Monday, March 21, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Downtown for SXSW? We will be too! Stop by the 78704 Artisan Market for some TeamEtsyAustin handmade goodness! We'll be setup right by Hey Cupcake! across the street from Hill Country Weavers so as you get your sugar fix you can get some awesome handmade art, clothes, jewelry, accessories and more.
We'll see you there!
NE corner of Milton and South Congress - same lot as Hey Cupcake! and across from Vespaio
Thursday - Sunday, 11:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
West to Spicewood Springs Road
This is a really fun store for adults and kids alike. They have an extensive selection of Hello Kitty items, fun candy and lots of incredible toys, books and kids clothes. The staff is really friendly and knowledgeable.
2438 W Anderson Ln C1
Monday - Saturday 9-8; Sunday 12-6
800-247-TOYS / 512-445-4489
Just down the sidewalk is one my favorite Bead Stores … Sea of Beads. There is indeed a sea of beads! So much to choose from and great prices. There is usually a class going on and the last time I stopped in the owner was at the store and very nice!
2438 W Anderson Ln. Ste C6BMonday-Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm
Another beautiful store full of lovely beads, a couple of intersections to the West of Sea of Beads.
3010 W. Anderson Ln
512-454-0001Monday - Saturday 11-7, Sunday 12-5
AustiNuts is an Austin based company specializing in dry roasted nuts, healthy snacks, gourmet chocolate and candies. The selection in this little store is incredible. You can buy in bulk and there is an endless variety of healthy nuts, chocolate and tons of candy. The is a great place to buy a fun local gift to take back home, if you can resist eating it yourself!
2900 West Anderson LaneMonday - Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-6
Movies, food, and beer. What more can I say? Check the website for screenings and special events.
2700 West Anderson Lane
San Francisco BakeryThis family owned favorite has been a north Austin neighborhood staple since 1995. Breakfast features coffee, tea, delectable pastries and baked goods, and freshly made omelettes. For lunch, choose from a number of custom made sandwiches with your pick of house made fresh breads.
2900 West Anderson Lane, Suite L
Monday - Friday 7-6, Saturday 7-3, Closed Sunday
Korea HouseAuthentic Korean cuisine and affordable sushi bar. The beef bulgoki is the best in town, and the bi bim bab and gyoza potstickers are great too.
2700 West Anderson Lane(512) 458-2477
Monday - Thursday 11-10; Friday - Saturday 11-11; Sunday noon-10
Hil-Bert’s HamburgersThis local burger place has great hamburgers, I love the whole wheat buns. The shakes and fries are excellent too!
7211 Burnet Road
Daily 10 - 10
This is a local classic and the sign is an Austin Icon. You might also recognize the exterior from the movie Dazed and Confused. Recently taken over by a local restaurant group it still serves up great hamburgers. I really like their fried chicken!
7525 Burnet Road(512) 452-2181
Genuine Joe Coffeehouse This is a really eclectic coffee house conveniently located right on Anderson Lane, featuring grab n go breakfast tacos and baked goods in the morning, and great coffee drinks and desserts all day and night. Great place to meet and hang out.
2001 W. Anderson Lane
Monday - Friday 7-11, Saturday - Sunday 8-11
7601 North Lamar Blvd Suite 1(512) 451-2464
Burnet at 183 next to skating Rink
North by Northwest is a great brew/pub restaurant. The beer is wonderful and the food is excellent. It has a nice cozy upscale atmosphere and live music at selected times.
10010 Capital of TX Hwy N
Manuel's Mexican Restaurant
This restaurant features one of the best happy hours in town, great seafood and fresh handmade tortillas. Grab a margarita on the patio and relax Austin style.10201 Jollyville Rd
This is a fabulous place to get a 5 star meal at ridiculously low prices. The students cook and serve the meals in this beautiful restaurant as part of their course work. It is a wonderful value and a really great place for fine dining on a budget. Check the menus on their web site to see what they have in store for the day.
11400 Burnet Road(512) 339-3850
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11-1:30
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday 5:30-8:15
Spicewood Springs/183 Strip Mall
North Austin is Strip Mall city but tucked away in them are many great local places. The strip mall at Spicewood Springs and 183 is a perfect example with a great cultural mix including an Indian Grocery, Asian Market, two Chinese restaurants, great BBQ and the best Cajun food in town.
Great cupcakes including minis and a rotating variety. The owner is super friendly and really involved in community activities.
650 Spicewood Springs RD # 105
Sambet’s is the best Cajun food in Austin and serves up huge Muffalettas, great gumbo and lots of funky atmosphere. They have a huge selection of hot sauces lining the walls. It looks like a hot sauce museum. The owners are wonderful and remember your name.
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd Ste 111
Monday – Thursday 11–8, Friday & Saturday 11- 9
Lovey Alden Brown, the owner of Lovey’s Loot is usually at the store and is great fun to meet. She is doing her best to keep North Austin Weird. Great selection of vintage and new clothing along with a funky art gallery next door. Lovey recently opened an Etsy shop loveysloot.etsy.com
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. Suite 107
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
This collection is inspired by the music and fashion of SXSW.
