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organization. Con Mi Madre began as the Hispanic MotherDaughter Program, a League program focused on increasing representation of Hispanic women in higher education through academic and social support for school age girls and their mothers. League Community VP at the time and later President, Sandy Alcala, served as the founding Board President of Con Mi Madre and then went on to be the Executive Director for fi e years. The League continues to support Con Mi Madre with scholarships each year.
"The Junior League of Austin is ready to serve our community and continue to be a force for positive change for Austin and our members."
The heart of this community's progress is in the JLA recognizing a need, working hard to develop and support programs to meet those needs, and then serving these organizations with trained volunteers. This lifecycle of community service and leadership development is truly the living embodiment of the mission of the League.
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This year the League celebrates 87 years of membership and service to the women of Austin and our community. During this time, our city and our organization have seen great growth and change. Back in 1934, Austin had a population of 60,000 residents and today we are pushing one million! The Junior League of Austin has flourished along with ou city and is currently the 5th largest League in the world... and still growing! The Junior League of Austin (JLA) is an organization committed to our members and our community. Our mission is to promote a culture of volunteerism, work to improve our community and focus on the development and training of women. Through our mission, the JLA has been able to support our community and its ever changing needs. Did you know that in 1983 the JLA donated funds to create the Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas? Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas is still a community partner of the League, supported over the years by League funds and volunteers. In 1985, the League sponsored the fourth CASA program in the state of Texas, enabling them to hire their fi st Executive Director. In 2020, CASA serves 80% of the total number of children in Child Protective Services in Travis County and is run by past League President, Laura Wolf. In 2008, Con Mi Madre launched from a League signature program into an independent nonprofit
To date, The Junior League of Austin continues to provide support to the Austin community by providing 160,000+ volunteer hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars of grant funding to local nonprofits each year. The League strives to meet the growing needs of our community with our signature programs: Coats For Kids (CFK), Food in Tummies (FIT) and Kids in Cool Shoes (KICS). These programs are 100% run by JLA volunteers and funded by League fundraisers and generous donor partnerships. In 2020, we have adjusted all areas of our programming to address the ever changing needs of our members, our community and our partners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the League will continue to find ays to adapt and grow, reimaging how we will serve our community, our members and raise funds in ways that will be socially responsible and safe for all. Our longest running fundraiser, A Christmas Affair, is celebrating its 45th year as the kick off to the holiday season. This year we are excited to bring the market to Austin virtually! Raising funds to support the essential programs of the League, expanding our support to local nonprofits developing and training women, all while supporting small businesses in Austin and across the country! We are excited to welcome all to our event this year to continue this long standing tradition of connecting and supporting our community. The Junior League of Austin is ready to serve our community and continue to be a force for positive change for Austin and our members. As mentioned earlier, for 87 years The Junior League of Austin has been an integral voice in our city. During times of growth, struggle, celebration and change, we are part of the history of Austin and will continue to be a part of the future.
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We are being called upon today to be more creative than ever to not only maintain our relevance, but also to adjust and grow in ways that lead us to a better future.
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Committed, Creative, Resilient, and Strong. These words have been used to describe The Junior League of Austin and the women who have lived our mission and supported our efforts throughout our history. In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unpredictable times, these traits are being demonstrated in ways that none of us could have foreseen and they continue to serve us well as we lean into the challenges we face together. We are being called upon today to be more creative than ever to not only maintain our relevance, but also to adjust and grow in ways that will lead us to a better future. As the current Sustaining President, I have the privilege of joining virtual meetings with our league leadership to strategize ways to successfully fulfill ou mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community in a world that looks very different than it did this time last year. The ways that we were able to fulfill ou mission in the past is vastly different than it is today. Through these exercises of rethinking our opportunities, I have been impressed with the level of commitment, creativity, resilience and strength that is demonstrated by our league leaders. These women are dedicated to each other and to our community. They stand together in an effort to find ays that we can creatively continue to train our members, who in turn support the greater Austin area. Because of their commitment, creativity, resilience and strength, they will pivot and produce results for each other, our League and our community that are certain to reap benefits or years to come. Now more than ever, our Sustaining membership is being called to support our Active membership as they strive to improve our community. With our help, these women will adapt and adjust. We will celebrate their success together because through their efforts, the city we all love will be a better place.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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The Junior League of Austin Board of Directors top-left to bottom-right: Lyndsey Crawford, Tania Leskovar-Owens, Laura Cesaro, Risé Candelaria, Rachel Zander, Kimberly Batrice, Meagan Longley, Liz Neff, Abby Raines, Jennifer Kalinowski, Yvette Ruiz Krumhansl, Meredith Clarke, Dionne Barner, Kelly Breeden, Lyndsay Kerr, Bonnie Allison, Shannon Creekmur and Courtney Dickey PRESIDENT Lyndsey Crawford PRESIDENT-ELECT Tania Leskovar-Owens TREASURER Abby Raines RECORDING SECRETARY Liz Neff COMMUNITY VP Rachel Zander ADMINISTRATIVE VP Laura Cesaro COMMUNICATIONS VP Rise Candelaria FUND DEVELOPMENT VP Kimberly Batrice MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT VP Meagan Longley
OUR MISSION The Junior League of Austin is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
MEMBER-AT-LARGE Shannon Creekmur MEMBER-AT-LARGE Courtney Dickey SUSTAINING PRESIDENT Kelly Breeden BYLAWS Yvette Ruiz Krumhansl TREASURER-ELECT Bonnie Allison NOMINATING CHAIR Meredith Clark STRATEGIC PLANNING CHAIR Dionne Barner TECHNOLOGY CHAIR Lyndsay Kerr ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT Jennifer Kalinowski The Junior League of Austin 7
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Building Community with Innovation and Flexibility during COVID-19 Leading with positivity during challenging times By: Britni Rachal
hen the world drastically began to change as unprecedented stay-athome orders went into place in March 2020, leaders across The Junior League of Austin (JLA) jumped into action.
“We know this is a crazy time, but one of the things that makes us one of the top growing Leagues is that throughout history we have been responsive to the changing needs of members,” explained Membership Development Council VP, Meagan Longley. “This time is no different.” Throughout the entire pandemic adaptation process, a focus on building a stronger future for the League has been key. After months of member surveys, community surveys, proposals, research, and analyzing different scenarios, this year’s changes not only pivot to the current climate, but the strategic modifi ations will benefit the entire organization for decades to come.
COATS FOR KIDS For the fi st time in 24 years, Coats for Kids (CFK) will move out of the Palmer Events Center. The annual event and coat drive has been part of the Austin community for 34 years, helping to keep more than 35,000 kids warm in 2019. Annually, the event enlists the help of more than 450 JLA volunteers and more than 2,000 community volunteers. “Thankfully, Coats for Kids is embedded in our organization and within the Austin community,” said Rachel Pry, Coats for Kids Chair. “We are all excited to Page Sponsored By: Kendall and Andrew Guinn
evolve to have an even greater impact now and in the future, as we work to better center the program around coat recipients, in distribution locations that are easier for them to access.” Because Distribution Day attendance has dropped each year, the current committee met with past chairs to decide if this would be a good year to move the program to the Community Impact Center (CIC). The overwhelming response—a strong “yes.” Due to the pandemic climate, the chairs and partner organizations KVUE, KVET, and Jack Brown Cleaners knew it would not be safe for kids to try on coats in person this year. By making the switch, the funds typically allocated for venue costs will be used to purchase additional coats. Coat sorting will take place in the covered parking lot of the CIC. Perfect for a pandemic environment, the area is covered, but still outdoors to allow for distancing. For distribution, schools will be able to fill out an online form requesting a specific oat size and three top color choices. The League’s Community Coats Program will also be in full use, providing a resource for nonprofits to request up to 300 coats for agency clients. Donation drives are more important this year than ever. Drop-off locations will still exist at Jack Brown Cleaners, and the push for online donations will be higher, including options to gift through a designated Amazon Wish List. Members of the Austin community who have volunteered for decades are still needed, but in different roles. For example, corporations who normally sent volunteers for The Junior League of Austin 9
Far Left & Center: Members of The Junior League of Austin pivot to the pandemic climate, while social distancing and distributing Food In Tummies backpacks for children in Del Valle ISD. Far Right: JLA's Communications Council continues to meet regularly. However, this year, members meet over Zoom rather than in person in order to promote social distancing. Photo by Rise Candelaria.
