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wildsam Field guides is a modern

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looking for the most genuine experiences,

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The field guides are full, offbeat and inviting. Like all great cities. Inside the Austin edition of wildsam Field guides, we go back to settler times and Civil War days and “when Lyndon was in.” To the Blues clubs, taco stands and motor court hotels beloved by locals. To Barton Springs and Scholz Garten

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For TRIBEZA, understanding Austin is best done through the voices of the residents dwelling in some of our favorite neighborhoods. So in our whopping thirty-page feature “North South East West” (page 70), we turned it over to the residents themselves to share their personal odes to their ’hoods and to give us their Top 10 essential things to do and see in their corner of the city—from Travis Heights and Hyde Park to Rosewood and Bryker Woods, where the Silverstein family, featured on this month’s cover, resides. Jake Silverstein is the editor of Texas Monthly, and his description of his neighborhood sounds as picturesque as it gets—“Bryker Woods is sort of like a twenty-firstcentury Austin-flavored riff on Mayberry. You half expect to see the milkman on his rounds.” This issue is packed with personal details like these that give special insight into what it’s really like to live in each area. In “Cool Kids on the Block” (page 62), three artist couples show, not tell, what they love most about their ’hoods by drawing their favorite things about them. We were delighted by each of their creative interpretations. We are grateful to all the interesting, kind families who opened up their homes for this year’s Neighborhoods Issue, my personal favorite of the year. You are what Austin is all about.

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n a surprisingly breezy evening in May, a group of local tastemakers like the Design Build Adventurer Jack Sanders, hotelier Liz Lambert, Texas Monthly senior editor John Spong and musician Alejandro Escovedo, among others, came together at the Hotel Saint Cecilia over margaritas and pork belly buns from East Side King to celebrate the release of the Wildsam Field Guides: Austin. Co-founder and editor Taylor Bruce dubs the stylish guides “a series of American field guides, small books with a lot of soul, packed with local lore.” So far, he has done one guide on Nashville. Austin is the second one, and San Francisco is up next. After hearing Bruce’s spirited address to the crowd about all that he loves about Austin, I invited him to write the Perspective column for this month’s Neighborhoods Issue. In the column, he muses on his quest to discover what Austin’s all about, the city’s “thingness.” Read about his findings on page 40.


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Contributors Nicole Ml ak ar , Photogr apher Nicole Mlakar is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Austin. This month she photographed the Silverstein family for the cover, as well as the Waitzkin and Asazu families for the "North South East West" feature, on page 70. "The families I photographed for this issue were serious troupers. They were all energetic, fun and up for just about anything," she says. "I was thrilled that we were able to create some unique and memorable moments together." Mlakar particularly enjoys photographing animals. She also is co-founder of the lifestyle/inspiration blog Reveiller, which launched this past May.

sandy car son, photogr apher Sandy Carson is a Scottish commercial and contemporary photographer. He emigrated to the United States in 1993 in pursuit of cycling and enjoyed an illustrious career, traveling the world as a sponsored professional BMX rider, where he honed his skills as a photographer with a scrutiny, quirkiness and irony particular to one who was born and raised in another country. He currently lives and works in Austin, with his three cats, and still cycles on a daily basis. This month he photographed the families featured in "Just Outside the City Limits," on page 54.

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Jay B Sauceda , Photogr apher Photographer Jay B. Sauceda grew up in La Porte, Texas, and moved to Austin in 2003 to attend UT. "After finishing school and a short stint working in politics, I dove into photography headfirst and have been doing it ever since," he says. This month Sauceda headed to the Rosewood neighborhood to capture scenes and people around its streets for the story "Intersections of the Past and Present," on page 100. "I really enjoyed exploring the Rosewood neighborhood for this issue. I've had a studio on the east side of Austin for almost six years, but even after all this time I was still finding things over there that I hadn't realized existed. It was a lot of fun."

Julie Cope , Photogr apher Julie Cope is an editorial and wedding photographer based in Austin. She has a BFA in photography from Texas Tech. For this issue she captured the three families who live in East Austin for the "North South East West" feature, on page 100. "I enjoyed peering into the life and style of the various families. They all had great style, each one unique and complementary to their personalities. Meeting each family was special too, a glimpse into their family dynamic, which is pretty special to see, even if for a short amount of time," she says. "I love living in East Austin because it's easy to walk to places like In.gredients, Thunderbird Coffee and Eastside Cafe. It feels safe and friendly, and I love having a cozy backyard for my puppy!"


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Butler Brothers 10th Anniversary Shindig

The Butler Brothers celebrated their 10th anniversary with a shindig at the Shady Springs Party Barn. Owned by brothers Adam and Marty, the beloved brand production company creates design, films and experiences for clients who want to make the world a smarter, healthier and happier place.

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The ATX Television Festival along with the Texas Association of Film Commissions hosted an industry reception at the Hotel Saint Cecilia. Top Chef Master Monica Pope prepared food for the event that was attended by Boy Meets World stars Matthew Lawrence, Ryder Strong and Ben Savage, as well as Brittany Snow and Matt Lauria.

Wildsam: 1. Liz Lambert & Isadora McKeon 2. Peter Jansen & Robin Bruce 3. Rachel Baker & Ann Lowe 4. Dave Mead & Bonnie Markel 5. Robert Gay & Lucy Begg ATX Television Fest: 6. Liz Tigelaar & Leila Gerstein 7. Ben Savage, Jenn Liu & Matt Lawrence 8. Nora Wilkinson & Rider Strong 9. Makena Coscarelli, Tierney Bricker & Megan Masters 10. Vanessa Lengies & Brittany Snow 11. Matt Lauria & Michelle Armstrong 12. Jason Archer & Erik Horn

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Traveller Denim Co. celebrated the launch of their line with a party at their space at 1403 Chestnut with noshes from Hillside Farmacy. Founded by Erik Untersee and Selenia Rios, the duo is hand-making jeans of selvedge denim and new products like work shirts and leather goods are in the works. For more information, visit travellerdenim.com.

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Noah Marion’s Leather Shop and Sam Hill’s Vintage Showroom opened their doors for a preview event of their neighboring spaces with music, drinks and good times had by all. Some guests brought along their skateboards to use the mini ramp they built off the space.

Traveller Denim Co.: 1. Selenia Rios & Erik Untersee 2. Gail Chovan, Evan Voyles & Creed Voyles 3. Julian Hang & Lester Chiu 4. Travis Bryant & Jameson Taylor 5. Ellison Aston & Mandy Denson Sam Hill & Noah Marion Preview: 6. Jeremy Earhart & Adrienne Breaux 7. Dustyn Ellis & Claire Moses 8. Ryan Lobb, Kyle Osburn & Keith Davis Young 9. Kyle & Erin Muller 10. Michelle & Brandon Ziskind 11. Wendy & Chris Bykowski

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TRIBEZA celebrated the release of our Outdoors Issue in East Austin at the lovely Jardineros nursery. It was an evening of margaritas, mariachis and Mexican food. Guests snacked on Mellizoz Tacos and sipped cocktails provided by Deep Eddy Vodka and Tequila 512 while enjoying the fun music of the Mariachi Los Toros.

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The Second Annual House Party hosted by Friends of the House (the young professionals group of supporters for the Ronald McDonald House) was held at the Wanderlust Yoga Studio. The event helped raise funds to support grieving parents served through RMHC Austin’s Healing Hearts Program.

June Issue Release: 1. Mariachi Toros de Austin 2. Maggie Goen, Michelle Teague & Duffy Stone 3. Marie Mizener & Michelle Alley 4. Jonathan Tieken, Robert Lorenz & Manuel Navarro 5. Matthew Redden & Jennifer Spransy 6. Sean & Lauren Greenberg 7. Dan Gentile & Leyla Shams 8. Stephanie Derstine & Justin Buschardt 9. Lily Steckle & Matthew Bolick Friends of the House: 10. Andrew Solomon & Kali Rogers 11. Skyler Lewis & Ashley Clauer

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Arena of Love BY K R I STI N ARMSTRO N G I llu s tr ation by Joy G a ll agh er

I recently let someone into the neighborhood of my heart. I don’t mean the suburbs, the outlying areas of sprawl, billboards and rapid growth. I don’t mean the high-traffic areas that surround the city center. I don’t mean the familiar streets of my part of town. I don’t even mean the bend in the road that says almost there. I mean the intimate, sacred space at the core of my heart—home. I never thought I could do it again, for real. I never thought I could grant VIP access to anyone, it felt so impossible. Just the thought of someone even finding the address where my heart resides, let alone crossing my carefully constructed moat over the pit of alligators, electric eels and piranhas, surviving the sentries with automatic weaponry, the natives with the poisoned darts, the land mines, the rolling boulder, the passwords, secret handshakes, blood draw and retina scan. I’m not even sure Indiana Jones in his prime could have rolled under that heavy, closing stone wall in the nick of time. Even with the whip. What I’m saying is, I had created quite a fortress. I said I wanted real, yet I f led at the first sign of passing new. I could come up with any reason to avoid going there. I placed Detour and Road Closed signs on random corners, just to confuse the matter even further. So the very notion of finding someone at the door of my heart seems mystifying to me, even now. The problem with letting someone in is that you are rendered totally exposed, more emotionally butt

naked than the Emperor himself. You are shield-less and have dropped all weapons. You wave your white f lag and surrender to something profoundly and achingly beautiful—hopefulness. In the arena of love, and it is an arena, hoping can be the most courageous thing you could ever do, especially if you are doing it again. Love has the potential to bring the highest form of joy and also the deepest depth of pain. Real love requires valor. I love that word. I do not regret getting in the arena. I don’t. Even though I may leave weary, scratched, tearstained and possibly irrevocably disappointed, I am still victorious. I don’t know how the end will play out, but the fact that I got back in there again makes me smile as I sniff le and smear the dust. Whether this man is the coming attraction or the feature film, time will tell. But the best news of all is that I know I really loved, regardless. I didn’t f lee, hide, pretend or wimp out. It is possible for this creaking heart to melt and beat and join with another without fear. I know he felt it too, whether he has valor or not. Meanwhile it’s tempting to consider replacing the moat and asking the new owners for my alligators back, but I won’t do it. I can’t; I know too much now. I have tasted possibility, and a diet without it is bland. I’m keeping the neighborhood of my heart open, without Detour signs. Love knows where I live.

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canopy. This makes trees very sensitive to soil compaction. What is your favorite childhood memory of being outdoors?

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That would be Mount Field National Park in Tasmania and

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its wonderfully bizarre botanical freakshow. There are some

various northern Minnesota lakes.

their work or their craft. Luckily, those folks are very easy to

otherworldly things growing there. If you were an inventor, what would you invent? I would like to invent a gun that plants trees by rapid-firing them into the ground. I think this would actually be marketable in Texas.

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What is something most people don't know about you? I am a total tech nerd. I built my own website, and I built the computer I used to do it. What is the biggest challenge you have overcome? It was difficult to overcome my passive, "Minnesota Nice"

find in Austin. When and where are you happiest? I am happiest when riding anywhere on my motorcycles, preferably in the company of good friends. Where do you go in Austin to get away?

What is something most people do not know about trees?

disposition. I still sometimes let people cut in front of me

There are so many great things I could share. For one, the majority

in lines while I scorn the backs of their heads. Managing

solace. My second favorite place to get away is on Lady Bird

of trees' roots exist within the first foot or so below the soil surface

people has been one of the best cures.

