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‘Long stay’ dogs in need of forever homes

6:44 AM Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 22, 2013 It’s time again to feature two adorable dogs who have been in the Austin Animal Center for extended stays. Mimi and Mr. Pibb are both three-year-old American Pit-Bull mixes and have hit the 250 day mark. Here’s a little background from the Center on Mimi...
Austin Food & Wine Festival: Susan Feniger shares love of street food

1:01 AM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Wearing her signature dyed apron and brightly-colored headband and chef’s coat, Susan Feniger took the stage at the 10 a.m. Saturday slot with champagne in hand. Swearing she never drinks before 11 a.m., the enthused crowd burst into applause and the veteran chef was on her way to an early great start the first day of the Austin Food...
Austin Food and Wine Festival: Jonathan Waxman dazzles with classics

12:58 AM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Jonathan Waxman, the culinary “Obi Wan Kenobi” and the father of New American cuisine, took the cooking stage with the same ease he is known for in the kitchen. Waxman began the session reminiscing about his early years and how chefs have now evolved to putting the whole “kitchen sink” on the plate. Known for simplicity...
Austin Food and Wine Festival: Grillin’ and chillin’ with Tim Love

12:55 AM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Bloody Marys, tequila and cold wine. What more could you want from an 11 a.m. grilling session during Sunday brunch? We were expecting a show (after waiting in line for an hour) from Fort Worth chef Tim Love, and boy, did we get one. This was Texas, after all, and once you stepped into the lines of Weber grills, the heat and the smell of...
Ways to view the Austin bats

4:35 PM Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014

Different ways to watch the Austin bats under South Congress Bridge: • Watch on the bridge itself – but be mindful of the traffic! 208 Barton Springs Road 512-480-9264 Capital Cruises' internationally famous bat watching excursion departs nightly approximately 30 minutes before sunset and are approximately one hour in length. 210...
From bustling to breathtaking, Thailand enchants
 The moment your toes hit the sand you think a place like this couldn’t possibly exist: emerald green water lapping against limestone cliffs, secluded white sand beaches tucked into the middle of adjoining islands. You feel like you’ve discovered a well-kept secret unfolding just for you. Thailand, with its breathtaking natural...

2:04 AM Sunday, Jul. 07, 2013

The moment your toes hit the sand you think a place like this couldn’t possibly exist: emerald green water lapping against limestone cliffs, secluded white sand beaches tucked into the middle of adjoining islands. You feel like you’ve discovered a well-kept secret unfolding just for you. Thailand, with its breathtaking natural...
In Prague, a passel of past beauty
 Prague has been described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where storefronts meet cobblestone streets, merchants sell handmade goods and locals meet at street cafes and beer gardens for beloved Czech beer all under the watchful eye of Prague’s famous medieval towers. Prague’s rich history begins in the 10th century...

5:39 AM Sunday, Jun. 02, 2013

Prague has been described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where storefronts meet cobblestone streets, merchants sell handmade goods and locals meet at street cafes and beer gardens for beloved Czech beer all under the watchful eye of Prague’s famous medieval towers. Prague’s rich history begins in the 10th century...
Two men swept away by flooding in Dallas and Fort Worth

9:43 PM Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

DALLAS — Two men were swept into rain-swollen creeks in Dallas and Fort Worth after thunderstorms brought up to 4 inches of rain to the area over the weekend. By Sunday, authorities believed they had recovered one man's body. Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Richard Harrison said a body was found in the search area Sunday afternoon...
Red Fan Communications restores legendary Austin home for its offices
 The story of the 1890s-era house at East 32nd and Helms streets is legendary. Officially known as the historic Whitley-Keltner House — though many call it the Helms House — it was once party central during the heyday of Austin's hippie culture. The house near the University of Texas campus fell into disrepair and eventually became...

