Sep 15 2014 01:34pmBlue Velvet: A Vintage Clothing Store with 20 Years of History
With a long-standing community presence and a loyal customer base, Blue Velvet is considered one of the best vintage clothing stores in a city that boasts quite a few. In fact, Austin’s Blue Velvet clothing store has been in the area for so long, many of the items that came out when it opened are now considered vintage! The prices are very reasonable for the items that the store sells, and the knowledgeable, stylish salespeople are friendly, but not overly pushy.Blue Velvet offers a wide variety of women’s dresses and skirts, vintage band t-shirts, men’s jackets and buttondown shirts, and a number of retro accessories. From the fedora hats to the rows up on rows of vintage jewelry and sunglasses, this store sells the types of items that you’ll wear for years to come.Blue Velvet is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.Blue Velvet217 W. North Loop BoulevardAustin, TX 78751(512) 452-2583www.bluevelvetaustin.comwww.yelp.com/biz/blue-velvet-austin-2CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Pink
Sep 04 2014 01:32pmToy Time: Where It’s Always Time to Play
Just about every store in the Austin area is a bit quirkier than most, and Toy Time is one of those truly unique establishments. This independent toy store carries a wide selection of toys that you won’t find at most big box toy stores, and it even offers pop culture memorabilia that adults will love, as well.The colorful, jam-packed shop is small, but it’s filled to the brim with children’s dolls and toys. The candy selection includes hard-to-find items like chocolate rocks, and the walls are lined with electronic games, costumes, model kits, and much more. Toy Time also includes a party room where guests can book fun-filled birthday parties. This room is set up like a treehouse, and the affordable package includes your choice of entertainers ranging from magicians to princesses and even full-scale petting zoos.Toy Time is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and the store is closed on Sundays.Toy Time101-B Pecan Street WestPflugerville, TX 78660(512) 990-8697www.toy-time.comwww.yelp.com/biz/toy-time-pflugervilleCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Barta
Sep 01 2014 09:26amHappy Labor Day!
We hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day!
Aug 28 2014 02:05pmMother’s Cafe: Eclectic Vegetarian Fare in a Colorful Atmosphere
From its colorful outdoor patio tables to its equally bright, cheery interior, Mother’s Cafe is an eclectic eatery through and through, and a visit here is sure to brighten your mood. The menu is entirely vegetarian or vegan, but each dish is thoughtfully prepared and very filling. Soups and salads are made with fresh vegetables and spices, and the restaurant offers a number of different types of meat-free enchiladas. Specialty dishes, such as ravioli marinara and mushroom stroganoff, come in heartier portions that are great for dinner, while the quiches and sandwiches make great grab-and-go items for takeout. Mother’s Cafe also offers a full wine and beer selection, while the eatery's made-from-scratch desserts are some of the restaurant’s most popular items. Add in convenient parking, friendly service and affordable prices and Mother’s Cafe will quickly become a staple on any Austin vegetarian or vegan’s go-to restaurant list.Mother’s Cafe is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.Mother’s Cafe4215 Duval StreetAustin, TX 78751(512) 451-3994www.motherscafeaustin.comwww.yelp.com/biz/mothers-cafe-and-garden-austinCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/jeffreyww
Aug 27 2014 04:34pm
HRC End-of-Summer Bash!
Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Come join your neighbors for a pool party at the main pool by the Leasing Office! Water and sodas provided (BYOB), and you can have fun sampling dishes from some of our local resturants such as Newk's, Bullrito, Blue Baker, Firebowl Cafe, and Noodle & Company.
Aug 21 2014 02:02pmThe Essentials Every Home First Aid Kit Should Contain
Accidents happen. Any given day could present you with slips, scrapes, burns, and bruises, which is why a first aid kit is something every home should have within easy reach. Here are a few essentials that every home first aid kit should contain. Adhesive bandages. Most people have the traditional bandage strips on hand, but make sure to stock up on larger and smaller types for cuts of different sizes and for awkward locations. Tweezers. You’ll never know the importance of owning tweezers until to rub your foot against the rough wood on a deck or patio. Ouch! Thermometer. If you’re worried that you might be running a fever, a reliable thermometer can tell you for sure. If you have children, be sure to invest in a children’s thermometer, as well. Aspirin. From soothing a headache to relieving aching muscles, aspirin is a necessity for all kinds of ailments. Once again, children need their own type of aspirin, so stay well-stocked on both types if you share your home with little ones. Topical antiseptic. To reduce the risk of infection, clean any small cuts with topical antiseptic or antiseptic wipes.First Aid Kit Essentials Checklist [Real Simple]Anatomy of a First Aid Kit [American Red Cross]First Aid Kit Essentials [Johnson & Johnson]First-Aid Kit Essentials [Parents]CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/medisave
Aug 14 2014 02:35pmTejas Golf: Learn the Ropes at This Accessible Driving Range
Beginning golfers know all too well how intimidating some golf courses can be, but Austin’s Tejas Golf caters especially to those just learning the game. This driving range and learning center features real turf tee boxes and an 11,500-square-foot putting green that feels anything but amateur, but the professional golf instructors and informative clinics are meant to help visitors to learn the basics of golf.The course’s short game practice area is the ideal place to practice for those who are already familiar with the game, and the stylish clubhouse is much larger than most. Tejas Golf also offers all of the balls that you can hit for $15 max, no matter how long you choose to stay, so it’s just as cost efficient as it is approachable.Tejas Golf is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Monthly memberships are available for $125 per person or $190 for families.Tejas Golf3631 Greenlawn BoulevardRound Rock, TX 78664(512) 310-8911www.tejasgolf.com/index.htmlwww.yelp.com/biz/tejas-golf-round-rockCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/trostle
Aug 08 2014 02:27pm
Has everyone checked out Trader Joe's yet? We are very glad they are our new neighbors!
Aug 07 2014 01:34pmLa Patisserie by Oven Fresh Delights: A Sweet Taste of France in Pflugerville
The French know how to do dessert, from their decadent pastries to their delicately flavored macarons. La Patisserie offers all of these French delicacies and more right in the heart of Austin’s Pflugerville neighborhood, and the bakery features a stylish interior that’s equally as sweet. Glass display cases show off La Patisserie’s colorful baked goods, while hardwood floors, antique bookcases, and gleaming chandeliers offer a touch of charm.The shop’s brightly colored macaron is one of La Patisserie's most popular desserts, but regulars also adore the pain au chocolat and the cream puffs. La Patisserie serves traditional French quiches and croissants for breakfast, as well as a few American breakfast dishes. For lunch, the menu comprises hot sandwiches like croque monsieur and croque madame, simple cold sandwiches, and fresh soups to go along with them. Don’t forget to grab an espresso on your way out!Note that La Patisserie by Oven Fresh Delights is closed on Mondays.La Patisserie by Oven Fresh Delights602 W. Annie StreetAustin, TX 78704(512) 912-0033www.lapatisseriepfl.comwww.yelp.com/biz/la-patisserie-austinCC-BY-2.0/Flickr/julien
Aug 04 2014 11:56am
End of Summer Bash 8/30/2014
Pool Party!!! Food, Drinks, & Fun.
4:00-7:30 more info. coming soon!