Bird's Barbershop opens just east of Downtown

Birds Barbersop on East Sixth

Bird's Barbershop on East Sixth

This was completely off of my radar, and I’m not sure when it opened.  I’m glad it did!  More good news for East Sixth as Bird’s Barbershop has opened their third location.  I’ve been to Bird’s on South Lamar a few times and it’s a damn fine place to get your hair shortened.  Good people.  Good vibe.  Beer.

I’m partial to Goodlife Barbershop, but Bird’s is a welcome addition to East Sixth.

http://www.birdsbarbershop.com/sixth.html





El Sol Y La Luna – it's all good

El Sol Y La Luna – it's all good

El Sol y La Luna: a catalyst for change on east sixth street
El Sol y La Luna: a catalyst for change on east sixth street

El Sol y La Luna: a catalyst for change on east sixth street

Quick… think of the top three table-service restaurants, east of Congress, which are open at 7am to serve breakfast on weekend mornings?

Stumped?  Can’t even think of one?

There weren’t any, until now.

This morning I had breakfast at the new El Sol y La Luna restaurant at 6th & Red River.  THIS is what is needed on East 6th Street!  There are so many residents and visitors in this area ready to spend money on items other than alcohol.   I’ve never been to their first location on South Congress, but the vibe was a combination of Magnolia meets Las Manitas meets Habana.   The food was very good (I had an american breakfast of eggs, bacon, and waffles).  Two entrees, two drinks, plus tip was $25.  El Sol y La Luna gave me a reason to walk on the northern edge of the 600 block of East 6th street, which is a good sign for other businesses to move to the district.

I don’t want to sound overly grand, but I really think that in combination with the efforts of the DAA, DANA, and 6th Street Austin, El Sol y La Luna is the catalyst for change on East 6th.  Show your support through patronage.

El Sol y La Luna

-Jude





360 condos retail space for sale

According to Taylor Andrews of Andrews Urban, via the Statesman, the nearly 14,000sf of retail space below 360 condos is for-sale, coincidentally for about $360psf.  Royal Blue just moved in.  Mulberry is super-cool.  Haven’t been to Blu Cafe, yet.

From the article… “The space, totaling about 13,700 square feet, is almost all leased. Tenants already open or coming soon include Garrido’s, a restaurant from former Jeffrey’s executive chef David Garrido; Mulberry and the Lara Reynolds art galley.”





Day three, becoming a model urban neighborhood: what does Downtown Austin need?

Each day this week I am serving up one item, with non-politically correct candor, that Downtown Austin needs to become a model of re-urbanization, as I see it.

Politicians love to talk, form task forces, and spend time doing everything except for making decisions as they are needed.  So, this is an appeal to Downtown Austin stakeholders that know how to get things done:  the residents, developers, retailers, and land owners.

I want more local grocery stores like Royal Blue or Fresh Plus

Developers, do you want a successful building?  Then just give George Scariano space with free rent.  I’m only partially kidding.  This is a huge amenity.  Not just developers, but the hotels and convention center should be lobbying for this type of retail.  Fancy finish-out not required.  A successful Downtown neighborhood has multiple choices for purchase groceries on a daily basis.  The only thing that bugs me about Royal Blue is that both locations are on the wrong side of Congress for me to quickly get there.

Tim Finley has a place available at E. 5th @ Trinity – the large warehouse where Paradox used to be located.   Think of the convention and hotel traffic in addition to the residential business from 555, Brazos Lofts, Avenue Lofts, Sabine, and Railyard.  These are all located within a couple of blocks of 5th @ Trinity and combined include over 368 units not counting the Four Seasons!





Day two, becoming a model urban neighborhood: what does Downtown Austin need?

Each day this week I am serving up one item, with non-politically correct candor, that Downtown Austin needs to become a model of re-urbanization, as I see it.

Politicians love to talk, form task forces, and spend time doing everything except for making decisions as they are needed.  So, this is an appeal to Downtown Austin stakeholders that know how to get things done:  the residents, developers, retailers, and land owners.

I want a hardware store on Congress Ave.

Breed & Co is a hugely successful hardware store operating near UT.   A pedestrian neighborhood needs a proper hardware store.  Sometimes you just need some screws, spackle, or paint.  Currently, I need to get in my car and drive to Home Depot.  A better solution is to provide the existing 3,954 households with a local hardware store.

recognizing the importance of an urban hardward store

recognizing the importance of an urban hardward store





Becoming a model urban neighborhood: what does Downtown Austin need?

Becoming a model urban neighborhood: what does Downtown Austin need?

Stratus's rendering for HEB at Seaholm

Each day this week I am serving up one item, with non-politically correct candor, that Downtown Austin needs to become a model of re-urbanization, as I see it.

Politicians love to talk, form task forces, and spend time doing everything except for making decisions as they are needed.  So, this is an appeal to Downtown Austin stakeholders that know how to get things done:  the residents, developers, retailers, and land owners.

I want a Super Target on Congress Ave.

Yes, it’s known as a big box store and is identified with sprawl.  It doesn’t need to be that way! Retailers like H-E-B and WalMart are sophisticated enough to design stores that work as urban infill or adaptive reuse projects.  A large destination store that has groceries and products that people need [and can afford] on a regular basis would be amazingly successful.

Remember that rendering produced by Stratus for the Seaholm redevelopment which depicted a multi-story H-E-B?  That was inspired.

Downtown Austin landlords with retail space should begin to focus less on luxury goods and more on “liveability” goods.  I don’t want to see more boutiques.  I don’t want to see more salons.  I don’t want to see more bars/lounges.  These are all fine, except they serve a very limited audience.  The next wave of successful retail in Downtown Austin will be for products that people need and can afford to purchase.

Stratus's rendering for HEB at Seaholm

Stratus's rendering for HEB at Seaholm





Maps, glorious maps

Maps, glorious maps

Bike shops in Downtown Austin

My readers know I friggin’ love a good useful map of something.    AustinOnTwoWheels.com has a comprehensive list of Austin bike shops.  I just want to know where I can buy one of these.  Perhaps here?

-Jude

Related to maps, but unrelated to bikes, is the super valuable crime mapping application KrimeLabb.com

Bike shops in Downtown Austin

Bike shops in Downtown Austin





Tea Embassy

Tea Embassy - 9th @ Rio Grande

Tea Embassy - 9th @ Rio Grande

According to Downtown Austin Blog friend Yola of the UT Urban Development Society:

“I also wanted to give you a heads up on the Tea Embassy (located at 9th and Rio Grande). If you didn’t already know, they are giving away free chocolate and tea samples on Friday and Saturday from 10AM-6PM. It sounds like a good afternoon Valentine’s Day plan that others might find interesting.”

Thanks, Yola!





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