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web of hey-you-should-talk-to-this-guy rabbit trails—my thoughts (and my apartment) were thoroughly littered in Austin past and present. And it was here, even though I knew the aim an impossible one, that I began looking for a red thread to Austin—it’s core element, the quiddity, the locally coiled “thingness” from which everything since 1839 (or even earlier, really) springs forth. That’s the explore part of Wildsam, for me. Asking that simple, if impossible, question: What’s Austin all about? For me, the closest I came to finding this fountain of truth was when I met lifelong Austinite Eddie Wilson, owner of Threadgill’s. I first noticed his voice; it was like a rusty barrel, scratchy from 40 years of late nights, still strong enough to clear a room. He was sitting at the legendary music tavern, famous for giving Janis Joplin her start, and he was rattling off stories with ease. The one about meeting Janis and her flipping him the bird. The one about Austin’s first black disc jockey, Lavada Durst, aka Dr. Hepcat—“I wanted to be him so bad,” he said—and how Lavada played Elvis before anyone else did. Stories from his old club, the Armadillo World Headquarters, like the time Frank Zappa mopped up the floors, or how Van Morrison loved the shrimp enchiladas. Eddie is a master storyteller. His anecdotes flow into one another in an underground aquifer kind of way. His memories are fluid and

bottomless. But, as he continued at a relentless pace, one story seems to swirl in a deeper pool than the rest. It was about the Grateful Dead doing an impromptu show on a stormy Thanksgiving afternoon in 1972, and Doug Sahm leading the band, and how 1,500 people showed up, all whispering as they entered the hollow armory. Eddie lingered in that story. “It started coming down pretty hard, so Doug and Jerry just played a full set of rain songs,” Eddie said, his voice lilting upwards, as if still amazed. “That show was what inoculated the Armadillo from ever having to make sense.” Here it was, I thought. Here was that “thingness,” if there was such a discovery to dig up. It was the offbeat, the wide-open, the frontier disregard for boundaries. Way beyond weird. It’s a sense of possibility, cut into the limestone strata long before the clichéd tagline. It’s topographical, political, cultural—where east meets west, the blue dot in a blood-red state, barefoot and boots together. And the Armadillo World Headquarters was that stuff at 100 proof—joyfully hellbent and unafraid of not making sense. All the hours in the city archives, all the conversations over Veracruz tacos, all the listening and watching and soaking in of Austin—it all seemed related to what Eddie mentioned in passing. And later I’d learn from Texas Monthly senior editor John Spong that Doug Sahm himself had his own name for this search for “thingness.” Doug just called it the Groove. P h oto g r a p h y bY l e a n n m u el l er


July Calendars arts & entertainment

Entertainment Calendar Music The wine down

Every Wednesday in July ACL Live at the Moody Theater KGSR's unplugged at the grove

Every Thursday in July Shady Grove Soundtrack series

July 5-6 Long Center for the Performing Arts Keyshia cole

July 5, 8pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater AUstin city limits tv taping emeli sande

July 7 ACL Live at the Moody Theater Blues on the Green Presents: Bob Schneider with Max Frost

July 10, 7:30pm Zilker Park We the kings summer fest 2013

July 11, 8pm Emo's

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Tedeschi Trucks Band

July 11, 8pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Black Sabbath

July 27, 7:30pm Frank Erwin Center A midsummer's night

Belle & Sebastian

July 16 ACL Live at the Moody Theater Summerland Tour 2013

July 17, 7:30pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Rodrigo Y gabriela

July 20, 8pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Blues on the Green presents: The Gourds with Shakey Graves

July 24, 7:30pm Zilker Park

Viva big bend

July 25-28 Various Locations Wiz Khalifa - Under the influence of Music Tour

July 25, 6:30pm Austin 360 Amphitheater Unity Tour 2013

July 26, 7:30pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater

with the monkees

July 31, 8pm Long Center for the Performing Arts

Film Deep eddy movie nights - Grease

Every Saturday in July, 8pm Deep Eddy Pool Made in texas family

Theatre A Chorus Line

July 24-28 Long Center for the Performing Arts

Comedy City Theatre Company Presents: Much ado about love

July 5-7 The City Theatre

Austin Sound & cinema/ Back to the future

Austin sound & cinema/ school of rock with will taylor & strings attached

July 31, 7pm Long Center for the Performing Arts

Other P. Terry's Eighth Anniversary

July 6 P. Terry's Austin Locations Texas Hill Country Wine & Brew Festival

July 6, 11am-7pm Lake Comanche Trace Folk of july fest

July 10-13 Cap City Comedy

July 6, 6:30pm The Scoot Inn

Drew Carey

Splash-n-dash

July 18-19 Cap City Comedy

Children

with hello heels

July 17, 7pm Long Center for the Performing Arts

July 27, 1pm Austin Children's Museum

Erin Foley

series: Holes

July 7, 3pm Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Woodcrafting 101

Children's day art Park

Every Wednesday in July (except July 3) Symphony Square

Little chefs kids' camp world of flavors

July 16-17 Pure Austin Quarry Lake 2nd Annual quesoff

July 21 The Mohawk

wwe presents monday night raw

July 22, 6:30pm Frank Erwin Center 2013 Texas heat wave

Central Market North Lamar

July 28, 10am Travis County Expo Center

Hey Lollies Kids Show

Trailer food tuesdays

July 21, 10:30am Cherrywood Coffeehouse

July 30, 5pm Long Center for the Performing Arts


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C A l e n da r s

July 6 wally workman gallery

Patrick Puckett: Solo Show Reception, 6-8pm

EVENT P I C K

Women and their work

Erika Bumenfeld: Water, Water, Everywhere... Reception, 6-8pm July 13 Davis Gallery

Architecture + Cityscapes Reception, 7-9pm

Ongoing AMOA-Arthouse At the jones Center

Of a Technical Nature Through September 1 Blanton Museum of Art

Restoration & Revelation Through September 1 Luminous: 50 Years of Collecting Prints and Drawings at the Blanton Through September 15 LifeLike Through September 22

Harry Ransom Center

Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive Through August 4 Literature and Sport Through August 4 Davis Gallery

Dianne Grammer: A Retrospective Through July 6 Grayduck Gallery

Wintersnow Snowinters Through July 21

Lora Reynolds Gallery

Graham Dolphin: RIP Through July 6 Jason Middlebrook: The Line That Divides Us Through August 10 Yard Dog

Brad & Sundie Ruppert Through August 1 Dragonfly Gallery at

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texas Furniture from the Ima Hogg Winedale Collection July 13 through October 6

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Journey in Abstract Expressionism by Suzanne Morhart Through July 20

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ong before Americans bought Ikea furniture and other imported factory-made selections, people relied on skilled crafters to build chairs, couches and tables for their homes. It was common for a local nativeborn or European immigrant cabinetmaker to handcraft home furnishings for Texans two centuries ago. Starting July 13, the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the University of Texas’ Dolph Briscoe Center for American History will offer visitors a special glimpse at 19th-century Texas furniture with the new museum exhibit “Texas Furniture From Ima Hogg's Winedale Collection.” About 40 pieces of furniture from the Winedale farmstead near Round Top and other selections make up the exhibit, which shows craftsmanship of the 1800s. Texas philanthropist and arts supporter Ima Hogg bought what was then the Samuel K. Lewis farmstead in 1963 before donating the property and its furnishings to the university two years later. Hogg, a supporter of historic preservation, was a collector of American furniture. Museum spokeswoman Elizabeth Page says this exhibit will be the first time the collection of furniture has left the grounds of Winedale, which is part of the Briscoe Center. Lonn Taylor, a former Winedale director who served as a historian for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, is the exhibit’s guest curator. “Texas Furniture From Ima Hogg's Winedale Collection” can be viewed at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., (512) 936-8746 for general information and (512) 936-4649 for tickets TheStoryofTexas.com. The exhibit will be displayed from July 13 through October 6. M. Harper

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museums & galleries

Art Spaces Museums AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria

3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 amoa.org AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center

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hree years ago, Austin artist Jan Heaton and three girlfriends ventured to Italy for two weeks to celebrate a longtime friend's birthday. Little did she know the trip abroad would be the starting point of an artist's journey that eventually would lead to her tranquil new exhibit, “Quiet,” on display at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. During the trip, Heaton says, she became intrigued by the festive handmade pottery she saw in Deruta, a hillside Italian city known for its ceramics. Back in Austin, Heaton created new paintings based on her time in Italy. She also used the Italian pottery as inspiration for her life-sized fiberglass cow sculpture, “Cow Bella,” that was part of the Cow Parade Austin display. A fall 2011 auction of the sculptures raised about $1.5 million for the Superhero Kids Endowment at the Dell Children’s Medical Center. While creating “Cow Bella” and learning about the medical center’s work and endowment, Heaton says, she began thinking about how art and a person’s environment can cause emotional and physical healing and shifts. “I became very aware of healing spaces during that period,” says Heaton, who has lived in Austin for 38 years. (Heaton, who grew up in Detroit, is a third-generation artist. Her grandfather was an auto designer and worked with Henry Ford; her mother, was an illustrator for General Motors; and her father was a display artist.) After spending six months doing research, Heaton says she began working on new paintings that brought her a sense of peace. The watercolor-on-paper works making up the 18-piece exhibit are in calm, soothing colors and have repetitive patterns of movement found in nature. “To be exhibiting in this space, with all of this natural beauty, seems like a great extension,” Heaton says. “It’s especially beautiful out there. Everything is in bloom.” For more information about Heaton’s work, visit janheaton.com. "Quiet" is available for viewing at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., through Aug. 18. m. harper

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700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 arthousetexas.org Austin Children’s Museum

201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 austinkids.org Blanton Museum of Art

French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver Harry Ransom Center

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ Library and Museum

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlibrary.org

Mexic–Arte Museum

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org

419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

O. Henry Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org

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arts & entertainment

Galleries Art on 5th

3005 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors

3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 jwinteriors.com Artworks Gallery

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com capital fine art

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 capitalfineart.com champion

800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 By Appt. Only championcontemporary.com Creative Research Laboratory

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab

Davis Gallery

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com Flatbed Press

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 flatbedpress.com Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 galleryblacklagoon.com Gallery Shoal Creek

2832 MLK Jr. Blvd. #3 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 10–3 galleryshoalcreek.com grayDUCK gallery

608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W 11-6, Th 4-8, F-Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 grayduckgallery.com Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 jeanmarcfray.com La Peña

(512) 474 1700 Hours: M–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com

Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 (512) 236 1333 studiotenarts.com

The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

Testsite

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: M-F 9-5 sstx.org Okay Mountain Gallery

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. Sa 1-5 or by appointment (512) 293 5177 okaymountain.com

Wally Workman Gallery

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com

Women & Their Work

1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4

1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org

Pro–Jex Gallery

Yard Dog

Positive Images

1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 Red Space Gallery

1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only redspacegallery.com

Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena–austin.org

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Lora Reynolds Gallery

Stephen L. Clark Gallery

1319 Rosewood Ave. By appointment only sofagallerytx.com

360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6 lorareynolds.com

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com

Lotus Gallery

studio 10

1009 W. 6th St., #101

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By Appt. Only fluentcollab.org

1011 West Lynn

1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. artpostaustin.com Austin Presence

330 Bee Cave Rd., #700 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com Bay6 Gallery & Studios

5305 Bolm Rd. (512) 553 3849 By appointment only bay6studios.com

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

Big Medium

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 939 6665 bigmedium.org Clarksville Pottery & Galleries

4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #550 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M-Sa 11-6, Su 1-4 Co-Lab Project Space

613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only colabspace.org farewell Books

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Mon-Sa 12–8, Su 12–7 domystore.com Julia C. Butridge Gallery

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/ dougherty/gallery.htm Pump Project Art Complex

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org

Quattro Gallery

12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 quattrogallery.com Roi James

Space 12

3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 space12.org

Fredericksburg AGAVE GALLERY

208 E. San Antonio St. Hours: M-Sa 10-5 (830) 990 1727 agavegallery.com ARTISANS AT ROCKY HILL

234 W. Main St. (830) 990 8160 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 11-3 artisansatrockyhill.com FREDERICKSBURG ART GALLERY

314 E. Main St. (830) 990 2707 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 12-5 fbartgallery.com INSIGHT GALLERY

214 W. Main St. (830) 997 9920 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5:30 insightgallery.com WHISTLE PIK

425 E. Main St. (830) 990 8151 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to events @tribeza.com.

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 By appointment only roijames.com

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Sicilian mondays at Home Slice Every Monday this summer, Home Slice

Pizza brings a taste of Sicily to SoCo

with their authentic Sicilian-style square pizzas and slices. Made with soft artisan dough and cooked with olive oil to ensure crust crispness, the sauce-on-top pizza is available first come, first served until they sell out. Home Slice Pizza is located at 1415 South Congress, (512) 444 7437

Rigel Thurston's Georgian Acres "I think community can happen wherever people are," Rigel Thurston says. He's a resident of Georgian Acres, a neighborhood that focuses on community living with intention. Located just northwest of the I-35 and 183 intersection, the neighborhood is bordered on the western side by a white fence Thurston painted with the phrase "Beauty will save the world." "We thought it would be neat to do something cool for the neighborhood," Thurston explains of the Dostoyevsky quote, which can be seen by travelers on North Lamar between Peyton Gin and Rundberg Lane. Having moved to the neighborhood two and a half years ago, Thurston devotes time to community-building activities, including Austin Community Living, a meet-up and discussion group, and the Georgian Acres Family Band, a 15-member folk music band. As for the fence, he'd love to see it become a mural and inspire others in the neighborhood to create their own public art. "I hope that more people will see the opportunity of living on a busy street and do something really cool and beautiful." To learn more about Rigel, visit austincommonplace.com.

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Tr ava asa’s man Cave Let's face it, we could all use a little R&R. But if you're inclined to think of the traditional spa experience as being for women only, Travaasa Austin wants to change your mind with their new Western Sky men's treatment room. With fiber-optic constellations decorating the room's ceiling and a carpet designed to look like cowhide, the room has a masculine feel from top to bottom. The walls and trim are made of reclaimed wood from a school and library in Texas, and the steam punk–inspired magnifying glass sconces give the lighting a rugged edge. Take a load off with the "What Ales You" package, featuring an 80-minute massage and energizing foot treatment, rounded out with an ice-cold organic Texas brew. Travaasa Austin is located at 13500 Farm To Market Road 2769, (877) 261 7792.