Distribution Day are now considering hosting in-person and virtual coat drives. These moves are great steps for the program. Mobile coat fittings will li ely be the future of Coats for Kids. Once the pandemic is over, the League hopes to continue mobile delivery throughout the city to deliver coats directly to communities in need.
A CHRISTMAS AFFAIR A hallmark of tradition within the Austin community, A Christmas Affair (ACA), the holiday market that raises funds for JLA programs and more than 30 local nonprofits is taking an unprecedented step this year, moving to a fully-virtual format, allowing shoppers and party-goers to participate at home. The new format is temporary; however, all future shopping markets will likely have some online aspect, allowing the event to host higher volumes of vendors, along with family and friends who live out of state. As trailblazers on a national level, The Junior League of Austin was the fi st League chapter to decide to pivot the holiday market virtually. Since making the decision, the committee has since been providing advice and sharing strategies with other chapters. “We made the decision early on because we wanted to set ACA up for success. Choosing the virtual format gave us the opportunity to see the win, and have control over it,” said ACA Chair, Keri Walling. “This is not a band-aid or a contingency plan in the age of COVID-19. Instead we chose to take a strategic approach that will really grow A Christmas Affair for the future.” Now in its 45th year, the holiday market is known for kicking off the holiday season within the Austin community. That sense of community tradition will be 10 The Junior League of Austin
available, featuring holiday shopping on a new website. ACA parties will take place virtually, with curbside pickups and delivery of food and drink kits. A favorite for children, the gingerbread house party will include a Zoom dance party, and socially-distant appointments will be available for photos with Santa. Chips and salsa, cocktail kits, and succulent making kits will provide a new twist to a virtual ACA Girls’ Night party, keeping this year’s Felicidad theme in mind. The six-day holiday market raises approximately $800,000 each year on average, and the new online format will allow JLA to highlight more about the community programs that benefit f om ACA.
FIT Food in Tummies (FIT) is one of the programs that benefits f om funds raised through ACA. The League established FIT in 2009 to deliver backpacks of food for children to take home over each weekend of the school year to address food insecurity, as 88.5% of children in Del Valle Independent School District (DVISD) are considered economically disadvantaged. This year’s committee is still committed to serving 240,000 food items to children within the Del Valle school district. The program quickly adapted to school closures in March, making arrangements to distribute food at off-site locations, at a time when some children needed the extra meals the most. “We have been taking this challenge and embracing it,” said FIT Chair, Carolyn Ragsdale. “What carries me through is the passion and commitment of women on the committee. We’ve been recreating a whole new way of doing things so that we can complete the League’s mission.”
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With new social distancing guidelines in the FIT pantry, program volunteers have been working nonstop since April to continue filling bags with ood to deliver to students within Del Valle ISD, providing weekend nourishment for children who may experience uncertainty about when they will receive their next meal.
COMMUNITY PLACEMENTS / JUNIOR LEAGUE UNIVERSITY Flexibility is the focus for this year’s community placements. Some organizations are now offering virtual volunteer experiences. For example, virtual mentoring for girls in grades 3–12 is now happening with longtime partner, Girls Empowerment Network – Austin. To ease with transitions and develop new plans, the Placement Committee conducted one-on-one Zoom calls with representatives from all 30 community partners. “Leadership is working hard to be fl xible, but also to provide a meaningful experience for everyone involved,” said Sara Guitierrez, Placement Chair. For those who are unable to fulfill their community placements this year, the League is offering a new option: Junior League University. With four robust and fl xible educational tracks, the program will promote diversity and inclusion, board training, fund development, and learning under practice. Organizers anticipate between 100-150 members will enroll in this option. “Building up our members is a priority, so that when the world becomes a place where we can be out again, we are all better prepared to serve our community,” said Longley. With 2,586 total members, The Junior League of Austin will continue to set an uplifting example of leadership within the Austin community. Building for a stronger tomorrow by strengthening programs and creating opportunities out of what would otherwise be a very challenging time, the League is proud to showcase the importance of finding the positive in even the most challenging situations.
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Happy First Birthday, CIC! Reflections on Our Community Impact Center’s Inaugural Year By: Jennifer Wu
t is hard to believe that over a year has passed since the August 2019 move to our new home at the Community Impact Center (CIC). What began as a nascent dream over 10 years ago became a reality after years of strategic planning, fundraising, and meticulous design and construction. The Junior League of Austin said goodbye to its former headquarters on Parkcrest after more than 35 wonderful years in the space and relocated to over 48,000 square feet at the CIC. Before the move, members worked tirelessly to pack decades of League history, memorabilia, merchandise, and supplies. The move took place over three intensive days at the end of July and into early August, and members spent the next several weeks unpacking, sorting, and settling in to our new home. Everything came together beautifully, just in time for us to hold our fi st “Welcome Home!” General Meeting in September at the CIC. Over 600 members attended the historic event—more than two times the number than could fit in ou former headquarters at any one time.
we knew it to a grand pause, and the League, like all other organizations during this difficult period pivoted to adapt to changing times. “To ensure the safety of our League members, staff, and building, access to the CIC was restricted to essential League business, and The Junior League of Austin has been following local and state public health orders and guidance, such as mask wearing, distancing, and limited gathering sizes,” said Laura Cesaro, who served as Headquarters Chair for the 2019–2020 League year. The FIT Committee quickly commandeered the ballroom and revamped logistics so volunteers could adhere to social distancing guidelines while continuing to pack and deliver thousands of backpacks of shelf-stable food each week to the students of Del Valle Independent School District. The External Events committee has worked tirelessly with our rental clients to rethink event bookings. While some rental clients have opted to reschedule
A few weeks later, members of our community were invited to a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. Because the CIC was designed with more than just League operations in mind, members were excited for visitors to come experience the inviting space. The External Events committee began fielding equests from community organizations throughout Austin to book our ballroom and meeting rooms for their programming. Throughout the fall, The Junior League of Austin settled in to optimize and expand the operations and execution of our many signature programs—Food In Tummies (FIT), Kids In Cool Shoes (KICS), A Christmas Affair (ACA), and Coats for Kids (CFK). Unfortunately, by Spring 2020, the spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic brought life as 14 The Junior League of Austin
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First group photo outside the CIC after the September 2019 General Meeting by Mildred Hammond. their events, many others have instead embraced the opportunity to proceed with hosting their events at the CIC this fall, and implemented firm social di tancing protocols in order to do so. Ask any member of The Junior League of Austin and she will likely tell you, “This is a training organization!” is an oft-uttered mantra. Members say it, in jest, when technology fails us. Members often say it, in jest, when summoning the courage to overcome a fear of public speaking or when faced with daunting tasks and short deadlines. And, members may even say it, in jest, when (despite our best efforts!) things do not go as planned. But members often say it with wholehearted sincerity, when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges— and then proceed to persevere, persist, and overcome. The Junior League of Austin is 100% volunteer-led and volunteer-based, and this year’s challenges have provided boundless opportunities for growth and development at all levels. For those training opportunities, our members are truly grateful.
