Art for the Holidays
Dec 22, 2011 | 5:25 pm
As part of the Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series, The Austin Symhony will present Elf in Concert, conducted by Peter Bay.
In the film, Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father.
The audience can relive this heartwarming holiday classic on a giant screen as every note of John Debney’s score is played live to picture.
With Small Business Saturday upon us, this is your annual reminder that skipping the Black Friday chaos at big-box stores not only saves you stress, but serves your community. According to a 2018 American Express study, approximately two-thirds (67 cents) of every dollar spent locally stays local, thanks to employee spending, local business purchases, and more.
With that in mind, the Downtown Austin Alliance recently shared findings from its second biannual inventory of downtown Austin storefront retail businesses to sere both Austin businesses and Austin shoppers in this busy season.
According to a release, the report helps the Downtown Alliance better understand the impact of these businesses on the overall health and vibrancy of downtown Austin. This year, the report found that Downtown Austin has over 680 storefront businesses in the sectors of drinks and entertainment, food, retail goods, and retail services.
Other key retail report findings include both good news and bad news. In bad news:
To further support Austin businesses during the busy holiday season, the Downtown Alliance launches its Holiday Passport this weekend on Small Business Saturday, November 26. According to the release, the Holiday Passport allows shoppers to shop from any participating retailer from November 26, 2022, to January 7, 2023, and scan a QR code at the time of purchase to earn entries for prize giveaways. The passport provides the perfect way to check off that holiday shopping list while still supporting small businesses.
Curious Austinites (and graph nerds) can download the full report here, as well as compare it to reports from previous years.