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Average Austin shopper to spend about $465 this holiday season
 In an ever-changing retail landscape, stores big and small have tweaked their Black Friday plans this year to maximize sales. For many, the days of throwing the doors open on Thanksgiving and welcoming shoppers for 24, 36 or even 48 hours straight are history. Instead, a growing number of shopping centers and big-box chains decided this year...

Posted: 17 hours ago

In an ever-changing retail landscape, stores big and small have tweaked their Black Friday plans this year to maximize sales. For many, the days of throwing the doors open on Thanksgiving and welcoming shoppers for 24, 36 or even 48 hours straight are history. Instead, a growing number of shopping centers and big-box chains decided this year...
Central Texas veterans can now shop the Exchange online
 More than 18.5 million veterans nationwide – including an estimated 53,000 in Travis County – will be able for the first time ever to make purchases online from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service this holiday season. Outposts of the Exchange, which has been around since 1895, have long offered active-duty troops, their families...

Posted: a day ago

More than 18.5 million veterans nationwide – including an estimated 53,000 in Travis County – will be able for the first time ever to make purchases online from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service this holiday season. Outposts of the Exchange, which has been around since 1895, have long offered active-duty troops, their families...
Paige founder: ‘Austin feels like our home away from home’
 A year after its debut, Domain Northside continues to land new-to-Austin – and new-to-Texas – retailers. The list is a long one and grows with each passing week. One of those recent additions is Los Angeles-based Paige, 11700 Domain Blvd., which sells premium men’s and women’s denim. Founder Paige Adams-Geller, a former...

Posted: 2 days ago

A year after its debut, Domain Northside continues to land new-to-Austin – and new-to-Texas – retailers. The list is a long one and grows with each passing week. One of those recent additions is Los Angeles-based Paige, 11700 Domain Blvd., which sells premium men’s and women’s denim. Founder Paige Adams-Geller, a former...
Tina Shively departs KVUE for new gig
 Tina Shively has filed her last report for KVUE, Austin’s ABC affiliate. Shively, who joined the station 4 1/2 years ago, has transitioned out of the TV news business and into the world of public relations, joining local firm Elizabeth Christian Public Relations. “I decided to leave TV because I was looking for a new challenge...

Posted: 4 days ago

Tina Shively has filed her last report for KVUE, Austin’s ABC affiliate. Shively, who joined the station 4 1/2 years ago, has transitioned out of the TV news business and into the world of public relations, joining local firm Elizabeth Christian Public Relations. “I decided to leave TV because I was looking for a new challenge...
Austin-based jeweler Kendra Scott set for overseas debut
 Austin-based Kendra Scott LLC is heading overseas. The company, which produces and sells jewelry popular with a wide swath of Americans including a number of A-list celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, will open its first location outside the U.S. on Monday in London. The “shop-in-shop” will be inside Selfridges, a...

Posted: 6 days ago

Austin-based Kendra Scott LLC is heading overseas. The company, which produces and sells jewelry popular with a wide swath of Americans including a number of A-list celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, will open its first location outside the U.S. on Monday in London. The “shop-in-shop” will be inside Selfridges, a...
Austin-based jeweler Kendra Scott makes overseas debut
 Austin-based Kendra Scott LLC is heading overseas. The company, which produces and sells jewelry popular with a number of A-list celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, will open its first store outside the U.S. on Monday in London. The “shop-in-shop” will be located inside a Selfridges department store. “This is...

Posted: 6 days ago

Austin-based Kendra Scott LLC is heading overseas. The company, which produces and sells jewelry popular with a number of A-list celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, will open its first store outside the U.S. on Monday in London. The “shop-in-shop” will be located inside a Selfridges department store. “This is...
Will #WasteLessWednesday make an impact? Austin agency thinks so
 America Recycles Day got its start 20 years ago – thanks in no small part to an Austin-based ad agency. EnviroMedia launched and worked on the first five years of the event, which takes place Nov. 15 each year, pushing Americans to do a better job of preserving the earth’s precious resources In 2017, there’s a new twist...

