Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 5:45pm. 87 Views
Kruger’s Jewelers has withstood the test of time, weathering not just the competition, but floods, recessions, and even wars. This historic central Austin business has made its home on the corner of 8th and Congress for nearly 75 years. While many diamond stores tout “old-fashioned customer service,” downtown Austin’s Kruger’s Jewelers defines it. The founding principle of this century-old family business was, and continues to be, an unwavering commitment to its patrons.
“We’re here to earn customers,” explained 3rd generation store owner David Kruger. “We don't sell anything here. When a customer makes a purchase, they make the decision. That’s the way I like to be treated when I’m a customer, and that’s how I want my customers treated.”
It is that…
Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 2:48pm. 157 Views
If you were hoping to take your family on the famous Austin Steam Train this weekend, you’re out of luck — tickets for the North Pole Flyer are long sold out. Good news? There are still a few tickets left for Nambe Winter Express, where Santa and Mrs. Claus read stories, sing carols, and give gifts to children, and tickets for 2014 rides also are available online. Hint: gift certificates never sell out!
“Our terrific volunteers work hard to make sure that the train ride is a memorable experience,” said Holly Doggett, who directs the Austin Steam Train Association 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization near Avery Ranch. “We do have something to offer passengers of all ages, so step on board and step back in time,” she enticed.
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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 3:06pm. 508 Views
When Austinites visit the Christmas tree lot at the corner of San Gabriel and North Lamar near the UT Campus, they invest in more than just a holiday tree. This tree lot is run by the Austin Optimist Club – a civic organization dedicated to serving the youth of the greater Austin area.
For almost 60 years, every nickel of the Optimist Club's tree sales proceeds have gone to Austin-area youth charities. (Scroll down to see a list of the youth organizations supported by the Austin Optimist Club, from Dell Children’s Medical Center to Blue Santa.)
The lot sells several types of trees: Noble Firs, Fraser Firs, Grand Firs, Natural Douglas Firs, and Scotch Pines. They come as small as two feet and as tall as ten feet. This year, the lot also will be…
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 2:14pm. 159 Views
All across Austin, homebuyers spent more this October than they would have spent last October purchasing homes. According to the Multiple Listing Service report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, home sales and prices each rose nine percent in October 2013.
According to the report, the median price for Austin-area homes, from Lakeway to Falcon Pointe, was $217,000, nine percent more than the previous October. Interestingly, home sales also were up nine percent from the same month last year, with 2,145 single-family homes sold.
“Given the last year of steady sales volume and home price increases, many have begun to wonder if Austin is in a housing bubble,” said Cathy Coneway, President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®. “This is not the case.…
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 1:42pm. 219 Views
If the sound of a tent popping open or a crackling campfire on a crisp evening is music to your ears, ‘tis the season to head to a Texas park! November ushers in the prime camping season, which means it’s time to leave your cozy Southwest Austin home, pack up the loved ones, park somewhere other than in front of the TV, and enjoy making s’mores and memories while watching shooting stars dance across the sky.
Texas State Parks offer a variety of ways to camp overnight, from comfortable cabins and screened shelters to plain campsites for pitching a tent. Reservations fill up quickly during this popular season so don’t wait. Campers can book Texas State Park reservations by calling the Customer Service Center in Austin at (512) 389-8900, or by using the…
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 7:56pm. 473 Views
What if you could put your home on the market and have it under contract in less than two weeks? That’s what’s happening every day in the sizzling Austin real estate market! Looking at the ten thousand plus homes that have sold so far this year, half of these houses were under contract within 11 days of the list date. This bears repeating: the median “days on the market” for Austin homes is only 11 days!
Gone, gone are the days of testing the waters and seeing what bites. Today it’s more a matter of how many offers, and at how much? From a sellers’ perspective, the tight market also is great because shorter listing periods mean showings occur over a narrower window of time – which, anyone who has been through the process knows, is much more…
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 5:32pm. 451 Views
At 501 West Third Street, Ballet Austin—an organization as dynamic and unique as the city itself—makes its urban, bustling home. Proclaimed by The New York Times as "a company with big ambitions," Ballet Austin will open its favored Nutcracker production December 7, running through December 23. Fans from homes in Lake Travis to homes in Travis Country will don their formalwear and head downtown to witness the characters and moments they love enhanced by spectacular new sets and costumes at the 51st annual production.
This year’s celebrity “Mother Ginger” Nutcracker performers include Texas Monthly Editor Jake Silverstein; Gilbert Tuhabonye, a distance runner, author, and motivational speaker; and Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach for the…
Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 11:03am. 351 Views
“If you are a real estate professional in Texas, I would suggest that you not take a vacation at all in 2014,” said Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University Chief Economist Dr. Mark Dotzour.
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 2:47pm. 424 Views
One of Austin’s most beloved landmarks, the Austin History Center, turned 80 years old this year. To this day, it upholds its octogenarian mission to procure, preserve, and provide the historical records that make up Austin's unique story.
Designed by Hugo Kuehne to serve as the first library in Austin, AHC began construction in 1932, and the building remained Austin’s main library until the 1979 opening of the John Henry Faulk Central Library. One of its treasures is the Mayors' Room, which displays pictures of Austin mayors from 1839 to the present.
In 1983, public and private partnerships enabled renovations, and the building was deemed the Austin History Center. The Center serves to collect and preserve information about local governments,…
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 5:11pm. 951 Views
The Austin Board of REALTORS® 2013 Realty Round Up brought 150 exhibiting companies and 2,000 real estate professionals to Central Texas' largest real estate trade show. At this year's sold-out event, the head of Google Fiber Austin presented a highly-anticipated update on the implementation of “Fiberhoods” for Austin-area homes from Lost Creek to Shady Hollow.
While tight-lipped on the specific details of the Google Fiberhoods implementation, Mark Strama, a former member of the Texas House of Representatives who now heads up Google Fiber in Austin, confirmed the Gigabit Internet service will begin to roll out in mid-2014. Whether residents live in Northwest Austin homes or Southwest Austin, Strama instructed residents who want the service to drive…