson Ln.; 512-445-4497
Karavel Shoes Comfort Center Specializing in fashionable foot comfort, Karavel Shoes is Austin’s premier locally-owned shoe retailer. Wide selection of brands, including New Balance, Mephisto, ECCO, Finn Comfort, Birkenstock, and more. The Wellness Center is staffed with Certified Pedorthists. 5525 Burnet Rd.; 512-459-7603; www. karavelshoes.com
KidOShoe 26 different brands of top quality, fashionable children’s shoes, socks, shoelaces, and accessories. Check out these developmentally healthy selections for children from birth through middle school. 2438 W. Anderson Lane; 512467-7463; www.kidoshoe.com
The PJ Shop The PJ Shop Style Lounge has a large selection of women’s pajamas, loungewear, couture tees, tops, dresses and gifts from top designers and for the latest styles in women’s sleepwear and clothing. 2127 Lohmans Crossing Rd., #312; 512-351-7900; www.thepjshop.com
Simon Malls Simon Property Group, Inc. owns several malls in the Austin area, including the Arboretum at Great Hills, the Domain, Lakeline Mall, Barton Creek Square, and Gateway Center. Check out their website to purchase Simon giftcards and to learn about new sales, events, and programs at various malls! www.simon.com
Terra Toys Terra Toys! Classic, fun, beautiful toys from around the world – intriguing for infant or architect. Children’s bookstore, art supplies, science, novelty candies. Wooden toys, puzzles, games, dolls, miniatures, major plush collection. Landmark store worth the visit. 2438 W. Anderson Lane; 512-445-4489; www. terratoys.com
The Treasury Showcasing unique antiques, soft modern home, office or ranch furnishings, quality decorative accessories for all lifestyles and interior design services as well. Shopping for beautiful furniture and art is a delightful walk across the street from The OASIS. 6535 Comanche Trail; 512-266-6444; www.thetreasuryaustin.com
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Turquoise Trading Post Best selection of contemporary and traditional Native American jewelry in Austin. Where Austinites bring their East Coast relatives for gifts to take home. Features Zuni carvings, Navajo kachinas, Pueblo pottery, dreamcatchers, carvings, plus distinctive furnishings with a Southwest flair. 6103 Burnet Rd. at Koenig Ln., 512-323-5011; www.turquoisetradingpost.com
Zinger Hardware Featuring all kinds of furniture, gifts, kitchenware, housekeeping products, outdoor garden materials, pet and wildlife items, and architectural hardware. Zingers is your best bet for all your hardware needs! 2438 West Anderson Lane, 512-533-9001; www.zingerhardware.com
GREATER AUSTIN AREA Eskimo Hut Everything you need from their infamous Eskimo Hut Daiquiris, delicious Delaware Subs, ice cold beer, and even a tube rental service only five minutes away. 216 N Edward Gary, San Marcos; 512-757-8920; www.eskimohut.com
Premium Outlets, Round Rock and San Marcos Discover designer outlet shopping 20 miles north of Austin. Save 25% to 65% every day at 125 stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Maz Azria, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Theory and much more; www.premiumoutlets.com (continued on page 42)
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Sunset Canyon Pottery Handmade pottery for the home, fine art ceramics and beautiful, long lasting casual dinnerware and kitchenware in 12 different glazes – it’s all at Sunset Canyon Pottery. Also features clay classes. 4002 East HWY 290, Dripping Springs, TX; (800) 846-6175; www. sunsetcanyonpottery.com
Wimberley Glass Works Blown art glass, lighting, home décor and gifts from the Texas Hill Country! Visitors can watch free demonstrations of the glass blowing process and shop in the gallery for indoor, outdoor and commercial selections as well as vases, sculptures, and gifts. The lighting studio features custom installations. 6469 Ranch Road, between Wimberley and San Marcos, TX; 512-393-3316; www.wgw.com
