Make shopping fun again! 2020 marks the launch of our newest IBIZ District, Manor Road, so there are now nine IBIZ Districts offering a wide array of gift choices. Now through Christmas Eve, find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including those last minute relatives you just found out are coming to visit. (And psst… don’t forget to treat yourself as well. Santa would want that!)
Start the IBIZ Holiday Shop Hop and bring it all back home!
Santa says everybody eats! Buy a $50 gift card from Sala and Betty and get a $10 gift card for yourself… or $100 gift card gets you a $20 card for yourself. Yes they have amazing sandwiches, soups, and burgers, but don’t be too surprised if you see something like this Chef’s Special on the menu: Braised Rabbit With Mustard Cream. Mmm!
5201 Airport Blvd.
Mmm, lobster! Live Maine lobsters boiled on Saturdays are the perfect occasion to celebrate. Take your loved ones out for a special treat at Quality Seafood Market, and come home with fresh seafood for your holiday get-togethers.
5621 Airport Blvd.
Yes, they have stocking stuffers and gifts galore… but did you know that Toy Joy hosts a toy swap on the first Sunday of the month? Make room for all the new shiny things in your life by letting someone else love the toys that have served your family well. Sunday, January 5, 2019. See Facebook for details.
4631 Airport Blvd., Ste. 114
This month’s craft workshop will get you into the festive spirit, Texas-style! Have fun creating a unique holiday succulent that will live year-round with minimal care. All materials are provided, along with a Blue Owl 12oz. collectors glass and four sips of sour to enjoy while you craft. Saturday, December 14, 5-7pm. Also: Sour Apple Mull Launch on 12/13.)
2400 E. Cesar Chavez, Ste. 300
Join Mr. Natural for their annual vegan gingerbread house building and decorating party on Winter Solstice, December 21, with snacks, vegan hot chocolate, and a Christmas photo booth perfect for taking pictures with your finished gingerbread house! Included is a “Santa’s little helper” apron (kid size) and Junior Chef hat for you to keep. Gingerbread house kits are for sale at both locations, and they also have Yule log cakes!
1901 E. Cesar Chavez
Conscious, intentional networking? Yes please! Join Soma Vida for their first Cacao & Connections event Wednesday December 11th from 9am-10:30 in the Soma Vida Gallery: open networking & connecting, morning meditation games, and 45-second flash pitches about your businesses and projects. Warm cacao provided by Third Eye Lounge. Soma Vida also offers event hosting and founder resources to help you implement your 2020 business ideas!
2324 E. Cesar Chavez
You don’t have to travel to another continent to experience a little taste of Argentina: Buenos Aires Cafe delivers with an authentic menu, evocative local decor, and even live tango! Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6pm, and on Mondays enjoy ½ price bottles. They also offer event hosting options from intimate gatherings to big parties (pssst… in fact, it is possible to reserve the whole restaurant.)
1201 E. Sixth
If you need space to convene a family gathering or a friends retreat, Inn Cahoots is a four-story boutique hotel and event venue in the heart of the Sixth Street entertainment district featuring five spacious and versatile condo-style suites, a sprawling rooftop deck overlooking Downtown Austin, and more than 8,000 sq. ft. of convertible indoor/outdoor gathering space.
1221 E. Sixth
Winner of the Austin Chronicle’s “Best of” 2019 Readers Poll for Best Noodles and Ramen! Hot soup for cold days: like the “Mi-So-Hot,” the spicy version of the “Mi-So-Not” (pork bone broth, miso blend, goma pork, ajitama, scallion, napa cabbage, bean sprout, corn.) This is not the ramen you ate at the dorm, folks!
1600 E. Sixth
Austin’s longest-running skate shop since 1987! This seasonally-appropriate red and white beanie looks like something Santa might wear on his more casual days… maybe skating down an Austin street rocking the best hipster beard ever! (Validated garage parking with purchase in the Corazon Garage at 505 San Marcos.)
1011 E. Sixth
This candy-stripe-fabulous multi-purpose Turkish towel, made of extra-lightweight and absorbent Turkish cotton, is especially good for traveling and can also be used as a sarong, tablecloth, scarf, picnic blanket, and more! Owner Bibi has gathered the fruits of her travels to pass along to you with love and stories from inside Sheila, her vintage Chevy Grumman step van, retrofitted to welcome visitors with reclaimed wood, plants, and bohemian comfort at the corner of 11th and Lydia.
