This is your Austin. Stand with the local businesses who make it a place we love to call home.
These are interesting times, no doubt… but let’s not forget it’s springtime! There are lots of ways to enjoy this time while helping to support your hardworking neighbors who are doing everything they can to keep their businesses alive. Even if you aren’t ready to get out into the world just yet, take a moment to check out all the ways these local businesses can make your life a little brighter.
Sala and Betty works with local farmers and ranchers to create their delicious menu, and this spring they are extending the bounty of Texas farmlands to your table with their produce, meat and dairy baskets. You can also take home their gourmet ranch boxes with choice cuts of beef, pork, and chicken, in addition to their regular takeout menus.
5201 Airport Blvd.
Video stores are very, very special places these days, and a rare treasure to protect. Besides being known as the oldest and largest video store in the world, I Luv Video has Free Beer Tuesdays and free family films on Saturday mornings. Now THAT is how you stay home, friends!
4803 Airport Blvd.
Staying at home and staying well means being intentional about your physical activity and building your immunity with a balanced system. This Pilates studio was founded by Gary Ames and his partner, artist Linda Dumont. They offer remote sessions and will customize a program to fit your needs.
815 E. 52nd St.
This sweet eastside spot, housed in a house built in 1887 that appears on Austin’s first hand-drawn map, was started by folks who live in the neighborhood. They work with local farms and offer free local delivery and curbside pickup. Whether on the patio or inside on a fancy vintage couch, you will find yourself a moment.
1010 E. Cesar Chavez St.
It’s springtime and all the little animals are doing what they do. If you’re making your own partnership official, make it special with a handmade ring from Christopher Taylor Timberlake, who has been known to mine his own stones.
2308 E. Cesar Chavez St., Ste. B
In better times, it’s a relaxed place to hear live music by the fire pit while sampling world cuisine. The shows may be on hold for now, but you can still get food to go from The Doughminican, Cosmic Taco, Tito Adobo, or Thai Kruefha (pictured.)
1106 E. 11th St.
This sweet little sweater bunny embodies the springtime comfort we all need right now. In this shop you will find a beautifully curated selection of artful, handmade gifts that exude natural simplicity. In the meantime, give them a call for recommendations, FaceTime shopping, and curbside service.
1211 E. 11th St, Ste. 100
Ahh, 2020… the year everyone needs therapy. From their website: “The art process strengthens self esteem and communication, and helps diffuse strong emotions by providing a medium for release. Creating art is an empowering experience and is a meaningful method of relaxation and self soothing. Uncovering meaning within art serves as a bridge to understand meaning in one’s life.” Sounds good to us!
1209 E. 11th St., Ste. 109
This TexMex institution has been around since at least 1950 and is known for being a favorite meeting place for city and state lawmakers, with historic photos of high-profile visitors lining the walls. They have margaritas, they have merch, they have a cool mural, and they are now offering limited dining room service. What are you waiting for?
1511 E. Sixth St.
When chocolate is art, you know you’re in a good place. Maggie Louise confections was founded by a former corporate finance lawyer who wanted to do something more creative. Now her chocolates are sold all over the country at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, specialty boutiques, and right here on East Sixth. Save 25% with code COMMUNITY25.
1017 E. Sixth St.
Spring means color! Sixth Street Printing has you covered. For over 30 years, they have provided great service, quick turnaround, and top-quality printing. Right there in the neighborhood with all the other colorful stuff, they are ready to become your new favorite when it comes to making your ideas a reality… on paper, that is.
1010 E. 6th St.
Their playground may be empty this season, but the dozen or so food trucks at 5000 Burnet are ready to treat you and your family to something special: Mediterranean, Venezuelan, Thai, Sonoran Hotdogs, Dessert Tacos, Coffee, Waffles, Burgers, Grilled Cheese, Empanadas… everyone is bound to leave happy. (And you can go back for the playground when the time is right!)
5000 Burnet Rd.
If you’re someone who thinks flowers are only for special occasions, think again. Spring reminds us that flowers exist for themselves, for each other, and for the fields in which they grow. Charlotte and her crew will grace you with the right bouquet for any occasion… including right now.