Everything came together beautifully, just in time for us to hold our first “Welcome Home!” General Meeting in September at the CIC. Over 600 members attended the historic event—more than two times the number than could fit in our former headquarters at any one time.
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PARTNERS & PROGRAMS
The Junior League of Austin (JLA) provides volunteers and funding to area non-profits or the benefit and enrichme t of the Austin community and the development and education of League volunteers. Below is a summary of volunteers and funds that are allocated to each project or program that the JLA supports. To learn more about these projects and programs please visit www.jlaustin.org.
Community Projects Project
2020-2021 COMMUNITY ADVISORS
Austin Creative Reuse
Austin Parks Foundation
President Elizabeth Christian and Associates Public Relations
Center for Child Protection
Central Texas Food Bank
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Travis County
Dress for Success Austin
Drive as Senior of Central Texas
Drive a Senior West Austin
John-Michael Cortez Special Assistant Offi e of Mayor Steve Adler
Girls Empowerment Network
Global VP of Business Development Whole Foods Market
Humane Society of Austin & Travis County
Keep Austin Fed
President Bank of America Austin
Mother's Milk Bank at Austin
Multicultural Refugee Coalition
Partnerships for Children
ROCK, Ride On Center for Kids
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
Christopher Kennedy CEO Leadership Austin
The SAFE Alliance
Ron Kessler Group, LLC
The Salvation Army Austin Area Command
The Settlement Home
Edna Ramon Butts
Sustainable Food Center
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Women’s Storybook Project of Texas
Zach Scott Theatre Center
Director of Intergovernmental Relations & Policy Oversight Austin ISD
Brad Robb Executive Director Carl C. Anderson Sr. & Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation
Karlan Witt The Junior League of Austin Programs Project
Coats for Kids (CFK)
Con Mi MADRE Scholarships
FIT - Food in Tummies
KICS - Kids in Cool Shoes
Spanish Immersion “Si”
Total 2020-2021 Community Volunteers & Community Contributions
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Showcasing the League's Kids Giving Back Initiative By: Jennifer Wu
Voluntarism. Service to Community. Leadership. These pillars of The Junior League of Austin lie at the heart of our mission to serve our community. They permeate all that we do—from programs like Food In Tummies (FIT), our perennial partnership with Del Valle Independent School District (DVISD) to deliver thousands of backpacks containing shelf-stable food each week to students across 10 elementary schools this year; to Coats For Kids (CFK), our annual coat drive which distributes over 35,000 coats to children in need across Central Texas each winter; to A Christmas Affair (ACA), our annual tradition 45 years in the making, which brings together merchants from all across the country to host a fi e-day holiday market to raise funds to support FIT, CFK, and our more than 30 local community non-profit partne s annually. This past June, through the newly revamped Kids Giving Back initiative, members of The Junior League of Austin embraced a new avenue to share these pillars of voluntarism, service to community, and leadership with our children—the next generation of leaders. The vision of the Kids Giving Back Committee is to promote the development of voluntarism within the families of the members of The Junior League of Austin. This is achieved through leadership training and service learning within Central Texas. The History of Kids Giving Back Over the last decade, members of The Junior League of Austin have brainstormed creative ways to introduce the spirit of voluntarism to their children, through requesting community placements with organizations like Generation SERVE (formerly Little Helping Hands), signing up for kid-friendly volunteer events, and planning special projects from time to time. Although demand for these opportunities frequently exceeded the number of 20 The Junior League of Austin
openings, it was difficult to implement a standing program since opportunities and interest ebbed and fl wed each year. Four years ago, passionate League members decided to reinvigorate this program which initially began in 2009 to create more longstanding, targeted programming and instill voluntarism and philanthropy in our youth. Tima Brown, chair of this year’s Kids Giving Back Committee, and longtime League members Kelly Tarun and Katie Turner found out in early March that they were selected as Kids Giving Back Committee members for this year. Brown, Tarun and Turner were passionate about planning special programming for all League members to share with the children in their families, and they quickly got to work to execute their ideas. By early April, the committee had created a logo, cemented the Kids Giving Back vision, and planned events for the start of the new League year on June 1. Their objectives were two-fold: (1) brainstorm fun and creative ways for members and the wonderful children in their lives (daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren—all are welcome!) to
“The true joy of Kids Giving Back is fostering the values central to our League’s Mission Statement in our children and empowering this next generation to continue our legacy of supporting our community.”
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make a positive impact on our community, and (2) have fun while doing so. Creative Programming in a Time of Social Distancing Launching a new program amidst a global pandemic demanded considerable creativity and ingenuity. Work/ learn-from-home protocols have been in place since March, and the Kids Giving Back Committee prioritized health and safety while designing innovative monthly projects that could be done with social distancing measures in place.
other kids via Zoom to be Hunger Captains, raising awareness about hunger and food insecurity across Central Texas. By holding a two-week food drive, these Hunger Captains collected enough food to provide more than 1,600 meals to the Central Texas
In June, the committee announced its fi st project of the year, focusing on the Healthcare Heroes at UT Health— frontline medical workers and personnel bravely fig ting the pandemic and treating patients every day. With social distancing protocols in place, the committee hosted a drive-through “parade” in the Community Impact Center’s Circle Drive and collected thank you cards and pictures for COVID-19 response team personnel. Following the parade, the committee partnered with Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q, who generously donated breakfast tacos and coffee, and made a contactless delivery to UT Health to let the Healthcare Heroes know they are celebrated and appreciated. For their July project, Mace Massingill, 13, son of Sustaining Member Holly Mace Massingill, led the Kids Giving Back #NoHunger Food Drive. Mace trained more than 20
Ross, 3, son of League member Emily Hermans, packs Helper Bags for Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
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Food Bank. The committee also planned a Christmas in July event to honor the Healthcare Heroes of St. David’s and delivered thank you notes, cookies and coffee to the hospital. In August, Harris Tarun, age 9, son of committee member Kelly Tarun, posted an instructional video for a packat-home project to teach other children how to make Homeless Helper Bags, filled with disposable mas s, mini bottles of hand sanitizer, socks, water and a snack. More than 20 children participated, and 325 Helper Bags were donated to Mobile Loaves and Fishes for distribution. And, to kick off the new school year, Tomas and Nico Owens, ages 9 and 6, sons of President-Elect Tania Leskovar-Owens, created and led a virtual Back to School backpack drive. They made a tutorial for packing backpacks filled with school supplies or kids in foster care, and 59 backpacks were donated to Foster Angels of Central Texas for distribution.
Building a Lasting Legacy As is evident from this year’s programming thus far, Kids Giving Back is committed to remaining kid-led and kidfocused. Rather than simply sending League members written directions to instruct their little ones, the Kids Giving Back Committee has found ways to allow our young leaders to shine by giving them the opportunity to create instructional content and lead other children. The committee’s primary role is coordinating logistics for donations to our various community partners once a project is completed. As Brown puts it, “The true joy of Kids Giving Back is fostering the values central to our League’s mission statement in our children and empowering this next generation to continue our legacy of supporting our community.
Hunger Captains dropped off food donations at the CIC for the Central Texas Food Bank.