1200 E. 11th
Miranda Bennett Studio is a collection of modern, plant-dyed apparel made in the USA (in fact, it is dyed, cut, sewn and shipped within a 9 mile radius in Austin, Texas.) They are having a Holiday Vibe party at their flagship next Friday the 13th from 5-8pm, and you are invited! There will be a special gift for their first 10 guests, raffled prizes, and night-of-just-for-you deals. Let them shower you in warmth, friendship and the best of the season!
1211 E. 11th Ste. 101
Experience Rosewood’s “Holiday High Tea” in this historic 1890 home on Sunday, December 15 from 3-5 pm. A range of teas, traditional tea sandwiches, and an assortment of cookies will be served. They also offer a picnic basket service every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with charcuterie, cold fried chicken, pimento cheese spread, freshly pickled cucumbers, cookies, and a bottle of Rosé.
1209 Rosewood Ave.
Already planning a vacation from your vacation? Start the new year off right with Liz’s 3rd Annual New Year’s Day Restore, from 2:30-4:30pm. To take it a step further, Sukha Yoga offers a six-month, 200 hour weekend meditation training teaching “techniques to help regulate our nervous system when life gets crazy, how to become more compassionate with ourselves and others, how to recognize our attachments to stories, thoughts, situations that come up in our lives…” Gift cards are available.
1050 E. 11th
Family photos are a timeless gift to be treasured… all we really have is our time together, after all. Honor both old and new memories by getting your favorites framed by the artistry of Blue Skies Frame Company: creatively inclined, conservation-minded, and detail-oriented.
Are you a prepper? As in… prep for holiday parties? Full-service salon (blowouts, updos, cuts, colors, etc.) offers eyelash and brow extensions and tinting, brow, lip, and chin waxing, threading, and probably other esoteric treatments that some of us have never heard of. Treat yourself: every Christmas tree needs a star.
4410 Medical Parkway
Some of the local vendors Café Pacha works with include AIBA members Texas Coffee Traders and Wheatsville Co-op, along with Zhi Tea, Austin Farmers’ Market, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, The Austin Honey Company, White Mountain Foods, Rockstar Bagels, and Coyote Creek Eggs. Their dairy products are also organic and come from happy grass-fed cows pastured in Texas.
For the serious bling! Wilson Jewelers was established in 1975 and is still a family-owned-and-operated business. They specialize in custom designs as well as repairs, and their master bench jeweler has over 47 years experience and offers quick turnaround times on in-house watch repairs and refurbishing. Go get y’all some sparkles for that stocking!
Winner of the Austin Chronicle’s “Best Of” 2019 Readers Poll for Best Pet Grooming! Need a place for your good ol’ buddy while you fly to see the family? Dirty Dog offers boarding in addition to their self-service dog grooming setup. Don’t miss them at the BYOD Ugly Sweater Paw-ty this Saturday December 14th from 1-3pm at Lustre Pearl East.
They almost left, but now they’re back! After closing in August 2019 after 65 years, the beloved Tex-Mex restaurant reopened on September 30 with the granddaughter of the original owners on board as part of the new leadership team. We all love these legacy businesses, so let’s show them some love! Long-standing members of the community are an important part of the local business ecosystem.
$10 Coworking Thursdays at MELD! Visit their coworking space, get work done, stay as long (or as little) as you like, network with peers, and enjoy bottomless coffee. A day pass at MELD Coworking is normally $25, so $10 Thursdays are a great way to enjoy the perks of working in their space for less than you would spend at a coffee shop. Sit-to-stand desks, comfortable task chairs, dedicated fiber internet, and free coffee, tea, and snacks. They also offer regular mixers for their members and a series of workshops.
502 W. 30th
Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner gifts sets come with a FREE full-size product. Antioxidants from Rose Hip, Immortelle, Orchid Flower and Kakadu Plum from the Australian Rainforest help counteract harmful effects of harsh climate and pollutants. These products are naturally sulphate/paraben/cruelty free, and now using OWP (ocean waste plastic), avoiding any ingredients that would harm animals or the environment.
