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.