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As Austinites, we’re lucky to have an abundance of choices. Tacos, swimming holes, and yoga studios are plentiful. But, some are homegrown and others are not exactly from ATX. That’s why we’re always excited when we see a local business doing it big. Case in point… Black Swan Yoga’s newest Anderson Lane location.

In case you’ve never been, Black Swan Yoga is one of the only spots in town offering donation-based yoga. So you go and pay whatever you can afford. Their philosophy is that members of the community inherently want to support one another, and that philosophy works. If you drop into a class, you’ll see everyone from young hippie types to moms, and suit and tie guys all donating a variety of amounts, but enjoying the same great yoga.

While it may seem counterintuitive, this philosophy has not only made them approachable, but also incredibly successful, leading to a brand new spot in North Austin.

About the studio:

This beautifully renovated space is like the other Black Swan studios, except bigger and better! The 2000 SQFT practice space is adorned with artwork, lighting and good vibes that will get you out of your head and into your body. They pride themselves on having great playlists and even better teachers who lead flow classes suitable for all levels.

What’s new:

For Black Swan, community-conscious goes hand in hand with being environmentally friendly. The new space is fully equipped with infrared heat. This type of heating is not only more economical, it is also healthier. Instead of breathing in dry air like with traditional heaters, infrared heats bodies rather than the air. Science, man.

When to go

Check out their full schedule for Anderson Lane or any Austin location here. I’d highly recommend a morning class at Anderson. Snap a photo in front of the elephant wall and check out that crazy backlit ceiling.

Gone are the days of schlepping around all the awesome stuff you buy at ACL. That T-shirt and poster you bought at 11 a.m. won’t be weighing you down when the sun goes down. Favor, Austin’s crazy popular on-demand delivery service, announced today that festival-goers buying ACL Fest merchandise on-site will have the option of having it delivered straight to their door the morning after the festival for an additional $10 fee. The festival life just gets better every year!
Additionally, through Favor’s partnership with Austin City Limits Music Festival, select ACL Fest merchandise including apparel, posters, and lifestyle items will be available for purchase exclusively in the Favor app, delivered on-demand in under an hour.
During the festival, Favor will utilize their Austin fleet of nearly 4,000 personal delivery assistants, called Runners, to service the ACL Fest crowd with a quick and seamless delivery experience. In addition to getting all of your favorite ACL Fest merchandise delivered, Favor makes getting your daily breakfast taco fix, iPhone charger, or hangover cure as easy as tapping a button.
The collaboration with ACL Fest is part of Favor’s push to make “Order Anything” a larger part of its delivery business. Food accounts for 80 percent of the business, while retail and other essentials make up 20 percent of Favor’s deliveries.
During ACL Fest, Favor will operate in Austin from 8 a.m. – 3 a.m., 7 days a week. Click here the full Austin delivery zone map,
To learn more about Favor or to download the app, click here.

If you aren’t going to ACL Fest October 1-2, then you are probably looking for fun things to do far far away from the crazy crowds. Well you are seriously in luck, because Round Rock is being invaded by bull riders and giant monster trucks for an event like no other. It’s the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Destruction Tour! See incredible 10,000-pound, car-crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action. With names like BIGFOOT, SON OF BEAST, OLD SKOOL, and TUFF GUY you know these guys mean business.

In addition to the trucks, catch the nation’s top bull riders competing against the largest professional athlete in the world: the America Pro Rodeo Bucking Bull!

Fans can meet the drivers, riders, and bullfighters and see the trucks and bulls up close at the pre-event autograph pit party.

When: Saturday, October 1st @ 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 2nd @ 2 p.m.

Admission: Tickets start at just $10!

Dell Diamond
3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665

Looking for the perfect golfing getaway in the beautiful Texas Hill Country? You’re in luck. The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa has a package that highlights so much of what this region has to offer.

Green to Gruene includes a round of golf on one of their four championship courses and transportation to the historic and trendy little town of Gruene, located along the Guadalupe River within the city limits of New Braunfels, Texas, about halfway between Austin and San Antonio. They’ll get you there via a 45-minute shuttle ride and when you arrive, you can roam the antique shops, galleries, and restaurants or dance the night away at Gruene Hall, the Lone Star State’s oldest dance hall, which has played host to country greats from George Strait to Willie Nelson.