3016 Guadalupe Ste. B-100 (across from Wheatsville Co-op)
Flourish is a mixed space retail shop specializing in house plants and plant design. They offer a large selection of well-crafted and well-designed pots & planters, as well as handmade ceramics, candles, smudge sticks and incense. Their mission is to create a beautiful space with calming energy that you can translate into your own space.These little air plants make great stocking stuffers… just keep them away from the reindeer!
215 W. North Loop
The Commune is a co-working space in north central Austin for artists, creatives, and anyone who thrives in a beautiful, community-based environment. Shop some of their favorite local makers and businesses at their first-annual Holiday Makers Market on Saturday, December 14, 10am-3pm. This fun, neighborhood holiday market will help you to check off the rest of that Christmas list — and you’ll enjoy some complimentary sips and bites while you’re at it.
101 E. North Loop
They have a jukebox, a wide variety of local drafts, and you can get grass-fed burgers from Central Texas ranchers here, as well as house-made veggie burgers, grilled Portabella sandwiches, and sweet potato fries. Get over there with your company and give them a taste of Austin on North Loop!
100 E. North Loop
Punk rock, woman-owned, DIY vegan bakery with gluten-free and soy-free goodies and compostable packaging. You know you want to try these “Gingerdead” cupcakes with maple buttercream and molasses caramel drizzle… switch it up on Santa and you won’t be disappointed!
701 E. 53rd. Ste. C
Buying local art is one of the best ways to support your local creative community, and definitely the way to find amazing unique gifts! With work from over 80 Austin artists, you’re sure to find the perfect treasure. They have a wide selection of gifts under $35 and plenty of Austin-themed gifts too.
1711 S. First
Passport Vintage focuses on 60s – 90s styles and they aren’t afraid to modify pieces to fit modern needs. This is your place for vintage graphic tees and caps, perfectly worn vintage jeans, and rare relics of pop culture you didn’t even know you remembered. They do online sales too– in fact, they started selling online before they became a brick-and-mortar.
2217 South First Ste. A
Winner of the Austin Chronicle’s “Best Of” 2019 Readers Poll in two categories, Best Birthday Cakes and Best Desserts! December Specials: Dark & Stormy gingerbread cupcake with dark rum buttercream (regular & vegan), sweet potato cheesecake, white chocolate mocha/banana toffee cheesecake, eggnog, mulled wine, and cherry crumble pie. Tis’ the season, friends! They also have a location on Manor Road, in our newest IBIZ District.
1905 S 1st St Suite A
Having trouble finding a gift for the VERY traditional friend? Bring back the old-world Krampus tradition with The Glass Coffin. They have all your Krampus needs covered: Krampus scarves, tree toppers, ornaments, sticker books, playing cards, candy canes, and even air fresheners (wonder what THEY smell like?!) If you don’t know about Krampus, it’s time you find out.
1006 South First
Manor Road (Our newest IBIZ District, officially launching in 2020!)
More than 40 locally owned businesses
For 20 years, Hoover’s Cooking has been a force in Austin’s community. A native East Austinite and a fifth-generation Texan, Hoover Alexander has always associated food with bringing people together, and the delicious and distinct flavors on his menu strive to bring together the melting pot of cultures and people who make up this great state. Whether you’ve got a crowd to feed or just a few friends, Hoover’s offers plates to go and full-service catering.
Surprise your loved ones with a unique gift for the holidays – tickets to The Muttcracker (SWEET!) A VORTEX annual tradition, this year’s performance of The Muttcracker features five rescue circus dogs, live music, world-class juggling, circus acts by La Famiglia Gentile, and a talking macaw. This hour long, family-friendly show runs through January 6th with early 4:30 and 6:30pm showtimes. Babies, toddlers, and the young at heart are all welcome!
Yuyo (part of the El Chile Group) celebrates the diversity of Peruvian cuisine with a one-of-a kind cebiche bar, Peruvian casual street food like Anticuchos (grilled skewers including beef heart and fresh Gulf shrimp), indigenous vegetables such as Choclo (Andean corn), and contemporary takes on Peruvian staples, like Lomo Saltado (tenderloin stir-fry) and Pollo a la Brasa (charcoal chicken). You’ll love their paired wine list, local beers, and classic hand-shaken cocktails crafted with Peruvian pisco, a liquor distilled from grapes.