Read here: Every Northwest Austin business we profiled in 2020

The Local Outpost (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Local Outpost (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Local Outpost (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is a roundup of every Northwest Austin business feature published by Community Impact Newspaper in 2020.

Little Kahunas Pet Resort

When she was looking to make a career change, taking care of dogs was a natural fit for Cheryl Rose.

“I am the person who will pull over on the side of the road any time there’s [a stray] animal,” Rose said. Read the full story here. (Note from the writer: Little Kahunas Pet Resort has closed since the original article was published.)

The Local Outpost


The Local Outpost founder and owner Kevin Hibbs said it is not uncommon to walk into his tavern only to find him cutting lumber with his power saw.

The bar owner-turned-carpenter is always working on projects to upgrade or move things around in the Northwest Austin bar, which celebrated its third anniversary in early February. Read the full story here.

Pinballz

After Pinballz Arcade was forced to temporarily close the doors to its locations in Austin and Buda, the team at the local arcade chain began to float some ideas on how to keep a revenue stream coming in to keep employees on the payroll. Read the full story here.

Premises Place Group

Since March, Premises Place Group founder Marcus Jordan said his company has had to find new ways to show apartments to clients.

At a time when many apartment complexes have ceased on-site visitations, Jordan said, his company has spent the past several months developing virtual tours. Where the company had been capturing virtual tour photos at a slower pace prior to the pandemic, coronavirus forced the company to increase its innovation. Read the full story here.

Black Widow MMA

When Bitsy Esparza, co-owner and head instructor of Black Widow MMA, began taking muay thai classes at other local martial arts gyms, she noticed many men hesitated to spar and train with her. Often, Esparza said, she would be standing alone while men partnered up with one another to train. Read the full story here.

Dive World Austin

After decades of existence under only two owners, Northwest Austin legacy business Dive World Austin in 2018 assumed new leadership under locals Seth and Traci Wallace. Not long after the married couple moved in, they expanded the diving center into the space next door. Read the full story here.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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Reports surfaced Feb. 22 of dogs falling ill after swimming in Lake Travis. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Blue-green algae toxic to animals found in Hudson Bend area of Lake Travis

Solid organic material was taken for testing from the edge of Travis Landing located on the east side of Hudson Bend. Those samples indicated the presence of algae and decaying algae containing cyanotoxin, which is fatal to dogs and other animals.

Full-time staff would receive a $500 allotment for personal protective equipment, while part-time employees would be given a one-time $250 payment. (Screenshot courtesy Pflugerville ISD)
Pflugerville ISD approves one-time PPE, vaccine incentive stipends for staff

Full-time staff would receive a $500 allotment for personal protective equipment, while part-time employees would be given a one-time $250 payment.

Samsung's proposed $17 billion chip-making plant would dwarf other recent megaprojects that sought tax incentives in the region.
Samsung’s request to pay no property tax on $17 billion plant tests Austin’s incentive policy

Samsung is asking for 100% property tax reimbursement over 25 years, which would mark the most aggressive corporate tax break in Austin history.

A new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could help expand vaccination availability in Travis County, according to local health officials. (Courtesy Pexels)
Johnson & Johnson vaccine could mean additional supply, easier distribution rollout in Travis County

If approved, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be a valuable weapon against the ongoing pandemic, according to local health officials.

Austin ISD students will begin the 2021-22 school year Tuesday, Aug. 17. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Take a look at Austin ISD’s newly approved calendar for the 2021-22 school year

Austin ISD trustees have approved the academic calendar for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Austin ISD students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 1 for the first time since Winter Storm Uri. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Winter storm damage could prevent 10 Austin ISD campuses from reopening next week

Austin ISD students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 1 for the first time since Winter Storm Uri.

A tree's branches fell on a car in North Austin in the midst of Winter Storm Uri in February. With downed tree limbs and burst water lines causing property damage across Austin, the city has directed additional funds into programs to help some homeowners with emergency home repairs. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Still in crisis mode, Austin City Council initiates recovery following winter storm

With 200 to 400 apartment and condo complexes in Austin still without water, City Council is aiming to direct aid and relieve some of the financial burden felt by residents following the devastating winter storms.

H-E-B will open a new location in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Southwest Austin in August. (Rendering courtesy H-E-B)
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Jo's Coffee opened a North Austin location in January. (Courtesy Chad Wadsworth)
Jo's Coffee opens in Central Austin; new restaurant coming to Georgetown Square and more Central Texas news

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

Here is everything you need to know about Williamson County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here is everything you need to know about Williamson County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

Here is a breakdown of what happened, how decisions were made and how vaccine distribution is moving forward in Williamson County.