Sponsor Spotlight : Loot Rentals

This season, we’re partnering with Loot, which means we’re having a killer party to kick off the sale. The welcoming party is Wednesday 12/5 from 6-9pm and hosted in the *new* Loot showroom (available for parties, workshops, and more). The space is full of warmth from the handmade details, vintage and new furnishings, and good vibes. Loot has certainly grown from the first time we visited them at their little warehouse and tiny office space in East Austin 5 years ago. We wanted to hear a little bit about how these two hard working ladies have since quintupled their team and got to where they are now, the kind of business that defines the Austin aesthetic and of course- is at all your favorite parties.

Loot has grown quite a bit since the beginning. Can you tell us what your first office was like and how that compares to the new space?
Well, when we started the business 8 years ago we were co-renting a 300 square foot studio in Flatbed where we met with clients and were housing our furnishings in storage units across the city. It was not very efficient to say the least. We poured everything we made back into the business for the first 2 years and were able to grow into larger warehouse spaces as the business grew. In our 5th year, we found our current space boasting 14,000 square feet (tripling our previous digs). We always wished to have a showroom where we could meet with clients and make them feel at home as soon as they walked in the door. After 4 months of renovations, we were able to move into our new home in July of 2015. We actually have a large breakroom/kitchen now (upgrade from a dishwasher and mini-fridge in a closet!), 3 office spaces (we used to all share one room), natural light (!), and a loft space for our retail shop, Loot Finer Goods.

Your new headquarters offers more storage, have you been able to introduce new inventory or pursue new ventures because of it?
We have probably tripled our inventory and in process of moving into new warehouse space next door! We have been able to fill the demand for bulk quantities of unique pieces, allowing us to increase our capabilities in the corporate events sector. We can outfit a party or conference for 500+ people now! Having space to grow has been necessary in our expansion.  We introduced Loot Finer Goods, our lifestyle shop last August where clients can shop our custom creations, vintage finds, and French workwear or enroll in one of our craft workshops. Home Staging has been a new venture in the past year as well and one that we are very passionate about.

 
 
Loot Finer Goods

Loot Finer Goods

 
Chunky Blanket workshop

Chunky Blanket workshop

You’ve been able to host workshops - the Chunky Blanket workshop has been so popular! Do you have future workshops in the works?
Yes, we love offering workshops and seeing customers use their talents to create something they will cherish. We open up our showroom and feed everyone dinner and allow time for getting to know one another. It’s so much fun and a great way to meet new friends. We are excited about a new workshop that will take place on Jan. 6, 2019 where a Erin Mursch, a certified KonMari organizer will discuss how to declutter and organize your space the KonMari way. We anticipate that this will be wildly attractive for people after the holiday season ends.

Rhoda and Anna

Rhoda and Anna

Is there a dream event you’d like to see in the new space?
You know, the age old question “If you could have dinner with 3 people, who would they be?” … making that dream come to fruition for a special someone and using our space to host it. For us, right now we’d love to host Beto, Willie, and Lambert at our table.

The term “work wives” is being redefined to describe partnerships just like yours- can you describe some of the ways your distinct personalities work together to make Loot thrive?
Well, on top of being work wives, we are also sisters-in-law, so our lives are more intertwined beyond the workplace. We know each other beyond the workplace and understand the family commitments and home lives we are each trying to achieve. This allows some forgiveness of each other when we have family commitments that take us away from the workplace like maternity leave or family health issues. But when you think about it, we do spend more time with each other than our individual families which does make it  seem like we’re really married.

Do you think there is a “must have” personality trait for running a small business? Are there members of the Loot team with an unexpected but critical trait for keeping it all running?
A passion for the hustle. First, you must have passion for the company and what they stand for. Second, you must be able to see opportunities for growth, harness your passion and hustle to execute a plan to achieve your goal. Everyone that we hire embodies both of these traits.