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Rock and Roll Bib
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Star Mobile Earrings
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20 Silver Acoustic Guitar Ch...
heat treated copper earrings
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If you are already downtown there will be an array of pizza shops and carts to choose from. They are all good people, but one joint stands out for me Casino El Camino. The Food Network has come calling to check out the larger than life burgers. They are fresh, made to order, and open until last call. The Buffalo Burger is excellent. Also open until 2 am is Trudy's. They now have three locations that are all amazing. You do not get the kind of service they offer here just anywhere. On top of that they server a famous Mexican Martini to cool down the spice of your meal.
Now onto the places that are there for you 24 hours a day. If you have a hankering for authentic Mexican pastries or some fresh tortillas then La Mexicana Bakery will get you fixed up. They also have a breakfast and lunch menu that they serve all day. Katz's Deli on 6th street has been bringing a touch of New York by way of their deli to Austin since 1979. If you want a reuben or blintz this is your spot. Another great 6th street spot is the 24 Dinner. I will just say gourmet chicken and waffles and leave it at that. Kerby Lane Cafe is an institution here. It is not at all unusual for people to wait for hours to get a a short stack on a Saturday morning. They also have a seasonal menu with things like gruyere and kielbasa quiche. Another super breakfast spot is Magonila Cafe. You can also get sandwiches, tacos, and some Tex-Mex too.
I don't care what anybody tells you these are the best in town. Welcome to Austin we are happy to have you. While you are here support good local restaurants, and drive safe.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
There are a few ways to make the most important meal of the day (aka breakfast for all you night owls) a memorable one. If you like to start your day on a sweet note, I'd suggest cinnamon rolls and coffee at Upper Crust Bakery. Though they have an array of freshly-baked breads and pastries to appease any breakfast bread craving, the cinnamon rolls hit the spot every time for me. For a quick and filling Tex-Mex-inspired meal that could easily fit the breakfast/brunch/lunch bill, pick up a few tacos at Torchy's Tacos. My favorite is the Dirty Sanchez. And no, I'm not being vulgar; it's really on the menu. If you find yourself hitting the snooze button too many times to make it to breakfast, enjoy a mix of salads, sandwiches, and comfort food at Blue Star Cafeteria. I usually split some fried artichoke hearts with a friend and order a strawberry salad for myself.
To polish off any good meal, Austin provides a wide variety of ways to help you get your sweet tooth fix. Two of my favorites are local mainstay chains that have managed to preserve a unique Austin vibe through their years of growth. The first of these is Hey Cupcake! Though the cupcakery (cupcake + bakery) has one permanent hq, most of the locations are housed out of silver airstream trailers. You can't go wrong with any of the cakes topped with cream cheese icing, but the Sweetberry is the best of the best. Hands down, the most well known Austin-y sweet shop is Amy's Ice Cream. The shop's paint job and employees are as weird as the ice cream is delicious. Though the flavors and crush'ns (toppings) combinations are on rotation, I'd recommend trying the most outrageous mix available. My most memorable Amy's cup was called "Kindergarten Cop" and consisted of Mexican Vanilla ice cream, bits of Heath Bar, and *brace yourself* doughnut pieces. Seriously, I can't make this stuff up.
Whether you're taking a breather from the SXSW festivities or getting a case of the shopping bug, you'll eventually make the rounds of Austin shops. If the idea of adorning yourself in pistols and skulls appeals to you, be sure to stop by Atomic Cherry Boutique. This upscale punk rock/rockabilly boutique neighbors one of Austin's favorite tattoo parlors, Atomic Tattoo, and sells adorably dangerous pieces to fit any budget. To feed your brain and inner nerd (or outer for some), Austin Books & Comics is the place to go. Supposedly, the space it's housed in was a part of a former roller rink. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that the store boasts the largest and best comic book collection in town.
Should you find yourself overdressed for the big week or the unlucky person whose baggage was lost in transit, a shopping trip to Blue Elephant will have you dressed head to toe in a style reflective of and appropriate for the festival. The spacious boutique sells women's clothing, shoes, accessories, makeup, and gifts, widely ranging in price and style. Added bonus- the shop always has a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies out for customers to enjoy while they shop! Though it goes without saying, South by (that's what us locals call it) attracts an immense amount of creative talent. Being in the midst of it can definitely inspire you to tap into your own creativity. The Art Pad, a mosaic project studio, is a short walk from the Upper Crust Bakery. The shop provides the tools, tiles, and the mosaic "canvas" of your choice. Because the studio encourages customers to bring in personal pottery and jewelry to incorporate into pieces, a finished mosaic creation would make the perfect handmade SXSW memento.
While in town, enjoy the festival, be safe, and be sure to check out all the awesome Austin has to offer.
Action Jackson out.
Here are few more selections from my committee members and a few others for the upcoming Etsy event at SXSW!
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Stainless Steel Daisy
So Very Bright Tiara
Electro Deco - Art Deco Geom...
Playful Steampunk Key Neckla...