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A LETT ER F ROM A CHRISTMAS A F FA IR CH A I R Keri Bellacosa Walling Greetings from the innovative A Christmas Affair 2020 Committee: We find ourselves truly in the middle of history in the making. We can all attest to what a different year this has been. It has brought uncertainty about our health and safety, our livelihoods, our ability to gather and has forced us to rework nearly every aspect of our lives. We have also discovered our strength and perseverance. Amidst all the change, A Christmas Affair is proud to hold strong in bringing happiness into people’s homes despite a global and local crisis. In its 45th year, A Christmas Affair remains Austin’s iconic tradition that kicks off the holiday season, attracting tens of thousands of guests of all generations each year, including my own family from across Austin and up from San Antonio. A Christmas Affair supports not only the small and mid-size business community of which our merchants make up, but our event also pours back into our Central Texas philanthropic community, raising signifi ant funds for more than 30 area non-profit o ganizations. F or these reasons, we couldn’t let COVID-19 take away this tradition, or the great impact A Christmas Affair has on our city and beyond. Today, I thank and recognize our committee of 85 women volunteers who thoughtfully and strategically re-imagined A Christmas Affair, as they too are juggling families at home, managing distance learning for their children, keeping their careers afloat all while having the health of their families and themselves top of mind. This committee took our beloved holiday gift market completely virtual in record time, making history of our own. This bold pivot expands the opportunity for reach, impact and influen e not just for 2020, but for years to come. The Junior League of Austin is the fi st league across the country to make the move to a virtual fundraiser, blazing the trails and providing a model for other organizations, and increasing the impact of A Christmas Affair events in the future. This year’s theme, F elicidad, means happiness in Spanish. Growing up in San Antonio, I was
surrounded each year by joyful holiday traditions wrapped in the strong Hispanic heritage of putting family and community fi st. It is my hope to bring a piece of felicidad to A Christmas Affair this year, and to continue to share the happiness of the holidays and our League’s hard work with others. Even though we are unable to walk through an event center adorned in F elicidad décor, you can’t help but take notice of the bright and festive details of our Virtual Marketplace, reflecting the happiness The Junior League of Austin has shared with the community for 45 years. In addition to serving the community, a large part of the mission of The Junior League of Austin is developing the potential of women. This year, our team has grown in our leadership, our skills, and our ability to pivot and lead in times of change and crisis. I am forever grateful for this committee and the League leadership’s support, and I am extremely proud of everything we have accomplished. It has been one of the highest honors of my life to serve and lead in the role of A Christmas Affair Chair during such a historic time. My sincerest hope is that you enjoy the traditions of A Christmas Affair this week. After a year full of change, soak up the holiday event you’ve come to count on each November. Most of all, feel confide t that your participation continues JLA’s tradition of sharing happiness with others. Sending Felicidad to you and your family this holiday season,
Keri Bellacosa Walling A Christmas Affair Chair 2020
Photo: Kerri Lohmeier Photography
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ART DESIGN & LAYOUT: KELLY BODU (CO-CHAIR), ALESSANDRA LAND (CO-CHAIR), ABBEY AMES, SIIRI MARQUARDT, ALLISON WINNEY, AUCTION: ERIN ARNOLD (CO-CHAIR), EMILY FRANKE (CO-CHAIR), RACHEL ROGERS (BUSINESS MANAGER), BRITTANY ARNDT, BENNETT MAGGIO, SAMANTHA STEPHENS, CHILDRENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EVENTS: ASHLEY BEHARA (CO-CHAIR), ERIN WOLFF KENT (CO-CHAIR), MARISSA KUBINSKI, CARISSA MILAM, BRITTANY WARD, FACILITIES: BLAIR NELSON (CO-CHAIR), ELISSA PATE (CO-CHAIR), FOOD & BEVERAGE: LISA GALLOWAY (CHAIR), JESSICA STRODER, EMILY RUSSELL, GUEST RELATIONS: MEAGAN MOLL (CHAIR), TARA HOLMAN LOEHRER, SARABETH PETERSON, HOSPITALITY: LINDSAY SIMS (CHAIR), MEREDITH CLIFFORD, ASHLEY COLLINS, MERCHANDISE: MARY QUIN MOORE (CHAIR), DANIELLE LOBSINGER, KELLI SMITH, MERCHANTS: BETH BOWERS (CO-CHAIR), LIA TRUITT (CO-CHAIR), STACI BETZEN, LAUREN HAMNER SPREEN, LAUREN HOBBS, VICTORIA JONES, BROOKE MORGAN, AUDREY YOUNG, PARTIES: BENEE ARNDT (CO-CHAIR), ALLISON LEE (COCHAIR), ABBI MILLER, PLACEMENT: PAIGE MORGAN (CO-CHAIR),
A special thank you to JLA Photography Chair Mildred Hammond and the JLA Photography Committee
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A CHRISTMAS AFFAIR IS THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF AUSTIN’S LARGEST FUNDRAISER. WE EXTEND A HUGE
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS, DONORS, MERCHANTS, AND VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO MAKE THIS YEAR’S A CHRISTMAS AFFAIR A SUCCESS.
SARAH ROPER-COLEMAN (CO-CHAIR), PRODUCTION & DESIGN: SHERIDAN BUTLER BINFORD (CO-CHAIR), KIM GALLOWAY MCHALE (CO-CHAIR), GENNY HILL (BUSINESS MANAGER), ANNE OITZINGER (BUSINESS MANAGER), MEREDITH ARMSTRONG, LAUREN CORBETT, ELIZABETH DOUGHTIE, STEPHANIE MCARTHUR, PUBLIC RELATIONS: LEVENTE MCCRARY (COORDINATOR), VICTORIA BOHN, JORDAN MICHALIK, SUSTAINING ADVISORS: SANDY ALCALA, LEIGH ARNOLD, JESSICA BALLADARES-BENNETT, LISA KASPAR, HOLLY MACE MASSINGILL, CINDY MCCUISTION, TINA MCCUTCHIN, LESLIE MOORE, LESLIE PARDUE, HOLLY PRIESTNER, STACY REED, MICHELE ROACH, GAYLE VICKERS, TECHNOLOGY: ERICA SHELGREN (CO-CHAIR), RAMI LEGHA (C0CHAIR), TICKETS: AMY MILLER (CO-CHAIR), KATRINA MURPHY (COCHAIR), TRAFFIC & SECURITY: WHITNEY OPPERMAN (CO-CHAIR), ARDEN WIMBERLY (C0-CHAIR), HILLARY DECK, ASHLEY FLUECKIGER, SYDNEY GRUBB, AMY HUDSON, AMANDA WELLS, TREASURY: ELIZABETH MILLER (CO-TREASURER), ANDREA PRATT (CO-TREASURER)
M AR KE T E NT RY : Tickets $ 15 access for the week
Open from 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020 through 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2020
VIP Early Access begins 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020 through 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2020. COST: $45
Community Impact Center Parking is complimentary at THE COMMUNITY IMPACT CENTER 5330 BLUFFSTONE LANE AUSTIN, TX, 78759. For Santa and Holiday photos. Drive through pick-ups will also be available for party packages. Please see pick-up details on your party ticket(s).
Under City of Austin health and safety guidelines, the JLA reserves the right to limit access to guests and volunteers during the week of A Christmas Affair. Please bring and wear a mask when participating on campus.
