South Congress is getting more luxe by the minute with Soho House Austin debuting earlier this year, pristine handbag brand Hermes announcing it would open next year and Nak Armstrong opening its doors most recently.
Award-winning designer Nak Armstrong is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his namesake jewelry brand by opening a flagship boutique next to Austin's new Soho House, where it will be the only local brand in the development.
Opening on South Congress' newest development Music Lane, Nak Armstrong Fine Jewelry opened its doors for the first time last week. The new store carries Armstrong's entire collection, including his diffusion line, Nakard. Though it is Armstrong's first freestanding store, he has been featured in boutiques like Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York and Net-A-Porter.
A designer with a background in architecture, Armstrong has made a name for himself with his signature "stone plissé" setting that imitates ruched fabric and pixelated foliage-inspired designs. The store was designed to emulate Armstrong's complex design with geometric nuance, the brand's signature muted chartreuse and natural influences.
The store has been in the making for three years, as Armstrong sought to create a place that radiated a laid-back atmosphere and felt like Austin. Walking in, you'll see plenty of chartreuse velvet, hand-cut mosaic floors made with terracotta as a nod to Austin's Latin influences and Milanese accents, all brought to life by a team of Austin-based artisans and designers.
"Austin is so informal in some ways, yet people are craving another interpretation of that— something luxe but approachable," Armstrong said. "(It's) like a beautiful residence you wouldn't want to leave."
The jewelry boutique is nestled between Soho House and St. Cecelia Hotel and Residences in a long space where they house jewelry along parallel narrow walls. The space will open up a variety of events, like designer meet and greets, new collection launches, local art collaborations and upcoming 10th-anniversary celebrations according to a press release.
"Austin is not only a place that has fostered and supported my work, but it has also become a dynamic luxury market," Armstrong said. "If you had told me only a few years ago that South Congress was going to transform into a place that could support brands like mine, I wouldn't have believed you. You can feel the shift, and it's exciting to be a part of it."
The store is open from Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
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The Austin-Round Rock metro area saw the third-largest employment increase in the U.S. over the past year.
A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that nonfarm employment in the Austin metro rose 8.5% from March 2021 to March this year, trailing just behind Orlando, Florida at 8.6%.
The metro area that raked in the highest increase was Las Vegas, Nevada with a 12% jump.
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The Austin metro was a standout among the other metro areas when it comes to the change over a 5 and 10-year period, which increased by 19% and nearly 47%, respectively.
There are few things that Texans agree on but loving breakfast tacos is one of them.
A cheap, delicious, easy and prominent morning food, breakfast tacos are beloved by Central Texans. While most records point to the first breakfast “taquito” being created in Corpus Christi in the 1950s, Austin coined the term “breakfast taco” and ran with it.
Since then, breakfast tacos have been sold and enjoyed all over the city. If you’re a taco-enthusiast, give these spots a shot.
This is the stop for a dependable, affordable, tasty and easy breakfast taco. Six locations around the city—from South Austin to Burnet—serving $2.50 choose-your-filling breakfast tacos all day with a drive thru so you never have to leave your car. The taqueria has all things breakfast covered with coffee drinks and horchata on deck but can also transition to night with guava margaritas and micheladas.
Who doesn’t want a breakfast taco made by Granny? Granny’s Tacos is the place to be if you're looking for a taco unlike any other. Stuffed with corn chips and topped with mole, cotija, onion and jalapenos, the chilaquil taco is eggless but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat it for breakfast. However, you can always opt for migas, machaca or ranchero tacos.
Lovers of the classic bacon, egg and cheese will want to try a taco at Joe's Bakery, which batters its bacon before frying for an added crunch. Opened more than 75 years ago by Joe Avila, the shop has served cheap eats to generations of Austinites. Most tacos start at $2.25 each and come on a warm, homemade flour tortilla but Joe’s is a breakfast food paradise with other menu offerings like migas, pancakes and more.
Whether you’re after a simple build-your-own breakfast taco or a more adventurous creation for breakfast, Pueblo Viejo sells a healthy mix of both. Pueblo Viejo goes above and beyond when it comes to salsa with five varieties: Pico, tomatillo, creamy jalapeno, roasted habanero, and habanero and ghost chili. For a fan favorite, try a Migas taco or Don Chago breakfast taco—which comes with beans, cheese, bacon and avocado.
Though Rosita’s is known for its al pastor tacos, its homemade flour tortillas make an excellent foundation for breakfast tacos. At just $1.99 each, the pillowy tacos are scrambled on a flattop, available until 4 p.m. and can be delivered via drive thru. Rosita’s breakfast tacos barely scratch the surface of the pretty pink menu.
Not only does Tamale House East sport an impressively large menu, serve food in an enchanted seeming garden and serve as a 60-year institution, it also has a full parking lot in the heart of East 6th. No matter what you order—from the migas taco to the bacon, egg, cheese and ranchera taco to one of the signature tamales—it’s all made with Tamale House love.
This taqueria allows you to get your breakfast taco fix at any time of the day or night since it is open 24/7. The unassuming, mismatched exterior is home to an almost overwhelming amount of creatively-named tacos for sale, like the migas-based creamy Sriracha-topped “King George,” sausage and cheese “Bond Girl” or potato and cheese “Princess Leia (White Girl).” Make sure the forecast isn’t too hot to sit outside before you head out!
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ | 11500 Menchaca Rd.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ blends two of Central Texas’ greatest loves: Breakfast tacos and barbecue. Try The Real Deal Holyfield, topped with egg, beans, potato and bacon and a pick of your favorite smoked meat, like brisket or pulled pork. Get your order in early—Valentina’s is known for its long lines.
If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and get yourself a taco created by sisters-turned-chefs Reyna and Maritza Vasquez at Veracruz All Natural. The migas taco is renowned at Veracruz, though the El Sancho Taco and El Tradicional Taco provide a ranch of breakfast-inspired options. Don’t skip out on the aguas frescas!
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