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Have you been axe throwing yet? It’s totally a thing now and more fun than you might be expecting. Now that this social game has arrived on the scene, there are a few local spots to try for a bullseye. But our favorite is Hatchet Alley! They have axe throwing, naturally, but also offer other popular games. Check out the details below and round up your crew for a night out that’s something totally different. Hatchet Alley is BYOB, but to keep things safe, they limit your “B” to beer and wine only. They also have special events like the upcoming Yoga and Axe Throwing.

Axe Throwing

Similar to darts (substitute a massive wood chopping tool), axe throwing is a sport where competitors propel a hatchet at a round target.

Football Bowling

An infusion of football and bowling, football bowling combines the accurate passing of professional football with a 10-pin game of recreational bowling.

Bocce Ball

Known by the Italians as lawn bowling, bocce ball is one of the most widely played sports in the world, not to mention one of the oldest yard games.

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Rent Kayaks and SUPs in the Heart of Downtown Austin 

Austin is one of the best cities in the world for outdoor workouts. With the exception of some the sweatier summer months, we have mild temps and a ton of gorgeous nature to explore. Chances are you’ve enjoyed the hike and bike trail, so this year why not take your workout on the water and see the city from a new vantage point?

Congress Kayaks, located at the Waller Creek Boathouse on Trinity Street, is Downtown Austin’s only rental spot—which means it’s the absolutely best launching spot for enjoying Lady Bird Lake the beautiful skyline and the world famous bats. And, let’s own-up that Austin is a paddle-happy city.

Kayaking is easy to pick up and fun. All ages can rent and family members and friends can team up on double and triple kayaks, or choose to ride alone in a single kayak or SUP (standup paddleboard).

They have daily deals and a frequent paddlers punchcard for those who can’t get enough. They also have amazing guided tours for the bats at sunset or cruising from downtown all the way to Barton Springs. Come see ATX in a whole new way—and get a great workout while you’re at it.

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A Place Like Castle Hill Fitness Could Only Happen in Austin

If you’re one of those people who hops from fitness studio to fitness studio trying new workouts, there is a local Austin gem you should know about. Locally owned and locally beloved Castle Hill Fitness has been around for decades and has two locations that inspire serious dedication in their members—12th and Lamar and off 360 and Westlake Drive. They have always been about variety and the big picture of wellness, which has led them to develop a ton of classes, facilities, and services. 

Everything you need to be the person you’ve always wanted to be is under one roof. 

Skilled providers in Pilates, yoga, massage, skin care, and personal training are what sets this place apart. Their goal is to offer such a variety that you can be a member for a really long time—through any stage of your life.

If you are looking for a fitness experience that has a little of that personal, Austin flavor—check out Castle Hill. Both locations offer something different (the 360 location has childcare while downtown has infrared saunas). No matter which one you frequent, you can expect an approachable local gym with a welcoming staff and a no-frills attitude. If you know, you know. 

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Find Custom Footwear and Stylish Apparel for Runners at The Loop

If you are serious about getting into running this year, you should dress like you mean it. The Loop Running Supply equips and empowers athletes of all fitness levels with a curated selection of technical footwear and apparel. 

This is more than a store—it’s a place for the Austin running community to come together and get better daily. Whether you are jogging around the hike and bike trail, or running the race of your life, you need the support of people and great gear from top brands. 

They specialize in custom fittings for footwear–which can honestly change your life. Stop in to explore their stylish clothing and accessories, too. 

If you are curious about the name, “The Loop” stands for so much more than a commonly used route. The brand stands for all those who have propelled the owners’ dream to this point, and to the supporters and customers in our future who we will become friends—a ring of runners.

Loop Group Run – Fridays & Wednesdays

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Try a Free Total-Body Workout and Learn Real Boxing Technique

It’s January and lots of people are already kicking themselves about not working out. But maybe this year it’s time to stop thinking about sweating for sweating’s sake and commit to learning something new. Legends Boxing in South Austin is much more than a workout. This is a way to achieve the RESULTS you want while learning REAL USA boxing technique and BELONG a tribe, family, and community. It’s a fun and challenging alternative to traditional fitness gyms! Switch things up in 2020. 

Their step-by-step Boxing Fitness classes, all led and created by certified coaches, will teach you proper footwork, punching technique, and self-defense, and also take you through total-body conditioning exercises and a new daily workout. The workouts are designed for any fitness level and can be modified to fit your abilities. Trust us, you won’t find another way of working out that is as empowering.

Legends Boxing South Austin

Before you sign up, click here to schedule your free workout and use the code 365ThingsAustin. 

If you love it, it’s a great time to lock in amazing prices. Right now Legends is offering the first 100 members unlimited classes for just $100 per month, plus they’ll get you outfitted with free gloves and wraps, and a T-shirt! There’s no enrollment fee or long-term commitment required. Try it today and start to love working out again.

