"...It's just too hot here to think about fall clothing, and no matter where one looks right now, whether in magazines or retail displays, we're faced with scratchy tweeds and dark jersey. We were thinking about just that when we burst into A Town Austin Lifestyle Store on Burnet Road this weekend to beat the heat..."
"...With its high lime- stone walls and cozy low-porticoed storefronts, Main Street in Round Rock -- particularly the length between Mays and Sheppard Avenues -- verily shouts Small Town, Texas. But murmuring beneath are whispers intimating that this might not be what it seems..."
"...Another telltale sign of change came with the recent one-year anniversary of South Austin's own Central Market at Westgate. Even the trendy grocery store isn't seen as an oddity anymore...."
"..."I was disillusioned with how Hollywood is and how my stuff turned out," says screenwriter George F. Saunders, who is now in pre-production for an Austin-based "garage-band movie." Shashana Kaplan, a make-up artist for films who is starting her own professional film make-up supply store here in town, offers similar feelings..."
"...29 at 6pm. After a VIP reception featuring local food and drinks, Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge will share stories about how they turned a rural goat farm and a 200-year-old mansion into a successful lifestyle brand that includes a reality TV series, cookbooks, a mercantile store, and a full line of artisan food products, as well as custom furniture designs...."
"...Maybe it's the reported benefits of heart health, cancer prevention, and mental clarity. Maybe it's the epicurean lifestyle emanating from Whole Foods' flagship store..."
"..."There's action in the clubs, bands working, and entire scenes like the retro-jazz thing surfacing and drawing new people to the clubs," says Meyer. "Then you've got the list of people touring and the growth in the retail businesses like record stores and equipment shops..."
"...The party for Will Wynn on Wednesday was huge, and almost everyone looked as fabulous as they could (you know who you aren't). I love partying in a large department store; it's a childhood fantasy of mine..."
"..."I bring a unique perspective to this whole project in that I've never known anything else," he says. "From the day I set foot in this town, I was the CEO of this huge chunk of theatre real estate that was the Paramount, the State, and this funky little music store..."
"...(A suggestion being floated within the Mayor's Task Force effort is to do a similar study of film, digital entertainment, and the performing arts.) Texas Perspectives also produced the white paper that kicked off the Mayor's Task Force, in which Hockenyos cites census figures showing that Austin's "arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media" cluster employs 7,850 people directly and generates about $238 million in annual wages. The 11,200-jobs total in the earlier Hockenyos study includes people like our aforementioned cab driver, or the beer-truck guy, or the record-store clerk...."
"...Then, suddenly, there's a brand-new Macy's. Park, and walk around it, and there's what appears to be a recently refurbished, meandering European town street – three- and four-story buildings with apartments above street-front stores, broken up by small plazas and shaded by well-established trees..."
"...But Ramiro Diaz was not a rent raiser. Back in the 1960s, he had run his father-in-law's grocery store, then sold it and bought a radio station, and over time accumulated houses in the Guadalupe neighborhood and elsewhere..."
"...I've been told time and again it's not their job. Last week Alex at the store on the mouth of Canyon Creek said he was told by you that you don't come out this way? What's your problem, Chronicle?..."
"...As the manager and part owner of the Austin-owned FringeWare Bookstore, it is with frustration that I read your article in the November 29 issue titled "Chain Reaction" [Vol. 16, No..."
"...I enjoyed your great section on SoCo [May 30] but was a little disappointed at your description of Rock n Roll Rentals as dark and smelling strange. Maybe the money the store saves on décor goes back into the community..."
"...Like the dance halls, the names are colorful and sometimes carry a bucket load of attitude in them: the Too Damn Friendly Bar in Johnson City, the Wild Horse Grill in Marble Falls, the Buck 'n' Shoot Saloon in Center Point, the Auslander in Fredericksburg, the Cypress Creek Cafe in Wimberley, John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes, Armadillo on the Creek in Comfort, and a longtime favorite, Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos...."
"...Store manager David Thomas Jones, who looks like an author with his beard and longshoreman cap, dutifully beats together the ingredients with giant metal scoopers, putting the mixture in a cup and adding copious whipped topping. He smiles as he hands it to her..."
"...Performing has carried Medlyn through much misunderstanding and trauma, as has seeking out and then finding things that resonated with his sense of the world. During his stay in the cultural wasteland that was East Texas, he made a point of finding the one book or album at any library or store that was actually "for real." In one library, it was a book on Dada and the Situationists..."
"...But children weren't interested in teaching concepts or funding sources or the political climate from which Carrascolendas emerged. They were drawn to the fanciful, fast-moving show featuring Agapito the playful bilingual lion and "living" dolls Berta and Dyana who lived in a toy store, Uncle Andy the shoemaker, Campamocha the mechanic, and many others...."
"...A child whines, and the sound mixer's head whips around, fixing on the disturbance. All other eyes are locked on the two twentyish boys lounging against the store wall..."