Toms + jonathan adler collaboration It was a match made in style heaven when TOMS Eyewear joined forces with Jonathan Adler, who now has an Austin shop at 1011 West 5th St. TOMS, the philanthropic one-for-one shoe company, branched into eyewear a couple of years ago, with every sale going toward helping restore the vision of those in need. Now they're partnered with designer Jonathan Adler to create a line of unisex red, white, and blue sunglasses. The patriotic frames carry the motto "our glasses make you look smarter" on the inner temple, and they come in custom hand-stitched needlepoint cases. Available at toms.com and Jonathan Adler retail stores. e

Oysters At Hillside farmacy Transform your typical Monday night with craft cocktails and oysters on the half shell at Hillside Farmacy. All oysters—including east, west, and Rockefeller—are half-price from 6 to 10PM. Pair them with a wasabi bloody mary or refreshing hibiscus lemonade. Hillside Farmacy is located at 1209 East 11th Street, (512) 628 0168. tribeza.com july 2013

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Three creative families find adventure and serenity in the wide-open spaces beyond the capital city.

James Boone and Brent Humphreys (and their chickens) have plenty of room to spread out with a charming 1950s house and six acres in Taylor, Texas. tribeza.com july 2013 55


Taylor is full of creative people and surprising finds, like the world-famous local car restoration business, Jeff’s Restorations.

Dusty and mostly traffic-free, the back roads surrounding Taylor are perfect for motorcycle rides and slow country drives.

the best of

taylor place to Eat Ed’s Place Best taco Ricoco’s Latin Grill local color The Taylor Cafe scenic route FM 973

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Taylor, Texas, is more than just the location of world-famous Louie Mueller Barbecue. For photographer Brent Humphreys,

The Taylor Cafe is a colorful, full-of-locals spot to quench your thirst. Brent’s T-shirt promotes some of Taylor’s most famous locals, members of the band Black Flag.

it’s home: He shares the mid-century modern Zidell House (built in 1953 by Austin firm Lundgren & Maurer) and six acres of green lawns and shady woods with his fiancée, James Boone, and their dog, Blanche. Originally from Dallas, Brent Humphreys moved from Austin to Taylor in 2008 and travels the world shooting events like the Tour de France for magazines like Dwell and WIRED. Boone—who grew up near Friendswood, Texas, before living in New York for eight years—is co-founder of fashion shoelace brand Comb Collective and an instructor at the Austin School of Fashion Design. For them both, Taylor is a welcome respite from fast-paced careers. “I’ve always wanted to live just outside of the action, have a place where I didn’t necessarily see the neighbor right there. Doing what I do for work, it’s great to come home to a place that’s traffic-free and tranquil,” Humphreys says. The couple uses their land in Taylor, just 35 miles from downtown Austin, to raise chickens and bees, and they’re bettering the community through enthusiastic involvement with local organizations like the Taylor Main Street Board. Their land also provides plenty of space for Project LOOP, the nonprofit Humphreys founded in 2011 that partners creative professionals with impressionable young kids on projects from product branding to skateboard ramp building. And while they enjoy Taylor’s slower pace, this city’s no snoozer. Taylor’s downtown is full of historic architecture, and its residents are a rousing group of folks who see the city’s future as an inspiring haven for creative artists and artisans. With a population just over 15,000, it’s a community offering room to spread out, affordable property, attractive incentives for business owners and opportunities to dive into a thriving city. “Austin’s getting too crowded, too expensive. Taylor’s ripe. You can come out here for pennies on the dollar. I’m not trying to bring Austin to Taylor, but Austin is busting at the seams in every direction. This is the next frontier,” Humphreys says. tribeza.com july 2013

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It might not have a grocery store, but Manor does have quirky spots to visit, like an amusement center ghost town full of Western-themed fun for families.

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Bryan, Andrea and their children Olympia and Apollonia stand on the porch of the old, colorful wooden house in Manor they recently bought.

place to Eat Ramos Mexican Restaurant  Best taco Tacos El Borreguito local color Manor Farmers Market scenic route 969 East to 973 North

For those who harbor romantic notions of running away to the country

dogs gleefully run around the art-filled, all-wood rooms, and Andrea’s

to a charming old house, seeing Andrea and Bryan Nelson’s Manor,

got a couple of hugelkultur compost mounds going in the backyard.

Texas, home will induce severe jealousy. In a small neighborhood off of

 Proximity to Austin means a growing population (just over 5,000)

Highway 290, their nearly 3,000-square-foot wooden historic house is

for the former cotton production center of Travis County, but Manor

tucked mysteriously behind overgrown foliage, painted an array of bold

today lacks essentials like a grocery or hardware store, meaning the

colors and situated on nearly a half acre of land.

Nelsons stock up in Austin. There’s no denying Manor’s potential,

It’s quite different from the East Austin life they recently left behind

though: It’s the perfect place for those looking to make an impact in

when they bought this 1906 house last August and after some renova-

a small community. Bryan’s kicking around the idea of starting up a

tions, moved in earlier this year. Andrea, a fine-artist and painter, and

coffee shop, and as a prolific typewriter collector has plans to open a

Bryan, a sound engineer and recording producer (and president of the

typewriter museum in one of the ground-floor rooms of the house.

Austin Facial Hair Club), first felt like moving out of Austin after the

The kind of place where you might discover that the mayor is your

East 6th Street bar explosion (couples having arguments outside your

neighbor (as did Bryan and Andrea), Manor is for those looking for a

bedroom window at 2am is as charming as it sounds) but made the

little distance from Austin, and a little space of their own.

plunge when their two kids, Olympia, 3 1/2, and Apollonia, 15 months,

“It takes a little bit of a leap of faith to sort of move out of the city and

came along. Andrea’s interest in permaculture also fueled their desire

out of the conveniences. But it’s been such a positive transition so far.

for a little land to call their own. Now a few months moved in, kids and

Worth the move,” Andrea says. tribeza.com july 2013

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According to the Gardners, JT’s in Pflugerville is the perfect place to grab some cool treats on a hot summer day.

Rene Gardner, originally from Mexico, is fully aware that Pflugerville isn’t considered the coolest city ever. When his job at advertising agency LatinWorks moved him and his family— wife Carol Espinoza and sons Ulysses, 10, and Victor, 5—from the Dallas area to the Austin area three years ago, Pflugerville with its low property taxes, comfy houses, quiet atmosphere and family-friendly schools seemed the perfect fit. The key to enjoying Pflugerville in Rene’s opinion? Not asking too much from the city. In Pflugerville, located a half-hour commute from downtown Austin, the kids enjoy soccer leagues, and their colorful home is within walking distance to parks and school. Though growing—several food trailers have surfaced locally—it’s not Austin, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Pflugerville’s friendliness was immediately apparent for the Gardners: Five different neighbors greeted them on move-in day, and kids laugh and play around the neighborhood all evening long. And while the family definitely comes in to Austin to visit Zilker Park, favorite restaurants and festivals, Rene says the best part of living a little farther north is the ease in exploring the rest of Texas. “The fact that we don’t live in Austin makes us try and find different things to do, so Austin is just an option. Sometimes we go to Zilker Park or to Banger’s Sausage House. But sometimes we find there is another thing going on in a place like Bastrop or we go find a historic dance hall to visit,” Gardner says. Pflugerville is like any city: It is what you make it. “I think it’s not fair to name a city boring. It depends on you. How you take advantage of a place. A small festival in downtown Pflugerville isn’t going to be as super-crowded as one in Austin, but that’s good. It’s not fast living like in Austin, but it’s still fun. It’s up to you to enjoy it.”

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Family-focused and friendly, Pflugerville is proving to be the ideal home for the young and adventurous Gardners.

the best of pflugerville

place to Eat El Taquito Best taco El Taquito local color Downtown. Try a snow cone or a banana split at JT’s.

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Since this designer couple’s styles overlap, merging their things to live together for the first time was easy. Cody Haltom of Public School (pictured with his girlfriend, Avalon McKenzie, a senior designer at Whole Foods) says: “Light walls, wood floors, and a lot of art, and we’re both pretty happy.”

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This duo is all about the pedestrian lifestyle that comes from living in Clarksville. They can often be found walking to Whole Foods for dinner or grabbing a cocktail at Josephine House.

Avalon McKenzie + Cody Haltom

How They Met: “We met for the first time in 2011 at a Pecha Kucha

Why They Love It: “My favorite thing about Clarksville is being

editor) played matchmaker, and we met for a second time at the

able to walk places. Having lived in NYC and Philly, I always loved

TRIBEZA 10-Year Anniversary party, where Cody asked me to dinner.”

being able to walk instead of drive,” Avalon says. “Now I get to walk to work, Lady Bird Lake, BookPeople and the farmers market,

event hosted at Austin Speed Shop. Lauren Smith Ford (TRIBEZA’s

Date Night: Josephine House, Cipollina, Winflo

which is awesome. I also love shopping for gifts at El Interior. They

Avalon McKenzie (avalonmckenzie.com) is a graphic designer and

have really great embroidered art and oilcloth.”

illustrator, and works as a senior designer on the Global Marketing Team at Whole Foods Market.

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“We love our house because it is just big enough for the two of us. In a loving sort of way, it’s how we got the name of our art project, Crummy House,” Mason McFee says of the bungalow he shares with his girlfriend, Jessica Clark. “Instead of getting bummed about the non-insulated, allergies on the inside, campingin-a-house sort of feel, we decided to make the best of it and turn it into our creation station. We hang on the porch when the weather and mosquitos allow us to do so.”

Mason McFee + Jess Rose Clark Why They Love It: Big trees, friendly people and things to explore. How They Met: “My friend told me about Mason—‘he’s really tall and he makes a lot of art,’” Jessica recalls. “Shortly after, we ended up meeting and talking at a local watering hole. I didn’t realize he was the aforementioned artist until two weeks later when he joined me on a trip to New York to see old friends.”

Date Night: “Lucy’s for beer and bites or Home Slice seats at the bar. Tacos from El Tacorrido or Habanero just about every other day. It’s addictive!” Mason (hellomaseman.com) and Jessica (artplusmath.com) work from their home studio on graphic design and illustration projects for a variety of clients. They collaborate on Crummy House (crummyhouse.com), an art and publishing project they started three years ago.

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For their joint illustration, Mason and Jess decided to fill out their own sketchbooks and compare notes at the end of the week. “We decided to work in a fashion similar to our collaborations with other artists,” Mason says. “We just use what we have and figure out a way to make it pop, throwing in our favorite things along the way.” tribeza.com july 2013 67


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Designer couple Adam Rasmus and Eleanor Bartosh don’t get the chance to collaborate as much as they would like to, but they always love it when they do. “We tend to have similar thought processes and complementary aesthetics, so it’s always fun,” Eleanor says. “For this project, we tag-teamed the illustrations of the buildings, Adam took charge of the colors and layout and I lent my handwriting as a final touch.”

“We really enjoy spending time outside, whether sitting by the pool, eating on the patio when the weather’s nice, or playing bocce ball in the yard,” says Eleanor Bartosh from cozy seats on her patio. She is pictured with her boyfriend, Adam Rasmus.

Eleanor Bartosh + Adam Rasmus Why They Love It: “Our neighborhood has such an eclectic mix of people, restaurants and businesses—there is a real vitality to it,” Eleanor says. “It’s constantly growing and minutes from downtown, yet feels just removed enough. Mostly, it’s just great to turn down our street and have it feel like home.”

How They Met: When Adam left Ballet Austin to start his creative firm, Eleanor took over his position. “One night, he came to help me at a performance, and we got a drink afterward at the Eastside Showroom. We’ve been together ever since.”

Date Night: “We love Contigo for cocktails and small plates,” she says. Eleanor Bartosh is a designer and digital strategist for PwC. Adam Rasmus is founding partner and creative director at what.it.is creative (what.it.is).

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Sam and Shannon Eddings, along with their children Dottie and Porter, head out for a stroll in their beloved Windsor Park ‘hood.