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The barrier to entry for skiing is nearly as high as the mountains themselves: On top of lift tickets and ski rentals, newbies often have to outlay hundreds on the “soft” stuff, such as jackets, snow pants, goggles & gloves. Now, though, a new Denver company offers a middle ground between financial destitution and skiing in soggy denim. For prices starting at $35 per day, Slope Threads’ users can rent everything they need for a day on the slopes.
Founder Sarah Laughlin, a Colorado-native, dreamed up the concept after her out-of-town friends mailed their winter duds to their rental condo before embarking on a ski trip. Following suit, Slope Threads sends its setups directly to customers’ hotels or mountain rentals, reducing the load vacationers must stuff into their luggage. Customers return the gear in a pre-paid package when they’re done. Laughlin’s company caters to non-tourists too, positioning their rent-as-you-grow model as a good fit for kids.
“With the increase in airline baggage fees, the prohibitive cost of purchasing name-brand apparel and the time and hassle involved in getting a full ski outfit together, I realized that many people may not be fully enjoying what should be an amazing experience on the slopes — or they are missing out on this experience entirely,” Laughlin said. “We wanted to simplify this process and ensure everyone has the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful mountains.”

The U.S. Census happens just once a decade, and it takes a lot of American workers to pull it off. In fact, it is the largest peacetime deployment of civil servants across the country. These positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. If you are looking for a temporary gig, this could be the perfect opportunity. Pay rates in Travis County range from $17.00 to $23.00 per hour.

The selection process for census taker positions begins in January 2020, with paid training occurring in March and April. The actual counting of non-responding households runs throughout the nation from May through early July. The census officially begins on April 1, 2020, and for the first time ever, it will have an online option, which will make filling out the form easy, safe, and secure. ​Learn more about the census here.

Click here ​to apply for a list of available positions, which also include recruiting assistants, clerks, office operations supervisors, and field supervisors. This is your chance to be a part of history.

In a city like Austin, filled with a new kind of 55+ Active Adults who love to move, soak up culture, and make the most of every day, we need residential options that are just as dynamic.

Overture Domain gets this and is redefining the retirement experience for adults who want a carefree and maintenance-free life, but have no intention of slowing down. Located in the heart of The Domain, which features over 100 upscale and mainstream retail stores, restaurants, and four hotels, this brand new apartment home community offers a ton of regularly scheduled parties and gatherings. From mix & mingles to yappy hours for resident pets, cooking demos, formal dances and dinners, they are truly committed to ensuring their residents are always active and entertained. This is 55+ Austin living at its best! 


Residents also have access to over 13,000 square feet of amenities within the community, from a chef’s demonstration kitchen and daily fitness and instructor-led classes to a resort-style swimming pool and more! Best of all, with the ever-growing list of things to do and see in The Domain right at your doorstep, it’s an ideal way to start a new chapter. Overture Domain’s vibrant community truly nurtures the mind, body, and soul. 

If you or someone you know is looking to simplify their life, but is by no means ready to hang up their boots, this could be the answer. Learn more about the Overture experience.


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Band vs. DJ

This is totally a preference. Bands will be more expensive but can create a much livelier dance floor. They also typically have DJ capabilities and can still play specific songs you request if it doesn’t fall into their book of songs they know, otherwise there  can be a fee for a new song to be learned. DJs are typically cheaper (unless you go with a big name), and you will have more control as to what they play.

Another nice touch during the ceremony is a string quartet, violinist and/or soloist! There are a ton of great bands and DJs in the Austin area. Most you can see live around town to really make sure it’s the perfect fit for the big night. 

Favorite Bands:

The Nightowls! Born and bred right here in ATX, The Nightowls have long been a staple of the local music scene. In fact, you’ve probably seen them before either at their famous annual NYE Bash or their legendary (over six years running!) Sunday Funday show at Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street. From soul to funk, pop to rock, disco to ’80s, they play just about everything and seamlessly weave everyone’s favorite songs into a non-stop, all-out, dance-packed party!  

With more than eight years industry expertise and plenty of custom band options to offer (dynamic light show, continuous play, specialty bands), you’re able to handcraft the band’s performance to fit your unique event. The Nightowls are our obvious choice for any wedding or event and are simply your one-stop-shop for the greatest party ever.  And don’t worry, if you’re planning a destination event, The Nightowls travel regularly all over the U.S.  

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They are also the featured music on our Wedding Guide Podcast!

Love & Happiness – $6K for 4 hours, 8pc band.

PDA – $6.5K for 4 hours, 9pc band. You can see PDA live every Wednesday at the Highball on South Lamar at 9 p.m.