11:31 PM Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2012

The story of the 1890s-era house at East 32nd and Helms streets is legendary. Officially known as the historic Whitley-Keltner House — though many call it the Helms House — it was once party central during the heyday of Austin's hippie culture. The house near the University of Texas campus fell into disrepair and eventually became...
Top ten bat spots

6:23 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2012

• Owned by Bat Conservation International, said to be the world’s largest bat colony. Between April and September every year, this maternity colony is home to millions and millions of Mexican free-tailed bats. • Called the World’s Largest Urban Bat Colony, from April to September this bridge is home to an estimated 1...
Austin school's instructors create the fashion they teach

10:57 PM Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2012

On South Congress Avenue, past the food trailers, funky boutiques and vintage stores, lies a small fashion school tucked in a shopping center across the street from St. Edward's University. This isn't a craft-making, do-it-yourself project type of school. The Austin School of Fashion Design, led by veteran fashion designer and former University...
Style Matters: Snapshot-inspired designs come to Austin
 Austin's By George is carrying the new Summer 2012 line from New York City-based designer Jennifer Chun. Her summer 2012 line is inspired by a photo of Yves Saint Laurent, Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise at the 1969 opening of the YSL store in London. The collection features safari-inspired colors and textures, trench coats and utilitarian...

12:25 AM Thursday, Jul. 05, 2012

Austin's By George is carrying the new Summer 2012 line from New York City-based designer Jennifer Chun. Her summer 2012 line is inspired by a photo of Yves Saint Laurent, Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise at the 1969 opening of the YSL store in London. The collection features safari-inspired colors and textures, trench coats and utilitarian...
Perfume takes Austinite on journey toward wedding, writing a book

12:03 AM Thursday, Jul. 05, 2012

Alyssa Harad stumbled into a perfume obsession by accident. She didn't decide one day to start collecting fragrance samples or obsessively research perfume blogs. The seductive language of perfume slowly lured her in, took over her senses and awakened a new appreciation of herself. Harad's book, "Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume...
Three local companies put creativity in their spaces and their work

11:40 PM Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012

Some Austin workplaces have come a long way from boring cubicles, vending machine coffee and fluorescent lighting. Companies are embracing creatively designed open office spaces filled with interactive technology, collaboration and an endless supply of snacks. Local online businesses WhaleShark Media, SpareFoot and HomeAway are led by founders...
What to wear when you're there

5:41 PM Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012

If you're road-trippin' across the state this summer, make it your mantra to dress like a local. We spoke with four women in cities and areas where Austinites love to plan their weekend getaways: Marfa, Dallas, Houston and the Texas Coast. These fashionable women know what blends in and what stands out in a crowd when visitors take to their...
Texas brothers design ties Dad might want to wear

4:53 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012

Family ties, a proud heritage and an entrepreneurial spirit. It's the spirit of Texas that lives in the Hotze brothers. Their bloodline flows with self-starters — their father, both grandfathers and various family members have all started their own businesses. Now Paul Hotze, owner of a Houston-based marketing agency, and Patrick Hotze...
Suited for you: Find swimwear that's made for your body type

10:41 PM Wednesday, May. 23, 2012

Swimsuit shopping you either hate it ... or hate it. Truthfully, it can be fun and inspiring to look through all the beautiful styles, colors and creative embellishments. If you're lucky, you find the "magic dressing room" with perfect lighting and angled mirrors. You cannot go swimsuit shopping without understanding your body type...
The Argentina-Austin connection
 Many women spend their lives obsessing over building a coveted wardrobe. For these fashion lovers, each item in a closet is carefully selected and cared for, often treated as works of art. Enter Rare Trends, a new way to shop locally, in a global way. It's a shopping experience centered around attention to detail and individuality, bringing...

3:24 PM Tuesday, May. 22, 2012

Many women spend their lives obsessing over building a coveted wardrobe. For these fashion lovers, each item in a closet is carefully selected and cared for, often treated as works of art. Enter Rare Trends, a new way to shop locally, in a global way. It's a shopping experience centered around attention to detail and individuality, bringing...
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