H-E-B to open in Oak Hill in Aug.; comedy club coming to The Domain and more news from February

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 will open a new location in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Southwest Austin in August. (Rendering courtesy H-E-B)

H-E-B will open a new location in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Southwest Austin in August. (Rendering courtesy H-E-B)

Read business and community news from the past month from Central Texas.

Southwest Austin

H-E-B plans to open new Oak Hill store in August

According to representatives from H-E-B, a new store is set to open in August at 7901 W. Hwy. 290, Austin, at the intersection with FM 1826. The existing store in the Center of the Hills shopping center at 7010 SH 71, Austin, will close when the new location opens.

Leander-Cedar Park

Slice, slice, baby: 28 places to find pizza in Leander and Cedar Park

Regardless of where you choose to eat it, if you are looking for local hot pizza you can use this guide to plan your next pie.

Central Austin

Longtime Austin business Turquoise Trading Post pays homage to the American Southwest

Turquoise Trading Post owner Jim Williamson fell in love with art as a kid growing in New Mexico in the 1970s. In 1994, he left his job as a nonprofit fundraiser to follow that passion, and, as he said, “to stop working.” More than 26 years later, Williamson is still selling art and jewelry from the American Southwest.


New gym opens in Georgetown

Build Your Better, or BYB, Fitness opened in Georgetown on Feb. 1. The gym took over the space previously occupied by Mortal CrossFit and has three gym options including a training area, an outdoor farm fit program, and an Olympic weight and lifting gym.

Lake Travis-Westlake

New Mediterranean cafe, Lazeez, is open in Four Points

Lazeez Mediterranean Cafe opened Feb. 1 in the Four Points region at 6812 N. RM 620, Austin. The restaurant serves a variety of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern menu items, including hummus, grilled Mashawi barbecue, meat and vegetarian wraps, and more.

New Braunfels

Dance by Design Studios owner shares her passion through instructing students in New Braunfels

For Carolyn Simpson Wells, owner and director of Dance by Design Studios, dancing has served as a crucial instrument for self-expression since she was young. “My mom says that I used to walk around on my tippy-toes all the time, so she put me into dance class when I was 3,” Wells said.

Northwest Austin

North Austin’s Capitol City Comedy Club set for new launch in The Domain this October

After closing its doors in September due in part to economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Capitol City Comedy Club announced Feb. 10 it will reopen later this year.


Dutch Bros Coffee to open Pflugerville location

Dutch Bros Coffee will open a location in Stone Hill Town Center at 18800 Limestone Commercial Drive, Pflugerville. The drive-thru coffee shop’s menu offers cold brews, Americanos, specialty espresso drinks, teas, smoothies and pastries, among others.

Round Rock

Round Rock Express officially accepted as Texas Rangers' new Triple-A affiliate

The Round Rock Express is now officially the Texas Rangers' Triple-A affiliate, according to a news release issued Feb. 9. The 10-year agreement runs through the 2030 season.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Faces in the Dark Tattoo in Kyle features top-tier artists for portrait-level work

Owners Tye Harris and Becka Grant opened Faces in the Dark Tattoo in Kyle in 2016.

Jack Flagler, Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Olivia Aldridge, Ali Linan, Amy Rae Dadamo, Lauren Canterberry, Iain Oldman, Kelsey Thompson and Brian Rash contributed to this report.


City Council's April 22 vote decoupled some jobs and services from the Austin Police Department and will provide for the creation of a new emergency communications department to handle city 911 calls. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
City Council OKs shifting hundreds of jobs, range of admin duties out of Austin Police Department

More than 280 full-time employees with responsibilities ranging from handling 911 calls to maintenance and human resources will move out of the APD.

Austin ISD trustees approved a resolution April 22 regarding federal education funding currently being held by the state. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD asks state to provide school districts with CARES Act funding earmarked for education spending

Trustee Lynn Boswell said Austin ISD stands to get about $240 million in federal funding if distributed by the state to public districts as intended.

Photo of nurses offering drive-thru vaccines
Appointments no longer needed for drive-thru vaccines at Circuit of the Americas

From April 23-25, people age 16 and up can receive first doses of the Pfizer vaccine without an appointment at COTA.

Austin ISD staff at Pleasant Hill Elementary School distribute meals over the summer in 2020. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD to again offer free lunch to students during 2021-22 school year

Austin ISD has distributed more than 3 million free campus meals and 4.2 million free curbside meals since March 2020.

Q2 Stadium in North Austin
Q2 Stadium to host 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup games this summer

Q2 Stadium has been selected as one of the venues for the upcoming 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

The Barks for Beers fundraiser will return to Central Texas in May. (Courtesy Divine Canines)
To-do list: Barks for beers returns to Austin and more local events happening through the end of May

Here are nine events taking place between April 24 and May 31 in Austin.

Construction of the new Tom Fazio-designed golf course in Driftwood will be completed by the end of the spring. (Courtesy Discovery Builders)
Driftwood Golf and Ranch Club could open Southwest Austin course this fall

Driftwood Golf and Ranch Club broke ground in 2019 and at build-out will include a golf course, single-family homes and community amenities.

Austin City Council members met for a work session April 20 ahead of the body's regular April 22 session. (Screenshot via city of Austin)
Austin City Hall notebook: Police services decoupling, rental assistance, downtown density bonus fees under consideration

Council will also consider a resolution that would ask state agencies to begin the distribution of about $18 billion in federal aid money aimed at supporting K-12 education.

The DSISD board of trustees heard a presentation on teacher pay at a recent meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Dripping Springs ISD considers teacher compensation ahead of budget-planning process

The DSISD board of trustees heard a presentation on teacher pay at a recent meeting.

Online retailer Wayfair will open a new engineering office in Austin later this year or in early 2022. (Courtesy Wayfair)
Wayfair bringing new engineering office to Austin; beauty studio celebrates opening and more South Austin business news

Wayfair has not yet finalized a space for its new office, but job postings list Southeast Austin as a location.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Austin government, nonprofit and business leaders recently participated in a weeks-long summit centered on unsheltered homelessness in the city. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house 3,000 homeless individuals in Austin in the next three years would cost $515 million

The plan Austin City Council members discussed April 20 emerged from a weekslong community-wide summit on homelessness.