Posted: 8 days ago

America Recycles Day got its start 20 years ago – thanks in no small part to an Austin-based ad agency. EnviroMedia launched and worked on the first five years of the event, which takes place Nov. 15 each year, pushing Americans to do a better job of preserving the earth’s precious resources In 2017, there’s a new twist...
Tiff’s Treats lands $25 million to fund continued growth
 Austin-based Tiff’s Treats has landed $25 million in funding to help fuel its founders’ appetite for continued growth. The 18-year-old company, which delivers warm cookies and other sweets, is getting the Series D money from investment funds led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, part of Morgan...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin-based Tiff’s Treats has landed $25 million in funding to help fuel its founders’ appetite for continued growth. The 18-year-old company, which delivers warm cookies and other sweets, is getting the Series D money from investment funds led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, part of Morgan...
JUST IN: Tiff’s Treats lands $25 million to fund continued growth
 Austin-based Tiff’s Treats has landed $25 million in funding to help fuel its founders’ appetite for continued growth. The 18-year-old company, which delivers warm cookies and other sweets, is getting the Series D money from investment funds led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, part of Morgan...

Posted: 8 days ago

Austin-based Tiff’s Treats has landed $25 million in funding to help fuel its founders’ appetite for continued growth. The 18-year-old company, which delivers warm cookies and other sweets, is getting the Series D money from investment funds led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, part of Morgan...
Austin company spends $164 million to acquire 4 hotels
 An Austin-based company said Tuesday that it has acquired a portfolio of four U.S. hotels in a deal valued at $164 million. The properties being acquired by Summit Hotel Properties are the 207-room Courtyard New Haven at Yale in New Haven, Conn.; the 148-room Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham in Waltham, Mass.; the 175-room Residence Inn Cleveland...

Posted: 9 days ago

An Austin-based company said Tuesday that it has acquired a portfolio of four U.S. hotels in a deal valued at $164 million. The properties being acquired by Summit Hotel Properties are the 207-room Courtyard New Haven at Yale in New Haven, Conn.; the 148-room Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham in Waltham, Mass.; the 175-room Residence Inn Cleveland...
READY, SET, SHOP: UT Target store makes its debut
 The wait is over, Target shoppers. The discount chain’s new small-scale store near the University of Texas opened its doors over the weekend. The store, which was initially set to make its debut in July, is located in the Dobie Twenty21 development at 2021 Guadalupe St. The UT Target has fewer items than a traditional Target store because...

Posted: 10 days ago

The wait is over, Target shoppers. The discount chain’s new small-scale store near the University of Texas opened its doors over the weekend. The store, which was initially set to make its debut in July, is located in the Dobie Twenty21 development at 2021 Guadalupe St. The UT Target has fewer items than a traditional Target store because...
ROOM AT THE INN: New hotel opens near Austin’s airport
 A new hotel has opened near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Hilton Garden Inn Austin Airport, at 7610 John Glenn Way, has 149 guest rooms, according to city planning documents. Those same documents indicate the hotel cost about $9.8 million to build. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool, patio, fire pit, 4,000 square...

Posted: 10 days ago

A new hotel has opened near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Hilton Garden Inn Austin Airport, at 7610 John Glenn Way, has 149 guest rooms, according to city planning documents. Those same documents indicate the hotel cost about $9.8 million to build. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool, patio, fire pit, 4,000 square...
READY, SET, SHOP: UT Target store makes its debut
 The wait is over, Target shoppers. The discount chain’s new small-scale store near the University of Texas opened its doors over the weekend. The store, which was initially set to make its debut in July, is located in the Dobie Twenty21 development at 2021 Guadalupe St. The UT Target has fewer items than a traditional Target store because...

Posted: 10 days ago

The wait is over, Target shoppers. The discount chain’s new small-scale store near the University of Texas opened its doors over the weekend. The store, which was initially set to make its debut in July, is located in the Dobie Twenty21 development at 2021 Guadalupe St. The UT Target has fewer items than a traditional Target store because...
Tina Shively departs KVUE for new gig
 Tina Shively Tina Shively has filed her last report for KVUE, Austin’s ABC affiliate. Shively, who joined the station four and a half years ago, is transitioning out of the news business and into the world of
            public relations, joining local firm Elizabeth Christian Public Relations. Her first day is Monday. “I decided...

