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February 2012

There are 20 blog entries for February 2012.

Austin's Toot Sweet Cupcakes Creates Art in Buttercream

Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 11:31am. 3,328 Views

austin cupcakesHusband and wife duo Brian and Tiffany Bacon are the frosting masterminds behind Toot Sweet Cupcakes in Austin. Known for their elaborate decorating skills in addition to delicious treats, Toot Sweet offers oversize, gourmet cupcakes available as delightful snacks, for delivery anywhere in town, whether to a friend celebrating a new baby in the Ranch at Brushy Creek or a new neighbor in Eanes ISD, and also catering for special events.

The desserts at Toot Sweet are made with top-quality ingredients, including organic and all-natural ingredients. Using the finest European chocolates creates an opulent, never bitter, taste, and sweet cream butter gives the butter-cream frostings a delicately smooth texture and a light yummy flavor.

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Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop - a South Austin Cupcake Favorite

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 5:53pm. 5,335 Views

sugar mama's austin, austin cupcakesA bakery means serious business when it has its own mission statement, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop on South 1st Street, close to south Austin neighborhoods like Sendera, Olympic Heights, and Circle C, has a clear one: “to provide our guests with unparalleled customer service and the freshest, most delicious baked goods around. Your mission is to try them all.” The response of Austinites has been equally clear: challenge accepted.

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop - a South Austin FavoriteBakery owners Olivia and Steve O'Neal first dreamed up the concept for Sugar Mama's Bakeshop after realizing they had the perfect combination for a successful bakery: Olivia loved to bake, and Steve loved to taste test. A recipe for a successful venture, Sugar Mama’s was born shortly after. The true foundation of the bakery is

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Organic Grocery Stores in Austin

Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 11:33am. 4,198 Views

The Whole Foods flagship store is a Mecca for fans of organic, natural food, produce, and products. Located in downtown Austin, it draws thousands of shoppers everyday alongside those simply curious to visit the founding spot of the dawn of organic food’s popularity in the U.S. Located throughout the city, Whole Foods is an excellent grocery store for finding almost any ingredient needed, but it’s worth noting that it is not the only organic grocery store in town. Austin offers a host of local stores, conveniently located close to almost every neighborhood, from far north’s Falcon Pointe to the south’s Circle C, all equally dedicated to organic living. Below are a just a few:

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Central Market, part of the HEB family of stores, offers

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Should I work with a REALTOR® to purchase a new construction home?

Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 12:55pm. 1,355 Views

Many buyers believe they will get a better deal by working directly with a new construction home builder, without the services of a buyer representative REALTOR®. In fact, in almost all cases, the builder simply keeps the extra money that would have been paid in commission to the buyer representative. On top of that, the buyer is left with no actual representation during the process of construction and “closing the deal.” While builders’ representatives certainly can be professional and friendly, it’s important to know that, in the end, their job is to protect the builder – not the buyer.

Read more in the full article, including steps buyers should take to protect themselves in the new construction home process: Should I work with a REALTOR® to purchase a

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SOLD ON 5/01/2012! 5828 Terravista, Austin TX 78735 in the Lantana subdivison in Southwest Austin

Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 12:47pm. 1,624 Views

SOLD ON 5/01/2012! 5828 Terravista, Austin TX 78735 in the Lantana subdivison in Southwest Austin

Offered at $330,000

Located in The Ridge at Lantana subdivision just 8 miles from downtown Austin. This one story floor plan with extra large game room/play room upstairs has 2755 square feet with 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 full baths & l half bath located upstairs off the game room. Features include: archways, rounded corners, carpeting, tile floors and high ceilings. Entertain in the formal dining room or study in the spacious office. The kitchen opens into the family room and includes gas cooktop, single built-in oven and microwave, corian countertops, tile backsplash, breakfast bar, breakfast area, pantry and lots of cabinets for storage. Relax in the…

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts - Austin Jewelers and Jewelry

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 11:11am. 2,939 Views

If you’ve suffered from gift-buying procrastination leading up to Valentine’s Day, there are still cures available, thanks to local Austin jewelry stores. Gifts for men and women bought at a fine jewelry store don’t ever beg the question of how much thought went into the gift; it is assumed that jewelry is given with the utmost thought and care, even if you bought it that morning! And, considering the jewelry experts that abound in Austin, finding a perfect gift in a jewelry store is as easy as conducting an Austin Home Search with premier Austin Realtor Brian Talley. With this luck in mind, below are a few local jewelry stores ready and willing to help any last-minute shoppers find a gift to prevent themselves from landing in the proverbial dog house.

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Local Austin Florists - Last Minute Valentine's Day Options

Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 5:24pm. 3,220 Views

It’s never too late to send flowers to your Valentine, and luckily, there’s still time to get them delivered on Valentine’s Day. Austin florists will be hard at work tomorrow making sure that deliveries are sent throughout the city, covering ground from Lakeway to Great Hills to make recipients smile, so be sure to call now to put the number one person in your life on their delivery schedule. If you don’t have anyone who would appreciate a floral bouquet, an Austin Realtor can testify that fresh flowers make any home brighter and more inviting, whether or not there’s a special occasion.

Last Petal Floral


Last Petal is a full service floral design studio, offering arrangements and decor for a wide variety of special events, galas, and

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Treat Your Valentine (Or Yourself) Right - Austin Day Spa Packages

Sunday, February 12th, 2012 at 11:07pm. 2,729 Views

The beauty of pampering presents is they work well when purchased for yourself - or for a sweetheart! Spa packages are wonderful Valentine's treats because, following a decadent afternoon of personal service, people feel like they’ll retire to an Austin luxury home, without a care in the world! This Valentine's, take advantage of special spa packages and other services to make you or your Valentine feel genuinely luxurious.

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Nail art is the new twist on an old favorite, the manicure. Get ready for a Valentine’s date with special themed art or a day at the office with a long lasting shellac French manicure by Meghann Rosales, owner of Austin-based Nails Y’all. Meghann provides custom nail art and outstanding natural nail care. Be the first

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“Date Night” in West Austin

Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at 11:18am. 3,669 Views

West Austin is known predominately for its neighborhoods and well-established communities like Davenport Ranch and Barton Creek West. The west side of town is peppered with charming bistros, ice cream shops, and unique activities that can make any West Austin date night a success.



Cipollina is a neighborhood bistro in the heart of Old West Austin. Founded in 1999 by the owners of nearby Jeffrey's, Cipollina was revamped in 2010 into a full service restaurant with a seasonal menu by Chef Daniel Hunt. Bring a date for dinner and charm them with Cipollina’s Mediterranean-inspired, locally-sourced food. 


Zoot offers a bistro atmosphere with an eclectic menu designed to engage the senses in a way that connects the act of cooking

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St. Edward's University Designated a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 8:35pm. 2,792 Views

St. Edward's University AustinSt. Edward's University, located in Central Austin, has been designated a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students and is tied for fourth place in the nation among institutions presenting master’s degrees. This year, 21 St. Edward’s students applied for the Fulbright scholarship, with 10 students becoming finalists. This number is up from last year, which showed 13 applicants and 6 finalists.

Once students become finalists, they have an approximately 50% chance of being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Fulbright Scholarships have allowed St. Edward’s University students to study in the following countries: Brazil, Costa Rica, Germany, Mongolia, Thailand, and Turkey.

There have been 13 Fulbright Scholarships awarded to St. Edward’s University students…

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