When: The package is available through December 30, 2016.


  • Luxury resort accomodations
  • One round of golf per registered adult per stay at any of the four courses
  • Bucket of Shiner Bock upon arrival
  • Roundtrip transportation for one day during your stay to historic Gruene, Texas

For more information, or to book your getaway, click here!

If you’ve been looking for a fun way to teach kids about giving back to their community, this inspiring event is the answer. Mark your calendar for the 5th Annual CC4C Micro Marathon on Sunday, September 25th!

It is estimated that 350 million people worldwide suffer from a rare syndrome and more than half of them are children. This community lacks a unified voice, as only 15 percent of rare diseases have organizations that can provide support. Endless hospital stays and doctor’s visits drain them emotionally and physically and the rareness of their conditions often leaves these families isolated. That’s where Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children (CC4C) comes in.


The organization was established to bring hope, help, and inspiration to families of children suffering from a rare or undiagnosed medical condition. CC4C provides a network of support both financially and in the medical/research community. Each child is matched with a celebrity teammate who uses their platform to bring awareness and advocacy to rare and undiagnosed medical conditions.

This 2.62 mile walk/run is a family event that brings in high schools, families, and celebrities from all over Austin to inspire these children to their finish line. There are over 15 High School Teams involved this year. So put on those walking or running shoes and join in the inspiration!

Online registration is open now! Click here to sign up. You can also register at the event.

When: Sunday, September 25th


8:30 a.m. – Check In/Registration

9:30 a.m. – Walk/Run

10:30 a.m. – Closing & Awards


Hill Country Galleria (in front of Whole Foods)

12700 Hill Country Blvd.

Bee Cave, TX 78738


We can’t all be Michael Phelps, or Simone Biles, or Katie Ledecky. But hey, you can feel a little solid gold yourself by celebrating the Rio Olympics with Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa.

Their “Golf’s Return to Rio” special includes a $200 savings on the Unlimited Golf package in August and daily breakfast.  Wind down after a round of golf and watch the Olympics at Bartons Lounge, the perfect place to enjoy the latest cocktails, locally brewed beers and extensive wine offerings. Check out one or all their championship courses:

  • Fazio Foothills – Designed by course architect Tom Fazio, this cliff-lined course in the Texas Hill Country is a shot-maker’s paradise, complete with TIFSport Bermuda fairways and TiffEagle Bermuda greens for a variety of skill levels.
  • Fazio Canyons – At 7,153-yards, this par-72 course is lined with majestic Red Oaks and Sycamore trees, featuring views of the hill country, complete with a limestone bed creek that meanders throughout the course.
  • Coore Crenshaw – A championship layout with a variety of interesting holes, this course incorporates durable grasses, rolling fairways and varied green sizes to challenge all levels of golfers.
  • Palmer Lakeside – Perched on a secluded hilltop overlooking Lake Travis, Palmer Lakeside is a hidden retreat that rewards guests with striking, panoramic lake views and twilight glimpses of whitetail deer.

In addition, the resort’s Three Springs Spa is can help you glow for the gold” with its new 16 Days of Glory spa treatments starting for as low as $35 a person. Go for the bronze, silver, or gold and leave feeling like the best version of yourself.

25-Minute Bronze Service

$35/each: Neck & Shoulder Massage, Express Facial, or Express Pedicure

50-Minute Silver Service

$75/each: Deep Tissue Massage or Purity Facial

80-Minute Gold Service

$100/each: Deep Tissue Massage or Purity Facial

A Texas summer just isn’t complete without floating the river. And if you’re going to embark on this age-old journey of aquatic debauchery, you might as well do it right! This year, we’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company to offer public floats with added features that make it a floating party unlike any other.

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we’re offering the ultimate floating experience—we provide transportation along with your tube, ice chests, ice, and more! You can meet new friends and live it up on the river without worrying about getting home safe.

When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from now through September

Duration: 5 hours (roughly)

Cost: $55.00

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pre-float special at the 6th Street Bikini’s, from 11a.m. – noon. Guests receive $3 Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and $2 off sandwiches, burgers, and salads.
  • Pick-up at noon on the corner of 6th Street and Brazos in Downtown Austin
  • Round-trip transportation to and from San Marcos to float the river
  • We provide the coolers and ice for your convenience!
  • Includes float and one tube for you to put your coolers in per five people
  • Float lasts 3-3.5 hours depending on the speed of the river which is altered by the amount of rain we get
  • Return to Austin at approximately 5:00 p.m
  • Both the bus and the float are BYOB.