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The Eddings Family’s Windsor Park by S h a n n o n e d d i n g s

I believe my exact words were “I don’t care where we look, but I will not look in that neighborhood just off Cameron Road.” This statement was made about six weeks before we purchased our first home, four years ago, in Windsor Park—a wonderful midcentury neighborhood just east of the interstate and north of 51st. Oh and just off Cameron Road. My hesitation had to do with the busyness lying just west of us on 35. We met as students at UT, had lived in Hyde Park for years, and couldn’t imagine leaving the campus area. This neighborhood is so centrally located and full of character. I’m a huge fan of the ranch-style midcentury homes, and Sam loves the big trees, big yards and smaller houses. Our neighbors are so charming. Next door to us is Natalie, who has lived in the ’hood since the 50’s when her house was built and the neighborhood began. She’s 97 now. She remembered our names instantly and welcomed us to the ’hood as she walked outside to her ride (in her burnt orange suit, complete with matching earrings) to go to the UT women’s basketball game. And she is just the beginning. It’s sad to watch the older folks move on, but this past year or two our neighborhood has seen a lot of younger families moving in. It’s wonderful to have so many friendly faces on our morning walks—both old and young. Our neighbors are so loyal and friendly, and they are one of the best parts of the ’hood. We also love seeing people fix up houses and bring new life to old homes while staying true to the original look. It’s happening all over right now and is so fun to see. With a brand-new “green” H-E-B store opening this summer at Berkman and 51st and the new Austin Children’s Museum opening at Mueller, I can only imagine that more good things will come for our neighborhood. We plan to stay put for a long time. Sam and Shannon have been in Austin for 12 years and currently live with their kids, Porter and Dottie, and their beloved but neglected dog, Atlas, in Windsor Park. Sam owns a business called Gasket Guy of Austin, and Shannon owns a business called Clapping Tree Design that is focused

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Contigo (2027 Anchor Ln.)—Where else can you get a well-crafted cocktail, a country pâté, and a thoughtful and delicious vegetable dish? Not to mention an awesome patio and the best burger and fries in Austin. Glad this one is nearby. Tino’s Greek Café (1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd.)—These are all over town, but we eat here all the time. Sam is Greek and it’s a great, reliable fix when we want it. House Pizzeria (5111 Airport Blvd.)—We love the roasted olives and the “blue” pizza; with Stilton and port reduction, it’s almost like a dessert. Sam used to work for Live Oak Brewing, so local draft beer is an important part of our life; they’ve got it. Do not forget the roasted olives. Paco’s Tacos (1304 E. 51st St.)—We love this neighborhood spot. Good tacos, good salsas, friendly people, cheap beer. Mueller Greenway & Trail—Who doesn’t love to run at Town Lake? The Mueller Greenway is quieter, less crowded and closer. The wildflowers are beautiful right now, and the sculptures are unexpected. This is where we get the sweat out. Texas Thrift Store (5319 N. I-35 Service Rd.)—Cheap and big. One of the few real thrift spots left. Komé (4917 Airport Blvd.)—Casual, good sushi and Japanese pub fare. Komé is a fun spot to share small plates at night and they serve a mean ramen and gyoza at lunch. Nomad (1213 Corona Dr.)—You can’t talk about Windsor Park without talking about the Nomad. It’s not a scene, not trying to be anything in particular, just a great neighborhood bar within walking distance, and they have Live Oak on tap. It’s a win-win. Mrs. Johnson’s Donuts (4909 Airport Blvd.)—We like to take our three-year-old in his pajamas to get donuts on Saturdays. Paleo diets are all the rage these days, but a dozen donuts now and then never hurt anyone. Target (5621 N. I-35)—We hate to love it, but let’s be honest—we buy a lot of diapers.

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Marti, Kiyah and Sanaz play a round of Candyland in their Allendale home.

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by Ma r t i bi e r

We were both part of the mid-90’s wave of migrants to Austin. So, before

family. Every chapter has shown us more and more amazing things about

“all the new people” came, but after “all the old people” were here. We

Austin, and neither of us can ever imagine leaving.

both came to Austin to go to UT and have probably cumulatively lived

In this most recent chapter, parenthood, we’ve found ourselves liv-

in more parts of Central Austin than most people live in a lifetime (that

ing in a part of town that we hardly knew existed when we were in

whole moving-every-six-months thing never seemed to get old—until it

college. Last year, as our infant turned to a toddler, we quickly began to

did). We’ve been through each phase of adult life here—undergrad, strug-

outgrow our 900-square-foot first home in the Ridgetop neighborhood

gling-first-time-jobbers, grad school, marriage, and now we’ve started a

and began looking for the place we were going to be for the long haul.

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Ma rti, Sa naz + Kiya h’ s Like many Generation X/Y-ers who grew up in the suburbs, we had this strong desire to have more space and good schools for our children, but also like any hip-wanna-be-native-Austinites, we couldn’t stand the thought of moving outside the circle of highways surrounding Central Austin. With the help of our amazing realtor, our families, and hours and hours of visiting homes all over town, we landed in Allandale, the perfect combination of everything we wanted. Outside of the house we fell in love with, the wide, tree-lined streets, kid-friendliness, walkability, good schools, and proximity to other fantastic neighborhoods and amenities really sold us. Allandale is home to the fantastic Northwest Pool, which is stellar for kids. We’re next door to the Crestview neighborhood, which holds the hands-down, best-ever Halloween block party on the planet. And I’d be remiss not to mention there’s a house a few blocks away, that during the holidays has a light show playing to an amazing arrangement of holiday hip-hop and pop music. We may or may not have visited for at least three nights in a row last winter and danced outside for 30 minutes each time. We live in a part of town that is seeing a good amount of change, in infrastructure, in businesses and in people. There are people and establishments that have been here since the beginning of time, and there are young families and businesses that have just arrived here. As in all parts of ever-changing Austin, this combination provides its fair share of growing pains, and I know that we will continue to see great things both come and go up here off Burnet Road and Anderson Lane. However, as we further plant our roots here and meet more and more folks that are raising families all around us, I am so excited to be in one of the best parts of town Austin has to offer and can’t wait to be part of the Burnet Road Revolution! Marti and Sanaz both moved to Austin for undergrad in the 90’s, met and moved away for a year, only to return because they missed Austin so much. Marti is a planner for the City of Austin, helping to make the city she loves more affordable. Sanaz writes in 0s and 1s for the University of Texas System. Kiyah is 3 and a ray of sunshine, and they’re

Alamo Drafthouse Village (2700 W. Anderson Ln.)—Clearly no one in Austin has ever NOT been to the Drafthouse, but I know not everyone lives within a half mile of one! Seriously, would you ever go see a movie anywhere else? Torchy’s Tacos (5119 Burnet Rd.)—Have you ever fallen in love with a chicken-fried-chicken taco that’s smothered in queso? We have. Northwest Municipal Pool (7000 Ardath St.)—If you can’t live next to a natural spring-fed pool you might as well be in walking distance from the next best thing. NW Pool has a gigantic, shaded kids’ pool that is second to none. Star of India (2900 W. Anderson Ln.)—I love Indian food, and this has been my favorite Indian restaurant in Austin since forever. Terra Toys (2438 W. Anderson Ln.)—I don’t think there’s anything they don’t sell. When I needed dreidels—Terra Toys. Fourth of July sparklers—Terra Toys. It’s really a one-stop shop for all of your random toy (and other holiday) needs. Shoal Creek Blvd.—Is there a better boulevard in Central Austin for all of your recreational needs? I have never seen more runners, bikers and strollers anywhere. Little Deli (7101 Woodrow Ave.)—Quaintest little sit-outsideon-a-summer-evening-with-your-bucket-of-BYOB-and-eat-delicious-pizza neighborhood place in town, located in the heart of Crestview. Monkey Nest Coffee (5353 Burnet Rd.)—This place has everything from delicious sandwiches, beverages and smoothies to GELATO! Phil’s Ice House (5620 Burnet Rd.)—When your kid can play on a playground while you eat a burger named after your neighborhood, how can you complain? And not to mention the ice cream you get at Amy’s afterwards as a reward for an uninterrupted meal. Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Rd.)—Did you know the public library has a store where you can buy books for REALLY cheap? I’m talking 50 cents per kid’s book!

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Quack’s 43rd St Bakery (411 E. 43rd St.)—The first coffeehouse in Austin. Cookies and cupcakes for the kids, espresso and dessert for us. Shipe Park and Pool (4400 Avenue G)—Our neighborhood park and the best place to stay cool in the summer. With two kids under the age of 10 we have made Shipe Park an extension to our own backyard! Vino Vino (4119 Guadalupe St.)—Great food, great wine, and the heart of the emerging commercial district on the western boundary of Hyde Park. Hyde Park Bar and Grill (4206 Duval St.)—Get a Bloody Mary and the Fried Egg Sandwich for brunch. Their famous fries are a must-have. Check out the giant fork sculpture in front of the restaurant that stabs a changing display of art by artist Dale Whistler. The Flightpath Coffee House (5011 Duval St.)—Even though the planes don’t pass over on their descent to land at Mueller Airport anymore, it’s still a great place to get coffee. And now you can actually hear your table conversation. Elisabet Ney Museum (304 E. 44th St.)—The former castle-style home and studio of the German-born sculptress now exhibits her work focused on legendary Texans. Admission is free, perfect for our young kids, who can only last 10 minutes in a museum anyway. Avenue B Grocery (4403 Avenue B)—Austin’s oldest continuously operated grocery store, built in 1909. Handmade, fresh deli sandwiches and “old-school” candy for kids. The Col. Monroe Shipe House (3816 Avenue G)—Built in 1892 by the founder of Hyde Park with lumber from the grandstands of the old State Fair of Texas. Hyde Park is known for having a historic home on almost every corner of the neighborhood. Julio’s Café (4230 Duval St.)—Breakfast tacos in the morning, roasted chicken for lunch or dinner. Bring cash. No credit or debit cards accepted! Adams House Bed & Breakfast (4300 Avenue G)—Another Austin Historic Landmark, built in 1911 and converted to a bed-and-breakfast in 1997. A great place for the in-laws to stay, within walking distance of our house.

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John Williams, Michelle Rossomando and their children, Vincenso and Carmela, hanging out on the porch of their Hyde Park home.


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We found our house on the annual Hyde Park Homes Tour in 2003.

the 4100 block. Cars are prohibited on this entire block and residents

Back then, or “B.C.”–before children–as we call it, we had plenty of time

spend weeks decorating with lights, ghouls and goblins, hay mazes, and

on the weekends to walk around neighborhoods leisurely looking at

haunted front yards. With everyone in costume, it’s a favorite for the

houses. We had just recently been married on the grounds of the Perry

grown-ups as well as the kids.

Mansion on Red River and lived around the corner in a 950-square-

Although we love our 1912 Victorian-esque home, lack of space and

foot house on Keasbey Street. Thinking ahead to a family, we knew we

needed updates meant we jumped into a remodel of our house late last

needed a bigger house and knew we wanted to be in Hyde Park. We

fall. Located behind the footprint of the original house and designed

loved the family orientation of the neighborhood, its densely knit feel,

within the guidelines of the local historic district developed by the

and the proximity to downtown. We were willing to wait for the right

Hyde Park Neighborhood Association in 2010, the addition and reno-

house to come on the market.

vation is in a more contemporary style, which suits the way we live and

There are so many things we love about our neighborhood—the ma-

highlights the architectural character of the original house in the front.

ture trees, the sidewalks, the historic homes and the strong sense of

Now, the house reflects our personality and works for our family. We

community. We especially love the urban lifestyle and pedestrian orien-

love living in Hyde Park—Austin’s first suburb—the best kind of com-

tation. Our house is less than a block from Shipe Park and Pool, which

munity for us.

is ideal for our two kids and two dogs. We can also walk to restaurants, grocery stores and coffee shops from our house.

John Williams is a financial advisor, CFP® with Ameriprise Financial and has lived in Austin since freshman year at the University of

And of course we love the people: eclectic and spirited, Hyde Park

Texas. He is co-president of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association.

residents organize several annual events that we would never miss!

Michelle Rossomando, AIA, is an architect and principal with McKin-

Each fall, the Fire Station Festival celebrates the continued operation

ney York Architects, an award-winning firm specializing in residential

of our local fire station. We get to thank the firefighters and the kids

design. She was born on the East Coast, but got here as fast as she could,

get to climb inside Engine No. 9. Hyde Park’s Halloween is another

to attend graduate school at the UT School of Architecture. John and

family favorite that grows every year. Tips for successful trick-or-treat-

Michelle plan to raise their children, Vincenzo and Carmela, and their

ing: Start at the park and work your way down Avenue F until you hit

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P h oto g r a p h y by pai g e n e w to n This handsome couple has had their beloved dog Baxter for a year. They can’t wait to move into their renovated bungalow this summer.

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Mike + Joe’s Travis Heights

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By m i k e h o n d o r p

The funny thing about Austin (we’ve heard this is not an uncommon experience) is that when we both arrived here, we immediately felt that this city was home. Quickly after falling for Austin, we coincidentally fell for each other, and deliberately set out to find the perfect place to settle down. Sometimes, the cards just fall into place, and that’s how we ended up in Travis Heights. We came from New Urbanist dream cities, Portland, Oregon, and

Tarbouch (534 E. Oltorf St.)—An undiscovered gem, serving the city’s best Lebanese and Mediterannean food. Perla’s (1400 S. Congress Ave.)—Oysters. Deck. Leave our damn cell phones at home and escape.