Is there a vendor you’re excited to shop and get to know at this season’s FELIZ?
Oh man, tough question. There are so many folks that we are excited about. However, Circle and Line is a maker we have admired for some time but have never had a chance to meet, so we are really looking forward to getting to know her at the sale! Her sculptures are so inspiring.

 
 

A big thank you to Loot and all FELIZ sponsors. You all make the sale the best it can be.

See you at the pre-party Wednesday, December 5th. and don’t miss the sale Sunday December 9th 11-6pm at the Palm Door on Sabine.

Sponsor Spotlight : Cocktail recipes with Campari + Big Swig

And now, we present What You’ll Be Sipping At FELIZ. Big Swig and the Campari group is a returning sponsor to the sale and are represented very well by Espolón Tequila and Wray and Nephew Rum. Another returning sponsor, Better Half designed the cocktail menu for the pre-party and the sale. They really went above and beyond, but who’s surprised, have you been to that place? Everything is A++. But back to WYBSAF- we’re excited to offer you a Hibiscus Paloma and This is Ricky! If you know the story behind the name “This is Ricky”, you win a free one on us (they’re all free). Want a refreshing drink sans alcohol? We’ll have all 3 flavors of Big Swig chilled and at the ready.

Without further ado, here are recipes to make all your parties better.

 
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Hibiscus Paloma

A classic cocktail made even better by swapping the grapefruit soda with fresh grapefruit juice and a bit of hibiscus syrup. More tart and refreshing than the original and a warm weather favorite. And cold weather, too let’s be honest.

2 oz Espolón Tequila
1.5 oz Grapefruit juice
.5 oz Lime juice
.5 oz Hibiscus syrup
Top with
Big Swig Sparkling Water
Garnish with salt rim and lime wheel

Pour everything but the Big Swig into a shaker. Shake til there’s a bit of frost on the outside of the tin and pour into a salted glass over fresh ice. Maybe you have cool square cubes like Better Half? All the better to keep your ice from melting too quickly and diluting your drink. The good folks at BH are pros.

Enjoy the Hibiscus Paloma at the pre-party and the sale.

 

This is Ricky

More rum, please. Winter in Austin means darker flavor profiles but still refreshing drinks. It’s likely going to be in the 70s all week! So here we are with a rosemary rickey.

2 oz J Wray Jamaican Rum
1 oz Lime juice
.25 oz
Pomegranate Molasses
.5 oz Simple Syrup
dash Aztec Chocolate Bitters
Top with
Big Swig Sparkling Water
Garnish with rosemary sprig and lime wheel

Combine first 4 ingredients in a shaker. Shake til there’s a frost on the outside of the shaker and pour over fresh ice. Dash chocolate bitters and top with Big Swig Sparkling Water. Garnish with a lime wheel and rosemary sprig. Tip- give the rosemary a swat to release aromatics.

Enjoy This is Ricky at the sale.

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A big thank you to our sponsors- Campari, Better Half, and Big Swig.

You all make the sale the best it can be.

*Explore past cocktail recipes for Watermelon Margaritas and Aperol Spritzes.

See you at the sale Sunday December 9th 11-6pm. And don’t miss the pre-party Wednesday, December 5th.

Sponsor Spotlight : Better Half Coffee and Cocktails

Better Half - AKA FELIZ offices

 
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Much of FELIZ has been planned from a booth at Better Half and at this season’s sale- you can enjoy cocktails designed by these brilliant folks. They are coming back to the sale as a sponsor, graciously bringing the Better Half experience to the Palm Door for FELIZ. What’s the Better Half experience? Super friendly people making super tasty beverages that combine flavors you’ve never considered but make so much sense when they hit your lips. We’ll share a cocktail recipe in the future, but something you just can’t nail at home is their food. An A+ time to experience it is during their happy hour bc ….

All kinds- Beef, Chicken, and Veggie

All kinds- Beef, Chicken, and Veggie

Their burgers are $5.

And their burgers are some of the best in the city. The beef comes from 44 Farms in Cameron, TX, the chicken patty is ground in house, and they have a veggie patty, too. All $5 during HH.

