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    Join us for a FREE networking happy hour in downtown Austin on Tuesday, August 6th. Bring yourself, bring a friend, and network with some of Austin’s best and brightest. As always, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails provided.

    The MEET ATX happy hour series is a monthly event series in downtown Austin sponsored by the Invited MBA, a selective 12-week mini-MBA curriculum for Austin’s rising business leaders offered at under $1,000. The deadline to apply for the Fall ’19 cohort of the Invited MBA is August 15th!

      Network with Austin business professionals and listen to Vinay Bhagat, one of Austin’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, share how he built two successful technology companies in Austin. Hors d’oeuvres and Dulce Vida cocktails provided.

        To all you poetic and noble land-mermaids, you are cordially invited to our second annual Galentine’s Day!

        Sip on the Leslie & the Ann while you & your friends get your boy band fix courtesy of PDA Band (8-10 pm)

        We will also have a few of our favorite boss ladies popping up with us from 7:30-10:00 pm:

        Succulents by Reeve
        Milk Moon
        Turquoise Collective
        Jennifer Lovena Textiles

        Be one of the first 20 ladies to arrive & snag a “Party Don’t Stop” headband from Packed Party.

        In the words of Leslie Knope, “Uteruses before duderuses. Ovaries before brovaries.”

          PDA performs EVERY Thursday in the backyard of Icenhauer’s from 9 pm to 11 pm for FREE! PDA covers all the hits including Top 40, 80s, 90s and early 2000s hits as well as Motown, R&B & Funk.

          *Show is weather dependent.

            Janet St. Paul Studio for Hair and Beauty is thrilled to now offer the convenience of beauty and skincare services along with award-winning hair care at her downtown Austin beauty salon.

            In celebration of her expanded team and services, the salon is hosting a Spring Skincare Event—Refresh your Face, Makeover your Makeup on Friday, April 20th from 10am to 7pm and Saturday, April 21st from 9am to 4pm. You are invited to come by the studio at 110 San Antonio Street, Suite 130 (faces 2nd Street) on either day.
            The two-day event will showcase the new beauty and skincare services, with day-of service specials, facial packages, small bites from Flower Child and other local favorites, and of course, a Janet St. Paul signature sparkling cocktail. A LIERAC Paris product specialist will be in attendance to provide skincare recommendations, and a SilkPeel DermalInfusion® device specialist will discuss the benefits of the DermalInfusion® Facial and provide treatments by appointment.

            To bring her clients the very best, the Janet St. Paul Studio for Hair and Beauty is now the exclusive central Austin provider of the SilkPeel DermalInfusion® Facial. This advanced 3-in-1 technology is powered by its patented handpiece, which simultaneously exfoliates, extracts and infuses the skin at its peak moment of receptivity.

            The public and first-time clients are invited to experience the unique SilkPeel DermalInfusion® Facial technology at a special introductory rate during the Spring Skincare and Beauty Event. Receive a 30 Minute DermalInfusion Facial for $30 (valued at $110). Space is limited, so please call or email the salon to reserve your place.

            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.


            Round two of Formula One weekend is officially upon us! Even if you don’t have plans to go out the racetrack, there’s still plenty of FREE fun right downtown.


            True to our ‘Live Music Capital Of the World’ title, the Fan Fest is has a solid schedule of bands including Andy Grammer, Berlin, Los Lonely Boys, Everlast, Roger Creager, Civil Twilight, and many more.

            The Fan Fest has much more than just music planned. There will be an interactive maze, driver appearances, trivia games, cooking demos, a go-cart challenge, race simulators, a zip line, an inflatable rock wall and much more.

            On Friday and Saturday they’ll also have a Silent Disco. If you’re not familiar with this concept, a silent disco is a huge dance party where everyone is wearing wireless headphones. You can turn the volume as loud or as soft as you want, and you don’t have to scream to talk to your friends (just take your headphones off)!  It’s actually even more fun than my description entails; imagine a bunch of people dancing in silence. This event is 21 and up, and $19 if you buy in advance ($25 at the door).


            If you want to immerse yourself in Formula One themed activities you can, but there will be plenty of other stuff happening to entertain you even if you don’t care about the race!

            The Fan Fest is great for families and people of all ages.

            When: Today – Sunday

            today: 5:00 p.m. – midnight
            Friday & Saturday: noon – midnight
            Sunday: noon – 8:00 p.m.

            Downtown Austin
            Austin, Texas 78701


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            Interested in living in downtown Austin? Come to the 9th annual Downtown Living Tour (DLT) this weekend on Sunday, May 19, 2013!


            This year’s Downtown Living Tour showcases numerous lush residences in the Four Seasons Residences Austin, 360 Condominiums, The Residences at the W, plus other luxurious buildings in downtown Austin. DANA’s open house tour is a great way for potential buyers to experience the feeling of Austin’s downtown lifestyle and urban living. Featured properties range from historic residences to more modern, newly constructed condos.

            The tour is self-guided and paced, and all participating properties are open for viewing from 10:30AM to 5:00PM on Sunday, May 19th. General admission tickets are available for $25 and VIP tickets are available for $85. Upon purchasing tickets, use promo code DLTRA for a special discount. A shuttle service will be provided for all attendees, but VIP ticket purchasers will have exclusive access to a VIP reception held at Four Seasons Residences.

            Buy tickets for the DLT tour here
            . All attendees must check in and pick up their wristbands at DLT registration located in the lobby of The Whitley on 3rd Street.

            Information provided by Realty Austin , a local real estate brokerage and 2nd year sponsor of the highly anticipated Downtown Living Tour
            . With the top market share in downtown Austin, Realty Austin and its team of agents fully supports the downtown community and Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association’s (DANA) mission.