New York, and were looking to keep that happy urbanist dream alive when hunting for neighborhoods. It had to be walkable to the essentials of daily life (coffee, bars, restaurants and grocery stores), commutable

Big Stacy Pool (700 E. Live Oak St.)—We’re both swimmers, and it’s the city’s warmest lap pool.

to downtown via foot or bike and an established neighborhood with the eclecticism and personality we had fallen so hard for in our previous homes. Our first (rented) house together in Austin, with our best pup, Baxter, was a charming cottage in Clarksville. It was just about right, but it wasn’t ours, per se. When the purchasing conversation began, our list of neighborhoods quickly dwindled to two, and Travis Heights was at the top of the list. In fact, it was the neighborhood we always dreamed of living in, back to our first visits to Austin years ago; we just didn’t think it was possible, or at least it was a few years down the road. Then, when Joe was ca-

Blunn Creek Greenbelt—What’s better than pull-up bars at the base of your street for two fitness enthusiasts? Elizabeth Street Café (1501 S. 1st St.)—Brunch, and always coffee. Polvo’s (2004 S. 1st St.)—Because duh. STAG (1423 S. Congress Ave.)—Best men’s store in town—if not the country.

sually telling his boss that he was maybe-kind–of-looking for a house, said boss pointed us in the direction of a half-finished foreclosure just up the hill from Big Stacy Park. We walked into a 1930s bungalow com-

Hotel San Josè (1316 S. Congress Ave.)—Can we have that pool, please? They also make a killer shandy.

fortably settled into an overgrown patch of weeds that was ripped down to the studs and filled with random building materials. Joe, who works in construction and design, easily saw the potential. I took a brave leap of faith. Eight months into ownership and slowbut-steady restoration, (not to mention some time spent at the City of Austin permits office), we’re still not physically moved in, but we’ve

Whip In (1950 South IH 35)—Good food, totally out of the ordinary (meaning great) beer and wine selection. JM Drygoods and Spartan (215 S. Lamar Blvd.)—Because modern brick and mortar shopping is about finding something you’ll never find on the Internet.

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a walk to the coffee shop. We’ve quickly found during our construction project that it’s also about a highly effective, yet informal neighborhood watch program, as well as a frequent friendly handshake or wave for the newcomers (that would be us) from those lovely neighbors. Joe’s inner urban design nerd loves learning about the history of the

The Haley Family’s Garden Villa By m y- c h e r i e h a l e y

’hood: the fact that the Congress Avenue Bridge helped establish the development, that the nearby pool was a WPA project and that South

The first time I visited Austin, Anthony was living in the cutest little

Congress Avenue was a 120-foot-wide gift intentionally established to

bungalow in Bouldin Creek. It was a magical place, where we hung out

maintain a grand view of downtown for the public. I love the houses

on the front porch and back deck, sharing good times with neighbors.

built into the tree-covered rolling hills, a just-big-enough backyard,

We walked to Butler Park, biked to Barton Springs and enjoyed walks

the diversity of architectural styles, and the general and serious charm

around the lake. At the time I was living in Las Vegas. Anthony and I

of the place. And, trained well to live efficiently in New York, I love

dated via Southwest Airlines for about a year and a half. I fell in love

that the house is the perfect size—every last square foot has a purpose.

with him and sleepy little Austin. I officially moved here in 2006. That

Being close to running trails, fitness, a creek and a green belt was an

was one of the best decisions of my life.

added bonus for both of us. Speaking of fitness, Baxter has deemed the backyard his personal

we realized that our cozy cottage was not enough space to start a

jogging heaven since he first discovered it, and we envision morning

family. I had turned our guest room into a fashion studio, leaving no

jaunts to Jo’s to grab coffee, walks to Perla’s for tasty bites on the deck,

space for guests, much less babies.

and nightly post-dinner strolls around the hilly blocks surrounding our

The 78704 zip code is our habitat. Following a stint in Travis Heights,

house to discover a new bird, tree, or maybe just an architectural detail.

we moved to Garden Villa, off South 1st Street. This is a diverse com-

If only Baxter were allowed to swim in Big Stacy Pool. . .

munity of people, with nearby vintage stores, folk art, great food, music

Add all of this to the charm of our soon-to-be-finished old-meets-

and entertainment. We love the “Keep Austin Weird” vibe it strives to

new home, and we couldn’t be happier at the idea of the decades to

maintain, while growing every day with new restaurants and people. It

come in one of Austin’s quintessential neighborhoods.

is a historic neighborhood whose ethnic roots are visible everywhere.

Joe Holm is a project manager and designer for McGuire Moorman

The neighborhood includes long-time African American and Mexican

Hospitality, and Mike Hondorp works in marketing at Facebook. Bax-

American families, churches and cemeteries that predate the south-

ter, their rescue mutt, is an avid social media enthusiast who also en-

ward march of condos and food trucks.

joys food, walks, runs and his dog friends. And treats. And toys.

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We were married. Later our son, McIntosh (Tosh), was born, and

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We fell in love with our Garden Villa neighborhood because of its


My-Cherie Haley met her lobbyist husband, Anthony Haley, when she was living in Las Vegas.

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Mercury Hall (615 Cardinal Ln.)—Lots of our friends got married here. I also filmed a yoga dance video here with my best friends. The stained-glass windows are unique and the grounds are beautiful. Dawson Elementary School Playground (3001 S. 1st St.)—Our neighborhood park and playground for Tosh. Athena Montessori School (1503 Morgan Ln.)—Excellent Montessori program for pre-K to kindergarten. Gemma Love Food Truck (116 Coleman St.)—The best authentic Jamaican food in town. I should know— I’m part Jamaican. Yeah ‘mon! Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse (1900 S. 1st St.)—A staple establishment of South Austin. Anthony has been going here since it was across the street and one of Leslie’s old haunts. Sway (1417 S. 1st St.)—Amazing gourmet Thai. Dine at the bar in front of the chefs. Lenoir (1807 S. 1st St. )—This neat find is a renovated South Austin bungalow that was turned into a beautiful intimate restaurant with delicious cuisine and great customer service.

location, distinct character and the privacy it offers. Although we live right off South 1st, you’d never know it once you turn onto our street. Quite honestly, we are in-town people who like quiet neighborhood living. Our house is in town, but tucked away just enough to make us feel like we are in our own little world. It’s one of Austin’s bestkept secrets. We’re minutes away from the Capitol, where Anthony works as a public affairs consultant. We are a bus hop or bike ride away from downtown.

Juice Box & Soup Peddler (501 W. Mary St.)— Scrumptious juices and homemade soup in a bag. El Gallo Restaurant (2910 S. Congress Ave.)—Great mariachi nights. Capitol Cleaners & Tailors (1408 S. 1st St.)—Ashley Ledesma and fam are ardent supporters of the Star of Texas Rodeo.

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My-Cherie and Anthony’s adorable son, Tosh, banging on his drums at home in South Austin.

The Brown Family’s Travis Heights By h o b s o n b r o w n

In 2009, we came to Austin with a plan—start a business, make some babies and find a home. Our entire life was in start-up mode. With cranes in the sky and restaurants popping up on a weekly basis, Austin quickly proved to be a welcoming place for this kind of “go-for-it!” enthusiasm. The first baby arrived sooner than the house. A colicky baby in a loft has a way of adding incentive to finding the right house quickly. So, after looking at a few other “projects,” we found the perfect bungalow. Though it was moldy and ensconced in a wall-to-wall carpet that seemed to have a life of its own, you could see charm in its bones, which were built in 1937. With the help of my oldest friend, business partner and talented is a bike ride away, and we have quick access to Ben White, 360,

designer Billy Nachman, we built a home that we absolutely love.

Mopac and 35.

Billy understood the needs of our growing family and designed a

Our favorite part of our neighborhood is the outside beauty. We have

house that makes the most of every square foot in an aesthetically

a 100+-year-old oak tree in our front yard. Our back deck is luscious

pleasing and functional way. It’s now got less mold and more ex-

and green, and we have a clear view of the stars and moon. We are so

posed hardwoods, but is still in keeping with the historic bungalow

lucky and blessed to be living and raising our family in Austin’s won-

feel of our neighborhood.

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So, that brings me to Travis Heights. Having moved from Berke-

My-Cherie is a professional model, actress, artist, stylist and creator

ley, California, where our favorite parks, restaurants, bars, and

of shimmerandbliss.com and dapformen.com. Anthony is a lobster

shops were practically on our doorstep, we sought a neighborhood

(aka lobbyist) and founder of HRWK. Tosh is a music enthusiast who

that was also walkable and diverse. We immediately targeted Tra-

loves to play his guitar and drums, visit constructions sites, run in the

vis Heights for its live oaks, its great mix of people, and its walk-

park and eat animal crackers.

ability. We have found that walking to South Congress or down

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Former pastry chef Blake Brown met entrepreneur Hobson Brown on Hill Street in San Francisco. Austin has been the perfect place to raise their two boys, Hugh and Hayward.

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The Brown family hanging out in their living room underneath the work of artist John Welles Bartlett.

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Hotel St. Cecilia (112 Academy Dr.)—Perfect for a much-needed night away. Eco-wise (110 Elizabeth St.)—Our boys’ favorite store. An excellent selection of toys for children and great supplies for your home.

The Browns’ elder son Hugh (3), is currently into one-man bands and anything by Joe Sundell and the Show Tellers.

Elizabeth Street Café (1501 S. First St.)—The pastries and iced coffee here for breakfast are a real treat. The Herb Bar (200 W. Mary St.)—This funky little house has a great selection of loose-leaf teas and tinctures. The Whip In (1950 Hwy 35 S)—Go for the beer and food and stay for the music. Our boys love it.

to the Whip In with the boys is not only good physical exercise and culturally satisfying, but is also a good exercise in parental negotiation. “Hugh, do you want a milk shake at Hop-Doddy? Then stay in the stroller and stop hitting your brother, please.” We spend weekends and late afternoons exploring Stacy Park. We especially like the moontower, the Buddha and the hidden sand pit. We spend even more time bonding with other tired moms and dads in Little Stacy Park. And we really love our block. Evenings are spent in the front yard watching the boys watch their older next-door neighbors play kickball or chase each other in a massive Nerf war (not Blake’s favorite). Seriously, we could not have asked for a nicer group of people to be around, and that makes all the difference. Truth be told, I’m actually not that much of a planner, but so far so good in Austin.

Burro (1603 S. Congress Ave.)—The grilled cheeses are worth the walk. Go before it moves. Hudson’s Sausage Company (1800 S. Congress Ave.)— The original venison and pork sausage at this classic meat market are delicious on the grill. Sway (1417 S. 1st St.)–Spicy food and a convivial atmosphere for dinner and drinks. Tesoro’s Trading Co. (209 Congress Ave.)—One of our favorite shops to bring out-of-towners for all their curious and wonderful imports. The Gallery at the Continental Club (1313-A S. Congress)—Upstairs at the Continental Club is an intimate spot to see some of Austin’s best musicians.

Hobson is the co-founder of Criquet Shirts. In Blake’s previous life, she was the pastry chef at Camino in Oakland, California. Hugh (3) and Hayward (10 months) both have serious potential in crisis negotiations.

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The Baileys hanging out on the porch of one of the several dwellings that make up the McDaniel Ranch (named for Clarissa’s grandfather). The Ranch also includes a 1967 32foot Argosy motor home.

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The Bailey Family’s Holly Neighborhood By C l a r i s s a H u l s e y B ai l e y

There are characteristics of our neighborhood that are magical. I step out onto my front porch every morning, even when making the mad dash in my hazy stupor to get my son to school, and I feel it. It is in the air. I can see it in the ambient light reflecting off Lady Bird Lake. This microclimate brings back memories of Texas campgrounds next to

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Veracruz All Natural (1704 E. Cesar Chavez St.)—Veracruz has been in business for over four years although we just discovered their fantastic food trailer near Weatherup. Inspirational migas tacos and I heart the El Reyna. Sunday-afternoon band practice in the park (2101 Bergman St.)—Band name remains a mystery, but we dig their humor and passion.

slow-moving rivers and balmy breezes—those trips I made mostly in my childhood. On windless days there is double-digit humidity and it can get so creepy with condensation lingering in the air that it can turn the vegeta-

Cenote (1010 E. Cesar Chavez St.)—I love their great coffee, simple but delicious menu, and a space to be productive and work all rolled into one.

tion black with mildew. It feels exactly like a campground. We are living in a vacation spot weighty with vegetation, and we have named it McDaniel Ranch in honor of my grandparents. Our home is across the street from the Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach in the Holly neighborhood of East Austin. There is a community pool and the Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail, which is a two-minute walk further south from our front door. The mornings and evenings are full of birdcalls and swooping butterflies, dragonflies and salamanders and one very loud owl in residence in the high trees at night. It is messy around here in a natural, verdant way.