4404 Burnet Rd.
So many reasons to love this place. Besides the stylish interior, cool frames and fun kids area, every month they provide an eye exam (and glasses if needed) at no cost to an adult or child in need. They also donate gift certificates for exams and glasses for charitable auctions and causes. Yes, we see stars.
2116 Hancock Dr.
Serving Patrizi family favorites from their art-covered food trailer on the grounds of Manor Road stronghold The Vortex Theatre, Patrizi’s owner Nic Patrizi has also stepped up to feed community members who lost their income due to COVID-19 by turning his yet-to-officially-open Cajun venture Vic and Al’s (also on Manor) into a community kitchen. This says “Spirit of Spring 2020” to us!
2307 Manor Rd.
Currently offering free community workouts and fitness classes online (sometimes involving a dog, a broom, or a cast-iron skillet!), these guys have thought things through for you. I mean… how many gyms do you know with a psychologist on staff? Staying home does not mean staying still, and Dane’s wants to move you.
2701 Manor Rd.
An Austin TexMex fixture for the past 30 years, Mi Madres keeps everyone coming back for more. Their patio is now open (counter service only), and you can even get your Mexican Martinis to go (pictured.) When the time is right, pay a visit to Techo Mezcaleria & Agave Bar (upstairs), which also happens to be Manor Road’s only rooftop patio.
2201 Manor Rd.
This is the kind of place we’re all missing right about now. With its large shaded patio (twinkling with lights at night) and multiple cozy nooks inside, you’re sure to find just the spot to enjoy your beer or cocktail. Vegan options abound at the food trucks outside.
2908 Fruth St.
This bookstore and community space hosts regular readings and focuses on lesser-known and emerging voices. Join them on May 17 for the Suspense & Speculation Multi-Genre Book Club (one of several online book clubs they host), where they will be discussing “All My Friends Are Superheroes” by Andrew Kaufman. Their readings are often recorded and can be found online.
613 W. 29th St.
This has not been a typical spring, and if you have been feeling the need for a little extra grounding, you are not alone. B Free Yoga offers livestreamed and on-demand video classes to keep your body, mind, and spirit clear and strong, so you’ll be ready for no matter what life throws at you.
3110 Guadalupe St., Ste. 120
This all-vegan food truck features healthy portions of flavor-packed Nigerian cuisine and gets rave reviews from locals and travelers alike. Housed with other plant-based food trucks in a little pet-friendly compound at the end of North Loop known as Possum Park, its neighbors include a DIY woman-owned punk rock vegan bakery, a witchy art apothecary co-op, and an electronics repair shop.
701 E. 53rd St.
Are you ready? This 3,500 sq. foot lair of colorful treasures will take you on a journey through time and space. Specializing in furniture from the 50’s through the 70’s but selling all kinds of wild delights, you can buy online through a variety of platforms and pick your order up curbside. If you’ve got your eye on something, be decisive: things move fast here! (With the exception of you perhaps, once you are inside.)
117 E. North Loop
Self care is always important, but this spring has really brought the point home. Licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist, clinical herbalist and registered yoga teacher Rebecca Rowbatham is now offering telehealth virtual sessions, by donation through May 31st: Guided Acupressure, Yoga, Meditation and Qi Gong Instruction, as well as herbal prescriptions available for delivery.
401 E. 53rd St., Ste. 204
Nature feels sooooo good. Plants not only clean the air and give you oxygen to breathe, but have been shown to reduce human stress just by sitting there keeping us company. If you are a plant person, you already know. If you are not (yet) a plant person, I challenge you to find out. Frond is only doing curbside service right now, but check them out online.
507 W. Mary St., Unit A
You never noticed how dirty your rugs and upholstery looked until a few weeks into Lockdown… and you might want to leave this one to the experts. H.A. Guerrero is a multi-generation family business with 54 years of experience cleaning and repairing rugs, carpet, upholstery, and also ceramic tile and grout. If you are ready for a complete carpet makeover, they also do sales and installation.
2313 South First St.
Some days just are made for sitting outside to eat! On days like that, go to the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery (not to be confused with the South First Food Court down the road, also worth a visit!) Pictured here is a frozen banana treat from Bananarchy, one of the trucks at the court.
1311 South First St.