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A Drive-Through Brunch To-Go with Mozart’s Coffee, Veracruz All Natural Tacos, Mi Tradicion pan dolce, Bloody Mary Kits, Coffee Liqueur, and Shopping Perks T H U R S DAY, N OV EM B E R 1 9, 2020 TICKETS: $50 PER GUEST S PO N SOR :
Interactive Holiday Styling Experience with Kendra Scott herself! Festive Cocktail Kits and Virtual Musical Performance by Grammy-Award Nominated Gina Chavez. Group Tickets receive appetizers and treats by El Arroyo and Joe’s Bakery, including home delivery. THU R S DAY, NOV EM B ER 1 9, 2 02 0 TICKETS: $50 PER GUEST $300 PER GROUP OF 6 S PO N S O R:
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Festive Cocktail, Virtual Lotería (Bingo). Couple Tickets receive fajitas for 2 from Zuzu, treats from Joe’s Bakery, including home delivery. F RIDAY, N OV E M B ER 2 0, 2 02 0 TICKETS: $50 PER GUEST $100 PER COUPLE SP O N S O R:
Children’s Parties CASCABEL, CASCABEL, JINGLE ALL THE WAY Virtual Sing-Along with Mi Casa Es Tu Casa & Make It Sweet Cookie Decorating Kit FR I DAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020 TICKETS: $65 S PO N S O R:
FELIZ LLAMADAD Virtual Mr. Will Dance Party & Llama Ornament Decorating Kit from Brush Strokes Pottery SATURDAY, NOVEMBE R 2 1 , 2 02 0 TICKETS: $65 S PO N S O R:
COCINA FELIZ V i r tual Fami l y Pancake Co o kin g Clas s with Ch ef Pascal f rom Bake Au stin SAT UR DAY, N OVEMBER 21, 2020 TICKETS: $65 SPO N S O R:
BUEN PROVECHO Kids’ Virtu al Din n er Co o ki n g C l as s w i t h Ch ef Pas cal fro m Bake Au st i n S UNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 2 , 2 02 0 TICKETS: $65
BAILAMOS JUNTOS Virtual Mr. Will Dance Party & Make It Sweet Gingerbread House Kit SUN DAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020 TICKETS: $65 S PO N S O RS :
FELICIDAD MAXIMO Includes home delivery of Cascabel, Cascabel, Jingle All the Way and Bailamos Juntos Parties TICKETS: $200
Holiday Photos & Photos with Santa HOLIDAY PORTRAITS Private 10-minute portrait sessions with the iconic A Christmas Affair background SATURDAY & SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14 & 15 , 2020 COST: $55-$95
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N OV E MBER 20-22, 2020 COST: $55-$95 S PO N S O R:
The Ultimate Bag Raffle TICKET SALE ENDS: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020 AT 12:00 P.M. RAFFLE DRAWING: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020 AT 4:00 P.M. RAFFLE PACKAGES: 1 TICKET FOR $10 OR 6 TICKETS FOR $50 Spoil yourself with a beautiful and timeless Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM tote! Sponsored by members of Women in the Market, a program of JLA sustainers. Ticket purchaser must be a resident of the State of Texas.
SILENT AUCTION OPENS : WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020 AT 12:00 P.M. SILENT AUCTION CLOSES: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 AT 12:00 P.M. From private dining experiences to University of Texas football to getaways in Vail, New Orleans, and Port Aransas, you will be sure to find exclusive and memorable packages in this year’s A Christmas Affair virtual silent auction! Register to bid in the “Felicidad” silent auction and support The Junior League of Austin’s community programs and partners.
R EG I ST E R TO BID AT A C hrist m a sA ffa i r .com!
Bubbles & Bling
CHE ER S TO T H E W E E K E N D WITH F R ENC H 7 5 CO C K TA IL K ITS AND T RY YOU R LU C K AT TA K I NG HO M E A STU NNING PA IR O F KEND R A S COT T A MA LE E DIA M O ND STU D EA R R ING S
TICKETS: $50 KITS WILL BE HAND DELIVERED ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020
Holiday Decor Market
BROWSE OUR F IR ST E V E R A C HR ISTM A S A F FA IR C ATA LO G AN D OR D ER YO UR D ECO RATIO NS F RO M O U R WEB S ITE AT AC A D ECO R ATIO NS 2 02 0.EC WID.CO M All items will be available for curbside pickup on Friday, December 4th Sunday, December 6th at The Junior League of Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Impact Center, 5330 Bluffstone Lane, Austin, TX 78759. Some items will be available earlier starting on September 19th. Please visit our website for specific da es and times. Delivery is available for Austin-Area residents.
Merchandise 2020 A CHRISTMAS AFFAIR FELICIDAD COLLECTOR’S ORNAMENT: $30 Adorn your tree with the Felicidad spirit this holiday season with this bright and festive collector’s ornament from Christopher Radko, back in limited production from its original 1940s launch.
2020 A CHRISTMAS AFFAIR BANDANAS FUSCHIA/WHITE OR AQUA/BLACK: $12 Show your support for ACA 2020 with this year’s Felicidad patterned bandana! These 100% cotton premium bandanas are great year-round and can be worn in so many ways.
Quantities are limited and items are subject to sell out. All orders must be purchased online through our website: https://www.jlaustin.org/a-christmas-affair-2020/2020-aca-merchandise/ For everyone’s safety, in-person orders will not be accepted. Merchandise pick-up available during A Christmas Affair, November 18-22, at the Community Impact Center. You will receive more information once your order has been placed.
WE ARE EXCITED TO HOST THE FOLLOWING MERCHANTS AT THIS YEAR’S VIRTUAL MARKETPLACE
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AUSTIN, TX Hand made and custom jewelry.
BE YO U FA S HI O N BETHESDA, MD Jewelry, Handmade Raffia and Totes.
BE E M A RY AUSTIN, TX Mix media wearable art, crushed glass, resin, & previous metal jewelry.
BO RA NEW YORK, NY Handcrafted pieces using 925 Sterling Silver and 925 Oxidized Sterling Silver with Bronze or Gold accents with Semi-Precious and Precious stones.
BR AC K I S H CHARLESTON, SC Men and Women’s Feather Accessories hand crafted by a team of artisans in Charleston, South Carolina.
BR E N DA G R A ND S J E WE L RY HOUSTON, TX Handmade in 18k to 24K gold plated, sterling silver and natural stones, this collection is a reminder that every woman is a key piece in our society.
BRYAN ANTHONYS AUSTIN, TX Jewelry and home decor layered with empowering and thoughtful messages. Meaningful gifts for those who mean the most.
BY MAQ CORPUS CHRISTI, TX Handmade Jewelry with natural gemstones from all over the world and 925 sterling silver. Handmade Handbags.
CARRY IT WELL!
WACO, TX Hanging garment bags for ladies and men in unique fabrics. Made in Waco!
NEW YORK, NY goldno.8 is a direct to consumer brand of customizable handbags. We give our customers the tools to create a bag that is as cool and individual as she is.
CASSANDRA COLLECTIONS AUSTIN, TX Handmade gold-filled and sterling silver jewelry with one-ofa-kind stones and unique designs. From large statement flo al earrings to small ring bands, there is something for everyone from CassandraCollections!
GRACE AND CHARM
EAST BERNARD, TX We make handcrafted, original earrings, accessories, and gifts. We design all our items from start to finish with g eat attention to detail.
MEMPHIS, TN 100 percent cashmere scarves that are made in England.
DESIGNSBYGEORGINA LACANADA, CA DesignsbyGeorgina is a collection of Fine Jewelry - Traditional with a fashion Twist Australian South Sea Pearls, Tahitian Pearls, Freshwater Pearl Precious and Semi Precious stones set in Gold....
PFLUGERVILLE, TX Handmade, boho inspired jewelry using 14k gold fill sterling silver, leather and semi-precious stones.
GRACE AND WOOD CO.
GRANDMOTHER’S BUTTONS ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA Jewelry handmade with antique buttons, buckles, and vintage glass.
MAGNOLIA, AR We are a handmade, custom jewlery company dedicated to offering our customers great pieces to complement your style for every occasion.
AUSTIN, TX Canvas totes and pouches with monogram options available. Everyday dresses. Fun tees. Python handbags and accessories. And handmade genuine leather and natural stone jewelry. Hand finished in Austin, TX ranging in price between $25-$350.
HOT SPICE JEWELRY
TULSA, OK Handcrafted goods that change a nation. Empower-EducateEmploy.
AUSTIN, TX Striking. Inspired. Timeless. Jewelry handmade in Austin, TX.
EVERLASTING JOY JEWELRY
IMK JEWELRY (I.M. KEEPSAKES)
ERIS WIGGINS JEWELRY
FORT WORTH, TX Handcrafted jewelry made with natural gemstones, and 14K gold. EJ is created in small, unique batches. Every purchase fig ts against trafficking and sla ery.
