Prime Day is finally here and you know what that means... shop 'til you drop!
Prime Day, Amazon's annual sale for Prime members, lasts through tomorrow with coveted deals on well-known products and flash deals that you have to be quick to catch. There are thousands of items on sale this time around, from fashion to outdoor accessories to the latest technology. Of all the products Amazon has in store this year, here are a few things that every Austinite needs.
Since hot weather is finally here (and here to stay for the next several months), you might want to start investing in your mosquito protection, lest you spend the entire summer covered in bites. If you plan on spending time on the porch, citronella candles are your best friend. You can stock up on 12 of them for just $15 or a heavy-duty 20-ounce candle for $7, saving you 10% and 18%, respectively. However, if you're really trying to amp up your repellent game, consider investing in a freestanding electric bug zapper to protect yourself from all types of creepy crawlies; $27 (you'll save about $7) could keep you safe across 6,000 feet so you'll never have to worry about bites again!
Fret no more about bringing your expensive speakers poolside—now is prime time to invest in a waterproof sound system so you can enjoy it all summer long, whether you're at the pool, beach or the lake. The massive AOMAIS GO Bluetooth Speaker is so water-resistant that you could bring it into the water with you and enjoy over 40 hours of music on one charge. When it is dry, the speaker system also functions as a power bank, all for $56 right now. But if you're looking for something just a bit more portable, the INSMY Portable Bluetooth Speaker is just as waterproof and boasts an affinity for bass at just $27.
Texas summers are hot, which can make it hard to sleep, especially if you've got your thermostat set high to conserve energy. If the heat makes it hard for you to sleep comfortably, you might want to upgrade your bed setup with some cooling linens. The Comfort Spaces Coolmax sheets are more than 30% off at $25 for a king-size set, with five different neutral colors to choose from. If you're really trying to keep cool, the Elegear cooling blanket is woven with yarn designed to keep you comfortable and dry all night long. The blanket is more than 30% ranging from $29-48 depending on the size.
Though it will run you close to $100, you'll be glad you got an air purifier when cedar fever hits. The AZEUS H13 True HEPA Air Purifier claims to remove 99.99% pollen, pet dander, smoke and dust for more than 1,000 square feet, giving your allergies or asthma a break from the outside world. You can grab the Azeus H13 for $141, more than $100 off the original price, or the $80 Dreamegg Air Purifier that works for up to 269 square feet.
You can't enjoy summer properly without a reliable pair of sandals, especially not if you're planning on soaking in the sun. Go the classic, comfy route with a pair of Adidas slides for only $20, or a pair of Birkenstock-esque sandals for the same price. There's also the rugged Rockport fisherman sandals for $30.
Imagine the outdoor summer movie nights you could host if only you had your own projector. DR. J Professional is offering everything you need to open your own home movie theater for Prime Day: a 1080p mini projector with USB and video game capabilities and a 100-inch screen. Just $80 (you save $20) could turn the tide on your weekend gatherings, pool parties or summertime at home with the family.
If working from home has made you realize that your setup is just not up to snuff, now is the time to get all your upgrades in. Chromebooks, Lenovo and HP devices are up to 25% off through the end of Prime Day, meaning you could land yourself a brand new touchscreen HP Chromebook for as little as $290 or a full 27-inch Acer Aspire desktop computer complete with a wireless keyboard and mouse for just $680 so you will never have to deal with your outdated setup again.
Prime Day is targeting your not-so-green thumb with smart planters, which keep your greenery alive and well, even when you don't have time to take care of them. Start small with a Chirisen self-watering planter for only $17.50 or go fancy with the ALISS Pro Hydroponic Growing System that monitors your plants' nutrient levels, featuring a grow light and oxygen circulation system that can support up to 12 pods for $55, saving you more than $70.
Whether your old headphones are starting to sound off or you just want to experience the new, sleek Apple Airpods Pro, you're in luck. You can snag any of the Airpod generations for a fraction of the new price. You can save $60 on the Airpods Pro, which will run you $190 after the discount, wireless Airpods for $150 or Airpods with a wired charging case for $120. No matter what you choose, you're getting a good deal!
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Move-in has started for a new 300-foot tower a few blocks away from the University of Texas at Austin.
Known as Waterloo Tower, the fully leased building totals 229,728 square feet and is located off of the Drag, along 24th Street. The Austin-based developer, LV Collective, says this location offers easy access to West Campus restaurants and shops and connects residents to the UT campus.
With 241 units and 796 beds, residents have perks like Daydreamer Coffee in the lobby and a rooftop amenity level. The rooftop has unobstructed views of downtown Austin and the UT campus, plus private cabana-style seating areas, a hot tub and waterfall edge pool.
The building broke ground in 2020 near the start of the pandemic and was completed ahead of schedule. LV Collective CEO David Kanne noted the particular care to the interiors that ensured the building was "thoughtfully-designed with spaces that capture the vivacity of UT Austin students, as well as provide our residents and guests with an amenity-rich experience designed to accommodate and enrich the college lifestyle.”
The tower came to be through an amendment to the University Neighborhood Overlay in 2019. It allows developers to build more units than are allowed by a site's base zoning if they agree to set aside a portion of units for income-restricted affordable housing. So Waterloo Tower allocated two floors of the 30-story tower to affordable housing.
The architecture of the project was taken on by Austin-based architects BOKA Powell and TBG Partners for landscaping while interiors were carried out by Chelsea Kloss.
Other student developments by LV Collective include West Campus buildings The Ruckus and Moontower.
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When it comes to the 2022 Austin mayoral and City Council election set for Nov. 8, voters can examine the actual performance of the two incumbents seeking reelection. But what of the other 31 candidates whose names may be on the ballot and vying to be the new mayor or one of the five council members on the dais?
Aside from what these candidates say on the campaign trail, publish on their campaign websites, or post on social media, how do we judge their fitness for office? This article focuses on how much and how often each of the 33 candidates have participated in democracy by casting their votes at the ballot box.