South Central Austin business updates: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams open for pint deliveries, second Ski Shores Cafe location coming soon

Courtesy Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Courtesy Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Courtesy Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Each month, Community Impact Newspaper compiles business news by neighborhood to let our readers know what is new in their neighborhood. These South Central Austin announcements are accurate as of March 18, but with coronavirus news changing quickly, please check in with a business to make sure the information has not changed.

Now Open

1. Department store Neighborhood Goods opened at 1009 and 1011 S. Congress Ave., Austin, on March 13. The 10,600 square-foot location includes a restaurant, Prim and Proper, within the clothing and goods store. Neighborhood Goods is headquartered in Dallas.

2. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams opened Feb. 25 at 1208 S. Congress Ave., in the space previously occupied by The Turquoise Door II. Jeni Britton Bauer founded the business in Columbus, Ohio, in 2002. As of March 18, the business was open only for pint deliveries. 512-394-5038.

3. Four new restaurants are now open in the Barton Creek Square Mall, located at 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin. The new locations are Four Brothers Venezuelan Kitchen, which started as an Austin food truck in 2015; Potato Guys, serving made-to-order french fries; The Baked Bear, which serves ice cream with fresh-baked cookies and brownies, and Le Macaron French Pastries serving macarons and other French sweets. Simon Property Company announced the closure of all its malls, including Barton Creek Square, until at least March 29. 512-327-7041.

4. St. Edward’s University opened an expansion to its Recreation and Athletic Center, located at 3001 South Congress Ave., Austin, on Feb. 11. The 12,400-square foot addition is open for the entire student body and includes a new fitness center, a yoga studio, a wellness center and a meditation center. The original athletic center was built in the 1980s. 512-448-8400.

Coming Soon

5. The Alliance Children’s Garden, a 2-acre space with play and recreational options for children, will open soon in Butler Park between the Palmer Events Center and the Butler Park Pitch and Putt. An opening date was initially scheduled for April. City staff say they are reevaulating the date and will provide updates as they become available.

6. Lake Travis restaurant Ski Shores Cafe will open a second location in April at 1608 Barton Springs Road, Austin, in the space previously occupied by Darcy’s Donkey. The new space will initially open for take-out and delivery only. The original Ski Shores opened in 1954 on Lake Austin. 512-394-7511.

7 . Pavement, a Houston-based vintage clothing store, will be opening at 611 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin, this summer. The store will buy gently worn clothing for 35% in cash or 50% in trade for the price it will sell for. 713-528-5500.

8. Hotel Magdalena, from Hotel San Jose and Austin Motel hospitality group Bunkhouse, will open in June at 1101 Music Lane in the new South Congress Avenue development. The 89-room hotel features a 1970s theme and will include a restaurant, Summer House on Music Lane, when it opens this spring.


9. Lavish Nails and Spa will be opening its second Austin location at 1603 S. Lamar Blvd. Owner Scott Ma said he expects the location to open in June, and he decided on the South Lamar area because of its growth and the number of young professionals moving in. The original location is at 6203 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. 512-531-9747.

10. Teal House Coffee and Bakery will be opening at 2304 S. Congress Ave., Austin, in November or December. Owner Lance Phillips started the business as a cottage bakery out of his home in the Mueller neighborhood in 2016 and, two years later, opened a truck in South Austin on Slaughter Lane. This will be the first brick-and-mortar location for the business.


11. Crux Climbing Center opened an expansion to its facility at 121 Pickle Road, Ste. 100, Austin, on Feb. 22. The new “fitness barn” features more gym space and classes as well as saunas and cryotherapy. Crux is planning a second location in the Highland neighborhood in 2020 and a third in Round Rock in 2021. The South Austin facility is closed until the city and county advise that business is safe to resume. 512-931-3911.
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


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