FELIX Z DESIGNS NEW YORK, NY Handcrafted one of a kind natural gemstone jewelry.
AUSTIN, TX Effortless layering jewelry for every day. Simple styles, rich textures, and handcrafted with care in Austin, TX.
LAUREN FERRELL DESIGNS
R CINCO RANCH
We carry a wide range of items from Jewelry, clothing, handbags & accessories. All of our items are created or handmade by us.
Handmade jewelry and accessories supporting missions in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
WINNSBORO, TX Home Accessories, Hand crafted furniture, apparel & accessories created by hand, purses created by hand.
LOMA VISTA OF TEXAS
Unisex wool felt and straw hats made in the US.
Heirloom American Buffalo tote bags, luggage & apparel for women and men. Lambskin jackets and vests. Lifetime Guarantee!
KATE WINTERNITZ JEWELRY AUSTIN, TX Delicate and refined handcrafted jewelry in gold-fill vermeil, sterling silver and natural gemstones.
KENDRA SCOTT AUSTIN, TX Our purpose is to thoughtfully and joyfully connect through beautiful jewelry that gives back to the causes and people you care about most.
KK BUTEAU DESIGNS MADISON, MS Handmade semi fine one f a kind jewelry. Flower pieces made with real fl wers, Beach inspired pieces made with shells and coral, Nations inspired pieces using stones and beads from all over the world that represent different cultures.
L&D EVENTS GERMANTOWN, MI Unique boutique fur trimmed accessories: fox headbands, rex scarves, fox trimmed slippers. Outerwear; rex vest, rex ponchos, cashmere capes & sheared mink garments.
LAURA ELIZABETH JEWELRY AUSTIN, TX
ROBIN HANCOCK FINE JEWELRY AUSTIN, TX Fine estate, antique jewelry, along with exclusive modern design.
NEW YORK, NY
SAN ANTONIO, TX
SantM is a comfort chic handmade in Italy footwear and accessories from Italian legacy brands. We set out to give modern women a newfound sense of freedom and ease in their dayto-day lives. Never again carry a second pair of shoes, waste time in front of the mirror in the morning, or trade fashion for comfort. To achieve our high standards, we use the fine t Italian materials and fourth-generation Italian craftsmen.
Colorful leather, cowhide, exotic hide bags and accessories purses, wallets, travel bags, belts and jewelry - designed in Texas!
MAKHALA DESIGNS CHESTERFIELD, MO Sapphires, Diamonds and Pearls Oh My! Beautiful Stones are just part of what you will find in y collection of one-of-kind jewels.
MARIA VICTORIA BY POSTWOOD HILLS THE HILLS, TX Local woman-owned business offering personalized gift collections.
MINNIE BELLE JEWELS MARIETTA, GA “The Selection of Unique Jewelry” Classic, Trendy Modern and Timeless Vintage at affordable prices for everyone.
SIKARA & CO AUSTIN, TX Travel around the world with Sikara’s handcrafted contemporary jewelry. Sterling Silver, Gold & Rose Gold Plated with gemstones starting at $30.
SOMETHING NEW INTERNATIONAL
High Fashion Mexican artisan jewelry, clothes, hats, jackets.
MEANSVILLE, GA Go green by going pink! Something New All Natural Jewelry Cleaner cleans every metal and stone every time, including opals, pearls and costume jewelry. Family owned small business. Made in the USA.
BEE CAVE, TX
FORT WORTH, TX Designer spirit apparel company focusing on stylish, multipurpose collegiate wraps. The Otomiinspired designs are created by hand by local Texas artist Allison Castillo.
MY LITTLE MARIA AUSTIN, TX
ATX-based sustainable jewelry for the conscious, compassionate and confide t woman.
Shop our trendy collection of clothing, accessories, gifts and baby! Cute FREE tote bag with purchase!
Affordable classic womens jewelry made with freshwater pearls and mother of pearl.
Stylish, Sustainable & Practical Packing Solutions for Beauty Essentials.
SUZANNE DEROUIN JEWELRY REDONDO BEACH, CA Quality gold filled j welry.
THE DAINTY DOE
ROUND ROCK, TX Dainty, simple, pretty jewelry made with love in the heart of Texas!
All-Natural Teen Clean Hygiene. A collection of chemical-free hair, body and face care products designed specifi ally for growing guys.
Dedicated to crafting growth charts. Measure your children’s height on a family heirloom that grows (and moves!) with your family. Female-owned, and Austin-based!
THE TREASURED ACCESSORY CALABASAS, CA The Treasured Accessory is known for its beautiful jewelry that is made specifi ally for us and manufactured with the highest quality sterling silver that is then heavily plated in 14k gold or Rhodium.
TRULY YOURS LLC SEVERNA PARK, MD Home of the Cozee Cashmere Topper and more, Complementing Fashion and Fine Jewelry.
WREN & IVY MADISON, MS Leather and canvas sporting and travel gear.
Beauty LATIKA BODY ESSENTIALS AUSTIN, TX Latika is a family owned, Austin based beauty brand. We are known for combining clean ingredients and effective formulations with creative product design – to elevate our customer’s daily care routine and create gifts that inspire self-care.
NAKED BATH AND BODY HOUSTON, TX Handmade sugar scrubs, solid lotions and cozy, soft comfort accessories including socks and slippers.
ONATA FRAGRANCES HOUSTON, TX Custom blended fragrances hand-poured in scented soy candles, room|body mist, soap, and perfume. All designed to transform any room, any occasion.
YIKES TWINS STAFFORD, VA
Unique children’s hooded towels and matching slippers as well as infant swaddles and accessories, based in Liberty Hill.
BUNNIES AND BOWS LEWISVILLE, TX Originally designed pillowcases, tea towels, tooth pillows, and aprons personalized on site.
JAM MOM BABY KIDS BOUTIQUE DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX Fall and winter clothing for baby to tween. Holiday wear for children. Mariana Jewelry and Holiday Gifts.
KNOTTY KID MEMPHIS, TN Patterns, colors and crafts collide in an edgy assortment of unique clothing, monsters, toys and gifts!
ONLY LITTLE ONCE GRAND HAVEN, MI Girls lifestyle brand “capturing the magic of childhood”. We design and sell our products exclusively and are not sold in retail stores. PONY PAL STABLE AUSTIN, TX Pony Pals are “Kid Powered” plush riding ponies, unicorns and tigers.
RAISING HUMBLE HUMANS LEANDER, TX Children’s books that promote positive characteristic, and encourage kids to be the best versions of themselves while being accepting of others.
Clothing ADELANTE BOUTIQUE AUSTIN, TX Adelante Boutique carries hundreds of fashions, fun shoes, great jewelry and furniture often vintage-inspired but always with a distinctly modern twist.
ALMA BOUTIQUE AUSTIN, TX Austin based online women’s boutique here to help you look and feel your best! Quality, contemporary clothing and accessories for women of all sizes.
AMERICAN DUKE APPAREL CO. AUSTIN, TX American Duke was created to bring America a brand that truly represents our nation. We’ve created our company from the deepest roots of the American Spirit - Patriotism, Grit, and Free-Spiritedness. Out of many, American Duke is one.
AUGUST BLEU WOLFFORTH, TX Quality, high-end, timeless graphic tees designed and printed in Texas.
BLUSHING BELLE BOUTIQUE AUSTIN, TX Blushing Belle, a local Austin boutique, offers a wide range of apparel, in all sizes, to fit a y woman’s unique sense of style. Our clothing and accessories are carefully curated to provide our customers the latest fashions. We also specialize in custom items, repurposed luxury goods and unique gifts.
BUFFALO GIRLS DEL RIO, TX We are a Border Chic Flair Boutique located in Del Rio Tx. We carry a Great selection of Women’s Clothes, Shoes, Christmas Decorations.
