Austin Insider’s Guide
Tribeza Talk February 2018
An Insider’s Guide to What’s Buzzing Around Austin
by Nicole Beckley
City at Play
What if a street light did more than just illuminate your path? In the new temporary art installation “Shadowing,” street lights will capture and replay the shadows of passersby. The installation, from artists Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier, is part of Playable City Austin, an initiative to encourage citizens to engage creatively with their environments. Street lights throughout downtown, South Congress Avenue, and areas of East Austin will have the shadow-capture capabilities until March 18. Photo by Farrows Creative.
All the Buzz
“People ask, are you co-working? Are you childcare? Are you a coffee shop? And the answer is yes,” Shelly Weiser says. Weiser, who opened The Hive in October 2017, had a vision for a place where parents could find the things they needed all in one spot. Located 14 miles south of downtown in an old house on an acre of land, with cows as neighbors, The Hive has a dedicated co-working space with four desks, a coffee shop, and a child-supervision area, for parents working on the premises.
Weiser says she started the space out of necessity. “I’m a graphic designer and work from home and had a one and two-year-old at the time,” she says. “I talked to other parents and saw how beneficial it would be to everyone, not just myself; felt the need; and decided to do something crazy and fill it.”
“People have been extremely curious and helpful in trying to make Dia’s more than I ever imagined in terms of a community place,” Dia’s Market owner David Hopper says. Since opening in the Crestview neighborhood in 2016, Dia’s Market has become a go-to spot for fresh deli sandwiches, specialty grocery items, and neighborhood activities, like a Wednesday night run club. The community feeling extends to the distributors as well, as Hopper sources jelly and queso from Austin Slow Burn and eggs from Milagro Farms. “I text our salsa guy every two weeks,” Hopper says. Photo by Vanessa Cerday.
What Comes Around
“There’s a lot of different run groups out there, and we hope to bring everybody together and highlight the really strong running culture that’s in Austin,” Pam Hess says. In January, she and her husband, Ryan, held the grand opening of The Loop Running Supply Company, a specialty running store offering clothes, shoes, and technical gear, as well as a locker rental program for regular runners of the trail around Lady Bird Lake. For the Hesses, running is not only a calling, it’s how they met. “We started out just being running buddies,” Pam says. “I was much slower than him, so he must have really liked me, because he was willing to go a much slower pace at the time.” Now, with the opening of The Loop, housed near the former Luke’s Locker space, they want to share their passion. “Where we are located, in the center of the trail, essentially, we have to be community-driven,” Pam says. Photo by Travis Hallmark.
Do You Good
With its fifth annual ChangeMaker Awards, the Austin Young Chamber honors some outstanding individuals for their innovative community leadership. This year’s award winners include the executive director of Truth Be Told, Katie Ford; Pediatric Healthcare Connection owner, Laura Maniccia; and songwriter and entrepreneur Casey McPherson. The ceremony, held at the Westin Domain on February 16, is bookended by the inaugural LEAD Summit, featuring speakers and sessions on career development for millennial workers.
Elizabeth Street Café regulars, rejoice. You can now recreate some of your favorite ESC dishes at home. In the recently released “Elizabeth Street Café” cookbook, Tom Moorman and Larry McGuire, with Julia Turshen, serve up 100 French-inspired Vietnamese recipes. From spicy tofu and avocado steamed buns to the restaurant’s celebrated macarons, these delicious treats are now easy to bring to your dining table. Photo by Phaidon.