Matchmaker – $8K range 4 hours, 10pc band. You can see Matchmaker live every Monday at the Highball on South Lamar at 9 p.m.

Hot Sauce ATX – $9K for 4 hours, 10pc band.

Blind Date – $9K – $10K range.

DJs in Town:


DJ King Ding – For all the emo kids out there, this is the DJ that performs at Jimmy Eat Wednesdays at Barbarella!

DJ Gatsby – Frequently spins at The W and Container bar, and has opened for artists such as Questlove, Earth Wind & Fire, Gary Clark Jr., and T-Pain.

DJ Cassandra – Current residencies at Wanderlust Yoga Austin, Fairmont Austin Hotel, #BossBabes ATX, Fabletics, and South Congress Hotel.

Greenbelt DJ Productions – Also provides photobooth, uplighting and videography services.

String Quartets:

Terra Vista Strings – Depending how on how big you want to go, this can range from a solo violinist at $230/60 minutes, all the way to a duo, trio, or quartet with the highest being $675/60 minutes. 

Grace Plays Violin – Solo violinist, she knows a lot of modern songs and is also adorable! $250/60 minutes.

Pro Tip: Check out the band’s song list before booking. If you’re specific about the types of songs you want this is a good idea. You don’t want to book them and realize later they don’t know any songs you prefer. It also costs a lot of money to add on songs they don’t know ($250+ per song).

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Beauty, Fitness, & Wellness in Austin



Coated (S Lamar) – This family run business is in the middle of trendy Lamar Union amidst new bars, restaurants, and the famous Alamo Drafthouse. The owner, Rebecca Risha, identified issues within the nail salon industry such as lost reservations, longer than normal wait times with no communication from staff, customers moving around from chair to chair following the tech, dirty tools and pedicure bowls, etc. and decided to fix it. 

Coated, which has clean air, in-salon and online reservations, two-way-text capabilities to add-on or change services, no wait time when you show up for your reservation, certified staff, no drills, and a one-chair mindset is where all services focus around the guest. This upscale nail salon is also still incredibly affordable and sells passes to save on the manicures and pedicures you love. It also has a space large enough for big parties! Plus, every guest is offered complimentary beer, wine, or mimosas. 

Check out our full featured article on Coated, here.

Coated – Color Selection

Diamond Nails (S Lamar – Middle Range Pricing)

Queen Spa (S Lamar – Middle Range Pricing)

Great Nails & Spa (S 1st – This place is a party!)

Lacquer (S Lamar – Pricier)


Personal Trainer at your gym (we love Lifetime – $80/month membership, Equinox – $170/month membership, and Golds – $40/month membership)

SpinRide (take Allie’s class) $25/class and SoulCycle (take Gustavo’s class) $30/class

PilatesSolidCore (nothing will make you as sore as SolidCore, Pilates is great for really toning the body) $30/class.

BarreMOD Fitness is a great local option and they have locations on N Burnet and S Lamar, $23/class.

Hot Yoga With WeightsCorePower Sculpt, $20/class  (take Taylor), and Wanderlust YoStrong (take Gustavo!) $28/class.

Perspire Sauna Studio – Sweat it out! This place has multiple infrared sauna rooms with TVs and you can go with friends, $40/session.

Pro Tip: Sign up for Class Pass. you can do $50 or $100/month membership packages that allow you to go to a ton of different studios in the Austin area (and other large metropolitan cities), so you can keep switching up your workouts to achieve the best results. They also recently added wellness activities to their package as well allowing you to get massages, facials, and others within your monthly membership!

Beauty Treatments:

Check Groupon for these!

Laser Hair Removal, Dermatology, Botox

Teeth Whitening 

  • Your dentist can do this for you, a lot of them actually run specials when you get engaged and will do it for a discount. Also, this is a good time to think about Invisalign if needed, and then get whitened after.

Spray Tans

  • 360 Tans – Two locations, north and south.
  • Laurel Corinne – Get the Sunless Body Blend for the best spray tan of your life.
  • Hush Hush – A cult favorite, on W 6th. Great color selection.

Pro Tip: Try showering twice before the big day, it will help make sure the spray tan doesn’t transfer onto your white dress!


Lake Austin Spa – Steam room, sauna, and hot tub

The W Away Spa – Ask for Wendy, and go to the rooftop pool after!

Milk & Honey Spa – Try a Lymphatic Drainage massage, relieves bloating and really defines muscles and bone structure in face.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa – Go for a couples massage! Definitely make a day out of this resort (or a weekend).

Pro Tip: Try using a Beauty Checklist at least six months before the wedding. It will really tell you when to try out your spray tan, whiten your teeth, get massages, facials, etc. That way when the month of the wedding comes, you know exactly what you need!

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