I moved to Austin from Dallas in June of 2012, but I was visiting Austin/vacationing for weeks at a time the seven years prior to finally moving. I had a few close college friends living here that I would stay with, but every time I visited, I made two or three new friends. After 5 years in Dallas I realized I had more friends in Austin, and it was time to move.
I currently do architectural drafting for my father, but I recently took up buying used clothing for pop up shops and boutiques and became addicted. You can see my first rack at Byron and Blue, a boutique that's one part of Studium which will also house Punctum Records and Stowe Provisions as well as extra seating for Brew & Brew next door.
Here are some of my Austin favorites:
1. Farewell Books: My home away from home. I'm here daily. I can say "here", because I'm actually here writing this. I first came here for Flat Track Coffee (the best coffee in Austin), but stayed to meet some of my favorite people in Austin. Flat Track is my water cooler, but better because I meet new people constantly. I get a garden sub from Shhmaltz a few times a week and the occasional wardrobe boost from Las Cruxes, whose owner Veronica, has curated my favorite vintage men's clothing in Austin. When I do get clothing, I get it altered by Erin "ElB" Budd at Dress Smart Tailoring. Her prices are low, and she knows what I like.
2. Friends and Neighbors. I go here on hot days for their world famous shrub drinks and Italian sodas. Mercedes is a mad scientist with fermented fruit. We have Experimentation Fridays and Donut Fridays, which are exactly what they sound like. Oh, ask her about Levitation Thursdays. Jill sells cool clothes for ladies and children as well as accessories and home goods. (I want a daughter so I can buy her the one piece bathing suit with the snarling tiger on it.)
3. It's fall, so you should be going to Kerbey Lane everyday to get the vegan pumpkin pancakes which are the best pancakes ever.
4. Blue Hanger is my main source of cheap clothing. It's the one source I can give away because the supply changes daily. They have such an influx of clothing, they can be open from 8am-10pm EVERY DAY. It's bin digging, so bring a mask if you have allergies, and gloves if you don't like staph infection.
5. Once a year I run into the Minor Mishap Marching Band roaming the east side for one reason or another. I'll follow them around for a few blocks and dance. It's always a pleasant surprise.