Elisa Ilana Sells jewelry and supports cancer awareness and research. Cancer awareness jewelry is made of highest quality materials such as Swarovski crystal, sterling silver, and 14 karat filled gold balls. They also have custom designer jewelry such as customized name bracelets. Main headquarters are in Omaha, NE, but they have many selections in online store. Elisa Ilana; 402-926-3479; www.elisailana.com
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SOUTH AUSTIN Allens Boots Founded in 1977, this store is really Allen’s boots, hats, pants, shirts, accessories, gifts and more! They’ve corralled two stores full of your kind of merchandise, from simply fine to pretty fancy. Remember: for Western wear, Allen’s is your onestop shop. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 12pm-6pm. Allen’s Boots; South, 1522 S. Congress Ave.; 512447-1413; Round Rock, 2541 S. IH-35; 512-3107600; www.allensboots.com
Austin Gift Company Started at the turn of the century to provide Austinites, tourists, movie sets and the occasional politician a store for one-stop shopping with more than 150 merchants and an array of gift ideas. This is a can’t miss in a great area of Austin. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 12pm-5pm. Austin Gift Company; 4211 S. Lamar Blvd Ste. A-19; 512326-9462; www.austingiftcompany.com
Bead It Austin’s largest bead store features “hard to find” vintage glass and plastic beads, as well as stone, shell and wood beads. They also carry jewelry supplies like wire, clasps and chain, and a huge selection of already-made jewelry. Mon-Sat 11am7pm; Sun 1pm-6pm. Bead It; 2058 S Lamar Blvd.; 512-693-2323; www.beaditaustin.com
Neiman Marcus Last Call Find quality you expect at prices you don’t. Save on a vast selection of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, plus a fantastic selection of home furnishings, all marked at 30% to 75% off original Neiman Marcus prices. Mon-Tue 10am-6pm; Wed-Sat 10am-7:30pm; Sun 12pm6pm. Last Call® Clearance Center; Brodie Oaks Shopping Center; 4115 Capital of Texas Hwy. S.; 512-447-0701; www.lastcall.com
Patagonia Offers outdoor clothing and apparel for men, women, and children, as well as travel gear and accessories. If you need gear for sports and activities such as climbing, hiking, surfing and running, Patagonia is your place. 316 Congress Ave.; 512320-8383; www.patagonia.com
Congress Avenue is one of Austin’s bestknown streets: imbued with a rich history and diverse options for nightlife, shopping, and dining, Congress Avenue is a must-visit for anyone! North of the river, be sure to check out historic Congress. Here you’ll find the Capitol Building at 11th. This nationally renowned organic cotton s hemp s tencel® s recycled building, completed in 1888, is visible from and recyclable polyester many points in Austin and is one of Austin’s significant landmarks. Austin Take advantage of a 316 Congress Avenue free Capitol tour, avail(512) 320-8383 able daily! South of the Capitol, twitter.com/PAtAgoniAAustin historic Congress has fAcebook.com/PAtAgoniAAustintexAs plenty of casual and fine dining options: get a burger, grab some Mediterranean, or get a cappuccino.Or you could go to one of the © 2011 Patagonia, Inc. many downtown bars and clubs. To get a further taste on SoCo stay open late, and many ofof Austin’s history, pay a visit to some fer sales and free drinks! local theatres such as the State TheNorth and South Congress both ofatre or the Paramount Theatre between fer plenty of local attractions, but the 7th and 8th Streets, built in 1915. bridge that connects them has a charm South of the bridge over Town Lake of its own: bats. This bridge is home you’ll find South Congress, referred to to North America’s largest urban bat by the locals as SoCo. SoCo is one colony. Throughout the spring, summer, of Austin’s most famous shopping and fall, millions of Mexican free-tailed districts, featuring clothing stores, gift bats emerge for food every evening as shops, as well as other specialty shops, the sun sets. Viewers line up en masse from carnivalesque clothing to novelalong the Congress Avenue bridge ties and kitschy items. In any case, or find a spot to sit on the grassy hills don’t miss First Thursdays—on the first below, as the bats fly overhead. Don’t Thursday of every month, all the stores miss it!
