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Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 11:48am. 5,917 Views
Austin is buzzing with a variety of social entrepreneurs, but not many of them are pre-teens. Meet Mikaila Ulmer, a social entrepreneur, bee ambassador, and creator of the BeeSweet Lemonade line sold at Whole Foods Market, TOMS, Peoples Rx, East Side Pies, Barton Hills Market, The Natural Gardener, and more.
At only ten years old, Ulmer has created a popular lemonade that not only tastes sweet, but helps save honeybees. Sweetened with local honey and flavored with organic flaxseed and local organic mint, Ulmer donates a portion of the profits from her lemonade to organizations such as Heifer International, Texas Beekeepers Association, and Sustainable Food Center. Her slogan: Buy a Bottle … Save a Bee.
How did this young entrepreneur get her start?…
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 11:31am. 2,625 Views
Looking for a new twist for your holiday traditions? Hand-painted Christmas gifts, ornaments to commemorate a special event, and even plates for Santa’s cookies can be made right at home or with your favorite group, thanks to Austin’s only completely mobile paint-your-own-pottery studio, Brush Strokes Pottery.
Austin resident Courtney Harding founded Brush Strokes after she visited a studio in Boulder, Colorado in 2006 and “fell in love with the quaint atmosphere and nature of the art. My mom is an incredibly talented artist, and growing up we were always surrounded by art and creative thinking. It was like the universe was speaking to me to tap into that creative side and try something a little outside of the box with Brush Strokes. Not being someone…
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 7:45pm. 1,856 Views
Miss the spring Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center plant sale? Fall is actually the best time to plant in central Texas, and on October 11 and 12 the Wildflower Center will have 300 species of native plants, trees, and shrubs for purchase at its twice annual plant sale. A members-only sale will take place on October 10.
Visitors will be able to choose from hundreds of hardy Texas natives bred to thrive with Austin’s climate, and both public sale days will include numerous activities, including tours and book signings. Travis County Master Gardeners also are on the schedule to answer questions.
Expected plants include Chalk Maple, Indigo Bush, Butterflyweed, and Anacacho orchid tree. Plant prices will range from $3 for 6-packs and four-inch plants…
Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 10:21pm. 1,845 Views
Locavore - a person who eats food that is grown, raised, or produced locally, usually within 100 miles of home.
Austin abounds with opportunities for locavores, from farmers’ markets to community-serviced agriculture to community and home gardens, fresh and local food is only the next meal away.
Looking for a more nutritional-packed punch? Local food usually is fresher, riper, and better-tasting than food that was picked too early or shipped thousands of miles. And, because there is less travel time, there is less of a need for preservatives or processing, both of which can rob food of its nutrient-dense properties.
Plus, when you buy from local farmers, you can ask them about their growing or raising processes: Is this free of chemicals,…
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 3:44pm. 1,936 Views
Six-pack? 12-pack? Maybe somewhere other than Texas. An Austin brewery has found the perfectly proportioned package of beer in its new seven-foot, 99-pack box, which is, by all accounts, the world’s “first and only” 99-pack of beer. At 12 ounces each, that’s over half a keg’s worth of beer – and a mighty heavy (82-pound) box that takes a few folks to carry and may or may not fit in your car, at least conventionally.
Austin Beerworks released the limited edition $99 package in conjunction with renaming its original ale, Peacemaker Anytime Ale. While this may sound like a joke or a piece for the The Onion, Austin Beerworks commented: “Is it a joke? Yes. Is it real? Also yes."
We brew what we like to drink.
The 99-pack is only available with…
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 2:03pm. 3,303 Views
When The Beauty Jar made itself at home in northwest Austin in the summer of 2013, it was CEO Brizy Tait’s second, and Austin’s only, vegan hair salon. Inspired by her grandfather, Tait had set out to create an affordable, eco-friendly, and vintage beauty apothecary with modern boudoir charm.
“Our trendsetting hair stylists give our clientele the hair design that they’ve always dreamed of, using natural, vegan, and conventional hair color lines free of parabens, sulfates, ammonia, and formaldehyde. Our lovely boutique has 100% natural products with organic ingredients.”
Tait was one of the first cosmetologists in Texas to receive training and become organic-certified in 2010 by organic color systems. Afterward, she founded her first vegan salon,…
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 5:35pm. 4,630 Views
Whole Foods Market officially has made itself at home in north Austin, with a choice location at the helm of the popular Domain shopping center. The new Whole Foods opened on January 15th, and by the end of opening night, store leaders were announcing “a record-breaking” day to several hundred cheering customers and team members via the store’s intercom.
“We are thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant community and are committed to offering a dynamic shopping and entertainment experience!” said Team Leader Lindsay Mucha. “Our team is dedicated to providing extraordinary customer service and we look forward to getting to know our new neighbors.”
The day’s festivities began at 7:30 a.m. with a bread-breaking ceremony and remarks by Mucha and the…
Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 1:47pm. 1,650 Views
“Home sweet home” may have a new meaning in Austin, Texas, with backyard beekeeping on the rise. What’s the buzz about? To learn more about the trend, we spoke with president and co-founder of TreeHouse Jason Ballard. He believes the rising trend of beekeeping “follows a broader trend of people wanting to reconnect to the ‘sources’ and ‘basics’ of life in an ever more digitized, urbanized, and disembodied world.”
In other words, it’s not just about beeswax and honey.
Ballard’s eco-friendly home improvement store, TreeHouse, made itself at home in South Austin in October of 2011, recognizing a growing demand for sustainable and healthy-living products. This year, it began selling basic beekeeping equipment like top-bar hives, box hives, smokers,…
Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 5:45pm. 1,774 Views
Kruger’s Jewelers has withstood the test of time, weathering not just the competition, but floods, recessions, and even wars. This historic central Austin business has made its home on the corner of 8th and Congress for nearly 75 years. While many diamond stores tout “old-fashioned customer service,” downtown Austin’s Kruger’s Jewelers defines it. The founding principle of this century-old family business was, and continues to be, an unwavering commitment to its patrons.
“We’re here to earn customers,” explained 3rd generation store owner David Kruger. “We don't sell anything here. When a customer makes a purchase, they make the decision. That’s the way I like to be treated when I’m a customer, and that’s how I want my customers treated.”
It is that…
Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 11:26am. 2,501 Views
Whether an Austin parent stays home all day with the kids, works from home in Lost Creek, or commutes from home to a long day’s work in Lakeway, parenting is no easy job.
For Austin nutritionist and cancer survivor Allison Reyna, the experience of raising three young children in a loving, healthy home, while trying to perform the job she loved -- all without nearby relatives for support -- was a consummate lesson in asking for help.
“I would not have survived if it was not for the support and guidance of those trusted friends, caregivers, and professionals whose help I sought,” confesses Reyna. “If only there had been one place,” she wonders, “one village I could have turned to no matter what the challenge with my children was!”
Well, now there is.…