January: Leanderthal Lounge
A tasting room, dubbed Leanderthal Lounge, opened in early December 2019.
February: Splash Shack
The Splash Shack, a cavernous indoor water park where the air temperature is always 82 degrees, opened in 2018 after spouses Tom and Lauren Davis accumulated decades of experience working for outdoor water parks.
March: J Marie Dance Studio
Since publishing, this business has closed.
Hip-hop, jazz, tap and dance team were offered, but to become proficient in any style, owner Jessica Marie Miller said a foundation in ballet is essential.
May: A look at business innovation
Read about how four local businesses adapted their sales and services during the pandemic.
Read more about Coyote Moon Coffee here. Read more about Isle Acre Farms here.
June: Beauty Triq Salon & Makeup Bar
A self-taught stylist, owner Mandy Granado said she remembers the challenges she faced to break into the business, so she offers an apprenticeship program for new stylists.
July: My Steel Magnolia
Since publishing, the boutique relocated to Northwest Austin.
Over recent months, the boutique has branched out from its clothing focus to create an all-occasion gift selection.
August: Guns Warehouse
After nearly 20 years of working in and owning gun shops in Austin, Russ Friesz decided to look homeward for his next business venture.
September: Patchouli Joe’s Books & Indulgences
The Leander bookstore opened in 2019, but its story begins in 1977 in Germany.
October: Visual Lyrics
Mother-daughter duo Donna Bennett and Trisha Dunn, respectively, provide flowers for about 70 to 80 weddings every year.
November: Savory Alaska
Owners Nathanael and Sarah Ferguson started their business in 2018 to give their friends and family in Texas a taste of Alaska.
December: Health and Soul Fitness
Even as restrictions ease and more in-person events may safely happen, owner Pam Moorhead said she will always offer a mix of online options going forward.
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