Here are 11 businesses opening in May at Domain Northside

B8ta opens May 20 at Domain Northside and offers customers the opportunity to try out new technology.

B8ta opens May 20 at Domain Northside and offers customers the opportunity to try out new technology.

Construction is still continuing at Domain Northside, where 11 retail stores are opening their doors in May.

Opening Saturday is consumer technology retailer b8ta at 11701 Domain Blvd., Ste. 174, Austin. The store offers customers the chance to experience new products, such as earbuds, electric skateboards, wearables, smart-home items and interactive children’s toys.

“It’s about this element of discovery of new products and ultimately having the opportunity to buy,” said Phillip Raub, b8ta’s co-founder and chief marketing officer.

The Domain Northside store marks the San Francisco-based company’s fourth location and the first outside of the West Coast.

Instead of makers selling products to the retailer, b8ta charges makers a subscription fee to showcase items in the store, Raub said. Makers then keep 100 percent of profits from products sold at b8ta.

B8ta also tracks data for makers, such as how well a product sold at a certain price and how many users tried out a product, Raub said. This empowers makers to control how they sell their products, he said.

“If we create a better relationship with the maker ultimately it creates a better relationship with the consumer,” he said.

Raub said b8ta is also talking to several Austin tech companies interested in displaying products in the Domain Northside store.

B8ta is hosting an opening day celebration May 20 from 1-4 p.m.

The event is free and includes free food from General Tso’Boy, beer, wine and free swag, such as T-shirts, ball caps and tote bags. Local artist Cade Sheldon performs from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The store is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information call 512-766-4149 or visit www.b8ta.com.

Here are 10 other businesses opening in May at Domain Northside:


Kitchen and bath store Pirch opened a showroom May 4 at 11801 Domain Blvd., Austin. 512-518-5100. www.pirch.com

Drybar Drybar opened May 11 in Domain Northside.[/caption]

Drybar, a California-based chain of hair salons, opened May 11 at 3001 Palm Way, Ste. 142, Austin. The business offers blowouts and hairstyling for a flat rate and sells its own hair care product line. 877-379-2279. www.thedrybar.com

Chubbies opened May 12 at 11701 Domain Blvd., Ste. 130, Austin. The weekend wear brand sells shorts, button down shirts, swim trunks, women's clothing and accessories in bright colors. www.chubbiesshorts.com. [email protected]

A fourth Austin location of Kunik Orthodontics opens in late May at 11821 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 140, Austin. Dr. Randy Kunik and Dr. Grace Kim offer Invisalign teeth straightening services as well as teeth whitening for adults. 512-327-7575. www.drkunik.com, www.invisalignaustin.com

Westbank Dry Cleaning opens its ninth location in late May at 11909 Domain Drive, Ste. 154, Austin. The Austin-based business offers cleaning services for garments, leather, suede, household items and wedding gowns. 512-428-6696. www.westbankdrycleaning.com

The second location of Teddies for Bettys opens May 25 at 11701 Domain Blvd., Ste. 110, Austin. The women’s intimate apparel shop sells everyday and special occasion bras in sizes A-I as well as swimwear. The Austin-based store also has expert bra fitters and hosts events and health and wellbeing workshops. www.teddiesforbettys.com

Other store openings later in May include a showroom of Houston-based London Grey Rugs, Origins, Mill No. 3 and Austin-based Ace Tailors.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.