Our favorite photos from the Austin metro area in 2018

From left: Matthew, Bob and Tom Wandersee stand in front of South Austin Barber Shop.

From left: Matthew, Bob and Tom Wandersee stand in front of South Austin Barber Shop.

We covered a lot of ground, from local businesses and restaurants to news, this year.

As 2018 comes to a close, let's look back at some of our favorite photos out of the Austin metro area.

Leander agricultural trends shift as city evolves and percent of farmland falls
Frank Stiles is a fourth-generation Leander resident and veterinarian at the South San Gabriel Animal Clinic. When he first began his practice in 1986, around half of his patients were horses, cows, goats and sheep, he said. Now, he estimates around 98 percent of his job is serving small animals. Read more.

Local studio aims to be ‘everybody’s craft room’
Five years ago Austinite Eli Winkelman opened Craft, an open studio where customers can drop in, make art, host parties and unwind. Read more.

Woops Bakeshop in Georgetown aims to delight lovers of sweets
Macarons—bite-sized, sugary French confections—are a focus at Woops Bakeshop in Georgetown but not the only item on the menu, owner Candice Lui said. Read more.

Neighborhood coworking on the rise in South Austin
Freelance marketing consultant Dorothy Garbe rents a desk at a coworking space, The Hive, on Old Manchaca Road. On a recent Thursday morning, she created a multimillion-dollar pitch while 1 1/2 year-old-son, Roger, bounced on her knee. Read more.

Poh-kay, a popular Hawaiian fish dish, makes a splash in Northwest Austin
While visiting Hawaii, brother and sister Edin and Aida Tabakovic fell in love with a classic dish called poke. Read more.

Family-owned store bringing sweetness to downtown Round Rock
Some sweets aficionados may already be familiar with 3 Star Candy Shop in downtown Round Rock. Those who have yet to visit will not be disappointed, owner Elvis Marte said. Read more.

As lake levels drop, LCRA undergoes review that could lead to legislative changes
The Lower Colorado River Authority is in the midst of its first sunset review, which could result in the Texas Legislature mandating the entity make changes to its performance and mission. Read more.

Lick Honest Ice Creams owners honor Texas roots, celebrate local farmers
Growing up in Hallettsville, Texas, Anthony Sobotik said he spent his days picking dewberries on his grandparents’ farm, making ice cream with his siblings and enjoying meals dictated by the season’s flavors. Read more.

After 29 years, South Austin Barber Shop prepares to open a second shop this month
In 1989, Bob Wandersee opened South Austin Barber Shop on the corner of Stassney Lane and South First Street. His grandson, Matthew Wandersee, was born the same year. Read more.

No-tip neighborhood restaurant Thai Fresh continues growing
Thai Fresh, which celebrated its 10th anniversary Aug. 6, is a casual restaurant and coffee shop tucked inside the Bouldin Creek neighborhood. Read more.

North Austin brewers join statewide efforts to change beer regulations
Local brewers in North Austin’s growing craft beer scene have joined a coordinated effort to influence state-level beer regulations that some say are antiquated and complicated, Austin Beerworks co-founder Adam DeBower said. Read more.

Steiner Ranch couple aims to create an intimate dining experience with OneLongTable
If there was a way to create an intimate dining experience for 40-plus people, Austin’s OneLongTable is doing it just about every month. Read more.

'They are a very special class': Glenn High School principal Arturo Lomeli discusses school’s diversity, first graduating class and more
Glenn High School’s first class of seniors will graduate at the end of this school year. Principal Arturo Lomeli reflected on creating the Grizzly Nation environment at the new Leander ISD school. Read more.


The new materials will be used for English Language Arts and Advanced Academic classes for grades 6-12. (Courtesy Pexels)
New Braunfels ISD to adopt new English Language Arts materials

The materials will be used for ELA and Advanced Academics classes for grades 6-12.

A map of the Bella Fortuna PID
Travis County holds off on making development funds available for South Austin Bella Fortuna PID through payments from future homeowners

Travis County commissioners cited concern that funds would not be used to adequately buy down the cost of homes, making them affordable.

Seniors from San Marcos High School paraded down McCarty Lane in San Marcos May 29. (Evelin Garcia/ Community Impact Newspaper)
GALLERY: Here’s how a parent-led parade honored San Marcos High School seniors

Thundering cheers echoed down McCarty Lane in San Marcos on May 29 as an army of high school seniors wearing caps and gowns paraded down the street on flashy rides.

Austin City Hall (Christopher Neely/Community impact Newspaper)
Some on Austin City Council want more of its $272 million coronavirus relief package to go to residents in need

City Council will determine how much to put toward direct financial assistance at its June 4 meeting.

New Braunfels had 61 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on May 30, up from 31 at the end of April, a 96.7% increase. (Community Impact staff)
Updated: COVID-19 cases up 96% in New Braunfels this month, 75% between Comal and Guadalupe County

30% of Comal County's cases were community transmitted and 28% were from close contacts, such as household members that had previously tested positive.

The Gruenefield development is currently in the Hoffman Lane Elementary School attendance zone but could be moved to the Oak Run Elementary School zone. (Courtesy Comal ISD)
Comal ISD Board of Trustees to vote on attendance zone change

The development could bring approximately 80 additional elementary school students to Comal ISD.

South Austin-based Art + Academy will hold online camps this summer. (Courtesy  Art + Academy)
South Austin children can participate in these online camps this summer

The following Austin-area businesses are offering online or virtual camp programs this summer.

Tumble 22's original location on Burnet Road opened in 2018. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tumble 22 will take over former Magnolia Cafe location in July

This will be the third location for the Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant, which opened its first on Burnet Road in 2018.

Candidates in the Senate District 14 special election responded to Community Impact Newspaper's questions about their campaigns to fill the vacant seat in the Texas Senate. (Design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Senate District 14 candidates discuss the issues ahead of July 14 election

There are six candidates running in the special election to fill the seat of former Sen. Kirk Watson through 2022.

Bee Cave Mayor Kara King took to Facebook on May 28 to address the method in which Travis County documents active coronavirus cases. (Courtesy Pexels)
Bee Cave mayor speaks out against Travis County data system regarding COVID-19 cases

Bee Cave Mayor Kara King took to Facebook on May 28 to address the method in which Travis County documents active coronavirus cases.

Parkfield Drive at Norseman Terrace
City outlines plans for 3 North Austin roadway projects to increase mobility, pedestrian safety

Plans and timelines for three separate North Austin transportation projects are now available to review online.

The Central Texas Food Bank will host a food distribution event in Kyle on May 30. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Central Texas Food Bank distribution event in Kyle on May 30

Food bank expects more than 1,000 families at distribution