See you on the water.


Going to the grocery store is hard. There’s the parking lots that are about as hot as the surface of the sun; the weighing and coding of all your produce; the standing in long lines; the schlepping of your own bags! It’s too much—I’m getting tired just typing about it.

That’s why so many of us put it off and end up spending way too much money on bad takeout. But guess what: Something is happening in Austin tomorrow and it might just change your life for the better.

Shipt, an app-based grocery delivery service that is already in 26 cities around the country, is launching in Austin tomorrow, July 20. The company will offer grocery delivery from H-E-B stores across Austin, including Central Market locations.


There are a few things that make this delivery service unlike anything else out there. First of all, the membership model. If you sign up for Shipt, you pay $99 per year for unlimited grocery deliveries on orders over $35. There is never any surge pricing, even for deliveries during peak times or holidays. Secondly, you can get groceries delivered to your door 24/7. And thirdly, the coverage area is ginormous! They’ll come to Round Rock, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, and South Austin.

H-E-B and Central Market customers can order their groceries through Shipt’s mobile or desktop app and select a one-hour delivery window as soon as one hour after the order.

If you’re curious, here’s a very good reason to try it out: By signing up today you will get $25 off your first order!

For more information, check out these five things to know about Shipt. Happy shopping!

The concept of downtown living is relatively new to Austin. Not so long ago, it was where people went to work and not much else. But over the past decade, the center of the city has experienced a major renaissance (much to the dismay of some native Austinites), with new restaurants, shopping, and vibrant businesses transforming the area into a soughtafter residential address.

For many newcomers and locals alike, buying a condo may not be the obvious choice, but it has a ton of great benefits. We’ve partnered with Fifth & West, a new boutique condominium tower in Downtown’s Market District, to spotlight a few big perks of the condo lifestyle. The people behind the project have thought of everything: service, design, and amenities for days. It may not be for everyone, but if you have the cash to invest in your own little piece of Austin, this will be a spectacular place to call home.

  1. Everything you need is right outside your door.

At Fifth & West, residents have a front-row seat to our world famous live music scene and are steps away from dozens of restaurants for any palette or occasion, from breakfast at Walton’s Fancy and Staple to a stylish night out at Fixe or Clark’s. It’s that rare walkable life in Austin—but with your car conveniently parked downtown.

You’re also never far from the lush green spaces that make Austin so unique, like Zilker Park and Republic Square. Hiking and biking trails thread through the city, and water activities like paddle boarding, swimming, and fishing at Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs, and Deep Eddy Pool are just a few blocks away.

Lastly, there’s great shopping all around you. Just down the street, you’ll find Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, West Elm, and Austin’s largest independent bookstore, BookPeople. Plus, don’t forget designer apparel at Lululemon and By George.

  1. No maintenance, no worries.

Owning a home can be full of highs and lows. That leaky roof? It’s all yours. But a condo gives you a lock-and-leave lifestyle. For Austinites who are looking to trim the stress out of their lives, it is a difficult option to beat.

  1. Service with a smile.

Imagine this: Your every want or need is just a call away. Breakfast tacos? Tickets to ACL? Sushi? A last-minute pedicure? It could  all be knocking at your door with 24-7 concierge service.


  1.  Luxurious design and resort-style amenities.

In a gorgeous place like Fifth & West, it’s easy to feel like you are always on vacation. You’ll be surrounded with stunning finishes and sophisticated interior design. Everywhere you look, the atmosphere is stylish and inviting.

Additionally, there is over 20,000 square feet of amenity space—we are talking three full floors—that includes a welcome level, a pet verandah, fitness center, gourmet demonstration kitchen, media lounge, outdoor bar and grill, fireplaces, a stunning pool and sky deck, and a resident parlor.

  1. Safety and security.

Most importantly, you can rest easy with first-class security features like convenient parking with controlled access and a state-of-the-art building access system integrated throughout the building. Visitors, guests, and service providers check in at the welcome level desk.

