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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The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, Friday morning. Moments later, Austin City Council set a special meeting for next month to pass a resolution aimed at decriminalizing abortion.
The GRACE Act, which stands for guarding the right to abortion care for everyone, is a twofold plan submitted by council member Jose “Chito” Vela. It recommends that city funds shouldn’t be used to surveil, catalog, report or investigate abortions. It also recommends that police make investigating abortion their lowest priority.
Council Member Vanessa Fuentes, who co-sponsored the resolution along with council members Paige Ellis, Kathie Tovo and Mayor Steve Adler, said the importance of the GRACE Act cannot be overstated.
“By introducing this resolution during a special session, City Council is doubling down on fighting back for reproductive health,” Fuentes said. “Items like the GRACE Act will promote essential healthcare while enabling individuals to exercise their bodily freedom.”
The act takes an approach similar to when former council member Greg Casar moved to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Ultimately, state law doesn't allow city officials to order police chiefs to adopt specific enforcement policies so the resolution would be a request to Police Chief Joe Chacon. In May, Politico reported that Vela is having "ongoing conversations" with Chacon about the proposal.
Austonia contacted Attorney General Ken Paxton for comment on the GRACE Act but did not hear back by time of publication. On Friday, Paxton celebrated the overturning of Roe and announced an annual office holiday on June 24 in recognition of the high court's decision.
In a press release, Vela said the Texas state government has a history of overturning municipal protections of human rights. Thirty days after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Texas will ban all abortions, with exceptions only to save the life of a pregnant patient or prevent “substantial impairment of major bodily function.”
Still, Vela expressed hope for the GRACE Act’s longevity. Council’s special meeting on it is set for the week of July 18.
“We know this resolution is legally sound, and Austin is not alone in this fight,” Vela said. “We are working with several other cities who are equally horrified by the prospect of an abortion ban and want to do everything they can to protect their residents.”
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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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