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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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.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

cars on snowy road
Texas Disaster Declaration opens door to federal aid for losses sustained during winter storms

Individuals and businesses who sustained losses during the winter storm are eligible for federal assistance, according to a Texas Disaster Declaration approved

ERCOT president and chief executive Bill Magness (left) was joined by the electric grid manager's senior director of system operations Dan Woodfin on Feb. 19 for a briefing on the company's emergency operations. (Screenshot via ERCOT livestream)
ERCOT chief: 'We are completely back to normal operations' as of Feb. 19

Officials with the Texas electric grid manager also said they are preparing for state and federal reviews of this week's power outages.

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19. (Courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B, Central Market limit store hours, product purchases due to severe winter weather

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19.

Gov. Greg Abbott provided updates on the state's emergency response efforts during a Feb. 18 press conference. (Screenshot of April 17 press conference)
Gov. Greg Abbott: Power restored to nearly 2M homes in past day; statewide aid efforts continuing

While power generation has been restored to serve most Texas residents, Abbott said state agencies remain focused on water and food distribution Feb. 18.

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott: Power restoration on the way for 1M households in next 24 hours

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours.

Severe winter weather conditions led to outages throughout the Texas electric system this week. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Something that you could have planned for': How isolated Texas power grid, winter weather left millions without electricity

As of Feb. 17, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it was still working to restore electric service to customers throughout the state.

An Austin Fire Department truck drives down Manor Road on Feb. 15. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texans urged to use caution as carbon monoxide cases increase during power outages

Carbon monoxide poisoning calls have increased as people look for ways to stay warm without power and heat.

Many in Texas are battling power outages amid frigid temperatures. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)
Gov. Greg Abbott calls for investigation of ERCOT, Texas' electric reliability council

As of 1:20 p.m., over 4 million customers were out of power, according to ERCOT.

graph showing power demand out pacing grid capacity
Texas enters second day of blackouts

Although outages were initially intended to last for less than one hour, local grid operators are reporting longer outages.