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2010 Parade of Homes in Rough Hollow

by Michael Scheffe | October 25th, 2010

Well folks, this week (October 25-31, 2010) is the final week of this year’s Parade of Homes in Rough Hollow near Lake Travis.

The weather looks to be fantastic again this week in Austin.  So, if you’re going to be in town and you like seeing the latest and greatest in home furnishings, decor, automation, and appliances, definitely put this year’s Parade of Homes on your list.

From two-story studies to artificial turf grass to complete window-walls with lake views,  each of the seven homes available to tour has something truly special that you’ll come home talking about.

Above is the highlight reel from my tour last week…


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Value-priced Organic Grocer Opens in Bee Cave

by Michael Scheffe | February 11th, 2010

On Wednesday, Newflower Farmers Market officially opened its doors at its new Austin location in Bee Cave

Newflower is a part of the Sunflower Farmers Markets chain (www.sfmarkets.com),  a rapidly growing chain of full-service grocery stores offering consumers high quality natural and organic products at lower prices than traditional organic/health food stores.

Founded almost 10 years ago, Newflower’s niche is in providing a value option in the natural and organic foods industry. They have 27 retail stores located throughout Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Texas.  By keeping their overhead low — no frills stores, no big corporate offices — they aim to provide good, healthy “better than supermarket” grocery options at regular or “better than supermarket” prices. 

I tried them out today and love it.  Planning for a little “in home” Valentine’s Day supper, we bought 3 good-size, hormone-free New York Strip steaks for $3 a piece!  For a “surf and turf” option we were tempted to add some great-looking 5 oz lobster tails for $4 each. 

Check out this week’s sales flyer for some of the other awesome deals on HEALTHY food items!

Hey, if it costs LESS to eat BETTER, I’m IN!


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Schlitterbahn Announces New Waterpark in Austin

by Michael Scheffe | January 27th, 2010

Schlitterbahn Waterparks is expected to announce shortly that it plans to develop a new waterpark and resort on a hundred acre tract in Cedar Park.  What would be the company’s 5th major park, is widely rumored to cost well over $100 million to develop.

According to a company spokesperson, the plans they intend to announce this Thursday evening are of a “resort destination,  much more elaborate than the waterpark most people think [they] are announcing.”  The plans are set to be unveiled at the Cedar Park Public Library at 550 Discovery Blvd, this Thursday evening at 5:30.

Stay tuned.


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Maudie’s Update

by Michael Scheffe | December 8th, 2009

maudies_bee_cave_new01As many of you know, Maudie’s restaurants announced a while back that they were planning a new restaurant in the bustling Bee Cave area near the new Hill Country Galleria.  What remained a mystery to most of us was where exactly this new Maudie’s would be and when it might open. 

With the recent demise of El Arroyo Bee Cave, we’re all clamoring for a new place to get our Tex-Mex fill.  Iron Cactus is great, don’t get me wrong. I love the location right on the outdoor amphitheater; especially if there’s live music.  But, if I’m being totally honest it’s got a little bit of a Dallasy vibe to it that just doesn’t feel like Austin Tex-Mex to me.

Enter Maudie’s.  These folks have been putting food on the table in Austin since the 50s.  And in the early 90s when they changed the menu to Tex-Mex, they did it in a way that Austinites appreciate.  The Bee Cave location will be their 6th in town and it appears they are going to do it right.

Their plans have now been approved by the City of Bee Cave, but they are saying publicly that they are timing the start of construction in such a way that the restaurant will not open until June 2010 or thereabouts.

The restaurant site is located on the eastern entrance to the Shops at the Galleria behind the old Jim Bob’s BBQ (now The Trading Post Wine Bar and Grill.)  They plan to build a 5500 square foot free-standing restaurant with a 4000 square foot deck area and a rooftop cantina.  Key design points for the eatery include a “hillside cocktail/waiting area embracing the existing arroyo and oak trees” and an “open rooftop deck rimmed by cushioned buncos and serviced by an upstairs margarita bar and appetizer station.”  I can deal with that. 

Bring on June.  It’s gonna be a great summer in Bee Cave!


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Fall Carnival Time

by Michael Scheffe | October 23rd, 2009

LPE CarnivalSeems like just a couple of weeks ago we were still bemoaning 100 degree days and the merciless summer drought.  How could it be that today we awoke to a brisk 50 degree morning after 3 days of soaking rains? 

The answer:  FALL has apparently ARRIVED! With so much of our landscape adorned with evergreens (cedar and live-oaks) we can’t much look to changing leaf colors to signal this seasonal transition.  No sir.  In Central Texas nothing marks the Fall calendar better than the annual elementary school Halloween Carnival.  And that time is HERE.

So mark you calendars accordingly.  Some great ones:

Lake Pointe Elementary Carnival : this Saturday, October 24th 2-6 pm
Eanes Elementary Carnival: this Sunday, October 25th 1-5 pm
Cedar Creek Elementary,Carnival: this Saturday, October 24th 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

 


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New Bee Cave Central Park Opens

by Michael Scheffe | October 21st, 2009

Bee Cave Central ParkOn October 15th 2009, the City of Bee Cave  officially opened its brand new $4.5 million “Bee Cave Central Park”. 

The much-anticipated community park is situated on a picturesque 50 acres of rolling hill country landscape between R.R. 620 and State Hwy 71 in the shadow of the area’s new Hill Country Galleria.   The park’s activity-centric design features two large covered pavilions, playscapes, 2 miles of walking trails, sport courts, an enclosed dog park and a disc golf course. 

Although there’s plenty here to keep visitors active, it’s clear by the eco-friendly design that the natural surroundings are the real main attraction.


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