If you get my newsletter you have probably heard me mention Esby a few times in the past. They are a local clothing brand founded in 2014 by Stephanie Beard. Stephanie comes from a background of designing menswear for major brands and started Esby to focus on quality clothing for men and women with a menswear mentality. What they mean by that is that the close are made to be comfortable, durable and worn often.Read More
Ok, let me just get this out there, Bill Murray is the best. Ever.
Also, I like meatballs. So you can imagine that when one of my favorite local BBQ joints has a screening of Bill Murray's 1979 classic Meatballs and an epic dinner that includes; Gouda Stuffed Smoked Meatballs, chili-garlic rapini, with roasted tomato vodka cream sauce and rigatoni for $12, I'll be there. The party starts at 8:30, and to make things even sweeter it's 4th Friday today and there happen to be a slew of other great things to do in the neighborhood before the show.Read More
Here's another little grand opening party that you're not going to want to miss, and this time you can't say I didn't warn you. Next Saturday August 23rd WORK will be celebrating their recent opening, and they want you to be there. So, what is WORK? Straight from the horses mouth:
WORK is a multi-disciplinary community designed to bring Austin a place where one can drink coffee, shop til your hearts content, participate in creative workshops, and get anything you can imagine designed as well as all of your digital needs met. WORK is Noah Marion Quality Goods, Hoiden Supply Company, WORK Coffee Co. and GOLDEN EAGLE CREATIVE.
Yep, that's a pretty solid line up that you aren't going to want to miss. You can check out their FB page for all the nitty gritty.Read More
The already good selection of modern home interior stores in Austin just got a little bit better with the addition of Blu Dot. Last night was their big grand opening party, but before the crowd arrived I had a chance to take a tour of the space and chat with founder John Christakos about Blu Dot and the store.
First, it should be noted that Blu Dot is different from West Elm or CB2 and other modern design stores in one very specific way. Everything at Blu Dot is designed in house and manufactured by Blu Dot. John, and co founder Maurice Blanks first formed the company in 1997 because they could see the need for good affordable modern furniture.Read More
Deeyn Rhodes describes her store as "A vibe that's modern but a little more whimsical and playful". Thinking about that description it suddenly occurs to me that her ability to describe the spirit of Nannie Inez is just as bang-on as her ability to pick out good design.
In an internet driven world with Pinterest and Tumblr and blogs, everyone can curate their idea of good design. Having a store however, takes that to a whole new level. From the first time I walked into Nannie Inez I was impressed with her collection of goods. What is most impressive about it to me, is Deeyn doesn't just follow the popular blogs to put together her purchasing list, she actually gets out there and finds the good stuff. You know, like in the real world. Not online.Read More
Hey there procrastinators. Christmas is next week (eek!) and you are still looking for ideas for gifts, don't worry. We've got your back.
The bad news is that it's almost getting too late to be doing shopping online, the good news is that you shouldn't be shopping online, you should be shopping local. I've put together 5 local gift guides that should have you covered for any special guy or gal in your life.Read More