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26 Doors Shopping Center:
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Whether you’re looking for fabulous food, gifts, original toys or clothing, it can be found at 26 Doors, located in the heart of mid-town Austin. The shopping center is an Austin original. The central plaza—featuring a bronze sundial—is a perfect meeting place for friends, family and kids. Courtyards feature fountains, sculptures and beautiful landscaping. If you’re craving a tasty bite to eat, visit Santa Rita Cantina, in the heart of 26 Doors. The cantina offers specialties such as fish, salads and slow-roasted chicken or pork loin, as well as traditional Tex Mex. Be sure to sample their awardwinning salsa and famous margaritas. The Cantina has been featured in Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels. Dine indoors or on the large outdoor patios. Adelante Boutique is a unique women’s store with an eclectic mix of clothing, handbags, shoes and jewelry. Like its name, which means “forward” in Spanish, this boutique is always on the cutting edge, offering the latest style trends. To satisfy a sweet tooth, treat yourself to Teo’s, a perennial winner of the “Best of Austin” awards. Teo’s offers a full-service coffee bar staffed by Italiantrained baristas. Gelato is available in a variety of flavors, and for a refreshing treat, sample a sorbetto. The more than 37 flavors range from an unbelievably
creamy chocolate cappuccino gelato called mattissimo to a sugar-free strawberry sorbetto. They’ve also added breakfast and lunch menus. In the cooler months, enjoy your treats by the outdoor fireplace. One of Austin’s most popular boutiques is Sweet Charity, which offers gifts, accessories, seasonal décor, collectibles and art. During the year, Sweet Charity welcomes top designers such as Round Top Collection’s Jeff Krause and chefs like Rebecca Rather and Sibby Barrett. One of the store’s two signature departments is P.S. by Sweet Charity, featuring gifts, cards and candy. The other, Sweet Baby, offers the best in children’s attire, toys and furniture. They are a project of Seton Volunteers and proceeds benefit patients in need at Seton. Rootin’ Ridge Toymakers offers custom-made wooden toys for all ages. Inside, visitors can peek into the workshop to watch the master craftsmen at work. Rootin’ Ridge also offers a selection of high-quality commercially produced wooden toys, games, puzzles, furniture and musical instruments. Kids feel special when they visit Margo Bower’s Hair’s Lair. This haircutting and styling salon is located in a small cottage and features toys, movies and snacks. Fast and fabulous hairstyles make kids—and their parents—look forward to a fun haircut every time. Feel more beautiful when you visit Urban Betty. The salon offers the best and most current trends in professional hair color and styles, as well as fabulous updos and wedding treatments—in the salon or at your location. Urban Betty features PureOlogy and Bumble & Bumble products. Pamper yourself at Bellissima European Skin and Nails. Skin care is their passion and life’s work. Their methods combine the best of European and American skin care techniques and products. If it’s burgers, platters and cold beer that you’re searching for, stop by Waterloo Ice House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Waterloo is a casual neighborhood gathering spot serving great food any time of day. At night, the dining room comes alive with the best of Austin’s music
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scene. Bell and Bird is a jewelry shop specializing in antique pieces from the 18th and 19th Centuries. Their offerings also include hand fabricated platinum and gold custom jewelry. What a special find in this nook of Austin! Rae Cosmetics offers a mineral-based cosmetics line designed specifically for the hot Austin climate and active lifestyle. Their cosmetics are created from the philosophy that makeup should enhance beauty, not mask it. Rae Cosmetics is designed for hardworking, fun-loving women who are always on the go. Bay Hill Designs offers home furnishings and accessories, as well as interior design services. In their store you’ll find ideas for living and entertaining. Whether it’s bedding, window treatments or lighting, come by and be inspired! Frost, the largest home-grown, Texas-based banking organization, has helped Texans with their financial needs since 1868. Focusing on outstanding service and one-on-one customer relationships, Frost offers banking, investments and insurance to individuals and businesses across Texas. Massage Harmony is a locally owned and operated spa offering the most affordable massages across Austin. Named in honor of Austin’s local music scene, Massage Harmony also differentiates itself from competitors by not requiring clients to purchase a membership in order to take advantage of its low rates. Clients can choose from Swedish, deep tissue, sports, Shiatsu, reflexology, pregnancy and, now, Ashiatsu massages without having to pay extra. Be sure to visit Pearl Events, a refined and embellished event planning service which provides singular, special and fashionable events. Whether you are raw and edgy or simple and classic, or a combo of both, Pearl Events will help you design the perfect details. Every event is infused with personality and unique Austin touches. Enjoy stress free planning on any budget!
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