Vaccine portal opens in Hays County; read Austin business news and more Central Texas info

Hays County opened its COVID-19 vaccine portal Jan. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Hays County opened its COVID-19 vaccine portal Jan. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Hays County opened its COVID-19 vaccine portal Jan. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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Hays County vaccine signup portal is now live, but officials warn of short supply

As of 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Hays County residents have been able to sign up for an appointment to get vaccinated for COVID-19.


Landing the Amazon facility: Third time's a charm for Pflugerville

The PCDC hosted a behind-the-scenes panel Jan. 21 into the development process for the upcoming 3.8 million-square-foot facility, set to launch by early fall.

Typhoon Texas looking to fill 600 seasonal, part-time jobs

While summer is still a few months away, Typhoon Texas is already looking to fill 600 seasonal, part-time positions, from water safety to food and beverage, retail, cash control and front gate, among others.

Central Austin

New breakfast spot Humpty's Wall comes to North Austin, and more local business news

Humpty’s Wall of Breakfast, a fast-casual breakfast and lunch concept, will hold its grand opening Feb. 25 at 8820 Burnet Road, Ste. 502, Austin.

Northwest Austin

Cake design specialist Bento Bakes now open in Anderson Mill

Local custom cake designer Bento Bakes opened a brick-and-mortar location in the Anderson Mill area Dec. 14.

Southwest Austin

Gabriela's to open in Southpark Meadows; Al’s Formal Wear rebrands and more South Austin business news

Gabriela's will be opening a second location in the spring or summer in the Southpark Meadows shopping center at 9500 I-35, Austin.

New South Congress Goodwill now open

A new Goodwill store opened Jan. 14 at 2415 S. Congress Ave., Austin, in the South Congress Square shopping center.

Teal House Coffee & Bakery opening South Congress brick and mortar in Austin Jan. 30

South Austin-based food truck Teal House Coffee & Bakery will be bringing its cinnamon rolls and sweet baked treats to a new South Congress Avenue storefront Jan. 30, according to a news release by the company.

Claire Ricke, Kelsey Thompson, Nicholas Cicale, Iain Oldman, Olivia Aldridge and Brian Rash contributed to this report.


Kyle city staff answered questions March 2 about the city's ongoing design and construction of its citywide trail system. (Screenshot courtesy city of Kyle)
Kyle leaders working to complete city’s portion of San Antonio-to-Austin trail

The city of Kyle has been surveying residents on their desire for a citywide trail for the last five years, but City Manager Scott Sellers said resident interest has skyrocketed recently.

Photo from inside a movie theater
Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, closes theaters in downtown Austin and New Braunfels

Most theaters will remain open under an asset purchase agreement to the company's senior lending partners.

Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the state's mask mandate, but Hays County leadership has called the order premature. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'This is not behind us': Hays County leaders react to Abbott ending mask restrictions, capacity limits

Abbott's order will restrict the ability of local governments to enact measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

Buda officials approved relief measures during a March 2 City Council meeting. (Screen shot courtesy city of Buda)
Buda takes measures to help residents in wake of winter storm

Officials from the city of Buda have approved several measures geared toward alleviating damage and costs brought about by severe winter weather in mid-February.

Austin ISD and other districts in Central Texas are waiting for further TEA guidance on mask requirements. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATE: Most Central Texas school district say they will continue requiring students, staff to wear masks; updated TEA guidelines expected later this week

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine for emergency authorization use Feb. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended for emergency authorization use by FDA

This is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved for emergency authorization use after those produced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company Moderna.

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.

H-E-B will open a new location in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Southwest Austin in August. (Rendering courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B to open in Oak Hill in Aug.; comedy club coming to The Domain and more news from February

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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.