Central Texas outdoor activity shops try to keep inventory and more business, community news from September

Read business and community news from September from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of Central Texas.

New Braunfels

From New Braunfels to Cedar Park, Central Texas outdoor recreation shops scrambling to keep inventory

Tyler Forbes said he has never seen anything like this before.

Forbes, a sales associate for Austin Canoe & Kayak’s New Braunfels location, said in the last few months customers have been bombarding his shop with demand for river equipment. Everything from kayaks to accompanying accessories has been difficult to keep in stock, he said.

Leander-Cedar Park

Mojo Coffee opens on RM 620 in Northwest Austin

Mojo Coffee Lakeline is now open at 12206 N. RR 620, Austin. The coffee shop serves espresso-based drinks, smoothies, energy drinks, teas, pastries and granola bars. Orders can be placed online, in the drive-thru and at the walk-up counter.

Central Austin

Austin Trail of Lights could live on as drive-thru event this winter

Austinites could be staring at a trail of taillights while attending the area’s annual holiday light show at Zilker Park this winter.


City Post to bring steakhouse, market, speakeasy to downtown Georgetown

Georgetown residents can expect a new steakhouse, oyster bar, butcher counter, small market and event space—all in what was formerly the historic post office, which was built in the 1930s.

Lake Travis-Westlake

River Place Limited District ends $10 fee on two sections of River Place trail

The River Place Limited District is no longer charging a $10 fee periodically to people living outside the district’s boundaries for access to two of three River Place trails.

Northwest Austin

Local comics mourn loss of 'the heartbeat of the comedy scene' in Capitol City Comedy Club

In the hours after the Austin American-Statesman on Sept. 8 reported that late-night entertainment venue Capitol City Comedy Club is permanently ending operations, standup comedians from around the country took to social media to grieve the closing.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

FIRST LOOK: Renovated Pflugerville Recreation Center opens Sept. 25

In the six months during which the Pflugerville Recreation Center temporarily closed, work has continued for Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Department staff. Beginning in mid-April, staff utilized funds from the recreation budget to give the facilities several upgrades, including new paint, an upgraded game room, concentrated senior facilities and additional computer equipment.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

San Marcos officials OK reopening of parks and river access

Due to what city officials are describing as a steady decline in active COVID-19 cases, the city of San Marcos will reopen all public facilities, including parks and athletic complexes, starting Sept. 16 at 8 a.m.

Southwest Austin

South Austin business updates: Evolve Chiropractic opening in Dripping Springs, Secret Oktober relocates and more

Here is the latest business news from South Austin.

Brian Rash, Taylor Girtman, Nicholas Cicale, Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Brian Perdue, Iain Oldman and Kelsey Thompson contributed to this report.


Jack Allen's Kitchen will be at 1345 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. (Rendering courtesy Jack Allen's Kitchen)
7 restaurants coming to Cedar Park, Leander; new murals to go up in Georgetown and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the Central Texas area from the past week.

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Hannah Sullivan, a Galen College of Nursing student, prepares a Moderna vaccine during a January vaccine clinic in Comal County. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Comal County continues vaccine partnerships with local nursing programs

Local nursing students have played an integral role in Comal County’s coronavirus vaccination efforts by administering doses during weekly clinics.

Austin FC supporters celebrate the official announcement of the team in January 2019. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
How, where to watch historic first Austin FC match April 17

Check out this list of breweries, pubs and restaurants around Central Texas that are hosting watch parties for April 17's inaugural Austin FC game.

Z'Tejas' chorizo dumplings are served on the Arboretum location's porch. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Z'Tejas to open in Avery Ranch; butcher, deli to open in Dripping Springs and more Central Texas news

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

Chad Niland and Jason Sublett operate the restaurant, which has been open since 2016. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Downtowner Bar & Kitchen reopens in New Braunfels after yearlong closure

The restaurant closed in March 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions and costs associated with operating at limited capacity. Now the owners are reopening with a new menu ahead of the summer season.

Plank Seafood Provisions opened inside The Domain in late March. (Courtesy Richard Casteel)
Seafood spot opens in The Domain; All Star Liquor now serving Georgetown and more Central Texas news

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

Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Why Texas has not yet distributed $18 billion in federal funds intended for public schools

As budget decisions loom for school districts across Texas, state leaders are holding on to federal funds intended for public schools to use in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said power outages are not expected April 13, while requesting energy conservation. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATE: ERCOT call for energy conservation ends April 13 without need for power outages

An ERCOT official said "tight" supply and demand conditions arose on the state's electric grid April 13 due to forecasting issues amid planned, seasonal maintenance outages by some power generators.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended health providers pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine April 13. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
State, federal health authorities recommend pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 6 rare, severe blood clots

Hub providers in Dallas, Harris and Travis counties have all announced they will follow the recommendations and pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Comal County have increased to 19, up from 13 on April 9. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Comal County positivity rates pass 5% as area hospitalizations increase

The county has reported 189 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 since April 5, 109 of which are New Braunfels residents.

Work on a new NBISD elementary school campus is to begin this summer. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Next NBISD elementary school campus to begin construction this summer

The school will eventually replace Carl Schurz and Seele Elementary Schools.