Necessity truly is the mother of invention, at least for Austinite Sean Greenberg, who had a realization at his family’s business Allens Boots after the shop was repeatedly approached by daily deal and coupon websites. “There was something missing,” he explains. “There are photo-sharing apps like Pinterest and Instagram, and daily discount apps [like Living Social or Groupon]…but there needed to be an ecommerce platform for local businesses that wasn’t deal-based.”
And so DRYGOODS was born, an app for local businesses to post and sell their merchandise, which officially launches at next month’s TRIBEZA Style Week.
I usually associate the words “garage sale” with digging through piles upon piles of mismatched china, kitsch lamps usually decoupaged with various sea shells and/or shuffling through paraphernalia from a husband’s favorite sports team that his wife is trying desperately to give away. But then again Le Garage Sale is not your average neighborhood garage sale. A 15-year Austin tradition, this semi-annual sale brings together over 60 retailers offering everything from women’s and men’s apparel and accessories to kids clothes and home goods (and did we mention everything is discounted?).
Everyone loves a good road trip. I’ve loved them since I was little. My family would pile into the suburban and take off for some snow skiing or beach time. Although the car’s confined space always caused a few arguments between my brother and I, those rides are some of my favorite memories.
Here in Texas we’re pretty lucky to have so many diverse destinations close to us. You don’t have to travel too many miles or cross any state lines to reach somewhere awesome. Here are a few places right here in good ol' Texas that are worth a weekend road trip.
As the end of summer begins to draw near, you might be looking for some new ways to spend your weekends. Perhaps you’ve spent countless Saturdays at Barton Springs and Town Lake and you’re ready to change up your weekend habits. To help inspire you, here are a few fresh ideas of ways to spend your precious days off.
Host a party
Instead of meeting your friends out one night, try staying in and hosting your own shindig. It can be intimate, lavish or whatever you wish, but you’ll love the relaxing atmosphere of your own cozy home. Need help with the planning? No fear, Camille Styles is here! I love her helpful hints and recipes that will get your soiree going.
Renting a tube and floating down the river has become a summer tradition for many. Nearby rivers and low prices make this a getaway accessible to those of us often restrained by a shortage of free time and funds. Find the most convenient tube rental spot online, and check out our style picks for a day on the river and at the restaurants nearby that serve the comfort food that is sure to satisfy your sunny day cravings. Most Austinites choose either the Guadalupe River or the slightly closer Comal River for tubing, and rental places recommend that you check the flow and water level before setting off for your weekend escapade. A few things to remember when you set off for the river: most valuables do NOT float, the law forbids public drinking before noon on Sundays, and your cooler, of course!
Let’s be honest, most of us can easily waste quite a bit of time on Pinterest even when we know we should be doing other things. So, I’m here to help you spend even more precious time with this list of boards celebrating the great outdoors. Whether you’re an open-air fanatic or you just appreciate a beautiful photo, you’ll want to oooh and ahhh over our astounding planet with help from these Pinterest boards.
Natural Wonders by Merbef
Dedicated to beautiful rocks, cascading waterfalls, and extraordinary crevices and caves, this Pinterest will have you mesmerized. I love the Marble Caverns of Carrera Lake in Chile and the pastel colored caves of South Georgia Island, Antarctica.
For those of us living in central Austin, we are extremely spoiled: great music, great shopping, great night life, great food. That being said, sometimes traffic on Lamar/MoPac/I-35/Congress/everywhere can leave me feeling frustrated and in need of a much-needed escape. So let me introduce to you a little gem the TRIBEZA staff was introduced to just north enough to feel as if you’re getting away from all of the hustle and bustle sans the strain on your gas tank.
Austin band Boyfrndz is back with another head-bangin’ good album, Natures. Since its start-up, Boyfrndz has exceeded expectations, and this high-energy album is sure to do the same. Heavy beats, passionate lyrics and a bold mix of sounds make this a thought-rock album that will entrance you each time you listen. Turn on “Moving Parts” for a catchy chorus you’ll be humming for days, or listen to “Daughter” for melodic vocals over a fast beat. With the new album, a new music video and live shows, these guys are bringing a new energy to Austin’s music scene! Check out the album and get upcoming show dates here. (http://boyfrndz.bandcamp.com/album/natures-2 )
As cliché as this sounds, I really do miss the ice cream trucks that used to visit my neighborhood every summer when I was young. Whether they've all gone extinct or just stopped coming to my area, I think we can all agree that ice cream is a beloved food. And summer is by far the best season for a cold, sweet ice cream. Not to mention, July is National Ice Cream Month, so happy Ice Cream Month to us all! In honor of this month, we put together a little list of some of our favorite ice creams around town.