Editor's note: Covering a boomtown like Austin means we often pick up juicy tidbits that don't always warrant a full story, but we still think are worth sharing. Here are the five things we learned about Austin this week(ish).
It's always fun when publications based in other cities try to write about what to do in Austin (and by fun, we mean often eye-roll-inducing). Architectural Digest's latest attempt, entitled "3 Perfect Austin Itineraries for Design Lovers," hits all of the standards — Four Seasons, Jeffrey's, Barton Springs — along with a few unexpected gems such as Texas French Bread.
Design lovers will also love Design*Sponge's recent feature on a poppy new east side hotel. The beloved blog recently gave readers a peek into the East Austin Hotel, calling it "reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film." The new hotel from the team behind Second Bar + Kitchen opened earlier this summer, though we'd call it more "Wes Anderson takes a vacation to Palm Springs-esque."
When I was 14, the only advice I had to give involved eyebrow tweezing (and it was bad advice). Fourteen-year-old Mikaila Ulmer, CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade recently spoke to CNBC about running her own business and shared tips for budding entrepreneurs. Among the young Austinite's standout quotes? "When you have a big voice, make sure that you give others a voice behind you, and that you’re not only growing yourself but helping others grow and giving your expertise to others." Looks like the kids are alright.
Last week, the New York Times reported that a story from John Steinbeck, previously unpublished in English, has been unearthed right here in Austin. A researcher hired to sift through manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center (a gem and you should go visit immediately) stumbled across the manuscript, a 1,500-word comedy that takes place in Paris.
Ever wonder how Dillo Dirt is made? Well, no, we haven't either, but Popular Science recently interviewed Ian Moede, environmental program coordinator at Austin Water, about how it's made. It's a surprisingly funny and interesting process and worth the read.
In the wake of Saturday's devastating act of domestic terrorism in El Paso, Austinites are rallying to help our fellow Texans. On August 5, locals lined up for hours on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol to donate to We Are Blood, showing up in such big numbers that the blood drive ended early. Still looking for ways to help? Patch Austin has a good roundup of ways to donate, from musical fundraisers to money and more.
Speaking of Austinities helping others, People magazine recently featured Alan Graham, founder of nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes. The piece tells the story of East Austin's Community First! Village, the campus for formerly homeless locals run by Graham and ML&F.