Our favorite photos from the Austin metro area in 2018

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We covered a lot of ground, from local businesses and restaurants to news, this year.

As 2018 comes to a close, let’s look back at some of our favorite photos out of the Austin metro area.

Shannon Montez, vice president of the Williamson County Beekeepers Association, has five bee hives at her Leander home. (Abby Bora/Community Impact Newspaper)

Leander agricultural trends shift as city evolves and percent of farmland falls

Frank Stiles is a fourth-generation Leander resident and veterinarian at the South San Gabriel Animal Clinic. When he first began his practice in 1986, around half of his patients were horses, cows, goats and sheep, he said. Now, he estimates around 98 percent of his job is serving small animals. Read more.

A visit to Craft is like “karaoke of visual art. You don’t go to karaoke to record an album. You go to have fun.” —Eli Winkelman, Owner of Craft (Emma Freer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local studio aims to be ‘everybody’s craft room’

Five years ago Austinite Eli Winkelman opened Craft, an open studio where customers can drop in, make art, host parties and unwind. Read more.

Woops can design gluten-free macaron arrangements for weddings or other events. (Evan Marczynski/Community Impact Newspaper)

Woops Bakeshop in Georgetown aims to delight lovers of sweets

Macarons—bite-sized, sugary French confections—are a focus at Woops Bakeshop in Georgetown but not the only item on the menu, owner Candice Lui said. Read more.

Work and Woof is Austin’s first coworking space to offer an indoor and outdoor dog park. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Neighborhood coworking on the rise in South Austin

Freelance marketing consultant Dorothy Garbe rents a desk at a coworking space, The Hive, on Old Manchaca Road. On a recent Thursday morning, she created a multimillion-dollar pitch while 1 1/2 year-old-son, Roger, bounced on her knee. Read more.

The Pokerrito is made with a seaweed or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos wrap and filled with raw fish, rice and toppings. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Poh-kay, a popular Hawaiian fish dish, makes a splash in Northwest Austin

While visiting Hawaii, brother and sister Edin and Aida Tabakovic fell in love with a classic dish called poke. Read more.

Owner Elvis Marte hands his son, Anhelo, an ice cream cone through the store’s serving window. (Kirby Killough/Community Impact Newspaper)

Family-owned store bringing sweetness to downtown Round Rock

Some sweets aficionados may already be familiar with 3 Star Candy Shop in downtown Round Rock. Those who have yet to visit will not be disappointed, owner Elvis Marte said. Read more.

The Tom Miller Dam in Austin was constructed for flood control and generating hydroelectric power. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

As lake levels drop, LCRA undergoes review that could lead to legislative changes

The Lower Colorado River Authority is in the midst of its first sunset review, which could result in the Texas Legislature mandating the entity make changes to its performance and mission. Read more.

Co-owners Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier opened their first store in 2011. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lick Honest Ice Creams owners honor Texas roots, celebrate local farmers

Growing up in Hallettsville, Texas, Anthony Sobotik said he spent his days picking dewberries on his grandparents’ farm, making ice cream with his siblings and enjoying meals dictated by the season’s flavors. Read more.

Bob Wandersee (center) opened South Austin Barber Shop in 1989. His son Tom (right) now owns the business, and grandson Matthew (left) is a barber. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

After 29 years, South Austin Barber Shop prepares to open a second shop this month

In 1989, Bob Wandersee opened South Austin Barber Shop on the corner of Stassney Lane and South First Street. His grandson, Matthew Wandersee, was born the same year. Read more.

Thai Fresh’s Pad See Ew features flat rice noodles served in a sweet soy-based sauce with Chinese broccoli and a choice of protein. (Emma Freer/Community Impact Newspaper)

No-tip neighborhood restaurant Thai Fresh continues growing

Thai Fresh, which celebrated its 10th anniversary Aug. 6, is a casual restaurant and coffee shop tucked inside the Bouldin Creek neighborhood. Read more.

Legislation passed in 2013 and 2017 had mixed results for Texas’ craft brewers, said Austin Beerworks co-founder Adam DeBower, who serves on the Texas Craft Brewers Guild’s legislative committee. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

North Austin brewers join statewide efforts to change beer regulations

Local brewers in North Austin’s growing craft beer scene have joined a coordinated effort to influence state-level beer regulations that some say are antiquated and complicated, Austin Beerworks co-founder Adam DeBower said. Read more.

A long table for 40 is set at Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave on March 29. (Rob Maxwell/Community Impact Newsaper)

Steiner Ranch couple aims to create an intimate dining experience with OneLongTable

If there was a way to create an intimate dining experience for 40-plus people, Austin’s OneLongTable is doing it just about every month. Read more.

Glenn High School Principal Arturo Lomeli participates in a school pep rally Aug. 31. (Abby Bora/Community Impact Newspaper)

‘They are a very special class’: Glenn High School principal Arturo Lomeli discusses school’s diversity, first graduating class and more

Glenn High School’s first class of seniors will graduate at the end of this school year. Principal Arturo Lomeli reflected on creating the Grizzly Nation environment at the new Leander ISD school. Read more.

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