STATEWIDE SAVVY

Around the state we find there’s something new and interesting happening on every block, according to our go-go team of Jake Gaines (Austin), Ellie Morrison (San Antonio), Jennifer Roosth (Houston) and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas).

Austin

CINEMA’S SHOWCASE

AFS Cinema, the Austin Film Society’s first ever two-screen art house theater, recently opened after an extensive renovation by the architect team of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and Designtrait. It offers full-schedule runs of the best in international and independent films that are new in theaters. A full bar and fresh, unexpected food offerings make it amazing, too.

 

IMAGE: Photography courtesy of Austin Film Society and David Lowery

LONGHORN SALUTE

A favorite for performer Dale Watson to croon, Ginny’s Little Longhorn is the insider’s insider place. Named one of the best dive bars in the country by the Washington Post and CNN, check out the surprise it has in store on Sunday afternoons.

 

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Ginny’s Little Longhorn

SWEETEST TREAT

Want to feel transported to your inner child again? Look no further than Big Top Candy Shop, a mainstay on South Congress. Every kind of vintage candy can be found, as well as ice cream. Our favorites sweet selects? Nik-L-Nips’ wax cola bottles, Pixy Stix and the Rainbow Coconut Bar, to name only a few.

 

IMAGE: Photography courtesy of Big Top Candy Shop

Dallas

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES

Avant Garden recently relocated its floral studio to a new 3000 sq. ft. home at The Shops of Highland Park. The store’s design has transitioned through the years to its current iteration of a dramatic aristocratic dining room with a modern twist. Owner Todd Fiscus says that in addition to the stunning floral creations he has come to be known for, new offerings include luxury home goods, unique antique finds, textiles and customized containers. At AvantGarden.com

 

IMAGE: Photography courtesy of Avant Garden

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME

Designed to address aging skin of the neck and décolletage, Nectifirm® has already been lauded as the #1 neck product recommended by medical professionals. Dallas-based Revision Skincare® is now expanding the Nectifirm® collection with the introduction of Nectifirm® ADVANCED, the first age-defying neck product to harness the power of the Microbiome. Turkey gobbler, be gone. At RevisionSkincare.com

 

IMAGE: Photography courtesy of Revision Skincare

STONE COLD DELICIOUS

“From our traps to your tables in less than 24 hours” is the claim of Trulucks’ Florida Stone Crab Season. The restaurant keeps a fleet of boats outside of Naples, Florida, where it brings in enough crab to provide their locations with fresh crab claws throughout the season. These post-worthy, emoji-worth and OMG-worth delicacies are available at all Truluck’s locations now through May 2018 in Dallas and other locations. At Trulucks.com

 

IMAGE: Photography courtesy of Trulucks.

HOUSTON

A REGAL STAY

Royal Sonesta hotel, the Uptown landmark, features 50,000 square feet of premier function space with three ballrooms and is a preferred location for many of the season’s most important social events. Additionally, recently hired Robert Graham is bringing new acclaim to catering offerings with a pedigree that spans from Manhattan’s Tavern on the Green to a number of Ritz-Carlton properties and prestigious clubs.

IMAGE: Photography courtesy of Royal Sonesta

INDOCHINE INSPIRATION

Inspired by 1920’s French Colonial Indochina, Le Colonial architect Mark Knauer has designed a chic and multi-textured oasis brimming with beautiful surfaces and fabulous finds in this escapist atmosphere it creates for guests. The River Oaks District views are with an open-air veranda outfitted with louvered shutters and soft seating vignettes with a perfect vantage point to watch the area’s coming and goings.

IMAGE: Photography courtesy of LeColonial

A GOLDEN AGE REBORN

In a city that has long buoyed the bigger is better mantra, Houston’s Hotel Alessandra aims to reverse tradition with intimate intrigue. The twenty-story, 223-room building, which occupies a prime site – formerly a restaurant pad – in downtown Houston’s pedestrian oriented GreenStreet development, is now open and entertaining her adopted friends and visitors in a home that incorporates opulent, keepsake reminders of her gilded past into thoroughly modern surroundings.

IMAGE:  Photography courtesy of Valencia Group.

SAN ANTONIO

IF WE COULD JUST BOTTLE THAT

Bottling Department’s Food Hall at the Pearl is built on the original site of the brewery’s bottling department, which turned out beer bottles even before the Pearl name was adopted in 1886. The robust Food Hall’s vendors include something for everyone: Bud’s Southern Rotisserie, Fletcher’s Hamburgers, Maybelle’s Donuts, Tenko Ramen, The Bar At Bottling Dept. and The Good Kind. At BottlingDept. com

IMAGE:  Photography courtesy Bottling Department

THE BIG EASIER

Enjoy New Orleans-style brunch six days-a-week. From Oysters Rockafella to Blue Crab omelette to shrimp and grits, these signature dishes are no longer reserved for when you’re in New Orleans. We love that rheir beignets are made in-house, from scratch in small batches, and served stuffed with either lemon curd or coffee + chicory pastry cream alongside a cup of chicory coffee or café au lait. At EatAtNOLA.com

IMAGE: Photography courtesy of Eat At NOLA.

LET’S MEET FOR COFFEE

A trendy coffeehouse that’s always buzzing with the energy of entrepreneurs and nearby creative business folk, Rosella Coffee is in a former warehouse and provides great quality coffee, food, beer and wine and endless inspiration in its industrial atmosphere, for those needing a power meeting location or a quiet spot for their latest project.

IMAGE: Photography courtesy of Rosella Coffee