With Valentine's Day around the corner, it's the sweetest time of the year in Austin. Whether you're looking for a chocolate gift set to give your friends or a special gift for your significant other, Austin sweet specialists have you covered for an ultimate sweet treat on Cupid's day.
Here are 17 shops around town offering sweet Valentine's Day specials.
Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co., 2626 State Hwy. 71 W.
Gift your significant other a pecan-filled Valentine's Day gift set from Berdoll Pecan Candy & Co. With four gift set assortments and different flavored pecans, the pecan specialists in town will help you find the perfect sweet treat for any pecan-lover.
You can find the different Valentine's Day gift sets from Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co here.
Dolce Neve, multiple locations
The beloved gelato shop in Austin is providing a Valentine's Day special unlike any other in town. Dolce Neve is offering a heart shaped gelato cake you never knew you needed until now. Filled with pistachio gelato, strawberry crumble, pistachio powder and white chocolate, you can purchase this cake for $30.
You can find more information on Dolce Neve's menu here.
Zucchini Kill Bakery, 701 E. 53rd St.
Completely vegan and gluten free, Zucchini Kill Bakery has Valentine's Day specials unlike any other place in town. The bakery is offering an assortment of different cupcakes, cream and waffle pies and brownies for Valentine's Day, plus a cookie and brownie box mix so you and your loved one can make a fresh batch from the comfort of your home.
You can find more information on sweets at Zucchini Kill Bakery here.
Edis Chocolates, 3808 Spicewood Springs Road Suite 102
Edis Chocolates has everything and anything to set the spirit for Valentine's Day this year. The sweet shop and bakery is offering different box assortments including an assortment of truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, all types of chocolate and so much more.
You can find the different Valentine's Day gift sets from Edis Chocolates here.
Tiny Pies, multiple locations
Trade in the usual chocolate set box for Tiny Pies this Valentine's Day. Tiny Pies is offering a Valentine's Day menu filled with different assortments of sweets. With cherry pie, chocolate tart, creme brulee and so much more on Cupid's day, the differently curated love boxes make for the perfect gift this Valentine's Day.
You can find the Valentine's Day gift sets from Tiny Pies here.
Lammes Candies, multiple locations
Lammes Candies has been providing Austinites with sweet treats since 1885 and this Valentine's Day is no different. The shop is offering various assortments of flavored chocolates, truffles, chocolate covered strawberries and praline gift sets for you and your special person.
You can find the Valentine's Day gift sets from Lammes Candies here.
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, 1905 S. 1st St.
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop has been keeping Austin sweet since 2008 and they don't plan on disappointing this year. The shop is offering different flavored cupcakes, cookies, macarons, hot cocoa bombs and chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine's Day, plus much more on their regular menu to help your sweet cravings this Valentine's Day.
You can find the Valentine's Day specials from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop here.
Maggie Louise Confections, 1017 E. 6th St.
Maggie Louise Confections is offering specialty sweets unlike any other shop in Austin. With an assortment of beautifully decorated and hand painted chocolate gift sets, you can find the perfect sweet treat for your Valentine's or Galentine's day celebrations.
You can find the Valentine's Day gift sets from Maggie Louise Confections here.
Michelle's Patisserie, 12233 RR 620 N. Suite 114
Michelle's Patisserie is not messing around this Valentine's Day. The shop is offering Valentine's cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, a Valentine's cookie decorating kit, plus a Valentine's "Afternoon Tea at Home Box" featuring four tea sandwiches, salmon canape, a mini quiche, scone, fresh fruit and five desserts for $35.
You can find the different Valentine's Day gift sets from Michelle's Patisserie here.
See's Candies, 10710 Research Blvd.
See's Candies chocolate shop has so many different types of chocolate assortments you'll struggle picking just one for Valentine's Day. From dark, white and milk chocolate plus some special flavors including caramel, almond, coconut and so much more, this is the place to hit for a different assortment of Valentine's Day gift sets.
You can find the Valentine's Day gift sets from See's Candies here.
SRSLY Chocolate, 117 E. Third St., Taylor, Texas
This Texas-made chocolate shop offers deliciously addicting chocolates with fresh ingredients. Besides the typical chocolate bars and brownies, SRSLY Chocolate is offering a limited edition love bar featuring dark chocolate, rose petals and cranberry for your Valentine.
You can find the different chocolates offered at Srsly Chocolate here.
Hayley Cakes & Cookies, multiple locations
This Austin bakery has all the sweets you and yours desire for Valentine's Day. From an assortment of cookies, brownies cupcakes, and more, Hayley Cakes & Cookies has your sweet treat for the upcoming special day.
You can find the different assortment of sweets offered at Hayley Cakes & Cookies here.
Antonelli's Cheese Shop, 4220 Duval St.
If you prefer savory over sweet on Valentine's Day, Antonelli's Cheese Shop has you covered. The shop is offering two different assortments featuring different cheeses, meats, chocolates and fruits for the perfect Valentine's Day gift. With their 10 year anniversary on Feb. 11, the shop is celebrating big this year by offering giveaways everyday until Valentine's Day.
You can find more information on the Valentine's Day gift sets from Antonelli's Cheese Shop here.
La Pâtisserie, multiple locations
Treat yourself and your significant other with sweets from this traditional French pastry shop in Austin. La Patisserie is offering special Valentine's Day decorated macarons, cookies, eclairs, tarts and so much more to share the love and sweetness on Sunday.
