MAKE WAY FOR THE COOL

Around the state there’s something new and interesting happening on every block, it seems. According to our go-go team of Jake Gaines (Austin), Tori Johnson (San Antonio), Ellie Morrison (San Antonio), Jennifer Roosth (Houston) and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas) something fun is always stirring up when they are on the scene.

                                          

Austin

MEET US UPSTAIRS

The new rooftop deck to be is at Upstairs at Caroline at the new Aloft Hotel downtown. Cocktail of choice? Adult sno-cones that must be tried to be believed. At AloftAustinDowntown.com

Photography courtesy of Aloft

EAST SIDE ESCAPADE

It’s all happening on the eastside these days.  The hippest venue would be Kitty Cohen’s. Its patio and cocktails have a strong 70s vibe, sans the beanbag chairs. At KittyCohens.com

Photography courtesy of Kitty Cohen’s

DART IN

An Austin classic, this vintage 1950s Dart Bowl can claim its cheese enchilada plate as one of best things in the city…and at the retro sporting venue. A mecca for parties and fun, why not re-create your own Happy Days here? At DartBowl.com

Photography courtesy of Dart Bowl

Dallas

GET ME TO CITY HALL

Opening on the site of Dallas’s original City Hall, The Adolphus Hotel just opened City Hall Bistro, a Southern European-inspired bistro that features shareable fare, an approachable wine list, and craft cocktails housed in a bright space. At Adolphus.com/City-Hall-Bistro

Photography courtesy of City Hall

MAGIC MAN

In Dallas, where charity galas and luncheons are beyond plentiful, how does a non-profit make their event stand out in the crowd? By hiring Hamilton Sneed of HAS Events. His passion lies in creating emotional & memorable experiences, having helped Dallas non-profits raise over six million dollars since founding his company in 2010. At HASEvents.com

Photography by Maxine Helfman

DADDY-DAUGHTER BONDING

Blushington recently introduced Makeup101 classes specially designed for Fathers and Daughters to learn and enjoy together. During the 90-minute class empowers dads to be more hands-on with their daughters and creates a bond that is powerful for both. At Blushington.com

Photography courtesy of Blushington

HOUSTON

ABSOLUTELY A’BOUZY

The French Riviera-inspired newcomer a’Bouzy (pronounced “ah-boozy”) hits the city with lots of bubbly. It offers over 150 types of champagne, along with a daily lunch and dinner menu including American cuisine, including seasonal seafood and a raw bar.

At Abouzi.com

Photography courtesy of a’Bouzy

LIVING DEFINITELY

Define Living, the premiere meditation studio and wellness space, created by Henry Richardson, offers peace of mind as the ultimate luxury of supporting guests as they experience personal growth, believing that as important as it is to move the body for health and wellness, it’s even more important to be still, sit, breathe, and receive. At DefineLiving.com

Photography courtesy of Define Living

LET’S DO LAUNCH

Houston First Corporation (HFC) has partnered with seasoned fashion influencer Sydney Dao of Squid Inc. to create LAUNCH, a downtown pop-up boutique, to showcase Houston’s growing and thriving fashion and design community.It  aims to promote and educate visitors and Houstonians alike of the high-level of goods designed and produced in the city. At LaunchTX.com

Photography courtesy of Launch

SAN ANTONIO

BE MY PARAMOUR

Touted as the rooftop bar with the best views of downtown San Antonio, Paramour is the perfect spot to relax: day or night. Order a coffee or a mimosa with a breakfast and take in the sunshine, or ascend up the staircase for your breezy nightcap. At ParamourBar.com

Photography by Jeffrey Burton

REGAL STROLL

A walking tour of The King William Historical District is like traveling back in time. Settled by wealthy German merchants in the late 1800s, San Antonio’s first suburb consists of 25 blocks of historic mansions and lush landscaping. At Our OurKWA.com

Photography of the Steves house courtesy Texas State Historical Assn.

SUPPER? SUPER.

The love the Hotel Emma is to appreciate historic preservation and interior design at its finest. On the bank of the San Antonio River, its American eatery Supper feels part farm table, part bistro table. The fare is just right in portion size and decadence- don’t skip dessert! At TheHotelEmma.com

Photography courtesy of Hotel Emma