North Central Austin business news: Office complex opens in Highland, picnic meals offered in the parks and more

The Highland Tech Center is an office complex that finished redevelopment in March. (Courtesy Aquila Commercial)
The Highland Tech Center is an office complex that finished redevelopment in March. (Courtesy Aquila Commercial)

The Highland Tech Center is an office complex that finished redevelopment in March. (Courtesy Aquila Commercial)

See the latest business news from North Central Austin.

1. Highland Tech Center, an office complex at 6505 Airport Blvd., near the Austin Community College campus, finished construction on its redevelopment March 15. The building was formerly home to Workforce Solutions Capital Area until 2019, when the nonprofit moved to its home in North Austin. The new office space offers 86,105 square feet of total space. Houston-based Slate Real Estate Partners is also developing a 310-unit apartment complex and a parking garage on the site, both of which are still under construction. The garage is expected to be finished in July, and the apartments are scheduled to be ready for move-in between late 2022 and early 2023.

2. Hive + Honey, a fitness studio locally owned by friends Summer Rose and Chrissy Edwards, opened April 3 at 3309 Hancock Drive, Austin. Group class offerings include pilates, yoga and dance. 512-289-1368.

3. Engineering firm L.A. Fuess Partners Inc. in late March announced it opened an office at 8200 N. MoPac, Ste. 130, Austin. The firm specializes in designing commercial, residential, institutional and industrial buildings. L.A. Fuess Partners design projects in Austin including parking structures in The Domain and several buildings at Dell’s campus in Round Rock. 512-505-8722.

4. Mes Amis, an outdoor dining service that provides baskets with French-style cuisine for a picnic in the park, launched in March. The business from locals Travis Petosa, Stephanie Gumpel and Hanly Banks Callahan will operate through June. Events are located at different centrally located parks around Austin each weekend, including Shipe Park and Eastwoods Park.

5. The Pond Hockey Club, an ice rink in North Austin, will open a facility dedicated to the sport of curling Sept. 1 at 9402 United Drive, Austin. A partnership of Lone Star Curling Club and Curl Austin, the four-sheet rink will host events and classes for curlers of all ages, including beginners. 512-641-1080.

6. Regymen, a fitness studio franchise with locations across the country, will open May 15 at The Grove housing development, 2609 Perseverance Drive, Austin. Franchisee Jedd Soto has signed on to open 10 locations total throughout the Greater Austin area. Another location in Round Rock opened in early April. 512-998-2216.

7. Side by Side Kids, a faith-based after-school program, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021. Headquartered at 500 E. St. Johns Ave., Austin, Side by Side Kids serves 300 elementary school students from economically disadvantaged areas of Austin. The program offers free homework assistance, meals and mentoring, and plans to reopen for in-person activities after operating virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. 512-371-9393.

8. Trophyology, located at 8711 Burnet Road, Ste. A17, Austin, celebrated its 10th anniversary in April. The trophy design firm has crafted more than 6,000 awards for more than 500 corporate clients, according to a news release, since architect Eva Schone founded the business in 2011. Schone also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas. 512-552-8810.

9. Austin-based Waterloo Ice House, which operates four restaurants in Central Texas, celebrated 45 years as part of the community in March. Waterloo’s menu offers Tex-Mex items, fried appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches and other entrees with breakfast served each day and a weekend brunch menu. The restaurant has four locations in Austin, including one at 8600 Burnet Road. 512-458-6544.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jfl[email protected]


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