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)

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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.


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Elon Musk's SpaceX is coming to Austin

Job postings on the SpaceX website say the company is breaking ground on a "state of the art" manufacturing facility in Ausin.

Austin ISD and other districts in Central Texas are waiting for further TEA guidance on mask requirements. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin ISD, other Central Texas school districts await TEA guidance on updated mask mandates

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.

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Travis County vaccine providers receive 46,540 doses week of March 1

Seton Medical Center in Austin received the largest allocation this week, with over 14,000 doses.

Matthew McConaughey, see, here at SXSW 2019, will be one of this year's virtual SXSW speakers. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)
SXSW's virtual festival, the PGA Tour returns and more events in Austin this month

From Amplify Austin Day beginning 6 p.m. on March 4 to Bill Gates discussing his new book, "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster," here are eight events happening this month in the Austin area, including both in-person and virtual options.

Ice covered utility lines across Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
SHARE YOUR STORY: How did you survive the Texas freeze?

We want to hear how the winter storms affected you.

Q2 Stadium
Austin FC preseason scrimmages planned for late March start

Preseason matches for Austin FC will be held in South Austin ahead of the team's inaugural MLS season.

Lawmakers began hearings Feb. 25 to hear from energy executives about what led to dayslong power outages following a Feb. 14 winter storm. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin weekly roundup: The storm is over, but the questions are just beginning

In hearings last week, a state senator from the Houston area called the power and water outages in Texas "the largest trainwreck in the history of degregulated electricity."

Crawfish season,  from mid-January through June, is the busiest time at Shoal Creek Saloon. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shoal Creek Saloon brings a piece of New Orleans to Austin

COVID-19 has dealt the Shoal Creek Saloon a blow, but owner Ray Canfield is hanging in there and said he was prepared for a disaster. He just thought it would be another flood, not a virus.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine for emergency authorization use Feb. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended for emergency authorization use by FDA

This is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved for emergency authorization use after those produced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company Moderna.

Josh Frank, owner of Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in for more than a decade, holds up a Blue Starlite-branded mask. (Photo by Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Long-time Austin theater Blue-Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In takes on new life in pandemic

Drive-in theater Blue Starlite found itself in a unique position in 2020: After more than 10 years as a small business “just getting by,” demand for drive-in movies exploded, owner Josh Frank said.

The University of Texas Radio-Television-Film department will be offering virtual camps this summer. (Courtesy The University of Texas)
2021 Central Austin summer camp guide: 44 options including virtual and in-person offerings

Our list of camps happening in Austin this summer includes options focusing on academics, arts, sports and language.