CACTUS ROSE (MIRA FLORES, INC.) WACO, TX Women’s Apparel and Accessories, Clothing, Jewelry, Belts, Shoes, Hats.
COLADA COMPANY NORTHRIDGE, CA Cozy Pajamas, Robes & Night Gowns Hand Crafted in California.
FEATHER TOGETHER DALLAS, TX An online boutique focusing on accessibility through size inclusivity and affordability. Providing stylish, casual, and comfy clothes in sizes XS-4X, plus all of the jewelry and accessories to complete any outfit
GLAM GIRLS AUSTIN, TX Super trendy boutique offering clothing for all ages. Shoes, boots, apparel & holiday gifts.
GRACE AND LACE AUSTIN, TX Grace and Lace is a women’s apparel brand featuring flat ering, feminine and on trend designs. As seen on ABC’s Shark Tank.
GRACE LAYNE BOUTIQUE MAGNOLIA, TX Women and girls apparel and accessories, gift items, small home decor items. Our clothing is a mix of our Grace Layne original designs and a compliment of very unique vendors. KIKI BEAN & BEDHEAD PAJAMAS VENICE, CA Pajamas, loungewear and jewels for the family.
LA LO LA CLOTHING AUSTIN, TX Luxurious resort wear featuring one-of-a-kind silk and cashmere collections.
PRIMAVERA COLLECTION DALLAS, TX Traditional handmade Mexican embroidery with a Modern twist.
PRIPPIE FORT WORTH, TX On trend, affordable clothing for the modern woman. Our slogan is A Pop of Preppy with a Hint of Hippie.
PUNCHY’S STEPHENVILLE, TX Women’s classic apparel fused with western flai . Authentic handbags and jewelry, Native American Turquoise and other unique accessories.
Fun, fashionable, funky men dress socks in sizes 9-20, giving back to families affected by traumatic loss.
Alpaca clothing, toys, socks, drying ball, finge puppets.
LANDRY KATE MCKINNEY, TX Casual and chic boutique specializing in on trend and affordable clothing for women of all ages.
THE PAJAMA PRINCESS
AUSTIN, TX Outfit ers of the Texas Gentleman, featuring items made in Texas.
WESTLAKE HILLS, TX
On-trend yet affordable apparel, statement earrings, Texas themed gifts, Austin watercolor prints, funny Christmas tees, and unique stocking stuffers.
Comfy Cozy Upscale PJ’s & Loungewear: perfect for working from home & relaxing. Local woman owned!
TRENDS & TRADITIONS BOUTIQUE
FORT WORTH, TX
SAN MARCOS, TX
Artisan hand embroidered tops, tunics, and dresses from Guatemala for baby, woman, and child.
Influen ed by the Texas Hill Country lifestyle, offering updated clothing and jewelry pieces that are wearable and presentable designs. Our twist includes artful clothing, soulful jewelry and collectable folk art and home furniture and products.
NURSEOLOGY LAKEWAY, TX Fun and unique products made by nurses, for nurses and healthcare professionals.
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE BOUTIQUE HOUSTON, TX Women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, and gifts.
TUTU AND LILLI ROUND TOP, TX Casual lifestyle clothing that goes from day to night! You will want one in every color. Pair with our contemporary fine j welry.
TWO TEQUILA SISTERS
MI CASA TAMALES
BELLAIRE, TX Custom painted or embellished denim made to your specifi ation! Create a one of a kind denim jacket today!
UPTOWN CHIC NEW BRAUNFELS, TX Hill Country’s Best Kept Secret Boutique: Ladies and children’s clothing; Christmas T-shirts; initial items, unique gifts, and fabulous soaps. URBAN UNDERCOVER ST. PAUL, MN Designed to Travel. With Intention. Versatile, Comfortable and Chic Apparel & Accessories for the Travel Lover. WOODROAD GEAR CO. AUSTIN, TX Alpaca Wool Blend Socks, Merino Wool Blend Socks.
Entertainment CLASSY CHARGERS NEWPORT COAST, CA Classy Chargers - Stylish tech accessories that you can personalize! Show off your unique style with a customizable charger or power bank that you design. Apple Certified Great idea for stocking stuffers!
IRIS THE COLORING BOOK AUSTIN, TX Luxury coloring book featuring the iconic Iris Apfel. Proceeds from the sales of the book benefit The University of Texas UT in NYC program.
LONGHORN RACING ACADEMY SAN MARCOS, TX Exotic Supercar Driving Experience Gift Cards.
WEEVA AUSTIN, TX Gorgeous coffee table books both pre-made and completely custom.
A SPICE ABOVE
CROWN POINT, IN Dips for all occasions.
BEHRNES PEPPER SALTS DALLAS, TX 6 blends of pepepr salts that are good on everyting from eggs to bloody marys.
BLUE DOOR SWEETS AUSTIN, TX We offer homemade cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats.
BRENHAM KITCHENS BRENHAM, TX Gourmet Food Products made in small batches with no preservatives or artificial fl ors - sauces, salsas, jams/jellies/ preserves, roasted nuts with no oil or salt, dried fruit, and nut/ fruit blends.
BREWHOUSE BAKERS HOUSTON, TX Artisan beer bread mixes by Soberdough in 18 fla ors. Pour, Stir, Bake, Simple!
CARMIE’S KITCHEN WYLIE, TX Carmie’s Kitchen brand gourmet food products including dip mixes, soups, cheeseballs and olive oil seasonings. We also offer holiday gift items including stoneware dip chiller gift sets, ornaments with our mixes inside, and gift baskets.
DGZ CHOCOLATES HOUSTON, TX Award-winning toffee and gourmet chocolates made in Houston.
GOURMET BLENDS TORRANCE, CA Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegars & Infused Olive Oils.
MAGGIE’S MICROS WIMBERLEY, TX Maggie’s Micros specializes in Micro-Batch Craft Extracts and Infused Sugars.
Homemade, Gluten Free, no preservative Tamales, Gourmet Foods and Holiday Gifts.
MOZART’S COFFEE ROASTERS AUSTIN, TX Local Austin freshly roasted coffee (co-branded with JLA!), portable coffee french press, campfi e mugs, baked goods in holiday tins (perfect for gifting), espresso cups, and more!
PREP TO YOUR DOOR AUSTIN, TX Organic, plant-based, farm-totable meals delivered to Austin and Houston in zero-waste packaging. Buy back your time and health while doing good for the community and planet!
SOUTHERN CONCOCTIONS GEORGETOWN, TX Craft your own cocktail! Dehydrated blends from Georgetown, TX used to create a fla orful infused Concoction.
SPICEWOOD GOURMET FOODS SPICEWOOD, TX We create a selection of gourmet quality, all natural, Gluten free infused olive oils & aged bourbon worcestershire sauce, best in Texas. Prices start at $12 to $45 gift packs. Excellent for marinades, grilling, pasta sauces, & desserts.
SUSIE’S SOUTH FORTY CONFECTIONS, INC. MIDLAND, TX Famous Texas frozen pecan toffee, Texas trash, key lime & lemon cookies, 4 assorted barks, chewy pralines and other confections.
TRISHNNA TEA HOUSTON, TX Your local source for Specialty Teas! Hand crafted, sugar free, herbal and simply delicious cup of tea.
WHITE CLOUD WORLD TEAS AUSTIN, TX Handcrafted loose leaf teas, gifts, & tea accessories. SteepSip-Be Merry!
GEORGIAN HOUSE ANTIQUES
BATON ROUGE, LA Antique English & Children’s prints,Antique China, Small Silver, Books, Golf Memorabilia, gifts.
Handmade decoupage tissue box covers, wastepaper baskets, letter boxes, coasters, christmas ornaments.
