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.