This post is less of an announcement, and more of a thank you. Since day one of blogging, I have felt welcomed by this city in ways I did not expect or anticipate. There was the time I stumbled into El Arbol, merely weeks old at the time, only to have manager Russell sit down with our dinner party to chat. There was Congress Avenue’s newest boutique at the time, exclusively featuring dresses for every occasion, where I was greeted with open arms by owner Leslie when I stopped in before their doors were officially open. How about La Boite Cafe, when owners Dan and Victoria found out I was nearby on Twitter and suggested I stop by. Or, recently, Second Bar + Kitchen, who’s manager Scott generously allowed me and my sister to visit and enjoy their menu on the house as his guest on opening night when I called to express my interest in visiting early on. We had never met prior to that evening. And, there was local bread bakeress, Lauren of Bona Dea Bread, with whom I had communicated via email time and time again (and who insisted I taste her from-scratch challah, which I loved, of course!) before we finally embraced in person at a Better Bites of Austin holiday event at City Hall last year. I even met two new friends last week, Ben and Elias, owners of Rio’s Brazilian, when I found myself walking into their birthday party without having known them a minute before. I could go on and on because I have made a new friend at just about every local business or event I have attended in the last year and half.
Along with these friends came a passion for local businesses and the people and the stories behind them. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, but this city has inspired me in so many ways. I find that the energy here fosters creativity and the local business community breeds encouragement for anyone to make their ideas come to life.
So here is my thank you to Austin and to the local businesses that both shape and conform to our city and its people. It’s because of you that I am inspired to introduce to you ….RebecConnections, the local business advising arm of TheRebeccammendations®. (Don’t worry, the blog is still intact!) To celebrate Austin and the local business community that has led me here, I am hosting a local business seminar and social hour on Monday, February 21st from 4-7 pm! I will be pulling together Austin trends, statistics, and research and will discuss how we can take this knowledge of our unique city and integrate it into local business strategy. The event is both informational and entertaining (of course) and will be held at Austin institution and historical landmark, Scholz Beer Garten so you can grab a beer while we talk about our fabulous city, local business, and meet other people who are impacting Austin. Another plus? Your entry fee comes with a drink ticket to erase your case of the Mondays. (click below for details)
This seminar is the first event of its kind for me and I am thrilled and excited to share my ideas, observed patterns, and enthusiasm for local business with you. As with all of my events, and with the same goal in mind when I entertain, my mission is to bring people together, create connections, and make sure my guests leave with a full stomach (or quenched thirst). It ain’t over unless I leave knowing my guests had fun!
Whether you are an aspiring or out-there-doin’-it entrepreneur, a wanna-be or current local business owner, or simply a local business supporter or Austin-lover, I invite you to join me on February 21st for an early evening of learning, fun, and connecting. Find more info and register here. Help me spread the word and share it on Facebook!
*10% ticket discount for Go Local Austin businesses.