HOLY LAND CRAFTS
NORTHWEST HILLS @ DAVENPORT
LAKE MARY, FL Authentic Hand-Carved Olive Wood Crafts From Bethlehem (The Holy Land), A Gift With A Lasting Impact.
AUSTIN, TX A delightful mix of holiday gifts from elegant to fun and whimsical.
KATY, TX BNR Designs brings the best of curated lifestyle accessories and exquisite Christmas decorations, home décor and gifts perfect for greeting the Christmas season.
ILLUMINATED OBJECTS LLC
POINT OF ORIGIN
AUSTIN, TX Functional luminary wonders crafted from curious devices with custom Edison lighting.
BROOKWOOD IN GEORGETOWN
GEORGETOWN, TX Handcrafted gifts by a community of adults with special needs.
BRUSH STROKES POTTERY AUSTIN, TX Hand painted ceramic gifts and DIY art kits for you to create at home.
DIVINE GOODS LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN Beautiful, curated and custom gift boxes for all occasions. Available for shipping nationwide!
ETTIENE MARKET MCKINNEY, TX Ettiene Market is a kitchen and pantry store located in the heart of Downtown McKinney Texas. We sell stories that look like ingredients and kitchen goods favored by Coryanne Ettiene.
FETE HOME NEW YORK, NY Luxury decorative home accessories, tabletop (dinnerware, glassware, flat are, table linens), pillows, throws, small upholstered furniture, fabric by the yard.
FINE ART BY DEANN BRENTWOOD, TN Artwork on canvas.
HOUSTON, TX Our merchandise includes handmade wooden cutting boards, serving trays, cheese boards, lazy susans, bottle openers, wine displays, knife holders, planters, candle holders, and other wooden home decor. Everything is handmade and designed in-house.
LUC JACOBS AUSTIN, TX Elegantly designed hand poured luxury candles curated by local artisans.
THE BEDAZZLED HOME BY MAGTRIM® MELBOURNE BEACH, FL Give Your Lighting Fixtures and Chandeliers an INSTANT Holiday Makeover with MagTrim’s Magnetic Chandelier Accessories.
MAKE IT SWEET AUSTIN, TX Tools, supplies, ingredients & classes to Make Everything Sweet!
MANOS DE SUR ATLANTA, GA Unique globally sourced products including alpaca/acrylic throws & blankets, sustainable cork products, Fair Trade horn jewelry, wine accessories, vintage South American textiles & pillows, home decor items and other great gifts.
For over 25 years Point of Origin has been the premiere boutique for clothing, jewelry, gifts, and home décor located in Lakeway, Texas, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, just outside of Austin.
R&H HABERDASHERS ACTON, ME Personalized burlap Santa bags and various other gift bags. Handmade snowman ornaments and home decorations.
RAINY DAY ILLUSTRATIONS HOUSTON, TX Flour sack towels, cards and prints featuring original watercolor paintings inspired by the backroads of Texas.
REVEL WILDE DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX Fine Southern Goods; a thoughtfully curated selection of clothing, home decor, & gifts.
SASSY CUPS, LLC DBA THE WRITE DESIGNS CARROLLTON, TX Decorative styrofoam and frost fl x cups, Collegiate, humor napkins, koozies and more.
SEVENTH AVENUE APOTHECARY TAMPA, FL Artisan Luxury Candles & Home Fragrance Products. Woman owned. Tampa, Florida Made.
THE LIMOGES LADY
SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA
We craft handmade potpourri, wreaths and garland made from dehydrated fruits and vegetables and top of the line refresher oils.
100% Beeswax Candles and Lamps made by hand since 1982.
Authentic hand-painted porcelain Limoges boxes from France.
TAHOE KITCHEN CO. MONUMENT, CO
SHOP THE TREE HOUSE
Featuring Hammer Stahl and Wolfe German Steel Cutlery.
WIMBERLEY, TX Christmas decor, Christmas ornament, art by local artist Eli Halpin, TX made longhorn skull art, misc fun women’s and men’s gifts.
THE CHESTER DRAWER SHANNON, MS
SORT OF COOL FORT WORTH, TX Texas and Austin-Centric signed, framed & matted pop art prints.
Hand painted wall art. Custom designed paper goods. (Gift wrap, gift tags, cards, wall art) Custom designed and hand screen printed home goods (tea towels + pillows), adult apparel, children’s, and baby apparel.
SOUTH AUSTIN GALLERY
THE CHRISTMAS BELLE
Handmade neighborhoodspecific gifts
SOY AUSTIN AUSTIN, TX 100% locally poured soy candles for you to customize on site! Unique vases of all shapes and sizes also available for refills after the show!
THIS IS TISA ROUND ROCK, TX Happy and bright stationery and gift items.
VUNKOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF VALUABLE JUNK ABILENE, TX Vunkology is a fun loving / retro loving /unique loving business where all items are handmade by me, Carol Casey.
Artisan homespun Vintage Christmas Cards, Hymn Favorites, & papers from the past – enlarged from 17” to 2’ tall, mounted, & finished to warm your heart & home (and add a touch of whimsy) with treasures from yesteryear. Each piece is handmade with its own qualities and quirkiness looking like its spent lots of fun years tucked away in Grandmas attic. Enjoy!
Did you know??
124 of the 151 merchants are women- or minority-owned businesses!
A Christmas Affair PA ST C HA I R S
1976 Anne S. Carlson, A Christmas Affair 1977 Nancy Buford, A Christmas Affair 1978 Bitsy Henderson, A Charles Dickens Christmas 1979 Amy Jenness, A Texas Christmas 1980 Ellen Yarrell, A Christmas Affair 1981 Libby Malone, A Christmas Confection 1982 Mary Herman, Fiesta de Navidad 1983 Anne Winn, A Country Christmas 1984 Susan Baker, Christmas Around the World 1985 Chris Attal, A Colonial Williamsburg Christmas 1986 Melissa Jackson, A Nutcracker Christmas 1987 Nancy Nation, Fete de Noel 1988 Patty Huffines A New York Christmas 1989 Lucie Taylor, Twas the Night Before Christmas 1990 Susan Parker, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree 1991 Donna Stockton, Christmas and All That Jazz 1992 Celeste Stark, The Magic of Christmas Past 1993 K.K. (Katherine) Rice, A Christmas Affair to Remember 1994 Nancy Prideaux, An Enchanted Christmas 1995 Amanda Beck, Christmas in the Mountains 1996 Julie Oles, An Old World Christmas 1997 Sherie Krause, Heavenly Holidays 1998 Hillary Anderson, A White Christmas 1999 Elizabeth Ateyeh, Celebrate the Season 2000 Lisa Rodman, A Bon Voyage Christmas 2001 Sharman Reed, Deck the Halls 2002 Laura Mauro, A Royal Holiday 2003 Beth Plater, Christmas in the Quarter 2004 Tamra Beasley, Bellisimo Natale 2005 Sandy Alcala, A Classic Hollywood Christmas 2006 Betsy Kirksey, Christmas in Austin: Home for the Holidays 2007 Kelly Goulding, The Gift of the Magi 2008 Gayla Zachry, Noel de Paris 2009 Stacy Dollar, It’s a Wild Holiday 2010 Cathy Northcutt, Enchanted 2011 Trish Koester, The Magic of Christmas 2012 Marilyn Orr Willson, The Twelve Days of Christmas 2013 Holly Mace Massingill, Winter Wonderland 2014 Tina McCutchin, Christmas in the City 2015 Holly Wilkerson Priestner, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in Texas Y’all 2016 Leslie Moore, Merry and Bright 2017 Stacy Reed, Haute Holiday 2018 Lyndsey Crawford, Joyeux Noel 2019 Courtney Dickey, I’ll Be Home for Christmas
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Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is rated AVPreeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He also provides volunteer legal services for military veterans.