New in retail: Gucci, Dr. Martens, Vuori and 8 more coming to Domain NORTHSIDE in first months of 2022
New year, new stores to choose from! Coming to Domain NORTHSIDE this year is a plethora of new shops to grab your luxury goods from, including the long-awaited Gucci store.
These 11 new additions to Domain NORTHSIDE aren't the only shops opening this year—in fact, this is just the beginning. Though few exact dates have been released, the following are all scheduled to open their doors in the first three months of the year, meaning you can look forward to even more grand openings in the latter months.
So what's on the schedule?
Anine Bing | Rock Rose Ave.
Focusing on the minimalistic color palette preferred by Scandinavians but inspired by energetic Americans, Anine Bing will open its very first standalone Texas location at Domain NORHTSIDE this quarter. The eponymous brand seeks to give women a "timeless yet rebellious" new style characterized by high-quality materials like silk, linen, cashmere and 14k gold. Located on Rock Rose across from Nike, the store will be the sixth standalone location in the U.S.
Dr. Martens | Rock Rose Ave.
Another new addition to the Rock Rose strip, Dr. Martens' famous chunky shoes and boots will be available to purchase in person soon. This will be the first Dr. Martens in Austin and the fourth in Texas, with shops in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.
Gucci | Century Oaks Park
The extremely popular designer brand is making its first Austin appearance, scheduled to open at the very tail end of March. Though previous fans would have had to drive south to the outlet store in San Marcos, or as far as Houston and Dallas to get their Gucci fix, the store is slated to open on Century Oaks Park at The Domain next to Tiffany & Co. in late March.
Albion | Palm Way
Founded by husband and wife duo Dave and Liz Findlay in Salt Lake City, Albion is a new take on sustainably-made women's pieces from swimsuits to athleisure to dresses. Inside the upcoming store on Palm Way, you'll find comfortable, versatile and easy-to-style pieces.
Reformation | Rock Rose Ave.
Boasting a reputation for being 100% carbon neutral, Los Angeles-based women's clothing brand Reformation aims to celebrate the feminine figure while adding in masculine touches. This will be Reformation's second local location, with one already on South Congress.
Vuori | Domain Blvd.
Vuori at the Domain NORTHSIDE will be the brand's Texas debut, joining only 13 stores across the country. A premium activewear apparel company, Vuori sells styles for men and women that are inspired by the California coastline. The new store will be located at the intersection of Rock Rose Ave. and Domain Blvd. across from RH The Gallery.
Joybird | Palm Way
Built around the idea that your home furnishings should be as boldly original as the home around it, Joybird offers both upscale designs and custom-made furniture made for unique tastes. The new showroom on Palm Way will be the second in Texas, with a storefront in Dallas, and the seventh across the country.
Room & Board | Palm Way
With more than 90% of products made by American craftspeople, Room & Board is dedicated to sustainable, quality, modern home furnishings. With plans for Room & Board to open in February, the showroom will open on Palm Way
Specialized | 3200 Palm Way
Coming this spring, Austin-based Specialized will open its first physical location to the many bicycle enthusiasts of Central Texas. The brand has been partnering with bicycle retailers since 1974, so the Palm Way location right next to Nina Berenato will be the first time to have a store in almost 50 years.
Honest Lash | Domain Drive
Coming in hot with its third Austin location, Honest Lash wants to help customers step up their lash and eyebrow game while the rest of their face is shrouded with a mask. Inside are licensed specialists, who are trained to help match your face to the desired length, fullness and shape of their brows and lashes. Honest Lash will open in February.
Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery | Domain Blvd.
With more than a dozen locations in the Austin area, Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery is well-known to Austinites. With a full range of dermatology, cosmetic surgery, injections and laser treatments, the new clinic is set to open on Domain Blvd.
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By Jonathan Lee
The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.
The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'
Historic preservationists, for their part, overwhelmingly support historic zoning, which would preserve the buildings in perpetuity. The Historic Landmark Commission unanimously voted to initiate historic zoning in July, citing architectural significance, landscape features and association to historic figures. City staffers recommend historic zoning, calling both structures one-of-a-kind examples of vernacular architecture.
Tarrytown neighbors have also banded together to stop the demolition. Many have written letters, and a few spoke at the meeting. “How could anyone buy this property with the intent of destroying it?” Ila Falvey said. “I think it’s an architectural treasure.”
Michael Whellan, an attorney representing the property owner, said that the claims made by preservationists are shaky. The buildings are run down, he said, and have had substantial renovations. A structural engineer hired by the owner said any attempt at preservation would involve tearing down and rebuilding – an undertaking Whellan said would likely cost millions.
Whellan also argued that any historical significance derived from the property’s association with Delisle and longtime owner C.H. Slator is dubious. “These men are not noted for any civic, philanthropic or historic impact,” he said.
What’s more, according to Whellan, Slator likely participated in segregation as the owner of the Tavern on North Lamar Boulevard between 1953 and 1960.
A city staffer, however, said she found no evidence to support the claim. “We would never landmark a property where a segregationist lived, or there was a racist person,” Kimberly Collins with the Historic Preservation Office said.
Commissioner Awais Azhar couldn’t support historic zoning in part due to lingering uncertainty about Slator. “Focusing on that factor is not here to disparage an individual or family. It is not about playing the race card. This is an important assertion for us to consider as Planning commissioners,” Azhar said.
Commissioner Carmen Llanes Pulido said that allegations of racism should come as no surprise. “We’re talking about white male property owners in the 1950s, in Austin, on the west side – and of course they were racist,” she said. But she argued that allowing the house to be demolished based on these grounds does nothing to help people of color who have been harmed by racism and segregation.
The question of tax breaks was also controversial. Michael Gaudini, representing the property owner, said that the tax breaks associated with historic zoning would exacerbate inequality by shifting property tax burdens to less affluent communities. City staffers estimate that the property, appraised at $3.5 million, would get either a $8,500 or $16,107 property tax break annually, depending on whether a homestead exemption is applied.
Commissioner Grayson Cox preferred the commission focus not on tax breaks but on whether the structures merit preservation. “To me, nothing in the historic preservation criteria lists, is this person deserving of a tax break or not?”
Azhar, on the other hand, said he plans to propose a code amendment getting rid of city property tax breaks for historic properties.
The commission fell one vote short of recommending historic zoning, with six commissioners in support and three opposed. Azhar and commissioners Claire Hempel and Greg Anderson voted against.
The odds of City Council zoning over an owner’s wishes are slim. Nine out of 11 members must vote in favor, and there have only been a handful of such cases over the past several decades.
What's new in Austin food & drink this week:
- Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
- Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
- Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
- Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
- Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
- Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
- The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
- Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
- P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.