Keep Austin…Local!

According to, “weird” is an adjective that means “fantastic” or “bizzare”.  I would say, then, that the local phrase “Keep Austin Weird,” which implies that Austin is weird (fantastic AND bizarre), and suggests that its inhabitants keep it that way, is spot on.  And, according to Wikipedia, “this slogan was adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to promote small businesses in Austin, Texas”.  What’s my point? Well, the point is that independent or local businesses are inherently at the root of Austin’s fantasticness…and, we should keep it that way!  After all, if you stop and think about your favorite Austin restaurants, bars, and cafes, it is probable that very few of them are chains or franchises found in other cities as well. 

This is where the GoLocal Austin Card comes into play! The GoLocal Austin card is only….drumroll…$10, for approximately a 12-month period of time (from the time of purchase), for unlimited use for discounts at local businesses in the ATX.  The purpose is to help support local businesses, and reduce the strain on the environment by eliminating paper coupons, and reducing or eliminating vehicle travel time when you start to eat and shop somewhere nearby regardless of your niche in the Austin community.  (I will put this under my Green Entertaining category).  Also, mark your calendars…Saturday, May 16th will be declared GoLocal Austin Day by Mayor Will Wynn.  Support local businesses on May 16th to give back to the Austin community.

Rebeccammended Way to Support Local Businesses and Save on Local Entertainment/Gift Idea: GoLocal Austin card, $10, available at most local businesses.  Check here for the listing of participating businesses you can support and save! Click here to find out where to get one!

What are some of your favorite local Austin businesses??

4 thoughts on “Keep Austin…Local!”

  • sharon May 11, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    this is so awesome rebecca, thanks for sharing!

  • Katie T May 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    After seeing the list, I’m definitely sold! The free large (non-alcoholic) beverage at Alamo Drafthouse might be the best deal for my spending habits, and I know that free tea/soda at Zocalo and Galaxy Cafe will be great as well!

    Is there any limit to use? For example, can I get a free drink at Alamo every time I go?

    Also, the site says that Will Wynn declared May 16th “Go local Austin” day. Do you know if there are any special deals at local businesses that day or is it just a commemorative day to promote local spending?

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    […] I purchased a Blood Orange loose leaf sample that should make about 3 cups for only $3 with my GoLocal Austin Card (which you can purchase for $10 at the Farmer’s Market, and use to save on local purchases […]

  • Shay Reynolds March 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    There is a new local discount card in Austin. The Explore Austin Texas or the E.A.T. card is a local membership savings card. The benefits of the E.A.T. card are as follows: Lifetime membership for only a one-time $20, Over 200 active Austin businesses offer deals for E.A.T. members. Members may receive discounts at local hotels, restaurants and things to do.

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