IMPACTS ROUNDUP: News from four businesses in Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs

Fierce Whiskers Distillery's tasting room opened in late September. (Courtesy of Fierce Whiskers Distillery)
Fierce Whiskers Distillery's tasting room opened in late September. (Courtesy of Fierce Whiskers Distillery)

Fierce Whiskers Distillery's tasting room opened in late September. (Courtesy of Fierce Whiskers Distillery)

1. The Japanese grocery store Asahi Imports will open a second location at 3005 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 105B, Austin, this fall. The store, owned and operated by Sally Matsumae, has one other location at 6105 Burnet Road, Austin. The store offers a wide selection of Japanese grocery items, including snacks, household items and 30 different types of rice, as well as prepared meals.

2. Drive a Senior Central Texas has changed its name to Chariot. The mission of providing transportation and socialization for seniors age 60 and up will remain the same. Chariot serves four ZIP codes in South Austin, Dripping Springs and Southwest Austin. The organization’s three other chapters are keeping their original names. The Austin headquarters is located at 6705 Hwy. 290, Ste. 50268, Austin. 512-445-5552.


3. Fierce Whiskers Distillery opened Sept. 25 at 5333 Fleming Court, Austin. Native Texans Tim Penney and Tri Vo named the distillery after a quote from former U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Hayes called Austin a place with “fierce whiskers, gaming and drinking very abounding in all quarters.” 512-537-5779.

4. Local franchise owners Emmie Knox and Louis LeSassier celebrated five years of business at Assisting Hands Home Care on Oct. 3 at 2906 S. First St., Ste. 103, Austin. It provides seniors and those with disabilities with services including meal preparation, medication or grocery pickup, and transportation to appointments. 512-999-7379.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.