Blue Corn Harvest debuts in Leander; firearms training company opens in Georgetown and more April updates

Blue Corn Harvest Leander is located at 11840 Hero Way W., Bldg. A, Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Blue Corn Harvest Leander is located at 11840 Hero Way W., Bldg. A, Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Blue Corn Harvest Leander is located at 11840 Hero Way W., Bldg. A, Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read business and community news from the past month from Central Texas.

Leander-Cedar Park

Blue Corn Harvest's Leander location now open

Blue Corn Harvest opened its third location April 19 in Leander. Its menu includes tacos, enchiladas, sandwiches and other specialties.

Central Austin

Newly named Zilker Eagle train will be back at the park this fall

Zilker Park's miniature train is getting a new name in preparation for a return to service this year—its 60th at the park. Previously called the Zilker Zephyr, the train course will re-open this fall as the Zilker Eagle.


Within ARMS Reach LTC now open in Georgetown

Within ARMS Reach LTC, a Georgetown-based firearms training company, opened in March. The company focuses on firearms skills training and offers license to carry courses online as well as in person at area gun ranges for clients to hone their skills.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Austin Pedal Kayaks opens in March

Austin Pedal Kayaks opened for the season March 3 at 1499 Graveyard Point Road, Lakeway, on Lake Travis. The company offers watercraft rentals including paddleboards, single and double kayaks, and pedal kayaks.

New Braunfels

The Downtowner Bar & Kitchen reopens in New Braunfels after yearlong closure

For some New Braunfels businesses, declining local cases of COVID-19 and loosening restrictions have paved the way for a return to more regular hours of operation.

More than one year after closing its doors during the coronavirus pandemic, The Downtowner Bar & Kitchen officially reopened April 8.

Northwest Austin

Luxury resale shop The RealReal opens first Texas store in North Austin

The RealReal offers discounts on luxury brands like Chanel, Gucci, Yeezy and more through authenticated resale on items. The store sells clothes, accessories and jewelry for men and women as well as home goods and art.

Round Rock

Round Rock Garden Center grows support in Central Texas community

Within the past year, increased popularity among at-home gardening trends and a younger clientele helped propel the business from relative obscurity to a community staple, the owners said.


KTonic Kombucha breaks ground in Hutto

Texas-based organic beverage company KTonic Kombucha held a groundbreaking for its 4,380-square-foot production facility and taproom in Hutto on April 15.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Walk-up coffee shop Burgandy Star Espresso now open in Buda

The shop sells specialty lattes, mochas, cold brews, frappes, macchiatos and more.

Southwest Austin

Vacancy Brewing opens in South Austin

Vacancy Brewing opened April 2 at 415 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. 1-D2, Austin, becoming the latest brewery to join the South Austin beer scene.

Olivia Aldridge, Taylor Girtman, Fernanda Figueroa, Amy Rae Dadamo, Lauren Canterberry, Iain Oldman, Megan Cardona, Kelsey Thompson, Brian Rash and Nicholas Cicale contributed to this report.


COVID-19 precautions such as a masking requirement remain in place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
'Signs of hope' on the horizon at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after year-plus dip in air travel

Rising passenger counts, new airline operations and an increase in vaccinations could all support the airport's recovery in 2021.

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County adds 129 new COVID-19 cases between May 10-12

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

Capital Metro bus
Capital Metro announces increased transit services for Austin FC games this season

Capital Metro has increased the frequency of several bus routes for Austin FC game days at Q2 Stadium.

Auto Detail Pros
Auto Detail Pros moves to Leander from Northwest Austin

The business offers auto detailing, ceramic coating and paint protection film.

Dell Children's Medical Center North campus groundbreaking
Ascension Texas breaks ground on first children’s hospital in Williamson County

The 187,000-square-foot, four-story hospital is scheduled to open in November 2022 with 36 beds dedicated to emergency pediatric care.

CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Mike Harmon headshot
Cedar Park names Mike Harmon as new police chief

Mike Harmon has served as the interim police chief since Feb. 2020.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Leander bookstore
Patchouli Joe's Books and Indulgences closing Leander bookshop

The Leander bookstore will close May 13 and relocate to Denton.

Sun City is located in Georgetown. (Courtesy Hunter Pontious)
Williamson County sees $14.6B year-over-year increase in taxable value

Chief Appraiser of Williamson Central Appraisal District Alvin Lankford presented preliminary Williamson County taxable values to the Commissioners Court on May 10.