Justine’s Brasserie (4710 East 5th St.)—This is one of our favorite places for late-night outdoor dining and mingling. Holly Plant Decomissioning (holly.austinenergy.com) and future park—We have a great people-watching neighborhood with dog walkers and baby walkers and bike riders and Segway tours crossing through our street. Our new future park will enhance that even more. Rainey Street—We love to walk to Bangers (79 Rainey St.) when craving beer or links and El Naranjo (85 Rainey St.) when we want a margarita and Mexican cuisine. We also love Papi Tino’s (1306 East 6th).

It only takes a week of distracted, busy living for the vines, bougainvillea, morning glories, palm trees, lemon and orange trees and cactus to spread out and takeover. Even the pecan trees that cover our neighborhood and dot the park are messy, dropping either their weird translucent flapping seeds or their edible fruit. Our home is a collection of small houses that we have adapted for our family. Not one is big enough for all of us. Its been more of a challenge then

Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail (at south end of Chicon)— meets all of our requirements to exhaust our children and to be outdoors. We have had marathon bike rides and extensive excavating on giant dirt piles. Ice cream trucks and paletas carts—Not a novelty in our neighborhood but a way of life. Even during warmer winter days they magically appear.

I care to admit, but there are moments when comforting our baby girl in the middle of the night on the front porch of our small sleeping bungalow, dead quiet except for that one unseen hooting owl accompanying me, that

East Austin Studio Tour (eastaustinstudiotour.com)—Surrounds us for two wonderful weekends in November. Easy to access and equally enriching.

are strangely invigorating. They set me straight and remind me of the potential that this place holds. I wouldn’t call our neighborhood manicured or offering any rigid uniform aesthetic requirements. There is a lot of personality cultivated in its

Juan in a Million (2300 E. Cesar Chavez St.)—Because it satiates the Sunday-morning desire for huevos rancheros after a long night out.

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Clarissa Bailey exchanges hugs with baby Davis and Atlas. Ed says of raising a family on the East Side—”It’s a very family-centric place. It is known for being tight knit and has held long traditions. We both come from small-towns and like the idea that our chosen neighborhood takes great pride in family,” he says. “Talk to anyone who grew up in East Austin and you will hear a pride that extends beyond just being from Austin.”

yards and homes. I tend to like it that way. Its quiet, most of the time, but I wouldn’t call it quaint.

take the hike-and-bike trail and walk to Rainey Street restaurants or the

Although our neighborhood is slow-paced, it does revel in a good celebra-

Four Seasons for a glass or two in a matter of minutes. Our urban retreat is

tion. People fill the park with picnics of smoking meats, piñatas and family

five minutes by bike to Cesar Chavez and Congress and 10 minutes by car

hoopla on Easter, Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo and any other three-day holi-

to ABIA. It is pretty marvelous to us and we feel lucky to be here.

day weekend. Fiesta Gardens is host to celebrations like Pachanga Festival, the Celtic Festival, the Austin Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival and more.

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Ours is an urban oasis exotic in its amenities and its location. We can

Clarissa Hulsey Bailey is a designer and the owner of écru moderne, a residential and commercial interior architecture and design firm. Ed Bai-

You haven’t experienced a Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve party until you

ley is the vice president of brand development for Austin City Limits. Their

have observed (or joined in) the firework’s chaos in the streets here. It’s a little

family includes Atlas, who is five and a half and who is a daring, energetic

intimidating at times. One must be ready to embrace rather than resist. And

and genius boy, and Davis, who is almost a year old and who is a darling

it wouldn’t be our neighborhood without what we loving refer to as the East

sublime and genius girl! They never let a day pass without giving it all

Side Car rodeo almost every Sunday evening around nightfall. It’s a tradition.

they’ve got.

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The Hodgsons spend most of their time on the porch, where Brad and Amber enjoy an evening beer while Lowe paints at her easel.

The Hodgson Family’s Swede Hill By b r a d h o d g s o n

Our story has to start with this confession: We are constant movers. I don’t

available soon, in the old Swede Hill neighborhood right downtown, we

know why, but we just seem to want to be somewhere else every year. We grow

jumped on the opportunity to check it out.

restless and want something new again. We’ll love an area, live there for a year

As soon as we walked in, we fell in love—with the area, the house, ev-

and then move on. We always try and explain it away to make ourselves feel

erything. The house is old and a little warped. Doorways slide angular into

more secure about the decision (and to keep our family and friends from being

corners in some places, like a Tim Burton film. The house felt old and calm

super annoyed every time we call them up asking for help) by saying it was

and wise, retaining most of its old beautiful components, and there was an

overpriced, or too far from work, or too far from the places we love. . . etc.

energy in it that made us want to plant there, raise our family there—an

So, we were living near Mueller, and after a year we realized it wasn’t the right fit for us. Before that, we came from Travis Heights. We both

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odd feeling for people used to constantly moving around, but a totally rewarding one to feel like we were home.

want history in structure, something that has an old story to tell, so when

The neighborhood is a beautiful area, too. It’s full of old homes, and

our friends told us the house across the street from them was going to be

some new ones. A mix of interesting and diverse people live here. There

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are overgrown areas, neatly trimmed areas, big houses, tiny houses. It’s a

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lovely balance of environment. Downtown is 100 steps down the sidewalk, but the neighborhood is always calm, and somehow the traffic of 35 is diffused enough to be just a subtle rumble in the background. The house is a place for us to relax, dance, play, invent and work. It serves all of our needs, both casually and professionally, and keeps us lov-

Hillside Farmacy (1209 East 11th St.)—It’s right down the street and a great place to talk with the regulars, grab a coffee or Lowe’s favorite: a chocolate tart.

ing it every day. The neighborhood is friendly and eclectic and weird and progressive and quiet. It’s seconds from downtown, but when we are sitting on the porch with a beer in the evenings, it doesn’t feel that way. I’m not sure there is anywhere else we’d rather be... right now or anytime soon. Brad Hodgson is an animator/designer for his own company, Perfect Form (perfectformdesign.com). He is based in Austin and has a second location in Kansas City, Missouri. Amber Hodgson is a craft perfumer and stylist at Sabia. Lowe is two and a half and will take over the world some-

This is the family’s favorite spot in the house. “We love watching movies here, especially by our favorite director, Hayao Miyazaki!”

Quickie Pickie (1208 E. 11th St.)—also down the street and a perfect place to grab groceries, beer to go, breakfast/lunch/dinner, or hang out and have a great beer on tap. Flattrack Coffee (913 E. Cesar Chavez St.)—Great coffee and a perfectly designed small, simple space with the nicest owners. Farewell Books (913 E. Cesar Chavez St.)—A great place for inspiration and to walk out with a non-digital version of something to read. Las Cruxes (913 E. Cesar Chavez St.)—Shares space with Farewell Books. Great vintage store that also carries a sweet children’s line named Nolita. Olive Vintage (1223 Rosewood Ave.)—Part of Rosewood Collective. Owner, Laura Uhlir White has a great eye for design. Jardineros y Hijo (2321 E. Cesar Chavez St.)—Super-cool nursery and gardening shop. Micklethwait Craft Meats (1309 Rosewood Ave.)—Awesome craft meats/barbeque and homemade moon pies. Papi Tino’s (1306 E. 6th St.)—Cozy, warm little bungalow-turnedMexican cantina with great food. Yellow Jacket Social Club (1704 E. 5th St.)—Good drinks and awesome outdoor seating area for hanging out and conversatin’.

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International couple Paola Marusich and Borut Grgic have lived and travelled around the world, but have found Austin to be just the place to raise their son Lรกzaro.

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The Grgic/Marusich Family’s Rosewood B y Pao l a Ma r u s ic h

A couple years ago we decided it was time to try something a bit more personal, friendlier and less crowded. We did our research, compared cities across America and Europe, and settled on Austin. Why East Austin? I attended law school at UT and lived downtown; we knew South Austin already and wanted to try something new. We tend to like places on the edge of gentrification and have a tendency to head east (southeastern Europe, Lower East Side in NYC), so we settled in East Austin, in an incredible neighborhood just at the foot of the French Legation. We were attracted by the diversity and walkability of the neighborhood, its proximity to downtown, to the airport, and the up-andcoming vibe. The area feels fresh and young, and that is a major plus in our books. Paola, Lázaro and Borut are a small family of three. Lázaro was born last October, just a few weeks after the family moved to Austin. The couple were next-door neighbors in college at Stanford and have lived all over the world in the years since. Borut was an international energy consultant, and Paola was a New York–based lawyer. Nowadays, however, Paola is fully invested in the food industry, running a chocolate factory in Mexico City and setting up a food-production facility in Southeastern Europe, and Borut is an investor. Paola Marusich is originally from

The diversity of the people living in this area is incredible, which comes through nicely in the types of businesses, new and old, around here. Long walks along the eastern side of Lady Bird Lake are peaceful and less crowded than the Lady Bird Trail. The French Legation (802 San Marcos St.) outdoor spaces are a beautiful and serene place to spend an afternoon in the shade, and the Texas State Cemetery, believe it or not, makes for a very pleasant morning walk to start the day. Hillside Farmacy (1209 E. 11th St.) functions well as a neighborhood food/coffee stop, and has some very nice staff, though it would be really nice if they opened earlier. Paul Qui and East Side King (1618 E. 6th St.)—Bring the umami. Quickie Pickie (1208 E. 11th St.) is a recent and very welcome addition, with its refreshing draft beer selection. East side BBQ is exceptional; obviously Franklin’s (900 E. 11th St.), but the Micklethwait trailer (1309 Rosewood Ave.) is also fantastic. Flattrack Coffee (913 E. Cesar Chavez St.) is tops. The Hope Farmers Market has some fantastic vendors and is really making an effort to build community. With the traffic being what it is, you can’t beat five minutes to the best workouts in town: Pilates with Vlada Scheber at Ballet Austin, Ride Indoor Cycling and morning runs with Gilbert’s Gazelles.

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The Silverstein Family’s Bryker Woods By ja k e s i lv e r s t e i n

After many years on the East Side and then a couple in the Zilker neighborhood, we finally ended up in Bryker Woods about a year ago. There’s nothing flashy about this neighborhood. The houses aren’t the biggest or nicest or weirdest or oldest in town. The restaurants aren’t the most hip. Bryker Woods doesn’t really have a thing. Which is part of why we like it. We fell in love with the house first, a sweet old 1940s bungalow gracefully expanded in the 1980s, with two giant pecan trees standing guard out front. That it was two blocks from the elementary school sealed the deal. We soon realized that this is one of the city’s most walkable neighborhoods. Our older son, Leo, walks or bikes to Bryker Woods Elementary every day, and we often end up wandering over to the playground in the evenings too, beer in hand. On weekends it’s a fiveminute stroll to pancakes at Kerbey Lane, after which, flying high on syrup and OJ, the boys find their natural habitat on the Shoal Creek Greenbelt. The greenbelt is one of the compelling features of this neighborhood. It’s a narrow strip of nature, but there’s still a lot to explore; and it’s substantial enough to act as a psychological moat (and in the old days, when the bridges would get washed out regularly, it effectively was a moat) between the nearby downtown and our house. There’s always so much happening in Austin that we like living in a neighborhood where not much is happening—just our own family stuff, the trees growing their leaves and dropping their pecans, the kids smashing them open with rocks and eating the nuts. Bryker Woods is sort of like a twenty-first-century Austin-flavored riff on Mayberry. You half expect to see the milkman on his rounds. The key to that is the elementary school. It’s truly the heart of this neighborhood. In the mornings during the school year, when the streets are full of parents sipping coffee and kids lugging backpacks, everyone spilling out of their houses and waving to each other, the whole place takes on the feel of a village. We like that; it makes it easier to raise our kids. And let’s be honest: Raising kids is a pain in the ass. Mary LaMotte and Jake Silverstein met in New York in 2000 and returned to Texas, where they had both lived in the 90’s, in 2002. They have two boys, Leo (6) and Joe (3). Jake is the editor in chief of Texas Monthly; Mary is a freelance editor.

