Residents to select Zilker Train name and more Central Texas news

Bishop Cidercade opened Aug. 28 at 600 E. Riverside Drive in south Central Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bishop Cidercade opened Aug. 28 at 600 E. Riverside Drive in south Central Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Bishop Cidercade opened Aug. 28 at 600 E. Riverside Drive in south Central Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest Central Texas business and community news.

Central Austin

South Central Austin business updates: Bishop Cidercade and Everlane open, community will select Zilker train's new name

Here is the latest news from south Central Austin.

New Braunfels

Astronaut Charles Duke honored as 2020 Texan of the Year with performance by Randy Rogers in New Braunfels

Brigadier General and Apollo astronaut Charles Duke was named 2020 Texan of the Year in December, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed celebrations for the New Braunfels resident that were intended to take place in March.

Gruene Hat Co. works with customers to express their personal style

Cody Courtney and his wife, Katie, opened Gruene Hat Co. in March 2019 with the goal of offering fully customizable hats in their 225-square-foot shop.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

X'Clusive Hair Studio in San Marcos reopens, introduces X'Clusive Boutique

X’Clusive Hair Studio, located at 1904 RM 12, Ste. 103, San Marcos, reopened July 22 after having to close in February due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owners of Two Wheel Brewing in Buda announce its closure

The owners of Two Wheel Brewing Co., located at 535 S. Loop 4, Buda, announced via social media Sept. 2 that they have decided to close the business permanently. The announcement is confirmed on the brewing company’s website.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Foliepop's opens its terrace for dine-in service at Hill Country Galleria

Foliepop’s, a new french pastry and coffeehouse cafe at the Hill Country Galleria, opened its terrace for dine-in service Sept. 3. Located at 13420 Galleria Circle, Bee Cave, Foliepop's allows guests to be their own chef by choosing from a variety of 512 sweet and savory pastry combinations.

Stein Mart to close Westlake location following liquidation sale

Stein Mart will close its location within the West Woods Shopping Center following a liquidation sale at 3201 Bee Caves Road, Austin. The company announced Aug. 13 that it had voluntarily filed for bankruptcy and said it expects to close a “significant portion, if not all” of its stores by the fourth quarter of 2020.


Lane closures on I-35 in Georgetown to start Sept. 7

Lane closures on I-35 will be in effect just north of Williams Drive in Georgetown during the overnight hours Sept. 7-10, weather permitting, a news release from the city said.

Travis County

Travis County reopens most parks ahead of Labor Day weekend

Travis County announced it would reopen most of its parks Sept. 4 following several months of closures for many parks during the coronavirus pandemic. Only Cypress Creek Park, Sandy Creek Park, Hamilton Pool Preserve and county-operated athletics fields will remain closed.

Brian Rash, Olivia Aldridge, Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Jack Flagler, Lauren Canterberry, Brian Rash and Amy Rae Dadamo contributed to this report.


Photo of two people preparing vaccine vials
Austin Public Health: herd immunity could be in sight

Around 70% of Travis County residents currently have some antibody protection from COVID-19.

Rendering of a condo building
Luxury condos moving into former HOPE Outdoor Gallery space

The project's developer is partnering with the gallery to preserve and relocate the site's artwork.

Austin's phased process for moving people experiencing homelessness out of unregulated encampments will roll out through the summer. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
City officials detail homeless education and enforcement plan with Proposition B ordinances now in effect

The process that will eventually remove the city's homeless encampment begins this month with outreach and warnings and will stretch until late summer with full enforcement.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
'I am convinced we will beat COVID': American Medical Association President Susan Bailey discusses vaccine successes, myths, challenges

Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Much of the organization's focus during that time has been on vaccine transparency and distribution.

Under the city of Austin's phased enforcement plan released May 10, citations at public encampments will begin in mid-June to be followed by arrests and clearances in July as necessary. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin's homeless ordinances back on books May 11, but arrests, camp clearings won't start until July

Austin announced a "phased process" to introduce Proposition B ordinances beginning with one month of outreach followed by one month of warnings and citations before arrests or clearances begin as necessary.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopened to the public in April. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopens in Austin; turf fields open in Pflugerville and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

I-35 traffic
State now accepting public input on North Austin I-35 overhaul project

The public now has the ability to review and provide feedback on planning materials for a $400 million I-35 project.

Austin Bouldering Project currently operates a gym on Springdale Road in Austin. (Courtesy Austin Bouldering Project)
Local rock-climbing gym to open new location in South Austin this fall

The new gym will have comparable offerings to the original in East Austin.