All in all, the best part of life in a downtown residence like Fifth & West is that it marries the comfort and convenience of home with the excitement and luxury of a premier destination. If your home search hasn’t gone beyond sleepy suburbs and neighborhoods, it might be time to think about how living in the heart of the city could change your life for the better.

To inquire about a residence at Fifth & West, click here.


The power of the crowd has created a new normal. Did anyone imagine that, one day, we’d be fighting for the right to ride in a stranger’s car? Or that you’d hand over your apartment keys to someone you’ve only met online?

These days, those small personal interactions have not just become natural – we’ve grown to rely on them in our technology-filled lives. We’re connecting with people and sharing experiences in new ways.

Now, small businesses are also connecting with the crowd on a deeper level than just doing business. With a new twist on crowdfunding, businesses are inviting people to participate in their financial growth, making real investments and not just donations.

Luxury Hostel concept, "The Native."

Luxury Hostel concept, “The Native.”

When Austin’s SquareRut Kava Bar opened its first location in 2011, “relaxation drinks” were a foreign concept. The bar enjoyed early success the old-fashioned way, through a good product and stellar customer experience.

But when it came time to expand to a new location on Barton Springs Road last year, the owners decided to try something that not only got them the funds they needed, but also created advocates to help spread the word. SquareRut raised $100,000 for its next location through this new investment concept, which gave patrons an opportunity to invest in a business they could get excited about.

NextSeed is a new crowdfunding platform that makes it easy to invest funds in private businesses and start seeing financial returns quickly. Crowdfunding small businesses allows consumers to invest in the places they already love or in new concepts they want to see in their area. NextSeed’s Texas affiliate has facilitated over $1.2 million in small business investments within Texas over the past year (including SquareRut). And now, NextSeed has launched nationally under brand new federal laws, with plans to democratize investing across the country.

Several new Austin businesses are launching later this year, and they have an open invitation out to anyone who wants to be involved in their growth. A team of experienced bar and restaurant owners is creating a boutique, luxury hostel called The Native, the first of its kind in the region. Vigilante Gaming Bar is a full-service bar and restaurant that is creating a custom experience around board games. And a popular beer personality is rolling out a new craft beer and restaurant concept, The Brewer’s Table, in East Austin.

Rendering of the interior of "Vigilante Arcade Bar."

Rendering of the interior of “Vigilante Arcade Bar.”

Each investment varies, but investors could start seeing monthly payments coming from their investments in as little as a few months. Investing in the community is now a real alternative to savings accounts and stocks. SquareRut has been making monthly payments to its 31 investors with an 18% annual interest rate. Investors also enjoy perks by using the bonus rewards they received as investors in SquareRut, and many have brought friends to try it out.

So who can invest? Anyone, now. Due to recent changes in the law, people of all income levels can come together and support business owners they believe in. NextSeed carefully reviews every deal before presenting an opportunity to investors on its website. Investors can get information about each deal and choose which business they want to connect with and help grow.

Austin business owner Jenna Choe launched a campaign on NextSeed’s Texas platform earlier this year for the popular Jenna’s Asian Kitchen in Cedar Park. She raised $75,000 from investors to install a bar in her established restaurant.

Her investors didn’t need deep pockets to contribute – investments started at $100. By offering smaller portions of the pie, she was able to make it easier for everyone to get a piece. And giving her investors VIP perks like gift cards and party invitations also allowed her to connect with the community that supported the restaurant over the past year.

For NextSeed co-founder and CTO Bob Dunton, the secret to Jenna’s success and satisfaction with crowdfunding is the community.

Dunton says. “Instead of just borrowing from an institution that only cares about getting a monthly payment, Jenna was able to invite people from the community to invest and feel a sense of bond and commitment to her business and her success.”

Although NextSeed is new, community financing harks back to a more down-to-earth approach to building a business that was much more common before big banks took over. Now, Austinites are empowered to invest a range of dollar amounts to boost local bars, restaurants, salons, and other places they are passionate about.

For more information on this new crowdfunding platform, and to see which of your favorite businesses have active campaigns, visit NextSeed.


Any views expressed in this article reflect the personal views of the author only for discussion purposes and should not be viewed as investment advice or recommendation, and does not constitute any legal or tax advice with respect to any securities.