You can find out more on what La Patisserie has to offer here.
Foliepop's, 1340 Galleria Circle Suite A-140
If you're looking to send your significant other a kiss on Valentine's Day, look no further. Foliepop's is offering signature decorated French kiss cakes with vanilla mousse and strawberry jelly, plus different assortments of chocolate tartelettes you can give your special someone.
You can find the different Valentine's Day specials from Folliepop's here.
Crema Bakery & Cafe, 9001 Brodie Lane
Crema Bakery has all the sweetness you, your significant other and friends need this Valentine's Day. The shop is offering chocolate covered strawberries, hot cocoa bombs, cakes, DIY sugar cookie kits, cheesecake, a locally-grown succulent with a cactus-theme cookie and so many more sweet options.
You can find the different Valentine's Day specials from Crema Bakery here.
Austin Food and Wine Alliance Citywide Sugar High Bake Sale
Not sure which shop to pick for your Valentine's Day sweets? The Austin Food and Wine Alliance is bringing back the Citywide Sugar High online bake sale for Valentine's Day, and with over 20 participating shops, the online shop includes every sweet imaginable. Featuring cookies, pies, cakes, macarons and so much more, Austin bakers and pastry chefs have you covered for the perfect Valentine's Day sweet. Orders are available for pickup at Last Straw at 1914 E. 6th St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb 14. Delivery is also available.
You can find more information on the Austin Food and Wine Alliance Citywide Sugar High online bake sale here.
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Austin Community College’s renovated Rio Grande campus is back open to students who are gushing over the study spaces and views of downtown.
Updates to the historic building at 12th and Rio Grande—which was built in 1916 and previously a junior high school before becoming Austin High School—have been years in the making. A 2014 bond election funded the renovation work that started three years later, ultimately creating what ACC describes as a state-of-the-art college campus. ACC will host a ribbon cutting in October to celebrate the grand reopening.
“You’re downtown but you are in this incredibly cool, older building that has windows that somehow people have forgotten how to build now,” campus manager Michelle Raymond told Austonia during a tour of the building. She adds that she can only think of a couple of spaces where there isn’t natural sunlight.
The result is a warm and inviting feel inside with classrooms and resources like the student accessibility services office, an accelerator area with computers and conference rooms and more.
Outside, an amphitheater-like space that was mostly just dirt before the renovations has seating for students to work or have lunch.
“The project manager really envisioned trying to squeeze the most out of the inner city college vibe that we could get,” Raymond said. “And this is a really lovely space that they carved out. It's got electricity, there's WiFi out here. Students can come and hang out.”
When it comes time for activities or meetings, there’s a multipurpose room. Raymond notes that the floor mostly hosts computer classes, but it’s used for various occasions and even once Pentagon staff met in the room.
There’s even more to come, including a shop called Cafe Rio that will serve sandwiches, pastries, and other snacks and drinks. And in the coming semesters, the Computer Information Systems department is moving onto the campus to join instructors from VMware in teaching.
The Rio Grande campus also has the Army Futures Command, a subsidiary of the army where soldiers build their software programming skills. Raymond says each six months, ACC will have a group made up of 25 soldiers and five civilians that will be there for three years.
“Some have degrees in software programming but others don't,” Raymond said. “So they are kind of using this as a way to keep their talent in the army.”
Even with the many changes, a key to the renovation project involved preserving features as a way to marry old with the new, Raymond says.
That includes details like windows overlooking an atrium from the original site that were given a new life after being hand cleaned and painted. Or an engraving on the building labeling it John T. Allan High School.
“It really is a huge transformation from what it used to be,” Raymond said. “The ceilings feel higher, the colors are brighter, it's more open, better use of space.”
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A new development featuring homes worth $11.75 million and up is coming to Austin's West Lake Hills.
Five well-known architecture firms will converge to create a luxury six-home development, dubbed the Wildcat Club, in the affluent Austin suburb. Prices will start at $11.75 million and will range from 5,750 to 9,500 square feet.
The enclave consists of six lots ranging from one to 4.5 acres. (Foursquare Builders)
Perched on lots ranging from one to 4.5 acres, the homes will be partially customized for their owners. Buyers will be able to choose the interiors, furnishings and finishes of their homes and can choose to automate their properties through two "nationally known" tech companies, Foursquare Builders owner Wes Wigginton told the Austin Business Journal.
The vision was to create a "community of architecturally significant homes" that are held to "a standard that's considerably higher than what most people think of when they think of a real estate development," Wigginton said.
Firms involved include Furman + Keil Architects, McKinney York Architects, Jay Corder Architects and Clayton-Korte Architects and System D Architects, which designed two homes. Foursquare narrowed down from 10 firms to create a uniquely-designed, cohesive enclave of homes, Wigginton said.
The biggest home has already been sold and pays a testament to the development's standard of luxury. Outside, the property features a pool and spa, outdoor kitchen, and three second-floor patios, while the inside includes a master bedroom and den, gourmet kitchen and butlers' pantry, game room, office and elevator.
Each property has been designed by a different architecture firm with luxury living in mind. (Foursquare Builders)
Austin has become a hub for luxury properties, and the developments' location within West Lake Hills puts it in the third-richest zip code in Texas. The Wildcat Club will be built off Wildcat Hollow near Westlake Drive.
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