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Boutique of the Week: A Town Austin Lifestyle Store
Bringing some fresh attitude to Burnet Road
DAILY Design  August 8, 2011, by Anne Harris
"...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..."

Main Street, U.S.A.
Round Rock = Small Town, Texas?
News Story  February 9, 1996, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

South Austin Secede!
Our second installment in a series about South Austin explores the roots of "Bubba" and the rivalry between North Austin and south of the river.
Features Story  April 13, 2001, by Rob D'Amico
"...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...."

Austin, California?
The West Coast Goes to the Southwest
News Story  June 30, 1995
"..."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..."

Beekman Boys Come to Town
Lifestyle gurus kick off Eat, Drink Local Week
DAILY Food  November 25, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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...."

Tea Gets Hot in Austin
Austin's new cup of tea
Food Story  February 6, 2009, by Lindsey Goodwin
"...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..."

Experience the C.H.A.R.M.?
Marketing the "live music capital of the world"
Music Story  September 6, 1996, by Andy Langer
"..."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..."

After a Fashion
Barbara, Jenna, and Ranch dressing? What do you think this week's column is about?
Columns  September 19, 2008, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...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..."

Tying the Knot: A Drama
Yes, the merger of Austin's Paramount Theatre and State Theater Company is a business affair, but since theatres traffic in stories, human dramas that talk to us about life, this historic event deserves to be looked at as a story, the story of a wedding between two neighbors.
Arts Story  August 25, 2000, by Robert Faires
"..."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..."

The Entertainment Economy
As the Austin film, music, and gaming scenes become a "cluster," civic leaders are looking for industrial-strength creativity
News Story  March 14, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...(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...."

The Making of Downtown North
The Domain may sound like just another fancy mall – but planners say it's the seed of a second Austin
News Story  September 28, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Spotting the Rare Cheap Rental
The history and habits of a not-quite-extinct-yet Austin species
News Story  June 25, 2004, by Michael Erard
"...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..."

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Our readers talk back.
Columns  November 28, 2003
"...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?..."

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Balcones Responds
Columns  December 6, 1996
"...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..."

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Our readers talk back.
Columns  June 13, 2003
"...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..."

The Hills Are Alive
The Hill Country is teaming with Austin songwriters.
Music Story  May 9, 2003, by Margaret Moser
"...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...."

Eat to the Beat
Gotta break eggs to make a musician omelet
Music Story  June 14, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Will Anybody Ever Love Neal Medlyn?
For vulnerable performer Neal Medlyn, Dork = Cool.
Arts Story  December 29, 2000, by Ada Calhoun
"...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..."

Have You Ever Been to Carrascolendas?
The Bilingual Education Act in 1968 sparked an unprecedented number of bilingual television programs for children, and the Austin-produced children's series Carrascolendas, which premiered in 1970, was among the first.
Screens Story  July 4, 2003, by Belinda Acosta
"...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...."

Standing Around on "The Corner"
My Big Role as a subUrbia Stand-in
Screens Story  August 9, 1996
"...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..."

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