…and that’s not all

Canned beers are $3.

Better Half stocks some of the best and weirdest beers in the city and almost all local. I don’t know what the Terpene Dream from Hops and Grain is but at $3 I’ll take it and probably love it.

So the HH schedule:
Every day (a rare weekend happy hour!) 3–6pm
And drink specials 9pm–close.
*Closed Mondays

Better Half is great for eating-meetings as you can get just about anything. From coffee to n/a drinks, to the best cocktails and food that addresses all diets. Maybe share the burger and their generous seasonal salad? Nice people and well-appointed digs. We’re very into it and excited to welcome them back to the sale!

All this for $17.

All this for $17.

Eat where the Toyotas eat.

Eat where the Toyotas eat.

Sponsor Spotlight : Big Bend Brewing Company // Tour Alpine, TX

 
 

West Texas is near and dear to the FELIZ heart- many of our vendors name it as a recurring source of inspiration for their palette, pace of life, and connection to nature- making a point to go many times a year.

Today we’re celebrating FELIZ sponsor Big Bend Brewing Company! Based out of Alpine, BBBC takes you on a little libation vacation (HA) with beers like Terlingua Gold Pale Ale, La Frontera IPA and a double chocolate porter, Dark Sky that sounds like it would be great around a fire pit.

We’re sharing our favorite tips for BBBC hometown Alpine. Where to sleep, eat, shop, hike, and drink. *The BBBC taproom is high up on the list.

We picked a few highlights of the town knowing that a) it’s always changing, b) there is definitely more waiting to be found. Here are a few places that stick out in our memory. Tell us what we forgot!

 

EAT

After a day of exploring, a great tex-mex dinner at La Casita will be restorative. They carry Big Bend, too so make sure you wash down your enchiladas with a Terlingua Gold.

We recommend starting with a breakfast on the patio in The Century Grill at The Holland Hotel. Get out there early enough and it might still be cool out! You can set the tone for the day, enjoying the West Texas air and reading the local paper.

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HIKE

Alpine is home to Sul Ross University, where students like to study with the wind in their hair. Or one prankster did, anyway. Hike to The Desk at the top of Hancock Hill, have a seat, and take in the view.

COFFEE

Cedar Coffee and Supply matches the bright serenity of the town with it’s simple layout and top shelf coffee. If you aren’t able to leave all your work at home, stop in for some mid-afternoon caffeine and wifi.

 

Transpecos Guitars is a great shop to tool around in and hear the stories of the guitars and people who’ve passed through.

Looking for a souvenir cactus? Murphy Street Mercado has imported Mexican goods and a full-fledged nursery.

SHOP

I would consider going to Alpine just to peruse Ring-Tail Records. The kind of shop that has it all. Might we suggest a Doug Sahm record to get you in that tex-mex vibe?

 

DRINK

Y’all get out to the Big Bend Brewery! All the classics on tap, and a few weird ones. I have a suspicion you’d get the real local tips spending an afternoon at the taproom. Pick up a six pack to take camping in Big Bend. The brewery is open Thursday through Monday 4–8 but opens early at 1 Saturday and Sunday.

Make a friend at Harry’s Tinaja downtown and get a nightcap at the historic Holland Hotel, built in 1928. Ask your bartender if the ghosts have made any appearances lately.

 

SLEEP

Perhaps the most important part of your stay. Alpine has really great options and you can’t go wrong. As you drive into town, the neon florals of The Maverick Hotel welcome you. Good news - they have some of the comfiest beds in all of Texas and a lovely little patio.

The Holland Hotel already mentioned has a restaurant, bar, spa, and the possibility of ghost spotting.

If you really want to get away from it all- there are numerous Airbnbs. We selected this “Slice of Heaven” for it’s view, rustic aesthetic, and apparent abundance of geodes. A pot or coffee and that porch is really truly all you need.

 

Let us know your tips about West Texas!

Thanks to Big Bend Brewing Company and all of our sponsors for making the sale better and better every year. Check em all out here.

#seeyouatFELIZ!