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JuiceLand opens 20th Austin location

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JuiceLand opened its 20th Austin location at 5521 Balcones Drive, Ste. B, Austin, on Jan. 13. The store serves plant-based meals, healthy snacks, fresh-pressed juice, acai bowls and smoothies. 512-514-0310.... more >

Local PR firm Red Fan Communications celebrates 10th anniversary

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Red Fan Communications, a local public relations firm located at 200 E. 32nd St., Austin, celebrated its 10th anniversary in January. 512-551-9253.... more >

Pacific Rim changes name, concept at Austin Burnet Road location

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Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge, located at 9070 Research Blvd., Ste. 305, Austin, changed its name in January to Pacific Rim Cajun Sports Bar & Kitchen. Other changes include changing the food concept to Cajun entrees and seafood boils. The restaurant  offers drink and food specials during happy hour and also has lunch specials. Pacific Rim is celebrating the new menu Jan. 15-21 with food and drink specials. 512-458-8881.... more >

The Omelettry celebrates 40th anniversary

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The Omelettry, located at 4631 Airport Blvd., Austin, celebrated 40 years in business on Jan. 20. Kenny Carpenter opened the restaurant, originally on Burnet Road, in 1978 when he was 23 years old. He remains the CFO, and his son, Jesse, manages the restaurant. 512-453-5062.... more >

Robotic coffee bar Briggo to open on The Drag

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Robotic coffee distributor Briggo will open its first coffee bar Jan. 16 inside Moojo at 2322 Guadalupe St., Austin. Customers may purchase their personalized coffee drink via Briggo’s mobile app or on-site. The location follows a pilot launch on The University of Texas at Austin campus, which provided crucial insights into customer behavior for the burgeoning company. Briggo intends to expand quickly to more university campuses as well as airports, hospitals and office buildings,... more >

Pet Supermarket opening second Austin location

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Florida-based pet supply store Pet Supermarket will open its second Austin-area location Jan. 20 at 7028 Wood Hollow Drive, Ste. 200, Austin. The store sells pet supplies, toys and food for cats, dogs, fish, birds, reptiles and other small animals. 512-900-5841.... more >

Horchata and paletas shop La Orxateria now open

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La Orxateria opened at 5460 Guadalupe St., Ste. L133, Austin, in the Lamar Business Park Dec. 20. The shop offers frozen paletas from owner Manual Flores’ other venture, Mom & Pops All Natural Frozen Pops, as well as orxata, or horchata, a traditional Spanish beverage made from the root vegetable tigernuts. 512-373-3075.... more >

Tiny house restaurant Tiny’s to open this spring in South Austin

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Salad bistro Vinaigrette will expand its South Austin location this spring with the addition of Tiny's, a tiny house restaurant. Tiny's will be located off Vinaigrette's patio at 2201 College Ave., Austin, and will open this spring. The restaurant will serve healthy breakfast food, snacks and frozen margaritas in creative flavors such as rosewater beet and carrot sumac. Other drinks, including juices spiked with adaptogens, smoothies and coffee, will also be available. 512-852-8791.... more >

Low-cost veterinary nonprofit Emancipet opens clinic in Northeast Austin

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Emancipet opened Jan. 11 a new low-cost veterinary clinic at 1030 Norwood Park Blvd., Ste. 316, Austin. The nonprofit provides affordable veterinary care and served nearly 100,000 pets in the Austin area last year. “This new clinic represents the future of Emancipet,” CEO Amy Mills said. “This is our first purpose-built clinic; the largest, most efficient and offering the most amenities for our clients. It will be a model for all of our new clinics going forward.” At 3,900 square... more >

Austin Guitar House set for East 12th Street move

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Austin Guitar House will move from 2206 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, to 1104 E. 12th St., Austin, on Feb. 5. The locally owned business will close its current shop on Jan. 27 and take a week to transfer its inventory to its East Austin location. The store offers high-end guitars, amplifiers, a variety of effect pedals and guitar accessories. Store manager Brent Tenczar said the business outgrew its Anderson Lane location, and the 12th Street location offers a larger space. 512-243-6036.... more >