Posted: 14 days ago

Tina Shively Tina Shively has filed her last report for KVUE, Austin’s ABC affiliate. Shively, who joined the station four and a half years ago, is transitioning out of the news business and into the world of public relations, joining local firm Elizabeth Christian Public Relations. Her first day is Monday. “I decided...
Austin gets a new Apple store this weekend
 Austin’s getting a shiny new Apple store. Set to open at 10 a.m. Saturday, the 10,142-square-foot store – featuring all the latest and greatest Apple goodies – will be in Domain Northside. Look for it at 3121 Palm Way, near the Archer hotel. Filings with the city indicate Apple spent about $7.5 million to build the store...

Posted: 14 days ago

Austin’s getting a shiny new Apple store. Set to open at 10 a.m. Saturday, the 10,142-square-foot store – featuring all the latest and greatest Apple goodies – will be in Domain Northside. Look for it at 3121 Palm Way, near the Archer hotel. Filings with the city indicate Apple spent about $7.5 million to build the store...
What made former newscaster Olga Campos Benz turn novelist?
 If you’re hoping longtime Austin newscaster Olga Campos Benz’ new book is a tell-all, you’re in for some disappointment. Sure, after spending a couple decades as a broadcast journalist, there’s plenty of dirt she could dish. But instead, her book “It’s News to Me” is largely a work of fiction. Find...

Posted: 19 days ago

If you’re hoping longtime Austin newscaster Olga Campos Benz’ new book is a tell-all, you’re in for some disappointment. Sure, after spending a couple decades as a broadcast journalist, there’s plenty of dirt she could dish. But instead, her book “It’s News to Me” is largely a work of fiction. Find...
Former ArthroCare CEO sentenced to 20 years in federal prison
 The one-time head of Austin-based ArthroCare Corp. has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in a scheme that federal prosecutors say caused shareholder losses of more than $750 million. Former CEO Michael Baker, 58, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud, seven counts of wire...

Posted: 20 days ago

The one-time head of Austin-based ArthroCare Corp. has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in a scheme that federal prosecutors say caused shareholder losses of more than $750 million. Former CEO Michael Baker, 58, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud, seven counts of wire...
Astros fans hit up Change.org with requests big and small
 These days it seems like there’s a petition for just about everything. That was certainly the case after the Houston Astros won the World Series this week for the first time ever. Change.org was home to dozens of Astros-related petitions, calling for schools to close so students could attend Friday’s victory parade, requesting...

Posted: 20 days ago

These days it seems like there’s a petition for just about everything. That was certainly the case after the Houston Astros won the World Series this week for the first time ever. Change.org was home to dozens of Astros-related petitions, calling for schools to close so students could attend Friday’s victory parade, requesting...
State accuses Central Texas gas stations of gouging during Harvey
 More than 100 gas stations statewide – including several in Central Texas – have been accused by the state’s attorney general of price gouging before, during or after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast. In total, owners of 127 gas stations have been sent notices of violation by the state for allegedly charging...

Posted: 20 days ago

More than 100 gas stations statewide – including several in Central Texas – have been accused by the state’s attorney general of price gouging before, during or after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast. In total, owners of 127 gas stations have been sent notices of violation by the state for allegedly charging...
Austin’s Chameleon Cold-Brew being acquired by Nestlé USA
 Austin-based Chameleon Cold-Brew has been sold to Nestlé USA, one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chameleon Cold-Brew coffee will continue to be based in Austin, where it got its start in 2010, and co-founder and CEO Chris Campbell will retain his title. &ldquo...

Posted: 20 days ago

Austin-based Chameleon Cold-Brew has been sold to Nestlé USA, one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chameleon Cold-Brew coffee will continue to be based in Austin, where it got its start in 2010, and co-founder and CEO Chris Campbell will retain his title. &ldquo...
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