Area businesses get PPP loans, One Love Tattoos aims to make a mark and more: Business, community news from Central Texas

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)
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)

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)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Central Austin

Thousands of Central Austin businesses received hundreds of millions in PPP loan dollars to survive through the pandemic

The YMCA of Greater Austin reopened most of its locations June 1. After a 10-week closure, the Y welcomed members back to its swimming pools and fitness centers under new safety guidelines, while also opening in-person day camps this summer for parents who had to return to work.

Without a $2.6 million Payroll Protection Program loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Sean Doles, the Y's vice president of mission advancement, said the reopening would have looked very different.

Central Austin business anniversaries: Capital Metro celebrates 35 years and more

These Central Austin-based businesses and organizations are celebrating anniversaries.

New art installation in Austin parks encourages residents to enjoy outdoors, keep distance

A new art installation from the Austin Foundation for Architecture encouraging park users to keep 6 feet of distance called Parkspace was installed before the July 4 weekend at Pease Park, 1100 Kingbury St., as well as Republic Square, Zilker Park and Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park.

Cheba Hut opens first Austin location on The Drag

Cheba Hut opened June 22 at 3016 Guadalupe St., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Wild Wood Bakehouse. In addition to subs, salads, snacks and desserts, the marijuana-themed sub franchise offers a full bar.


One Love Tattoos determined to keep making its mark in town

One Love Tattoos is ready to bring body art and piercings to the community again after a challenging first half of the year, and it almost did, but a spike in cases has halted the practice once again.

New Sport Clips Haircuts CEO to succeed founder

Sport Clips Haircuts founder Gordon Logan announced July 7 that his son Edward Logan will succeed him as the new CEO of Sport Clips Inc., the franchisor of the Sport Clips Haircuts system.

New extended-stay hotel now open in Georgetown

WoodSpring Suites opened in Georgetown on June 22. The 118-room, extended-stay hotel is located at 904 Rockmoor Drive, Georgetown. The hotel also offers amenities, such as a kitchenette in each room with a full-size refrigerator and freezer, a two-burner stovetop and a microwave.

Prima Dora unique gift shop to open second location in Georgetown

Prima Dora plans to open a second location in Georgetown on Aug. 1. The shop, whose first location is on South Congress Avenue in Austin, sells unique gifts by local artists, such as jewelry, T-shirts, souvenirs and more.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Pflugerville Public Library pauses curbside services

Beginning July 8, the Pflugerville Public Library will pause its curbside services program due to rising COVID-19 case counts, according to a July 6 city news release. The library began offering curbside services May 1 for residents to access and return library materials.

City Electric Supply Hutto opens as company's 39th Texas branch

City Electric Supply Hutto is now open, the company announced in a July 7 news release. Located at 4701 Priem Lane, Ste. K, Pflugerville, City Electric Supply is an electrical wholesale distributor company headquartered in Dallas with more than 500 stores nationwide.

Southwest Austin

Vegan restaurant to replace Full English cafe in South Austin

The Vegan Yacht, which currently has a food trailer located on Menchaca Road in South Austin, announced online July 6 that it will be opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 2000 Southern Oaks Drive, Austin, on Aug. 1. The restaurant’s menu will include vegan burritos, chili bowls and sides including Freeto Pies, Veggie Dawgs, Chili Mac, and rice and beans.

Leander-Cedar Park

New Leander general dentistry office to open in August

A new family and cosmetic dentistry office, #thesmiledoc, is opening in August at 1633 N. US 183, Ste. 110, Leander. The office is expected to open Aug. 1. The general dentistry office will have modern amenities such as heat and massage chairs, TVs and music in every room.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Postal Annex opens at the Hill Country Galleria

Postal Annex opened in the Hill Country Galleria on June 8. The shipping and mailbox rental company is located at 12600 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. R-130, Bee Cave, across from Whole Foods Market.


New service to help residents grow food at home now operating in Austin area

Cultivate, an Austin-based service to help people grow food at their homes, began operations in June. Brothers Nathan and Luke Heath combined to begin the company.


Texas driver license offices reopen for in-person renewal, replacement services

The Texas Department of Public Safety has expanded its in-person services to offer more appointments at offices across Texas.

According to a news release by the department, driver license offices were closed in March due to coronavirus safety restrictions. In May, the DPS reopened offices for appointments, including first-time Texas licenses, commercial driver licenses and learner licenses.

The second phase of reopening announced July 7 expanded those services to include in-person appointments for driver license renewal and replacement.

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La Barbecue opens new space, plus six more new Austin restaurants

Downtown Italian and Greek eateries are among those joining the Austin restaurant scene this spring.

The Austin City Council is set to meet May 6 to go over a 70-item agenda. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Votes on revamped APD cadet academy, possible shift in homeless strategy on tap May 6

Council may look to the possibility of establishing designated campgrounds for the Austin's homeless this spring, with a citywide public camping ban set to go into effect May 11.

Austin City Council will vote on whether to reboot the police department's training academy May 6. (Courtesy Austin Police Department)
Benchmarks for 'reimagined' APD cadet academy on track ahead of City Council commencement vote

Training of the Austin Police Department's 144th cadet class could get underway next month following an overhaul of the academy's instructional process and curriculum.

Ryan Companies will be building 350 homes near the Mueller control tower. (Rendering courtesy Lake Flato Architects)
Coming soon to Austin: Vaquero Taquero adding a downtown location, Komé opening at the airport, Mueller to add 350 homes and more

A new ice cream shop is also opening in East Austin and an apartment project is being built near House Park.

Photo of a gloved hand holding a vaccine vial with the words "vaccine news" superimposed
Austin-area health officials prep for vaccines to open to kids 12 and up

Austin-Travis County interim Health Authority Mark Escott said he expects the FDA to authorize Pfizer's vaccine for kids 12 and up within a week.

New penalties for camping and several other activities will be enforced after the May 1 election is certified and Proposition B's homeless ordinances are in effect. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
With Proposition B's passage, Austin City Council looks to solidify homelessness summit goals, may consider designated campgrounds

The city may look to the concept of temporary designated campsites to house individuals experiencing homelessness after a new camping ban enacted through Proposition B goes into effect.

Photo of hands in purple gloves prepared a vaccine vial
As Travis County receives fewer vaccines this week, state asks for 'one more big push' in distribution

The Texas Department of State Health Services is shifting its distribution model for vaccines moving forward.

Waterloo Park will open in August 2021. (Courtesy Waterloo Greenway Conservancy)
Waterloo Park announces August opening date, series of community programs

Live Nation and C3 Presents will announce a series of concerts at the park's 5,000-seat Moody Amphitheater in the coming weeks.

Voters line up at the Carver branch of the Austin Public Library on May 1. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin May 1 election: See the results from all eight propositions

Nearly 60% of city voters supported Proposition B, which will reinstate criminal penalties for camping, solicitation and sitting or lying down in certain public areas.

Voters stand in the rain at the Shops at Arbor Walk on election day, May 1. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin residents vote down strong mayor

Unnofficial results show that a proposition to institute a strong mayor form of government in Austin failed by a significant margin.