Healthy fast-casual chain Modern Market to open at Frost Tower

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Modern Market, a healthy, fast-casual company based in Boulder, Colorado, will open its third Austin location at 401 Congress Ave., Austin, on Jan. 15. Its other two area locations are in Westlake and at the Arboretum. The menu is mostly made from scratch and includes options for many different diets, including vegan, celiac, paleo, raw and low-carb. 512-394-6173.... more >

Salon and spa La Vie en Rainey set for February grand opening

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Vickmay Quinn opened La Vie en Rainey Med Spa and Salon, 51 Rainey St., Ste. 150, Austin, in September and is planning a grand opening for February. The shop offers body aesthetics, cryotherapy and salon services, and Quinn said the business’s most popular treatments include Botox and fillers. 512-538-1818.... more >

Hilton Austin to build $7.5 million overhead walkway to convention center

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Hilton Austin will open an overhead walkway that connects to the Austin Convention Center at East Fourth and Neches streets in May. The project will also include a 1,891-square-foot outdoor terrace. "The new overhead walkway will not only offer our guests a convenient access point to the hotel but will also provide an architectural marvel to downtown Austin," Hilton Austin General Manager Robert Watson said in a Jan. 8 news release. The walkway will be designed by architecture firm... more >

Joint venture to develop 300 Colorado downtown

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Atlanta-based Cousins Properties, Austin-based Riverside Resources and Texas firm Ironwood Real Estate have formed a joint venture to develop 300 Colorado into a new, $175-million office tower in downtown Austin. The joint venture has leased all of the office space in the 300,000-square-foot building to Parsley Energy for 12 years. The Austin-based oil and gas company currently operates out Colorado Tower across the street. Construction is expected to begin at 300 Colorado in December,... more >

Bobalu Cigar Co. to close Sixth Street location

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After more than 20 years on Sixth Street, Bobalu Cigar Company will close its original location at 509 E. Sixth St., Austin, at the end of January. It will continue to operate out of its North Austin factory at 8501A Burnet Road, Austin. Owner Jeff Lipton cited continuing problems with Sixth Street, including crime and dirtiness, as the reasons for the closure. 512-469-5972.... more >

Via 313 to open restaurant in East Austin

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Detroit-style pizza restaurant Via 313 will open its third brick-and-mortar location at 1802 E. Sixth St., Austin, by the end of March. The space was previously occupied by creative agency Collide ATX. Via 313 currently operates a trailer in front of the nearby Violet Crown Social Club, located at 1111 E. Sixth St., Austin, that will move to a new location to be determined. 512-609-9405.... more >

Mad Greens to open in 2nd Street District

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Colorado-based Mad Greens will open at 410 W. Second St., Austin, on Jan. 10. The fast-casual salad chain announced it would move into the space previously occupied by local salad spot Leaf in 2015. Mad Greens has locations at The Domain in North Austin and in Round... more >

Empire owner announced as buyer of The Parish music venue

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Heard Presents, owner of the Empire Control Room and Garage, and Simple Tone Ventures announced in a news release Jan. 5 that they purchased The Parish music venue from previous owner Doug Guller of ATX Brands. "It was important to me, and I think everyone in our community with all of the concern over iconic Austin creative spaces disappearing in the face of developmental pressures, that the Parish end up in the hands of an experienced operator committed to supporting local music," Heard... more >

Rentable restaurant space Sumptuary launches crowdfunding campaign

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Sumptuary, a rentable restaurant space where Austin chefs and cooks can experiment with new ideas, launched a crowdfunding campaign Jan. 3. The space will open at 3202 Anderson Lane, Ste. 205, Austin, once the fundraising goal has been reached. "We would like to open by June 1," founding partner and Sumptuary general manager T. Marshall Jones said. Any restaurateur from fine dining chefs to food truck owners are welcome at Sumptuary, at which a new menu will be featured every... more >

New bakery Confituras Little Kitchen opens in South Austin

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Confituras Little Kitchen opened at 2129 Goodrich Ave., Austin, Dec. 22. Owner Stephanie McClenny began selling her jams in 2010 at local farmers’ markets. In addition to jam, the bakery will also sell biscuits and... more >

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