IMPACTS ROUNDUP: News on 20 Central Texas businesses and nonprofits

Amie Gonser will open 620 Art Gallery & Studio in June as a fine art gallery and space for art education classes. (Courtesy Amie Gonser)
Amie Gonser will open 620 Art Gallery & Studio in June as a fine art gallery and space for art education classes. (Courtesy Amie Gonser)

Amie Gonser will open 620 Art Gallery & Studio in June as a fine art gallery and space for art education classes. (Courtesy Amie Gonser)

Read about Central Texas business news from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage this week.

Round Rock

620 Art Gallery & Studio opening soon in Round Rock

620 Art Gallery & Studio is expected to open in Round Rock on June 13 as a fine art gallery and space for art education classes, owner Amie Gonser confirmed May 27.

Texas Spanish Academy reopens in Round Rock



Texas Spanish Academy, a Spanish immersion pre-K and child care facility, reopened May 1 following a temporary closure due to the coronavirus, Executive Director Edina Morrison confirmed in a May 22 email.

Gingersnaps Kids clothing boutique relocated to Round Rock in April

Gingersnaps Kids, a designer children's clothing boutique, relocated from Georgetown to Round Rock on April 15.

Georgetown

Harris Insurance Services opens in Georgetown

Anna Harris opened her insurance business, Harris Insurance Services, in Georgetown in early May.

Georgetown's Palace Theatre to become temporary movie theater

The Georgetown Palace Theatre will become a temporary move theater as performing arts centers remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Georgetown's Do Yourself a Flavor Catering closed May 21

Georgetown's Do Yourself a Flavor Catering closed May 21 citing lack of business due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Manor

Baylor Scott & White to open Institute for Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapy in Manor

Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapy will open in Manor on June 1, according to a May 21 company news release.

South Austin

New South Austin-based startup connects customers with on-demand professional services

ZuriTap, a new app based out of a South Austin startup, launched earlier this year, offering on-demand professional services from a range of specialties, such as carpentry, dog grooming and cleaning.

South Austin Beer Garden has been part of the community for 1 year

South Austin Beer Garden—which reopened May 22 with other area bars under new state guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic—celebrated its first anniversary in business during the closure.

Skandanavia Contemporary Interiors to move to South Lamar Blvd.

Skandinavia Contemporary Interiors, a furniture store previously located on Anderson Lane, is preparing to open its new storefront at 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 300, Austin.

South Austin H-E-B at William Cannon and First Street set to close in June

H-E-B will be closing its location at William Cannon Drive and South First Street on June 5, according to a news release by the company.

New Braunfels

Schlitterbahn to reopen in mid-June at 25% capacity

Schlitterbahn plans to reopen its New Braunfels and Galveston waterparks in mid-June, according to a statement issued May 26.

Gruene Hall celebrated 45th anniversary in May

Gruene Hall celebrated its 45th anniversary under current ownership in May at 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels.

Granzin Bar-B-Q to reopen May 30 after self-imposed closure

Granzin Bar-B-Q will wrap up a 10-day closure on May 30, which was self-imposed after the business learned that two back-of-house employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

Buda

Buda Public Library to open with limited grab-and-go service June 1

The Buda Public Library will be opening to the public with limited grab-and-go service starting June 1 in addition to its curbside and phone services.

Pflugerville

Pflugerville's Typhoon Texas announces summer 2020 opening date

Water park Typhoon Texas will open May 29, said John Pham, Typhoon Texas' director of brand management, in a May 26 call to Community Impact Newspaper.

Cedar Park

Cedar Park reopens recreation center with required reservations

Cedar Park reopened its recreation center May 26 with limited amenities and required reservations.

North Austin

Charitable drive at The Arboretum to collect supplies for seniors, their pets

Beginning May 26, Austin residents may help deliver pet food and supplies to area seniors through a donation drive at The Arboretum in Northwest Austin.

Lakeway

Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry coming soon to Lakeway area

Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry is set to open a new Lakeway location June 1. The practice, led by husband and wife Drs. Steve and Angie Hernandez, is located at 1008 S. RM 620, Ste. 201, Lakeway, directly above Plains Capital Bank.

North/East Austin

YMCA of Austin to reopen area facilities June 1

Beginning May 19, local families in need can access free produce during distribution events at YMCA locations in North Austin and East Austin.

Kelsey Thompson, Ali Linan, Olivia Aldridge, Nicholas Cicale, Warren Brown, Evelin Garcia, Taylor Girtman, Iain Oldman, Amy Rae Dadamo and Jack Flagler contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

Stage 5 is not triggered by an exact number but could be triggered anywhere above 70 hospitalizations per day over the past seven days, depending on the recent rate of the increase. (Courtesy Travis County)
With 74.8 new hospitalizations per day over past week, Travis County could move into coronavirus risk Stage 5

Under Stage 5, Austin Public Health could suggest only essential businesses remain open.

A screen capture of a virtual meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court, feauring Gerald Daugherty and Sam Biscooe sitting in the courtroom
Travis County sets legal team discussion on Tesla economic incentives for July 8

County commissioners will hear a briefing from Travis County's economic development staff and possibly take a vote when they reconvene July 8.

The Texas Education Agency released guidelines about on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency issues guidelines for 2020-21 school year

The guidelines address on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions that should be enforced at Texas schools this year.

The YMCA of Greater Austin was one of thousands of entities in Austin to receive a loan through the Payroll Protection Program. Statewide, over $40 billion was loaned to more than 382,000 recipients. (Design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Thousands of Central Austin businesses received hundreds of millions in PPP loan dollars to survive through the pandemic

Alamo Drafthosue and Torchy's Tacos were among the local businesses to receive the largest loans, but 85% of Central Austin recipients received $150,000 or less.

Edward Logan is the new CEO of Sport Clips Inc. (Courtesy Sport Clips Inc.)
New Sport Clips Haircuts CEO to succeed founder

In his early work with Sport Clips, Edward oversaw the company-owned stores, taking many of them to top performers within the system.

In-person appointments for driver license renewal and replacement are now being offered at driver license offices across the state. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas driver license offices reopen for in-person renewal, replacement services

The second phase of reopening announced July 7 expanded services offered at driver license offices.

New guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New U.S. guidelines require exchange students to take in-person classes this fall

The guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas.

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas students given access to thousands of books, news articles for summer reading through TEA partnership

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish.

The State Fair of Texas is expected to return in 2021. (Courtesy Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)
State Fair of Texas cancels 2020 season

This is the eighth time in the fair’s 134-year history that the event has been called off.

Interim President Jay Hartzell said in a letter to the UT campus July 7 that a staff member has died from COVID-19. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
University of Texas custodial services staff member dies from COVID-19

This is the university's first death related to COVID-19, according to a message from interim President Jay Hartzell.

Neil Vickers, ACC executive vice president
Austin Community College approves $416.11 million budget for FY 2020-21, defers salary increases

The budget does not include staff raises, but raises will be re-evaluated in the fall.

Travis County is approaching Stage 5 risk with 69 new hospitalizations July 6. (Community Impact staff)
Travis County reports 7 new coronavirus deaths July 6

Travis County is appoaching Stage 5 risk with 69 new hospitalizations July 6 and 64.6 per day this past week.