Pflugerville announces second Pfestival of Lights event and more Central Texas news

The Pfestival of Lights will feature decorations, holiday lights, a Christmas tree viewing, singing carolers and goody bags for attendees. (Courtesy Pflugerville Parks and Recreation)
The Pfestival of Lights will feature decorations, holiday lights, a Christmas tree viewing, singing carolers and goody bags for attendees. (Courtesy Pflugerville Parks and Recreation)

The Pfestival of Lights will feature decorations, holiday lights, a Christmas tree viewing, singing carolers and goody bags for attendees. (Courtesy Pflugerville Parks and Recreation)

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Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Pflugerville unveils encore Pfestival of Lights event


Santa made his list and is checking it twice: The city of Pflugerville will host an encore Pfestival of Lights drive-thru celebration Dec. 18.

East Social House crafts community space, festive lattes in Hutto



East Social House is a coffee shop in downtown Hutto that prides itself on organic, fair trade coffee and in-house or locally sourced syrups, owner Lisa Woods said.

CrossLife Christian Academy to open Pflugerville private school and 3 other business updates

A new school is on Pflugerville's horizon as CrossLife Christian Academy will begin offering private, Christian education at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

Palermo Pasta House announces relocation in Round Rock, plus 2 other business updates

Downtown Round Rock will welcome a familiar face in a new space as Palermo Pasta House relocates and expands its restaurant.

2020 Outdoor Patio Guide: 13 patios to visit in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto

From live music to happy hours, here is a list of 13 locally owned outdoor spaces where residents can relax on socially distanced patios in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

Georgetown

Nightingale Bistro to open in Lark & Owl Booksellers and more Georgetown business news


Keep up to date on Georgetown business news.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

El Jefe opens first restaurant in San Marcos

El Jefe Mexican Restaurant, located at 2550 Hunter Road, Ste. 1106, San Marcos, opened for business Nov. 23. The restaurant has an extensive menu that includes nachos, burgers, salads, empanadas, tacos, flautas, enchiladas and more.

Gill's Chicken 'n' More announces permanent closure of Hopkins Street location in San Marcos

Representatives for the Gill's Chicken 'n' More location at 714 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos, announced Nov. 19 the site would close permanently due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lamppost Coffee now open in San Marcos

Lamppost Coffee opened its fourth location Dec. 1 at 407 S. Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 103, San Marcos. The first shop was opened more than five years ago in Round Rock by owner Brian Burns, and the business has grown off of its meticulous approach to craft coffee.

Central Austin

New in North Central Austin: Churros, burgers and more


Eight new businesses have recently opened or celebrated anniversaries in North Central Austin.

New Braunfels

Local boutique River Rose brings new styles to the New Braunfels area, beyond


Since opening the store, owner Chelsea Rogers has expanded her offerings from about 20 styles of clothing and accessories to nearly 300, she said.

Brian Rash, Warren Brown, Kelsey Thompson, Olivia Aldridge, Ali Linan and Lauren Canterberry contributed to this report.



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