Fount of Floral, located at 2800 Barton Creek Blvd., Suite 102, is showcasing Thanksgiving table centerpieces and fall arrangements in October and November. The locally owned and operated boutique creates unique, high-quality faux floral arrangements. Visit the shop M-F, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., or by appointment (ph: 737-300-7263). Online ordering is available at www.fountoffloral.com.
Upgrade Labs 5th Street is coming soon to 1611 West 5th Street, Suite 125. Dave Asprey, the father of biohacking, is the originator of the Upgrade Labs franchise. The facility will provide high-tech innovations to measure fitness, establish goals, and provide improvement solutions for improving biology. Founding membership rates are now available at www.upgradelabs.com. The first introduction session is free. Scheduled to open mid-December 2023.
Fresa’s Chicken Al Carbon opened its third location at 3600 N. Capital of Texas Highway in Westlake on October 3rd. Famous for chicken and wood-grilled preparations, the new location also offers a walk-up breakfast taco window. The walk-up window is open daily 8:00-11:00 a.m. They also offer a Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Daily restaurant hours are 11:00 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
Mighty Texas Dog Walk and Expo, sponsored by Service Dogs Inc., will be held on November 18th at Camp Mabry from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event will feature a costume contest based on your dog's “Favorite Things.” Build a team and compete to win a giant trophy for Biggest Team, Best Costume, or Largest Fundraiser. Save 10 dollars by purchasing tickets early at www.givebutter.com/mtdw2023.
Brush Square and O. Henry Museum celebrated a reopening in September after a major renovation of Brush Square and the restoration of O. Henry Museum. Historic Brush Square, at 409 E. 5th St., is one of three public squares designated in Austin’s original 1839 plat, along with Wooldridge and Republic Squares. It was originally a public market and cotton yard before becoming a park in 1913. O. Henry Museum, Central Fire Station #1, and Susanna Dickinson Museum are at Brush Square
Bureau de Poste, a French bistro affiliated with Tiny Grocer, opened this month at the renovated Hyde Park post office on Speedway. Chef Jo Chan brings her culinary talents from Eberly, where she was executive chef, as well as restaurants in NYC, to present “French classics with a modern twist.” Weekend Brunch 10am-3pm, Dinner 5pm - 10pm, happy hour 3pm - 5pm. At 4300 Speedway or bureaudeposteatx.com
Elsass Academy on Houston Street reopened this school year as Paragon Prep Preschool, merging with Paragon Prep School on Balcones. Long-time owners Gil and Candace Elsass welcome the opportunity to become part of Paragon Prep and the preschool will continue to provide pickup and after school care for students at Brentwood, Highland Park, and Gullet elementary schools as well as offer programs for infants through Pre-K. At 831 Houston Street, 513-995-7802, and paragonprep.com
Rabbit Food Grocery on Exposition closed recently after 11 years providing vegan favorites and discoveries. Owners Jessica Morris and Gabriel Figueroa posted on Facebook and Insta in July their decision to close. The 2425 Exposition Blvd location is permanently closed, but limited online shipping is available at rabbitfoodgrocery.com
The Menagerie has a curated collection of luxury jewelry, crystal, and sterling items for gift giving. Services include private consultations with owner Vickie Roan for custom design, jewelry and watch repair, and complimentary gift wrap and delivery. Open 10 am -4pm Monday-Friday and by appointment. At The Carillon 2630 Exposition, Ste G06, and 512-453-4644
West Austin Studio Tour happens in galleries and spaces all over West Austin Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 11-12. East Austin Studio Tour is Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 18-19. The East and West Studio Tours are annual citywide art events that connect artists and the public in creative spaces. This 30th edition of Austin Studio Tour has been combined into one event with more than 500 artists, including current and former Highland Park Elementary School art teachers Carey Conner and Stephanie Perry who will exhibit at Long-View Micro School, 1201 W. 24th Street, location 101. Bigmedium.org for more info