Shoal Creek Trail/Greenbelt—We use it almost daily, for running, fish-egg hunting, rock identifying. When it rains, Jake and the boys immediately head for the creek. Lammes Candies (1000 W. 38th St.)—Mary has an unrelenting sweet tooth; Lammes is her hometown favorite. The peanut butter squares and dark chocolate mints are key to her optimum daily functioning. Bryker Woods Elementary (3309 Kerbey Ln.)—Small, warmhearted school with caring teachers and parents alike. The playground is dreamy; We hit it pretty much every weekend. Anderson’s Coffee (1601 W. 38th St.)—The best coffee in town. Incredibly fresh, beautifully crafted brews in a homey old store with a creaky wood floor. The secret is they roast all their beans daily in small batches. Jake is currently hooked on the Organic Dark Sumatra. There’s also an excellent tea selection and salted chocolate caramel balls for Mary. Lyle Lovett sightings a plus. Pasta and Co. (3502 Kerbey Ln.)—Fresh pasta and homemade sauces, salads, bread, to-go only. Dinner in five minutes, in and out. Perfect on deadline nights. Pediatric Associates (1500 W. 38th St.)—A great practice that has taken such good care of both our boys. You can’t go wrong with any of the doctors. Ask to see Dr. Mirrop’s Star Wars room and prepare to be blown away. Or perhaps just totally confused. FoodHeads Café (616 W. 34th St.)—Excellent lunches. The squash and fresh Mozzarella sandwich, grilled with spinach, tomato, pesto, and blackberry balsamic vinaigrette, is unbelievable. Ramsey Park Playground (4301 Rosedale Ave.)— Technically in Rosedale, but so close we’re there at least a few times a week. Something about the space makes kids band together and ignore the adults. This is good. 34th Street Café (1005 W. 34th St.)—Unassuming, solidly delicious neighborhood lunch and dinner spot. Breed and Co. (718 W. 29th St.)—Hardware, paint, plants, a fancy corkscrew or two. Everything you need for anything you’re doing. And a staff that has the correct balance of knowledge, speed and gruffness. Plus (note the trend), there’s a candy counter for Mary. tribeza.com july 2013

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Mozart’s Coffee Roasters (3825 Lake Austin Blvd.)—I never get bored with enjoying my coffee on the patio looking at the beautiful sunrise. Black Swan Yoga (1114 W. 5th St., #202)—This donation-based/no-commitment yoga studio perfectly works for my busy work schedule. I especially enjoy the late-night candlelit sweaty yoga class to relax my soul before going to bed. Sweetish Hill Bakery (1120 W. 6th St.)—My husband and I go here for our date breakfast after we drop the kids off at school. I love this place because their pastries are really good and they have many petite selections that suit my appetite.

The Asazu Family’s Tarrytown By k ayo a s a z u

My husband, Také, and I were raised in the Kansai area of Japan, where we always had convenient public transportation and could get to the city within 30 minutes. The only thing we were missing was space. So when we decided to buy our first house in Austin, we chose to live in northwest Aus-

Café Medici (1101 West Lynn St.) —Cozy little place to meet my friends and chat over a delicious espresso drink.

tin, where we could get more space and a lot of nature. We lived there hap-

Nau’s Enfield Drug (1115 W Lynn St)—I can get the great old American feeling that I used to dream before I came to this country. Very simple burgers and yummy shakes!

restaurant, Komé, we realized we needed to live closer to the central city,

Amy’s Ice Cream (1012 W. 6th St.)—I take the kids to Amy’s for after-dinner dessert, especially on weekends, when they can stay up late. And the staff keeps us entertained!

selves the time to do house hunting, so we decided to move into a condo

Food! Food! (2727 Exposition Blvd.)—When I work from home, I usually grab sandwiches here. They are so convenient and good!

as long as we can.

Fresa’s (915 N Lamar Blvd.)—Delicious chicken and my favorite horchata! Great take-out place for family movie night at home. Laguna Gloria (3809 W. 35th St.)—Great place to have a walk. Kids take a variety of art classes every now and then. I love to hang out here with a cup of coffee when I am waiting for the kids’ classes to be over. Waterloo Records (600 N. Lamar Blvd.)—It has always been our date place since the day we met!

pily for seven years, but by the time we opened our first brick-and-mortar where we could enjoy more urban activities. With our busy schedule after we opened Komé, we did not allow ourin Tarrytown that a friend owns. It has only been a year since we moved to this neighborhood, but we have already made the decision to stay here As soon as we moved in, we fell in love with the neighborhood. I remember the first night we were in the condo. I was so excited, and I said to Také, “All these coffee shops and restaurants are less than a mile away! We should go out tonight!” He made me calm down, saying, “Kayo, we are going to live here a long time, so we can go out any night.” The best thing about this neighborhood is that you can enjoy the location so much. It is so close to everything—not just city activities like shopping and dining, but also outdoor activities such as kayaking at Lady Bird Lake or hanging out at Zilker Park. Sometimes I go kayaking in the morning before going to work. Sometimes I stop by one of the great neighborhood coffee shops and finish my work before picking up my kids from school. And I can’t ignore the benefit of getting to work within 10 minutes!

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Kayo, Také and their two children Kaya and Kenta, owners of local restaurant favorites, Komé and Daruma, spending the afternoon at one of their favorite neighborhood spots, Laguna Gloria.

We have great people in this neighborhood, which I was able to tell from the people I met at the neighborhood elementary school where my son, Kenta, goes. People are very open-minded. Everyone we have met so far has been very supportive and friendly. But what we love most about the neighborhood is its personality. There are many old/historical buildings and houses that have a very intimate character from the past. People here take care of their property, and you feel that the neighborhood itself is very well preserved. As Austin grows, we will see more high-rise condos and hotels downtown, but I am confident that this neighborhood will keep the beautiful look that it has today and had many years ago. This neighborhood is like a well-hidden jewel in Austin. Kayo came to Austin in 1996 from Japan, and met her husband, Také. They lived in New Orleans and back in Japan before deciding on Austin as the place to start their family in 2003. The Asazus ran Deli Bento at the Sunset Valley Farmers’ Market and two Sushi-A-Go-Go trailers for a few years, then opened their first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Komé, in 2011. Kayo has recently opened Daruma, a ramen restaurant on Sixth Street. tribeza.com july 2013

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“With three boys, we need a space where they can go and just be boys, so there are pretty much no rules in this room. We painted one of the main walls with chalkboard paint, where Miles loves to draw and practice his letters with chalk,” Kate Waitzkin says. “We hung playful art on the wall behind the sofa and we hang and rotate the boys’ own masterpieces on the opposing wall. We have tried to create an inspiring space where they can laugh, play and, of course, roughhouse when necessary!”

The Waitzkin Family’s Westlake By k at e wai t z k i n

It’s curious how life often leads us through a variety of directions and

miles from where I attended high school. Having lived an urban life-

countless experiences only to bring us full circle to land right back where

style in shoebox apartments for the last twelve years, the idea of mov-

we started. If we are lucky, the journey affords us the opportunity to step

ing to what felt like the ‘burbs was anxiety-provoking for both me and

out of our comfort zone, exposes us to new people and places, and inspires

Graeme. We were reluctant, but it didn’t take us long to experience the

personal growth while also reviving our appreciation for our roots and

strong sense of community and discover all the natural beauty our new

fabric from which we came.

surroundings offered.

Having been born and raised in Austin, I moved to New York City in

Settling just outside the city limits has blessed us with a backyard setting

search of whatever it is we crave at the ripe and emboldened age of 21.

reminiscent of the wide-open Hill Country, a nighttime view of downtown

Lucky for me, (my husband) Graeme, born and raised in our nation’s cap-

(our sons’ favorite way to end his day) and a rockin’ playground at the end

ital, had the same spur in his saddle and landed in Manhattan at the same

of our block. Perched above Barton Creek Greenbelt, Lost Creek sits just

time. After meeting, we fell in love, moved in together and tied the knot at

a short drive from Graeme’s downtown office, our boys’ preschool at St.

Austin’s own Mercury Hall—in that order and almost as fast.

David’s and the studios where I teach yoga. The deep-rooted communi-

The four years that followed included a move to San Francisco, the birth

ty and educational opportunities that Westlake offers, coupled with the

of our first son, and the thrilling (and, if we are being honest, slightly terri-

abundance of outdoor treasures and the serenity they afford are the per-

fying) news that I was pregnant with twins and we would soon be adding

fect recipe for our family. When nostalgia kicks in and we’re itching for the

two more boys to our rapidly expanding family. The news put us on a fast

shops, restaurants and music suggestive of our days in New York and San

track back to Austin, where we had a support system of family and friends,

Fran, downtown Austin never fails to deliver.

a welcomed and proven necessity with three boys under the age of three. After months of scouring houses, exploring neighborhoods and meditating on our priorities, we landed in Westlake’s Lost Creek, less than two

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Kate Waitzkin is a yoga teacher (kateyoga.net), and Graeme Waitzkin is an associate strategy director at Frog Design. They love living in and exploring Austin with their three boys, Miles, Wills and Shields.


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Longtime Rosewood resident Bettye Washington, 80, has been a member of the Welsey United Methodist Church on San Bernard Street for 77 years, longer than any other member of the congregation.

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Many churches like Wesley United Methodist Church (pictured left) and the St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church (pictured right) call the Rosewood neighborhood home.

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Drive east on Eleventh Street, across the overpass of Interstate 35, past

tial area for blacks. “Basically, the city discontinued services for African

the ever-popular Franklin’s Barbecue (with its early-afternoon lines

Americans unless they lived on the east side. It was one hundred per-

trailing around the building and into the parking lot) and the cozy

cent black for fifty or sixty years,” says Andrew Busch, who is a visiting

Blue Dahlia Bistro. Across the way is the Victory Grill, with its vibrant

assistant professor of American studies at Miami University and a PhD

murals depicting the establishment’s music history on its cinder-block

graduate of University of Texas who has been studying the area for the

walls. On the right, a metal skeleton of a boutique hotel, named Ho-

past eight years. “On the west side, there were almost zero percent of

tel Eleven, which is opening in 2014, neighbors the longtime watering

blacks, so the city was very Southern in some ways. The east side was

hole of Longbranch Inn. And then there is the stylish Hillside Farmacy,

like its own little city.”

which opened a year and a half ago. Farther east on Rosewood Avenue,

Bettye Washington, 80, moved to Rosewood from Luling, Texas,

you’ll see a small raft of smaller businesses—such as Rosewood Col-

when her father was hired to work on the Montopolis Bridge. She at-

lective, Micklewait Craft Meats trailer, and Chioco Design—that have

tended the all-black Anderson High School before enrolling in Prairie

emerged during the past six months.

View A&M because the University of Texas didn’t admit individuals

Less than half a century ago, these lively streets, and their surround-

of color until 1956. Washington has been a member of Welsey Unit-

ing environs, were home to Austin’s largest population of African

ed Methodist Church on San Bernard Street for 77 years, longer than

Americans. According to Austin’s Rosewood, written by Jane H. Rivera,

any other member of the congregation. “Rosewood Avenue was full

PhD, and Gilberto C. Rivera, in 1928 the city instituted a master plan

of honky-tonks and cafés and black-owned businesses,” remembers

that formally established Rosewood and East Austin as the residen-

Washington. “It was real happening.”

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Washington played clarinet in the high school marching band. She

Congressman Lloyd Doggett and his wife, Libby, have lived in a historic 1897 home on San Bernard Street for the past seven and half years.

remembers performing jazz numbers and marching tunes every Friday evening in Rosewood Park during the summer months. “It was a joy to meet up with all of the kids on the street corners and walk over to the park,” Washington says, with a glint in her eye. “There was a real sense of community. Everyone knew everyone.” Given the racial segregation of the times, Washington mostly stayed in the neighborhood. “We didn’t know anything else,” she says. “In 1968, after the Civil Right Act was passed, African Americans started to move to other parts of town,” explains Tommy Wyatt, publisher of The Villager, a free weekly with an emphasis on the African American community, “and things started to change very fast. There was a migration of African Americans out of the neighborhood, and this is still going on today.” Unfortunately, during the 1980s, East Austin and Rosewood slid into the slums, prostitution, low occupancy rate, and many businesses left, explains Busch. For more than a decade, a renewed spirit has resuscitated the area, with numerous new businesses and residents establishing roots in the neighborhood. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and his wife, Libby, have lived in a historic 1897 home on San Bernard Street, just off of Rosewood Avenue, for the past seven and half years. “I like to say that Rick Perry is responsible for us coming to this neighborhood,” Doggett says, “but our neighbors and the nature of the neighborhood are responsible for us staying here.” Before living in Rosewood, Doggett lived in the Clarksville neighborhood, west of the Capitol, but was forced to move because of the redistricting legislation that was passed by Governor Perry in 2004. Given the nature of his job, Doggett spends his weekdays in Washington, and then returns to Austin for the weekends. Unfortunately, given further redrawing of the districts, Doggett’s congressional region now extends down to the south side of San Antonio. “I live on I-35 much of the time now,” he says, “and that can be a challenge.” “We like the people here,” continues Doggett. “It’s a very diverse neighborhood. And in more recent years, it’s become great in terms of restaurants.” With their two grown daughters living within five minutes, dinners with the grandchildren often involve a short walk down Rosewood to East Side Pies. Blue Dahlia is something of an unofficial tribeza.com july 2013

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Laura Uhlir (pictured left), owner of Olive and Mary Kathryn Paynter, owner of Sound & True in their shared bungalow turned charming shop, Rosewood Collective (1223 Rosewood Ave.; rosewoodcollective.com).

