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

Round Rock

Whataburger opens 3rd Round Rock location

Whataburger opened its third location in Round Rock on May 17 at 17000 N. RM 620, near the intersection at O’Connor Drive.

Scandinavian furniture company building 43,000-square-foot warehouse in Round Rock

Construction is underway on a 43,000-square-foot furniture showroom and warehouse in Round Rock. Scandinavian Spaces broke ground in February on the facility located at 1990 Steam Way, Round Rock, and the facility will be complete in December.

Eyemart Express opens in new location in Round Rock

Eyemart Express relocated May 17 to its new storefront at 2800 S. I-35, Round Rock. The 3,351-square-foot prescription eyewear company offers more enhanced safety protocols, more in-store signage and brighter lighting.

Central Austin

Texas Book Festival announces in-person and online events this fall

The Texas Book Festival will hold a hybrid festival in fall 2021, featuring both in-person and online events, festival planners announced May 17.

Travis County

Austin-Travis County moves down to Stage 2 coronavirus risk, relaxes mask recommendations for vaccinated individuals

Austin Public Health has lowered the city of Austin and Travis County's coronavirus risk status to Stage 2, the community's lowest risk level since early in the pandemic.


Public schools can't require students, staff to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Abbott says

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents, and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18.

Amy Denney, Trent Thompson, Olivia Aldridge and Anna Lotz contributed to this report.