Susie Cakes in the West Woods Shopping Center at 3267 Bee Caves Rd celebrates 17 years of baking this July. The bakery offers from-scratch desserts, including cookies, cupcakes, pies & custom layer cakes. Visit the store for grab-and-go treats or order online at www.susiecakes.com.
Lone Star Guitar Lessons is celebrating two years at their West Lake Hills location, 3316 Bee Caves Rd Suite B. The studio offers Guiltar, Bass, Ukelele, Piano, and Drum lessons for adults and youth. Free Intro Guitar/Bass/Ukulele lesson offered. Call 512-774-4741 or visit www.lonestarguitarlessons.com.
CryoFit Westlake, located at 1406 Camp Craft Rd #112, offers summer specials, including IV Drips at 20% off and Cryotherapy and Infrared Sauna Packages at reduced rates. Call 512-815-3913 to schedule. Both services are in-person and on-line. Visit westlake-umc.org for more information about summer programs and events.
H Mart is going into the old Savers space in the Sue Patrick shopping center on Burnet Road. This new H Mart at 5222 Burnet Road will be the Asian grocery chain’s second Austin location when it opens in early 2024, and like its Lakeline counterpart, the North Central Austin H Mart will also feature a food court.
HPWBANA, the neighborhood association for Highland Park West and Balcones, mostly west of Mopac to Lake Austin and south from 2222 to 35th Street, has a new president. Highland Park West resident Christy Strub, a realtor and volunteer at Austin Pets Alive, recently took over leadership from long-time board member and president Jason Lindenschmidt. Highland Park West Balcones Area Neighborhood Association sponsors events such as a Fourth of July Parade, Spring Egg Hunt, Movie in the Park, and neighborhood beautification and safety projects.
Modern Animal, a Los Angeles-based veterinary clinic, will open a flagship location on Burnet Road as well as locations on South Lamar and at Mueller. Expected to open later this year, the Modern Animal location at 5118 Burnet Road is currently hiring and offering memberships online. Modern Animal, a pandemic startup with its first location in upscale West Hollywood, calls itself a new kind of veterinary clinic with plush, cushy surroundings, virtual care options, and an annual membership that lets a dog or cat’s human bring them in or video chat for as many exams as they want – no exam charge. At modernanimal.com or @modernanimal
Parker and Scott, Austin’s Neighborhood General Store on Anderson Lane that features local makers and brands, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a party on July 29 from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. with face-painting, Mister Softee ice cream, and surprises in the store. Parker and Scott, at 2113 W. Anderson Lane just off Burnet, is kid-friendly and sells Earth-safe home essentials, personal items, gifts, and snacks, and features a refill bar, a little free library, and a drop off box for Ridwell. See parkerandscott.com or 512-730-0472
Toy Joy opened this month in its new Burnet Road location. At 5501 Burnet Road, Toy Joy and its Yummi Joy sweetness sidekick are in the old Karavel Shoes location. An Austin icon since its days on the Drag, Toy Joy has puzzles, construction kits, figures, costumes, classic toys for all ages. Yummi Joy features a selection of candy as well as 12 flavors of thai coconut ice cream from Gati Ice Cream, coffee and drinks from Little City Coffee Roasters, and Yummi Joy housemade fudge. Open till 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; till 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. At toyjoy.com and 512-904-0209.