jewelry, vintage clothing, and gifts by Olive, Sound & True, and Paper Party. “Now, it’s just a matter of holding on and hoping the neighborhood stays affordable.” Last year, Hillside Farmacy opened its doors in March, right before SXSW. Co-owners Ben and Jade Place were first inspired to open the restaurant when they discovered a pristine collection of antique pharmacy cabinets for sale in Elgin. After they purchased the cabinets, the couple, along with their partners, Sonya Coté and Mickie Spencer (of Eastside Showroom), learned that the building on the corner of East Eleventh Street and Rosewood Avenue was available. Formerly Gene’s PoBoys & Deli (which had developed a reputation for its excellent fried chicken and New Orleans-style food), the space had long been vacant, though multiple potential tenants had expressed interest. After financing fell through for a generic sports bar, the Places met with the owners of the building, Carl and Yvetta Turner. By a stroke of serendipity, Yvetta Turner’s father, also known as Doc Young, was the only African American pharmacist who owned and operated out of his own building. “My father built the drugstore and we lived behind the store on Wheless,” explains Yvetta, age 84. During those years, Yvetta worked in the pharmacy along with the rest of her family. She

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office for Libby when she is in town. Other nearby favorites include An-

waited on customers, cleaned the shelves, and worked the soda fountain.

gie’s, Joe’s Bakery, and El Azteca. Local churches and public schools still

Her mother also worked behind the counter, and her brother delivered

provide vital hubs of activity. “Given the number of churches, we feel like

medicines. Yvetta also attended the all-black Anderson High School and

we’re blessed at all times,” Doggett says. “We can feel the prayers here.”

performed as a drum major. Later, she would study chemistry at Huston-

As is true with most areas of Austin, the current landscape of the

Tillotson and music and voice at Sam Houston. (One of the highlights of

neighborhood is changing significantly, with many new businesses

her life was having the opportunity to sing “Ave Maria” for the legendary

opening up. “It’s still a commercial neighborhood, except many of the

singer Marian Anderson.) A framed black-and-white photo of Doc Young

businesses are not owned by African Americans,” Wyatt says. Here and

still hangs on the wall of Hillside Farmacy, and a soda fountain was in-

there, the black history of the neighborhood is evident—the Carver

stalled behind the counter in homage to Yvetta.

Library and Museum, African-American Chamber of Commerce, and

Last March, Hillside Farmacy opened on the same day that a memo-

the multiple churches (Welsey is considered one of the leading black

rial service for Yvetta’s husband, Carl, was held. Soon after the service,

churches in Texas).

Turner and her out-of-town guests arrived at Hillside for a meal. “They

Many of the newer businesses were started by young local entrepre-

wouldn’t let me pay for a thing—and we had everything we wanted,”

neurs who are looking to carve a foothold in the up-and-coming neigh-

says Turner. “It was all on them.” Taken together, the evening reflected

borhood. “We’re lucky to get a spot on this street,” says Mary Kathryn

an unexpected, generous moment of the present meeting the past in a

Paynter, one of the co-owners of Rosewood Collective, which features

corner of Austin that is unique unto itself.

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Don’t let her petite stature and long blond locks fool you —Claire Zinneck-

er can wire a light, build a table and have her way with a saw, drill or hammer. “Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the garage working with my dad's tools (my brother and I had our own smaller set to build with),” she remembers. “We built doll furniture and would work on the playhouse and do other small projects. He always showed me how to do things, and then stepped back and let me do it on my own, so I was able to fully learn and understand how things are made.” She grew up in Austin and daydreamed of becoming an architect starting at the young age of five. Her uncle, who is an architect in L.A., encouraged her to pursue

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interior design because of her fascination with textures, patterns and art and as she began to research the field more, it became clear that was the right career choice, so she enrolled in the interior design program at UT. She spent a summer in college interning with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in L.A. and back in Austin after graduation she landed a dream design job working with Joel Mozersky of One Eleven Design, where she has worked on exciting projects like Midnight Cowboy, Parish Underground, Rainey Street’s Nova Bar + Kitchen, and the Rattle Inn. “Working in the creative world is incredibly exciting because not one day is the same as the next. You are constantly meeting new people, coming up with unique ideas and seeing their dreams and your ideas combine to create a space for people to enjoy,” she says. “I think I get the best of all worlds because I am able to establish relationships with amazing individuals and help their dreams become a reality, all the while doing something that I love.” In addition to her design work, Claire became a regular contributor to the popular blog, Camille Styles. She and Camille were old family friends and when they met for coffee, Camille offered Claire a contributor spot. Her segment is called "Transformed." “It was originally supposed to be me taking an object and “transforming” it to have some other purpose. This quickly turned into simply large-scale DIY's instead, which I learned was one of my passions and something readers enjoy seeing.” She’s made everything from a copper sconce to a stitched pouf. The future is bright for this rising design star, who hopes to marry her passions for interior design and making things in her next chapter. From making furniture and light fixtures to holding workshops for women on the art of power tools, the possibilities are

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8. This table/bench was one of the first pieces of furniture Claire's parents bought together. "It's a perfect catch-all," she says. Above is an elk-shed coatrack that Claire made, another Transformed DIY. 9. Claire's goddaughter—"the coolest seven-year-old you will meet." She says: "Left-handed like me, a talented artist, and wants to work with me when she grows up." 10. The headboard in Claire's room was another Transformed DIY. "My uncle found the nightstands, part of an old desk, on a street in L.A. and I quickly claimed them when I moved there. The cowhide I found in a junky store in La Grange and got for next to nothing, but it's gorgeous." 11. A peek inside Claire's dining room. The brass pendant was made for a Transformed DIY along with the dining table (out of old scaffolding and an old bench as the top). The chairs are garage sale and bulk-pickup-day finds, which is Claire's favorite way to shop. 12. Claire's wardrobe rack—another Transformed DIY. She says: "Living in a small house means small closets, so this rack provides a perfect way to create added storage while making my clothes pleasant to look at—usually."

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Smudge Studios Heather Middleton and Jaclyn goldberg encourage austinites to get creative and have fun at their newly opened hyde park studio. Heather and Jaclyn demonstrate the stress-relieving effects of splatter painting.

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t was a match made in art heaven when co-owners of Smudge Studios Heather Middleton and Jaclyn Goldberg met. They both have backgrounds in art education and individually dreamed of opening their own studio, but they never found the right business partner—until the day a mutual friend introduced them. “It took one dinner,” Goldberg explains. “After that we both said, ‘Let’s do this!’” and so Smudge Studios was born. This brand-spanking-new art studio on 38th and Guadalupe offers activities for all, including summer camps for the kids, continuing art education, parent and me programs and much more. Middleton and Goldberg felt Austin was ready for more of these types of art studios. “There aren’t enough places like this for people to come express themselves,” Middleton says. The community has played a large role in the success of Smudge, whether it’s in the classroom or outside on the street. Smudge Studios can’t be missed, thanks to the radiant sign out front by Evan Voyles of The Neon Jungle. “We just kept meeting all the right people to get things done,” Middleton says. “It’s all very Austin, building this community of connections.” In the bungalow home that is now the studio, Middleton and Goldberg have worked hard to create an inspiring and inviting atmosphere that is tailored to kids as well as their adult students. “We want adults to know that art doesn’t have to be so serious or intimidating. Art is fun!“ Goldberg explains. With their summer camps in full swing, there will only be more good things to come out of Smudge Studios. “We think this is going to evolve into something bigger than we imagined,” Middleton explains. With an incredible amount of support from friends, family and locals, Smudge Studios is quickly becoming the best place in town to cut loose, have fun and make some art. A. horsley P h oto g r a p h y by b i l l s a l l a n s


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n a busy late afternoon in May, Salt & Time co-owner Ben have that you wouldn’t see at a grocery store.” Salt & Time serves Runkle was juggling meetings and chatting with custom- lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Dinner is available Thursday ers at his new East Seventh Street shop, which describes through Saturday, while brunch is on Sunday. Cuvée Coffee has a itself on its website as a “butcher shop and salumeria.” Customers, coffee bar inside the space Tuesday through Sunday, and the shop seated at a counter and tables inside Salt & Time, were drinking beer also offers butchery and basic knife skills classes. Runkle met Butler through a mutual friend. “He’s got a tremenand wine and snacking on culinary treats from a recent menu of options that included the butcher’s burger with beef fat french fries, dous wealth of experience and knowledge as a butcher,” Runkle liver and caramelized onions, and a salumi board with goat salami, says. “Salt & Time hadn’t been around a year when we met. And he brought a whole wealth of skill and strengths to the table that I didn’t braunschweiger, lardo and pork and fennel pâté. Runkle, who’s from Chicago, started Salt & Time in 2009, the have.” Runkle says he likely would have never been as concerned same year he and his wife, Austin designer Natalie Davis, moved to about the quality of the meat he eats and produces today if it hadn’t Austin from California. For years, Salt & Time’s offerings were avail- been for his own story with meat. He became a vegetarian as a teenable at local farmers’ markets. In February, Runkle and his busi- ager and then a vegan, which lasted from age 18 through 28. Then he ness partner, butcher Bryan Butler, opened the butcher shop in East began eating meat again—first seafood and then chicken and later Austin. Among Salt & Time’s client list is Austin chef Paul Qui, who other healthy, sustainable meat from animals that were treated betrecently opened his east side restaurant Qui, and Josephine House ter than animals sent to questionable slaughterhouses. “It’s kind of a dead horse. I’ve told it so many times,” Runkle says. in Clarksville. Salt & Time customers can buy housemade sausages, “My body was craving meat, and I was curious about salumi and charcuterie as well as various cuts of meat Salt & Time where it came from and how it was raised. And it befrom sustainable Texas ranches. 1912 E. 7th St. came a hobby and a passion, and ultimately I chose to “We do buy whole carcasses, so we can cut any cut you (512) 522 7258 apprentice and learn to be a butcher.” M. Harper can imagine,” Runkle says. “There’s lots of things we will


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When you’re ready, step up to the counter and place your order. In a few minutes, a friendly staffer delivers it in a paper bag, each item individually wrapped. The menu is classic and basic, but with a few twists, such as grass-fed beef, the latest microbrews and the Flat Top secret patty ingredient: onions. Beef patties are hand-formed daily and mixed with chopped onion, then cooked on its signature flat-top grill. The Original burger is a quarter pound 80/20 chuck patty loaded "All The Way" with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mustard and mayo. We added jalapeños for a spicy kick. A fresh, soft bun holds it all together. The Grass-Fed burger is similar to the Original but with a patty that’s slightly more healthy, moist and flavorful. Both the Original and the Grass-Fed burgers are available with cheese and as double halfpounders. Chicken and veggie burgers are also offered. Side dishes include hand-battered onion rings that are tempura-light and perfectly

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here are a lot of reasons we moved to Austin three years ago, but Tex-Mex wasn’t one of them. You see, when we decided to move here, we had already been enjoying weekly Tex-Mex at our favorite local Los Angeles Mexican spot—El Coyote. We could walk there, we knew the staff, they shared our joy as we adopted our son, and with us they watched him grow week after week. And every week we played cards. For almost 10 years there, every week, we played cards. So when we moved to Austin in 2010, of course there were many considerations about where we would live—schools, neighborhood, commute. But one consideration, softly spoken but so important, was what

would be our Austin “El Coyote” where we could enjoy a margarita, eat good Tex-Mex, and play cards with our son. This had become a family tradition so important that it deserved careful attention. After we settled in West Austin, it wasn’t long before we discovered Maudie’s Lake Austin Boulevard. Maudie’s is hardly a “well-kept secret” here in Austin, and while we like the food (their salsa, Maura’s bean dip, tomatillo sauce and nachos supreme are definitely hits), it wasn’t just really good food we were looking for. What we really craved was a kitchen that felt like our own when we didn’t want to cook. What we wanted was a place that was close by, where we could get to know the staff, and where they wouldn’t mind if we lingered at dinner and played a few hands of cards. And all of this we found at Maudie’s. And what is truly important for us about lingering over cards, at Maudie’s or anywhere, is the family time we share. Playing cards has provided more belly laughs than you can count. Over the last 10 years, it has turned our son from a competitor to a good sport. It has cut through the tension during any number of family “meetings.” It has led to deep discussions unlikely to be tackled outside of the card-playing comfort zone. And most importantly, it continues to give us a wonderful and simple opportunity to spend quality time with our 17-year old-son—time we know is precious and fleeting. We love Maudie’s—the people, the food, and especially the family atmosphere that allows us to dawdle over our last hand before paying the check. Try it sometime. Carmine Salvucci Steve Brister is a marketing consultant, Carmine Salvucci is chief development officer at LIFT Alliance, and their son, Baltazar Martinez, just finished his junior year at Austin High. P h oto g r a p h y by a n n i e r ay


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