IMPACT ROUNDUP: South Austin Gallery opens art cart

South Austin Gallery is going mobile.

The first Austin Art Cart was unveiled Nov. 14 during an event at South Austin Gallery. The cart can be found at Threadgills, 301 W. Riverside Drive, each Sunday morning and the Austin Trail of Lights in Zilker Park from Dec. 8–22. Owners Joseph and Jennifer Worth also plan to park the cart at various art festivals in the coming months.

The new venture follows a trend of expansions for the gallery, which started in 2005 as a photography business before South Austin Gallery opened in 2010 at 507A W. Mary St. The art cart will mostly sell coasters, cutting boards and other goods that have iconic Austin imagery on them—the same merchandise the gallery has for sale at 25 locations throughout Austin, Jennifer Worth said.

The idea for an art cart came after Joseph Worth watched the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained" in which a traveling dentist pulls a carriage with a large, decorative tooth atop it.

"He knew he had to recreate some version of the bouncing tooth," Jennifer Worth said.

The couple found a vintage ice cream truck and worked with graphic designer Ellen Rutt and the Ion Art Team to design the first Austin Art Cart, complete with a bouncing sign on top. 512-680-4018. www.southaustingallery.com

Other Impacts:

COMING SOON—Subway will open a new location in mid- to late December at 1801 51st St., Ste. 140, in the new Mueller District shopping center, which is anchored by H-E-B. The restaurant will be Subway's first Austin location to feature the restaurant's new metro dcor, Director of Operations Carolyn Dunagan said. There will be a more sleek, industrial design compared to other Subway locations, she said, with a more upscale look and feel. The menu will otherwise include the same submarine sandwiches as other Subway locations. www.subway.com

NEW OWNERSHIP—Dr. Rita M. Geigel on Sept. 26 took over ownership of Windsor Park Veterinary Clinic, 1928 A Gaston Place Drive. The full-service veterinary clinic has plans to upgrade its X-ray machine and otherwise will operate as normal. 512-928-1403. www.windsorparkvet.com

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.