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March 2014

There are 7 blog entries for March 2014.

SoLa News: Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar to Reopen in Style this Summer

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 2:43pm. 4,103 Views

Alamo Drafthouse south lamarIn January of 2013, redevelopment of Lamar Plaza closed the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, the beating heart of the Alamo Drafthouse empire. This beloved Alamo location was the downtown Austin home of the Fantastic Film Festival, which showcases independent movies, major Hollywood Studios, and international filmmakers. Neighbors watched with dismay as the entire strip mall went under the wrecking ball so Greystar Property Firm could turn the site into a mixed-use development.

The good news? The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar will not have to search for a new Austin home. In the summer of 2014, this iconic cinema-eatery will reopen in grand style with brand new digs as part of the new “Lamar Union” center.

The new Alamo will show off a luxury facade

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Summer Camps: TV-Free Activities for School-Free Kids

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 2:38pm. 2,431 Views

Austin summer campsSmart. Artistic. Musical. Fit. Fun. These adjectives all describe Austin’s population. But, how do central Texans become so awesome? Well, for starters, various summer camps help develop the above qualities in the city’s youngest Austinites. Austin offers a long list of summer camps in categories such as outdoor recreation, sports, education, arts and culture, special needs, and special interest.

Outdoor Texas Camp sharpens campers’ hunting, fishing, and outdoor skills. Texas Lions Camp caters to children with disabilities and makes use of the Texas Hill Country. Longhorn Soccer Camp develops a killer kick at an early age. American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive calls out to prima ballerinas. Here are more examples of summer camps available to

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To Bee or Not to Bee? Backyard Beekeeping in Austin, Texas

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 2:35pm. 6,237 Views

Austin bee keepingThinking of starting a backyard or rooftop beehive colony in Austin, Texas? With all the talk of bee Colony Collapse Disorder and the recent emphasis on eco-friendly living, backyard beekeeping is the latest ATX trend in earth-friendly DIY circles. Homemade honey is not only nutritious, but antibacterial, and offers medicinal properties. More importantly, bee pollination is excellent for backyard gardens, or on a bigger scale, for agricultural areas. It really is the bee’s knees!

Dana Stahlman is a retired commercial beekeeper and master beekeeper. “Beekeeping is a fantastic hobby,” she said. “Those who get into beekeeping often get what is called ‘bee fever!’” A question often asked of Stahlman asked is, How and when do I get started in keeping bees?

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ATX Economic News: Low 2014 Unemployment and High Job Growth Rankings

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 11:43am. 2,835 Views

US job market AustinIt’s no wonder a life and home in Austin, Texas is quickly becoming a luxury, with more positive news on its economic front coming last week from the Austin Chamber of Commerce. According to January 2014 numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Austin holds the second lowest unemployment rate among large U.S. metros and the fastest rate of job growth.

“Austin’s job growth of 4.5% over the 12 months ending in January seemed likely to be at or near the top," said Austin Chamber Vice President of Research Beverly Kerr, "and it does prove to be the fastest rate of growth among the 50 largest U.S. metros.” Two of its Texas cohorts, Houston and Dallas, also ranked among the top ten. “Not only is Austin’s 4.5% growth fastest among the top 50

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City of Austin Plans to Purchase Grey Rock Golf Course in Circle C

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 11:29am. 2,254 Views

Circle C golfVintage oak trees may patron Grey Rock Golf Club’s 160-acre, 18-hole course, but the southwest Austin club is about to acquire a new owner: the City of Austin. The deal, which includes eight tennis courts, a driving range, and a clubhouse, will cost Austin $9.6 million, according to The Austin Business Journal.

The location of Grey Rock, near the master-planned community of Circle C, is valuable to the city in part because it sits atop a portion of the environmentally sensitive Edwards Aquifer. City ownership of the MoPac and State Highway 45 property would ensure that no more development - especially dense, single family development - occurs on the land, in total 292 acres. The location also allows the city to expand greenbelt access in other ways,

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics March 2014

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 3:13pm. 2,317 Views

Austin homes for saleWe know Austin is an awesome place to live – and clearly so does everyone else! For the fourth year in a row, Austin has ranked number one on Forbes' list of the country's fastest-growing cities. The 2.5 percent estimated population growth in 2013 was the highest in the country, with 110 net people per day moving here, which means Austin is flirting with the two million people mark. But, it’s not just people – Austin’s economy also grew, at 5.9 percent.

Awesome economy, awesome people and live music and culture and … Admittedly, we’re pretty proud these days, even tempted to act Austin-tatious, some might say. Instead, we play it cool, slip on our flip flops and shades and enjoy it all!

Property owners in Austin likely feel equally cool. Homes are

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Austin One of Top U.S. Cities for Women Entrepreneurs

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 4:03pm. 3,684 Views

austin women businessAustin has been named the number eight city in the nation for women entrepreneurs by consumer finance company Nerd Wallet. The female-forward analysis of the United States’ 50 most populous cities was performed in honor of Women’s History Month and based on five areas: business-friendliness, presence of female entrepreneurs, earnings of female workers, education level, and economic state.

Female entrepreneurs now run more than 8.6 million businesses in the United States, generating more than $1.3 trillion in revenue, according to Nerd Wallet. Data from the National Association of Women Business Owners shows this number grew 59% between 1997 and 2013.  

Austin is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and an abundance of startups, but how well do Austin

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