The Austin Chronicle

Burning Sensations on V-Day

By Wells Dunbar, February 14, 2007, 9:19am, Newsdesk

Who's gonna be at the Austin City Store within City Hall from 11am to 2pm? Austin's own hunktastic firefighters, signing copies of their 2007 calendar. No word if former fireman Mike Martinez takes it all off for one last hurrah.

But why stop there? I think we need more Valentine's gifts from the council. Autographed copies of Will Wynn's spread in Austin Fit Magazine would be a great start, and from there the possibilities are endless.

Full press release below the fold.

Austin’s own firefighters will be signing the Firefighters Calendars at the Austin City Store, located in City Hall, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Sales from the $15 calendars benefit the Firefighters Fund, which provides immediate financial assistance to residents of Travis and surrounding counties who experience major catastrophes, whether from fire, flood, tornado or other natural disasters.

This fund also supports firefighters and their families impacted by unexpected injury, illness or death. The fund has already assisted more than 60 families without insurance who experienced critical losses from fire in 2006.

If you are looking for a Valentine’s gift for your friends and loved ones, check out the Austin City Store. Valentine’s Day gifts at the City Store include an assortment of candies, chocolates, stuffed animals, candles and other unique items.

The City Store features many products created by Austin artists and artisans. Products include jewelry, University of Texas apparel, Austin T-shirts, hats, handbags, pillows, frames, greeting and note cards, Austin cookbooks, posters, accessories, and children’s apparel and toys. The Austin City Store also partners with Waterloo Records and BookPeople to sell popular music CDs and books spotlighting local artists. Merchandise changes frequently.

Austin City Store is open Monday–Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. It is located in the northwest corner of City Hall, with its entrance on Second Street, near Guadalupe Street.

Shoppers can utilize the free parking in the City Hall parking garage. The garage entrance is located on the east side of the building off Lavaca Street (one-way street running north).

For more information, go to the Austin City Store Web site at

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