Kalahari opens in Round Rock and more Central Texas news

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions owner Todd Nelson (center) cuts the ribbon for the new Round Rock resort Nov. 12. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions owner Todd Nelson (center) cuts the ribbon for the new Round Rock resort Nov. 12. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions owner Todd Nelson (center) cuts the ribbon for the new Round Rock resort Nov. 12. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions kicks off opening weekend Nov. 12

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions celebrated its official opening Nov. 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the welcoming of its first guests.

New gas station and convenience store coming to SH 130 and East Pecan near Courtyard by Marriott in Pflugerville



Courtyard by Marriott and Community Impact Newspaper in Pflugerville will have a new neighbor in 2021. A convenience store and gas station will be built on property at East Pecan on Impact Way, near SH 130.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Lionheart Hobby to bring lifelong love of board games to Kyle

Lionheart Hobby, 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 103, Kyle, is planning a Nov. 27 opening. Owner Danielle Adams said Lionheart Hobby is a game and hobby store that sells tabletop games, plastic model kits, tools and accessories.

Putt Pub sets the stage for adult mini golf in San Marcos

Putt Pub, a combination mini golf course and bar, opened Oct. 25 at 307 S. LBJ Drive, San Marcos. It features two full bars, an 18-hole mini golf course with various obstacles, indoor and outdoor seating, and "good vibes," according to owner Reilly Hursley.

Central Austin

Hyde Park gets a new men's clothing store, plus more business news from north Central Austin

The following businesses have recently opened in North Central Austin.

New Braunfels

New Braunfels to host virtual tree lighting, socially distanced pictures with Santa

The annual tree lighting ceremony held in downtown New Braunfels will be shifted to a virtual format this year to begin the holiday season in a socially distanced manner.

Ali Linan, Joe Warner, Brian Rash, Olivia Aldridge and Lauren Canterberry contributed to this report.



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