December 2012

Gift Guide 2012

DJ, Lana & Lucy's Maria's Taco Express

Our little secret is hardly confidential to the dozens we’ve shared tacos, margaritas and good times with at Maria’s Taco Xpress, including its soulful, beautiful proprietor, Maria Corbalan.

DJ and I did not meet until a decade after Maria’s opened in 1997. This meant that our earliest trips to Maria’s South Austin institution were done independently. From 2006 on, Maria’s has become as much a part of our lives as our daily runs, coffee stops or art outings.

Salty Sow

Salty Sow was hard to ignore. The drumbeat of accolades was constant and loud—especially from my most trusted foodie friends. Best pork belly ever, they gushed. Try the chicken thighs, they swooned. But I kept pushing back, wary that Salty Sow was just another trendy snout-to-tail, pork-centric restaurant. Boy, was I wrong. When I finally relented, I discovered a restaurant as delightful as its fans had promised.

I should’ve known from its pedigree alone: the management team comes from a long line of Austin winners like Hopdoddy, Eddie V’s and Z'Tejas. In May, they transformed a Manor Road revolving door (Red House Pizza, Stortini, John Mueller’s BBQ, et al) into Salty Sow, a charmer that I suspect will be around for a long time.

Billy Reid

With his modern approach to classic style, designer Billy Reid brings unparalleled craftsmanship to downtown Austin.

Designer Billy Reid recalls a childhood spent wandering his mother’s boutique in the quiet town of Amite, Louisiana. Tucked away in his grandmother’s old home, the shop left Reid with a lasting appreciation for expressive design, which continues to shape his work today. “I started designing my own collection mainly to make things I wanted to wear or have in my wardrobe,” he says. “That was 15 years ago, and I still like to work like that.” Though his designs have been highly acclaimed across the country, earning the designer the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Reid is a proudly self-proclaimed “son of the South,” with an eye for elegance and a hint of Southern charm.

The Holiday Gift Guide

This season’s guide to unique gifts for every person on your list, no matter what their fancy.

The Southern Gentleman

1. Bow Tie by Billy Reid
American made self-tie bowtie with an adjustable neck. 90% Wool 10% Silk.
Billy Reid | 1122 West 6th Street

2. Beard
By Austin local Matt Rainwaters, BEARD is a magnificent showcase of chops, bristles and whiskers. This book belongs on the shelf of any true facial hair connoisseur. Make sure to get BEARD: The Book: The App as well to interact with all the famous beards in the book.
Matt Rainwaters | STAG & Domy Books

10 People to Watch: Evan Baehr

Evan Baehr\Co-founder, Outbox

From Princeton, Harvard and Yale to Facebook, this visionary is taking postal mail digital from a home base in Austin.

What is Outbox?
Outbox makes all of your postal mail digital, so you can get rid of junk mail, keep important things organized and never have to go to your mailbox again. Together, our company and users are working to make the planet greener and life easier. On November 5, we launched in Austin, our incubation city before we launched nationally. In the first week, hundreds of users signed up all over Austin, from Lakeway to Mueller, and have been gushing with positive reviews.

10 People to Watch: Virginia Cumberbatch

Virginia Cumberbatch | Coordinator of Client Services, Hahn, Texas & Founder, Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals

The passionate Austin native made a post-grad return to Austin, bringing change to the city she loves.

Why Austin?
Beyond the opportunities God has afforded me with, Austin is continually striving to improve its living conditions. It is a blessing to be a part of those efforts and a privilege to work in a city that encourages collaboration and innovation. 

What is your role at Hahn? 
As Coordinator of Client Services, I help our clients determine their message and tell their story to those best positioned to hear it. 

10 People to Watch: Will Meredith

Will Meredith | Principal, MFI Real Estate & 5 Axis Design

From community development to advanced design technology, this modern Renaissance man envisions an exciting future for the capital city.

Why Austin?
I lived in Northern California until 1992, when my father, Tom, moved our family here. This city and its people have been very kind to us, and I intend to do what I can to keep Austin known for its kind people, inclusive creativity and academic and civic foundations. 

Why has Austin been a good place for you to live and work?
The real sense of connectedness here forces a humility and authenticity that is rare in most big cities. One’s reputation, honesty and hand-shake can still mean something here.  

10 People to Watch: Alex Winkelman

Alex Winkelman | Founder, Citizen Generation

Don’t let this dynamo’s petite stature fool you—she is making big changes in this city, leading the charge for the growing community of enthusiastic, young philanthropists.

Why Austin?
I’ve been in Austin since I was five. My family and the community have kept me here all of these years. It’s a very cool experience to be in the middle of this growing city and to be a positive force of change.

What career moment are you most proud of?
Most recently, hiring Citizen Generation’s second and third employees and getting our first office has been an extremely proud moment. This represents success and growth to me. And on November 9, we hosted our 46th event, The 4th Annual CharityBash Live Auction, which raised over $100,000 for local nonprofits. This was definitely a highlight.

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